CSI: NY “Officer Involved” Review

CSI: NY “Officer Involved” Season 8 Episode 4 – Well, I guess there is going to be a pay-off for Danny being separated from the rest of the group after all. After last week’s episode showed the newly minted sergeant having a beer with some other members of his crew, I was a bit confused as to why we were learning so much about these other characters outside of the crime lab. Well CSI: NY returned with “Officer Involved” this week, and showed us that there was a reason for all of these scenes of camaraderie between Danny and his troops that we’ve seen this season.

It was clear from the beginning that the other cops weren’t telling the whole truth, and there was obviously a lot of heat being directed towards Danny as he’s the new sergeant. A lot of this heat was being thrown by none other than Breaking Bad‘s Dean Norris, playing Lieutenant Adler. Fresh off one of the best seasons of the greatest shows of all time, as well as a guest stint on the original CSI, it seems that Norris is a hot commodity these days.

Norris did a great job in his scenes, and he naturally injects a sense of seriousness and gravitas to the show that isn’t always there. He’s definitely playing a similar character to Hank from Breaking Bad, but he plays it well so I’m not complaining. Also, it’s great to see him walking around again!

I’m not a big fan of this whole Danny and Cooper relationship. I mean, obviously Danny isn’t going to reciprocate because he’s a good guy and they don’t want us to dislike him, but we seem to at least be hinting that she’s developing some feelings for him. I really hope they don’t go anywhere with this, because the whole “Tough cop girl who falls for her overbearing superior” comes off as a bit cliche.

So eventually we find out that Cooper wasn’t telling the truth, and that the shooting didn’t go down as her and the other cops would have us believe. This would have been more surprising or exciting if it wasn’t so telegraphed from the very beginning that the other two unnamed cops were lying. However, the very first time you see them give their statements, they won’t even make eye contact in a clear display of “Look everybody out in TV-land, I’m lying!” It was still entertaining enough, I just wish it wasn’t quite as predictable.

Also predictable was Danny being cleared of all charges after Cooper retracted her statement. Then, after an odd mid-episode time jump of two weeks, we see that he’s returned to being a regular detective. I’m a bit disappointed that we’ve already returned to the status quo after only four episodes. Mac is back in the crime lab after one episode, and Danny is back after four. I wish CSI: NY had the guts to stick with a few decisions for a bit longer, but oh well. It is a CSI show, after all.
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Random Thoughts:

– Is anybody else distracted by the giant mole on the chin of that girl cop that shot the victim? Every time I see her I just yell “mooooooooole” at my TV.

– I loved how Jo and Sheldon walked down to the crime scene and just started pointing their gun-hands at each other.

– For those of you wondering, “Get the Geek” is a real thing! I shot the geek when I visited Coney Island a few years ago.