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American Dreamers 

A skeleton of a teenage boy is found on a tour bus, completely dressed up. Evidence shows that he has been dead for at least a decade.


Rob Bailey


Anthony E. Zuiker (created by), Ann Donahue (created by) | 2 more credits »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Gary Sinise ... Mac Taylor
Melina Kanakaredes ... Stella Bonasera
Carmine Giovinazzo ... Danny Messer
Vanessa Ferlito ... Aiden Burn
Hill Harper ... Sheldon Hawkes
Eddie Cahill ... Don Flack
J. Grant Albrecht ... Dr. Leonard Giles (as Grant Albrecht)
Charles Parks Charles Parks ... Mr. Moreland
Susan Ruttan ... Mrs. Moreland
Thomas Kopache ... Tenant Owner
Johnny Sneed ... Aaron Moreland
John Ross Bowie ... Lester Jayne
Frank Medrano ... Bruno
Latarsha Rose ... Girlfriend
J. Kyle Manzay J. Kyle Manzay ... Boyfriend


A skeleton of a teenage boy is found on a tour bus, completely dressed up. Evidence shows that he has been dead for at least a decade.

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The book the teenage victim has is Jay McInerney's 1984 novel "Bright Lights, Big City". In 1988, it was made into a movie starring Michael J. Fox, also called Bright Lights, Big City (1988). See more »


When Aiden finishes reconstructing the victim's face, she lays her make-up brush down next to the finished work. As she does, the real sculptor's initials (KH, which match neither the actor nor the character's name) can be seen on the nape of the sculpture's neck. See more »


Detective Mac Taylor: Reality rarely lives up to expectation. Especially if you're a teenager.
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No Joke - A Sad, Haunting Tale
18 December 2009 | by ccthemovieman-1See all my reviews

This was a memorable episode, a sad story. It has a cool opening scene in which a dressed-up skeleton is discovered sitting in the rear on top of a Times Square Tour Bus! Immediately, Stella offers a joke up about how this must be "a long tour ride" to Mac, who doesn't laugh. He needs to loosen up a little. Still, it turns out not to be a joke because the skull is real, not something from a practical joke shop.

The more they learn about who that person might be, the more sad this story becomes. The color of the skull is the first indicator. By the way, did you know - as this episode points out - what color our bones turn after we are dead for awhile. The answer is "brown." This guy's skull was black......so what made it turn that color? In a nutshell, it's the story of runaways, kids winding up being lost in the big city.

I've always remembered this episode, so you know it's a haunting one. The most memorable scenes are those of the missing boy's parents. The looks on their faces would haunt anyone. Sad, indeed.

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6 October 2004 (USA) See more »

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