CSI:NY: 3×18 – Sleight Out of Hand

Okay, firstly screw the case.  I think for a show to really succeed there’s got to be a large focus on the characters (check!) combined with a realistic, intriguing case.  But my review isn’t going to be about the case this time.  After all, personally, the magician case this time?  Not so good.

Murder of 4 girls ten years ago in Montana?  Now that’s a case.  But more on that later.

Now, expect fangirly and spontaneous anaphora of particularly emotive words.  But, oddly enough, for an amazing episode, I do have criticisms.  But they’re so tiny and they had to exist for the whole OMGAMAZINGNESS to exist so I’m just mentioning them now to get them away.

I wanted to see Lindsay’s parents.  (this isn’t a criticism as I know there wasn’t time etc. etc) this is just a statement of a wish of mine.  They’re written, understandably, into many fanfics and I just wanted to meet them for my own curiosity.  Oh well, imagination rules!

Another thing I want to know his how Danny found out about Lindsay’s past/why she’s in Montana.  I want to know whether she called and told him / whether Stella/Mac gave him hints / or what.  I mean he knew by the time he got to Montana so please god tell me how as it’s going to haunt me for the rest of my life.  Or at least until I get it out of my system.

Danny talks to himself a lot in this episode.  I be worried about him.  He needs a psychiatrist ….. just kidding.  The fact that he was suffering from tiredness and having visions of beautiful, happy, bouncy Lindsay was, erm, I dunno.  It didn’t sit well.  The premise for his tiredness was believable but unnecessary.  Plus with him being so tired, he obviously could not have gone another twelve hours or whatever it was without sleep without making mistakes or …. I dunno, I just don’t like the Danny-being-tired plotline for no good reason that I can’t explain so let’s move on ………

Danny does airport-shopping.  It’s a fact.  Gone with the blue shirt, in with the dark purple one, new jacket, new jeans by the time he arrives at the courthouse.  And no he didn’t have time to shop and change in Montana because I did the maths and the whole situation is probably impossible given the restrictions on flight times anyway so if you add in a shopping trip it just doesn’t work.

I guess with Stella being possibly HIV Positive, we’re going to get this mentioned for the next six episodes or whatever it is left of the season (OMG only six more episodes?  *cries*  Where has this season gone?!) but the whole website inclusion was just a bit too blatant.  But again, I understand the reasoning.

The mountain-forest-wheatfield shots screaming ‘We’re going to Montana’?  Hmm.  I don’t have a better idea how to portray it but it was rather too ….. obvious?  Poetic?  It’s nearly 4am and I can’t think of the word.  I’m just dissecting waaaay too much.

The music during pretty much the whole episode?  I usually love the original music scored for CSI:NY but this episode?  Especially during the end?  Waaaay too romantic and exaggerated.

The end scene.  OMG how can she have a problem with the !OMGDannyAndLindsayNearlyKissScene?  Okay, first there’s the fact that they don’t actually kiss………  Actually, that’s a good thing.  If they kissed it would scream ROMANTIC COMEDY even more than it already did so I’m actually glad they didn’t.  After all, we all know that we are going to see them kiss sooner or later.  Plus I have a penchant for writing post-eps so if they kissed I would have absolutely nothing to work with.  Anyway, I digress.  So instead they went with the cliché, often-used plot device of an interruption, most often found in fanfiction.

Hey, I LOVE clichés.  I’m a MASSIVE ADVOCATE of the cliché but when it appears real and alive before me on my screen?  The only word comes to mind is SERIOUSLY?!?!  The slow motion at the end when Danny and Lindsay are about to kiss?  SERIOUSLY?  That happened?  That wasn’t in my head or in my imagination?  Or in Lindsay’s head. ‘She tugged on his hand and he turned towards her.  Now she was free from the demons of her past, she could finally do the one thing she had been wanting to do all along.  Their heads slowly came together in slow motion.’

Okay, enough with the bad points.  In fact, they’re not bad points at all.  They were just serious surprising moments to be found in a Crime Scene Investigation show as all.  Personally?  I love the gooeyness and rom comness.  I just had to put that in there because I expect the people who watch the show only for the cases would probably find the last scene a irking and the ‘Danny sees Lindsay’s vision’ way too cliché and soppy.

BUT OMG THE GOOD POINTS.  Firstly, there’s the whole end scene which is cliché and I love it……. But I’ll save that to the end.

Things I loved about this?  Stella/Sid’s banter over the dead body.  Flack/Hawkes banter about Houdini – OMG how funny and utterly cool was Flack in this episode?  *marries Eddie Cahill*……  Danny setting Mac on fire?  Love, love, love.

