A Naval Reserve lieutenant, who's a chemical engineer, dies when a city bus accidentally hits her on a street in Washington, DC; Gibbs and company investigate. Abby deciphers mysterious writings; the gang figures it out and nab the perp.



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Episode credited cast:
Leon Vance (credit only)
April Ferris
Martin Stillwell
Clea's Mother
Rupert Kritzer
Steven Anderson ...
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Navy Lieutenant Clea Thorson


A Naval Reserve lieutenant, who's also a chemical engineer, dies when a city bus hits her, apparently by accident, on a downtown street in Washington, DC; Gibbs and company investigate; witnesses describe her unusual behavior just before the incident; Palmer notices something weird. The victim's mother tells Gibbs about her atypical background; Abby feels deeply impressed, and she starts to unravel the mystery; she finds a code within a code. Tony and Ziva find a message, then Abby works more on the writings, and she asks McGee to work with her. Duck persists, and he finds a small clue, which leads Gibbs and Tony to a suspect, who collapses before them. The vic's mother gives advice to Abby, then Abby makes more progress. Eventually the gang figure out everything, and they nab the person responsible. Written by DocRushing

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When Abby calls for a drum roll before revealing a discovery, the soundtrack obliges her. It's a fitting extra-diegetic sound effect after Abby's close association with a dead scientist who talked to thin air. See more »


In the opening scene, a woman crosses the street in front of a car which has to brake to avoid hitting her. Just before she slaps her hands on the hood of the car, you can clearly see multiple hand prints on the hood of the car from rehearsal / previous takes. See more »


Abby Sciuto: I can see a kindred spirit in you. I mean, not that I can see your spirit, cause that would be weird. I guess not too weird becasue you're in here and you're... you know, you're -
[Abby clears her throat]
Abby Sciuto: Um anyway, so what I'm trying to say is-is we communicate in the same way. I could tell the first time I saw all this. Everyone else saw chaos and I-I saw patterns right away. There were patterns in the chaos... So I... just wanted you to know that whatever it is... that you're trying to tell ...
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References Saturday Night Fever (1977) See more »

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