CSI: Crime Scene Investigation

Sara Sidle

Having struggled to solve the problem of other people and how to relate to them, Sara Sidle has pursued her career vigorously.

Sara Sidle

Played by Jorja Fox

Sara Sidle was born and raised outside San Francisco on Tamales Bay. An only child of ex-hippies running a bed and breakfast, Sara always needed a bigger stage. Everything about her as a child was outsized: her intelligence, her energy, her curiosity. Sara was pretty much all-or-nothing in high school and, as talented as she was, grace didn’t come with the package. The other kids resented her and she did nothing to ease the resentment.

At age 18, Sara found a place where she could be at home. She went to Harvard and enjoyed four of the best years of her life. She took as many classes as she could, went to as many parties as she could and finally hit the dating scene. She attended graduate school in theoretical physics before realising that she was too frenetic for a life of scholarly contemplation. One year later, Sara got a job in the San Francisco coroner’s office and spent five years there gaining an unofficial education in forensic science. After that, she transferred to the San Francisco crime lab before being contacted by Grissom, who asked her to come to Las Vegas.

Like any tragic figure worth her salt, Sara has a single flaw: people. She can solve any problem except the problem of other people and how she’s supposed to relate to them. As a result, she hides in her job. She pursues her career rigorously, perhaps more so than any of the other CSIs, partly because she’s still rebelling against her parents’ casual approach to social obligations and partly because she’s afraid of what she’d find out about herself if she ever slowed down.