Wednesday, November 21, 2007

CSI:NY "Buzzkill"


New York is often referred to as the "city that never sleeps, for obvious reasons. Whatever one might want to do, there is a place to go. Central Park lets nature lovers sit and enjoy scenery, while Broadway is around for those who love to escape.

On the other hand, Times Square defines city life. With all of the bright lights, flashing billboards, and cacaphony, one knows immediately downtown has arrived! Those having epilepsy should avoid this location.

After an ad campaign ends in death, Det. Stella Bonasera (Melina Kanakaredes), Det. Lindsay Monroe (Anna Belknap), and Det. Don Flack (Eddie Cahill) have to figure out how a party which happened many times previously without incident took a wrong turn. Jenna Donovan (Tracey Ruggiero The Bold and the Beautiful) had a pulmonary edema, but this does not necessarily mean a murder.

Dr. Sid Hammerback (Robert Joy) suggests someone in Jenna's condition would be in extreme pain. So why not call for an ambulance? He provides a crucial link to the puzzle when he discovers Jenna died from a jellyfish bite, which caused the edema.

Stella and Lindsay track down the ad agency executive, Lia Ramsay (Scottie Thompson Navy NCIS: Naval Criminal Investigative Service) as well as the campaign's billboard manager Damien Barnes (Marc Manard All My Children, Watch over Me. Even though both could be the killer, it turns out to be Lia. She was trying to kill Damien, who stole her ad idea. A fluke saved his life and ended Jenna's.

Det. Mac Taylor (Gary Sinise), Det. Danny Messer (Carmine Giovinazzo), and Dr. Sheldon Hawkes (Hill Harper) join Det. Jessica Angell (Emanuelle Vaugier) in the hunt for a brutal killer after a robbery ends messily. Danny hops on the ambulance with Brandi Parsons (Sandra Seeling Malloca - Suche Nach dem Pandies, the one person who could provide vital information in the case.

Along for the ride is Paul Larkin (David Rogers NY-LON), Brandi's boyfriend, clearly shaken. Danny has work to do, but he does his best to comfort Paul. Compassion, however, turns to anger when Mac figures out Paul and Brandy were both in on the robbery. The one advantage is Paul not knowing the cops do.

Brandi was shot simply because she could identify the other man involved. After Paul abducts a man to help ensure Brandi's death, Mac and Danny use technology to track everybody down. They find both robbery suspects and their kidnap victim alive. Danny is delighted to place Paul under arrest.

I'm only guessing, but it seems a little strange that soap opera actors would show up two weeks on a primetime show. Due to the soap opera schedule, actors hardly have much time for anything else. Adam Ross was listed in the credits, but why? He never appeared in the episode! A "special guest star" is not a ghost, folks. Is Drew out of the picture yet? Perhaps not. Some hard-to-get people offer just the sort of challenge other are willing to take. Frankie Mala is dead, and Drew's background is clean (of course she checked). So what's the problem here? Incidentally, Kerr Smith with a beard makes him unrecognizable.

Danny Messer was strong tonight! Carmine expertly pulled out compassion mixed with reality. He knew Brandi could die, but he wanted to make sure they talked so he could find her killer if she did. He tends to take people at face value sometimes when he shouldn't ("Hung Out to Dry"). When Mac tipped him off to the truth, Danny rose to the challenge. How perfect that he arrested Paul. I was glad to see Mac there, though. Who knows what Danny might have done if he and Paul were alone?