Workers find the decomposing body of a man, apparently a submariner, inside a drum of acid. The team treats the case as both a murder and a theft of identity. Gibbs and Kate go aboard a sub at sea, find the bad guy, and save the crew.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Chief of the Boat
Cmdr. Robert Peters
Capt. Veitch
Lt. Cmdr. Akron
P.O. Thompson
P.O. Drew
J. Robin Miller ...
Lt. Connors


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 DocRushing

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18 November 2003 (USA)  »

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Mess Specialist: [bringing Gibbs and Kate ice cream] Courtesy of the skipper, sir. Ma'am. There's, uh, rocky road, cookies and cream, chocolate, butter pecan, and the, uh, captain's personal favorite, pumpkin.
Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs: Pumpkin?
Agent Caitlin 'Kate' Todd: Do you think we have enough, steward?
Mess Specialist: Well, there's about forty gallons more in the galley, ma'am. Might as well eat it before it melts.
Agent Caitlin 'Kate' Todd: I don't get it.
Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs: They had to make room in the freezer for the body.
Agent Caitlin 'Kate' Todd: Nice.
Mess Specialist: It's the only place to preserve it, ma'am. SOP on a sub.
[officer exits]
Agent Caitlin 'Kate' Todd: [...]
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