NCIS: Season 5, Episode 15

In the Zone (29 Apr. 2008)
"NCIS: Naval Criminal Investigative Service" In the Zone (original title)

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A Marine captain dies in a mortar explosion in Baghdad; the SecNav sends the body to Ducky, who finds that a bullet, not shrapnel, caused the death. Tony and Jardine investigate on site; they and the rest of the team together figure it out.



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Marine Major Ike Varnai
Kelvin Ridgeway
George Stenner
Dina Rankin
Allan Hayes
Marine Sgt. Jim Gilroy


A captain in the Marine Corps Reserve dies in the explosion of a single mortar round in the green international zone in central Baghdad; by order of the SecNav the body reaches Ducky, who says that the shrapnel did not kill the officer, but a bullet did. The reservist had achieved much financial success by age 30; his trophy widow shows up in the squad bay, and she provides information. Tony and Jardine investigate in Baghdad; Gibbs, McGee, and Ziva continue to investigate in Washington. Cooperation and coordination across 10 time zones produce a solution of the puzzle; Gibbs and McGee then form a welcoming committee and crash a meeting at the Dulles Airport. Written by DocRushing

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