Michelle Lee was an NCIS Special Agent and legal assistant who was temporarily the "probie" of the NCIS Major Case Response Team and who was later revealed to be the NCIS mole leaking highly sensitive and classified information to an unknown source.
Upon being exposed and caught as the main NCIS mole, she began working with the main NCIS team up until her death in November 2008 which occurred during the Season 6 episode, Dagger (episode).
Most of Lee's past is unknown, but what is known is that she grew up with a adopted younger sister and that when Lee's parents died, Lee raised her as her own.
At some point. she began working at Harvard Law where she crossed paths with NCIS Director Jennifer Shepard who, presumably impressed with Lee, offered Lee the chance to join NCIS, which Lee accepted.
NCIS Season 4
Lee made her debut appearance in the Season 4 premiere episode, Shalom (episode). After Gibbs resigned in the aftermath of the Cape Fear disaster and his senior agent Anthony DiNozzo was made leader, Lee was brought in to bring the team back up to full strength.
Following Gibbs' return in Escaped (episode), the team returned to their original positions while Lee was removed from the team for good, eventually being assigned to the NCIS legal department where she was frequently seen delivering warrants to the team.
She even helped the team expose a major human trafficking ring during the Season 4 episode, Once a Hero (episode), where it was also revealed that she was fluent in Chinese.
Lee was also a Harvard Law School graduate, with later episodes of Season 4 revealing that she was involved in a secret relationship with NCIS Medical Assistant James Palmer.
NCIS Season 5
In the Season 5 finale episode Judgment Day Part 2 (episode), following Director Jennifer Shepard's death, newly-appointed Director Leon Vance broke up Gibbs' team of DiNozzo, Special Agent Timothy McGee and Mossad/NCIS Liaison Officer Ziva David, reassigning the three elsewhere.
NCIS Season 6
During the Season 6 premiere episode Last Man Standing (episode), upon realizing that Vance hadn't broken up the team because of Jenny's death, Gibbs confronted Vance. Vance told Gibbs that the reason for his actions was because there was a mole in NCIS who was revealing highly classified US military information; Lee, Langer, and Keating were the suspects and Vance placed all three on Gibbs' team to keep them under close scrutiny and determine which one of them was the mole.
In addition, the new team composed of Lee, Langer and Keating tried their best to live up their predecessors' reputations. Dr. Donald Mallard simply regarded them as the "B" team and as such, the new team ultimately failed to meet the expectations their predecessors had set.
The investigation took an intense turn when Vance learned that the file stolen by the murder victim, Petty Officer Steve Vargo, was Domino, the Joint Chiefs' battle plan in the event of an attack on a city in Israel.
After Langer's death at Lee's hands, with Lee claiming self-defense and accusing Langer of being the mole, it was revealed that Lee herself was actually the mole, having killed Langer to protect her cover.
The incident went unnoticed for some time until Collateral Damage (episode) where Gibbs began to suspect that it was Lee, not Langer who was the mole.
With Vance's approval, Gibbs launched a plan to expose and trap Lee. The plan was successful although it angered DiNozzo, who hadn't been told of the plan. Gibbs later revealed the truth that everything had been planned for the sake of exposing Lee.
After Lee was caught, Gibbs interrogated Lee. After she confessed to being the mole, she told him that her reason for doing so was because she was acting under duress; her daughter, Amanda Lee had been kidnapped and was being used as leverage, forcing Lee to commit the acts or else risk losing her daughter for good.
Final Days and Eventual Death
- "Do it."
- —Lee's silent message to Gibbs during the Season 6 episode, Dagger.
Lee died in the Season 6 episode, Dagger (episode) while aiding the NCIS team. Ted Bankston, the true mastermind behind the entire operation and who sought Domino, took Lee hostage with Gibbs following them.
Armed with the gun he'd stolen from an NCIS agent, Bankston fled the restaurant with Lee, and they later got onto a bus where Bankston told the driver to go. The plan hit a snag when Gibbs shot out the tires.
In response, Bankston began shooting and killing random people before being cornered while using Lee as a human shield. Gibbs aimed his gun at them, but was reluctant to shoot because he was injured, which was also affecting his vision.
However, upon learning that Amanda was safe (DiNozzo and Ziva saved the youngster), Lee gave Gibbs the signal to go ahead and shoot them. Gibbs responded by firing several shots, the impact killing Lee and also resulting in Bankston's death as well.
Gibbs later approached Lee's body and felt for a pulse but didn't find one. The next morning, Gibbs gave Amanda Lee's NCIS badge.
In a meeting, Vance later remarked to Gibbs that death had probably been a good thing for Lee because if she had survived, she would have likely spent the rest of her life in prison given the overwhelming charges of treason and murder against her.
As an NCIS Special Agent, Lee was trained to use firearms.