In the world of crime, CSI:NY has a few things going for it. Not only do viewers enjoy seeing good guys catch the bad, but they have a fascination to understand how the job is done. Writers make characters such that it is simple to get people drawn into their make believe world. Hold off skepticism for an hour, and let both mind and body be taken for a thrill ride.
This week is a study of characters. Forget about the lead case, the main action is elsewhere. Ella McBride, whose father was killed by her mother long ago ("Dead Inside") returns to the crime lab department head's life. Mac Taylor (Gary Sinise) recounts to Stella Bonasera (Melina Kanakaredes) about the phone call he has got from Ella McBride. These two got to know each other during a case ("Dead Inside"), but Mac has seen her a few times since then ("Forbidden Fruit"). After she slashed here wrists, she called him. He pretty much has no choice but to get to the closest hospital, and quick. I don't think he would have given her his cell phone number, but I can see her grabbing a business card out of his office.
Before Mac can continue, a vulture flies overhead with a delivery for Stella's coffee. Fortunately, it isn't what one expects. It's an eyeball, and it alerts me and every other viewer that the case is going to be odd. Illegal immigration is at the tip of the iceberg on this one.
Sid (Robert Joy) gets to do a virtual autopsy after only getting a few body parts to examine. Technology has played a large part in solving crimes, and the coolness factor increases during times like these.
Casey LaBow, who plays Ella, and Sinise walk a fine line between sympathy for Ella's situation and a reminder of how manipulative this girl can be. There has always been a fatherly instinct by Mac towards those who work for him, which makes sense. He's in charge of the team, and police work brings people together like family. While there's nothing wrong with caring about someone, overlooking the past is out of the question.