CSI: NY Season 8 Review “The Real McCoy”

CSI: NY Season 9 Episode 10 The Real McCoy (5)

In the latest episode of “CSI: NY,” it was fan favorite Adam’s turn at bat in “The Real McCoy.” Oddly, though Adam (A.J. Buckley) was dating a girl that worked at the primary crime scene, it was never brought up or mentioned after the initial sighting of the girl at the onset of the episode. Granted, she had nothing to do with the murder at hand, but you’d think it would have come up! (Maybe there was a deleted scene addressing it that ended up on the cutting room floor?)

Anyway, Adam had plenty of drama going on without that distraction, and it all started on his off day. Isn’t that always the way? It seems that Adam volunteered at a local old folks’ home, much to the heart-sinking admiration of said girlfriend (and, I’m guessing, among his fawning fan base as well), especially since he turned down some morning nookie to stick to his schedule. And, I might add, wasn’t lying. Did anyone else wonder if his girl showed up there just to make sure he wasn’t? Maybe that’s just the cynic in me, though I never doubted Adam himself- it seemed like something he would do, didn’t it?

That said, Adam did indeed turn out to be hiding something- namely that he wasn’t strictly volunteering his time to randomly hang out with the elderly- or, at least, not just any elderly denizen. It seemed that the forgetful gentleman he was spending time with wasn’t just some random habitant at the home, but rather Adam’s father, who sadly (or not, given later circumstances ) had Alzheimer’s, which naturally meant that half the time he didn’t have a clue who Adam really was to him. Not that it necessarily would have been a good thing if he had.

In fact, that turned out to be the tip of the iceberg, as Adam eventually revealed that he had been abused as a child, as had his mother, at his father’s hands. Worse still, his dad had no memory of it whatsoever, meaning that Adam would never really get to tell him off like he deserved. Likewise, he discovered that his father himself was a victim of abuse, and did remember that, making Adam sympathize in spite of himself.

Definitely not the greatest situation to be put in, and understandably, Adam didn’t quite know what to do with it- or himself. Thankfully, between able-bodied support from his girlfriend and Mac (himself still recovering from his own version of memory lapses), he should be okay. It was nice seeing Adam get some well-earned back-story and Buckley really rose to the occasion, acting-wise. This was definitely one of my favorites of the character-driven episodes in this newly re-invigorated season of “CSI: NY.”

As for the main crime, it was a decent enough mystery, if overall less compelling than Adam’s story-line. I did like the notion of a modern-day speakeasy and the irony of it being an exclusive, members-only thing, just like they were back in the day, complete with old-school drinks only and the encouragement of period-era dress to the point where you could be ousted for not playing along.

The perp of this murder turned out to be someone who was ousted for precisely this reason- or was he? In the end, it was turned out to be someone who had planted some stolen cash in the floorboards of an attic before landing in jail, only to find it missing when he got out. He tracked it down to the speakeasy and confronted who he thought was responsible, accidentally killing him in the process. (I liked that he only took what he was “owed”- not that it justified his actions, deliberate or not; “honor among thieves” and all that…)

As with Adam’s story, there was a twist here involving fathers, as the perp had only done it to reconnect with his son. Now his son would have to live with the knowledge that his father was a murderer, accidentally or not. Worse still, he murdered the wrong guy, as the guy he killed hadn’t stolen the money in the first place: his partner had, leaving both of the guilty parties with the revelation that they had both caused the death of an innocent, however unintentionally on both ends. Flack summed up both plotlines up nicely with the quote: “The sins of the father become the shackles worn by their children.”

A decent episode overall, even if the main murder wasn’t quite as compelling as Adam’s story. I like it when the main stories sort of reflect one another, and this one did that pretty effectively, whether one was more compelling or not. Still, the speakeasy slant was fun, and I dug the idea.

What did you think of the latest “CSI: NY”? Happy to see Adam get his time to shine? Wish you could visit a speakeasy for reals? Let me know in the comments!