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Main Character: Miami
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Name Timothy Speedle
Gender Male
Birth Date June 24, 1973
Family Unnamed mother
Unnamed father
City Miami
Job CSI
Rank CSI Level 3
Specialty Trace
Impressions
Status Deceased
Portrayed By Rory Cochrane
First Appearance Cross Jurisdictions
(CSI: Crime Scene Investigation)

Golden Parachute
(CSI: Miami)

Timothy 'Tim' "Speed" Speedle was a level 3 CSI in CSI: Miami. He was portrayed by Rory Cochrane.

Personality

Like the rest of the team, Speedle was introduced in the backdoor pilot, Cross Jurisdictions where it was shown that he was something of a happy go lucky and energetic character who wasted no time in telling Delko about how much bacteria is in the lake area Delko was in.

By the time Golden Parachute had aired, however, Speed's personality had changed and he became a short-tempered, moody man with a very sarcastic sense of humor. He has a strong grudge against those who interfere with his work, be it a fellow CSI, a cop, or a civilian; he even went as far as threatening to call the victim's family and tell them that an impatient club owner doesn't let him process the crime scene and therefore he can't bring justice to their daughter's case (episode 121, "Spring Break").

He also, at one point, borrows Calleigh Duquesne's crime light and forgets to recharge it, much to her annoyance. Speedle's cavalier attitude also features in other ways, as well.

He rides his bike to work, and claims that he's happy with that rather than a standard automobile (episode 301, "Lost Son").

He states that he sees his job as a CSI as no more than a "paycheck", lacking the enthusiasm for criminology and justice shared by the rest of the team - although during the same case, he shows strong enthusiasm when he feels personally attached to a youngster who roleplayed being a CSI himself, then committed suicide (episode 218, "Wannabe"). This can be noted during many other cases which he handles with great effort, that he actually has interest in his job and his statement is possibly just out of disgust towards the rookies and overly attached.

Although his affection towards women is often noted by others in the Crime Lab - one time Horatio called on him wearing the same shirt as yesterday, thus noticing he spent the night with his girlfriend (episode 112, "Bunk"); later, Eric and Valera comments on one of his exes having a face full of botox treatment (episode 211, "Complications") - his attitude towards women is less charming and more straightforward. This can be noted when a well-known porn star, whom he defended from harrassers during an investigation, becomes interested in him and goes as far as to invite him for a coffee and tell him her real name; yet, Speed is visibly out of touch of the situation and is more annoyed than interested in flirting (episode 224, "Innocent").

Background

Tim Speedle was a Trace and Impressions expert with the Miami-Dade Crime Lab and a CSI assigned to the dayshift where he worked under Horatio Caine.

He has a degree in biology, and although he rarely visits the morgue, he excels in anatomy, which skill he shows off when examining a gasoline thief's inner burn marks (episode 111, "Camp Fear").

In the season 8 opening episode, it was revealed that he had been recommended to Horatio by Jesse Cardoza who transferred to the LAPD at the time and returned recently. Speedle was working at St. Petersburg PD at the time and Cardoza recommended Speed to Horatio.

Season One

Despite his skill as a CSI, Speedle was habitually neglectful of gun maintenance (episode 118, "Dispo Day"), which when it happened the second time around, contributed to his death when his gun jammed during a shootout (episode 301, "Lost Son,").

During a first-season episode, Speed and Delko, during a night of clubbing on the town, were caught in a devastating and deadly fire when the nightclub bouncer set the building alight in a twisted effort to be a hero. Speedle was instrumental in saving lives when he noticed an emergency-exit door ajar, and he guided many victims to safety. Despite the trauma of the blaze, he insisted on working the scene with the rest of his team (episode 122, "Tinder Box").

Season Two

After a crucial piece of evidence is gone from the scene of a murder, Speed is assigned to find it. He traces a motorbike to a so-called criminalist enthusiast group, which only consists of one youngster, Wally. Though reluctant, he takes care of the overly enthusiastic kid for the day, showing him around the boring part of his job: paperwork, careful selection of words used on evidence, and having to testify, extracting great anxiety from him. After Speed sends Wally home midnight to get some sleep, he is found dead to head wounds. Speed suspects foul play and seeks revenge; as it turns out though, Wally was dealing with suicidal thoughts, and had several unsuccessful attempts of taking his own life before. His rich but uninterested parents bought him everything money could buy, but gave up on their son mentally; it was Speed, who was the last person trying to bond with Wally (episode 218, "Wannabe").

Season Three

Speedle gets fatally shot after his gun got jammed.

While Speedle was distracted, a suspect fatally wounded him by shooting Speed in the heart and chest, causing him to fall to the ground.

He died moments later in Horatio's arms, having bled to death while choking on his own blood. His death left the CSI team completely devastated.

He had been close friends with colleague Eric Delko, and had been the one to "welcome" him with a friendly hazing when he first joined the lab (episode 308, "Speed Kills").

Even after Speedle's death, Delko remains protective of his memory and reputation (episode 306, "Hell Night", episode 323, "Whacked").

In the aftermath of his death, Speed's void on the team was later filled by former patrol officer Ryan Wolfe.

Season Six

Delko, still feeling the effects of a head injury (episode 514, "Man Down"), suffers from vivid hallucinations of his deceased friend, which not only helps him solve a case he's working, but ultimately leads to the discovery that Audio-Visual Lab Technician Dan Cooper had stolen Speedle's credit card. When Cooper claims that, since Speed is dead, no one got hurt, Calleigh Duquesne angrily points out that Eric is hurt, and so is she, in particular, by the false hope the card charges (coupled with Delko's hallucinations) engendered. Three years after Speedle's death, his memory is still tender in the hearts and minds of his colleagues. They leave his locker and effects intact, intriguing those who came after his demise (episode 604, "Bang, Bang, Your Debt").


Relationships

His relationship with Horatio Caine is almost totally restricted to work. However, Speed is open to his words of wisdom, and Horatio thinks great of him. This can be noted when he praises Tim for looking after the child who stole the main evidence from a crime scene, and wanting to nail someone for his alleged murder; as it turns out, the child was suicidal, and this was his successful attempt after several failed ones. Horatio notes that when even his parents gave up on him, he didn't (episode 218, "Wannabe").

He's in a good, friendly relationship with fellow CSI Eric Delko, with the two frequently exchanging banters with each other. They even like to visit nightclubs together, which once results in them being the first to respond to a club fire - where they were having their time - that turns out to be an arson (episode 122, "Tinder Box").

Unlike most of his male colleagues, he doesn't seem to be charmed much by his colleague Calleigh Duquesne. Their relationship is only work-based, and he doesn't try to flirt with her like Delko does.

He seems more touched by Megan Donner in the early episodes. He's the one who defends her from Delko's sour words against him when she returns to the Crime Lab after a half year long sabbatical, reminding Eric that she was offered no help from the MDPD after her husband's death (episode 101, "Golden Parachute"). He seems to care about Megan, even going as far as to hostilely ask Delko about her well-being when the two of them were working on a case together for the first time since her re-arrival at the team (episode 107, "Breathless").

Appearances

CSI:Miami
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 #
Season 1 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 2 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 3 X - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - N/A 1
Season 6 - - - X - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - N/A 1
Total 50
CSI:Crime Scene Investigation
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 #
Season 2 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - X - N/A 1
Total 1

Notes

  • His sidearm was a Jerico 941 with a stainless slide, which he never cleaned properly.
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