CSI: New York--'Page Turner'

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  1. CSI Files

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    <p><b>Synopsis:</b><p>A fight breaks out at a free Maroon 5 concert in Central Park, forcing police to intervene, shooting unruly concert-goers with bean bags. A woman named Liza Carpenter ends up dead, her trachea crushed, leading Mac Taylor to suspect the rounds may have been fatal for her. Sid Hammerback autopsies the body and makes a frightening discovery: Liza died of radiation poisoning of some sort. He immediately quarantines the morgue, but quickly falls ill himself. Hawkes accompanies him to the hospital, while Mac assigns Stella and Danny the task of finding out if the paint on Liza's body was the source of the radiation. Adam traces the art to a Kenneth Blamford, known as "Ka Blam." The CSIs investigate his studio, but find no evidence of radiation anywhere in the paint he's using. Lindsay and Hawkes examine Eliza's body at New York's Exposure Control Facility, and discover she was poisoned with Thallium 201, likely through skin contact. Hawkes calls the hospital and recommends a course of treatment for Sid. Danny discovers mold on Eliza's shoes, but he and Stella are interrupted by a call: another victim of radiation poisoning has turned up.<p>Mac, Stella and Flack stand over the body of horror director Dante Gunther who was in town to receive a lifetime achievement award at a horror film festival. In his hotel room, techs discover a small silver sliver of material in the cuff of his pants that's highly radioactive. Hawkes also discovers a note written on old paper with a reminder about festival dates and an address. The Mylar strip, the age of the paper Dante's note is written on and the mold lead the team to the New York Library's special collections room. Once there, they're able to trace the radiation to one book: a copy of The Tibetan Book of the Dead. Mac pays Sid a visit in the hospital, and Hawkes informs him it's too early to tell if the treatment is working. On the television set, Mac notices a lawyer, Joel Paulson, announcing he's filing a wrongful death suit against the city and the library on behalf of Liza, Dante--and his wife, Molly Paulson. Mac pays the man a visit and he tells the CSI that his wife--a librarian who worked in the special collections department at the New York Library--died several months before. He had been told by the doctors that she died of Lupus, but her symptoms and her proximity to the radiation lead him to suspect that she died of thallium poisoning. After showing Mac a picture he painted of his wife, he gives the CSI permission to exhume her body.<p>Flack has zeroed in on a suspect: Timothy Pram, who visited the special collections room twice in the last month and who happens to have a prior for breaking and entering into Three Mile Island. Flack and Stella question Pram, now a Buddhist monk going by the name of Lhamo Vadhana, but he claims his criminal days are in the past. The CSIs look in another direction: Lindsay finds trace from a sea sponge with a red substance on it on the book, while Mac and Hawkes confirm that Molly Paulson died from thallium poisoning, but that unlike their other two victims, she ingested the deadly isotope. Flack learns that Molly had an assistant, Lawrence Wagner, who she wrote up several times for not showing up to work. After her death, he stopped showing up altogether. Danny discovers traces of radiation by his desk, and Flack locates the man at his mother's address. They find him in the shed, building a small nuclear reactor. They're sure they've got their guy, until none of the many radioactive isotopes in his shed are revealed to be thallium. The red substance on the sea sponge holds the key: it's paint, but not the type Ka Blam was using. Mac recalls the portrait Joel Paulson painted of his wife, and confronts the man. Joel, tired of working as a lawyer, found a foolproof scheme to get rich: kill his wife for the insurance money and then tie her death to the library--and several other deaths--so that he could sue the city and retire a rich man. The case closed, Mac, Hawkes and Flack pay a visit to the hospital to see Sid, who is well on his way to a full recovery.<p><b>Analysis:</b><p>Once again, a case that strikes a personal chord with the team makes for a winning hour of television. Granted, the fact that <font color=yellow>Robert Joy</font> finally got his well deserved place in the opening credits made it a little less likely that viewers would really fear that Sid would lose his life, but anytime the character in jeopardy isn't Mac or Stella, viewers have to worry a little bit. Sid, a fan favorite thanks to his quirks and delightfully offbeat anecdotes, is definitely a character the audience will fret over. There's something truly lovable about the eccentric coroner, and his fate hanging in the balance helps the episode live up to its title.<p><A class="link" HREF="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thallium">Thallium</a> poisoning is serious business, though thankfully it does have a cure: Prussian Blue, which Hawkes quickly calls to prescribe for Sid as soon as the radioactive substance is identified. It's touch and go for Sid for a while; by the time the hospital administers the medicine, they have to give it to him via a feeding tube as he's too ill to take the medicine any other way. The other characters continuously check in on Sid: Mac and Hawkes both pay him several visits, and Flack joins them in the end, quick to turn on the Rangers game and settle in. The final scene with Mac, Hawkes and Flack visiting the recovering coroner, is a sweet one: it's a nice little bit of team bonding.<p><HR ALIGN="CENTER" SIZE="1" WIDTH="45%" COLOR="#007BB5"><p>To read the full reviews, please click <A HREF="http://www.csifiles.com/reviews/csi/page_turner.shtml">here</A>.<center></center>
     
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    Great review as usual!

    Great observation about Paulson. I had a feeling he did it and I was right. I think he sounded "too genuinely earnest" that alarm bells started ringing in my brain. :lol:

    As for Hawkes, good for him. Great that he had a chance to shine in this one. His character is so underutilized, it's almost a disgrace.
     
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    Great job on this review. I really enjoyed this episode, especially because of Sid. CSI NY is also at its best, IMO, when it shows the main players rallying around each other. Also, up until now, Sid has been an appreciated member of the team, but not necessarity part of the group - the kooky coroner on the sidelines. By Mac, Sheldon and especially Flack going to his room, it was almost like they were saying, "You're one of us, now." I thought Robert Joy's nicely played surprise at them being there demonstated this. All in all, great show.
     
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    Thanks, guys! :)

    Add to that, he was an ambulance chaser. The odds were probably not in his favor to be a good guy!

    Agreed. It was nice to see him finally get something to work with, a chance to step up to the plate. He's definitely underutilized, something I'm hoping will change in season five.

    audrina, great to see you back! :D It was definitely cool to see the team rallying around Sid. I especially loved that Flack was there, too. Mac and Hawkes had been there all along, but having Flack there did make it feel like more of a team moment.
     
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    Great review, as usual. :)

    The character moments were definitely good in this one - it was nice to see Sid get some focus and to see the others concerned for him, especially Hawkes. Their friendship is kind of unexpected (despite the fact that Hawkes used to be a coroner himself), but at the same time I think it works. Hawkes definitely has things in common with Sid that he doesn't have in common with the other CSIs, and it's nice to see them bond a little bit.

    Flack had some good moments as well - it must be fun to write for him, although I always wonder which lines are ad-libbed. :p

    The scene at the end was sweet, but I would have liked to see the whole team there - or at least for everyone to have been by at some point. Still, it was nice to see a group moment including Sid. Too bad we didn't get a family moment or mention - we know he has a wife and daughter...

    Of course Flack would mention the Rangers. :p Flack/Rangers - their love is so canon. :lol:
     
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    One bit that surprised me was seeing everybody wearing a protective suit at some point in the episode. Indeed, I was wondering if Flack would be forced to wear one...

    Also it looked like the episode was also set up to debut the new set (the new lab). Since that particular lab was built for handling hazardous (NBC) materials, I wonder if it will be used in the near future.
     

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