A writer's main goal is to write stories that will attract viewers and get people talking. In that sense, I don't know that I would've written anything different. I believe that when Lost Son aired it became the most watched episode of Miami's history (later beat by Whacked). Tons, and tons, and tons of people started watching Miami because of the episode (I remember suddenly this board lit up like a Christmas tree). So it may have been a 'lame' way to write Rory out, but it sure was successful. In that sense, the writers won. Rory won, too, cause he also got what he wanted. The character could've been transfered, of course. But it wouldn't have been favorable to the success of the show. Even the promos would've been boring, "This season, on CSI: Miami..... someone transfers.... to, like, another city and stuff.... WATCH!" Except, no one would've. Plus, Rory wanted out immediately, and transfering Speed while keeping him in character would've been a multi-episode arc. I don't think it would've worked. The Rory interview was conducted by CSI Files. Trust me, it's legitimate. Plus, Rory had already broken all ties with Miami and CBS. No one asked him to lie or twist the truth.