Re: Season 9 *Spoiler Lab* Discussions Personally, I think we'll see Sara Sidle in more than just the season premiere. At least the first 2 episodes I reckon. They know bringing her character back will boost the ratings and the season premiere will get good ratings anyway - regardless of whether she's there or not. Then I'm guessing what usually happens is viewing figures decrease. By having her appear in more than just the opener, it's a sure-fire way of keeping the ratings high. Being from the UK, I'm really don't get the whole "sweeps" thing - but they can use Sara's reappearance as a (not so secret) weapon against the competition. She's a popular enough character that her eps will get higher ratings - and isn't it just all about ratings in the end (?) I'm actually just as looking forward to seeing the new opening credits for season 9 as the premiere. Wondering who'll get a promotion to the main credits this year, like Hodges was last. And it does seem a logical choice to have Nick find Warrick, he was the only one left at restaurant I think? - the others had already left.