Andrea Parker as Caitlin Pike
|First appearance||A New Life (September 23, 1995)|
|Last appearance||Touch and Go (January 9, 2001)
Shifting Sands - archive footage (October 3, 2003)
|Portrayed by||Andrea Parker|
Andrea Parker portrayed Commander Caitlin "Kate" Pike, USN (JAGC) in episodes A New Life, A New Life Part 2, Brig Break, Ares and Touch and Go. Archive footage was used in episodes Lifeline and Shifting Sands.
It is unclear where Caitlin is from, and there is no background information about her family or the years prior to her training at Harvard or the Navy Academy. Although during the Pilot episode, it is revealed that Kate is 27 years old, so her birth year would have been 1967-68, two years older than Andrea Parker. Pike is a graduate of the United States Naval Academy and Harvard Law School.
Caitlin 'Kate' Pike, a Lieutenant, Junior Grade, was originally Harmon Rabb's partner in the pilot episode of JAG; the two were paired together since the Admiral at the time wanted someone to be on the carrier as soon as possible, she and Harm were the two available. During the pilot episode, upon discovering the birth control in the missing RIO's lockbox, Harm suggests that the RIO had a lover, to which he seems grateful she did, and says Kate is against the idea of having a lover in the same forces. Caitlin received her first promotion, from Lt, JG to Lt. Somewhere Between "A New Life: Part 2" and "Brig Break", also this was apparently the time period in which she and Harm had their weekend together, since in "Brig Break" Harm tells her that he and Meg have a strictly professional relationship and Kate reminds him that she and he once did before they crossed it with their weekend. Kate was good friends with Meg Austin, Harm's second Partner.
Kate was then transferred assumingly shortly after "Brig Break" over to the naval base in Okinawa. There she worked closely with another Navy lawyer, Dennis Brockman. It was revealed that the two worked so closely that they began in a sexual relationship and kept it under wraps for almost six months until he actually asked her to marry him, to which Kate then turned him down and broke the relationship off with him. Which, during "Ares" the audience finds out what happened through Harm's persistent questioning of Kate and she reluctantly gave him the answers he was pushing her for. Shortly after, Caitlin decided on spending some time over at the Naval Criminal Investigative Service, however, she was never actually in any episodes of the show NCIS or mentioned by any of the characters.
Andrea Parker starring as Caitlin Pike was pictured on the title menu of the Sixth Disc on the Season 1 DVD, as opposed to Tracey Needham, who was a regular cast member at that time. Kate also appeared in the Season 6 episode "Touch and Go", at this time Kate (now a Commander) was considering returning to her position at JAG, however when an old sexual harassment incident arose, Kate decided that she was unwanted at the JAG Office by everyone except Harm and the Admiral, and decided to move on. It had turned out that Lt. Loren Singer had been the leak on the case, giving the press the information about what happened between Kate and Hollenback, the Commanding Officer at the time with whom Kate worked with and was assaulted by. There were two views shown on what happened, obviously from the opposing sides of the case; Hollenback and Kate's points of view, and it turned out that Hollenback apologized and the two moved on, though he evidently won the case against her.
Kate then felt bad that his career was ruined. She confronted Mac, Sarah MacKenzie, thinking she had been the leak going from information she had told her during a conversation over coffee when Kate had seen the article printed about her in the newspaper, Mac then gave Kate some critical advice about being discreet. Kate then confronted Lt. Singer about leaking the information on the case, saying Singer did NOT have her forgiveness. During the last scene of "Touch and Go", Kate picks up on Harm and Sarah's affections for one another and tells him that she thinks that way, and she doesn't want to complicate things further for him between him, Renee and Mac.