Incredible. That, perhaps, is the only word to describe the Season five finale of CSI:NY. Considering how much Internet buzz has been out there regarding the episode "Pay Up,", I am pleasantly surprised that the producers seem to be paying attention. Why? A few things we were expecting have been held in reserve for a later date, timelines switched, and doors opened in a major way.
Okay. Yes, there is a death in the finale. I won't name who since there is a chance some may not have seen the episode, but the death was inevitable. Honestly though, there is at least one other person who makes sense in the same position. While I am no mind reader, it could easily have to do with the designated status of the actor or actress involved. I'm talking contract terms, not talent.
The biggest shocker? It comes in the final two minutes or so just before closing credits. Let's see, gunfire from a serious weapon, little clue as to the shooter. Seriously. The vehicle which transports said person has the window so far up it is impossible to see in. Here's the kicker — everyone in the opening credits has the potential to suffer consequences. The team Mac Taylor (Gary Sinise) heads and others who work closely with them. Having said this, one person is highlighted just before the shot. To be fair, that doesn't mean much. This character is front and center, but anybody else can work with the scene. Cliffhanger? Heavens yes.
I won't rule out Sinise coming out of this as a hurt Taylor, but killing off the lead role does away with the show. So does a switcheroo, as anyone who watches CSI: Crime Scene Investigation knows. Lawrence Fishburne, successful as he is, does not do what William Petersen did. He can't, they're two different people. The title's the same, but show now not what it was. And it won't be again.
Craig T. Nelson returns in the NY finale as Robert Dunbrook, the newspaper magnate who is a clear nemesis for Mac. Not only does this take care of Nelson's contractual obligations, but the storyline focuses on Dunbrook's son Connor (Thad Luckinbill) being kidnapped. Problem is, Connor plans to testify against his father for past misdeeds. Of course, Mac suspects Dunbrook has something to do with the crime in question. I'll let you see for yourself whether or not he does, since Mac must explain something for both Dunbrook and viewers.