Inside a drum of hydrofluoric acid at an industrial site aboard the Naval Station, Norfolk, Virginia, two civilian workers find the decomposing body of a man, apparently a submariner, who died after a blunt instrument fractured his skull. Gibbs and his team go to Norfolk to investigate; attention concentrates on one particular submarine and a theft of identity; Gibbs and Kate continue to USS Philadelphia (SSN-690), which got underway the day before. The commanding officer and his chief of the boat give limited and begrudging cooperation due to the nature of the exercise in progress. The other members ashore help greatly; Gibbs nails a terrorist aboard and saves the crew from mass death. Written by
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Special Agent Timothy McGee was first introduced in this episode. See more
The time on the EAM (emergency action message) the sub received immediately after surfacing was 2302 (11:02 p.m.). The sub however had just been shown surfacing in bright daylight. However, when in action, military units switch to "Zulu Time" (UTC/GMT) to avoid confusion between command and/or field units which may be in different time zones. 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