First on my list will be Nick Stokes played by George Eads of CSI: Las Vegas. Serious handsome man but he’s not fearless especially when he was “almost” buried-alive with a bomb attached on his body and when he moves, the bomb will trigger. Of course the team came to rescue him. He specialize in fiber and hair analysis.
Nick is currently single. When he was nine years old, Nick had a traumatic experience, most likely molestation, at the hands of a last-minute replacement babysitter. He never told anyone until 2001, when he confided in Catherine Willows in episode 203, “Overload“. Because of this Nick has trouble investigating crimes against children. Nick was a member of a fraternity when he was in college and is familiar with fraternity hazing, as he tells a fraternity member in the fourth episode, “Pledging Mr. Johnson“.
Nick seems to have had a happy childhood and is close to his parents. In the season five finale “Grave Danger,” it is revealed that his father’s nickname for him is “Pancho”, and he in turn calls his father “Cisco” (a reference to the central characters in The Cisco Kid). His boss, Gil Grissom, later uses the “Pancho” nickname to calm Nick down while they are trying to rescue him from a coffin that has been rigged with explosives. Nick’s father is also a Judge, as referred to by Grissom in the same episode.
Nick has a natural empathy with the people affected by the crimes he investigates. Other members of the team believe that it is better to maintain an emotional distance. This difference in outlook is a source of much comment and occasionally raised voices. Other than that, Nick is usually affable and gets along with his co-workers. He considers co-worker Warrick Brown a very good friend.
Danny grew up on Staten Island, in an “Italian Mafia” family under surveillance (as hinted at in the episode “Tanglewood”). As a result, he formed his own set of hybrid ethics, caught between the world of lawbreakers and lawmakers. Though very little is known about the Messer family, Danny openly admits that he has had a very rocky relationship with his older brother, Louie, since a fateful night in 1991. After promising to take Danny to a party in New Jersey with some of his friends, Louie pulls over beside a football stadium where he and three others begin to severely beat a drug dealer, telling him it was an initiation into the Tanglewood Boys gang. When Danny protests, Louie calls him a disgrace and tells him to leave (episode 220, “Run Silent, Run Deep”). Despite the strained relationship that resulted, Danny would often lend money to Louie (episode 211, “Trapped”).
Danny attended college and played minor league baseball until he got into a fight and broke his wrist, after which he went to the police academy and graduated first in his class (episode 122, “The Closer”). CSI team leader Mac Taylor personally selected Danny for his team, an honor and a responsibility that he attempts to live up to each day.
Ever since he picked up his first amateur chemistry kit when he was seven, Greg Sanders has wanted to be a scientist. Even though he was told that science was supposed to be a hobby for the pasty-faced and romantically challenged, that did not dissuade him from joining the Science Club in high school, or from majoring in Chemistry in college. He had always balanced lab work with athletics, studying with flirting, and computer work with dating. Addicted to the pursuit of knowledge, Greg has been on a quest to learn all he can about the scientific breakthroughs of the past centuries. And discovering and naming a brand-new theory or element after himself wouldn’t hurt, either.
After years of lobbying for a shot at working in the field with the CSI team, under the watchful eye of Grissom and his co-workers he was able to complete his transition from working in the lab to being a fully fledged CSI. The sometimes-overzealous Sanders realizes he has much more to learn in his professional transition to the world outside the lab.
Ryan Wolfe, a former patrol officer, is hired after Tim Speedle is killed on the job. He has a strong background in science, majoring in chemistry at a Boston college and now pursuing a master’s degree in genetics. His studies take a back seat to his job; he graduated top of his class at the police academy, well on his way to a promotion.
He catches the attention of Horatio Caine at the scene of a bus crash. There, Wolfe shows great attention to detail and to the care of his sidearm, reflecting the fixation on minute details emerging from his obsessive-compulsive disorder. Wolfe’s eye for detail wins Caine’s respect, since poor gun maintenance led to the misfire at a critical moment that contributed to Speedle’s death (episode 301, “Lost Son”).
When he first joins the lab, Wolfe has a difficult time with his co-workers. Eric Delko, who had been close to Speedle, is still angry over his friend’s murder, and resents Wolfe as an interloper. Calleigh Duquesne, on the other hand, is concerned because Wolfe’s first case is a possible vehicular homicide involving her alcoholic father, lawyer Kenwall “Duke” Duquesne (episode 303, “Under the Influence”). Over time, however, Wolfe has proved his worth to the crime lab, being more concerned with solving cases than with his personal advancement.
During season 1, Hawkes is a Medical Examiner with the NYC Office of the Chief Medical Examiner (OCME). He was a child prodigy who graduated college at eighteen, and by 24 he was a fully board-licensed surgeon. After a tumultuous surgical career in which he was often at odds with his boss and after losing two patients on the operating table (shown in flashback in episode 309, “And Here’s To You, Mrs. Azrael”), he abandoned surgery in favor of the medical examiner’s office. He evidently sleeps at the morgue sometimes, as he has a cot there in episode 103, “American Dreamers.” At the start of season 2, Hawkes moves from the autopsy room out into the field, much to the initial surprise of head CSI Mac Taylor (episode 123, “What You See Is What You See”).
