By Michael Ausiello
March 12, 2009 at 12:00 PM EDT

Good thing E.T. isn’t around to see this.

Henry Thomas has been cast as a convicted murderer in a May sweeps episode of CSI that delves into Catherine’s (Marg Helgenberger) early days as a crime scene sleuth, sources confirm to me exclusively.

The 38-year-old actor will play Jeremy Kent, a presumed killer that Catherine put away during her first solo case back in 1991. Now, after nearly two decades in prison, during which he learned everything he could about forensics, Thomas’ character is calling her original findings into question.

Did Cath make a rookie mistake?! Will new technology exonerate E.T.’s BFF?! Is Thomas’ 1984 masterpiece Cloak & Dagger the most underrated crime thriller ever? Don’t know, probably, and damn straight it is!

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