Nick Stokes is a Level 3 CSI from Dallas, Texas. Born August 18, 1971, he is the youngest of seven children born to his father, a Judge and mother, a prosecution lawyer. Nick was expected to go into Law, and left the family fold to go into Law Enforcement instead, after taking his degree at Texas A&M University.
Nick is generally considered the most low-maintenance of the crew, with little drama in his life, and little need for attention. He is a solid, reliable worker and witness for the prosecution, but becomes driven to make a case stick when angered or appalled. Perhaps because he is easily taken for granted, the team is not at all prepared when he is kidnapped and imprisoned in a glass coffin, containing a camera through which his terror and agony can be watched. On shooting out the single light to save the battery that also runs oxygen into his coffin, he inadvertently lets in thousands of fire ants. He is found by Warrick and Grissom barely alive, but eventually makes a full recovery.
More than any other character, Nick represents the emotional heart of the series. He is deeply empathic and does not hide his feelings, especially from the families of victims of crime. In Season Four, during the promotion process for a new key position, he tells Grissom that he doesn't think it wrong to bring emotion and emotional questions into investigation, and that he doesn't need a promotion to know how good he is at his job. Grissom recommends him for the position, however, the funding is cancelled. In Season Six, Nick discloses to Catherine Willows that he was molested as a child by a last-minute babysitter, which may explain in part his need to offer emotional comfort to those in pain - and to help put abusive criminals behind bars. His best friend was Warrick Brown, a fellow CSI with whom he had a brotherly rivalry and affection.
Nick occasionally dates and is friendly and attentive to the women in his life, but doesn't appear to be in any steady relationship during the series. In the final episode of Season 8, he is shown considering asking out the waitress of the crew's regular cafe, but was forestalled by news of Warrick's shooting outside the diner.
In Season Nine, Nick took on the training of new CSI Dr. Ray Langston, a former pathologist and lecturer. At the beginning of Season Ten, Nick was promoted to Assistant Supervisor of the Graveyard Shift by Catherine Willows, who at that time had been the only Shift supervisor for half a year.
Season Ten sees Nick facing the repercussions of turning rogue in his attempt to help - and save - Ray Langston, after a year-long cat-and-mouse game with a brilliant, insane killer. Lucky to keep his job, he is nevertheless demoted from Assistant Supervisor, and turned out of his private office back to the shared workstations. Being under the microscope during an IA investigation is rarely fun for anyone, but Nick now faces the uphill battle of defending his work habits and his view of his job to both an angry Catherine and a new, eccentric boss with a hidden stern streak.
Rising from CSI 2 to Assistant Supervisor in ten hardworking years, he remains as open to new approaches as he is to traditional science. And as a straight-talking cowboy with a chiseled jaw and a good heart, he's never lost his downhome sensibility since coming to Vegas.