- "She was a great agent."
- —Paula Cassidy commenting on Kate in the Season 3 episode, Mind Games (episode).
Caitlin "Kate" Todd was a former Secret Service Agent who prior to joining NCIS and becoming an NCIS Special Agent was originally assigned to the USS Presidential Protective Detail on board Air Force One.
However, following the events of Yankee White (episode), she resigned from the Secret Service for good after it was revealed that she'd been in a relationship with a Marine Major who was later murdered.
After quitting the Secret Service, she joined NCIS before being assigned as Junior Agent to the Major Case Response Team, becoming the third member of the team and Anthony DiNozzo's second partner with her profiling skills rendering her as a great asset to the team.
However, her year and a half-long career as an NCIS Special Agent which had the promise of great things came to an abrupt and very tragic end when in the last few seconds in the Season 2 finale episode, Twilight (episode) in a truly shocking move, one that the team's enemy, Ari Haswari had arranged and in front of her colleagues, Leroy Jethro Gibbs and Anthony DiNozzo, Kate, having recovered after originally taking a bullet for Gibbs died seconds later after being shot in the head with a lone bullet from a Bravo 51 nicknamed a "Kate".
Kate's death left the NCIS agency, especially her team devastated and struggling to come to terms with her passing. She was later buried in a cemetery in her native Indianapolis, having been awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom for her work in protecting Gibbs from Ari.
Kate's position on the team which was left vacant after her murder was later taken over by Ari's control officer and half-sister, Ziva David on a permanent basis.
Ziva originally joined the team as the NCIS/Mossad Liaison Officer and later became an NCIS Special Agent while NCIS Medical Examiner Donald Mallard took over Kate's former psychological profiling abilities, having gained a forensic profiling degree to do so.
Kate was presumably born and raised in Indianapolis to an unnamed mother and father who were seen in Kill Ari Part 2 (episode). She had three older brothers whom she described in the Season 2 episode, Caught on Tape (episode) as being "practically psychotic". She also had a cousin named Maureen Ingalls.
In addition, Kate also has an older sister who is a psychiatrist and lived in Miami, with whom she does not have a close relationship.
Despite listing her sister as an emergency contact, Kate "barely returns" her sister's phone calls as revealed in the Season 1 episode, The Good Samaritan (episode).
In 1994, Kate was the winner of a wet t-shirt contest in 1994 during a trip to Panama City. This later came back to haunt her during the Season 2 episode, Conspiracy Theory (episode).
Some time prior to the events of Yankee White (episode), Kate joined the Secret Service and after presumably spending a few years on individual Protection Details, was eventually reassigned to Air Force One where she became a member of the President of the United States's Protection Detail.
Kate eventually made her first ever appearance in the NCIS Season 1 premiere episode, "Yankee White" where at the time of her debut appearance, she was a U.S. Secret Service agent assigned to the presidential protective detail on Air Force One who was also present when Commander Ray Trapp suffered a stroke, prompting Kate to call for medical assistant while on board Air Force One. Unfortunately, Trapp died almost immediately, forcing Air Force One into an emergency landing and all the local and federal agencies to be summoned to the craft to determine who would take the lead in the investigation.
After realizing that NCIS Special Agent, Leroy Jethro Gibbs and NCIS Medical Examiner, Donald Mallard who had arrived on the plane were not who they said they were, Kate returned to Air Force One despite having been kicked off and attempted to stop NCIS from hijacking the investigation into the death of a Naval officer, something which she failed to do. She later tried to stand her ground, insisting that the investigation belonged to the Secret Service but when she tried to get the investigation turned to her advantage, Gibbs responded by trying to have her get kicked off Air Force, forcing Kate to back down.
When Gibbs later suggested that they both work together, an offer Kate grudgingly agreed to despite knowing that her Secret Service superiors wanted the FBI handling the investigation instead.
