Captain Jim Brass


Brass started out as New Jersey Cop before transferring to Vegas. He worked though the ranks to become the head of the Las Vegas Crime Lab, until the death of the rookie CSI Holly Gribbs. Brass is sent back to be a homicide detective and Grissom takes over as supervisor. His daughter Ellie is a rouge drug addict and prostitute. Ellie is not his biological daughter, his wife had an affair with another cop.

Captain Jim Brass


Career cop Jim Brass is originally from Newark. Uncompromising and unimpeachable, he transferred to Las Vegas in the aftermath of his involvement in ridding the Vice Squad of dirty cops, one of whom was having an affair with his wife Nancy. This effort, in addition to his own affair with a fellow officer, resulted in significant collateral damage to his personal life, costing him his marriage and a relationship with his daughter Ellie.

In Las Vegas, Brass worked his way up the ranks to take administrative command of the CSI lab, but loses his post when Holly Gribbs, a new CSI, is killed on her first night out in the field. Grissom assumes supervisory duties of the lab, and Brass moves over to homicide.

Personal demons:

Brass lives with a lot of guilt — over the dissolution of his marriage, his history of alcohol abuse, Holly Gribbs’ tragic death, and his accidental shooting of a fellow officer. He is haunted by his daughter Ellie’s history of drug use and prostitution, and struggles to reconnect with her and protect her from the dangerous life she leads.

Brass tells Warrick in an episode (“Ellie”) that Ellie is not his biological daughter. Having sacrificed so much of his personal life and peace of mind for his career, it is clear that Brass’ only true family connections are with the CSI team members.

Defining Cases (or Episodes):

The “Hollywood Brass” omnibus puts Captain Brass’ relationship with his estranged daughter into focus; we also meet LAPD Captain Annie Kramer, the woman with whom he had an affair back in New Jersey.

“A Bullet Runs Through It Parts 1 & 2”. Part 1 – Brass gets involved in a police chase that ends up in a huge gun battle. An officer gets killed and they have to figure out who shot him. Brass is interrogated by IAB ( Internal Affairs Bureau or as I call them The “Rat” Squad). Part 2 – Brass finds out that he shot and killed Officer Daniel Bell and now has to cope with the horrifc news. Best 2 parter in CSI history!

“Bang Bang”. Brass gets shot while trying to talk a deranged gunman (Willie Cutler), who is holding a young woman captive, out of a hotel room.

“Way to Go.” Brass is on life support and fighting for his life. Grissom has power of attorney over Jim and decides to have the doctors operate. Brass pulls through. (THANK GOODNESS!)

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