has done just about everything over nearly 450 episodes. The CBS drama's cast has always lived up to expectations and its stories leave the fan base wanting more. While there is some inevitable overlap between old and new storylines after that many hours of TV, ' writers have kept things fresh and interesting with .
In Season 20, the series has moved on from Jethro Gibbs , set up and had Leon Vance shown overseas. also if Vance potentially leaves. Season 20, Episode 6, "The Good Fighter" continued that forward-looking trend by trying something that has never done before. The series sent Kasie Hines undercover inside NCIS' own building.
There have been a number of undercover operations over ' history. Just to name a few, Tony DiNozzo and Ziva David went undercover as married assassins in Season 3. Torres and Ellie Bishop went undercover as a criminal couple so that they could bring down a drug ring in Season 12. Best of all, Gibbs posed as an IT technician in Season 12, leaving the rest of the team on pins and needles as he hilariously pretended to be tech-savvy.
"The Good Fighter" opened on Kasie in a fighting gym, where her trainer said that she needed to stop hesitating. In the parking lot, she was approached by a mystery man and viewers thought that she had been abducted -- especially when she didn't show up to work the next morning. That wasn't the case; Kasie had requested a personal day. However, things looked even worse when her fingerprints showed up on the laptop that belonged to the episode's murder victim.
Kasie denied any involvement in the murder, but insisted on being questioned in the interrogation room -- only to turn the tables and start asking questions herself. "The Good Fighter" revealed that the Defense Criminal Investigative Service had recruited her to perform an investigation into NCIS. She wanted McGee and Alden Parker inside the room so no one would overhear them. Her questions cleared all the members of the major case response team and they were able to move on with their murder investigation. Kasie further helped by crawling through an air vent into a company's secure server room.
Just before Gibbs left, Kasie had some traumatic experiences that she had trouble coping with. Joining a gym was one way that she was taking charge of her life. Seeing her on a solo undercover operation was tremendous growth for her character -- especially since she was investigating her friends. She uncovered that the mole was actually her DCIS handler and arrested the woman before the rest of the NCIS team came to help. Kasie proved that she could be an effective field agent if she wanted to, while showcasing ' first experience with someone going undercover against their own team.