is a fictional character
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on the CBS crime drama CSI: Miami
CSI: Miami is an American police procedural television series, which premiered on September 23, 2002 on CBS. The series is a spin-off of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation....
, portrayed by actress Khandi Alexander
Khandi Alexander is an American dancer, choreographer, and film and television actress. She is perhaps best known for the roles of Dr. Alexx Woods on CSI: Miami and as Catherine Duke on NewsRadio. She also had a major recurring role on ER as Jackie Robbins, sister to Dr. Peter Benton...
Alexx Woods, originally from Queens, New York, is a medical examiner
A medical examiner is a medically qualified government officer whose duty is to investigate deaths and injuries that occur under unusual or suspicious circumstances, to perform post-mortem examinations, and in some jurisdictions to initiate inquests....
who worked for the Miami-Dade Police department for 6 seasons. She is married with two children and is always upbeat and has a good bedside manner with her patients, despite being a coroner. Alexx has a tendency, displayed in many episodes, to talk to the corpses she is examining. She often addresses the corpses as "sweetie", "honey", or "baby boy/girl" in a maternal way, and she often comments that the victims were too young to die. It is nearly her mantra. She is also like a maternal figure to her colleagues, especially to Ryan and Eric when they were injured.
Major events leading up to Alexx leaving CSI
As mentioned above, Alexx addresses the corpses in a maternal way. She is also seen addressing her own children in a very natural maternal way when talking about "bad people" to them after a case involving a child (episode 106, "Broken").
At the beginning of Episode 214, "Slow Burn", Alexx has a near death encounter when she is collecting a body from a crime scene when a seemingly controlled fire in the Everglades becomes out of hand and nearly burns her to death. CSI Delko pulls out a fire blanket in the nick of time, covering and protect both himself and Alexx from the fire. They are next seen being taken care of by rescue, Alexx is shaken up and talks with Horatio about not wanting to end up like the bodies on her table.
Alexx also hosts groups from alcohol treatment programs, showing them the consequences (i.e., dead bodies) of drunk driving. One of the participants, a young former Navy corpsman, asks her for a job, and Alexx agrees to a one-week trial. When a flask belonging to one of the corpses disappears, she suspects the young man stole it. However, Alexx later discovers that it was in fact one of her fellow medical examiners, Dr. Glen Monroe, who purloined it, saying that the dead man wouldn't miss it. Alexx informs Dr. Monroe that if he does not report himself to the chief medical examiner, she would. Not long after, Dr. Monroe in a drunken stupor kills himself and a teenager when he gets in a car accident, and Alexx shows his body to the next group of alcohol treatment members, bitterly reminding them not only of the cost of their behavior to others but to themselves, as well (episode 311, "Addiction").
In episode 316, "Nothing To Lose," Alexx is held hostage by serial killer, Kendrick, and forced to dress his gunshot wound. While being held hostage, Kendrick made repeated threats towards her children. She is eventually rescued by Horatio Caine. Kendrick flees capture into an Everglades wildfire. His body is later identified by Alexx when she recognizes her own handiwork over his gunshot wound.
She has a close relationship with Horatio Caine
Horatio Caine is a fictional character and the protagonist in the CBS crime drama CSI: Miami, portrayed by David Caruso. He is currently head of the crime lab, under the rank of Lieutenant of the MDPD.-Fictional character biography:...
and his team of CSIs from the lab, and considers them an extension of her family. This has led to friction in the autopsy room from her fellow MEs as well as her boss, who at one point tells her to transfer to night shift if she wishes to have any future promotions. Alexx is very maternal by nature and looks out for her co-workers as though they were her children. This is evident in season 4 of the show when she continues to care for and worry about Ryan Wolfe
Detective Ryan Wolfe is a fictional character on the CBS crime drama CSI: Miami, portrayed by Jonathan Togo.-Background:Ryan Wolfe, a former patrol officer, is hired after veteran CSI Tim Speedle is killed on the job. He has a strong background in science, having majored in chemistry at Boston...
after he is injured by a nail gun. She gives him a name of an eye doctor after she believes his experiencing vision troubles may be due to an infection resulting from the trauma (episode 410, "Shattered").
She is superficially injured when a rocket is launched at the courthouse where she is preparing to give testimony. Alexx immediately begins to treat the wounded while the police attempt to discover the reason for the attack (episode 514, "No Man's Land"). When Eric Delko
Detective Eric Delko is a fictional character on the CBS crime drama CSI: Miami, portrayed by Adam Rodríguez.- Background :...
is shot in the head not long afterwards, she and her colleagues at the crime lab express great concern over his well-being. Alexx is the first to point out that because of the nature of the injury, Delko, if he should recover, might not be the same person they knew before (episode 515, "Man Down").
She has had to autopsy several people she knew, including CSI Tim Speedle
Timothy "Speed" Speedle is a fictional character on the CBS crime drama CSI: Miami, who was portrayed by Rory Cochrane until the character's death in the third season opening episode "Lost Son".- Characterization :...
(episode 301, "Lost Son") and Officer Aaron Jessop (episode 425, "One of Our Own"). Alexx is also horrified when her best friend's husband ends up on her table. And far from his being the victim of a random shooting, he was targeted by his wife's young lover at her instruction. Despite equivocal evidence and being taken off of the case, Alexx believes her best friend guilty of setting up her husband's murder (episode 123, "Freaks and Tweaks") a coroner's report from another M.E. also gains her attention as she delivers it to Calleigh, but gets around reading it by saying that she can read upside down.
After much contemplation Alexx decides that she is going to leave CSI. In the episode Going Ballistic, her replacement, Shannon Higgins (Alison McAtee
Allison McAtee is an American actress and fashion model.-Education:Allison McAtee studied at Carnegie Mellon University trained in Suzuki and Viewpoints and earned a BA degree in Theater Arts from the University of Pittsburgh School of Arts and Sciences...
), arrives at a crime scene and was murdered a short time later. Alexx officially resigns from her post in episode 619, "Rock and A Hard Place". Her son Brian had nearly got himself into deep trouble for associating with juvenile delinquents and she realized that she has to spend more time with him. She tells Horatio that "I need to spend more of my time taking care of the living", Horatio replies saying the position of Medical Examiner "will always be open" for her. Alexx then bids farewell to the rest of the team.
Alexx is seen in Episode 714, "Smoke Gets in Your CSI's", running out of a hospital's Emergency room to the ambulance where an unconscious CSI Calleigh Duquesne is on a stretcher. Alexx accompanies her into the emergency room and is seen fighting for Calleigh's life. At the end of the episode Alexx is seen talking to Horatio and invites him to family night at her house with her family.
She returned for the eighth season premiere of the show, in a flashback episode. She also was at the hospital where Eric was being treated. Alexx returned yet again for the episode "Bad Seed".
CSIFiles.com reports Alexander will not be returning to the show as she is set to star in a new HBO series called "Treme
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" about post-Katrina New Orleans.