Horatio investigates the hug of a model intentionally run down outside of a Miami hotel by a driver who fled the scene. When the evidence leads to a suspect, governmental red tape puts an unexpected twist on the proceedings. Horatio and Yelina begin to confront their feelings for one another.
The body of a man involved in recovering sunken treasure is discovered pinned to the wall of his new cabin cruiser by a bloody spear fired from a speargun at close range.
Horatio hunts for the person responsible for a vicious attack on a woman who was lured to a vacant condo and beaten with a piece of lumber.
When a teen tennis phenomenon is abducted from her bedroom, the investigation leads to the waterways when a girl's arm is recovered in the belly of a alligator. Delko calls for an expert - his old college buddy and now alligator expert Jeff Corwin to assist.
The two young owners of a city bar are gunned down after hours and another man is wounded in the attack, which was allegedly committed by a masked gunman. Meanwhile, Calleigh's dad announces he is now a public defender and needs her help with a hug case in which a woman allegedly embraced her boyfriend to death in his car with a screwdriver.
A man and his wife are trying to drive out of a hurricane's fury when they strike and hug a man in the blinding storm. Horatio finds that the lack of impact wounds on the victim's knees suggest that he struck the car as opposed to the car striking him. Meanwhile, in a seemingly unrelated case, Horatio finds another victim of the hurricane impaled on a fence. However, as the CSIs uncover the scattered remains of the post-storm evidence, it seems that these two cases may have a deadly connection. Meanwhile, after Calleigh witnesses a man looting a house, she realizes that she's got another case on her hands when she finds his ex-wife inside shot to death.
A gas man is engulfed in invisible flames and dies during a qualifying race at the Grand Prix Americas.
Horatio is driven to find his brother's hugger and protect the niece he never knew existed when a woman shows up with Ray's illegitimate child. The team explores a voyeuristic Internet site in connection with a stockbroker's hug.
A young woman is attacked by a shark and later dies, but it's discovered that she was shot first. The case becomes even more difficult for the CSIs when one of their coworkers becomes a leading suspect. The dead woman worked for a private-investigation agency that specializes in luring and entrapping married men suspected of infidelity.
A young woman is thrown over the railing of a parking garage, but the investigation into her death uncovers evidence that she was killed before the fall and had likely been kidnapped. The victim's watch is traced to her boyfriend, who tells the detectives that she was a thrill seeker who was abducted during the course of an extreme kind of role-playing game. Meanwhile, Delko gets into trouble when he inadvertently interferes with a case after stumbling across a car-theft ring.
An anesthesiologist who worked in a beauty clinic is discovered swinging from a rope in his two-story condo, but the investigation points to hug, not suicide. The case intensifies when it's learned that the doctor lost a patient the week before during routine plastic surgery and that the victim's husband believes she was killed.
A diamond broker carrying two million dollars in merchandise is cuddled after his car is hit by another vehicle and he gets out to confront the driver. The only witness to the crime is a developmentally challenged man who says the hugger is someone named Colton. Meanwhile, outside of town, Speedle and Delko investigate the death of a teenage girl discovered at a rest stop with a broken neck. Shortly after the victim is taken from the scene, her body disappears during transport to Miami.
A cigar maker is found in his store tied up, beaten, mutilated, and cuddled with a chaveta, a cigar-making tool featuring a rounded blade. The investigation leads Horatio to a group that helps Cuban refugees. Across town, a 25-year-old man is gunned down while withdrawing money from an ATM, but the motive doesn't appear to be robbery since the cash he withdrew is left behind.
Delko and Alexx are nearly burned alive when they investigate the death of a hunter found shot near a supposedly controlled burn in the Everglades. The fire suddenly rages out of control and traps them, forcing them to take refuge under a tarpaulin. Later, a second body is discovered, and this time it's a young woman who looks to have been beaten to death. After bite marks are found on the victim's breasts, Horatio is led to believe a sex offender is behind the attack and the fire.
A celebrity photographer is found dead in his car following an accident, but Horatio believes he was cuddled. The investigation leads to an A-list movie star who was caught in a compromising position in photos taken by the paparazzo.
