Ziva returns. A 140-year-old iron casket shows up at the Smithsonian Institution; it contains the body of a Marine staff sergeant on a UA, so Gibbs and company investigate. The team chase the clues, follow a map, and figure out the story.



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Ziva, a Mossad agent, returns to the NCIS and to the Gibbs team as a liaison officer; after a rocky start Gibbs accepts her presence his own way. A 140-year-old iron casket shows up at a construction site near a Civil War battlefield in northern Virginia; it undergoes an inspection at the Smithsonian Institution, in Washington, DC, where a forensic anthropologist contacts the NCIS after she sees a cellphone inside the casket. The body is that of a staff sergeant in the Marine Corps, who served as an instructor at Quantico, reported on a UA about a year before. Ducky finds the horrible cause of death. Abby and McGee find a message, then he and Ziva find and lose a clue. The team figure it out and wrap it up, then Gibbs and Ziva make peace their own way, and she gets a different desk. Written by DocRushing

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Rule #9: "Never go anywhere without a knife."

Gibbs allows Ziva to keep her knife. Later demonstrated to be a good rule to follow. See more »


When Ziva takes a bite from Tony's sandwich, she bites down to the wrapper. In the next shot, several inches of the sandwich are visible above the wrapper. See more »


Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs: And you... keep observing.
Officer Ziva David: What exactly, Gibbs?
Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs: Anything, just do it quietly.
Officer Ziva David: Now I know why he took away all my weapons.
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Written by Dominic Kelly
Performed by Dominic Kelly
Courtesy of Addax Music Company
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