CSI: Crime Scene Investigation

Season 8 Episode 7

Goodbye and Good Luck

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Aired Sunday 10:00 PM Nov 15, 2007 on CBS
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Sara questions her future as a CSI when a past case comes back to haunt her, the 12 year old Hannah, who has to back up her brother one more time with all new tricks up her sleeves.

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  • At an area college, a female student falls to her death from her dorm window. The death is initially ruled a suicide but Grissom's team determines that the death was murder. The investigation leads to two people Sara would rather forget.moreless

    9.0
    This is not the best episode of CSI but it does have its strong points which is why I am giving it such a high rating. The investigation is well written and held my interest throughout. The actress who plays Hannah does a very good job here like she did in her first appearance on the show. The viewer is amazed by her intelligence and her commanding presence and also angered by the fact that she defends her brother gets away with murder. The part of the story concerning Sara's departure was not very well done, but this episode works.moreless
  • You Want A Summary? Well, Hannah West Comes Back, Brilliantly Played By The Extremely Talented Juliette Goglia, Ronnie Is Ditzy As Ever, Sara Leaves. GSR KISS!

    10
    You Want A Summary? Well, Hannah West Comes Back, Brilliantly Played By The Extremely Talented Juliette Goglia, Ronnie Is Ditzy As Ever, Sara Leaves. GSR KISS!



    Hannah West, from "The Unusual Suspect" (Season 6) returns. As does her brother Marlon. A girl in college, Kira Dellinger, gets pushed out of a window. Sara is not exactly cheerful, and loses her cool when interrogating Hannah, who's the actual killer. All the evidence is against Marlon, and in this case Hannah doesn't help him out. He's frustrated, knowing that Hannah knows he didn't kill Kira, but it will be impossible to actually prove it. So Marlon hangs himself, and Sara is forced to tell Hannah her brother killed himself. Hannah cries and says Marlon can't leave her all alone, and Sara has to comfort something that's a cross between a cold-blooded killer and a grieving little girl.



    After that, Sara walks into the hallways of CSI, and kisses Grissom, who's in the middle of talking to Hodges. Sara then disappears to "bury her ghosts", leaving the team nothing, except a goodbye letter for Grissom and a "GOOD LUCK" note for Ronnie.



    VERY, VERY good send-off. I loved Juliette Goglia as Hannah, and the letter written by the great Jorja Fox herself is just proof of how talented she is. There's one thing I don't get though: How did Sara get into Ronnie's locker? They're called LOCKers for a reason. Besides this minor goof, "Good bye and Good Luck"was one of the very be st CSI episodes ever. And definitely the saddest.moreless
  • sarah leaves vagas

    8.4
    this episode was another great one i was gripped by the story from the beginning. i always enjoy episodes when they bring back characters from previous ones and tie up lose ends. this one was especially well thought out, i actually found my self feeling sorry for a killer. even though he had killed in the past watching hannah set up her brother for something she had done made me hope they proved him innocent. i am glad they gave sarah dignified exit it would have been a shame if after eight years they had made her exit tacky. saying that though i must be one of a hand full of people who wont miss sarah, i just felt that the character didnt bring as much to the show as the others. her side story lines were never that strong, other than her story with grissom i strugle to remember many if any. i hope that they wont leave grissom moping about her leaving for to long and just get back to what csi is all about great crime drama.moreless
  • Don't Come Back

    10
    Best episode ever, if only for the fact that Sara "Gap Tooth" Sidle is finally gone. She had become quite an annoyance over the past few seasons with her snotty, know it all attitude and I must say I was hoping she would get left out in the desert in the season premiere. Perhaps Grissom will become less of a bore now that she is no longer around to drag him down. Hopefully if a new character is brought in to replace her, he or she will be a lot more interesting than Sara ever was. Thank goodness she is finally gone.moreless
  • NOOOOOOOOO

    1.4
    This did not happen I'm just pretending that this episode never happened nope it did not happen. This is stupid for so many reasons.First after she kissed him it's not like he wouldnt follow her into the locker room.and if Grissom was the only home she had than the natural human instinct would be to cling to that, not run away from it.The one and only reason for this episode is because Jorja Fox wanted to leave because if these characters were real there is no way in hell that that would happen.But I think they could have done better they could have just had her leave the laband not Grissom. I'm not watching anymore and I may just pretend the whole 7th and 8th seasons did not happen Poor Grissom .If Sara ever comes back he may not want her,cause this has been what he was afraid would happen since early on.But that would keep them competing with Greys Anatomy and that is really the only thing the writers and producers care about at this point.oh well it did not happen in my mind so there's nothing more to be upset about.The only two reason that this even got a 1.4 score is because of the scene with Nick and Greg and gothness,and because Sara did say she loved Grissom.moreless
Jessica Lucas

