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Character Name: Greg Sanders
Series: CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
Canon Point: Immortality (15.2), right when Catherine is telling him and Morgan to cut the bomb wires in the trunk of the parked cars.
Summary/History: Wikia
Wikipedia
Personality:
Around fourteen years ago (1999) when Greg first started working for the LVPD lab he was known for being one of the more "quirky" employees of the department. Which was saying a lot, considering they were all fairly quirky in their own right. Greg was the most outwardly expressive about it, though, donning loud shirts and wild hair while playing loud rock music in the lab and going on about everything from liquid latex to surfing (even though the nearest beach was the next state over) to chess and scuba diving. He was goofy, prone to silly jokes and antics, and even though he was young he got along well with most of the older CSI and lab techs around him. He idolized supervisor Gilbert Grissom, had a puppy dog crush on Sara Sidle, and was close friends with Nick Stokes, Warrick Brown and Catherine Willows.

Even through his days at the lab, acting as a "CSI wannabe" while helping with cases and even going outside his normal range of skills to do so, he matured bit by bit. He often made comments about "breaking the case" before anyone else, displaying a bit of arrogance here and there, but it was always for the sake of helping those trying to help others.

But beyond that, he admired what CSIs did, and admitted openly that the longer he stayed in the lab the more his "world got a little smaller". Eventually he took the leap (downward, if you go by the decrease in pay and re-starting at entry level) in to becoming a proper CSI.

The shirts toned down to something resembling more professional clothing, and while his hair was still often a point of expression it was far less wild and noticeable. Greg was not without his mistakes and his follies, but he took his transition in to CSI seriously and enthusiastically. It was a chance to learn, to expand his horizons even further, something Greg loves even to this day.

Which brings us to the Greg Sanders of later seasons. As he moved through the ranks he continued to mature, getting wiser, becoming calmer and less hyperactive, and coming in to his own as not only a CSI but as an adult, too.

Greg, now at 38 and a CSI level 3 as of 2009, still maintains a good portion of his laid back attitude, his goofy nature and his love of somewhat tasteless jokes. Though events over the course of his tenure at the LVPD have made him far more jaded than he used to be, he hasn't lost much of his normally upbeat and positive attitude. He's been knocked down a few pegs, sure, and he's lost quite a bit of the arrogance he had as a lab tech.

Though he has been with the LVPD for almost 14 years and has been a CSI for about six of those years now, he still sees a challenge in his job. He confides to Sara that he's "just getting started" and while, in a later episode (in season 14) admits that there is an element of "obsession" to working where they do, he shows no signs or desire to quit. He is intelligent, whip-smart and far too eager to put his brains to good use.

That's not to say transitioning in to CSI work and getting to see the world of forensics up close and personal hasn't come with a cost, though. The most noticeable affect it's had on Greg is his temper and aggression. He is far more willing to snap at people than he used to be, especially under duress, and especially when someone he cares about in any capacity is in trouble. When Morgan was in a hijacked plane that was being sent to a place where all aboard could have been killed, he lashed out at the girl responsible, screaming at her and kicking the table she was sitting at.

Normally he can put his own personal emotions aside, even in cases where he's heavily invested, but if it's something that involves a person he cares about in any capacity he's a lot more likely to get upset and lash out. He's seen the dark side of the world, and it affects him poorly when some one he has a connection to winds up in those messes. It pushes him to be a little reckless in certain situations, doing things like running ahead of uniformed officers when a scene hasn't been completely cleared just because he heard a gun shot in Morgan's vicinity.

That's not to say he completely loses his professionalism in those situations, though. He's come a long way from the goofy lab tech who always skirted that line between professionalism and inappropriateness, and even if his temper flares from time to time in certain situations he is otherwise a very down-to-earth, empathetic but smart and tuned in CSI. He values his job, and much like Grissom sees what they do as "speaking for those who can't always speak for themselves". He is even able to set aside judgement when it comes to the lives of the people he works with, like when he maintained personal neutrality in a case that coroner Doc Robbins' wife was involved in, even though a lot of others were already jumping to conclusions about their married life given some of the evidence, or when fellow CSI Sara Sidle looked like a possible murder suspect.

