One would think in a place like New York there would be more than enough crime scenes on a regular basis that those who make their professions in law enforcement would not get bored. Yes, crimes might just be a bit similar. However, every person is different and so methods as well as motives are unique.
Nobody knows this better than those who work with a specialty in forensics. They see all manner of death every day, and tend to be surprised on a regular basis. No wonder the field is so popular.
After a 911 call comes in, Det. Don Flack (Eddie Cahill) calls for Mac Taylor (Gary Sinise) and crew when he discovers a body. This particular version is mummified, meaning long dead. I assume Flack does not believe his victim died due to a suicide. While there may not be natural causes, the corpse is not a victim of foul play, either. Plus, Flack is an experienced cop. He is well trained in how to recognize when a death needs to be looked into.
First things first. Dr. Sid Hammerback (Robert Joy) has to perform an autopsy to confirm method and manner of death. This is standard procedure, just in case. The cause? Sharp force trauma, meaning impaled as opposed to hit over the head with something solid. It helps when Danny (Carmine Giovinazzo) is able to use technology to reconstruct the face and get an ID. Unfortunately, the guy has been dead for decades. More than likely, whoever killed the guy is deceased as well.
I have to say, this storyline sounds a little lacking when it comes to episode strength. Isn't part of the CSI concept to catch the killer? Having the detective in a room with the prime suspect makes for fascinating television. One gets to hear the motive, even it does not appear to make much sense. Yes, the holidays mean viewers have other things to choose from than regular programming. However, a repeat is better than a so-so episode.