February 14, 2015 01:10 PM

So long, Nick Stokes.

Sunday’s episode of CSI will mark the end of the road for George Eads, one of the last remaining members of the CBS drama’s original ensemble.

Eads’s decision to leave was reportedly an amicable one. In this exclusive clip obtained by PEOPLE, Eads appears with Jorja Fox (Sara Sidle) – who started off with him on the show in 2000. Nick reveals that he’s got an offer that’s too good to refuse, but it will mean walking away from the friendships he’s cultivated in good ol’ Sin City.

Sara reminds him that she’ll only be a car-ride away – and she even brings her beloved Gil Grissom into the discussion to convince him that it’s time to go.

“You gotta go where you can do the most good,” she tells Nick.

Eads was preceded out the door by Billy Petersen, Gary Dourdan, Marg Helgenberger and Paul Guilfoyle. (Though Fox was there at the beginning, she mostly stayed away during seasons 9 and 10 but has since returned as a regular.)

CSI airs at 10 p.m. ET on CBS.

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