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Semper Fidelis 

During a poker game at the home of the SecNav, an ICE agent dies while on the protection detail; Gibbs and company investigate with support from the FBI and ICE. An invisible man becomes visible and dead. Tony arrests Michael, who resists.



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Episode cast overview:
Donald Mallard
Director Barry Hutchins
Assistant Secretary Len Gregory
CIA Director Roger Kirkwood
ICE Agent Thomas Sherman (as John Wickersham)


During a poker game at the home of the SecNav, an ICE agent, Sherman, dies while on the protection detail; the SecNav assigns the investigation to the NCIS with support from the FBI and ICE. Ziva finds a fly on a wall, Julia (an ICE agent) stomps the bug, Abby expresses displeasure, and Tony finds a severed tongue. Ziva goes up a tree, and Ducky puts a choker hold on Fornell. Ducky says that Sherman died of a stroke. Julia reveals a few details to Tony and Ziva, then Gibbs counsels Julia about withholding details. Tony arranges a meeting with Michael. Gibbs, Fornell, and Julia trace a lead on an invisible man; at his motel room they find his body plus photographs and a floor plan of the SecNav's home; Ducky says that he took a suicide capsule. The SecNav visits Gibbs while he works on his boat. Acting on a clue, Tony goes to Ziva's pad and finds Michael; shortly Ziva arrives and finds Tony and Michael, the latter of whom is dead. Written by DocRushing

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Gibbs Rule #12: Never date a co-worker. See more »


Tony tells Michael that an El Al flight back to Israel is leaving from Reagan National Airport. El Al's only US destination airports are LAX, JFK Airport in New York City, and Liberty Airport in Newark, New Jersey. See more »


ICE Agent Julia Foster-Yates: Four high profile targets in the same room. We were tasked with protection.
NCIS Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs: For a poker game?
ICE Agent Julia Foster-Yates: We take even the simplest assignments seriously.
NCIS Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs: Not seriously enough.
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References Bonanza (1959) See more »


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6 July 2010 | by See all my reviews

Ever Since season 2's shocking finale, the aptly named "Twilight" (not to be confused with the dire film "saga" of the same name), set the bar high for any following season finales, NCIS has had some trouble to match that standard. Like in seasons 3 ("Hiatus") and 5 ("Judgment Day"), this is a two-parter, although, unlike those two finales, it's not announced loudly by giving the episode titles those ever-creative add-ons "Part 1" and "Part 2". Upon first viewing, it became obvious that one would *need* to see both parts before reviewing the first part.

From the start, it was pretty clear this was going to be better than "Hiatus" and season 4's "Angel of Death" - both, by the way, still solidly good, just not excellent like "Judgment Day". The plot is excellently written twisty-turny Who-can-you-trust? mystery/spy stuff that also builds upon the *actually* good, not just blatantly cheap "Legend: Part 1 & 2" that served as an introduction to NCIS: Los Angeles (not only is NCIS a spin-off of JAG, now it's spawning like CSI!), which means we actually have a sort of 4-parter, which *also* turns out to be building upon 4 seasons of NCIS history. Now that's actually more continuity that *makes sense* than The X Files managed in all of its ten years!

There is a lot to enjoy here besides the plot that becomes increasingly tense as it progresses towards the final scene: Familiar guest stars who *deliver*, not just appear, (24-veteran Jude Ciccolella, Hustle and Dexter ice princess Jaime Murray, the always delightful Joe Spano), Tony's ambiguous motives over protecting Ziva, Ziva's ambiguous allegiance, Tony/Ziva tension, one of Abby's famous scene-stealers when facing off against Jules, McGee's lucky day (heh), Tony mixing up Gibbs' Rules 11 and 12, well, pretty much everything except that poor Ducky gets shoved aside because there is so much going on. And one isn't even sure about what the frak is truly going on until "Aliyah" explains it all. 9/10, but can "Aliyah" match it?

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