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"Weeping Willow"
CI, Episode 6.10
Production number: 06010
First aired: 28 November 2006
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Logan Weeping Willow
Teleplay By
Stephanie Sengupta

Story By
Stephanie Sengupta & Warren Leight

Directed By
Tom DiCillo

Logan and Wheeler must determine if a kidnapping depicted on an Internet video was an actual event, and figure out how to find the alleged victim.

Plot Edit

In what appears to be an Internet vlog, a teenage girl nicknamed "WeepingWillow17" and her boyfriend Holden (Michael Goduti) are interrupted when two men in masks storm into the room and apparently kidnap them on-camera. Detectives Logan and Wheeler begin investigating the so-called "cyber-kidnapping", which they and the public suspect could be an Internet Hoax. Eventually, the supposed kidnappers release an online video with Willow and Holden tied up, claiming they will kill them both if 100,000 people do not purchase their online videos for $1.99 each within 48 hours. The news media covers the story, and speculates on the possibility that it is a hoax. Eventually, a video is released in which Willow provides her real name, Lisa Willow Tyler, as proof that she is real. Logan and Wheeler visit her parents, who are elderly farmers that believe Willow is doing charity work in Africa; the police learn Willow has lied to her family and tried to achieve Internet fame to escape her dull life.

Wheeler suggests responding to the kidnappers "on their own turf" via a video blog. In response to Wheeler's video, the kidnappers make another vlog and cut off Holden's ear on-camera to prove they are serious. Although the ear is mailed to forensics and proven to be real, police quickly discover that Willow and Holden placed an online advertisement seeking actors to play kidnapper roles; they soon identify actor Reggie Luckman as one of the kidnappers in the WeepingWillow17 videos. Yet another vlog is released, this time with Holden escaping his bonds and shooting one of the kidnappers, before being shot himself by Reggie. Police come to the scene and find Holden alive, along with the dead body of one of the supposed kidnappers named Todd. Holden insisted the on-camera shooting was fake, and that Reggie shot Todd over a dispute over money after the video was filmed. Holden says the kidnapping videos started as a hoax, but that Reggie has now actually kidnapped Willow.

Additional live WeepingWillow17 videos are shown online, which police trace to a van in Union Square, where they find Willow and arrest Reggie. During interrogation, Reggie says he did not know Todd was really dead; he insists he fired a prop gun with blanks to scare Holden into splitting the money from the videos with them. Police soon learn the wadding from a blank was accidentally fired into Todd, and a horrified Reggie faces manslaughter charges. Willow, claiming to have simply been seeking fame as an actress, is released without criminal charges. The episode ends with Logan and Wheeler watching a video of Larry King interviewing Willow on a giant screen in Times Square.

Cast Edit

Main cast Edit

Guest cast Edit

References Edit

YouLenz, CNN, WeepingWillow17, FreeWillow17, Elmira, New York Film Academy, Rescuing Rita, Union Square

Quotes Edit

Det. Logan: Please don't tell anyone about this for now.
Professor: Don't worry. He doesn't deserve the publicity.


Capt. Ross: So who wants to go on camera?
Det. Logan: Wheeler.
Det. Wheeler: Not me. (pause) No!


[After Logan and Ross watch the vlog kidnapping]
Logan: What the hell was that?
Ross: We may have just witnessed the first cyber-kidnapping.
[About the vlog kidnapping]
Ross: You think it's real?
Logan: I don't know. Gimme a body with some blood on it at a crime scene, I'm a happy camper.

Background information and notes Edit

This episode is a refference to the Youtube character "Lonelygirl15". Lonelygirl15 was a fully planned out Youtube series that ending with it's main character being kidnapped by a cult, and later died due to blood lost in a ritual. She became famous on Youtube, but later fell from grace after the series started getting more "soap opera" like. Which is reason to believe that Lonelygirl15 inspired this episode.

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