New York is known for many things. Whether one associates the Big Apple with the Statue of Liberty, the Brooklyn Bridge, or a ride on the Staten Island Ferry, lots of possibilities exist for a person's amusement.
What better place, then, to enjoy the warm weather? Throw in a concert by Maroon 5 and the day could practically be called perfect. Leave it to two beer addled dodobrains in the crowd to start a fight. Police in riot gear swarm in to get things under control, but the situation only gets worse. The crime lab has to take over once a woman is found dead.
This episode was milder than what Det. Mac Taylor (Gary Sinise) went through after being taken hostage after a bank robbery ("Veritas"). Any intensity came from wondering the fate of Sid Hammerback (Robert Joy) after he performed his autopsy and discovered cause of death had come from radiation poisoning. The director did a nice job conveying just how much the new medical examiner means to everyone.
Yes, Dr. Hawkes (Hill Harper) is capable of doing the job. The concern, however, was more personal. Robert Joy has always been fun to watch, adding humor to a world where gritty takes precedence. He brought out everyone's caring side, even Mac's. Quite an accomplishment.
Eddie Cahill, who plays Det. Don Flack, is Mr. Toughie. A good cop, he wants nothings more than to haul in the perp. Only recently has he portrayed the dilemmas faced when the bad guy (or girl) just might not be the most obvious. Thank heavens Stella Bonasera (Melina Kanakaredes) was with him when questioning a monk. A simple test showed he was the wrong guy. Flack was happy to grab the killer when the time came, though.
Which reminds me. Why in the world would someone draw attention to himself by threatening to sue the cops? Joel Paulson, played expertly by Edward Kerr (SeaQuest DSV, What I Like About You) might have gotten away with homicide if he had simply kept his mouth shut.
Perhaps the best part was the final hospital scene between Flack, Mac, Hawkes, and Sid. These four clearly enjoy each other's company. Professional camraderie helps when it comes to solving crimes.
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