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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Henry Spivey (as Matthew Kaminsky)
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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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8 November 2005 (USA)  »

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In a conversation that Chip and Abby have, Chip is complaining about Tony's attitude. Abby defends Tony but Chip replies ''You don't know DiNozzo like I do''. This is foreshadowing for the next episode "Frame Up". See more »


Dr. Mallard is seen about to leave for the USMC Birthday party with the Director. There is a short shot of his display of medals. Although the shot is very brief, it appears that he wears a couple of British campaign 'Stars' - issued only for the Second World War, making 'Ducky' a minimum of 80 years old. 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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After the freeze frame to end the episode, SEMPER FI to Marines Everywhere appears, then they roll the credits. See more »


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Written by Dominic Kelly
Performed by Dominic Kelly
Courtesy of Addax Music Company
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