Wednesday, November 21, 2007

CSI:NY "You Only Die Once"


Who says there is never a policeman around when you need one? Det. Don Flack (Eddie Cahill) is with his girlfriend, Devon, when she hears a noise. Flack goes to investigate, interrupting a robbery in progress. He chases the suspect, but gets left behind in a trail of fire.

It doesn't take long before the crime lab arrives. While Det. Stella Bonasera (Melina Kanakaredes) processes evidence inside, Det. Lindsay Monroe (Anna Belknap) is outside looking for clues about the getaway car. The culprit is soon found, deceased.

Flack has just enough time to mention Det. Mac Taylor's (Gary Sinise) shirt malfunction before Chief of Detectives Brigham Sinclair (Mykelti Williamson "Forest Gump") shows up to reprimand Flack about going against policy by engaging in a high-speed pursuit. He wants the people responsible caught, though, and soon.

Stella and Flack go undercover to catch the brains behind the operation. At a function for the mayor, they mingle among the guests. Upon finding the perpetrator, they stop her by using a Bond toy of their own. By remote control, a barrier pops up in the middle of what looks like an empty street. She's hauled to headqarters, and the last member of the identity theft gang is soon arrested.

One hitch comes up during the investigation. An email is intercepted which could destroy Sinclair's career. Dr. Sheldon Hawkes (Hill Harper) may have seen it first, but it's Mac who goes to his boss and explains the mess just may come out anyway.

Before too long, there is a leak and the chief finds himself anwering questions about an affair. He's not happy, and puts Mac on notice. A lab member had better not be involved.

Mac has more to worry about. The mysterious phone calls continue, and Mac tells Flack. The two figure out their man was flew from Heathrow to JFK when Mac did. When Taylor returns to his office later and finds a locked suitcase. It doesn't belong to him. Want to guess the combination? 333, the time when the calls arrive.

The James Bond theme was clever. Gadgets galore took the lab on a fun ride. I have to say, Flack and Stella looked good in formal wear! And the interaction of Flack and new girlfriend is going to be interesting to watch.

Now, who leaked that email? I have a few ideas, but nothing solid. Hawkes wouldn't risk his medical career ("Some Buried Bones"). If so, why go to Mac in the first place? Sid Hammerback (Robert Joy) has the same problem. A distorted voice is difficult to recognize, but it sounded male. Adam Ross (AJ Buckley)? He has come close to losing his job before ("Past Imperfect"), but somehow, I cannot imagine his gain. Kendall would be a good choice, especially since little is known about her other than sleeping with Adam.

As for the phone calls, I can easily think of someone clever enough to plan it out - Shane Casey. Yes, yes, he's in prison ("Raising Shane"). Come to think of it, Mac put Dean Truby away too ("Consequences"). Would Reed Garrett (Kyle Gallner), Mac's "stepson" dare? Unlikely, but one never knows....