Two park rangers find the burned body of a Navy test pilot on leave in a forest in the Appalachian Mountains; Gibbs and company investigate; McGee sees evidence that the pilot tried to fly a jetpack. The gang figure out what truly happened.



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Episode cast overview:
Director Leon Vance (credit only)
Victor Tillman
Captain James Powell
Vanessa Tillman
Commander Peter Sheridan
Ranger Mina
Ranger Jake (as Brandon Bell)


Two park rangers find the burned body of LCdr. Brad Sayers, a Navy test pilot on leave, on the site of a recent fire in a forest in the Appalachian Mountains in West Virginia; Gibbs and company investigate; McGee sees evidence that Brad tried to fly a jetpack, and that it exploded. Gibbs places McGeek in charge. Palmer finds clues inside a dead squirrel, and Abby confirms them. Tony and Ziva interview a builder of jetpacks, and Ziva snaps a portrait; McGee learns about the builder's ex-wife, who's also the builder's top competitor; McGee questions the builder, then the builder's high-power lawyer shows up, starts talking, and keeps on talking. Ducky suggests an interesting alternate explanation, then Gibbs shows a piece of paper. The gang put the pieces together, and Tony brings in the bad guy by remote control. Gibbs notices the left hand of the lady lawyer; he concludes that someone else sent her there. Written by DocRushing

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5 January 2010 (USA)  »

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1.78 : 1
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Technology interesting, about time McGees character had more
25 April 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

active part in story line. McGee is in total error about 1 having to possess delicate hand coordination to maintain level flight with a Jet Pack, no more difficult than maintaining a steady speed operating a motor cycle, snow mobile, or a jet ski, actually more simple considering there are far less obstacles to get in your way. Victor Tillman's opinion about controlling the pack with a fly by wire remote is impractical, considering who would want someone else doing the flying for them, unless the pilot/passenger is incapacitated and incapable of control. Other than those points it was a fairly entertaining episode.

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