Det. Alex Eames
Hailing from a legacy of cops, Detective Alex Eames's (Kathryn Erbe) deep tradition in police work has made her hard-nosed, analytical and respectful of police procedures. No wonder she's the perfect complement to the idiosyncratic Detective Goren. Sensible and steadying, Eames is a positive influence on others in her life, even serving as the surrogate mother to her sister's child. But her life has also been touched by darkness. Her husband, a veteran police officer, was killed on an undercover assignment.
Despite this brush with tragedy, Eames's commitment to her job never wavered. After a successful stint with NYPD Vice - where Eames excelled undercover - she earned a transfer to the Major Case Squad. There, she and Goren amassed an enviable record and built a solid bond as partners.
However, as Goren's behavior became increasingly erratic, Eames found it harder to stick up for her eccentric partner, and their bond began to fray. The turning point came when an investigation into the shooting of an undercover cop led Goren to delve into the death of Eames's husband. Although Goren's investigation brought a small measure of closure, it created a rift between them. Eames began to resent that many saw her as simply the sidekick to Goren, the troubled genius.
Yet even through the bad period, Eames remained loyal to her partner. Told she would be promoted to Captain on the condition that she fire Goren, she complied with the order, only to immediately resign in an act of solidarity.
But now Alex has returned, and with her old partner at her side, she's back to doing what she does best: hardnosed, honest police work in a city that can use a steady hand.