A major power cut spreads over the Tri-state area. NCIS is only one of many facilities affected, so Gibbs's pre-computer methods prove useful again for once, Mcgee and Abby are near nervous break-down. The purpose was to allow a break-in in a 'servers farm' by a gang. But did it include a killed Navy entertainment lieutenant, or was she part of a robbery where nothing was stolen? The answer requires atypically slowly proceeding forensincs as well as a surprising third-party intervention. Written by
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After Tim's camera battery dies, Gibbs pulls a Polaroid SX-70 camera. Gibbs later passes other Polaroid Instamatic cameras out to the team. This will probably be the last emergency where the team can use these 'low-tech' cameras since the film hasn't been manufactured for about 5 years. Some film is left out there (like in Gibbs' bag), but it commands extreme prices. See more
The iris patterns of two NSA operators were supposedly hardwired into every iris scanner by the manufacturer in order to provide a back door. For such a function, it would be unwise to rely on a live person as she might die at any time, rendering the back door useless. Especially if she's then made to lead the kind of Mrs Smith/James Bond double existence described by Duckie after the autopsy, where he found multiple past injuries, stab wounds etc. from all her covert missions. It would be much better to hardwire an optical pattern into the system that you could carry around printed on a plastic card or something. See more
Special Agent Timothy McGee
We found this in storage. We just need to find a brontosaurus who knows how to use it.
[Gibbs make a copy with the equipment
Special Agent Anthony DiNozzo
Boss, that was very impressive. McGee, did you get that?
At the very end of the opening credits, which shows a car driving on Pennsylvania Ave SE towards the Capitol Building, the street lights then the city's other lights go out, depicting the power outage that took place in the prologue. See more