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So I was watching CSI: Miami last night...

"Internal Affairs" again.  (you know, that one that despite all evidence to the contrary in the title, does not contain Rick Stetler, but focuses instead on Smirky Jake?)

I may or may not have touched on this in my original review, but something really bugged me as I watched it again.  Admittedly I missed a bunch because I kept changing the channel, unable to listen to Natalia anymore, but from what I did watch...it bothers me that Horatio seemed more or less willing to throw Valera under the bus to save Natalia.  He was looking for excuses to get Natalia out of trouble, accepting at first word that she didn't do it, but he does not extend the same courtesy to Valera - for her, he seems to rely more on the benevolence of the court system being lenient on her because it was a combination of accident and self defense.  But despite the multiple cases he himself has worked in which the first blow is not necessarily the fatal one, at no point does he press her to see if she might, in fact, not have *killed* him - he takes her straight to Jake and tells her to repeat her story.  Admittedly, he does forbid Jake to turn it into an interrogation, but I still don't see any way in which Valera speaking up would do anything except create the same problems for Valera that were previously foisted on Natalia. 

Maybe he was relying on Valera's story casting reasonable doubt on the possibility of Natalia being the killer, and buying his team time  But it actually makes things worse, as Jake happily leaps on a conspiracy charge which will get them *both* in trouble.  How the hell did Horatio not see that coming?  You know, in a different context, if it had been Calleigh coming up and confessing to a potential murder - setting aside that Calleigh would not fall to pieces like poor Valera, and would never be in the situation in the first place, anyway - I suspect his first reaction would have been to keep that fact under wraps for a bit while darting down to see Alexx and get a clear confirmation of CoD.   At the very least, he would have been heavily suggesting the self-defense angle.

Now true, I don't really get a sense that Horatio is against Valera at any point, but I certainly don't get the sense that he's supporting her, either, not like when she was fired.  Of course, back then Horatio was still human and still connected to the lab, and he took any investigation of his lab, any facet of it, as a personal offense, but at least I felt like he was trying to go to bat for her.  This time he just stands above it all, an impassive judge, maneuvering the pieces as he sees fit.

Feel free to interrupt me at any point if you can explain Horatio's thought processes - I feel kind of dumb that I can't figure out what I'm missing, but I'm sure there's something crucial that I'm not grasping.  Okay, carrying on.

Other things that stick out for me - Natalia gets a holding cell visit; Valera gets ignored.  Natalia gets consolation at the end, and while I've fixed it in my head that Horatio at least popped his head in to make sure Valera was holding up after, uh, *ticks off on fingers* nearly being raped, narrowly avoiding it only by slamming the guy's head against the floor, thinking she killed him, feeling horribly guilty about it, and nearly sending herself to jail...we didn't see that, so it feels like he just brushed her aside, lab rats apparently falling outside his Purview of Compassion.

Also, I still cannot get over Natalia's extreme stupidity where she spies on Valera's date - claiming "oh noez, I was worried about her!"  Well, then perhaps you might have a) NOT GIVEN YOUR EXPLICIT OKAY FOR HER TO DATE HIM and b) after apparently regretting that decision, COME UP WITH A SLIGHTLY MORE SPECIFIC LIST OF REASONS WHY NICK IS "DANGEROUS," such as throwing the phrase "physically abusive" in there.

And this was one of the few season 5 episodes I thought was salvageable the first time around, too.   Oh, show.  How did you sink to such levels of suckage?

[Edit: Oh God, just read that this episode is Eva la Rue's bid for a supporting-actress Emmy nom.  Look, I'm not completely opposed to her being nominated, but THIS episode?!  There was a point, where she admits to Valera that yes, she was sleeping with Nick, where I actually thought to myself how horribly acted that part was.  And I never actively notice bad acting.]

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lieueitak
Jun. 20th, 2007 02:56 am (UTC)
Playing devil's advocate -- once Valera said that something had happened, Horatio couldn't hide that from Jake. In any other situation, if someone confessed something like that to him, Horatio would still place them in custody, I think. Even when he's actively working to help them, he's not gonna ignore the law, which requires him to place a person under arrest if they confess to a crime.

Also, I think Horatio would have probably thought that, in the very least, two suspects would create reasonable doubt for both NBV and Valera. To automatically leap to "they're working together" is not very reasonable on Jake's part. And, given that Horatio hadn't really worked with Jake, I'm not surprised that he didn't see that bit of insanity coming.