For doing this, she later received a dressing-down from her boss at the time, William Baer who told Kate that she was not senior enough to make any decisions.
Kate also broke the rules by dating Timothy Kerry, a co-worker and eventually made the decision to resign from the Secret Service for good before her superiors sacked her. Thankfully, Gibbs who had seen Kate's potential made a fast move and hired Kate almost immediately after she'd quit. He then assigned her to his team where she became an NCIS Special Agent and the third member of Gibbs's team, pairing her with Tony DiNozzo.
As a result, Kate replaced former NCIS Agent Vivian Blackadder who had been DiNozzo's partner in the two JAG Season 8 episodes, Ice Queen (episode) and Meltdown (episode), both of which served as the official pilot for NCIS before it went solo.
Upon joining the agency, Kate received her very own NCIS badge, ID card and her own SIG Sauer P228 and was seen in the field, working her first official crime scene as an NCIS Special Agent in the Season 1 episode, Hung Out to Dry (episode). She remained in that position up until her death in May 2005.
Kate was also Roman Catholic and in many ways a bit prudish due to her strict upbringing which was seen in Forced Entry (episode) where she appeared uncomfortable in the subject of sex.
Kate was also a talented sketch artist with the Season 1 episode, Marine Down (episode) demonstrated her skill when she had sketched an accurate likeness of a suspect; Tony then stole her sketch pad and showed the team that she had drawn caricatures of the them too, showing Tony lusting after a pretty girl and Abby as a bat. She also drew one of Gibbs as well, but managed to change the subject and reclaim her sketchpad before it was revealed.
Kate enjoyed working on the NCIS team although she was a bit surprised to find herself bending rules like Gibbs and Tony to get the information they needed to trap some suspect or other.
For example, in the episode A Weak Link (episode), she suggested they hack into a system to get the info they needed for a particular case before pausing and stating that she never would have suggested it before she began working for NCIS.
Kate had an opportunity to kill Ari when he broke into the NCIS autopsy lab and shot Gerald Jackson in Bête Noire (episode) but found she was unable to do so because of the look in his eyes, a look that she described as "kind". In the Season 1 finale, "Reveille", Gibbs found out and read her the riot act for this while also making her promise that the next time Kate met Ari, she wouldn't forget what Ari had done. It could also be assumed that Kate's unwillingness to stab Ari sealed her own fate when she was shot dead during Twilight (episode).
Kate and Tony used to gang up on McGee and tease him, although he eventually realized it was just part of being a probie. However, in season two, Kate began to have much more respect for McGee and started to treat him more kindly than in earlier episodes. Kate and Abby were best friends as they were the only two women on the regular team.
It was revealed in an interview with creator Don Bellisario that if Kate had not died, there would have been a relationship between her and Tony (reference?). In a March 10, 2006 interview (" 'NCIS' delivers without hype", by Maureen Ryan): "'When the Kate [Todd] character was killed [at the end of last season], I didn’t want to bring in the same character I had in Kate, someone who was very Puritan, uptight and treated Tony like a big brother,"' Bellisario noted."
Prior to joining NCIS, Kate was a Secret Service Agent assigned to the Presidential Protection Detail on Air Force One where she worked under William Baer. Her codename was "Rosefern" and as such, she was one of the many agents charged with protecting the President of the United States.
However, in September 2003, after the events of Yankee White (episode), Kate resigned from the Secret Service for good due to the fact that she'd slept with a deceased co-worker.
Mere seconds after her resignation, NCIS Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs hired her and assigned her to his team where Kate became DiNozzo's new partner and also the newest NCIS Special Agent.
Headstrong and determined, Kate, as a Secret Service Agent seemed unwilling to give NCIS any edge in the investigation but later softened before agreeing to help them. She later quit the Secret Service for good after having a relationship with a colleague of hers which as such was against the rules and joined NCIS straightaway, becoming the "Probie" of the team.
At first, she seemed to be very weak when it came to shooting but gradually improved over time.
