Decisions. Some are good, others not so much. However, the result of either is the same. One has to live with consequences. For Det. Danny Messer (Carmine Giovinazzo), it's knowing he cheated on his girlfriend even though there may have been doubts at to whether they should have gotten together. Det. Lindsay Monroe (Anna Belknap) has a different situation. She's pregnant, but having Danny as the father doesn't help.
For once the writers tied a subplot in with the main storyline. I do have to ask what possessed the people in charge of promos to have Lindsay telling Danny about the baby before the episode aired? Anyone who saw might not have bothered to watch, since this was more or less the crux of things. Speaking of watching, by the way, CBS has far too many commercials and network promos during this time slot. By the time final commercials air, promos for the next week aren't aired by the time local news starts.
Danny is this show's heart, so Giovinazzo's struggle with the enormity of his relationship was solid. One would think a crime scene expert might have gotten the picture sooner, but perhaps that should be best left to Hawkes (Hill Harper) or Sid (Robert Joy). What are the first words out of Danny's mouth once he learns the truth? "Are you sure?" Ouch! Lindsay must show him the test results so he believes her.
Mac (Gary Sinise) was less of a presence this episode, but the final interrogation scene puts all in perspective. A pregnant teenager makes a choice which makes sense only to her. This leads to one desperate act after another, but Stella (Melina Kanakaredes) and Flack (Eddie Cahill) step in before one tragedy gets worse. People get arrested, but the writers surprised me. Wasn't the real culprit more worthy of Mac's intervention? I'm not discounting the seriousness of what happened, but sometimes there are more appropriate sentences than jail. An interesting dialogue could have taken place.
Next question, what will Lindsay and Danny do now? The fact she told Danny rather than handle things on her own tells me something. Still, I know not to try and second guess a script. With this show, anything can happen and does.
CSI: NY will take a small break until December 10. In 2009, viewers should know the fate of Adam Ross (AJ Buckley). Yes, he had a month left on his contract. The finagling Mac and Stella did bought him a little more time. Although nobody said whether the budget shortfall was fully received, Mac can always let the other fired techs go. Or, he could talk to his new boss, Gillian (Julia Ormond).
Compared to other women in his life, the potential romance has a decent chance at blossoming. Power meets brains — just what the battle-hardened former Marine needs. Crime may be the main focus, but a glimpse every so often into the personal lives of characters helps viewers return each week for a fresh episode.
There is much more to come down the pike for this show, and two additional episodes will be shown during December. After that, viewers will more than likely have to wait until 2009 for the rest of the season. How can I be so sure? Christmas Eve falls on a Wednesday.