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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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Stacy

Doug, Emmys? LOL!

I agree with Jonathan Toomey, this show wasn't as horrible as usual. The story had an interesting twist, but I preferred the serial-killer-doctor story more than the boyfriend-sleeping-with-the-Mom story. You have to admit the latter is very soap opera-ish.

With Boa Vista having had a relationship with both Wolfe & Delko, back to back...David Caruso's melodramatic acting...H briefly marring Delko's sister...Valera trying to date Boa Vista's ex-husband...CSI: Miami is becoming more like a soap opera every episode. Also, the "8,000 minute" long ending montage/song is straight out of a soap opera. All My Children does the same thing. (Eva La Rue--Boa Vista--was on All My Children.)

February 22 2007 at 3:40 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Mika

Emily Proctor should have stayed on the West Wing and not this cartoon of a show. Deserve emmy's? Nope-maybe in Comedy but never in Drama. I would be ashamed of being on a show like this if I was an actor. I guess actors will do anything for money. I used to think it was the "art" of it until I saw this show.

February 20 2007 at 6:19 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Doug

David Caruso and Emily Proctor were great, their some of the finest actors on TV today. Do you think they'll get Emmys this year?

February 20 2007 at 3:57 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Jon88

Lacked cheesiness? As long as Caruso continues acting in Kabuki theater style, he will never lack for craft. Or Kraft.

February 20 2007 at 12:37 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Mika

Okay-you thought this was a good episode? It was horrible even without all the cheese. So stupid. I am really begining to believe they are aiming for the 10-16 age crowd. This show get ragged on not because of the chessiness but because of all the BAD acting and stupid storylines. Delko should have died and maybe we can move on and salvage the show. This episode was predictable. I see them trying to steal some of the original CSI's moves-the thing is they can't pull it off.

February 20 2007 at 11:46 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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