She also seemed to get emotionally attached to victims as seen in the episode, Left for Dead (episode), where she befriended a Jane Doe who had memory loss after surviving being buried alive in a shallow grave. This attachment proved to be a mistake when it was revealed that the Jane Doe had actually been deceiving Kate all along and the case came to a tragic end with Jane Doe/Suzanne McNeil and her boss both dying in a massive explosion which left Kate injured and again in See No Evil (episode), she formed an attachment to an eight year old blind girl named Sandy Watson whose parents were being held hostage.
She displayed some traits that would probably describe her as a feminist. In Seadog (episode), she complained to Gibbs and Tony about riding in a tow-truck with a boat and asked them if they did to all the newbies or just the females; during Sub Rosa (episode) where she angrily confronted Gibbs over the Norfolk Naval Base Commander refusing to let her go on a submarine because women were supposedly problematic; and in Bikini Wax (episode) where she reprimanded Tony for viewing a video tape of a Bikini Contest although he claimed he'd been watching to get any possible suspects but she stated he was merely watching it because of the ten and a-half naked women on it.
Despite her reluctance to shoot other people when the situation arose, Kate soon gained the ability and emotional capacity to do so as seen in Heart Break (episode) where she threatened to shoot a woman and her partner who were serial killers.
- ""Wow. I thought I'd die before I ever heard a compl-."
- —Kate's final words just seconds before her death at the hands of a sniper in the Season 2 finale episode, Twilight.
Kate died in the last few seconds of the Season 2 finale, Twilight (episode) with her death occurring only a few seconds after the team had foiled a terrorist attack on a fleet of Naval ships approaching the Norfolk Harbor, engaging in a fierce and heated gunfight against the terrorist cell which ended with all the terrorists except for one being eliminated and the terrorist attack being stopped altogether when Gibbs successfully destroyed the computer, resulting in the drone going offline and crashing into the sea.
During the gunfight which eventually ended up on the top of a warehouse in downtown Norfolk and while they were reloading their weapons, Kate spotted an Unnamed Terrorist (Twilight) emerging from a door and rushed to Gibbs's aid, instantly taking the bullet originally intended for Gibbs to the chest before falling to the ground in agony.
After Gibbs and Tony had dispatched the terrorist who had shot her by combining their firepower, they went to check on Kate where it was revealed that she had in fact been wearing a bullet-proof vest which managed to stop the bullet from hitting her or even affecting any of her organs although she was left in agony after being shot.
Just as she, Tony and Gibbs were standing around, recovering after they had successfully killed all the terrorists involved, Kate was shot in the head by a lone bullet which came out of nowhere. The impact while slicing through her forehead and causing her blood to hit DiNozzo's face killed her instantly while also destroying her brain upon impact with Kate hitting the ground seconds later, already dead.
It was later shown that the person responsible for firing the fatal shot that had cost Kate her life was none other than Ari himself who had used a sniper rifle and a .308 Lapua round, the same type that Gibbs had used earlier as a sniper himself and in a possible cruel twist, the generic nickname for the rifle was "Kate".
A few hours later, in the Season 3 premiere episode, Kill Ari Part 1 (episode), Kate's remains were brought back to NCIS so that Ducky could perform an autopsy on her while the remaining members of the team who were left completely grief-stricken and devastated by her murder struggled to get themselves together and go after Ari.
In addition, they also began experiencing fantasies about her in which they talked to her as a ghost although her physical self was dead.
She even appeared to some of them dressed in the clothes that her team members had imagined her wearing.
When she first appeared, visiting Gibbs in "Kill Ari Part 1", Kate wore the same clothing she had when she'd been killed and had the same bullet-shaped mark in her forehead.
Unlike the other versions of her who were gentle and comforting, Gibbs's vision of Kate had her angrily confronting him.