Jessica Lucas

Ronnie Lake

Guest Star

Juliette Goglia

Juliette Goglia

Hannah West

Guest Star

Douglas Smith (VI)

Douglas Smith (VI)

Marlon West

Guest Star

David Berman

David Berman

David Phillips

Recurring Role

Archie Kao

Archie Kao

Archie Johnson

Recurring Role

Victoria Prescott

Victoria Prescott

Judy Tremont

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (6)

  • QUOTES (24)

    • Brass (after they used Marlon to try to get Hannah to confess): Well, he gave it a shot, but she is way out of his league.
      Sara: She's out of mine, too.

    • Sara: I know that you killed Kira Dellinger. I just can't prove it.
      Hannah: That must be frustrating for you.
      Sara: Hannah, Marlon's dead.
      Hannah: Wow. That's a really sad and desperate ploy, Sara. It's beneath you. (Sara shows Hannah the photo of Marlon hanging at the windowsill)
      Sara: He was doing well here, wasn't he? Making friends, joining a band, falling in love. But you're still a freak, just like high school.
      Hannah: You're lying. No. This is a lie.
      Sara: His world got bigger, and yours stayed the same, and you killed Kira so you could keep him all to yourself, didn't you?

    • Marlon: I need to know ... what I did to deserve this.
      Hannah: You killed Kira.
      Marlon: We both know I didn't do that.

    • Marlon: I asked Hannah to teach me how to make GHB, and how to get it into Kira. I just wanted to mess her up a bit. I snuck it into Kira's room a few days ago; I still had a key. Hannah must've made a copy.
      Sara: I believe you, Marlon. I really do. But the only thing that a jury's going to see is your prints on the lube, your prints on the windowsill, and another dead girl.
      Marlon: Why is Hannah doing this to me?
      Sara: I don't know. All I know is ... you don't deserve to take the fall for this. And the question is ... are you going to let your sister get away with this and spend the rest of your life in jail?
      Marlon: If Hannah wants me in jail, that's where I'm going to be. There's nothing I can do about it.

    • Sara (about Mrs. Jimenez): What happened? Her husband attack her again?
      Ronnie: No. She came involuntarily. It took some convincing, but she's agreed to go to a shelter.
      Sara: She won't stay.
      Ronnie: Maybe not. But at least now she has a chance. Look, I did it all on my own time, no OT. I know it's not the way you do things, but I think it's part of the job. At least, that's how I want it to be. For me.

    • Grissom: Hey.
      Sara: What are you doing here?
      Grissom (walks towards Sara but she backs away): I was going to ask you the same question. Listen, I'm worried about you.
      Sara: That just makes this worse. I-I can't talk about this right now. I can't.

    • Hannah: You don't expect me to confess to something I didn't do?
      Sara: I am just putting you on notice. You are not fooling me anymore.
      Hannah: I think I know why you're so angry, Sara. I did some research. I read about what that serial killer did to you out in the desert, under that car ...
      Sara: We're talking about you, Hannah.
      Hannah: It must've been so terrible being trapped like that all alone. Did your life flash in front of your eyes?
      Sara: That is none of your business.
      Hannah: You must've been so sad knowing that you were gonna lose everyone who mattered to you.
      Sara: Stop it, Hannah.
      Hannah: Look, I know how it feels. One moment my parents were alive, and the next they were gone.
      Sara: Answer the question!
      Hannah: My life changed in that moment. All that I have left is Marlon. Why would I do anything to hurt him?
      Sara (stands up and hits the table): Stop playing games with me! (leaves the room)
      Hannah: You're the one who's playing games.

    • Hannah: He didn't kill Kira. He cared about her.
      Sara: Hannah, what makes you think that I would believe anything that you tell me?
      Hannah (smiles sweetly): I suppose I'm an optimist. College has been a difficult adjustment for Marlon, especially after we lost our parents.
      Sara: I'm sorry about that.
      Hannah: You're not really, though. When will Marlon be able to leave?
      Sara: Well, we're going to keep him here as long as we possibly can.
      Hannah: At least that's honest. It also seems a little vindictive.
      Sara: Given your brother's history, I think it's pretty sensible.
      Hannah: What's wrong, Sara? You're different than you used to be. You're angry. And a little sad, too. Why?
      Sara: If you want to spend more time with your brother, I recommend you invest in a good lawyer, Hannah.

