Howard Lai is a desk sergeant.
Sam and Dean Winchester go to Portland, Oregon to investigate the death of a ballerina. The brothers drive to the Portland police station and ask the desk sergeant to give them the crime scene photos.
He asks Sam and Dean who they are first, and when they show him FBI badges, the sergeant goes to retrieve the case files without complaint.
- He shares some similarities with Drew Wu from Grimm. They are both sergeants who work in Portland, and appear to be of Asian descent.