She later reappeared to him two more times, once sitting at her desk, telling Gibbs that he had always told her there was no such thing as a coincidence and then again in "Kill Ari Part 2", angrily talking to Gibbs while he was out searching for Ducky and Gerald that the only way to make things right again was for Gibbs to kill himself.
When she appeared to Abby, Kate wore a Gothic-style dress with a blonde wig and a cross around her neck.
While autopsying Kate's body, Ducky had a conversation with her while she was lying dead in the morgue and she told him about how at the time, Ari's eyes had looked kind which had prevented her from killing him during the hostage situation in Bête Noire (episode). She also expressed regret at not killing Ari when she'd had the chance because in her opinion, Kate knew that she didn't deserve to die.
Tony's vision had her wearing a Catholic-schoolgirl uniform with a black wig while McGee had her in a catsuit similar to that of Trinity from the movie "The Matrix"; when Kate's outfit changed to resemble that of a black-leather BDSM-styled outfit complete with a whip, a surprised McGee noted that he was becoming (more like) Tony.
For her work as an NCIS Special Agent, Kate was also posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom which was seen when she told Gibbs that he was late for her funeral and Gibbs realized that Kate would not have blamed him for her death and as such, grew to accept that she was gone.
She was later replaced by Ziva David, a Mossad officer and Ari's half-sister who had killed Ari to save Gibbs's life.
Although Kate's career at NCIS was short-lived, lasting for a year and a half, she left a deep and lasting impression on her NCIS colleagues and her memory has survived on in their hearts and minds.
When Gibbs lost his memory from an explosion, Ziva used Kate's murder, her killing Ari and taking his hand and slapping herself to bring his memory back. He accidentally called her "Kate" when he recovered.
In the episode Bait (episode), a teenage student held his classmates hostage inside a classroom by threatening them with a bomb strapped to his chest. Gibbs and his team arrived on scene but were unable to get audio and video of the situation inside the classroom, thus, Gibbs put himself in danger by offering himself as a hostage. While Tony took charge of the team, the boy demanded that his mother be brought to the classroom by sunset, but the team discovered that she had been dead for a year. Tony let Gibbs know by saying to the student that "Agent Todd" was coming with his mother. The leader of the hostage rescue team asked how would Gibbs know that the boy's mother is deceased. Tony replies, "because Agent Todd is dead."
McGee also briefly mentioned Kate in the Season 3 episode Probie (episode).
Kate is also briefly mentioned by Ducky in the Season 6 finale, Aliyah (episode).
In Truth or Consequences (episode), Tony and McGee were taken hostage in Africa by terrorist Saleem Ulman. While McGee was left unconscious, Tony was injected with a truth serum and told Saleem everything about his team. After that, Saleem asked about the fourth member. Tony said they lost her and she was replaced by Ziva.
Kate was also a major subject in A Man Walks into a Bar (episode) when Kate's older sister, Rachel Cranston visits the NCIS team as a psychologist, interviewing each and every member of Gibbs Team. At first the team is unaware of Rachel's relation to Kate, but later in the episode Tony figures it out when Rachel reveals knowledge about things he can remember telling Kate.
When Rachel slept behind Ziva's desk Gibbs stated that she looked exactly like Kate, a reference to the scene where Kate, the head of protection detail for Gibbs spent the night at NCIS in Twilight (episode).
When conversing with Gibbs, Rachel reveals that she took on the task of working with NCIS for this assignment because she wanted to know the people closest to Kate when she died. She still struggles with her sister's death and even revealed that she could not bring herself to attend Kate's funeral in Indiana. Gibbs also delivered closure to Rachel when he showed her the spot where Ziva David shot her brother, avenging Kate's death.
Rachel reappeared in Nature of the Beast (episode) to help Tony recover from a traumatic experience, with several mentions of Kate between the two of them; and when she appears again in Psych Out (episode), several more mentions of Kate are made.