Greg is good at what he does, enjoys the pursuit of knowledge in the wake of terrible crimes, and puts a great deal of stock in science and it's ability to help people, especially victims. He has matured greatly since his days as a silly, outgoing lab tech while not losing his natural optimism and energy. Overall he is a good person, with a good heart and a lot of personal drive to do well in a very, very difficult job.

Powers/Abilities:

Greg is a normal human with no extra-ordinary or superhuman abilities. However he does have a number of skills gained from his tenure at the Las Vegas Crime Lab as well as his own personal hobbies and past.

☕ DNA Tech
Greg was initially hired as a DNA tech, and spent most cases identifying DNA through blood and other collection methods.

☕ Chem Tech
Greg was in Chemistry club in high school, majored in Chemistry when he went to Stanford University. His secondary job at the LVPD was working in the Chem lab, identifying chemical compounds in cases.

☕ Criminalistics
Greg began training in 2006 to become a CSI and leave his lab tech job with the department. As such he was taught in the ways of crime scene analysis, evidence collection, deduction and problem solving skills on top of his already extensive knowledge of DNA and chemistry. Like his coworkers, he is able to approach a crime scene and break down the basic events of what might have taken place. Of course first hunches are not always right, and the rest of his skills are given over into breaking down the details and making sense of incidents passed in order to bring criminals to justice and give closure to victims.

☕ Chess
Greg was captain of high school chess squad, and according to a season 14 episode, very good at it.

☕ Writing (History and research)
Greg has a deep love of Las Vegas history, specifically anything dealing with the mob and how Las Vegas came to be as it is today. He even went so far as to write a book about it that was eventually published. He's hinted at possibly writing another one in the future, though he hasn't said what about.

☕ Athletics
Greg didn't play sports in high school thanks to his mother being so overprotective, but apparently he did plenty of sports once he was out of the house. He's listed surfing, scuba diving, Muay Thai kickboxing, rock climbing, and bowling as past times. He's also been shown to play baseball and run marathons for the LVPD.

☕ Firearms
Even though Greg was certified in 2006, and it was common place for CSIs to carry fire arms on the field for self protections, Greg said early on that he didn't want to carry one himself. He stuck to this, and it wasn't until 2011 that he was finally seen with his first firearm - a SIG Sauer P22. It's assumed that in order to carry he had to go through at least a proficiency exam and passed. Level of skill is somewhere between basic and somewhat skilled.

✔ Intelligence
"Thinking is what Greg is good at" - Gil Grissom
Greg graduated Phi Beta Kappa graduate honors society from Stanford University in California, likely held an internship at the San Francisco PD lab for a short time before eventually being recruited to the LVPD. He was considered a "prodigy" growing up, and one of the novels even talked about how he not only attended a school for gifted students but would often put his homework off to the last minute not because of slacking, but because it was simply "too easy" for him to complete. He seems to have vast stores of random trivia about things from the most random and seemingly inane to things pertinent to cases. Of course he doesn't know everything and even he has moments of being corrected or newly informed on a fact or two, but he finds learning is just as important as having the information up front.

✔ Constitution
Greg has no problem dealing with crime scenes/dead bodies/gross things anymore. He went into his first autopsy able to handle it just fine, even if he did look a little green around the gills, and once had decomp body drip into his mouth. Disgusting, of course, but he wasn't ever seen getting sick afterwards. (No I don't know how he managed that) Bad smells will make him cringe, but he's gotten used to things like digging through garbage and the like. Over all he approaches crime scenes, regardless the state of them, with a mostly detached attitude.