Hawkes is a sympathetic soul who is willing to lend an ear to anyone who needs to talk. During “Murder Sings The Blues” (episode 307) he is shown in flashback to have met a girl at a party. The girl felt unhappy, so Hawkes took her out for a cup of coffee and listened to her tell him her troubles. Afterwards, he gave her his phone number if she ever felt like she needed to talk to him again. The girl is found dead two weeks later onboard a subway car following a rave party, with Hawkes’ phone number still on her person. Hawkes, when he discovers his phone number in the girl’s possession, neglects to tell Mac about his connection to her, which earns him a dressing down from Mac in front of the entire lab. Later, Hawkes apologizes to Mac for not disclosing how he knew the victim and tells his story. Their relationship has clearly mended by episode 309 (“And Here’s To You, Mrs. Azrael”), when Mac confides about his father’s lingering death from cancer, and Sheldon comforts him. This dialogue also indicates that Hawkes is opposed to euthanasia.
Warrick is the only member of the team born and raised in Las Vegas. As of season 7, Warrick has never met his father. His mother died when he was seven, leaving Warrick in the care of his maternal grandmother. He grew up in a strict household, and that meant he kept his position as a runner (someone who jots down sports bets and runs between casinos to place those bets) a secret from his grandmother.
Prior to becoming a CSI, Warrick worked as a casino runner throughout his teenage years. He put himself through college working as a taxi driver, a bell captain at the Sahara, selling helicopter rides over the Grand Canyon, and a grave digger before finding his way to the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department and its CSI.
Early in the series, Warrick had a severe gambling problem, one that even started to cross into his professional career. In the pilot episode Warrick left a crime scene, leaving a new CSI, Holly Gribbs, without backup so he could place a bet on a team for a judge. The perpetrator of the crime Holly and Warrick were investigating returned to the scene and murdered Holly. Their supervisor, Gil Grissom was supposed to fire Warrick for this, but having already lost one CSI, he did not want to lose another.
Brown can move just as easily through the Clark County courthouse as he can through the Sportsbook at the Hard Rock. To let off steam, he DJs at clubs run by his friends and writes his own songs. Spending his whole life in the city means Warrick knows at least one person in most bars, clubs, and hotels there. He’s connected, and he uses those connections to move between his worlds. He dated a lot of women in his early twenties, but the first time he fell in love, the woman broke his heart. As a result he became more cautious with his lovelife.
Warrick maintains a good friendship with fellow CSI Nick Stokes. Warrick is extremely upset when Nick is kidnapped and buried alive in the two part Season 5 finale, “Grave Danger” parts 1 and 2, as he felt it should have been him to volunteer for the assignment in which Nick was kidnapped (they flipped a coin to see who would take which assignment that evening). Warrick pushed the team as hard as he could when investigating Nick’s disappearance, not knowing what he would do if he was unable to save his friend.
After dating a woman named Tina for a short time, he proposed and quickly married in Season 6. When he announced this, many of his co-workers were surprised, including a somewhat dismayed Catherine Willows. Nearing the Season 6 finale (“Bang-Bang“), Warrick’s marriage seemed to have become rocky, but after a scene when Tina’s supposed infidelity was shown to be her planning a party for Warrick, nothing more of the marriage has been shown. Through the mid-point of Season 7, Warrick still wears his wedding band, which would suggest that he and Tina have worked through their differences.
Flack is a homicide detective with the NYPD, known for both his wry wit and his determination to hunt down suspects (even to the point of chasing them down alleys and over rooftops). He was mentored by another cop, Gavin Moran, who he is later forced to arrest after it comes to light that Moran concealed evidence during the course of an investigation (episode 117, “The Fall”). He is both a colleague and a friend to the members of the New York Crime Lab. After Stella Bonasera is attacked in her apartment by her unstable boyfriend, Flack gently helps her through when he comes to the hospital to take her statement (episode 221, “All Access”). His friendship with Mac Taylor is tested when Taylor uncovers evidence that one of Flack’s men is a dirty cop and asks Don to turn over his memo notebook to prove it. Though Flack eventually capitulates, their relationship is a bit tense for a some time after (episode 308, “Consequences,” episode 310. “Sweet 16”). Flack defends Taylor to the detective investigating Sheldon Hawkes, who is the prime suspect in a robbery-homicide, after Taylor locks himself in the interrogation room with Sheldon. Flack affirms that said detective would do the same for him (Flack) (episode 311, “Raising Shane”). He is also close to Danny Messer, attempting to offer him some sound advice in episode 121 (“On the Job”) when it appears that Danny accidentally kills an undercover officer.