Crime doesn't stop for anybody, not even the NYPD. After Mac Taylor (Gary Sinise) rushes through Heathrow Airport to catch a plane home, he gets an call from Det. Don Flack (Eddie Cahill) about a new investigation. Minutes later, Mac joins Flack, Det. Stella Bonasera (Melina Kanakaredes), Dr. Sheldon Hawkes (Hill Harper), and Det. Danny Messer (Carmine Giovinazzo) at the Statue of Liberty where a female security guard has been murdered.
Back at the lab, Det. Lindsay Monroe (Anna Belknap) processes evidence sent back during fieldwork. This is a big case, so Lindsay calls Adam Ross in (AJ Buckley) to lend a hand. It helps that he is with another lab technician, Kendall Novak (Bess Wohl) at the time. Between the two of them, they provide valuable information which later helps to crack the case wide open.
Stella and Flack go to an apartment building in their search for evidence. The landlord, Morton Brite, reminds Stella he was her primary suspect in a long ago case in which a classical musician was killed. Not only has the killer never been found, nobody who might have seen or heard something has ever been in contact with the police.
When two others are killed, Mac thinks they were witnesses in the previous case. After an attempt on a musician's life occurs at a concert hall, his guess is confirmed.
Danny talks to the musican, Nova Kent (Alison Sudol, in a guest role), who explains she had been there during the original attack and escaped with her life only because she promised never to tell.
Even though an arrest is made, the more recent murders remain unsolved. The killer is still out there somewhere.
Stella goes back to the landlord where the last two people lived. She tells the landlord about the current arrest, but not about the search for the second killer. After examining a piano he has, she discovers an A string is missing. It's the missing link, and Stella arrests him once she catches up to him in the stairwell. So why did he do it? He was angry his tenants refused to talk, even though they had badly needed evidence.
Leave it to CSI:NY to open with a bang! I couldn't help but notice the opening credits are a mix of current as well as past seasons. While the visuals were a nice touch, what happened to the theme song? The music is supposed to be instantly recognizable but it appears to have vanished. Mac came home, but Peyton Driscoll (Claire Forlani) has yet to return. Trouble in paradise? The only way to know is to keep watching....
Lindsay has a new haircut, but personally, I think it looked better longer. AJ Buckley has allegedly been hired to be in every episode this season, which indicates a season regular. Shouldn't he then be in the opening credits? I have a feeling Adam Ross is going to give viewers a much closer look at who he is. Having Kendall around opens up some interesting possibilities. More than likely, she will be a recurring character like Peyton.