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TV Recap: CSI: NY – “Turbulence”

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Mac Taylor (Gary Sinise) deals with all issues when it comes to his job. Being a cop is never easy, but heading up the NYPD crime lab puts one face first in gritty muck. No problem. Mac used to be a Marine — muck is being polite.

After a homicide occurs on the plane taking Mac to D.C., stakes get just a little higher in more ways than one. The victim had an identity issue. Still, this turned out to be icing. The cake had an intricate batch of ingredients with a recipe needing perfect mixing within a strict time limit. Where was everyone else? In New York. Thank heavens for cell phones.

Leave it to the writers to make another plane episode. However, the drama was light compared to the season so far. I smiled at Ed Riley (Justin Shilton, Angel), who managed to lose his head along with much of his hair.

CSI:NY has consistently created shows which use a theme from current events. They may not be not exact duplicates, but with a twist which suits both location and cast. Overdone? Not always.

In the end, Susan (Michaela McManus, Law and Order:SVU) turned out to be the biggest surprise. How does that saying about a woman scorned go again?

Putting Danny (Carmine Giovinazzo) and Flack (Eddie Cahill) together was a stroke of genius. These two are practically carbon copies, except Danny has more compassion. Watching them exchange barbs proves how good the actors are. Street savvy is always their nature, which helps greatly.

I realize Nelly is a singer, not an actor. He's smart enough to run his club, though; why would he try and outsmart two cops? They weren't dressed like his regular clientele. While the badge was not prominently flashed, Flack is tall enough to pull his jacket back to reveal ID at waist level. Anyone sitting could see it easily.

Nelly did better when he and Flack were alone in the interrogation room. The 'confidential informant' should return after a bit, which will be interesting. Considering his line of work, the bits passed on just might bring Flack's sister, Sam (Kathleen Monroe). I don't expect to see either one immediately.

Stella (Melina Kanakaredes) plays ball, who knew? The extracurricular activity could reactivate her love life. As a cop, she's good. She just can't pick men that well. One boyfriend, Frankie (Ed Quinn), tried to kill her and almost succeeded ("All Access"). Drew (Kerr Smith) used her to try and murder Mac ("The Thing About Heroes"). Big mistake.

Due to the Presidential debates, the show is pre-empted this week. Watch for the next episode on Oct. 22.

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