This was probably the best show this season. I have to say the racial tension was hard to watch and even though the team determined the officer didn't shoot the off-duty black cop in cold blood, the positive resolution was a bit of a letdown. There was SO much of the story beforehand that by the time we found out the actual circumstances, it didn't hold the emotional "umph" it should have, or could have. By the time the story wrapped up, I was so convinced the cop was guilty, I wasn't relieved enough at the end when Langston's lovely, hands-on teachable moment proved otherwise.
• I knew from the beginning scene the boy held the key to what happened during the shooting. The close-up of his eye was what tipped me off. Despite that, I didn't expect Langston to make the leap he did about the officer's eyesight. Which brings up a point of logic: Since the team made a point to say the officer obviously couldn't see the other cop's face, due to the distance, how the victim was facing away from, the accused's eyesight and the lighting, how is it that the shooting officer could see the "suspect" so clearly he could tell he was black? One just doesn't follow the other.
• Has anybody else noticed Eckley resembles Lurch from "The Addams Family"?
• Throughout the episode, I was trying to figure out who the accused shooter looked like. It eluded me for a good 45 minutes. Then, I got it: Marv Alberts — without the toupe.
• I know I've kept coming back to this for the last two seasons, but I still can't believe the CSIers don't take pictures of where bullets were at the crime scene before they pick them up. Their placement, not to mention their condition, would be absolutely vital to processing and documenting the crime scene. (There's an easy way to handle this: If there are two team members there, the camera could be angled up from a worm's eye view to show one CSIer pointing out the evidence while the other one, in the background, is snapping a picture. That way, the producers and writers get their dramatic moment of showing the bullet in the investigator's hand — without almost any awkward time delays — and the crime scene stays preserved.) After all, if there hadn't of been the picture of the boy's trash at the table, that same CSIer — sorry, his name escapes me right now — wouldn't have been able to figure out it was the same boy who picked up the one bullet right after the shooting and put grape jelly on it, proving the accused cop didn't commit murder.
• Why the gang member was after the boy escaped me. Was that true for anybody else? If someone has some insight, please share it in the comments section below.
• I expected there to be some sort of confrontation between the accused and the victim's father after they saw each other at the elevator. The look in the cop's eyes told me he was looking for some trouble, or at the very least, was tempted to say something stupid. SPOILER ALERT: I certainly didn't expect for him to shoot himself. And man, I was stunned that the producers showed how much of a mess his face was after he shot himself at point-blank range. Grrrross! END SPOILER
Er, looking back on it now, it's "obvious" Langston was being observant when he watched the accused man's face. Most importantly he suspected a possible visual impairment, but he also might have seen something in the man's eyes telling him the cop couldn't face another day after seeing the victim's father. SPOILER ALERT 2: Of course Langston may have gone back to the cop's car just to ask about his eyesight as opposed to going over there to prevent him from killing himself. I don't know how Langston could have known that suicide was in the cards at that moment in the car. END SPOILER What do you think?
Expect a repeat episode next week. (Maybe it will be the one I've missed so far.) It only makes sense since there was no advertisement of a new show. Gee, we're only, what? — four shows into the new season — and CBS is already playing repeats?!? Sheeees!
Now I FINALLY understand why my father used to grumble about the networks running repeats so often and why the seasons seem to be shorter than in previous years. Now I'm doing the same thing.