An episode summary can be found on CBS’ website.
So, Mac is cleared of the charges regarding Clay Dobson’s murder, but not by very legitimate means. I found it very interesting that they avoided ever forcing Mac to answer to the charges. I believe that something happened beyond what Mac will say. If anything, I think he used excessive force.
So even though Mac has said all along that he doesn’t like playing politics, he is certainly not above it anymore. Mac is able to essentially blackmail Gerard and Sinclair, forcing them to drop the charges. And by the end of the episode, he has no compunctions or regrets about doing so. In fact, he admits to Stella that he found it very satisfying to beet Sinclair. Now that Mac has stooped to playing politics, it’s going to be part of him, and it could potentially be disastrous.
Mac is shown to be very self centered in this episode. Flack tries to get him to think about the department, and Mac refuses to. Mac is also shown to be somewhat shortsighted, I think. As I’ve mentioned before, what did Mac think was going to happen? That he was going to get a commendation?
I think this also comes as a result of my suspicions about Mac, I found it interesting that Stella encouraged Mac to play politics. It shows that either Stella lacks faith in the department, or that, no matter what she says, she doesn’t trust that the evidence will clear Mac. I can’t imagine that they didn’t have another team print the cuffs at look at other evidence on the roof. I’m wondering if that evidence was potentially damaging to Mac.
Mac has yet to admit, and it seems like even recognize, that his wrongdoing, in the form of breaking protocol, is as much responsible for his current predicament as Dobson’s death. It seems that he has yet to even admit that he did something wrong, breaking two major protocols that are for the cops protection as much as for other reasons. The department advocate clearly laid out at the beginning of the hearing that the primary reason for the hearing was that Mac had had broken procedure. Stella admits Mac’s break in protocol on the stand, and it’s clear from Danny and Flack’s conversation in the bar that they recognize it.
Mac is bringing a lot of his problems on himself, from not calling for backup to storming out of the hearing. It’s somewhat reminiscent of Danny in season 1; however, unlike Danny who has learned from his mistakes and matured, Mac seems to be regressing. And unlike Danny, who tried to be apologetic (almost too much- to the point of not accepting responsibility and acting like an adult), Mac is not apologetic. I disagree with Danny’s statement that storming was something he’d do: the season 1 Danny would have, but Danny has matured since then.
Danny and Flack talk about the hearing over drinks and pool I don’t necessarily agree that Mac was in a no win situation, for Mac could have saved himself a lot of trouble if he would have just called for backup, as Flack does seem to recognize. Danny is quite discouraged, ostensibly because of the hearing, saying he doesn’t know why they do it. However, I wonder if there might be another reason for discouragement. Danny clearly looked up to Mac, and I think this hearing is causing him to lose some of that respect: specifically the way Mac stormed out of the hearing. Danny says that he has a whole new respect for Mac now, but that isn’t necessarily a good respect. The department advocate’s question about Mac’s conscience seemed to hit hard. I don’t understand why there is quite so much concern over him being taken down for breaking protocol: if someone broke protocol it shouldn’t matter what position they are in, they should be punished.
Flack, Danny, and Stella are required to testify in the hearing. I’m curious about why Hawkes, Lindsay, and Adam did not have to testify. Adam worked on that particular case, and Hawkes and Lindsay do work directly under him (although it may have happened offscreen).
I don’t think that the department advocate was painted in a particularly bad light. Her JOB was to present the department’s side of the case, not to be sympathetic towards Mac. And she tries to keep the focus on the fact that Mac broke protocol. In the real world, Mac should have had his own lawyer representing him, but this was not shown. Her questioning of Danny (although not necessarily completely relevant) goes to show that you can usually never really live down mistakes.
I do not buy that Truby, after 4 months in prison, would have gained remorse for his actions. I would have liked it better if Truby hated Mac, but hated Gerard and Sinclair worse, or something of the sort. And in getting the evidence that Truby leads him to, Mac (probably) breaks yet another procedure in breaking into the evidence room to get it for himself. I’d hope that in the real world, it isn’t so easy to get into an evidence room.
Also, this episode is the first time Mac has worn a tie since season 1. I’ve been trying to figure out if there is some significance with this, and I can’t come up with anything concrete.
I did not like the way they ended this arc. I will be happier later if it comes back to bite Mac in the ass. I would have liked the hearing to have resulted in Mac receiving an official reprimand. In addition, they had been doing so well at NOT portraying Gerard and Sinclair as being the “bad guys,” and in this episode that broke.
I don’t think they needed to show all the flashbacks for the case either.
I must say I had to chuckle at Peyton’s story about cutting up the guys liver for pate. And something that’s kind of sad is that although I cannot imagine Peyton doing something like that, I could imagine Sid doing something similar.
On the other front, a groom to be is killed at his fiancée’s bachelorette party, by a John McEnroe look-alike.
I’m not sure that showing the girls driving around the city, after the credits, was a good idea: it breaks the usual flow of the show.
I guess CSI: NY decided they could capitalize on the way people want to buy celebrities stuff. I have yet to hear of people wanting to buy someone’s blood; however, it isn’t much different than wanting to buy hair. I do hope that the technician got fired.
I thought McEnroe did a decent job, especially in comparison to previous stunt casting (yes, I’m talking about you, Sasha Cohen).
This episode seemed to happen over three days. Flack had three MATCHING suit/tie combos, and I’m not sure what happened there.
Overall Verdict: Above average. This definitely wasn’t the best episode ever, but it wasn’t the worst.
As usual, comments are welcome.