Huge Surprises in the Last “CSI” Episode—But Did the Finale Live Up to Expectations?

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After 15 successful years on television, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation bid an emotional goodbye to its long-term fans in what is being pegged as “one of the most satisfying series finales,” as one fan put it. The highlight of the show for many was the reunion of the cast, which was the perfect complement to the many twists and turns in the plot.

However, what really left an impact was what came after the show. The official Twitter handle of the show (@CSI_CBS) thanked everyone who tuned in to the last two-hour-long episode on September 27, and also shared a video of the cast giving an “ultimate farewell toast” to their avid supporters.

The two-minute video began with Ted Danson, who played D.B. Russell on the show, thanking all of the fans who’ve “invested so much in the show.” It went on to feature William Peterson (who plays Gill Grissom), Marg Helgenberger (who plays Catherine Willows), and the rest of the cast. But the best line came from the beautiful Jorja Fox, who played the role of Sara Slide. She quoted one of her grandmother’s favorite sayings: “Honey, I may be a has been, but look where I has been.”

Jon Wellner, known for portraying the DNA techie Henry Andrews, said that he hoped fans realized how much their support over this decade-and-a half was appreciated. The creator and an executive producer of the show, Anthony E. Zuiker, also explained how the show and its fans changed his life.

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The CSI Twitter page was full of fan messages and tributes after the final episode aired last night. Most of the comments sang praises for the finale, like one fan who called it “the end of an era,” while another fan said that the ending “couldn’t have been better than that!”

The first episode of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation aired in October 6, 2000, with 20.8 million viewers tuning in to the premiere. Since then, the series has racked up countless awards, including six Primetime Emmy Awards (not to mention over 30 Emmy nominations) and four People’s Choice Awards.

Sources:
CSI on CBS, Twitter post, September 27, 2015, 8:05 p.m.
CSI on CBS, Twitter page, accessed September 28, 2015.

CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,” Wikipedia web site, last accessed September 28, 2015.

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