The 'CSI' Franchise Case File: Someone's Returning and Someone's Not


And the case file is back! Sure, we're intermittent, and we're off-season (which explains all those standalone articles), but here's why. Entertainment Weekly's Michael Ausiello had unleashed a boatload of spoilers for CSI and CSI: Miami, something that I believe will sway how we watch upcoming episodes from those two in a pretty profound way. I just had to put them together. So, if you're ready, here's the obligatory spoiler alert. If you don't want to see them, it's been nice seeing you. If you do, then come on in!


Item one: It won't be that much of a flashback. We've known for weeks that the eighth season of CSI: Miami will begin with a flashback, going back twelve years to see how exactly the MDPD team came together. We know that Khandi Alexander will reprise her role as Alexx Woods in the episode, and we know that the rest of the crew are trying to bring back Rory Cochrane for the episode.


That, it seems, won't be happening. He reportedly turned down offers from the producers to guest star, again, in the eighth season premiere. So much for all that talk earlier--from Cochrane himself--hinting that he's open to the possibility. Maybe he didn't like the script, maybe he was busy, I don't know. He better remember that his "return" to the show isn't as supernatural as Delko's (Adam Rodriguez) imagination. Which, by the way, powers this entire episode--remember that he'll be in a coma after getting a bullet somewhere critical.


Executive producer Ann Donahue also hinted that we'll see Tripp (Rex Linn) with hair. And, well, we'll also know how he lost all that hair. "We'll see Tripp with a combover and Calleigh (Emily Procter) says something like, 'You know, bald men are really sexy,'" she said. "And then the next time we see him he's shaved his head."


Item two: It won't be that much of a reunion. The biggest item on the CSI front is the return of Jorja Fox as Sara Sidle; it's been confirmed that she'll be appearing in the tenth season premiere, and in yet-to-be-disclosed extra episodes. Obvious question is, is Grissom returning? William Petersen is, sadly, not returning to the role. At least not yet.


But executive producer Carol Mendelsohn revealed that some classic characters will be returning to the series. "The last time we saw [serial killer] Paul Millander was in season 2 when Grissom had dinner at [his alter ego] Judge Mason's house, because, if you remember Paul lived a double life as a judge," she said. "And we met Mrs. Mason and their young son, Craig. Well, Paul's dead, but Mrs. Mason and Craig live on. And we will see them in episode 2."


And that, I think, is where Sara's return comes in. Remember when they hinted that Sara will be compelled to return to Las Vegas for some reason, right? Executive producer Naren Shankar spills the crucial bit: it's another serial killer on the loose. "Starting at the end of our premiere, a brand new nemesis [will emerge] who has a very unique way of killing," he said. "This time, the crime scene is always the body. We're calling him Dr. Jekyl."


He also revealed that viewers will finally get an idea about the ring Langston's (Laurence Fishburne) got on his finger. Which makes me wonder: Langston's going to be tested like this, so this season must be his big coming-in-circle thingie. And, being a fan--probably one of the few fans--of Langston, I can't help but be excited.


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