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The Curse 

A hunter finds an aircraft cargo pod containing the mummified body of a Naval disbursing officer who disappeared from his aircraft carrier, as did 1.2 million dollars. The NCIS team correct some old mistakes, and now they make things right.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Erin Toner
Mary Wiles
Deer Hunter
State Trooper Dan Lynch
Jonathan Wade-Drahos ...
Lt. Gregg Pallini (as Jonathan Wade Drahos)


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 DocRushing

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Release Date:

28 October 2003 (USA)  »

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Sound Mix:

(Dolby 2.0)


Aspect Ratio:

16 : 9
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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 »


Agent Caitlin 'Kate' Todd: RIO?
Special Agent Anthony DiNozzo: Radar Intercept Officer. Also called a GIBs, one B, short for Guy In Back.
Agent Caitlin 'Kate' Todd: Why do you need two Bs?
Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs: Second one's for bastard.
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References Bounce (2000) See more »


NCIS Theme
Performed by Numeriklab
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Great episode - really let the humor fly
5 December 2006 | by See all my reviews

This was an outstanding episode in which the humor of the individual characters really started to come out - the very feature that differentiates this show from most other procedural shows - the true character formation. This episode was heavy on the military references - from the TFOA (things falling off aircraft) reports to the naming conventions of ships in the navy - which the show departs from in season 2 according to producer Bellisario. This episode also introduces the fact that Gibbs doesn't feel the need to include NCIS agents in his investigation unless they are a part of HIS team. This is one of those qualities of Gibb's leadership that is fun to set his character apart but seems to be the nature of all of the procedural shows on television today.

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