The latest episode of “CSI” aired on Thursday, Nov. 11 and was called “Fracked.” The beginning of the episode centered on three teens looking to enjoy a night of skinny-dipping, but instead they came across a body that had been in the water for a while. It turned out that he was dead before he hit the water though, but it was unclear whether he was killed near there, or merely dumped in that location.
Lead investigator on this case was Dr. Raymond Langston, but soon Nick Stokes was helping him out on the case. As they were working the first case though, a car was brought in with a blood spot on it that was tied to the first case. The only problem was that the owner was someone different, and it turned out to be a second victim that they would later link to the same case. The investigation then began trying to find a link between the two men, and it wasn’t very difficult. The team just had to figure out why two men were killed, and why there was no real effort for the killer to try and hide that fact.
The link in the case ended up being a reporter that was working on a story where both dead men were being used as sources. The story? A natural gas company was poisoning the residents of a farming town, and both men knew about it. Before they could give their whole story to the reporter or make it public, they ended up dead. This left the investigation as a search for proof as to who might have been behind these crimes. To get to the point where the CSIs started figuring out what went on with the dead men though, they came across another farmer who had lost a wife to cancer as well as all of his animals.
So what is “fracking?” It’s the process of getting natural gas from shale rock (according to the episode), and it was how the problems started happening in this particular community. It basically amounted to gas getting into the water systems, and thus serving as a poison that began killing both animals and people in the area.
The problem though, was that because the CSIs were working from mostly theories and not hard evidence about what was going on, Ecklie wasn’t forthcoming in getting things done quickly. It took a lot of convincing in order to get him to sign off on a warrant, but it eventually happened, allowing the CSI team to head out to the main station of the natural gas company. Before they could wrap it all up though, they found a third body to deal with, this time an employee of the company. Ecklie shut down the case that the CSI team was forming based on the water though, frustrating the team, and leaving the hit-and-run case wide open.
The next new episode of “CSI” will air on Thursday, Nov. 18 at 9 pm. The next case should be an interesting one, where the CSIs try to determine if a death turns out to be murder or a suicide.