Sara Sidle

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Sara Sidle
played by Jorja Fox

Character Biography

Character Stats
Birthday: September 16, 1972
Reason for becoming a CSI: To right the wrongs of the world
Forensic Specialty: Materials and Elements Analysis
CSI Level: 3
Personality type: Committed and loyal to her friends; usually calm; but sensitive to some cases.
Signature look: Casual, often wears just a tank top under her vest and sunglasses
Vice(s): Alcohol (past tense); Over-working; No life outside of work; Depression
Virtue(s): Determined and courageous
Endearing trait(s): Helpful and caring
Annoying trait(s): Easy to anger; Challenges authority

Character Connections
Family members:
  • Mother: Laura Sidle
  • Father: Deceased
  • Husband: Former CSI, Gil Grissom
  • Sister:
  • Brother-in-law:
Romance(s): Hank Pedigrew, Gil Grissom
Friends: Gil Grissom, Catherine Willows, Warrick, Nick Stokes, Greg Sanders, Wendy Simms, SuperDave, Hank the Dog, Brass
Enemies: Natalie Davis, Ecklie, Lady Heather, Ronnie, Hank Pedigrew, Hannah West


Cool ChangeSara's first appearance. She is initially brought in as an independent investigator that Grissom knew from a lecture of his. She loved Grissom from the beginning.
Sex, Lies and LarvaeGives some insight into her 'complicated' relationship with Grissom.
The Strip StranglerSara's oversensitivity to cases involving violence towards females is displayed. (This is later revealed that this stems from her childhood.)
You've Got MaleThe similarities in lifestyles between Sara and a victim forces her to reevaluate her personal life.
ButterfliedWe learn Grissom's feelings for Sara when the team investigates the death of a woman who bears an uncanny resemblance to Sara.
BloodlinesSara's drinking problem is brought to the forefront when she receives a DUI at the end of the episode.
No Humans InvolvedSara mentions that she was in foster care and there was a court case against her mother.
SnakesDuring her post PEAP counseling session, Sara ells Grissom that he was the reason she moved to Las Vegas. From her sessions, she concluded that she looks for 'validation in inappropriate places.'
Nesting DollsSara is suspended for insubordination. She later reveals to Grissom that she grew up in a household that was prone to domestic violence, which only ended when her mother stabbed her father.
CommittedWhile Grissom and Sara investigate the murder of a mental hospital patient, Sara is forced to confront her demons about her mother's time in an institution.
Way To GoGrissom and Sara's romantic relationship is revealed.
Living DollSara's personal relationship is revealed to the team.
The Case of the Cross-Dressing CarpGrissom asks Sara to marry him.
Goodbye and Good LuckSara decides to leave Las Vegas, the CSI team, and Grissom to avoid sinking further into misery. She kisses Grissom goodbye and writes him a heartfelt letter.
For WarrickSara returns for Warrick's funeral.
The Happy PlaceSara leaves...again.
Leave Out All The RestGrissom receives a video message from Sara, whom he learns is on a cruise.
One To GoGrissom meets Sara in the jungle.
Family AffairSara returns because the lab is short handed and she misses them.

Born 16th of September 1972, Sara Sidle is the daughter of Laura Sidle and her husband, a pair of ex-hippies who ran a B&B in Tamales Bay, California, an hour and a half outside of San Francisco. (original biography, never mentioned on screen) Sara has an older brother ("One Hit Wonder"). She was in an abusive family, with fights often occurring and trips to the hospital, and when Sara was young, her mother stabbed her father to death ("Nesting Dolls"). Sara went into a foster home for several months ("No Humans Involved") while her mother was in a psychiatric hospital ("Committed")

Sara was a science geek in high school ("Bully For You"). In 1984, the California courts heard the case of "The People vs. Laura Sidle w/2" in Modesto ("No Humans Involved"). Sara Sidle is one of the most brilliant CSI's on the team. At 16, she gained early admission to Harvard ("CSI:" board game, since refuted), where she got her Bachelor's degree in Theoretical Physics; later she received her Masters from UC Berkley (official biography). While in college, Sara started to grow as a human being, interacting with others - this included a trip to the Mile High Club with a BMoC who was "overrated in every aspect" ("Unfriendly Skies"); however, she is still socially inept enough that she talks about work while on a date ("The Finger").

