Tony returns early, in time to rejoin the team in an investigation of a shooting of two Naval aviators. Tony finds a bomb, then it explodes; Gibbs says that someone has again tried to kill the NCIS gang, which loses one of their members.



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Rex Eberlee (as Ben Parrillo)
Lt. Dean Westfall
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Navy Lt. Curtis Janssen


Tony returns from sick leave a week early, just in time to rejoin the team in an investigation near Fredericksburg. A man has stopped two off-duty Naval aviators in a car and has killed them by putting three rounds from a pistol into each of them; the shooter wore a uniform and drove a car, both of the Virginia State Police. Tony finds a bomb, then it explodes; Gibbs says that someone has again tried to kill the NCIS gang. Fornell says that Ari is back in the country to kill Gibbs, who drinks coffee with Ari, who tries to kill him but fails again. The team follow a stolen radio-controlled drone, seeking to defeat it; they become involved in a gunfight, and they lose one of their members. Written by DocRushing

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24 May 2005 (USA)  »

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During Ari and Gibbs' coffee shop meeting, the sweep of the camera back and forth shows Mc Murphy's Tavern. The Bar, that was the place setting for several shots from The JAG series as well as the final "closing" scene for JAG. See more »


Kate says that the victims were shot "with tight grouping, three shots each." The victim in the passenger seat was shot four times in the opening scene. See more »


[Ducky and Palmer arrive late to the crime scene]
Dr. Donald 'Ducky' Mallard: I was facing the rear. My right was your left.
Jimmy Palmer: Doctor, I just turned the way you said.
Dr. Donald 'Ducky' Mallard: [cutting Palmer off] You should've known 'right' meant 'left'!
[Gibbs opens his door]
Dr. Donald 'Ducky' Mallard: I'm terribly sorry, Jethro. Mr. Palmer got us lost again.
Jimmy Palmer: Doctor, you had the map.
Dr. Donald 'Ducky' Mallard: You gave it to me!
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A moment that I change to NCIS, forever
11 December 2016 | by (Potosi, Bolivia) – See all my reviews

The death of agent Kate Todd is so far the moment that changed the show forever, had a higher weight than the death of Jenny Shepard at the end of the fifth season, or the death of Ziva at the end of thirteen season This episode is astonishing as you see it, the climax of Ari-Gibbs history, came to a dramatic pre-conclusion, with Dinozzo stained with blood on his face, or Gibbs simply saying "Ari" She still feels the lack of Kate in NCIS, always they name in its memories like a companion and heroic friend, until they decided a plot to him in the episode "A Man Walks Into A Bar" by means of its sister Rachel. This episode to my consideration is the best end of the season, the whole series, good plot, good connection of the characters, and a simply legendary end, this is the episode that put NCIS on the radar of viewers and become the Drama more seen of the United States taking the place to CSI, will always miss Kate

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