'CSI' recap: William Petersen's last episode!

Csi_l Hell yeah!

With sincere apologies to the male fans, I’m going to believe the CSI writers wrote this William Petersen swan song especially for me — okay, me and the millions of other female viewers — who believe a happy ending is possible for just about anyone, even a moody sleuth in a perpetual state of emotional lockdown. Sappy sendoff? Perhaps. Satisfying? You bet — especially since the last cast member to take a permanent hike (alas, poor Warrick) did it in such a depressing and tragic manner.

Truth be told, I never believed executive producers Carol Mendelsohn and Naren Shankar would keep Gil and Sara apart for long. That Dear John (Jane?) video she sent him earlier this season was a tricky-dick way to throw us off the scent, but if anyone seemed destined to catch a break, it was these two lonely hearts. And what a break they caught! I imagine the fans will argue long and hard about whether a prolonged and passionate buss is an appropriate act for a show about death, but I let out a gleeful gasp when those two embraced in that Survivor-like setting (at least, that’s what the one-track-mind Dalton Ross thought it looked like). I don’t know if these two characters will go on to get hitched — hell, I don’t even know if they’ll make it out of that jungle — but this is exactly the payoff I wanted if I were going to have to accept a CSI without Petersen.

There were plenty of other moments that got me feeling all mushy inside, despite the fact this was still an episode about death — like the way Nick said it felt like "Grissom’s last big game," or how Catherine grinned and winked as the King took his final stroll through the crime lab. But if I go on I’ll be sucking up precious space that should be devoted to your comments.

What did you think? Was this exactly the kind of upbeat goodbye that you wanted from Gil? Do you believe the writers made the right creative call by having him reunite with Sara? And under what circumstances do you believe it’ll be right for Petersen to make a triumphant (but brief) return to the show? (Remember, our boy is still an exec producer and has promised to appear here and there.) Start typing now!


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  • Mira

    I LOVED IT. It was the only way it could have ended for me. I know not everyone was happy with that relationship, but I couldn’t imagine Grissom last episode ending any other way…

  • Courtney

    It was perfection. After 9 years of watching the push and pull between these 2, it was the ONLY way to have Grissom leave the lab. I can see them both coming back if Grissom needs to consult on a case, but I am perfectly happy if they never do since this was the best ending for these 2 angst-ridden characters.

  • Sarahvma

    I agree completely — the ending was perfect: beautiful and brief and warm and happy, particularly for a show about death, because this signifies Grissom really moving on and not just moving around with his life.

  • ChuckNoblet

    BEST. ENDING. EVER.
    GSR wins y’all. It just wins.
    ‘And they lived happily ever after.’

  • Jan

    It was beautiful and perfect. After ‘The Happy Place’ I wasn’t sure the writers could possibly get it right, but they sure did tonight. This relationship has been so angst driven that I welcome all the cheese of a Happy Ending for the bugman and his butterfly! Geeklove prevails, finally.

  • Devanie

    There was NO other way to end this. If any two people deserve happiness, it’s them. I love also how it mirrors Sara’s first scene on the show.
    Beauiful.

  • Danie

    Exceeded my expectations – by a mile. It was the correct creative decision, IMO. I can now continue enjoying CSI knowing that my two favorite characters are off somewhere, happy together.

  • john c

    After 9 years it was nice to see things full circle with Sara and Grissom. That is how they both came together on the show, except Sara came to Vegas for Grissom. It was nice to have a happy ending for a character for once. Now I can go and get into some other show, but I can leave CSI with good feelings. I hope the show stays on top, but my favorite characters are gone and I don’t care about the crimes anymore. Thanks for the happy ending, finally…..Peace Out!!Thanks Jorja Fox and William Peterson for playing such great characters I will miss you both. I wish I could have been that monkey and saw what happened afterwords wit those two…

  • rachel

    Loved it. My husband was getting mad at the whole episode, because he said it seemed anti-climatic. Once we saw Grissom walking through the jungle, we knew where he was going and we both grinned like idiots!!! I have watched this show for 9 years and I am glad Grissom and Sara are out there happy doing something that has nothing to do with death…. I liked Grissom’s walk through the lab, beautifully done…..BRAVO!!CSI

  • Susan

    How else could it have ended? First Sara had to leave to heal and then Grissom needed to figure out he really wanted a life outside CSI and that Sara was that life. Once those things happened these two had to end up coming together one last time on screen – I mean we had to have the kiss right? Once I saw the words Costa Rica it was all over and I was a happy camper because I knew what was coming. Thank you Billy and Jorja for giving us an amazing nine years. I would love to see Grissom and Sara back, but if not this was the best send off you could have given us.

  • beth

    I have closure and can now move on in life, maybe read the fan-fiction that the ending will certainly bring on. At least I know Grissom and Sara are out there together and happy. Makes me happy to know that two of my favorite fictional characters are together. Thanks Producers, and writers of CSI for doing a positive ending for two of your key characters.. Now if only Warrick could have made a brief appearance as a ghost of something..My little GSR shipper heart can rest in peace…I am booking a trip to Costa Rica now….

  • jen

    It was an appropriate ending for Grissom . As for him ending up with Sara , it was a nice surprise . I see Grissom coming back during a sweeps episode or maybe next years season finale . Something to do with bugs ;)
    NBC could learn a thing or two about how to end a journey that fans will appreciate *cough Las Vegas cough *

  • Alba Kintz

    My husband went to sleep before the end. I had to wake him to tell him it ended in such a perfectly happy way.

  • Rita

    Closure! Beautifully done! When I saw Gus walking through the jungle and Sara waiting and that beautiful kiss, I gasped, started to cry and then told my husband, Don, — “honey, we’re home.” Don died 7 years ago but during that final difficult time watching CSI Las Vegas lifted us both out of an unbearable situation for an hour each week. He would have enjoyed that ending — I cried both for the ending and for how I knew it would have made him feel. Thank you to everyone on CSI for every perforamce! Thank you William and Sara –you did SO good! Thank you writers for writing so artfully.
    Viva ALL of the CSI shows but especially….Viva CSI Las Vegas!

  • Anonymous

    Are you guys serious??? That was the lamest reuniting scene I’ve ever seen. Yes, it was closure to the Gil/Sara romance, but at least they could have looked happy to see each other.
    I am looking forward to seeing LF’s first real episode and how he gets along with Doc Robbins. Pathologists of the world UNITE!!!! :-)

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