Well the ep is a cliff hanger but not as bad as some in the past. I think this ep could have been 2 hours and felt less rushed. The actress playing Natalie was great and we could have stood some more insight into her. I loved the look on people's faces when Grissom commented on him loving Sara. I don't think the series has turned into a soap opera. I just don't think they have their balance of procedure & and relationships down yet. NY and even Miami have a better balance (particularly Mac & Peyton on NY). But maybe if Sara lives they can work out the balance next season.