These are what we call the 'YMMV items.' Things that some people find in this work. We call them 'your mileage might vary' because not everyone sees these things in the same way. This starts discussions in the trope lists, a thing we don't want. Please use the discussion page if you'd like to discuss any of these items.
Acceptable Targets: In one episode, gamers. An entire episode was dedicated to trying to catch a group of bank robbers/murderers who took the GTA expy they were playing far too seriously, but the episode was written like something Jack Thompson would come up with and failed to so much as whisper the fact that 99% of gamers know the difference between fantasy and reality.
Anvilicious: The beginning of 9x09 "Blood Sugar". Its images of workers hacking away at sugarcane, the lyrics of the background music, and even the title (riffing off the phenomenon of "blood diamonds"), appear to be trying to lay a guilt trip on the audience for...using sugar. No accident that the presumably rich people in the gazebo are white while almost everyone else is Hispanic, either. Would you like a little implied racism/reverse racism with your anvil?
Truth in Television, the vast majority of sugarcane workers are hispanic, and all of them are poor.
An example: Once the team determines that the crooks are basing their crimes on the plot of a video game, they obviously need to determine what happens next in the game's plot. They go to the developer (conveniently located in Miami) who refuses to tell them the game's plot, saying that they will "just have to play the game." Not only are his reasoning that an already-released game's plot is some sort of trade secret patently ridiculous, the writers have clearly never set foot in a video game store, where there is generally an entire wall of Official Strategy Guides proclaiming "All Secrets Revealed!" on the front covers. And apparently CSI Miami-verse has no such thing as online walkthroughs, story guides, or Wikipedia.
His dealing with the mentally disabled Eugene in "Witness To Murder" is this.
Crowning Music of Awesome: Technically there's one every episode if you really like The Who's song. 20 to 1, a program where celebrities discuss the top twenty...anything, in this case best TV themes, addressed this. Who Are You brought the band back into the spotlight, by the time New York came around they were set for life and YEEEEEEEEEEEEEEAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!! makes you wanna go...well, YEEEEEEEEEEEEEEAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
The utterly nonchalant music playing during the climax of "All In" that captures both the utter confusion of the bad guy as to what the hell just happened and how badly the team outclasses him in the end.
David Caruso was also pretty good at taking the mickey out of himself. In this video, he makes jokes about his young daughter not liking the Halloween costume he picked out and the immortal line (while he's having his hair brushed) "In the second half of the day, we turn the wig around." Caruso also loved Jim Carrey's imitation of Horatio.
Ensemble Darkhorse: Julia Winston, who appeared in all of seven episodes, yet keeps popping up in the fandom.
Season six finale: Horatio goes to an airport to send his ex-wife and son into hiding, gets shot in the stomach, appears to die on the shiniest tarmac in history. Wolfe gets text: "It's done". Might've been marginally believable if it weren't the motherfuckingGod ModeSue of the show! And there's the whole thing about the similar moment on CSI:Vegas that was forced to stick by extenuating circumstances. Sure enough, season seven reveals Horatio to have faked his death, Wolfe to be in on it, and it all to be part of a gambit to lure Ron Saris out of hiding...in the space between the first and second commercial breaks.
Season nine finale: Horatio appears to get shot in the head, Natalia gets locked in a car trunk and pushed into the harbor. Season ten premiere: Horatio jumps into the harbor out of nowhere, gets Natalia out of the trunk, incapacitates bad guy...in the space of The Teaser. Again, no one will EVER believe you to have killed a Black Hole Sue on the order of Horatio. They don't even try to Hand Wave the headshot...
Because he got shot in the stomach/side, not the head. And he clearly suffers from the wound throughout the episode.
Ship-to-Ship Combat: Between Calleigh/Horatio, Calleigh/Delko and Calleigh/Eric fans, mostly, although there was also a smaller one between fans of Natalia/Eric and Natalia/Ryan.
So Bad, It's Good: Everything ridiculous about the original CSI, distilled to pure form.
Tear Jerker: The death of Marisol. With prior knowledge of this event, the viewer may begin crying four episodes before the actual death.
The Woobie: Even fans that don't like him admit that when Ryan puts on the Puppy-Dog Eyes they have the intense urge to just hug him and reassure him everything will be okay. Especially given how the show liked to beat him up - throwing him into a hurricane and getting him shot with a nail gun, among other instances.