After college, Sara moved to San Francisco and worked in the Coroners Office (official biography), and at some point became a CSI at the crime lab there. In 1999, she attended a Forensic Academy Conference, where she met Gil Grissom.
About a year after meeting, Sara is called to Las Vegas by Gil Grissom -- whom she met during a lecture of his ("Toe Tags") at the 1999 Forensic Academy Conference ("A La Cart") in San Francisco -- to solve the attack, and later death, of rookie CSI Holly Gribbs ("Cool Change"). When asked by Catherine as to why he called Sara to solve the case, he stated ,"she's a friend of mine, someone I trust. She's going to handle our internal investigation and I want to keep this in-house. I don't want I.A. Involved."

When she arrived at the lab, she was not welcomed with open arms by some of the CSIs--Catherine and Warrick. Since one of their own was shot, Catherine and Warrick did not feel that the investigation should be handled by an outsider. Following the case, at some point, Grissom convinced her to stay and replaced Holly on his team. But after some time Sara's relationship with Warrick and Catherine, along with the rest of the team, improved; they've become a family to Sara and some of her only friends ("A Bullet Runs Through It, pt.2").

Sara's relationship with her teammates is layered and contentious; she doesn't often talk to them about her personal life or her past. Not surprisingly given her history, Sara has a hatred of rape and domestic abuse cases, and can lose her objectivity to the point where she almost attacks a suspect ("Sex, Lies and Larvae"). In a later case, she berates a suspect, accurately accusing him of killing his first wife and abusing his second one, which leads to an argument with both Catherine and Ecklie, resulting in her being suspended for a week and almost fired ("Nesting Dolls"). It's at this point that she tells Grissom some of her family history; aside from a PEAP counselor, he is the only one she has ever opened up to about her past.

While Sara has always been interested in her boss - to the point where she remembers everything he says and can quote him - her pursuit of Grissom didn't really begin until she was injured in a lab explosion ("Play With Fire..."); her intimation of mortality causes her to try and arrest a suspect; later she asks Grissom out on a date (he turns her down). The complicated relationship of Sara and Grissom on CSI culminated in 2006 ("Way To Go"), where it was revealed to the audience that Grissom and Sara were more than co-workers. This scene takes place in a bedroom, where Grissom describes how he wants to die, and Sara tells him she isn't ready to say goodbye yet. In Season 7, Sara's romantic relationship with Grissom continues, sometimes playfully, and sometimes with tension-filled moments.

In Season 7's finale, the truth finally came out about Grissom and Sara's relationship when Sara was abducted by the Miniature Killer, Natalie Davis. At the end of the episode, Sara is seen under a car, her arm reaching out. She is still alive when the episode ends with "To Be Continued."

In the Season 8 premiere, Sara survives her ordeal out in the desert. Sometime after Nick finds Sara unconscious in the desert, she wakes up -- in a helicopter on her way to Desert Palm Hospital -- and sees Grissom watching over her. In the episode "Good Bye and Good Luck", Sara says good bye to Grissom (with a kiss and a letter) and leaves the lab. When she left she went to San Francisco to see her mother who is (supposedly) currently prison for killing Sara's father.

In the Season 9 premiere, Sara returns to Vegas (and Grissom) following Warrick's shooting.
In season 10 she returns to help the understaffed lab.
  • Her mother stabbed her father to death.
  • She has used alcohol as an emotional crutch in the past, but does not have a drinking problem.
  • She is often insubordinate to her superiors and quick tempered, which gets her into trouble.
  • Sara was raised in foster care and when brought up, she tends to get emotional about the fact (No Humans Involved, Meet Market, Nesting Dolls). She often shows empathy for others who were in the system like she was.
  • Sara has a tendency to believe what suspects and witnesses tell her, which sometimes leads to her getting 'played' by a suspect (as is in "The Unusual Suspect").
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You know I love you. I feel I've loved you forever.

