I thought that it was just a writter that he got into a fight with and kicked? They should have just stuck with the suspension, like CSI did with George Eads. Thomas Gibson's character is a very big part of the show. He did apologize, and he knew he was wrong for what he did, but, from what I understand; he was directing that episode. I have a feeling that they will bring him back, when they see how many viewers they lost, and also the out cry from viewers, just like when they got rid of A.J. and Paget.