Back to Melina, I'm guessing that despite alot of viewers being saddened of her surprising departure and Sela automatically being brought on board in Mel's place, I'm sure that it's a matter of "we shall see..." before the whole boomerang effect comes in, and Mel does appear in one, or some episodes, or perhaps come back as a regular. Either way, I would really hate for this show to end due to declining ratings. Yes, I do believe that a boomerang effect would exist, especially when it comes to a solid character like Stella Bonasera. With Adam Rodriguez's and Jorja Fox's situations, now this situation with Melina, part of me feels as if this (86ing an almost leading character) can't be coincidencial. During CSI: NY's first seasons, they had used alot of occuring characters (played by Kelly Hu, Ron Yuan, that Jaime Bell-looking fellow, among others), as well as the Gothic dimly-lit M.E. lab, which I don't see anymore. I figured that I'd see them again as the seasons continue on. Which was the same as the old M.E. in the original CSI, season 1, episode 1, then being replaced by the good ol' Dr. Robbins. Which is okay since I can't stand that former S.O.B. with the whole Holly Griggs thing. That has also occured in the earlier episodes of CSI: Miami, with one of them being this handsome dark-skinned dude with the dreadlocks. The thing is, one could never really know if the CSI creators pay attention to the viewers' opinions and criticisms. It makes me wonder if having guest stars or getting in a police department/crime lab employee would somehow keep the ratings up, and then never using these characters in a long while again in case viewers weren't feelin' them, precede over better storylines or character situations. Even if I haven't been watching much of CSI: NY, not because of questionable storylines or episodes but rather because of personal reasons keeping me from watching T.V., I will try to keep an open mind in what Sela has to bring in, and if the show can still go on sans Melinamou. I would really hate for this show to tank or to get poor reviews to the point where production and creators were to say, "Stuff this, let's just end this and not exceed in making anymore pay cuts!" I guarantee that they'll find a way to keep this show on the air. However may they roam.