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CSI: Miami: Broken Home

by Jonathan Toomey, posted Feb 20th 2007 10:44AM

Khandi Alexander as Alexx Woods on CSI: Miami.(S05E16) Well this was a refreshing episode. Normally when CSI: Miami has an episode with two or more cases going on at once, it often feels forced. Not so this time around. It was a genuinely well laid out story with some great twists. To be perfectly honest, I don't think it even felt like an episode of CSI: Miami. It lacked its trademark cheesiness and the case was on the level of something I would expect to see on the Vegas original.

That's not a bad thing though. I'd love to continue seeing more episodes on this level. Then maybe everyone (myself included) would stop ragging on the show for its campy soap opera-ish feel.

The transition from the case of the dead babysitter's parents to the serial killer doctor totally got me. Who saw that coming? There's no way you could have predicted something like that and I love it when the show is able to pull that off and make it feel natural. Something so simple like that bracelet opened up an entirely new case

The only thing I didn't like was Delko's story. It's been a few weeks since he was discharged from the hospital and he's already back at work. It's a predictable story and I'm already a little sick of it. He's back doing his job, making mistakes, people are second guessing him, and he's embarrassed and offended as a result. My only hope is that it just goes away because they can't keep doing that. It's just like when Wolfe was injured in the eye with the nail-gun last season. It's 99% percent the same story, just a different person and a different injury.

My last gripe about this otherwise solid episode? The ending montage! Is it just me or it was around 8,000 minutes long? OK, I exaggerate, but it was long. Even by this show's standards. I hope they don't make a habit of doing this a lot. They can however continue to give up more stories about babysitters who have boyfriends that sleep with their mothers and know kids who steal from serial killer doctors.

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