CSI Review: Shaking The Family Tree

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Santa visited CSI fans early this year, as we received the unexpected gift of a Sara-centered episode on "Risky Business Class." It was based on a former colleague of Sara's, Doug Wilson from the NTSB, asking for the help from the crime lab.

First, I’m thrilled that we got an episode that focused on this team member, specifically her marriage to Grissom. Many fans have wondered why there isn't more mention of Grissom or why Sara doesn't seem to acknowledge that she’s even hitched.

Sara's Old Flame

I do have a couple of questions, though: 

  1. How long ago was she in San Francisco to work with Wilson? Their conversation gave clear indication it had been several years, but if it was before she came to Las Vegas that would be more than 13 years ago. Talk about carrying a flame for someone for a long time. 
  2. The preview teased "An old lover of Sara's." Did anyone get the feeling they had been lovers?!? I sensed an attraction, but not that sort of vibe. Then again, Jorja Fox can be a bit tough to read, so maybe the crooked smile meant lover. 

Either way, I hope we get more of Sara and her relationship; I would like to see it go somewhere. It just seems like a boat anchor around her neck; she can’t date because she married to a ghost, she can’t hold bidirectional conversations because William Petersen isn't really on the show, we only get one side if she talks to him at all. 

It’s just frustrating watching the character float in limbo!

On the other hand, you can tell it's December as Donna Hoppe (Pamela Reed) made a return visit approximately one year after her last visit.

I’m not sure if they are trying Reed out to see if she would work as a series regular or frequent visitor, but she was great. She fills in a gap in research and knowledge that helped when she was here before and she certainly helped this week. 

Overall I’m giving the episode 4.2 family trees for a fun return of Reed and a much needed revisit to the Grissom family line. I hope everyone has a safe and happy holidays and we will see you all back here with the return of CSI in January.


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I felt so bad for Sara. I was shocked Grissom didn't come to her aid or even call on her birthday.


I hope Greg and Morgan together
They would be a cute couple CSI New York series also have a couple to work together I believe Morgan and Greg can work together .. This is not a problem.


Disclaimer: This is my first attempt to comment. I've already kept this for myself for so long, and I need to share them. Very sorry if my comments do sound whining or complaining.. Why they keep on hinting Greg and Morgan to like each other?
I don't want them to be a couple. Please do not let them be couple.. It is because seems that every couple or anybody who involve with 'an office romance', one of them will be vanished forever. for example:
1. Grissom/ Sara - Sara burned out, she vanished for a while. but before she's coming back, Grissom already out of the picture
2. Warrick/Catherine - Warrick dead
3. Hodges/ Wendy - Wendy resigned and move to another state
4. Catherine/Vartann- Catherine gone, move to FBI so I don't want this to happen to Greg. but if Morgan is planned to be gone, I don't mind at all. and whatever happened to Archie? He's not on screen for this season, and even the CSIs have to do the AV analys by themselves.


Grissom NEEDS to pay a visit to the show full stop. While I like the direction the show has taken, they need to keep the CSI alumi stories going too. Grissom gave up everything to give Sara the space and time she needed so they could be together, and now the writers basically ignore him and her now that they are married. William Peterson needs to do a guest appearance, or (I hate to say it) they need to kill Grissom off so new story lines can be explored with Sara. Seriously, Grissom held a torch for her for 12(?) years, and when he finally gets her he vanishes off to a rain forest? Doesn't sound like a person madly in love with his wife... Divorce just isn't an option with these two. But really glad that Sara was the focus for a change.

Sue ann

Actually, I liked this episode a great deal. More than most in the last few years. I do think that Sarah and the NTSB agent had been lovers, based on her comment that the shared investigation had been a lengthy one. I, too, think Grissom should be back in town, but not hanging out at work. It would e very unfortunate if the writers choose to destroy that marriage. Grissom supposedly left to be with Sarah. So, he should BE with Sarah. And I like having her back on the show. A week or two ago she was talking old times with Nick. It was nice.


Maybe we can assume that every episode that we don't have Sara on she's off with Gil??? There are some eps we don't see her... Or it could be several weeks between episodes in the show and she's off with him or he's in town but leaves again!!! Peterson is still an exec producer of this show or is that a mafia style no-show job to keep him paid???? I don't see why he doesn't pay a visit...it's now been long enough since he left ( it'll be 4 years next month).... Looking at his IMDB listing, don't see much for him in acting... With DB in charge now, it won't be like before where one of his underlings was... DB is a leader himself...


I did have to wonder how long this guy has been walking around remembering how Sara drank her coffee! And good to see she's still attached to Grissom, but this "Living abroad" storyline for Grissom is getting old and wearing thin. Not like he's in the Navy Seals and has to be away for 6 months out of the year. Not like he's an AF pilot flying to Iraq! Nope, he's doing what he wants all by himself.
I do not go along with what seems to the current writers direction of making Sara sad and lonely, or keeping Grissom out of Vegas somehow makes him that much more of an enigma--no, its just makes Grissom look stupid! And the writers even more so! Bring the man back to Vegas and mention him every 3-4 months as being fine, doing university research. And give Sara a smile!

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