Happy trails, Sara Sidle


Oh, Sara Sidle. All that squinting.

All that eyebrow raising. All that gap-toothed grinning. How we will

miss it. All of it. Jorja Fox leaves CSI tonight after

eight seasons of forensic sleuthing. Oh, scarecrow, I think I’ll miss

that skeptical scowl the most.

Jorja told Entertainment Weekly

last month that she

was leaving for personal reasons, like maybe surfing around the world.

To which I say, “Good on ya, mate.” As much as I’ll be sad to see

my favorite CSI go, I understand the inclination to get away. Daily

TV is a grind, and peering inquisitively at imaginary evidence probably

gets old, too.

And, well, there was that

unfortunate incident with the bathrobes. Let us for a minute ignore

the huge what-the-hell that is the Grissom-Sara thing and discuss their

wardrobe choices. Uh, whose silky things were those — his or hers?

Of course, it’s not the first

time Jorja has shown up in unusual on-screen attire. The cast, the beekeeper

suit, the construction jumpsuit — if they’d added a leather vest and

feather headdress, she could be a one-woman Village People of sorts.

From the foreshadowing in the

last few episodes, it seems like Sara has lost her taste for all the

death and destruction. That, or she got tired of playing what appears

to be the hardest game of pick-up sticks ever. Wait … hmm, on second

thought, maybe that’s not what they’re doing.

So, what kind of farewell do

you think they have planned for Sara? Will Grissom break out the waterworks?

Will they — gulp — smooch? Will Sara go out with a bang, not a whimper?

Yesterday Jorja joked

with the ladies of The View

that being off the show has unexpected perks. As she said,

“I can date the cast.”

Look, I’m all for it, but isn’t Marg Helgenberger married already?

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