In a woods in Maryland a hunter stumbles across an aircraft external cargo pod (from an F-14 Tomcat) containing the mummified body of a Naval officer and other objects; nine years earlier the victim disappeared from USS Dwight Eisenhower (CVN-69), aboard which carrier he had served as the disbursing officer, and from which ship 1.2 million dollars also disappeared. The NCIS team investigate aboard the ship and elsewhere; they find not only the sloppy work and faulty conclusions on the previous investigation but also the real thieves and killers, thereby providing emotional and financial benefits to both the widow and their daughter. Gibbs starts to have trouble with his eyes. Written by
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(at around 32 mins) for the first time in NCIS history, is seen Special Agent Gibbs doing his now famous trademark action "Smack DiNozzo upside the Head". Not originally written in the script, this action was improvised by Mark Harmon on the spot, during the shooting of the scene. It has become over the years an ongoing gag. See more
Kate says that the Eisenhower was a day out of Norfolk on Mar 4, 1994 after a six month deployment in the Mediterranean. Actually the ship spent most of 1993 in dry dock at Norfolk and wasn't deployed again until Sept 1994 off Haiti. Tony says that the pod was dropped off an F-14 from the squadron, VF-212 "Red Wolfes" on the Eisenhower. While there was a squadron VF-212 formed in 1948 it was disbanded a short time later. In 1955 it was reformed, but it's designation changed in 1956 to VA-212 and disbanded once again in 1975. It's name was the "Rampant Raiders." As for the name "Red Wolves" it belongs to squadron Helicopter Sea Combat 84 (HSC-84) and is "dedicated to Naval Special Warfare support and Strike Rescue." See more