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Minor Character: Las Vegas
CSI-KayPanabaker
Name Lindsey Willows
Gender Female
Family Catherine Willows (Mother)
Eddie Willows (Father)
Lily Flynn (Grandmother)
Sam Braun (Grandfather)
Jeremy (Cousin)
CityLas Vegas
Occupation Student
Status Alive
Portrayed By Madison McReynolds
Kay Panabaker
First Appearance Pilot
Lindsey Willows is the teenage daughter of CSI Catherine Willows and her deceased ex-husband Eddie Willows in CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.

History

Primarily, the character's function is to highlight the difficulties faced by Catherine Willows in being a single mother while holding down a demanding law-enforcement job and trying to maintain a social life. Lindsey's appearances have typically been in episodes where she was used as a pawn by Eddie, before that character's death, or afterward proving to be a rebellious (but not implausibly so) teenager.

One episode featured Lindsey getting caught fighting at school; another after she was detained for hitchhiking. This latter incident prompted a scene where Catherine takes Lindsey to a morgue to show her the corpse of an adult female assault victim, to impress upon her the risks in her behavior. In more recent episodes, Lindsey has been enrolled in a private school, the fictional Butterfield Academy. Lindsey was abducted and briefly held captive by enemies of her maternal grandfather, Sam Braun, in the seventh season episode Built to Kill, Part 2. She appears in the ending of "Sweet Jane" where her mother drops her off and sees her talk with her friends. In Season 9 "Let it Bleed", while investigating the murder of a drug lord's daughter, Catherine spots Lindsey in the crowd, dancing with a man and threatens the man to back off and finds a fake I.D. on her and has an officer send her home. Later, she appeared in her mother's office and apologized for going to the club and Catherine forgave her (but still had her grounded). She was involved in a high school performance of Cabaret in Season 10 "World's End" where she helps identify a victim and told her mother that he wouldn't be missed. She was caught looking at the case files by Sara Sidle, but promises not to tell Catherine. Lindsey also told Sara that the victim came up to her and wanted her mother to do him a favor, but she rejected, thinking he was hitting on her. It was revealed that the janitor, a fugitive from the Rwanda conflict, killed him and the victim wanted her to run the man's fingerprints. At the end of the episode, Catherine watched as Lindsey performed. At the time of Catherine's departure, Lindsey has gone to college.

Appearances

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 1 X - X - - X X - - - - - - - - X - - - - - - - N/A 5
Season 2 - - - - - - - - - - - - - X - - - - - - - - - N/A 1
Season 3 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - X - - - - - - - - N/A 1
Season 5 - - X - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - X - - - 2
Season 6 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - X N/A 1
Season 7 - X - - - - - - - - - X - - - - - - - - - - - - N/A 2
Season 9 - - - X - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - N/A 1
Season 10 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - X - - - - N/A 1
Season 12 - - - - - - - - X - - - - - - - - - - - - - N/A 1
Total 15

Gallery:

  • Lindsey comforting her mom after her dad's death
  • Catherine confronting Lindsey in a club

Behind the Scenes

Madison McReynolds played Lindsey from season one to season five; Kay Panabaker took over the role in the season six finale Way to Go, and continued to play it up until season twelve, episode Zippered, via photo, where she's uncredited.

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