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Premieres: Wednesday, Sept. 25 at 10/9c
Where We Left Off: In an effort to catch a serial killer that had already abducted Brass' daughter Ellie, D.B. Russell reluctantly agreed use Morgan as bait to lure the killer out. But just when the team decided to abort the undercover operation, they realized that Morgan had also been kidnapped.
What's Next: Like last season's opener, which dealt with Russell's missing granddaughter, this year's premiere is an all-out manhunt for Morgan and Ellie. But don't expect the same happy ending. "A person close to the CSI family will die," executive producer Don McGill teases. "The first image of the premiere is a memorial service. Some faces [are] missing. So the question is: Who's in the casket?" Although everyone on the team is shaken by the loss, look for Russell to take it particularly hard. "He's in crisis by the end; he feels responsible," McGill says. "We'll see as the season progresses that there may be some questioning of his purpose." Elsewhere, the team will work on a 14-year-old cold case for the show's landmark 300th episode, and look for a "dangerous" new love interest for Nick.