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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false identity | prank | See All (2) »






Release Date:

17 November 2009 (USA)  »

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1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


When they arrest the criminal, Gibbs tells Tony "Book 'em, Dano--zo." Tony comments "Nice Hawaii 5-0 reference." With the crossover between the updated Hawaii 5-0 and NCIS: Los Angeles, NCIS and the new Hawaii 5-0 take place in the same world. See more »


When the power is restored at the end of the show the computer displays return to a fully operational state without going through a boot up sequence, revealing that the monitor signal had simply been reconnected. See more »


Navy Comm Sarah Resnik: I'm sorry. I'm allergic to perfume. You're wearing quite a bit.
Ziva David: I'm not wearing any.
[pause they both look at DiNozzo]
Special Agent Anthony DiNozzo: I don't have any hot water.
[DiNozzo clears his throat]
Special Agent Anthony DiNozzo: And it's not perfume. It's Ode de Cologne. Noted.
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Crazy Credits

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 Columbo (1971) See more »

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Great Series - Weak Show
3 November 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Seriously, a nearly complete power and communications outage in Washington DC for 24-48 hours? I would personally love it, but I know there is no way we can keep all those political loud mouths quiet for that long. I also know that they have all kinds of emergency plans and backup generators so that much of the city would function. This episode is just way too ridiculous to be taken seriously. They have Abby manually matching fingerprints overnight. This couldn't be done even when we had highly trained fingerprint experts and a lot fewer fingerprints (1950s-1970s). But Abby does it. Before the fingerprint match, Abby manually matches tire prints to a 1999 Chevy Impala. Now assuming that they actually produced Impalas in 1999 (they didn't) this episode happens in 2009. What's the likelihood that a 10-YO car would have the original tires? Love the series, but they sometimes write fairy tales.

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