The youngest child in a family of seven, Nick Stokes was born into law enforcement and determined to live up to his parents' expectations.
Played by George Eads
The youngest child in a family of seven, Nick Stokes was born into law enforcement. His father worked as the state DA before being appointed to the bench. Two years ago, Nick’s father was appointed to the Texas state Supreme Court. Nick’s mother has spent her entire adult life working as a public defender.
With one brother and five sisters, Nick has had a lot of people looking out for him; maybe that’s why everything feels so personal to him. Where Sara struggles with relationships, Nick can’t help himself: being with and around people is so easy for him. What’s hard is balancing the unspoken but competing perspectives of his parents. He wants to live up to their expectations, and becoming a CSI was one way of finding a compromise. As a CSI, he’s objective: he still has a social responsibility to uphold, but does his job without an agenda. The evidence speaks, and everyone has to respect what it says, from public defenders to judges on the bench.
Nick could still be in Texas, but he chose to move two states over. There’s a part of Nick that loves his family and his family name, but there’s a part of him that wants to be on his own, to lay down his own roots and establish his own identity. However, he’s finding that roots don’t take quickly. Growing them is a slow process fraught with mistakes, and Nick isn’t finished.