In the barely watchable mess that was season 7 - dumb, shallow and populated by obnoxious characters - Zen and the Art of Murder shines. Finally a good episode with solid dialogues and an existentially disquieting closure.
Bayliss (Secor) and Lewis (Johnson) investigate the killing of a Buddhist monk; Ballard (Thorne) and Gharty (Gerety) deal with a witness who refuses to identify the main suspect of their case.
Characterization is on target, the new detectives are used well - which is more that can be said for the rest of the season. There are also a couple of nice musical montages, which used to be one of the show's trademarks.
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