I will admit that I tuned into this episode solely because of the guest appearance by Katharine McPhee. What I was treated to was one of television's best procedurals; a fast-moving, well-written display of how a cop show is done right.
Gary Sinise does an excellent job as Detective Mac Taylor, playing a role that is as realistic and believable as it is entertaining. No outrageous puns, no peculiar behavior, just the type of straight down-to-business officer you would expect to find on the streets of the city.
Katharine McPhee looked quite fetching and her voice is still as beautiful as we all remember it from American Idol. She did fine in the three or so minutes she was actually on camera, but she should not bank on the idea of a major acting career because of it.
Overall, a fine episode and the third installment of the CSI series has just garnered yet another viewer.