A Marine lance corporal, of Arabic lineage and the Islamic faith, dies two blocks from a mosque in Washington, DC; Gibbs and company investigate. Ducky uses an alternate method; Abby finds a deadly neurotoxin. A tip helps; justice prevails.
Someone has stolen new top-secret radar gear; the NCIS gets a tip about its location. During a stakeout of the site, McGee watches while a man dies; the radar disappears again. The gang and the Metro PD figure it out and catch the bad guy.
While seeking to serve a warrant, the Gibbs gang find cocaine, cash, and the dead body of the subject person; a dog bites McGee, who shoots the dog. Abby goes to bat for the dog, who helps to solve the case. The team nab the bad person.
Fornell and his Hoovers arrive in the squad bay; he tells that the Gibbs team is under investigation for the murder of the Frog. However, the Gibbs gang investigates the FBI, and they put the pieces together and explain them to the suits.
A Marine captain dies in a mortar explosion in Baghdad; the SecNav sends the body to Ducky, who finds that a bullet, not shrapnel, caused the death. Tony and Jardine investigate on site; they and the rest of the team together figure it out.
Ziva, undercover, goes on a date with a suspected serial killer (a Marine); Tony finds the fifth victim; the suspect threatens Ziva, who resists and shoots him with his piece. Gibbs and the team investigate, solve, and find a second killer.
In Los Angeles, Jenny, with Tony and Ziva as a protective detail, attends the funeral for a retired long-time special agent, who supposedly died of a heart attack; Jenny hears a name, sees a man, makes pictures, and summons Mike Franks from Mexico; she tells him that she's the next person to die. Jen and Franks visit the home of the dead man; there they meet his girlfriend, whom they send to Nevada, but who winds up dead in Santa Monica. Jen and Franks check out an insurance policy at a diner in a desert, and she refuses help from Tony and Ziva; Franks steps outside ...
In Washington, DC, a petty officer died four and a half months before discovery; in Morocco another petty officer dies, and Ziva sustains an injury. Gibbs and company find a link and reach a solution. Ziva gladly returns to the NCIS.
A lieutenant appears to jump from an aircraft carrier at sea; Tony investigates aboard the ship and in Cartagena, Colombia, where the missing man supposedly joined the ship. Gibbs and Ziva join Tony; they find the answers and the bad guy.
Two cyclists find the body of a woman lieutenant commander assigned to the Navy Office of Legislative Affairs; Gibbs and company investigate. A senator, an old buddy of Gibbs, calls him. Another body turns up. The gang solve and arrest.
An ambush in an alley behind a bar leaves one Marine dead and one very ill; the gang investigate. The survivor is from Gibbs's hometown, and the team goes there; flashbacks abound. The bunch put the pieces together and nail the bad guys.
A neighbor finds the body of a tortured Marine; Gibbs and company investigate, and they encounter Fornell, who says that a person of interest is also a key witness in a major murder case. Another Marine dies, and the gang connect the dots.
Bloody water emits from a shower head in base housing at Quantico; Gibbs and company investigate; something has disappeared; a second man dies. The killer leaves clues, which suggest more deaths. They solve the game and nab the bad guy.
Gunmen rob the credit union at Quantico and kill a guard; Gibbs and company investigate; they question whether getting cash was the objective of the robbers. The team make several connections, then they round up the bad guys at a burial.
After an elaborate setup Tony and Ziva break into a classified Navy facility; however, that test is itself a ruse by which to identify a mole within the NCIS. Gibbs and Lee meet in the chat room, and Gibbs says that now they work together.
Tony and McGee unsuccessfully try to follow Lee's pickup man; a satellite leads the gang to a house with a secret room and a dead body; a second stakeout produces a different result, which takes the team to a solution, a catch, and more.
A boatswain's mate dies after a single-car crash; Gibbs and company find evidence of gunfire plus beatings of the victim, who was a member of a fight club and, they learn, the operator of an illicit business. The gang figure out all of it.
A Metro detective investigates a burglary and double homicide at Christmas in Washington; the suspect is a former Navy petty officer who supposedly died 17 years ago; the Gibbs gang take an interest, find the pieces, and put them together.