    • Marlon: I'm telling you, I didn't kill Kira. I've never lied to you. Not once. You just never believe me. When I'm guilty, you want me to be innocent. When I'm innocent, you want me to be guilty.
      Nick: Hey, you know what, Marlon? You can save it, 'cause unlike most people, you're not going to get me to underestimate you. I already know you're every bit as smart as your sister, especially when it comes to creating confusion.

    • Brass: It's going to be tough to get a warrant.
      Sara: I need Marlon West's DNA. If his semen is in Kira Dellinger, it puts him at the murder.
      Brass: Look, they had a known sexual relationship, so there's no evidence of rape. And I don't know if you know this, but Marlon's mother and father were killed in a car accident last year. Judge Bowman is going to be very sensitive to that. It could look like harassment.
      Sara: Jim, are you going to talk to the judge or not?
      Brass: Wow, you really got it out for this kid. What's the deal here, Sara?
      Sara: Marlon West has killed before.
      Brass: Not according to a jury of his peers.
      Sara: Did you have fun talking to Kira Dellinger's parents?
      Brass: Excuse me?
      Sara: Must've been a lot of screaming and crying and despair.
      Brass: Yeah, there usually is. What's your point, Sara?
      Sara: My point is, if we had done our job right the first time, Marlon West would be in jail, and Kira Dellinger would still be alive. Talk to the judge.

    • Brass: We're here to talk to you about Kira Dellinger.
      Marlon: Kira committed suicide.
      Sara: Actually, she was murdered.
      Marlon: Somebody I know ends up dead and I'm automatically a suspect?
      Brass: History has a way of repeating itself, Marlon.

    • Hodges: Kudos to you. The lube was indeed laced with GHB. Not hard to do if you know a little chemistry.
      Sara: Marlon takes chemistry. Hannah teaches it.
      Nick: We know Marlon's fingerprints are on the lube tube. We know he was jealous. Maybe the GHB-lube was his way of getting back at her. You know? Give a drug-free girl a bad trip.
      Hodges: Which became a really bad trip.

    • Ronnie (about the Jimenez's): How are we going to handle this?
      Sara: Well, the guy's under arrest.
      Ronnie: He'll be free by tomorrow. Her husband is obviously abusing her. (sighs) There's got to be something we can do.
      Sara: We'll be back for her body next month. Or his. Or both. There is nothing you can do about this, Ronnie. Don't kid yourself.

    • Catherine: Such a scary thing, sending your kid off to college.
      Doc Robbins: Is Lindsey looking already?
      Catherine: Yeah. In fact, we looked at WLVU last month.
      Doc Robbins: Well, at least she'd be close to home.
      Catherine: She's free on campus, might as well be a thousand miles away.

    • Ronnie: Mrs. Jimenez, are you okay?
      Mrs. Jimenez: Bad back. (Ronnie looks at Mrs. Jimenez's back and finds a knife sticking out of it)
      Ronnie: Sara, she's got a very bad back.

    • David: It's the third jumper on campus this year. Maybe it's contagious.
      Catherine: I saw this documentary once on suicides off the Golden Gate Bridge, and they interviewed a survivor and he said the moment that he let go of the railing, he realized that all of his problems were fixable, except for having jumped.

    • Marlon: Hannah, they're going to put me away for the rest of my life.
      Hannah: The evidence is against you, particularly given your history of violence.
      Marlon: Please ... after everything I've done for you, after everything we've done for each other, at least tell me why.
      Hannah: Because I love you.
      Marlon: And I love you, too.
      Hannah: No, you don't. But you will. I promise, I'll visit you every week.

    • Greg: Looks like our vic was in a goth band. You know, I used to be goth.
      Nick: Mh-hmm.
      Greg. Yeah, the goth-thing was just an act. Chicks dug it.
      Nick: How does that work?
      Greg: You act depressed to get chicks, you get depressed chicks.

    • Greg (to Nick): Kinda hard to tell the difference between a struggle and a typical college dorm room.

    • Sara: I don't think Kira punched Marlon. I think Hannah picked up the tooth from a fight that Marlon had earlier in the evening. And I think she planted it on Kira. (Grissom is silent as he thinks about it) That's crazy.
      Grissom: It's possible.
      Sara: This kid is spinning me in circles again.
      Grissom: You know, Sara, some cases, some suspects, can get under your skin. Like this tooth. But you can't let 'em make you feel bad.

    • Nick (refering to Kira Dellinger's body, up in her dorm): Hey, Catherine, do you see any wounds on the body inconsistent with the fall?
      Catherine (on the walkie-talkie below): Hang on.
      David (showing a cut): Well there's this.
      Catherine (on the walkie-talkie): Yeah, there's a long perimortem abrasion on her lower back.
      Nick (up in the dorm): I think I know how it got there. Drag and drop.

