CSI: NY has been a critical and ratings success because it does not solely tackle cases of murder and deceit; it hooks the viewer in by creating compelling characters as well and does not hesitate to go into their troubled past when need be.
Such was the case tonight as we saw Sheldon Hawkes of the crime lab having difficulty in his life. But the show was careful not to have this overweigh the actual murder at hand, a problem many cop dramas often make.
It all was capped off with a brilliant scene with a man wanting to fall from a fire escape only to be saved by the troubled Sheldon and Mac Taylor.
Good episode, good artistic approach as well.