A woman Naval officer dies during a break-in at an ISP facility in or near Washington, DC, then electric power goes down throughout the entire metro area; Gibbs and company investigate in the dark; they solve the case and grab the bad guy.



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Episode cast overview:
Leon Vance (credit only)
Navy Comm Sarah Resnik
Anthony Paxton
Colin Stone
Dane Frazier (as Roderick L. McCarthy)
Gamer Nerd
Roger Ranney ...
Elevator Repairman
Joanna Scott ...
Lt. Emma Paxton


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 DocRushing

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17 November 2009 (USA)  »

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During a discussion of the total blackout of the entire metro area, one of the characters referred to the "tri-state area". Two states, Maryland and Virginia, surround Washington, DC. It is sometimes loosely referred to as a "tri-state area," although the District of Columbia is not a state; 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 Anthony DiNozzo: Lieutenant Emma Paxton.
Special Agent Timothy McGee: According to her record, which I found in the annex misfiled in a box with a rat trap stuck to it, she works for AFE.
Special Agent Anthony DiNozzo: Armed Forces Entertainment.
Special Agent Timothy McGee: It's a DOD agency that, uh, sets up concerts for military overseas.
Special Agent Anthony DiNozzo: Yeah, Tim, I think he knows what it is. She was a booking agent.
Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs: What was she doing at SwiftCast?
Special Agent Anthony DiNozzo: Appears to have been robbing the place.
[Tony laughs, then notices Gibbs' stare]
Special Agent Anthony DiNozzo: You mean why was she robbing the place.
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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 »


References Davy Crockett: King of the Wild Frontier (1955) See more »

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