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'CSI' recap: The long goodbye

Three sad tales of death unfold, but those passings aren't the ones that fans are talking about

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‘CSI’ recap: The long goodbye

Before I begin this inaugural TV Watch on the most important season of CSI ever, a word (or two) about some of your provocative posts from last week's message board. I wasn’t surprised to learn that so many of you got choked up at the gut-wrenching scenes from Warrick’s funeral, but I was taken aback by some commentary regarding Sara’s appearance — namely, whether or not she was with child, and if her condition would eventually explain her abrupt decision to leave Las Vegas last season. All I can say is — good God, no. Look, I hated her poofy dress (and the curls she wore with it) probably as much as the next fan, but never in my wildest dreams would I have considered she was trying to cover up a secret pregnancy. That’s why I was relieved to learn from a CSI insider that no such treacly twist is in the cards for Sara — who, based on last night’s episode, has once again abandoned her beloved for destinations unknown (more on that later).

A few more words about your comments that went up last week, a day after CSI attracted its largest audience since last fall’s premiere (we’re talking 23.5 million, folks). While a poster named LC expressed his anger over the many cast changes by writing, “Why not just decapitate the entire cast on TV? That would get more ratings than a post-Grissom CSI,” and Vicki Loudermilk declared, “I will never watch the new CSI shows. Killing off Warrick was the biggest mistake they could have made,” Billy Petersen was back on the Universal Studios lot shooting his last episode as a series regular. Yup, you read that right — his last day was Oct. 10 (though he has hinted about making occasional appearances in the future). Apparently, there were no video crews from ET or Access Hollywood present. Only the cast and crew were there to say their final goodbyes to the “King,” Petersen’s nickname on the set. So it’s real now, folks — Gil’s done flown the coop. Clearly, this development isn’t resting too easy with some of you. Says Becky Hausler, “If anyone thinks that CSI without Petersen will continue to fly, they need their head examined. Puleez! Laurence Fishburne does not have the presence and elegance of Petersen. Adios from an ex-fan.” I have my doubts, too, but I’m willing to reserve judgment. One, Fishburne is wicked good when playing a person of authority (remember him from Mission Impossible: III?), and I like that the producers went after another film actor to fill Petersen’s very large shoes. But we’ve got a while before we have to deal with that much-anticipated transition around January, so let’s talk about last night (otherwise known as, “T-Minus Seven Episodes Till Billy’s Sad Goodbye).

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