Kate made her final appearance in the Season 9 episode, Life Before His Eyes (episode) where in an alternative reality, using stock footage from "Twilight" which included the original ending of Kate not dying, it was shown that Gibbs had managed to spot Ari Haswari in the nick of time just seconds after Kate had taken the first bullet originally intended for Gibbs.
Gibbs immediately informed McGee of the development while Tony ordered Kate to stay down. McGee called in air support and with his own rifle jamming, thus preventing him from firing the fatal shot and with helicopters bearing down on his position, Ari was forced to flee.
As such, Kate never died and made a full recovery before resuming her duties as an NCIS Special Agent. She and Tony later got married and had a baby girl named Kelly.
In the Season 10 episode, You Better Watch Out (episode), it was revealed that Tony has a pet goldfish named after Kate.
Leroy Jethro Gibbs
- "Does it ever give you that empty feeling?"
- "Your jock strap."
- "No. Because like some species of frog, I grow what I need."
- —Kate and Gibbs's first exchange on board Air Force One during the Season 1 episode, "Yankee White".
In the beginning, Kate and Gibbs's relationship was very hostile as the two clashed in "Yankee White" due to the fact that Kate was a Secret Service agent assigned to Air Force One with orders to give the investigation to the FBI while Gibbs was an NCIS Special Agent tasked with finding out who or what had killed Ray Trapp.
But they later began to get along with one another and after Kate had quit the Secret Service, Gibbs took her on as an NCIS Special Agent and acted as a mentor to Kate and although Kate resented Gibbs's rude manners at times, she later grew to respect him, even partnering with him whenever they went into the field together.
Like all the others, Gibbs was left equally devastated and shocked at Kate's death by Ari's hands. He also saw various visions of Kate, two of which were very malicious and blamed him for her death while also suggesting he kill himself to make things right again.
- "You're late for my funeral, Gibbs."
- —Gibbs's vision of Kate talking to him in her coffin in the Season 3 episode, "Kill Ari Part 2".
After Ari was killed by Ziva, Gibbs saw one final vision of Kate lying in her coffin, smiling and telling him he was late for her funeral, suggesting that she had forgiven him and had finally accepted her death.
Kate and Tony had something of a sibling relationship as the two regularly had arguments usually to some levels of maturity. The two competed with each other for Gibbs's attention and praise during training and investigations.
Kate was also very critical of DiNozzo's attitude towards women and also his respect for personal boundaries as Tony had a tendency to nose through Kate's personal effects including her mobile, PDA and even trash, which annoyed her. In Terminal Leave (episode), DiNozzo snuck into a bathroom while Kate was showering to brush his teeth before making himself known to her much to her horror and disgust. He also mentioned that Kate couldn't sing and that she hadn't shaved her legs for a week, causing Kate to hit him with a wet sponge.
Despite this, Kate usually got her own back on DiNozzo. During Dead Man Talking (episode), when DiNozzo had unknowingly kissed a suspect who was a transsexual, Kate often used this as a method to torment and tease Tony, just as he had often taunted her. Their bickering apparently got so bad that during Pop Life (episode), the two sought counseling from Ducky to help them as he believed that the reason they were seeking Gibbs's attention was due to the fact that they both saw him as a father figure.
However, DiNozzo often showed himself to be kind and even romantic to Kate. He bought her flowers as a peace-offering because he had been annoying her in Vanished (episode) although the good deal was ruined when Gibbs revealed that Tony had gone through her PDA and found her favorite flower place, causing Kate to get angry at him again. He also displayed concern for her as seen in Left for Dead (episode) when Kate realized that she had been played by a Jane Doe and also during Bete Noire in the aftermath of the hostage situation involving the unnamed terrorist.
In The Bone Yard (episode), DiNozzo was almost possessive of Kate when McGee suggested that they pose as a couple to get photographic evidence for Abby. Tony went instead and even remarked to Kate that he thought they made a good couple with Kate remarking, "Maybe for the Jerry Springer show" while in Black Water (episode), Tony also expressed jealousy when Kate went on a date with Thomas McAllister.
