I can understand your confusion. :lol: People assumed the finale was going to have D/L due to spoilers released via TVGuide. Two, in fact, that heavily implied there was going to be a major D/L scene in the episode. One of the spoilers was even printed in the TVGuide magazine that hinted at an 'emotional turn for two of the team members', about a week before the episode aired, I think? Somebody correct that if I'm wrong. Interesting question! I'm afraid my answer is a boring one though; I never knew TPTB intended the characters to be younger than their actors' ages, so I always presumed the characters were the same age as the actors. Age has nothing to do with my dislike for Lindsay as a character. Ohh, I think lots of people are going to disagree with you there. Then again, opinions are like a certain part of our posterior, everyone has one. I think even TPTB may disagree with you on the show not needing Danny because without him, they'd lose their cash cow/utility guy/whore of the show! :lol: Why else did TPTB turn Danny into a prop for Lindsay? As for Hawkes, Zuiker actually stated in an interview that bringing Lindsay onto the show in season two was a mistake and it cost Hawkes a great deal in character development. So Hawkes having so little screen time, yeah, TPTB is definitely to blame for that. As for Flack, without his snark alone, much less being possibly the most New York-like character after Danny, there would be something vital missing from the show. The show is called CSI: New York for a reason.