NCIS: Season 6, Episode 17

South by Southwest (24 Feb. 2009)
"NCIS: Naval Criminal Investigative Service" South by Southwest (original title)

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An agent of the NCIS dies in an execution-style shooting; Gibbs and company investigate. A radioactive painting provides clues, and an impostor federal agent causes trouble, but Gibbs and Tony, on horseback, and the others break the case.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Leon Vance (credit only)
Bart Lemming
Dina Risi
Navy Commander Weidman
Navy Seaman Richard Zell
Bartholomew Lemming
NCIS Agent Jack Patterson
NCIS Mailroom Clerk Roy


Jack Patterson, a special agent of the NCIS, dies on a sidewalk in Washington, DC, in an execution-style shooting right after he drops a package into a mailbox. Abby says that Jack was on his way to meet her; soon she receives the carton from Jack, which contains a painting, which Abby finds to be radioactive. Gibbs interviews a man who introduces himself as an agent of the US Department of Homeland Security (DoHS). Abby learns that the slugs in Jack's body match a handgun used in an unsolved murder in Arizona two years ago; Gibbs and Tony go to Arizona and meet the artist. The real agent of the DoHS shows up in the squad bay; McGee alerts Gibbs, who, while on horseback with Tony, soon receives gunfire from a helo, and they return fire and crash the bird. Gibbs and Tony rescue the artist from harm, and they and the rest of the gang finish putting together the pieces of what happened. Written by DocRushing

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In this episode Abby is mailed a painting as a clue, the painting is of "Vasquez Rocks", a famous film set used in many westerns and most notably featured in the Star Trek: Arena (1967). See more »


After Ziva and McGee call Gibbs to warn him that the assassin is closing in on the AZ party, Gibbs hangs up his satellite phone. After the chase is over, McGee is in MTAC shouting to ask if they are all alright and Gibbs answers them as if still on the phone call from earlier. See more »


NCIS Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs: You ever talk about art?... When you weren't talking about forensic evidence, what'd you talk about?
Abby Sciuto: Well that's personal Gibbs. I feel like you're interrogating me.
NCIS Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs: I am!
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References Annie Hall (1977) See more »


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Written by Dominic Kelly
Performed by Dominic Kelly
Courtesy of Screw the Pooch ASCAP
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