The groundskeeper who works at a baseball stadium brings his girlfriend to the field one late night to propose marriage. He gets down on one knee, presents the ring, and asks her to marry him. She lets out a scream so he’s not sure if her answer is yes or no. She screams again so he turns around and sees a dead body in center field. Carrie gets called out of bed to work the case.
The medical examiner says the dead body has almost every bone in his body broken. His injuries are consistent with a fall from a significant height. Since he was found in the middle of a baseball field, it’s possible he fell from an airplane. The ME also finds bruising at the base of the skull which means someone hit him before his fall. Al gets called away so he tells Nina and Mike to find out the victim’s name and if he was a stowaway.
Later, Mike goes into Al’s office to tell him the victim was not a stowaway. Al tells Mike he got a call from Spence because he’s in a little trouble at another precinct. Apparently Mike’s son and some of his friends dined and ditched at a restaurant but the owner decided to not press charges. Mike says Spence is grounded for life, again. Roe comes in and identifies the victim as Jason Kubiak, a bank manager.
Al and Carrie visit Jason’s apartment and a woman is exiting as they get there. She is Sarah Green, Jason’s girlfriend. She last saw him the day before and they were supposed to meet for dinner to celebrate their three-month anniversary. When he didn’t contact him, she thought he got scared off because their relationship was moving so fast.
Al and Carrie check out the restaurant and Jason never showed. As they’re leaving, Carrie sees a florist and has a flashback to the crime scene. She sees pollen on Jason’s shirt so they check the florist shop and it has surveillance from the previous night. They see Jason get into the back of a black van and it drives away. The team thinks he was kidnapped because of his job position. The next morning the team goes to Jason’s bank and when the other bank manager opens the vault, the safe deposit boxes have been broken into and their contents stolen.
Back at the office, the CSI find a thermal imaging camera facing the stadium during the time of death. The video shows a body falling from the sky into the stadium. She was able to find, through the FAA, an airplane in the area at the time of body falling.
Nina and Roe head to the airport where the plane is kept and finds the can from the flower shop. The man washing the van said it belongs to a man who rents a space for his airplane. He took the plane out the previous night around 1:00 am with two other people but he didn’t notice if Jason was among them. Al finds out the van was reported stolen and the plane is registered to a fake company.
The ME finds DNA under Jason’s fingernails that traces back to a Mark Payne who is a mechanic at the airport Nina and Mike visited. Al and Carrie pay a visit to Mark Payne’s house and he comes out shooting; Al returns fire and kills him. Carrie looks around and sees a can of tea on a table. She has a flashback and remembers the same tea sitting on Jason’s table. His girlfriend Sarah likes to drink it and she’s now a suspect.
Nina finds photos of Sarah tied up like a hostage. She thinks they showed the pictures to Jason and then had her tied up in the van, which is why he got into it. Sarah’s mother comes in and tells Carrie her daughter was always trouble. Carrie asks about the burn scar on Sarah’s neck and her mother says it happened when Sarah was with her husband in a hotel fire. She told Carrie her father was smoking in her room when she was a child.
Sarah’s mother says the marriage ended when he left Sarah in the hospital after the fire. She shows Carrie a photo of the two and she has a flashback. The man in the photo came in to discuss his safe deposit box from the bank Jason worked at. Carrie finds out his name is Adam and he is wanted in a string of international bank robberies. In one case, he crashed his plane and fled with the diamonds but Sarah didn’t get away and was burned. They didn’t have enough to charge her so she was released.
Carrie has a flashback to when Adam came in to check his box; he was relieved to see a key was still inside. The team believes Sarah wanted revenge so she broke into the bank and made a copy of the key to get inside a high-end storage facility where Adam kept his stolen jewels. The team goes to the facility and sees Adam. He takes off but they catch him; he tells them they’re too late, Sarah got into the box.
Adam tells them Sarah will probably wait a couple of days and then fly away. Al and Carrie catch her trying to take off in an airplane. Carrie shoots a tire and Sarah stops the plane. She admits her partner pushed Jason out of the plane but she feels responsible for it. She really did love him.
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