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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Agent Yussif
Agent Maya
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Marcos Siazon
Henry Spivey (as Matthew Kaminsky)
C.K. Cord


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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Leroy Jethro Gibbs: You're not the only one around here who knows how to play politics.
Jenny Shepard: [slight chuckle] You're not serious. Your idea of politics usually involves some form of physical violence.
Leroy Jethro Gibbs: Well you know what they say, Jen. Can't make an omelet unless you break a few eggs.
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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 »


Scratching Her Soul
Written by Dominic Kelly
Performed by Dominic Kelly
Courtesy of Addax Music Company
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