(It should be noted, though, that after the lab explosion he did show some trouble dealing with a severe burn victim who was still alive. It's entirely possible he's grown out of this some what, though if he's going to have trouble with anything it would likely be a situation along the same lines.)

✔ Tenacious
Especially with evidence. Greg will follow leads, even dead end ones, to try and find the truth. It can lead to frustrations and a bit of that "obsession" Greg hinted at in the season 14 episode, but given how everyone on the grave shift tends to operate that way it's really not surprising at all.

✔ / ✘ Empathetic
Greg is definitely one of the more empathetic characters in the series. While this can lead to trouble from time to time, especially in cases where he is affected by personal connections to them, most of the time it winds up being a good thing. A good example is when a little boy is killed in a shootout, and his father refuses to release the body to the coroner. Greg approached him and assured him that "David (the coroner assistant) will take good care of [your son]". Later Greg came to the father and updated him about the case, giving him some closure in a situation where there was very little.

✘ Temper
As mentioned in his personality, Greg's temperament has taken a bit of a hit in recent years. He loses his patience with people a lot easier than he once did. It's likely the stresses of the job, and the realization of just how dark and disturbing the world really is outside the lab that have pushed him in this direction. When the cases become personal, like with the writer he had been romantically involved with, and with Morgan whom he is close to (if not outright has feelings for) his temper flares the most. He dislikes manipulative people, especially ones that put innocents in dangerous situations with their actions. Other things within the team have also irritated him to the point of lashing out verbally at his co workers, like being pulled off a high profile case just because Catherine "said so" even though he held rank over Ray Langston, or being told to back off from a suspect during the case of the murdered writer. Luckily he can usually reign it in enough to keep from doing something that would otherwise cost him his job, but there have been a few close calls.

✘ Overly honest/"heart on his sleeve"
It hasn't really come in in recent seasons, but in early ones Nick would often catch him in little white lies about why his work wasn't finished, which usually was just Greg goofing off in the lab and "getting lost in life". Not that lying is a good trait to have in his line of work, but there's also something to be said for lacking a good poker face in a place like Las Vegas...

✘ A touch of arrogance
Greg has calmed down a great deal in seasons since becoming a CSI. This is something that rarely comes up in recent seasons. When he was a lab tech, he was all about acting like his results were "case breakers", and would get the most smug look whenever he was proven right. Again, since becoming a CSI this has come down quite a lot. Humility has really worked its way in to his personality and he's far more about "the team" and knowing that it takes a lot of hands to solve a case. Still... he's admitted that arrogance runs in his family somewhat (his great grandfather apparently had one heck of an ego and a reputation for it) and he's not against bragging from time to time. Even if it's just about the time he took his grandpa Olaf's sports car out for a spin and never got caught.

Items on your character:
Processing kit
Leather Jacket
Las Vegas PD ID Badge
SIG Sauer P22 w/ hip holster
"Romiel, Oriel, Loviel, Gabriel" pendant
iPhone
Wallet
CSI/LVPD ID
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Character Information
Character Name: Greg Sanders (aka Gregory Hojem-Sanders)
Canon: CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
Canon Point: 13.21 (Ghosts of the Past)
Is your character Dead, Undead or Alive: Alive
History:
Greg @ CSI Wikia
Greg @ Wikipedia

Personality:

Around fourteen years ago (1999) when Greg first started working for the LVPD lab he was known for being one of the more "quirky" employees of the department. Which was saying a lot, considering they were all fairly quirky in their own right. Greg was the most outwardly expressive about it, though, donning loud shirts and wild hair while playing loud rock music in the lab and going on about everything from liquid latex to surfing (even though the nearest beach was the next state over) to chess and scuba diving. He was goofy, prone to silly jokes and antics, and even though he was young he got along well with most of the older CSI and lab techs around him. He idolized supervisor Gilbert Grissom, had a puppy dog crush on Sara Sidle, and was close friends with Nick Stokes, Warrick Brown and Cathrine Willows.

