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Leaving Las Vegas
Isn't it odd how the episode touted as Grissom's Departure ended up being all about Catherine?  I thought so, but maybe that's because I can only handle Cath in small doses. You know, the GSR people always complain about how all the people outside our ship unfairly bash Sara like mad.  Which is true, I've seen it - Sara's been called dull, dour, whiny, delusional, boring, depressing, and a number of worse things - but it's also true that WE'RE kinda hard on Catherine.  I think it has a basis, because really, she's had a lot of melodrama and plenty of questionable scenes - FYI, the whole unbuttoning-the-shirt thing really didn't help matters - but I've also noticed that the mere mention that Cath will play a central part in that week's ep immediately incites "blech" faces and eye rolling and "Cath Drama AGAIN?!" reactions.  I catch myself doing it too.  It's a knee-jerk reaction, before I even bother to find out the specific nature of her starring role, which is bad.  But I feel I should point out that until Sofia showed up, Catherine always WAS my least favorite member of the CSI team.  They've all taken turns being my #1 favorite at some point, except for her.  She never got higher than third.  She's just not as interesting to me.  Okay, now we can move on to discussion of the actual episode specifics.


Leaving Las Vegas
Isn't it odd how the episode touted as Grissom's Departure ended up being all about Catherine?  I thought so, but maybe that's because I can only handle Cath in small doses. You know, the GSR people always complain about how all the people outside our ship unfairly bash Sara like mad.  Which is true, I've seen it - Sara's been called dull, dour, whiny, delusional, boring, depressing, and a number of worse things - but it's also true that WE'RE kinda hard on Catherine.  I think it has a basis, because really, she's had a lot of melodrama and plenty of questionable scenes - FYI, the whole unbuttoning-the-shirt thing really didn't help matters - but I've also noticed that the mere mention that Cath will play a central part in that week's ep immediately incites "blech" faces and eye rolling and "Cath Drama AGAIN?!" reactions.  I catch myself doing it too.  It's a knee-jerk reaction, before I even bother to find out the specific nature of her starring role, which is bad.  But I feel I should point out that until Sofia showed up, Catherine always WAS my least favorite member of the CSI team.  They've all taken turns being my #1 favorite at some point, except for her.  She never got higher than third.  She's just not as interesting to me.

So as you might imagine, I saw "Catherine + Nick + road trip" and responded, " = hell no."  Even though either Nick or Greg was the most logical choice to accompany her - certainly couldn't have Warrick, with all their burning UST and Warrick's shaky marriage in the picture, and Sara was...off at court again?  Working some case far away?  Not at the lab, that's for sure.   -.-
I still don't think the CatNip people need any more tidbits.  Also, George Eads needs to grow his hair back PRONTO.  He's getting really beefed up, and not so much in a good way, as the lack of hair only draws attention to his strangely thick neck.  Seriously, he's starting to look like a bull.   Is not sexy.

As for the case itself, it was interesting.  Except for Adam Novak.  Yawn, and blech.   I would have liked it more at some other time, probably, since at this point in time I was really only concerned with scenes including Grissom, but it was still definitely worth watching.  Just not interesting enough for me to actually comment on any more than I already have.  On to discussion of Grissom's Goodbyes!

Hodges: (nowadays, I have to physically think it through every single time and go, "Remember, not Hodgins") I've never liked this character, and I never will.  He's just too weird.  He's less in touch with reality than Bones, and it's just painful to witness.  Honestly, the guy's touched in the head.  Who buys a purple sweatshirt for a man?   Why does he think he and Grissom have some kind of special bond? 

Catherine: "Hey, by the way, I'm leaving tomorrow.  You're supervisor for the next month." Handled with Grissom's usual grace, I see. Except this is supposed to be the time of New Grissom, and so he should have gotten better at that kind of thing.  Ah well. I loved her expression.  Focus on the case at hand.  Focus.    Ohhhmmm.  Kill Grissom later.

Warrick: Y'know, this one looked more dramatic in the previews.  It ended being the best goodbye out of any of them, because Warrick was completely laid-back about it (loved the "got tired of babysitting?" comment), but still managed to get across how important Grissom's been to him and the rest of the team.  Unlike...

Nick: AWKWARD.  Good god.  How old are you?  Look, I know Grissom's your other daddy, especially after that whole fire-ants incident, but I'd sooner hug the new look-but-don't-touch Horatio than Grissom.  Geeze, you'd think the guy was dying.  Immortal line: "I'll be back in four weeks, STOP HUGGING ME."

Greg: Greg's goodbye was nice and solid, too.  Secretly, I think Hodges has created this delusional world of his in order to combat his natural urge to go home, weep into the pillow and slash his wrists that despite his months and years of sucking up, it was Greg who, without really trying, managed to win Grissom's approval/respect/bordering-on-friendship.  Sucking up to Ecklie doesn't have the same benefits, I guess.  Um.  About Greg's goodbye...it was nice because it wasn't a goodbye, per se.  It was a perfect illustration of their relationship, with Grissom mentoring.  But mentoring in such a way that it wasn't strictly confined to job assignments but transcended a bit to the personal level as well.  I like that he pointed out the difference between a department lawyer and a union lawyer.  I certainly wouldn't have known it mattered.

Sara: Ah-hah!  You see, when it originally aired and I only caught the final scene, I didn't really see the scene in full.  I came in a few seconds late on the original airdate night, so I missed subtle signs like Grissom swallowing and glancing over his shoulder, checking to see that there wasn't anyone hovering nearby before he came into the room to say goodbye.  I thought you were just projecting things when you talked about "his struggle with the realization that the lab isn't exactly private."

I also missed the fact that this episode covered two days, and (perhaps more importantly) him saying the cab was waiting.  I thought this was the first she was hearing about his decision to leave.  Like, I thought she knew about the Williams offer, but didn't yet know what he'd decided.  I thought that was really crappy that she apparently heard it through the office grapevine. 

See, original spoilers had a scene with Nick and Sara in the locker room, and Nick casually asking, "Hey, did you hear Grissom's leaving?" We were supposed to wait and see how Jorja played it to determine whether Sara shrugged it off or whether she looked genuinely taken aback.   That scene got cut, but I didn't know that, so you can see how I jumped to conclusions based on what I saw the first time around.  Second time around, yes, I liked it.  Now that I can play out the real goodbye scene in my head taking place the night before, I'm in a much more cheerful mood.  I've reinterpreted Sara's expression as well, more wistful than bitter, but not despondent. 

And of course, with all that in mind, am in much more of a mood to squee over the soft-voiced "I'll miss you."     Actually, "squee" is too harsh of a verb.  Perhaps "awww" would be a more appropriate response. Yeah, that's it.  Awww.   Gonna pack that away in the special cache with all the other moments like "Honey" and "Dear" and the handhold(s).

*eyeroll* Yes, yes, mystery package, spooky music-box notes rolling over the credits...well duh, of course Ernie Dell wasn't the real killer.  Course, I'm now 90% sure I know who is, but that'll have to wait until Grissom's back.  The box had BETTER stay closed until then, anyway.  I don't want Keppler solving the Coolest Case Ever. 

I have issues with Keppler.  Have I mentioned this already?  The actor looks like an English prof I used to work for, and it weirds me out, but more importantly, everything I have read and/or seen about this character so far reminds me of Bobby Goren.  You know Goren, right?  The guy who makes Law & Order: CI such an unbearable hour of television?  Mildly eccentric, kind of does his own thing and makes up his own rules when it comes to investigating crimes...yeah.  Not looking forward to the Keppler. It'll turn out all right, though. I have faith.  And spoilers.   Mostly spoilers.

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