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:
Director Leon Vance (credit only)
Commander Sarah Resnik
Anthony Paxton
Colin Stone
Dane Frazier (as Roderick L. McCarthy)
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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) »






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17 November 2009 (USA)  »

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1.78 : 1
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Actually a Goof The team follows the blood trail from the Chevy impala to the storage container. They enter with guns drawn they do not have rubber gloves on, they holster their guns after saying clear, then handle the items and they have glove on. Never shows them putting on rubber gloves. See more »


About half-way through, a body is shown on the autopsy table while the power is out. She is dead and being autopsied, however you can see her breathing. See more »


Special Agent Anthony DiNozzo: [McGee and Ziva are stuck in an elevator] So the chain reaction knocked out power in half the district. PEPCO says they'll have it back online soon.
Ziva David: Cannot happen soon enough. I'm sure Gibbs is feeling right at home.
Special Agent Anthony DiNozzo: Well you don't need electricity to used handtools or drink a bottle of bourbon.
[DiNozzo starts to chuckle]
Special Agent Timothy McGee: ...He's right behind you, isn't he?
Special Agent Anthony DiNozzo: [DiNozzo realizes Gibbs is behind him. To McGee and Ziva] Yes, he is.
[to Gibbs]
Special Agent Anthony DiNozzo: Boss, you know, there's nothing wrong with the occasional ...
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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 Hawaii Five-O (1968) 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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