Even through his days at the lab, acting as a "CSI wannabe" while helping with cases and even going outside his normal range of skills to do so, he matured bit by bit. He often made comments about "breaking the case" before anyone else, displaying a bit of arrogance here and there, but it was always for the sake of helping those trying to help others.

But beyond that, he admired what CSIs did, and admitted openly that the longer he stayed in the lab the more his "world got a little smaller". Eventually he took the leap (downward, if you go by the decrease in pay and re-starting at entry level) in to becoming a proper CSI.

The shirts toned down to something resembling more professional clothing, and while his hair was still often a point of expression it was far less wild and noticeable. Greg was not without his mistakes and his follies, but he took his transition in to CSI seriously and enthusiastically. It was a chance to learn, to expand his horizons even further, something Greg loves even to this day.

Which brings us to the Greg Sanders of later seasons. As he moved through the ranks he continued to mature, getting wiser, becoming calmer and less hyperactive, and coming in to his own as not only a CSI but as an adult, too.

Greg, now at 38 and a CSI level 3 as of 2009, still maintains a good portion of his laid back attitude, his goofy nature and his love of somewhat tasteless jokes. Though events over the course of his tenure at the LVPD have made him far more jaded than he used to be, he hasn't lost much of his normally upbeat and positive attitude. He's been knocked down a few pegs, sure, and he's lost quite a bit of the arrogance he had as a lab tech.

Though he has been with the LVPD for almost 14 years and has been a CSI for about six of those years now, he still sees a challenge in his job. He confides to Sara that he's "just getting started" and while, in a later episode (in season 14) admits that there is an element of "obsession" to working where they do, he shows no signs or desire to quit. He is intelligent, whip-smart and far too eager to put his brains to good use.

That's not to say transitioning in to CSI work and getting to see the world of forensics up close and personal hasn't come with a cost, though. The most noticeable affect it's had on Greg is his temper and aggression. He is far more willing to snap at people than he used to be, especially under duress, and especially when some one he cares about in any capacity is in trouble. When Morgan was in a hijacked plane that was being sent to a place where all aboard could have been killed, he lashed out at the girl responsible, screaming at her and kicking the table she was sitting at.

Normally he can put his own personal emotions aside, even in cases where he's heavily invested, but if it's something that involves a person he cares about in any capacity he's a lot more likely to get upset and lash out. He's seen the dark side of the world, and it affects him poorly when some one he has a connection to winds up in those messes. It pushes him to be a little reckless in certain situations, doing things like running ahead of uniformed officers when a scene hasn't been completely cleared just because he heard a gun shot in Morgan's vicinity.

That's not to say he completely loses his professionalism in those situations, though. He's come a long way from the goofy lab tech who always skirted that line between professionalism and inappropriateness, and even if his temper flares from time to time in certain situations he is otherwise a very down-to-earth, empathetic but smart and tuned in CSI. He values his job, and much like Grissom sees what they do as "speaking for those who can't always speak for themselves". He is even able to set aside judgement when it comes to the lives of the people he works with, like when he maintained personal neutrality in a case that coroner Doc Robbins' wife was involved in, even though a lot of others were already jumping to conclusions about their married life given some of the evidence, or when fellow CSI Sara Sidle looked like a possible murder suspect.

Greg is good at what he does, enjoys the pursuit of knowledge in the wake of terrible crimes, and puts a great deal of stock in science and it's ability to help people, especially victims. He has matured greatly since his days as a silly, outgoing lab tech while not losing his natural optimism and energy. Overall he is a good person, with a good heart and a lot of personal drive to do well in a very, very difficult job.

Items on your character at canon point:
Leather Jacket
Las Vegas PD ID Badge
SIG Sauer P22 w/ hip holster
"Romiel, Oriel, Loviel, Gabriel" pendant
iPhone
Wallet
CSI/LVPD ID

Abilities, Strengths and Weaknesses:

☕ DNA Tech
Greg was initially hired as a DNA tech, and spent most cases identifying DNA through blood and other collection methods.

