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With all the hype it's hard not to go into this episode with high hopes and the first half doesn't let down. Terrance is back briefly and I couldn't be happier about it! I'm not much for stunt casting but Nelly has already proved himself on this show and in my books he's among the best guest stars they've had.

They don't waste anytime getting to the action, but they do it well and it's nice to see Eddie chewing up some intense emotional/action scenes as Flack.

We're required not to ask why a new mother pulling part time shifts is hot on the most intense scene in NYC, but that's just beans compared to most of their reality missteps, so we move on pretty fast.

FINALLY, we get to see something many of us have been hounding for since the beginning; Danny repaying Don with some much needed reciprocation of friendship as he's the first one to storm into the hospital to check on Don's sanity and Angell's condition just before Don breaks right down.

We actually get an interesting Don and SID scene... the likes of which I can't ever remember happening before, let alone one so emotional. Sid is sympathetic and respectful as ever and Don while apprehensive about the autopsy relinquishes with Hammerback's best reassurances and puts Jess in his capable hands. Amazing scene for Flack and Hammerback and their rarely examined working relationship.

Even Adam is getting some action tonight! Putting his technical prowess to good use and risking his neck by bugging Dunbrooke's car and narrowly avoiding detection! I love seeing Adam living up to his potential.

Eddie pulls off the look of Don Flack at the end of his rope with quiet sincerity, telling Mac and Danny that he needs to be there so matter-of-factly that neither bother to question him despite the fact that he looks like a train-wreck and hasn't brought himself to change out of his bloody cloths yet.

Ultimately losing Jess didn't hurt me personally, but seeing Don's response moved me implicitly and in terms of developing characters was probably the best decision they've made all season.

While I've never been much for any of Dunbrook's plots and I won't say this one is much tighter than the others, but at least I'm interested and invested now that they're exacting justice for the loss of Det. Angell and I'm kind of curious as to just who the bad guy is by the time Dunbrooke announces that Mac, Danny and Don's insistence on interjecting themselves into the situation has left Dunbrook Jr in the hands of kidnappers. Maybe Mac wasn't right for a change!

Flack does the best job he can keeping a firm grip on things while he swaps sentiment with Jess' father and it's pretty heartwarming. He even manages to make his voice waver just slightly and it's a convincing touch through and through. So much range for Don in one episode is exciting and fresh. To see him going from a touching memorial service to his no-bullshit detective routine with Terrance and the thugs Terrance tipped them off about. The only thing I wish is that Mac wouldn't steal the lime light as he does from time to time, and leave the seriously vengeful bits to Flack.

They really manage to capitalize on everyone's specific skill set tonight, keeping Sheldon a part of the action by using him as a field medic. While I might complain that we don't see Sheldon with a gun enough, he is a healer so I like this too.

Predictably Don faces off with the same guy who took Angell's life but for a more surprising twist Don pulled the trigger! A GREAT new dark side to the typically by the book Det. Flack and I'm LOVING it.

Also more surprisingly I really liked the finally scene between Dunbrook and Mac, where they neither concede defeat to the other, but don't seem to have each other's personalities so pigeon holed any longer. Interesting.

While they're having an impromptu wake for Jess I'm thrilled to actually see the WHOLE group included -- by which i mean Adam and Sid's attendance, but then the drive by rolls up and the place goes up in a flurry of glass and bullets and the cliff hanger injury issss --- well that's just it... we won't know who got hurt in there until next season. That's the cliff hanger. Meh.

Considering the bleak season CSI:NY has had this finale starts to make up for it. Hopefully they keep their heads clear out of their asses next season too!

ETA: Sorry about the centeredness of this post. :P Didn't realize the tag was broken. Fixed.
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