An internet service provider (ISP) in or near Washington, DC, goes down, and a gunfight breaks out at the ISP facility, then electric power goes down in a cascade manner throughout the entire metro area; a woman Navy lieutenant dies, so Gibbs and company investigate, using old-fashioned methods. The victim was a proud third-generation member of the Navy. Abby provides a lead to a car, which leads to an ocean shipping container, which yields clues; Abby also makes a manual hard-copy fingerprint match, which leads to two more bodies and another string of surprises. With the help of another woman Naval officer, the gang fit the pieces together and grab the real bad guy behind everything, then the juice comes back on, and life goes on. 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
I don't understand. I mean why does Autopsy get back up power and I don't? I mean MTAC, I get that. But what does Ducky have that I don't have?
Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs
I'll get some corpses.
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