☕ Chem Tech
Greg was in Chemistry club in high school, majored in Chemistry when he went to Stanford University. His secondary job at the LVPD was working in the Chem lab, identifying chemical compounds in cases.

☕ Criminalistics
Greg began training in 2006 to become a CSI and leave his lab tech job with the department. As such he was taught in the ways of crime scene analysis, evidence collection, deduction and problem solving skills on top of his already extensive knowledge of DNA and chemistry. Like his coworkers, he is able to approach a crime scene and break down the basic events of what might have taken place. Of course first hunches are not always right, and the rest of his skills are given over in to breaking down the details and making sense of incidents passed in order to bring criminals to justice and give closure to victims.

☕ Chess
Greg was captain of high school chess squad, and according to a season 14 episode, very good at it.

☕ Writing (History and research)
Greg has a deep love of Las Vegas history, specifically anything dealing with the mob and how Las Vegas came to be as it is today. He even went so far as to write a book about it that was eventually published. He's hinted at possibly writing another one in the future, though he hasn't said what about.

☕ Athletics
Greg didn't play sports in high school thanks to his mother being so over protective, but apparently he did plenty of sports once he was out of the house. He's listed surfing, scuba diving, Muay Thai kickboxing, rock climbing, and bowling as past times. He's also been shown to play baseball and run marathons for the LVPD.

☕ Fire arms
Even though Greg was certified in 2006, and it was common place for CSIs to carry fire arms on the field for self protections, Greg said early on that he didn't want to carry one himself. He stuck to this, and it wasn't until 2011 that he was finally seen with his first fire arm - a SIG Sauer P22. It's assumed that in order to carry he had to go through at least a proficiency exam and passed. Level of skill is somewhere between basic and somewhat skilled.

﹖Possible Precognition

A recent episode (and Greg's current canon point) brings up the maybe-sort-of possibility of Greg having "psychic" powers. I did a breakdown of it here, though by the end of the episode there really is no definitive proof either direction. It being a crime show set in "real life", it's easy to take this all with a grain of salt. And unfortunately even up in to Season 14 it's not really brought up again.

I find it interesting, if only in the sense that it could be interesting thing to play with in game, even if it's only the vaguest hints of some sort of "extra sense". I understand it there isn't enough canon evidence for it, even with "Ghosts of the Past" and the direction it went, so if this needs to be removed that's fine. I will leave it up to a modly decision in this case.

✔ Intelligence
"Thinking is what Greg is good at" - Gil Grissom
Greg graduated Phi Beta Kappa graduate honors society from Stanford University in California, likely held an internship at the San Francisco PD lab for a short time before eventually being recruited to the LVPD. He was considered a "prodigy" growing up, and one of the novels even talked about how he not only attended a school for gifted students but would often put his homework off to the last minute not because of slacking, but because it was simply "too easy" for him to complete. He seems to have vast stores of random trivia about things from the most random and seemingly inane to things pertinent to cases. Of course he doesn't know everything and even he has moments of being corrected or newly informed on a fact or two, but he finds learning is just as important as having the information up front.

✔ Constitution
Greg has no problem dealing with crime scenes/dead bodies/gross things anymore. He went in to his first autopsy able to handle it just fine, even if he did look a little green around the gills, and once had decomp body drip in to his mouth. Disgusting, of course, but he wasn't ever seen getting sick afterwards. (No I don't know how he managed that) Bad smells will make him cringe, but he's gotten used to things like digging through garbage and the like. Over all he approaches crime scenes, regardless the state of them, with a mostly detached attitude.

(It should be noted, though, that after the lab explosion he did show some trouble dealing with a severe burn victim who was still alive. It's entirely possible he's grown out of this some what, though if he's going to have trouble with anything it would likely be a situation along the same lines.)