Mac giving Stella a rose?  I mean, seriously, I’m not greedy.  I knew we were getting Danny/Lindsay in this so I really did not expect a Mac/Stella moment too.  Okay so it wasn’t really a moment some might say.  But usually those kind of unmoments moments are what gets me through the week.  You know, writing unspoken UST into scenes presented as purely platonic.

But my favourite non-Danny/Lindsay scene?  The Stella/Lindsay phone scene.  Any of you who are crazy enough to have read my rambles recently will have scene that regarding relationships in CSI:NY I go: Danny/Lindsay, Mac/Stella, the Stella/Lindsay friendship.  So this episode gave me check, check and check.  I love their friendship so sue me.  I love how Lindsay looks up to Stella and how Stella looks after her and calls her kiddo.  I love that with this show the writers have built relationships between all the characters and made all those relationships important, even the platonic ones like Stella/Lindsay and Danny/Flack.   So YAY Stella and Lindsay talk.  Stella gives Lindsay advice.  Stella calls Lindsay kiddo.  Stella notices Lindsay’s not quite right.  End perfect sequence.  Which gets even more perfect by Stella telling Danny about said sequence.  Incidentally did anyone think that Danny looked like a giant DOOFUS in this scene?  Don’t get me wrong.  I know they were playing up his tiredness and distractedness when it came to Lindsay but seriously?

[Let me just say here that if we don’t get a scene whereby Stella & Lindsay talk about the whole HIV thing I’m going to cry.  A lot.  And I’ll be offended on Lindsay’s behalf that Stella didn’t confide in her.]

ANYWAY ….. The Lindsay-vision scene?  Cheesy like hell but oh so cute.  Pregnancy definitely suits some people and Anna Belknap and Amanda Peet prove that.

Danny walking out of his apartment door with nothing but his keys?  Cute.  The talking to himself?  Not so cute.  Haha!  I’m picky!  I really thought that when he was looking through his post he was going to find another card from Lindsay or something to give him solid ground to fly across the country.  Hmm.  Guess it just makes it all the more cute that he went anyway.   Bit of an unnecessary scene though.  Would have worked better if we see Danny at end of shift in the locker room pondering there.

Now now, we finally make it to Montana.  Where both the prosecutor and the defendant were incredibly hot.  No, wait, wasn’t meant to be focussing on them.  It’s Lindsay’s moment……

The moment when Lindsay sees Danny walk into the courtroom?  Totally stole the show for me.  I watched it over and over and over and over and over and y’know it was so good if the writers had left it at that and not had the end scene then I would probably have yelled and screamed, but in the end that look would’ve placated me.

And then THE shippy scene at the end ………. No one does a hand-hold like Danny and Lindsay.  It beat the Michael/Sara handporn in a recent ‘Prison Break’ episode and that’s saying something.  The hug?  Okay, no one can nail a hug scene like David Boreanaz and Emily Deschanel as Booth and Brennan in ‘Bones’ but then they have had tons of practice so it’s not really fair to compare Carmine and Anna to them.  It needed to be longer and prolonged I feel but Danny seemed in a massive hurry to get out of there.

BUT when he goes to walk away and she grips his hand and doesn’t move making him turn around?  Favourite shippy moment.  Love love love love love love.  And the horrified look on her face when the reporters interrupt?  Absolute CLASSIC Lindsay-look.  The old Lindsay Monroe is back ladies and gentlmen. I LOVE.

I’ve only just realised that we don’t actually get to hear Danny/Lindsay speak any words to each other which is slightly disappointing but works so well.  But OMG the MUSIC?!  WHY? WHY? WHY?  They might as well have a hung a ‘THIS IS OUR SHIPPY MOMENT’ sign over Danny and Lindsay’s head.

I-just-………………..  I feel like, regarding all the Lindsay scenes, I’ve just watched someone film the scenes from a fanfic and stuck them into an episode written by a writer.  I LOVE THEM with my mind, body and spirit (hehe!) but I’m still in a state of suspended disbelief I think.

Hope for the future?  I want Mac/Stella/Hawkes/Sid/Flack to comment on Danny going out to Montana (but I think this is something rather too trivial to actually make it on screen).

And I want the writers to not screw up my favourite couple.  I’m personally all about the UST.  That’s the part I find exciting, waiting to find out when my OTP are going to get together.  Of course I love the part after too ….. but only if it’s handled right.  I don’t want any third person involved and jealousy which isn’t of the cute unfounded kind.

So now to enjoy the fun and the fluff before the Angst reappears.  I don’t want to spoil the ecstatic moment but we all know this is American TV Drama and the happily-ever-after only ever exists in our imagination.  Cynical?  Me? Never!  But for now OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG DANNY & LINDSAY!  YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY!


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