CSI: MIAMI “Paint It Black” Review

CSI: Miami “Paint It Black”, Season 9 Episode 20 – I’ve often criticized CSI: Miami for starting so many of its episodes with club scenes, dances, or pool parties. However, “Paint It Black” only started with two hot girls in a hot tub. So…close enough, right?

I actually thought the case this week had a pretty cool twist. I like the idea of one of the witnesses having short-term memory loss and having possibly watched her best friend be murdered and not remember it. I know that “amnesia” or “memory loss” is an often used story device that’s normally thrown conveniently when the story needs an easy way out, but I liked it here as Monica obviously had other psychological issues besides the memory loss. Amnesia usually befalls completely healthy characters in movies or TV shows when it’s convenient to the story, but at least there was some basis for the usage here.

The rest of this case was so far-fetched, however, that the whole “Short-term memory loss” thing was easy to believe. It turns out she didn’t even have short-term memory issues, and that as a matter of fact she had a split personality. It’s obviously not the first time we’ve seen a plot device like this on a CSI show, but I actually enjoyed this one. This is the first time I’ve seen a character like this who was aware of their other personality from the outset. Usually when we see characters like this, it’s like Tyler Durden from “Fight Club”, where the personality that’s made up was the one that is aware of the split personalities. In this episode, Alexis made up an alternate identity that was unaware of the original identity, which I thought was a cool twist on this often told plot point.

With only a couple more episodes left for this season, let’s hope that CSI: Miami continues to produce episodes at the level of quality that they have these last few weeks. I’ll see you all in two weeks!

Random Thoughts:

– I’m not saying that Corinne deserved what happened to her, but who just takes a computer from somebody without asking any questions?

– Did Monica have to pay tuition for herself and her other identity? They were both registered in the school and were both living in the same dorm room. Wouldn’t she have to buy double the textbooks, too?

– Whenever I review an episode of a TV show, I have the IMDb page for that episode also on my computer. However, when I opened up this episode it said that Kristina Apgar played “Monica Dow/Alexis Taymor”. Lesson: Don’t read IMDb unless you want your TV episode spoiled.