When Det. Mac Taylor (Gary Sinise) and his team last tried chasing down a professional hitman ("Down the Rabbit Hole"), surprises came at every turn. For starters, the person they were looking for ended up being female. She was good, very good! Mac nearly caught her, but she escaped. Mac had to be reminded of serial killer Shane Casey since he sensed he was being closely watched ("Hung Out to Dry").
NYPD decides to inform the public about the situation on Crime Catchers, a show which lets people call in a tip anonymously. This works, and Mac, Det. Stella Bonasera (Melina Kanakaredes), Det. Don Flack (Eddie Cahill), along with Det. Jessica Angell (Emanuelle Vaugier) take a trip out to an abandoned warehouse. They take the precaution of Kevlar vests. After all, their suspect has killed a politician already.
They find their woman, dead. Mac confirms it is indeed her. Processing the scene is simple enough, but the multiple computer screens give Mac an idea. Adam Ross (AJ Buckley) soon arrives to go through the hard drives.
When the team realizes the victim is someone else, more questions remain. When Det. Danny Messer (Carmine Giovinazzo), checks with Missing Person, he discovers the victim is Katie Mann, a staff member working for the Mayor.
A sting is set up using SWAT, Angell, and the FBI. When the hitwoman is spooked, she takes off running. Mac races after her, letting everyone know where he's going. The last time he went after a suspect by himself, Caly Dobson jumped off a skyscraper roof ("Past Imperfect").
Before everyone else can step in, Mac has won a firefight with Suspect X. He gets her to tell him what it feels like to kill another, and she says she always felt she was sending her victim to a higher place.
After she dies, Mac asks Jordan Gates (Jossalyn Gilsap Heroes, Nip/Tuck) to come to his office. SHE was next on the hit list, her ex-husband wanting vengeance. Mac puts his arm around her in comfort as the episode fades to black.
Talk about coming back with a bang! I was so thankful the episode which kicked off this storyline was shown the week before to help my memory. Once repeats start, this episode is going to be on my watch list.
AJ Buckley was listed as a 'special guest star' AGAIN. This boggles my mind. Is he really doing the show a favor by appearing? He mentioned a potential raise, so could he be joining the regular cast next season?.... BTW, there is one.
Danny and Det. Lindsay Monroe (Anna Belknap) appear to be on the outs. Ever since Ruben Sandoval died ("Child's Play"), Danny has been struggling. More than one team member has noticed, but nothing more has been said.
Spring is in the air, and a couple of items are worth noting. Mac seems to have hit it off with Jordan. Only time will tell if anything happens. Flack and Angell are bonding, and they work well together. Hint, Hint....