For the NYPD, it's not out of the ordinary for people to make murder confessions which simply are not true. When Mac Taylor (Gary Sinise) hears one face to face, he knows to take things with a grain of salt. After the man dies, he sends Det. Don Flack out to the supposed victim's apartment as a precaution.
When the alleged victim later dies, Mac realizes there is more to the situation than meets the eye. Adam Ross (AJ Buckley) uses an RFID to lead Mac, Flack, and Dr. Sheldon Hawkes (Hill Harper) to the original crime scene. A gambling addiction might have played a role.
With the help of Det. Linday Monroe (Anna Belknap), Mac puts together a more realistic explanation. Someone who saw the ad about time travel thought the concept could be used for placing bets. However, greed took over common sense and two people died when the odds ran out.
Across town, Det. Stella Bonasera (Melina Kanakaredes) and Det. Danny Messer (Carmine Giovinazzo) help homicide detective Jessica Angell (Emanuelle Vangier) handle the case of a dead girl in a deli. Sid Hammerback (Robert Joy) says Stella and Danny death was caused by a medical emergency rather than outright murder.
Still, Stella and Danny end up making arrests anyway. The female victim died as a result of a sorority hazing gone wrong. Medication from a clinical trial and an allergic reaction to flower petals formed a deadly combination.
On the personal level, Mac must deal with the breakup of his relationship with Peyton Driscoll. She takes a job in London and knows a long-distance relationship is a bad idea. Mac goes to his favorite jazz club to play guitar and heal his broken heart. Stella, meanwhile, is dealing with Drew Bedford, an admirer from a previous case ("The Deep"). Considering she killed her last boyfriend, the wariness on her part is understandable. Mac tells her sometimes you just have to take the plunge.
CSI:NY seems to have returned to form. Two cases this time, but three arrests? Gracious. I usually take pretty decent notes, but keeping up with "Time's Up" was a little tricky. Stella's romantic interest could have been saved until next time. While I did not expect to see the end of Mac and Peyton, it is not surprising. Ever since Mac came home alone from his time in London, he never tried to renew the relationship. Hey Mac, ever heard of a phone or email? I bet Peyton never heard about the extension change. Nice to see Adam again. Giving him a computer to toy around with in regards to time travel was a stroke of genius. And, Flack lives in Queens, who knew? I fully expect to meet his relatives this season. Sounds like they're close.l