(NOTE: MOVED FROM A PREVIOUS THREAD) I actually liked the GSR ship and while it's unlikely it'll be seen again since WP departed, I'm okay with how they closed it out in the end. I can understand why some disliked it though. I sometimes felt some reservations over the pairing especially with the age disparity but I like how they ultimately played it out in the end especially as shortly before Grissom left. As for me, I've found myself violently rejecting Mac/Jo simply because I feel like it was shoved right in our faces when too many of us simply still couldn't fully recover from the news of Melina leaving over the summer. :censored::censored::angryrazz::wtf: And TPTB have a rotten nerve to shove Mac/Jo in our faces, after how we're still reeling from Stella's abrupt absence? Give me a break! The way it was brought in left an incredibly bitter taste in my mouth especially how many were so devoted to Mac/Stella for so many years only to see it taken from us literally overnight. :scream: Thanks a lot, both TPTB :censored: and MK! :angryrazz: A choice now between drinking sour milk or ingesting dishwashing liquid. :wtf: It took me three seasons to embrace Mac/Stella as a pair and with Stella leaving, barring her return if the show ends, I've been violently against the idea of Mac being paired up with Jo, hence my angry attitude in some areas on the forum over it. I really tried to watch the show just recently but could not do so because of Stella's absence. I just couldn't. MK should NOT have left like this. We had been loyal SMacked fans for years but I just can't help but feel that MK slapped us all in the face. It is this reason that I felt my respect for her collapse into a pile of burning debris and only starting to slowly, slowly recover somewhat. It reminds me when I was a giant Janet Jackson fan only to see my respect for her at the time crumble when she tumbled from Rhythm Nation and Velvet Rope to the debacle of Damita Jo and the worst of All For You before she rebounded afterwards. I feel the same way towards MK. Both are huge goddesses IMO but they both made moves that I saw as really poor moves that made me lose respect for them for a while before they rebounded. Anyway that's for a whole different thread. At this point, in terms of romantic pairing, I'd take Mac with either Peyton (Okay with it) or even Aubrey (Reacts with a response similar to the first winds of winter) or not going out with anybody at all. Any of the three I would take over over Jo Danville (Gets out barf bag) any day. Maybe in season 9, if CSI NY survives long enough, I'll accept Mac/Jo. Until then, keep them at least Grand Canyon's width AWAY from each other. Did Mac and Stella have an angry falling out to the point that their friendship was damaged beyond repair, to the point that Stella left for a different city? Or did Mac help Stella in her move to her new job and visit her at least once in the five months since "Vacation Getaway". Does Mac still speak to her on the phone long distance? For crying out loud, please, we want to know how it all played out in the end. Don't leave us permanently hanging like this. It's no wonder MK leaving left fans so angry, disappointed and deeply embittered to the point they stopped watching CSI NY altogether. An occassional reference to Stella or Mac mentioning her to Jo once in a while would do a lot to repair the harm MK's leaving left on the series. The shock of it all has also been enough that it has spread to other ships elsewhere on the franchise. For example, I've also started to become increasingly skeptical of the Eric/Calleigh pairing as of lately since this season, I've seen it become increasingly juvenile and reducing the quality of both characters. I've always detected a good amount of attraction between them but as of lately, it has become closer to looking like the most banal of Danny/Lindsay than to either Grissom/Sara or Mac/Stella. If they truly have broken them up, then please, oh please, break them up and be done with it! Sheesh. I personally also think that the main characters should be with background characters or those we don't see much, if at all. With the decline of TPTB's Midas Touch, and the fact that the shows are incredibly long in the tooth, it may be better to pair up characters with recurring characters or off-screen characters than between main ones. That's my two-hundred dollars.