During My Other Left Foot (episode), Tony also became obsessed with the possibility that Kate had a tattoo and even began nagging her throughout the episode to know what it was or where it was located.
When DiNozzo went undercover in 'Chained (episode), Kate expressed concern for him and in SWAK (episode), when DiNozzo was infected with Y. pestis, Kate opted to stay with him despite being given the all-clear and knowing that she could get infected because the pestis had been genetically altered to resist all types of antibiotics.
As he was about to die, Kate finally went outside and hugged Ducky before breaking down in tears, but against all the odds DiNozzo survived.
DiNozzo was also a witness to Kate's brutal murder in the last few seconds of Twilight (episode) and just as the fatal bullet impacted through Kate's head before leaving, DiNozzo's entire face was splashed with her blood, leaving him stunned and shocked. Her death had a very serious impact on him as it caused him to "grow up" during the next few seasons and he finally came to terms with her passing after her funeral.
As a result of Kate's death, DiNozzo, like the others saw visions of Kate's ghost and matching his sexist/chauvinistic personality, Kate appeared in a Catholic schoolgirl uniform complete with a black wig. She told him she'd always known what he was thinking and then berated him for having a sexual fantasy about her so soon after her death. Tony responded by telling her that he used to picture her naked, causing Kate to scream in horror and dismay.
In Life Before His Eyes (episode), it was shown that in an alternative reality, Kate had taken the first bullet meant for Gibbs but had managed to avoid being killed with the second bullet due to the fact that after Gibbs had spotted a sniper, he and Tony had ordered her to stay down while McGee called air support. Furthermore, Ari's sniper rifle had jammed and he was unable to get a clear shot, forcing him to flee. It was also shown that Kate and DiNozzo eventually got married and the two had a daughter named Kelly. It's also presumed that because she had never died, Kate still worked as an NCIS Special Agent.
Special Agent Timothy McGee
- "Tim, it's not your fault."
- —Kate assuring McGee that he isn't responsible for letting DiNozzo get infected with the plague in the Season 2 finale episode, Twilight.
- "I really did like you, Kate."
- —McGee talking to Kate's dead body during the Season 3 epispde, "Kill Ari Part 2"..
When McGee was introduced in Sub Rosa (episode), Kate protested at DiNozzo's apparent abuse of authority and treatment of McGee when he ordered the young agent to stay on a crime scene until someone else could come to relieve him. DiNozzo remarked that Kate ought to lighten up and that McGee was new so it was expected of DiNozzo to abuse his authority.
Kate and McGee were partnered for a very short time during during UnSEALeD (episode) during which he came to her help when she was tied up by a former Navy SEAL. McGee proved essential to saving Kate and also enabled her to get to her car in time so that she could fire a shotgun at Curtin, injuring him.
Throughout Season Two, DiNozzo and Kate sometimes ganged up on McGee to tease him, but Kate disliked DiNozzo's pranks and McGee's hazing.
After the murder of a witness under McGee's watch, Kate was the first to try to comfort him, reassuring him that it was not his fault despite McGee thinking otherwise.
After Kate's death, McGee had visions of Kate, one of which had her in a black catsuit similar to that of Trinity from the Matrix before the suit became a BDSM-styled costume complete with a whip, causing McGee to remark that he was turning into Tony.
McGee also came to accept Kate's death and was the first to give Kate's replacement a warm welcome while accepting her onto the team.
- "Oh, Caitlin. I am so sorry."
- —Ducky talking to Kate's body in the Season 3 premiere episode, "Kill Ari Part 1".
In Yankee White (episode), Ducky was the first NCIS member who upon meeting Kate for the first time developed a long-lasting friendship with her. The two liked each other very much, showing genuine concern for each other, as seen in several episodes including Reveille (episode) and The Meat Puzzle (episode). In the latter, Gibbs assigned Kate as Ducky's protection detail when his life was threatened by a criminal. In addition to that, Ducky usually called Kate by her first name, "Caitlin", and only occasionally "Kate".
