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
Did You Know?
When the NCIS team is looking at the "mug shot" for lawyer Allison Hart, it says in the fine print she works for a firm called "Wolfram, Hart", an in-joke by the writer no doubt. Jesse Stern, who used to be David Greenwalt's assistant on the series ANGEL, which featured an evil law firm of the same name, wrote this episode. See more
Dr. Mallard tells Gibbs that Palmer is about to start his first "solo autopsy". But Palmer is working on a squirrel. Autopsies are only performed on humans - for animals the procedure is called a necropsy. A scientist as thorough as Ducky would surely know the difference. See more
Special Agent Jethro Gibbs
You were looking to pick a fight.
Margaret Allison Hart
I didn't pick this fight. But now that I've met you - I'm *glad* to be in it!
References Better Off Dead...
Heart Attack Machine
Written by Richard Wolf
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