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TV Review: CSI: NY – “Battle Scars”

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A dead person in a place like New York is hardly a cause for concern. After all, plenty of large cities provide more than a few opportunities for crime to take place. However, there are a few things which make this one a bit more tricky. Stella (Melina Kanakaredes) and Flack (Eddie Cahill) would be content to think a robbery went wrong except for the money still in the victim's apartment. I'm talking about enough bills and coins to fill almost the entire bedspread. No self-respecting thief would leave it merely sitting there.

Mac Taylor (Gary Sinise), the crime lab department head, has another snag on his hands when the only other person at the crime scene is hurt far too badly to be of any help. Still, there is evidence which can be used almost immediately. Between Danny (Carmine Giovinazzo) and Adam (AJ Buckley), fingerprints and DNA are examined with highly capable equipment.

Giovinazzo has always been a strong performer, so watching him hobble around with a cane since his character got shot in the season premiere ("Epilogue") is a powerful image. It's no small deal to stay behind while one's colleagues hit the streets as part of an investigation. Developing the storyline is a credit both to the actor and the writers.

Nice to see Cahill and Giovinazzo together again! The scene where Danny and Flack interrogate a possible prime suspect is classic detective work. These two simply look like cops even in street clothes, which does not work for everyone. Flack, for once, is not hesitant about doing his job. Somehow, Danny is a calming influence so Flack does not get thrown off balance. Losing his girlfriend was hard for Flack ("Pay Up"), and lately he's been not acting like himself. Should Danny ever learn what really happened at the warehouse raid ("Pay Up"), their friendship might be on shaky ground.

Meanwhile, Mac gets frustrated after a paper advertises the Compass Killer is still on the loose. They probably have a lead with the compass left behind at the morgue. Sid (Robert Hammerback) even saw the guy ("Lat 40 47N Long 73 58W"). Assuming there is another episode this season about the case, Skeet Ulrich should return for a fresh guest star appearance.

One small bit of luck. When Mac and crew solve this week's case, they also close the book on another case which is a bit cold.

If the fadeout at the end is to be believed, then next week is either a pre-empt or a repeat airing of a former episode. Since the show runs from September until May, there are several repeats penciled in so the run doesn't end prematurely.

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