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, first billed 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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In the scene where Ziva & Tony are at the Naval Air Station for the first time, the two aircraft in the background are a Douglas A-4 Skyhawk ground attack aircraft at the rear, and a British Hawker Hunter in front. Both aircraft first saw service in the early 1950's. The A-4 was in active service with the USMC until recently (2013 and is still in use as a trainer, so was still in service or was in the process of being withdrawn when this episode was filmed in 2010. There were a number of Hunters flying in private hands at the time. This one and the A-4 belonged to Airborne Tactical Advantage Company who were based at Patrick Henry Field in Newport News around this time, and had 14 Hunters which were used on "Government Contracts". In a scene at the end the ATAC logo can be seen on both aircraft's tails. I believe ATAC were using them as chase planes and for aerial photography. The Hunter was very popular in this role as it was a very stable platform and had been widely used as a reconnaissance aircraft. 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 »


Jimmy Palmer: If you're sure I'm ready, Doctor.
Dr. Donald Mallard: Mr. Palmer, the time has come for you to fly solo. The body is all yours.
[Jimmy takes a scalpel and bends over the body of a dead squirrel, but hesitates]
Jimmy Palmer: Dr. Mallard, I am suddenly overcome with a desire to share a story of only a peripherally relevant nature.
Dr. Donald Mallard: It's a hazard of the profession, Mr. Palmer.
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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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