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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Episode cast overview:
Dr. Elaine Burns
Brett Willis
Director (as Larry Clark)
Burnadean Jones ...
John Berg ...
General Grant
Judd Kearns


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 »


Ducky states that "One can only imagine how long he clawed at the inside of the casket trying to escape before he suffocated." No imagination would be required, especially for a qualified medical examiner. All he needs to do is divide the rate at which he would have used up the breathable oxygen by the volume of air available to him. See more »


Special Agent Anthony DiNozzo: Whoa, not so fast!
Officer Ziva David: I always drive fast. It's the best way to avoid possible ambushes and IEDs.
Special Agent Anthony DiNozzo: Well, you're in America now, so you really don't have to worry...
[She swerves around another car]
Special Agent Anthony DiNozzo: How 'bout this? Slow down or I'll puke on you!
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Variable Wasteland
Written by Dominic Kelly
Performed by Dominic Kelly
Courtesy of Addax Music Company
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