Sasha Alexander was a great cast member for NCIS. Yes, she fit the stereotype of the attractive female cop on TV to a tee, but she was an integral part of the early success of the show. While I think the Cote de Pablo era has trumped the Alexander era, you can't discount what she did for the show, and hopefully her new TNT series becomes a hit. Speaking of Cote, who would have thought that based on this guest spot she would go on to become the great character of Ziva David?
These early episodes were good, but Season 5-6 is when the show really hit its stride (and when the director turned the lights on on the set!) A nice beginning to a two-partner for the JAG spin-off.