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CSI Review: Farewell to Catherine

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I'll admit it: I will miss Catherine a little bit. More than any other character (except maybe Greg), she was part of Las Vegas. Her father was in organized crime and owned casinos, she was originally a stripper, she now owns part of a casino her father left her. Hell, I'm surprised we don't hear the "chink, chink, chink" of coins falling when she cries. 

That said, it felt like a different team wrote "Willows in the Wind," based on the notes from the writers of the last episode. Except there were certain things they were told they had to include, so they just went down the list: 

Summarize personal history from stripper to cop? Check! Get help from random criminals who really have a heart of gold? Check! Mention something is missing in your life? Check! Praise the team ad nausea? Double Check! 

Goodbye, Catherine

While I was sure how Catherine departed was going to involve her taking a new job, I was shocked that the episode ended with so many questions left hanging.

First, what happened to the job that the undersheriff put her in for at the Pentagon? Last we heard, she was “considering it” when the undersheriff left her. It was never mentioned again.

What about Lou? While I know they were no longer in a relationship, I was stunned there was no goodbye scene with Detective Vartann. After all the start and stop, some closure for the viewing audience would have been nice. 

Closer to home, why is Lindsey not at home? I caught that Catherine mentioned Lindsey was no longer there... but then she stopped. Where is she? School? College? Star Fleet? 

Then we have the case du jour, where FBI Agent McQuaid turned out to be dirty and killed fellow agents while faking his own death. Yet we are expected to believe he had enough feelings for Catherine to have “warned” when he missed with his first shot at her house? Really?!? The cold-blooded killer flinches when it comes to a woman he's attracted to? I didn't buy it when George Lucas tried this with Anakin Skywalker, I'm certainly not buying it here. 

But I can appreciate how there was an attempt to do a double twist by having McQuaid really be dead after we learn he faked his death. Sadly, the delivery of this twist confused and annoyed me long before we got to the big reveal. 

I mean, they used the worn out twist of “faking deaths off camera,” that has been done to, well... death. Second, at no point during the shootout last week did we see (or hear) the “friendly fire” incident. In fact, according to my count (when rewatching) all of the masked men that went in through the back came out the front chasing Catherine. 

Then we have the beetles, which had eaten the body down to the bone in less than four hours when they needed 14 hours for the same effect on the previous bodies. Finally, they used the old-as-dirt-boring “faked deaths off camera” trope!! (that one annoyed me enough to be mentioned twice.) 

For the record, TV Fanatic reader Frank Lee called it last week, even after I defended CBS. He was right and I should have gone with my gut instincts.

So, in conclusion, after 263 episodes spanning 12 years, Catherine Willows (soon to be Agent Willows) has left the Las Vegas Crime Lab to take a job with the FBI that she earned by not getting killed by a rogue FBI agent. Wait - isn’t this how the Empire promotions worked in Star Wars? 

Were you happy with Catherine's goodbye? Are you excited to see her replacement in a couple weeks?

Review

Editor Rating: 3.8 / 5.0
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Rating: 3.7 / 5.0 (68 Votes)

Jim G. is a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. Follow him on Twitter.

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Sue-ann

I liked this episode better than anyone else who has commented thus far, but I was bothered by how quickly she apparently recovered from a serious loss of blood. Even with a lot of pain-killing drugs, she was walking and working within less than a day after a wound which should have hospitalized her. Adrenaline can only take one so far, and then shock and recovery set in. It was downright unrealistic beyond the usual amount of unrealism, and it took my mind away from the story they were telling. (I injured myself severely at work when I was 29, and the wound bled for 8 days. I fainted, although I did not miss work. She lost a LOT more blood than I did, and she has less to begin with, being smaller.) I also thought that she is a tad old to be getting a job offer to join the FBI, and the offer coming from a junior agent seems a little strange, too. Anyway, the show survived the loss of Grissom; it should be able to survive this. It is still my favorite of the three CSI's.

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I was very disappointed with this episode as well. I wouldn't mind seeing this be the last season of CSI.

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thank god for CSI NY and CSI Miami I though last night was boring its like the writer after beiog told to put Sara and Gail together seveal season back how just given up.

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I think it is Farewell to CSI come May...just like we bid farewell to Cold Case and Without a Trace. I think CSI Miami and NY will also go off the air this May and if not only one of Miami and NY will survive until 2013 when it will also go off the air.

Symph2001

Last week great this week crap. Obviously had a second wind for the first part and were too tired to put any effort into the second....

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