Julie Finlay

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Julie "Finn" Finlay
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation character
Elisabeth Shue as Julie Finlay
First appearance "Seeing Red"
Last appearance "The End Game"[1]
Portrayed by Elisabeth Shue
City Las Vegas, Nevada
Occupation Crime Scene Investigator
Rank CSI Level 3
Position Assistant Night Shift Supervisor
Seasons 12, 13, 14, 15

Julie "Finn" Finlay is a fictional character on the CBS crime drama CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, portrayed by Elisabeth Shue. She made her first screen appearance in the Season 12 episode "Seeing Red", which was broadcast on February 15, 2012, and her final appearance on February 15, 2015, during the episode "The End Game". Finlay appeared in every episode during her four seasons as a series regular.


In August 2011, it was announced that Marg Helgenberger would depart in January of Season 12 and that producers had begun searching for her replacement.[2] In November 2011, after months of rumors, it was announced that Back to the Future star Elisabeth Shue was joining CSI, as a character who was fresh off an anger management course and had worked for current Supervisor D.B. Russell in Seattle. On Shue's casting, Carol Mendelsohn the shows Executive Producer stated, "while it’s difficult to say goodbye to a beloved character like Catherine Willows, it’s exciting to start a journey with a new CSI, especially when that character is played by Elisabeth Shue”.[3]

In January 2012 it was announced on the official CSI website that the character would be called Julie Finlay.[4] Shue made her first appearance as Julie Finlay on February 15, 2012.

Personal background[edit]

A former colleague of D.B. Russell from Seattle, Finlay is a blood spatter specialist, or "blood whisperer". Arriving in Las Vegas to replace Catherine Willows as the teams Assistant Supervisor, it is revealed that Finn had been fired by Russell previously when she obtained evidence illegally in order to incriminate an investor suspected of killing his girlfriend. She and the Seattle Police were subsequently sued, causing a strain on her and Russell's friendship, though the later reconcile this bond. Finlay has been married twice, divorcing both husbands. She and her second husband, a Seattle Police Detective, maintain a friendship, though see each other rarely.

Although she prefers to be called "Finn", Russell calls her "Jules".

As a Las Vegas CSI[edit]

Season 12[edit]

Finlay first appeared as a consultant, hired by Russell in order to lend her blood spatter expertise on a particularly complicated case. Paid one dollar for her services, Finlay was later offered a permanent job as the Assistant Supervisor on Russell's night shift, which she accepted. Finlay immediately began to build strong professional relations with the team, and personal relationships with Sara and Morgan. Whilst, initially, some bitterness between her and Russell remained (the two often disagreed on how to handle cases, with Finlay's opinion usually prevailing as superior), the two later repaired their friendship, with Finlay often seen visiting Russell's house for dinner. When Russell's grand-daughter is kidnapped, in "Homecoming", Finlay is affected deeply, and also finds herself targeted by a corrupt police officer.

Season 13[edit]

Season 14[edit]

Season 15[edit]

On the last episode of Season 15, she is attacked by a serial killer and ends up in coma. Russell says doctors do not know if she will ever wake up.

Preceded by
Catherine Willows
Assistant Night Shift Supervisor
("Seeing Red"-"The End Game")
Succeeded by


  1. ^ http://www.ew.com/article/2015/07/17/check-out-cast-csi-goodbye-special
  2. ^ "Marg Helgenberger Leaving 'CSI' in January". Hollywood Reporter. 4 August 2011. Retrieved 4 August 2011. 
  3. ^ "'CSI': Elisabeth Shue Joins as Series Regular". Hollywood Reporter. 18 November 2012. Retrieved 18 November 2012. 
  4. ^ "News: Elisabeth Shue's Character's Name Revealed!". CBS CSI Website. 5 January 2012. Retrieved 5 January 2012. 

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