✔ Tenacious
Especially with evidence. Greg will follow leads, even dead end ones, to try and find the truth. It can lead to frustrations and a bit of that "obsession" Greg hinted at in the season 14 episode, but given how everyone on the grave shift tends to operate that way it's really not surprising at all.

✔ / ✘ Empathetic
Greg is definitely one of the more empathetic characters in the series. While this can lead to trouble from time to time, especially in cases where he is affected by personal connections to them, most of the time it winds up being a good thing. A good example is when a little boy is killed in a shoot out, and his father refuses to release the body to the coroner. Greg approached him and assured him that "David (the coroner assistant) will take good care of [your son]". Later Greg came to the father and updated him about the case, giving him some closure in a situation where there was very little.

✘ Temper
As mentioned in his personality, Greg's temprament has taken a bit of a hit in recent years. He loses his patience with people a lot easier than he once did. It's likely the stresses of the job, and the realization of just how dark and disturbing the world really is outside the lab that have pushed him in this direction. When the cases become personal, like with the writer he had been romantically involved with, and with Morgan whom he is close to (if not outright has feelings for) his temper flares the most. He dislikes manipulative people, especially ones that put innocents in dangerous situations with their actions. Other things within the team have also irritated him to the point of lashing out verbally at his coworkers, like being pulled off a high profile case just because Cathrine "said so" even though he held rank over Ray Langston, or being told to back off from a suspect during the case of the murdered writer. Luckily he can usually reign it in enough to keep from doing something that would otherwise cost him his job, but there have been a few close calls.

✘ Overly honest/"heart on his sleeve"
It hasn't really come in in recent seasons, but in early ones Nick would often catch him in little white lies about why his work wasn't finished, which usually was just Greg goofing off in the lab and "getting lost in life". Not that lying is a good trait to have in his line of work, but there's also something to be said for lacking a good poker face in a place like Las Vegas...

✘ A touch of arrogance
Greg has calmed down a great deal in seasons since becoming a CSI. This is something that rarely comes up in recent seasons. When he was a lab tech, he was all about acting like his results were "case breakers", and would get the most smug look whenever he was proven right. Again, since becoming a CSI this has come down quite a lot. Humility has really worked its way in to his personality and he's far more about "the team" and knowing that it takes a lot of hands to solve a case. Still... he's admitted that arrogance runs in his family somewhat (his great grandfather apparently had one heck of an ego and a reputation for it) and he's not against bragging from time to time. Even if it's just about the time he took his grandpa Olaf's sports car out for a spin and never got caught.

Samples

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Greg @ Unboxed Testrun

Prose Log Sample:

Being trapped in a place like the Box, it was easy to miss a place like Las Vegas. The lights illuminated the desert 24/7 and life buzzed and moved around every corner, all to the soundtrack of slot machines and live shows in all venues imaginable. For some one like Greg Sanders, that was home, and had been for almost all of his adult life. Some two hundred people supposedly lived in this trapped hell hole, and yet one could almost never tell given just how desolate and quiet it was. A drop of humanity compared to the teeming thousands that lived in the Las Vegas Greater Area.

The quiet was the most maddening part of it. When people were dying or being terrorized, there was a relative stillness that settled over the Box. In some ways, both towns almost resembled small villages trying to break through the "just surviving" point at the start of becoming a civilization. There were people starting businesses, setting up trades for goods and services, taking up residences and fixing up the broken down places. Those were signs of life to be sure, but in comparison to what Greg was used to it just seemed so... barren.

But survival was the name of the game here, and he certainly didn't fault anyone for trying their best to make things more comfortable.

Or, rather, as comfortable as one could be, kidnapped and trapped in a murder box.

But the prose digresses, because today that was only a partial thought within Greg's mind as he went picking through a number of the remaining abandoned houses trying to find something halfway livable. Really he was just thinking about the quiet again, and realizing, at last, that it wasn't just the plinkplink and the chingching and the musical dinging and ringing of slot machines that he missed. It was music in general. Home was live shows, concerts, bars, dance halls, and hell even his own stereo system and music players. Home was noise and things to bob his head along to or break out a dance move.