Like all the other members of the team, Ducky was left devastated and grief-stricken when Kate died after being shot by Ari Haswari.
At the beginning of Kill Ari Part 1 (episode), Ducky, having arrived in the morgue unzipped the bag containing Kate's body and told her that he was so sorry. Despite his grief, he insisted on personally doing her autopsy himself and refused to bring in another Medical Examiner to help him, stating to Gibbs: "I couldn't. Not for Caitlin".
In the Season Eight episode "A Man Walks Into a Bar...", Dr. Mallard has a flashback to this vision while speaking to Dr. Rachel Cranston, Kate's older sister.
- "I really liked you, Kate."
- —Abby talking to Ghost Kate during the Season 3 premiere episode, Kill Ari Part 1 (episode).
Upon meeting each other, Abby and Kate who at the time were the only two women on the team formed a strong, budding friendship with one another and they would often make plans together, such as spending the weekend together at a spa although DiNozzo insisted on nosing in and knowing everything about it.
Also, as seen during A Weak Link (episode), Abby was seen talking to Kate and asking for advice about her relationship with McGee after he had confessed to the Goth that he liked her, leaving her unsure of how to respond to the comment.
In the episode Marine Down (episode), it was revealed that Kate had drawn several caricatures of her teammates, including one of Sciuto as a vampire bat. This had happened because DiNozzo had stolen her sketchpad. Kate started to apologize, saying that there was nothing mean in the drawing, only to be interrupted by an overjoyed Abby who asked if she could hang it up on her lab's wall.
Naturally, due to her strong friendship with Kate, Abby was one of the most deeply affected by Kate's death, but regained composure after being cheered up by a postmortem, goth vision of Kate. Abby was even seen sitting in her lab, staring at the drawing of herself as a vampire bat.
As the team were leaving the ceremony after Kate had been buried, Abby played a jazz music record as part of her own New Orleans heritage.
While in her lab with McGee as her protection detail and while her windows were being repaired after Ari had attempted to kill her and Tony, Abby abandoned her usual choice of music, instead choosing to play another jazz song, out of respect for Kate.
- She resents being called "Katie" (reference?) She was called "Katie" in two different episodes, once by Gibbs in "Yankee White" and twice by Tony (in the same scene in An Eye for an Eye (episode); she did not appear upset by either nickname.
- Was revealed to be frightened of the dentist in Witness (episode) although she later came over her phobia by going to a hypnotist thanks to Tony's help.
- Like Ari, Ducky almost always called her Caitlin, which she didn't seem to mind but he sometimes called her "Kate" as well.
- In Caught on Tape (episode), Kate foolishly thinks a man and woman can just be friends, something that Tony, McGee, and Abby try to change her mind about.
- In A Man Walks into a Bar (episode), Kate's older sister, Dr. Rachel Cranston, a clinical psychologist is introduced.
- She was right-handed, but at the start of the Season 1 episode, Eye Spy (episode), she was shown using her computer mouse with her left hand, suggesting she might have been ambidextrous.
- Like Ziva, Kate called Gibbs by his surname instead of "Jethro" which was what Ducky called him or "Boss" which is what Tony and McGee call him. She also slept with a gun under her pillow and expressed a desire to solve things by shooting someone, particularly Tony if he was getting very annoying.
- Kate is the only member of the team who Gibbs and Tony didn't call "Probie".
- Like the rest of the team, Kate carried a SIG-Sauer P228 with her back-up weapon being a Smith & Wesson Model 60.
- Kate's death was written into the series due to the fact that Sasha Alexander, the actress who played her wanted to leave the show as she wanted to pursue other projects and start a family as well as the fact that she admitted to Executive Producer Donald P. Bellisario that she didn't think she had the stamina to keep on going with the show.