Wednesday, November 21, 2007

CSI:NY "Commuted Sentences"


Have you ever heard "crime doesn't pay"? It only works if the justice system does. When Mitchell Bentley III (Chris Gann 24) is acquitted of raping Fern Lazlow in Central Park, the story makes local news. When Bentley is later discovered dead outside Fern's apartment building, Det. Don Flack (Eddie Cahill) moves quickly to arrest the woman.

The only statement she makes is to ask if Bentley is really dead. Det Mac Taylor (Gary Sinise) and Det. Stella Bonasera (Melina Kanakaredes) know there is a chance of someone who looks like the culprit isn't. Evidence is going to be crucial.

Across town, Det. Danny Messer (Carminie Giovinazzo) and Det. Lindsay Monroe (Anna Belknap) have a fresh case to deal with. Det. Jessica Angell (Emanuelle Vaugier) requests CSI help after Joanna Morgan dies outside the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Dr. Sheldon Hawkes (Hill Harper) joins them.

Mac finally puts the two cases together. Fern, Joanna, and a woman named Amber Stanton (Lauren Stamile Off Centre) had one thing in common - they were all rape victims. In a twisted attempt at justice, Amber killed Bentley while Joanna died in her attempt to kill a man already acquitted of murder. Even though Steve Kaplan (Dax Griffin The Bold and The Beautiful) claims self defense, Angell arrests him anyway. Fern Lazlow was simply an innocent bystander who got trapped inside a vengeful plot.

This episode was a little convoluted, although it worked better then "Boo". The shot at the end where Fern and Amber pass each other in the hall went to the top of the class for smart. I have to wonder why the production team thought it would be a wise for AJ Bentley to be listed as a "special guest star" yet again. Okay, he is not on every week. What makes him different from Robert Joy, who shines as Dr. Sid Hammerback?

Kendall Novak (Bess Wohl) also returned, to dubious distinction. Mac has never been a stupid man, the Truby fiasco notwithstanding. Does he realize she and Adam slept together? Probably, just like he understood about Danny and Lindsay in "Snow Day". I also have some advice for Adam - you can do better than Kendall. Besides, Kendall's too clever for her own good. At some point, she'll fall. Personally, I'll be glad when she does.

Oh, and Flack - ask Angell out! Watching these two share a scene together was both sweet and amusing. Already they have something in common, families with a commitment to public service. Jessica is a great improvement over Devon ("You Only Die Once").