A badly decomposed uniformed male body is found in a barrel of hydrofluoric acid on a naval base. His skull was fatally struck with a blunt instrument. A partially preserved tattoo indicates a submarine crewman, yet none is reported missing, so NCIS suspects the murderer took over a sailor's identity after killing him. Leroy Jethro Gibbs and Special Agent Caitlin "Kate" Todd, most (un)welcome as unprecedented female on board, conduct an investigation on board the sub Philadelphia, on NATO exercise in the Atlantic, to find out about five possible suspects among the fifteen new crew members, including sonar Petty Officer Drew and Petty Officer Thompson, who lied about missing a year of high-school because of juvenile detention. The captain, Commander Robert Peters, is unwilling to keep them isolated as he can't spare time or anyone during the strenuous exercise, but sabotage is a real danger, probably within 48 hours as that time frame suffices for DNA identification. The roughly ... Written by
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Special Agent Timothy McGee was first introduced in this episode. See more
McGee asks Tony "What does she look like? Abbey. She sounds cute." But he saw her on the screen a few minutes beforehand when she tells them the victim had a tattoo. See more
Agent Caitlin 'Kate' Todd
[after accidentally knocking Gibbs' coffee cup off his desk
What do you put in your coffee?
Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs