A prisoner, who was a SEAL and a petty officer, escapes from Fort Leavenworth while serving time for having killed his wife and a cable guy; the team, seeking to determine where he may go next, consider whether his conviction was wrong.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
P.O. Jack D. Curtin
Diego Clare
Mr. Donaldson
Mrs. Donaldson
Commander Foley
Roxana Zal ...
Marie Foley
Kevin Curtin


A prisoner, who was a SEAL and a petty officer in the Navy, escapes from Fort Leavenworth while serving a sentence for having killed his wife and a cable guy; the Army CID investigates the escape, and the Naval CIS seeks to determine where he may go next. Gibbs posts Kate temporarily in the home of the parents of the late wife, which parents have custody of the young son of the convict; while there Kate loses something. The team investigate whether the escapee truly committed the murders; they reexamine all the old evidence at the trial plus some new stuff. They find the real killer, and Gibbs posts Kate to a different home. McGee tells Gibbs that Kate and Tony have a question for him. Written by DocRushing

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6 April 2004 (USA)  »

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[first lines]
Vicki Spain: Rod, wake up!
Rod Spain: [half asleep] What?
Vicki Spain: I heard a noise.
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References The Fugitive (1993) See more »

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Lover wife but different killer?
2 February 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

So the escaped prisoner Curtain has figured out who his wife was sleeping with, and is seeking revenge. The wife of Curtain's Commander (Foley) turns out to be Curtain's wife's lover. But the cause of death in the two murders Curtain was convicted of (but claims he is innocent of) turns out to be from broken necks and not from the more obvious throat slits assumed at trial. This means a SEAL is the likely culprit. Some discussing this episode thought the plot had a goof in it by pointing to Commander Foley's wife as the killer. My take is the plot is typical NCIS--showing you evidence, giving you leads, letting you put the pieces together correctly. In this case, that means we ended up with Commander Foley being the revenge-taker on Curtain's wife for the affair with his wife, and the cable guy was an innocent bystander who was murdered as well to make it appear that the obvious jealous husband (Curtain) did the revengeful deed. This was a convoluted soap opera (wait, maybe to call a soap opera plot convoluted is already redundant), but a soap opera plot nonetheless.

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