8 Ways Peter MacNicol's Character Should Leave CSI: Cyber

Sad news from the dark web. Peter MacNicol is leaving CSI: Cyber and won't be back for Season 2, TV Line reports. MacNicol play(ed)s FBI Assistant Deputy Director Simon Sifter on the CBS procedural, and presumably his post will be filled by the recent announcement that Ted Danson will shift over from the ending CSI to join CSI: Cyber. Details of MacNicol's departure haven't been revealed yet. 

Wait, did someone say details haven't been revealed? Well let's make some up! Here are the ways we think Deputy Director Simon Sifter should leave CSI: Cyber

1. While booting up his computer to start searching for identity thieves, he inadvertently opens Minesweeper and becomes addicted to it for 58 years, never leaving his house again.

2. Patricia Arquette's character Avery Ryan goes through his Internet search history, and an embarrassed and disgraced Sifter is forced to move to Antarctica, where no one knows he Googled "What does a normal looking penis look like?"

3. Kidnapped by Nigerian princes.

4. Took a BuzzFeed "Which CSI: Cyber character are you?" quiz and the result was Elijah Mundo, so he said, "f--k it" and quit.

5. Decided to be a Web cam girl instead because it paid better.

6. His shameful secret was finally exposed: he doesn't know how to type!

7. His death becomes the big story in Season 2 after he was killed while buying the Season 5 DVD set of Entourage off Craigslist.

8. Found the dark web, never came back.


How do you think Sifter should leave the show?



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May 15, 2015
They discover we are all (including them) are actually part of thew Matrix (Yay the Wachowskis were right without knowing the awful truth) and Agent Smith kills both MacNicol and Arquette (and hopefully terminates the show)
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May 14, 2015
9. His insistance that they produce his original episode detailing his history of how his personal BBS "Peaches and Frogs" on his Tandy 1000 was hacked by a person using dial-up, and that's what led him to pursue a career in Cyber Crime, and the networks continued refusal causes him to quit.

10. They ask him to please stop pretending to be pensive and holding his chin and looking like he's just been caught about to pick his nose, and he shouts, "It was OUTSIDE the nostril!" and storms out.

11. He actually takes a look at a script and watches an outtake of the show and realizes how much he misses the dancing baby and the days of old, and how far he has fallen.

12. He tries to bring the dancing baby back on Cyber and insists on an Ally McBeal cross-over.

13. He gets in a fight with Vanderbeek about how he was doing professional acting when Vanderbeek was still in his diapers on Dawson's Creek, and gets killed later by now grown up fans of said show after the insults were leaked on line by a hacker from the Dark Net.
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May 14, 2015
Simon's new supervisor that he blackmailed earlier is ticked that he wasn't "kept in the loop" about Avery compromising the FBI computer system and going off on her own or Krumholtz threatening his parents' killer and decides changes need to be made. I'm sorry Sifter's going though. Shouldn't this have been something the creators figured out before the show went to series?
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May 14, 2015
I'd be OK if they go into their holodeck room, do the usual hand-waving to show some holographic... graphics, then when they come out it's Ted Danson's character yet everybody continues on like nothing has changed.
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May 14, 2015
They find his dead body next to a computer. They find that's embedded with super cookies. Horatio Kane in true fashion enter's the screen to say "I guess that's the way, the cookie crumbles" YEEEEEEEAAAAAAHHHHHHHHH
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May 14, 2015
Send him on a mission to the International Space Station! That would be a wink to his character's exit on Numb3rs.
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May 14, 2015
I am so happy he made the right decision, it was really painful to watch him trying to act in those ridiculous scenarios with those utterly stupid/boring lines.. he was in pain, we were in pain.. now can we just hope for the very same thing for Arquette -whose character is even more ridiculous- and Van Der Beek -just not working-.. maybe than CBS really would think of ending this misery.. I just saw CBS fall schedule, God it was sad and depressing.. zillionth season of show X ; first and second spinoffs of that very show, some of which are actually in their zillionth season as well, almost all cop procedurals, or comedies.. boring, would be a compliment..
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May 14, 2015
Don't know why so many people don't like this show. I enjoy watching it and imagining the older demographic CBS is known to pull in being absolutely terrified at the crazy-pants stuff the show tells them is possible if they ever think about using the internet.

Fear mongering = funny :p
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May 14, 2015
Off screen Peter quietly taunts Patricia Arquette that he actually gets to leave.

On screen, his character makes the horrible mistake of buying an electric pencil. It's all downhill from there.
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May 14, 2015
He was never actually in the show. His scenes were just copied into the video files by hackers. That's a more plausible story than the rest of CSI: Cyber.
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May 14, 2015
Like Peter MacNichol as hope he can get another show that will treat him well.
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May 13, 2015
I am glad that he is leaving the show. This show is so bad. He should do something that is worthy of him.
As far as the final fate of the character, he is kidnapped by bad guys who somehow the downloaded the first season of the show. He has to watch it like the character did in A Clockwork Orange. He is driven insane and spends the rest of his existence in a mental institution.
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May 13, 2015
Decides to live in a forrest to be around things less wooden than the dialog on Cyber.
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May 14, 2015
AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA binibeans your comment was so hilarious! i thought it was only me who thought the dialogue is terrible! is it the script?! is it how it's delivered?! how can it like this with the same producers of csi: LV!!!?!! i love that show i can't believe it got cancelled and this one renewed :( so sad. hopefully ted danson will help! love him!
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May 13, 2015
Good one.
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May 13, 2015
Go back to work for the FBI in Numb3rs
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May 13, 2015
Found his doppelganger in Scotland and moves in with him. Or maybe they're clones...
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May 13, 2015
This literally could kill the entire franchise. Not the fact that the actors are leaving and swapping but leaving CSI Cyber as the only CSI left and it's already being ridiculed is a bad sign.

That having been said as bad or ridiculous as CSI Cyber has been I have rather enjoyed the show with the exception of the 1st episode. Not a fan of the way it's filmed ether. I am sad to see Peter Macnicol stepping down I really like him and don't often see him in shows I do enjoy. Though Ted and anyone else moving over will be welcome.
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May 14, 2015
"Though Ted and anyone else moving over will be welcome."

Why should that work any better than de la Garza moving from Law & Order to Law & Order L.A. or the prosecutor from Law & Order: SVU to Conviction worked for those shows?
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May 13, 2015
All genius.
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May 13, 2015
They should try to match up to the hilarious hyperbole that has been the cornerstone of the first season, his computer should just literally kill him.
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