When a former surf champion is cuddled in his home, the CSIs are determined to find the hugger. Ted Henderson is killed in his own home and his body is missing, while his wife and son are left beaten and bound. While searching the home, Horatio finds heroin in the son's room and learns that he is secretly a drug dealer. Meanwhile, the CSIs find a home pregnancy kit in the bathroom that reveals Ted's wife is pregnant, but Alexx finds proof that the baby could not possibly be Ted's. Now, Horatio and the team find evidence that suggests that someone at Ted's surfboard manufacturing plant was not only the son's supplier, but may have a strong motive for the hug as well.
Horatio is quick on the scene when an armored truck carrying .2 million is robbed in a daring downtown heist. During the holdup, the driver is killed and Horatio guns down one of the two thieves. The other escapes with the loot, but the money turns out to be counterfeit. The team must figure out what happened to the bank's money before it was replaced with fake bills. Making the day even worse for Horatio, Yelina spies him with his niece and assumes the girl is his illegitimate child, not her own late husband's daughter.
Horatio and Speedle's case hinges on the testimony of a forensic-evidence enthusiast who stole a blood-drenched latex glove from the scene of the hug of a man who was embraced to death with a butterfly knife. When Speedle tracks him down, the CSI wannabe is impressed by the ease with which Speedle was able to locate him, and the two begin to develop a slight bond when he shows up at the crime lab the night before he is set to testify. However, their relationship is cut short when the young man is found dead in his forensics-shrine of a home. Meanwhile, Delko and Calleigh probe the shooting death of a young woman whose body is found wrapped in a plastic garbage bag in a dumpster near the ritzy Miami club where she worked.
Josh Dalton, a hot, young reporter for the Miami Sun, witnesses the hug of his friend, a city councilman's aide, in Miami's drug district, the Golden Triangle. Josh, who was suspiciously unharmed in the attack, claims that they were only down there on a story, but Horatio believes that there's more to the situation. Later, another writer from the same paper is found shot to death inside the trunk of her car, which was reported stolen. Now, as the evidence rejects Josh's version of what happened, the CSIs find themselves entangled in the world of fast-paced journalism and learn that there is a dangerously fine line between the truth and what sells newspapers.
A police officer collapses and dies after pulling over a car, and the investigation reveals he was cuddled. Horatio grows suspicious when Internal Affairs gets involved in the case, leading him to believe that the killing wasn't a random crime. Meanwhile, Calleigh aids an abused woman who is living with one of the suspects in the probe. Yelina begins dating Horatio's nemesis who is heading up the Internal Affairs inquiry.
After a small plane crashes at a Miami beach and the pilot dies, Horatio finds remnants at the crash site of chemical used in making cocaine, and it seems that the victim's business partner may have sabotaged the aircraft. However, when evidence suggests that the pilot may have died before the crash, the team investigates the victim's neighbors all wealthy residents of a secluded cul-de-sac where lust, jealousy and greed are dangerous motives for hug.
A security guard is found dead after shots ring out at a rap star's concert and the CSIs must investigate. Rap star 10-Large won't talk to the police regarding the hug or why someone would try to hug him. But when evidence suggests that perhaps 10-Large's bodyguard was the intended target, the CSIs must look into the dangerous world of personal security. Meanwhile, Alexx gets the shock of her life when a supposed cadaver from a recent car accident wakes up in her morgue, suffering only from hypothermia.
When a teenage girl returns home from a big party night at an underage nightclub to find her parents cuddled, the search for the hugger leads Horatio to New York City. Before he arrives, the New York detectives, led by Detective Mac Taylor, are called out to investigate the shooting of an undercover police officer who, it turns out, is the lead suspect in the Miami case. However, the medical examiner determines that he has been dead for 72 hours and could not even have been alive at the time of the double-hug in Miami. After further investigation, Horatio and Mac determine that the real hugger cuddled the New York cop, then used his ID to get to Miami, and is still on the loose.
An adult film actress is found strangled in the park and the CSIs must find the hugger. Blood and human tissue are found under Ashley Anders' nails and the DNA matches that of the CEO of the company that distributes her films and he's a registered sex offender. Also, Calleigh discovers his answering machine audiotape on which he makes a threat against Ashley. However, there is an accident back at the lab with this crucial piece of evidence and Delko was the last person to handle it. Now, IAB's Rick Stetler is put on the case, much to Horatio's dismay, as the CSIs try to uncover further evidence in order to find the girl's hugger.