Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (16 January 2009)
16 January 2009
Grissom's farewell to 'CSI'
SPOILER ALERT! Discussion of the final scene in Gil Grissom's last episode of "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" follows. Read on at your own risk.
That last scene in last night's "CSI" saw Grissom (William Petersen) trekking through a Costa Rican jungle, coming upon Sara Sidle (Jorja Fox) and swooping her into his arms for a big Hollywood kiss. It was essentially a reverse of the way Carol Hathaway (Julianna Margulies) departed "ER" with Doug Ross (George Clooney) coming back to fly away with her.
"It was something we discussed for a very, very long time," said "CSI" executive producer Naren Shankar. "It felt like a natural place to end the show with that relationship that way."
When Fox left "CSI" last season, Shankar and executive producer Carol Mendelsohn always intended to bring her back for Grissom's exit.
"If he was going to leave and not be this Sherlock Holmesian crime solver and no longer keep the world of the personal and emotion at a distance, if he was going to leave, then he was going to go towards something," Shankar said. "That was a natural ending for the character."[...]