    • Sara (voiceover): Gil, You know I love you. I feel I've loved you forever. Lately, I haven't been feeling very well. Truth be told, I'm tired. Out in the desert, under that car that night, I realized something, and I haven't been able to shake it. Since my father died, I've spent almost my entire life with ghosts. We've been like close friends, and out there in the desert, it occurred to me that it was time for me to bury them. I can't do that here. I'm so sorry. No matter how hard I try to fight it off, I'm left with the feeling that I have to go. I have no idea where I'm going, but I know I have to do this. If I don't, I'm afraid I'll self destruct, and worse, you'll be there to see it happen. Be safe. Know that I tried very hard to stay. Know that you're my one and only. I will miss you with every beat of my heart. Our life together was the only home I've ever really had. I wouldn't trade it for anything. I love you. I always will. Good bye.

    • Nick: He confessed. It was later thrown out on a technicality. We really didn't need it. The prosecution's case against Marlon was very strong.
      Sara: Until Marlon's little sister Hannah got on the stand and confessed to the murder herself.
      Catherine: Oh, yes, I remember this case. A high school senior at age 12.
      Sara: She's a prodigy.
      Nick: She's a pint-size Machiavelli. She manipulated events, fabricated evidence, and in the end ...
      Sara: She claimed that she did it because she loved Marlon. Some warped sense of justice... She graduated later that summer, became legally emancipated from her parents and went off to Harvard, pre-med.
      Grissom: You keeping tabs on her?
      Sara: Not recently. Look, accident or no accident, Marlon killed before. Hannah sunk this case, Marlon got a free pass, and now he's killed again.
      Catherine: Well, we don't know that just yet. I mean, we don't have Marlon's DNA to compare with the semen that was found in the victim. All the old evidence was expunged with the verdict.
      Sara: I want this case.
      Grissom: The one that got away?
      Sara: We're not supposed to let them get away, right?
      Grissom: Okay. I'll see if I can clear it with Ecklie. Catherine has to supervise, though. You report to her.

    • Sara: "Zopidem"? That's good stuff.
      Warrick: Yeah, it's to help me sleep. I've been having the hardest time lately.
      Sara: Me, too.
      Warrick: Well, just coming off of grave after all these years, you know, takes a while to adjust. (he rubs her shoulder) You're a tough cookie. I'm not worried about you. Take care of yourself, huh?
      Sara: Thanks.
      Warrick: Yeah.
      Sara (as Warrick leaves the locker room): Sweet dreams.
      Warrick: Thank you.

  • NOTES (7)

    • International Titles:
      Czech Republic: Sbohem a šáteček (Goodbye and a Hanky)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Denmark: January 18, 2008 on Kanal 5
      United Kingdom: February 19, 2008 on Channel 5
      Norway: March 11, 2008 on TVNorge
      New Zealand: March 16, 2008 on TV3
      Latin America: March 24, 2008 on AXN
      Australia: April 13, 2008 on Nine
      Hong Kong: April 17, 2008 on AXN
      Italy: May 1, 2008 on FoxCrime
      Sweden: May 12, 2008 on Kanal 5
      Germany: October 23, 2008 on RTL
      Austria: October 23, 2008 on ORF1
      Spain: October 28, 2008 on AXN
      Finland: December 31, 2008 on MTV3
      Czech Republic: October 8, 2009 on TV Nova

    • Jorja Fox wrote the goodbye letter to Grissom herself.

    • Music Featured In This Episode:
      Carousel- Iron & Wine
      Shed a Little Light- Foy Vance
      Sinking Feeling- Roisin Murphy
      I Will Remember You- Sarah McLachlan

    • This episode went through several name changes; some of them included:
      Hello, Goodnight
      Hello, Goodbye
      Goodbye & Goodnight

    • Hannah (Julia Goglia) and Marlon West (Douglas Smith IV) were characters in episode 135 Unusual Suspect where Marlon West is tried for the murder of high school girl and his sister puts doubts in the jury's mind when she confesses to the murder.

    • Jorja Fox (Sara Sidle) makes her last appearance as a series regular.

  • ALLUSIONS (2)

    • During the opening scene, when the nerds are listening through their ceiling with a stethoscope, the theme song from 1990s sci-fi drama The X-Files is playing in the background, which was about a pair of FBI agents investigating paranormal activity.

    • Episode Title: Goodbye, and Good Luck.

      "Goodbye and Good Luck" is an allusion to radio and TV news broadcasts made by Edward R. Murrow, who used to close his shows with those words.

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