Here was just... quiet. And nature. And sometimes a distant voice or two.

Not inherently bad, but it certainly was going to take some getting used to.

Which was why when he stumbled across, in one of those falling down houses, an old record player tucked away in a corner and a dusty stack of records, he became almost stupidly excited. A big grin broke out across his face as he carefully stepped towards it over fallen furniture and uneven floor boards.

It appeared to be an old box wind up gramophone, the lid cracked just enough for the inside turntable and arm to be visible. Pushing the lid up, he located the crank arm and checked the needle on the arm. It didn't seem damaged, and a quick dusting off of the lid and the inside showed that while it was old it was likely still in working order.

And the records? Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., Dean Martin, Nat King Cole... "oldies but goodies" in his mind. Sure he would have liked something more modern just as much, but this was good. Better than good, really. Next to his kit or his pistol, this was the best thing he could have stumbled across!

A quick crank of the gramophone, and he pulled one of the records out from it's jacket, but the inside label wasn't present at all. Odd, but... maybe some one had removed them for reasons unknown?

He thought nothing of it and placed the record down on the table carefully, moving the arm over and gently putting the needle to the grooves. The familiar crackle of a record beginning came through the flat speaker in the back, and Greg prepared to be serenaded by the smooth sounds of Frank Sinatra's voice...

only to be assaulted by polka music.

Loud polka music.

Terrible polka music.

Groaning at the terrible, cruel joke some one long since gone had managed to play on him, he removed the needle and let silence fill the air once more. He didn't even want to try the rest of the records right then - it was probably just more of the same. Or something even worse.

"I really need an iPod..."
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6x19 (Spellbound) Greg mentions his grandmother being "psychic" and running fortune telling out of her kitchen. His family seemed to think he had the gift as well, though it's more or less "debunked" by him failing to figure out what Grissom was thinking. Whether or not it was just Greg trying to be funny or not remained to be seen.

The Wikipedia article on Greg claims "This is humorously referenced on several occasions, with Greg making a seemingly innocuous comment, which later either occurs or is referenced. Ironically, Greg is never present when these discoveries are made, and nobody ever seems to notice as well." (Greg Sanders "Family" entry)

Season 13 spoilers start here

However in 13x21 (Ghosts of the Past), the team winds up investigating a murder in an abandoned meat factory where a group of self proclaimed "ghost hunters" had gone to try and rouse the ghost of a serial killer 20 years dead. One of their own was brutally murdered in a frightening similiar fashion to the original killings, and up until the reveal of the flesh and blood killer, the lines of "spirit world versus real world" seemed to be actively toyed with, especially regarding Greg and his possibly "latent" powers.

Among the ghosts hunters, a young girl named Carrie Sinclair claimed in their initial encounter that she could "feel the presence of the [victims of Simms]" in the factory. He talks to her about ghost hunting, how long she's done it, and she admits that she's always felt the presence of the "other side" though ghost hunting is a recent endeavor for her. He takes notice of a pendant with four names (possibly angelic names but one is misspelled) around her neck, to which she claims it's always protected her at times of nee.

At first Greg seems uncertain, even outright skeptical about Carrie's claim, but in a moment with Morgan Brody later during the investigation, he turns around after finding a "shrine" dedicated to the victims from 20 years prior, looking as though he heard something but claiming it was "nothing" when Morgan asked what was wrong.

Later, when her partner, surviving male of the ghost hunters had been accused of murder and brought in for questioning, Carrie approached Greg to lay claim to her partner's innocence in the event. Carrie realizes through Greg's statement that evidence says otherwise, he had gone in to the slaughterhouse. Easily dismissible as common information given that he's a CSI and it is his job.

However the conversation following her statement is where it gets... interesting, coming from a woman who had, up until a few days prior, had never even spoken to Greg.