Lately I haven't been feeling very well. Truth be told, I'm tired.

Out in the desert, under that car that night, I realized something and I haven't been able to shake it.

Since my father died, I spent almost my entire life with ghosts. We've been like close friends and out there in the desert, it occurred to me, that it was time for me to bury them. I can't do that here.

I'm so sorry.

No matter how hard I try to fight it off, I'm left with a feeling that, I have to go. I have no idea where I'm going, but I know I have to do this. If I don't, I'm afraid I'll self-destruct, and worse, you'll be there to see it happen. Be safe.

Know that I tried very hard to stay. Know that you are my one and only. I will miss you with every beat of my heart. Our life together was the only home I've ever really had. I wouldn't trade it for anything.

I love you...I always will.


  • Her mother stabbed her father to death.
  • When she was feeling bad or having emotional problems, she abused alcohol.
  • She was hiding the fact that she and her supervisor, Gill Grissom, were romantically involved.
  • Sara once got her brother in trouble for having weed, because she did not know that it was drugs, she thought it was dirt in the bag.
  • The background tentatively written by Jorja Fox, which has never aired, included Sara being raised by hippie parents who owned a Bed & Breakfast, has since by changed by the writers. Sara's backstory has her raised in an abusive home and in foster care. All of this information was written in during the 5th season. Originally, the character of Sara Sidle was written in as a possible love interest for Gil Grissom.
  • She has a flower tattoo on her left ankle.
  • Sara is 'incapable of leaning on anyone for support'; per a 2006 interview with Jorja Fox. Jorja also stated that she enjoys this aspect of her character.
  • Sara sometimes sings to herself in the lab.
  • Sara is very good at processing cars and other mechanical objects and does not mind doing so.
  • Sara became engaged to, then married, her former CSI Supervisor, Gil Grissom.
Grissom: Whats the matter with you?!
Sara: (pissed off) I'm a woman and I have a gun, and look how he treated me! I can only IMAGINE how he treated his wife!
---"Sex, Lies and Larvae"

Sara: The only reason this is your lab is because Grissom doesn't kiss ass. You couldn't hack it in the field, so you fail your way up, you break up our team, and now you just hang out in the hallways waiting for one of us to screw up.
Ecklie: Sidle, you're on one-week suspension without pay...
Sara: Great.
Ecklie: ...and when you get back, you're apologizing to Catherine.
Sara: No, I'm not."
---"Nesting Dolls"

Sara: When my father died, my mother came to a place like this for a while for evaluation. It looked the same, it smelled the same. It smelled like lies.
Grissom: You sure you're okay?
Sara: Crazy people do make me feel crazy.


Sara: You know, you don't have to sleep in the same bed together to have sex or ... romance.
---"Bite Me"

Sara: (voice over) Can the love be real when the flowers aren't?

Sara: I think Malibu Barbie did it.
Grissom: Well, then there's a lot more to Barbie than just a pretty face, 'cause this is a perfect half-inch scale model of the room.
---"Built to Kill Part 2"

Grissom: "Sex with out love is pointless. It makes you sad."
Sara: "Well, I'm pretty sure I don't make you sad."
Grissom: "No. You make me happy"
---"Ending Happy"

Grissom: "Do you believe in intelligent life on other planets?"
Sara: "I'm not even sure there's intelligent life on this planet"
---"Leapin' Lizards"

Grissom: When did you tell Ecklie we got involved?
Sara: Two years ago. (Grissom looks surprised) Why, what did you tell him?
Grissom: Nine years.
Sara: (laughs) The Forensic Academy Convention?
Grissom: Yeah... You had too many questions about anthropology for some reason.
Sara: Well, I was stalling, I was trying to get the nerve to ask you to dinner.
Grissom: You had a ponytail.
---"A La Cart"

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