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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Storyline

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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Trivia

The sketches Ziva gives Gibbs at the end of the episode were alluded to in the last season's finale. Kate is seen placing the finishing touches on the sketch of DiNozzo at the beginning of the episode, before McGee notices what she's doing and she quickly hides it. See more »

Goofs

Early in the dialogue McGee refers to the "Smithsonian Museum", which is correctly and properly known instead as the Smithsonian Institution, not "museum". See more »

Quotes

[after Ziva finds out that Gibbs didn't know that she had been assigned to his team]
Officer Ziva David: [downhearted] I stand corrected. I guess he didn't know. I feel like a donkey's butt.
Special Agent Timothy McGee: [puzzled] "A donkey's butt?"
Special Agent Anthony DiNozzo: I think she means horse's ass.
Officer Ziva David: Yes, that too.
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Written by Dominic Kelly
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Courtesy of Addax Music Company
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