01/26/2012 02:02 am ET Updated Mar 26, 2012

Marg Helgenberger's Last 'CSI' Episode: Catherine Willows Says Goodbye To The Team (VIDEO)

In this second part of Marg Helgenberger's two-episode farewell tour on "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" (Wed., 10 p.m. EST on CBS), Catherine Willows spent much of it on the run with D.B. Russell from the black ops team that shot up her home in last week's installment. She had a gunshot wound cauterized by a prostitute's hair curler along the way, which is certainly a memorable experience to have during one's final days on the job.

Rather than go out in a hail of gunfire -- she had that chance last week -- Willows wrapped up her time on the job by impressing the FBI and getting a job offer to join them. It was the words of her childhood friend, who'd orchestrated the dastardly deeds she'd been battling, that gave her the courage to open a new chapter in her life.

"There comes a point in one's life in which one feels compelled to make a change," she said to the team. "This is the hardest decision I've ever made. I mean, how can I leave this place? How can I leave all of you?"

It was appropriate that it was Stokes who responded first, as George Eads has been with Helgenberger since the beginning of the series as well. "Even though you're leaving, you'll always be here with us," he said. "Always."

"CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" continues without Willows every Wednesday at 10 p.m. EST on CBS.

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