Gibbs and company investigate a crime scene; while doing so McGee recognizes that key details duplicate details in his second novel, still unfinished and in progress. The gang find two bodies; they eventually find the delusional bad guy.



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Episode cast overview:
Jenny Shepard (credit only)
Lyndi Crawshaw
Landon Grey
Todd Ryder
Nynno Ahli ...
Chief Rick Green
Chris Akers ...
Johnny Smokerson


Gibbs and company investigate a crime scene at the rented home of a Navy petty officer, Cove, in Norfolk, Virginia; while doing so McGee recognizes that certain key details duplicate details, including a highly unusual cocktail, in his second novel, still unfinished and in process. Cove and his pickup truck have disappeared, and his truck has since become found. The gang search McGee's rough draft, and they trace the movements of one of its characters; at one of the sites in the book, they find two bodies, one of which is Cove's, and the other of which matches another character. The team continue to follow clues, and they eventually find the delusional man responsible for the two deaths. Written by DocRushing

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In the publisher's office, one of the portraits on the wall is that of the late science fiction writer/philosopher Robert Anton Wilson. See more »


When Tony is in Tim's apartment watching how Tim writes his novels, it shows Tim typing on a pre-50s/pre-40s manual typewriter. Tim comes to the realization that because he types on it, rather than a computer, that's how the murder would know the unfolding plot of the novel he's working on, and copy the murders. When they show up at the NCIS offices, he's holding up a film ribbon on which you can see each character. Film ribbons didn't begin showing up on typewriters until the 1960s, and only on electric typewriters. As seen on the sample that Tony & Tim typed up, Tim's typewriter used a cloth ribbon, from which you cannot read anything that anyone's typed with it. See more »


[discussing first half of McGee's second book, which Tony and Ziva have read]
Abby Sciuto: All right, let's hear it.
Special Agent Anthony DiNozzo: Hear what?
Abby Sciuto: The book! At the end of Deep Six, goth forensic specialist "Amy Sutton" broke up with her boyfriend because she was digging someone else. Who's the somebody else?
Special Agent Anthony DiNozzo: Yeah, no, that part didn't really come up yet.
Officer Ziva David: Yeah, I think he's planning on revealing it, uh, um, you know, in the second part of the book.
Abby Sciuto: You guys are so lying.
Abby Sciuto: He's gay! The somebody else. I had a feeling, ...
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References Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986) See more »


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Written by Dominic Kelly
Performed by Dominic Kelly
Courtesy of Screw the Pooch ASCAP
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A favorite episode
1 September 2011 | by (New York, New York) – See all my reviews

NCIS became one of TV's all-time hit series due to cast chemistry and excellent writing. Both attributes are on view in "Cover Story", one of my all-time favorite episodes.

On IMDb only a single review is posted, spending its entire length foolishly complaining about a technical error. This is a symptom of our trivia-obsessed current culture, where a clown who finds continuity errors and goofs in major films has a huge website following, but in which young buffs no longer look up to an incisive role model like Pauline Kael or Andrew Sarris the way we boomers did while cultivating our motion picture obsession.

An ingenious script by David North grabs the viewer by the throat early on when McGee discovers that his sense of déja vu at the crime scene stems from the victim so closely resembling one of the fictional characters of his latest novel. He's stymied at Chapter 7 with writer's block, but the other NCIS crew stop mocking him when they discover that they are all potential victims, since Timothy has been using them as the close-to-the-bone models for his invented protagonists.

This element of jeopardy for the team was a clever device to extend the episode beyond its obviously McGee-centric premise. And like many a latter-day episode of "Castle", it permitted the viewer to revel in the comparison of "fictional" vs. "real" (just as fictional, however) characters as the descriptions in the novel-in-progress became clear.

This gimmick was terrifically developed, and the fact that the clue to catching the killer was a goof did not spoil the episode at all. As I watched I fleetingly was aware of the much-used nature of a typewriter ribbon, but my mind glossed over this fact and accepted the twist -such is the want-to-believe nature of a fan. Ordinarily a nitpicker, I wanted to enjoy this episode, and I did.

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