Carrie: You went in to the slaughter house, didn't you?
*Greg gives a frustrated sigh, but no answer*
Carrie: You know now what I was talking about. Those little boys--...
Greg: The only thing I felt in there, was cold. If you'll excuse me.
*Greg moves around Carrie to leave. Carrie turns around.*
Carrie: Why are you denying your gift?
*Greg slows and stops, looking uncertain*
Carrie: Your grandmother is still with you, you know. Even if you try to push her away she's still there.
*Greg turns around slowly, looks around uncomfortably, and then returns to Carrie speaking quietly.
Greg: What do you know about my grandmother?
Carrie: She had a funny name. ... *small laugh* Olaf, was it? She was a psychic, seems to think you are, too.
*At this point Greg looks torn between wanting to believe her, and still doubting.*
Carrie: You share her gift.
Greg: *Irritated, after a pause* What do you want from me.
Carrie: *Tearful* Your help. I heard those boys. I know they were tyring to say something I-I just don't know what it is.
Greg: *attempting to sound unconvinced, but some emotion slips through* I'm sorry, but I can't help you.
*Carrie removes the pendant from around her neck, at which point Greg scoffs.*
Greg: Thanks but... I don't want that.
*Carrie forcibly takes his hand and places it in his palm*
Carrie: You need it.
*Carrie then walks off, leaving Greg with the pendant*

Later, while Hodges and Henry, two lab techs are attempting to prove or disprove the other hunter's innocence back in the slaughter house, Carrie turns up dead, beaten to death by a metal baseball bat. When Greg and Morgan come to investigate her untimely death, he finds her EMP recorder that caught her voice at the time of death, trying to speak once more to the boys in the shrine area. When silence falls over after her voice, Greg finds himself listening closely as if he can possibly hear something, at which point Morgan finally confronts him about it and he admits "I used to be kinda psychic," and that when the time came in his life to choose science or "the other", he chose science. Morgan tries to argue that there's nothing there, that the supposed scientific cause of "haunting" had been something called "Infrasound", a low frequency pitched caused by large fans deeper in the building. She claimed she didn't feel anything since they had been turned off by Hodges and Henry.

Greg claimed he still did.

Whatever's going on, real life killer or not, Carrie's death gets to him in a personal way, and when he finds out that the place is about to be demolished since the crime scenes had been released, he forced himself out there alone. But only after Morgan confronted him, both of them agreeing that his ideas of "maybe hearing something from Carrie or the boys" was crazy but that he couldn't just leave well enough alone.

Only to find himself in the building alone with the actual real killer, a victim of Simms 20 years previous that had been used as bait for the other boys. No ghostly signs, no voices, nothing. Just enough silence for him to hear the ring tone that had been caught on Carrie's EMP recorder.

It's never explained, how Carrie knew about Olaf or Greg's gift. Greg even admits to Morgan he's not so sure anymore, what was reality and what was him just hoping for something supernatural to give clout to Carrie and his earlier feelings.

But when he puts the pendant on a hook in his locker and closes it to leave and go to breakfast with Morgan, the locker door swings open on it's own volition...

In a world were science likes to debunk the "super natural" from everything to vampires and werewolves and aliens, it does seem odd that something like ghosts and sixth senses would be toyed with so much more tongue and cheek, while also throwing back to statements already made by Greg in far earlier seasons. And even played with, humorously, with the idea that he can sometimes say something only for it to come true when he can't be there to witnesses it.

That said... who knows. Morgan made a good point in the ending, that in our world of science it's entirely possible there's far more unknown than known in the world and the universe. Greg is a good CSI, an intelligent person all around...

Maybe he does have a little bit of "the gift" that Carrie was so insistent he was ignoring?
whoshotsherlock: (smart)
"Well, as you both know, Watson and Crick are the granddaddies of DNA. Without their discoveries, I'd have nothing to do all day."

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