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)
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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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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 »


Right after Gibbs shoots the terrorist piloting the drone and approaches the controls, the joystick is shown leaning all the way forwards, which would crash the drone. Gibbs and DiNozzo are both seen to approach the control box, and the joystick is upright again. See more »


Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs: Go home. It's late.
Agent Caitlin 'Kate' Todd: Gibbs I don't think we're going to be going home!
Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs: I'm staying here. I do not need an army of agents staying up all night watching me build a boat.
Agent Caitlin 'Kate' Todd: You won't leave the building?
Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs: If I do, I'll call you. Go. Go home. Get some sleep. First thing tomorrow we're gonna check out Danbourne Avionics find out what the FBI missed... GO!
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The ending of this episode was "announced" a year before
20 March 2007 | by (Portsmouth, NH) – See all my reviews

After viewing all the episodes (DVD) of season 1 and season 2 we were shown a not too obvious "hint" of how "Twilight" would end at the very beginning of "Reveille".

When I saw it (episode 1.23) it just seemed like a bad dream.

"Bete Noir" (i.e. nightmare) is also a recurring reference. The term gets mentioned in 2 episodes as well as being the title of one episode.

I don't want to spoil things for anybody that hasn't seen this episode.

Let's just say that NCIS as a series is much more realistic than most TV series are. The "good guy" does not always win in the end.

Sad but true.

I think that is why I feel that NCIS deserves such high marks and is worthwhile recommending to others. The pace is much faster than most TV shows. There is never a dull moment.

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