I need to ask something….. What in hell has happened to the Horatio Caine from Seasons 1-3? You know, that 6-foot, vulture-esque, pale as the icy Tundra, flame-haired, china-blue eyed, 40-ish bristling protector of the vanquished & downtrodden, incandescent with righteousness and self-flagellation, who was last seen in late May 2005 doing a particularly wrenching Humphrey Bogart impression? 7 episodes into Season 4 and especially after that ridiculous "let’s do a crossover to prop up NY ratings and because WE haven’t the creative wit God gave a sea cucumber" rubbish, I’m convinced THEY have stuck us with some Horatio Caine Doppelganger. It’s almost like THEY are trying, in a destructive Frankenstein-like fashion, to re-create Horatio into something decidedly un-Horatio from Seasons 1 –3. THEY had the entire summer to creatively explore, in Parfait-like style, the myriad Miami storytelling options that were so delectably dished up in Season 1-3 e.g. Eric and Ryan’s XY jousting; Ryan’s obsessive-compulsive tendencies; Calleigh and her lying on the job; Calleigh dealing (or not) with John killing himself in her lab; Calleigh and her Dad; Eric, Calleigh and Alexx and Tim’s death; H and his crew; H and Stetler; H and Frank; H and Rebecca, H and Suzie and Madison; H and his not-so-dead and on-the-take brother, Raymond; and, of course, H and Yelina and Ray Jr. But instead THEY decimate the premise, foundations and developed storyarcs of the entire Season 1-3 as if it all never existed, like an astonishingly demented and viewership insulting "do-over"; introduce new characters when the existing ones should be getting more screen time to develop their storylines; and in an inspired lack of originality and creativity, have a "let’s all go to NY and hang with the Dementor Crew", and then boomerang with an utterly wasteful, "let’s have the Dementor Crew go to Miami!" Well, damn. How I wish Greg House were THEIR boss! And…. What on earth could be accomplished by having H all lust-ish with Stella? Aside from the appealing to the lowest common denominator, why prostitute Horatio in this way? So is Stella moving to Miami or H moving to NY on a "won’t-you-be-my-enforced valentine-until-we-each-get-a-new-dumbass-storyline" CSI Exchange Program? Since when did Horatio become THEIR “Rentboy”? It is an appalling character assassination of Horatio by THEM. You know, I have to keep reminding myself that there are women (who, IMO, are generally much more civilized decision makers compared to my gender) as executive producers & writers for this series. Alas, our poor bastardized Horatio, so screwed over by his creators. Frankenstein, indeed. Honestly, I ask you! Hey, Steven Maeda! Is there any chance of you returning to rescue this lot from themselves, restoring our sanity and redeeming Horatio before "Reverse Pinocchiosis" becomes permanent for our H? Did you see this lunacy coming, Steven? Hence you shoving off to join "Lost"? Crikey, the Las Vegas outfit must really be laughing at the way these two eastern outfits cannot seem to survive off their own merits without being forced to hold-hands-across-America several times a season. Talk about having a blatant "no vote of confidence" by both the tptbs for their respective spin offs. Miami. New York. Neither the twain should ever have met or continue to meet.