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CSI: NY - Season 5 Finale

Eddie Cahill

Review by Lizzie Guilfoyle

PAY UP, the season finale of CSI: NY (Season 5), begins as dramatically and as shockingly as it ends, thoroughly shaming CSI: Crime Scene Investigation‘s recent disappointing All In (see review).

Having said that, there are definite shades of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation‘s Season 8 finale, For Gedda, as viewers are ultimately lulled into a false sense of security, only to have the unthinkable happen.

However, without giving too much away, it’s impossible to elaborate further. Suffice to say casualties among the CSI’s would seem inevitable but as for whom and to what degree, we’ll just have to wait and see.

Pay Up begins no less dramatically with Detective Jessica Angell (Emmanuelle Vaugier) being shot and fatally wounded while guarding Connor Dunbrook who is due to testify against his father, newspaper mogul Robert Dunbrook (Craig T Nelson), in court later that morning.

No ordinary shooting, it happens when a truck slams into the diner where the two have stopped for breakfast and while Jess is on the phone to Flack (Eddie Cahill), teasing him with promises of the night ahead – making the impact that much greater.

This is undoubtedly Flack’s episode, not least because we see him as we’ve never seen him before – reduced to tears. Always distressing to see a man cry, it’s doubly so when it’s this tough, wise-cracking, street-wise cop, played so convincingly by Cahill.

And Vaugier will certainly be missed. As Jess, she had become a valued member of the team and with Stella (Melina Kanakaredes) was part of a double act that could give the likes of Cagney and Lacey a run for their money – remember Point of No Return when the pair packed George Kolovos off to Cyprus in a shipping crate? Moreover, her on-screen chemistry with Flack positively sizzled.

As always with CSI: NY, the entire team is superb but here, it’s Sid (Robert Joy) who really stands out. Not knowing how to comfort a deeply distressed Flack when he comes to take Jess’ body away for a post mortem examination, he quotes from a letter attributed to Abraham Lincoln and addressed to a woman who had several of her sons die during the American Civil War: “How weak and fruitless must be any word of mine.” How very like Sid.

Not only does Pay Up have a beginning and end guaranteed to make you sit up and pay attention, it also has a middle that will keep you riveted to the screen. Without a doubt, it’s CSI: NY at its very best. I just wish I didn’t have to wait so long to discover the outcome of its cliff-hanger ending.