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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Jenny Shepard (credit only)
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Marine Major Ike Varnai
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Dina Rankin
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Allan Hayes
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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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Both Rick Hoffman and Patrick Fischler appear as recurring characters in the tv show, Suits (2011-) See more »

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During one interview an enlisted Marine says that he and his fellows "hit the ground", whereas in the real world of the real US Marine Corps, as in the US Navy, the standard vernacular term is to "hit the deck", even if the deck does happen to be the ground. See more »

Quotes

Special Agent Anthony DiNozzo: Where do you think you're going?
NCIS Intel Analyst Nikki Jardine: Just got off a transatlantic flight. Need shower.
Special Agent Anthony DiNozzo: Yeah, well crime scenes don't wait. Showers do! Besides
[turns on the faucet brown water comes out]
Special Agent Anthony DiNozzo: Not even *I* would shower in that.
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References A Few Good Men (1992) See more »

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Pagan Blood Lust
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Written by Dominic Kelly
Performed by Dominic Kelly
Courtesy of Screw the Pooch ASCAP
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