A Navy recruiter dies after becoming shoved down a staircase at a high school in Fairfax, Virginia; Gibbs and company investigate. Dr. Magnus, Ducky's predecessor, visits. Gibbs and the gang eventually figure it out and finger the bad guy.



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Episode credited cast:
Lance Simmons
Paul Simmons
Glenn Block
Penny Block
Navy Chief Petty Officer Jerome Carr
Nina Craig
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Navy Petty Officer First Class Simon Craig


After a college fair at a high school, in Fairfax, Virginia, in the burbs of Washington, DC, a disguised unknown assailant shoves a Navy recruiter, Simon, a petty officer first-class, down a staircase and then crushes his skull; Gibbs and company investigate. Dr. Walter Magnus, Ducky's predecessor, sad and confused, suffering from Alzheimer's disease, visits, and he offers advice. Tony and McGee pursue one unpleasant and unproductive lead, then Tony and Ziva meet one of Simon's friends, who leads the gang to another person, who also proves to be a dead end. Tony and Ziva visit another suspect, who tries to escape. Gibbs and the gang eventually figure it out, confront the killer, and help to recruit a new sailor. Written by DocRushing

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18 January 2011 (USA)  »

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Did You Know?


The scene where Ziva first appears, she informs Tony she has been skiing in Vermont, and Tony comments on all the small Inns people stay at in Vermont. Guest star Bob Newhart played the owner of a ski inn located in Vermont in his series Newhart. See more »


The recruitment pamphlets the Petty Officer hands to the high school student in the opening scene, as well as those later strewn about in the stairwell, are Marine Corps publications, not Navy. The Marine Corps Emblem, the Eagle, Globe and Anchor, are clearly visible on the front. See more »


Abby Sciuto: It's amazing that you guys didn't have all these computers and stuff, and you solved cases. I mean really complicated ones. I mean I know coroners weren't doing Forensic autopsies back then. But it wasn't until 1975 that the FBI installed their first automated fingerprint reader. That sort of revolutionized what I do - what *we* do.
Doctor Walter Magnus: I-I-I haven't understood one thing you said. But I'm all for it. Forensics have certainly changed. haven't they doctor?
Dr. Donald Mallard: Yes, indeed. You should see her when se gets...
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References Alien (1979) See more »


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5 June 2011 | by (Finland) – See all my reviews

Of all the episodes this season so far, this has (at the time of writing) the lowest average, 7.6/10 with 88 votes. #8.5 also has 7.6/10 but only 82 votes. And even though #8.6 has 7.4/10, it has it with only 79 votes. There is the rule: the more votes, the more reliable the average (see IMDb Top 250 Minimum Amount of Votes Required principle).

Any way, in Season 8, I've given only one 9 and three 8s, all others have been 7s. This one I have to give a 6/10. It's just so... average. The plot, the dialog, the acting - on an average 13-in-a-dozen TV show this would not stand out, but NCIS has set the bar too high in the past. An episode that's basically "just another day at job" for everyone involved in making it just doesn't cut it.

Maybe the writers had a bad day. There is only so much the director and actors can get out of an nondescript script. This episode is supposed to be emotional but errs on the sentimental side. The laughs are almost non-existent - Tony even runs out of quips! And Ziva's mystery man - don't hold your breath. If you fail to see this episode, you haven't missed anything important.

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