Aside from Natalia's stupidity (which is immense), what bothers me about this episode is the end in the locker room. Horatio's encouragement for her to white wash Nick is just... wrong. Let's NOT look at the good, at least when it comes to an abusive attempted rapist. And also -- it feels so way out of character for him. He usually seems to be so angry with guys who abuse women.

Then again... maybe the whole "remember the good" is the only way he can think about his family without, you know, killing himself. :-P
rainbowstevie
Jun. 20th, 2007 03:13 am (UTC)
Even when he's actively working to help them, he's not gonna ignore the law, which requires him to place a person under arrest if they confess to a crime.
Ah, there, that's what I was missing. Marisol went straight to booking too, after all. Although, was Valera technically confessing? I mean...there was no official record of that conversation, I don't think (I missed the part where she goes to talk to him), so doesn't that create some wiggle room? Oh. Right, we're talking about Horatio here. As you were.

To automatically leap to "they're working together" is not very reasonable on Jake's part.
See, that was the first conclusion *I* jumped to. Well, not seriously, but if I were trying to prosecute - it's kind of convenient that Valera just happens to come forward when Jake's focused on backing Nat into a corner, isn't it?

Then again... maybe the whole "remember the good" is the only way he can think about his family without, you know, killing himself.
LOL. Yeah, that's how I came to terms with the ending.
lieueitak
Jun. 20th, 2007 03:29 am (UTC)
.there was no official record of that conversation, I don't think (I missed the part where she goes to talk to him), so doesn't that create some wiggle room? Well aside from the fact that it's Horatio, lol, it wouldn't really matter. If you're investigating a crime (or you know... posing with your sunglasses) and someone says something to you that's relevant to the case, you wouldn't ignore it simply because there's nothing "official" about the confession. At best, the person would just be asked to come down to the station to repeat what he/she said.

it's kind of convenient that Valera just happens to come forward when Jake's focused on backing Nat into a corner, isn't it? But Valera didn't exactly know that. Not to mention, confessing to protect another person? That requires a lot of trust -- so does plotting a murder together, lol. And I don't think Valera and NBV have that really.

And say what about the bid for an Emmy?????!!!! Just no. No, no, no, no, no. CSI:Miami NEVER gets nominations because the show isn't exactly character driven. But seriously, what nerve she has to think that she's worth nominating. A cardboard cut out has more facets than she does. So wrong.
rainbowstevie
Jun. 20th, 2007 05:15 am (UTC)
Horatio didn't have to ignore it, just...not divulge it for a couple of hours. Although I guess that amounts to the same thing; the latter probably carries its own potential charge of concealing information. Yes, I talk myself into circles a lot.

And I don't think Valera and NBV have that really. Oh, I don't either, but I can see how Jake might have.

And the list of Emmy submissions is up at CSI Files; given the number of names it must be a very preliminary list. David Caruso's in there too, for "Man Down" (a much, much more understandable choice).
lieueitak
Jun. 20th, 2007 05:58 am (UTC)
Well, it's just the submissions. So as long as the actor, writer, director, series, etc. meets the basic qualifications he/she/they/it can submit their work to be nominated. And given that this show revels in its mediocrity, I doubt it'll get any nominations. I mean David Caruso is really the only one on Miami who has given anything near an Emmy winning performance, but I doubt he'll be nominated; the one liners and sunglasses have just overtaken any real legitimacy to the role, I think.

But back to Jake -- I really don't see how he could think that Natalia and Valera were friends. I mean he hasn't been in the lab; it's not like he's seen the friendship. Not to mention there's the whole mole thing, which would probably be one of the easier things to glean from the lab. And considering how thorough he was with the rest of the case....
rainbowstevie
Jun. 20th, 2007 06:10 am (UTC)
Eh, Jake seems to like jumping to conclusions. The two women work together, not unreasonable to think that colleagues would become friends. I didn't think about the whole mole thing, though.

On second thought, it's so much easier just to go back to what I was doing in the first place - calling Jake an incompetent idiot. That makes me happy.

David Caruso is really the only one on Miami who has given anything near an Emmy winning performance, but I doubt he'll be nominated; the one liners and sunglasses have just overtaken any real legitimacy to the role, I think. Sadly, I think you're quite right. I also clearly have no knowledge of how Emmy submissions work...*facepalm* One of these days, I'll figure things out.
jeremybrettfan
Jun. 20th, 2007 05:29 am (UTC)
I call that Miami will get no Emmy awards, probably no decent nominations...
rainbowstevie
Jun. 20th, 2007 06:12 am (UTC)
*replaces comment*
Yeah, that sounds about accurate. Pity, though; I think Adam Rodriguez did some lovely work this work SEASON. Lovely work this *season.* English is my first language, I swear.
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