Main Character: Las Vegas
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Name David Hodges
Gender Male
Family Unnamed father
Olivia Hodges (mother)
Elisabetta (former fiancée)
Emma Hodges (wife)
City Las Vegas
Job Lab Technician
Specialty Trace Evidence
Status Alive
Portrayed By Wallace Langham

David Hodges is a former lab technician turned expert witness working out of the Las Vegas Crime Lab. He specializes in Trace Evidence.

He transferred over from the Los Angeles Crime Lab as revealed in Recipe for Murder.


Hodges is extremely intelligent, but also arrogant. Much of the team finds him obnoxious and irritating. He has a sarcastic and slightly morbid sense of humor during investigations, which he in Wild Flowers says is a defense mechanism. In later seasons, he becomes more appreciated; in Play Dead, Julie describes him as "an awkward Jimmy Stewart"[1].

He often tries to ingratiate himself to Grissom, who occasionally does acknowledge Hodges' expertise. He was devastated when Grissom left the lab, and initially only begrudgingly accepted Raymond Langston as a member of the CSI team, though he became more accepting of him later.

Hodges is extremely dedicated to the lab, believing that he can't be in a relationship because it would undermine his commitment to the lab.


Hodges has an uncanny sense of smell. He was once able to detect a "woodsy" scent in a bleach; later it emerged that the bleach was mixed with cedar chips. (Compulsion) Grissom told Hodges that smelling the bleach was the first thing Hodges had ever done that impressed him.

Hodges's sense of smell sometimes worked against him; he had to put a clothespin on his nose when he analyzed trace from a competitive eater who had died after eating hot dogs. (Dog Eat Dog)

He also assisted Dr. Al Robbins in a case by identifying the presence of cyanide using his sense of smell, proving that he has the necessary genetic makeup to detect cyanide (Iced). It also allows him to point the team in the right direction in The Theory of Everything, detecting that a squirrel has been killed with cyanide.

Hodges and the other junior Lab Techs provide insight in the Miniature Killer case. (Lab Rats) Hodges deduced that all of the crime scenes have a common factor: bleach. This leads Grissom to the realization that the killer is triggered by the substance and "forgives" Hodges for invading his office.

Early Life

Hodges grew up with hamsters, and used to love watching them spin on their little wheels. His mom hated them though, and one day he came home and the hamsters had "run away". (Dog Eat Dog)

Hodges recounts to Greg about his experience with hookers, and why they're much worse than women who work in brothels. "You pick one you like, and take her off the street, next thing you know you're on the ground with cuffs on because she's an undercover cop, but you're just three months shy of eighteen, so when you call your mom nothing goes on your permanent record" . (Ending Happy)

Season Eight

Being an avid gamer, Hodges created a board game of his own based, somewhat, on Clue called Lab Rats. The object of the game is to solve a murder mystery involving members of the Crime Lab itself. Wendy Simms is not overjoyed at the caption on the bottom of the "Mindy Bimms" game piece, which reads "Mindy Bimms: Clumsy yet Buxom Lab Tech", and throws the game board on the floor in mock clumsiness and calls him the "dumbest smart guy I know!".

Grissom becomes interested in the game and he and Hodges go through a few scenarios involving David's own murder, framing Bobby Dawson for the murder and Brass 'shoots' him (which turns out to be a suicide/frame job).

Season Twelve

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Season Thirteen

In Double Fault, it is revealed to the lab that Hodges is engaged to an Italian woman named Elisabetta, whom he met in Italy when he was there with his mother.


CSI:Crime Scene Investigation
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Season 3 - - - - - - - - - - X - - - - - X - X X - X - N/A 5
Season 4 - - - X X X X - - - - - - X X - X - X X X X - N/A 11
Season 5 X - - - X X - - X X X - X X X X X X X - X X X X X 18
Season 6 X X - X - X X X X X X X X X - X X X X X X X - X N/A 20
Season 7 X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X N/A 24
Season 8 X X X X X X X X - X X X X X X X X N/A 16
Season 9 X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X N/A 24
Season 10 X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X - X X - X - X X N/A 20
Season 11 X X X X - X X X X X X X X X X X - X X - X X N/A 19
Season 12 X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X - X - X X X N/A 20
Season 13 X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X N/A 22
Season 14 X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X N/A 22
Season 15 X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X N/A 20
CSI: Vegas - X - - - - X - X X N/A 4
Total 245

Appearance Notes


  • David is a huge fan of the 1970s sitcom Three's Company. He is seen dancing around the lab after winning an online auction for a board game based on the show. (Lab Rats)
  • Hodges also prefers "Lucky" brand potato chips. (Lab Rats)
  • Hodges has a cat named Kobayashi Maru, in reference to a fictional test in the Star Trek universe. (Monster in the Box). The name of his first cat was Cinder. Ironically, it died in a fire.
  • Hodges is a fan of the science fiction shows Star Trek and Astro Quest and apparently speaks fluent Vellikon, an Astro Quest language apparently based on the Star Trek language Klingon. (The Theory of Everything, A Space Oddity)
  • Hodges's appearances provide some comic relief, though most of the team finds him obnoxious and irritating. He always tries to ingratiate himself to Grissom, who occasionally does acknowledge Hodges's expertise.
  • Hodges's first appearance was in the third season episode "Recipe for Murder", and he became billed as a regular cast member starting with the season 8 episode "Dead Doll".
  • He has had a crush on fellow lab technicians Mia Dickerson and Wendy Simms, and once got all the other lab workers to collaborate (behind Grissom's back) and try to solve The Miniature Killer case, discovering a key clue.
  • Cannot stand the smell of hot dogs. (Dog Eat Dog)
  • He has the "cyanide gene" meaning he can smell cyanide. (The Theory of Everything)
  • Failed his driver's license qualification twice and still has nightmares about circling the cones. (Maid Man)
  • He is the only lab tech that has his own stab vest with his surname on it and as such, regularly goes out into the field to help the other CSIs, though he prefers working in the lab.
  • He has some family in Canada (Double Fault), including an uncle (Wild Life).
  • He once spent ten months deciding what cell phone to buy.
  • In the episode Last Supper he and Elisabetta called off their engagement as they realised that they have different prorities from one another.
  • He suffers from ornithophobia, the fear of birds, as a result of being attacked by a flock of Canadian geese when he visited his uncle in Saskatchewan (Wild Life).
  • He has a tenticle porn fetish (Stealing Home (LV)).
  • David has great knowledge in fast foods (Brain Doe)
  • He's a fan of dinosaurs, since in the episode Cold Blooded he shows fascination with the dinosaur robot show and the fact that they are very similar to real dinosaurs.