Tony and Ziva go undercover and under the covers as assassins, a married couple, who recently died, but who apparently have a contract to execute at the Marine Corps birthday ball in Washington. The NCIS gang figure it out and work it out.



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Tony and Ziva become personally and intensely engaged in their next assignment, an undercover one partly under the covers. The Marine Corps CID in Kuwait has found incriminating documents among the personal effects of two Canadian assassins who died in a car wreck. The documents suggest a plan for the killers to target one or more high officials at the annual Marine Corps birthday ball in Washington, DC, so the NCIS investigates. Gibbs and McGee find that two bad guys are good guys, then Gibbs and Fornell again discuss a problem in their usual conference room. Abby and Chip provide much data, then the team figure out everything and extract Tony and Ziva. Gibbs celebrates his birthday alone. Written by DocRushing

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The Marine Corps birthday ball is an important annual event for the Corps, to celebrate the establishment of the Corps, which took place on 10 November 1775, and formally established by Marine Corps Order 47, published by Commandant John Lejeune in 1921. Marines religiously observe the birthday each year wherever they may be as if it were their own birthday, even in combat or other austere environments. Even former and retired Marines celebrate the Birthday annually with a measure of fanfare. See more »


Jenny makes a comment to Gibbs about "the former Czech Republic"; however, the Czech Republic is currently the Czech Republic, and was formerly part of Czechoslovakia. The Czech lands prior to WWI were part of Austria-Hungary, and before that the Austrian Empire. It was before The Battle of Mohács (1526) that these Czeck lands were independent, and they were not referred to as "The Czech Republic". See more »


Timothy McGee: [whispering to Tony in the hotel room] If you whisper it should be okay.
Leroy Jethro Gibbs: [from headquarters with Jenny] Comfortable, DiNozzo?
Tony DiNozzo: Well, yeah. Workin' on it. Why do you ask?
Jenny Shepard: We're looking at you Agent DiNozzo. *All* of you.
Tony DiNozzo: [embarassed] Uh, sorry.
Leroy Jethro Gibbs: DiNozzo! What the hell are you going? You're *married* assassins, you're not visiting the Playboy mansion.
Tony DiNozzo: It was kind of Ziva's idea, boss.
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Written by Dominic Kelly
Performed by Dominic Kelly
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