CSI: Miami: Bloodline
(S05E19) Something about this show... I just can't get enough of it. Despite the tirade of complaints every episode tends to generate week in and week out, there's one thing you can't argue. It's always good. Of course, degrees of "what's good" can vary when you address a show like this. So I suppose I'm just making the same argument I always make. Enjoy CSI: Miami for what it is. Over the top television at it's finest.
Continuing with that trend, the show has gone ahead and developed Scott O'Shay (played to the sleaziest by Ed Begley Jr.) into Horatio's latest nemesis. H's feud with Stetler has long since been forgotten and Riaz is dead, so it's time for someone else to get in the way. Supervisor O'Shay is it.
Using the backdrop of Indian casinos (doesn't exactly scream Miami to me) on the outskirts of the city, Horatio and the team began to uncover a conspiracy that runs all the way to the top of the city council. Hookers, blackmailing, and prominent businessmen being scalped. Yes, scalped.
The episode also brought the return of Horatio's latest lady friend, Anna. Played by The Shield's Paula Garcés, Anna was originally depicted as someone that I thought H was going to get involved with. But it turns out that she's just the latest on his list of people who get special treatment from the Miami-Dade police department. I guess I never realized it before, but Horatio has a real savior complex huh?
OK, back to O'Shay. This guy is bad news and it's funny because I never pictured Ed Begley Jr. as someone who plays the crafty politician, but he does it well. From blackmailing casino owners to using prostitutes to run his dirty money, he has his hands in everything. Horatio can't link any of this to him yet, but he will. O'Shay has threatened repercussions though. What could he possibly do to the team? I think he said he could cut salaries or funding, but I doubt something like that will stick. It'll be interesting to see what he does to stop Horatio from nabbing him before the season is done.
Overall, I think we're looking at a 4 out 7 for this episode. Not necessarily because this was the finest CSI: Miami installment, but rather for what it sets up. I'm excited for the showdown between Horatio and O'Shay.