A boarding party from a Coast Guard cutter visits a foreign-flag cargo ship; no crewmember is visible, but a gunman kills a petty officer. The NCIS and the CGCIS investigate. Gibbs, Borin, and the gang sort it out and serve justice.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Farid Bawali
Rebeka Hooper
Rafiq Bawali
Hakim Bawali
Coast Guard Petty Officer Third Class Ben Cooper
Coast Guard Petty Officer Third Class Kyle Sterling


At 02:00 in US territorial waters near Norfolk, Virginia, an inspection party from a Coast Guard cutter steps aboard an unidentified foreign-flag cargo ship; no crewmember is visible, but a hidden gunman shoots to death a petty officer. Under joint jurisdiction the NCIS and the CGCIS investigate; Gibbs, the gang, and Borin go to Norfolk and to the towed ship at the Naval Station. While examining the body, Ducky hears tapping sounds; the team then find a hidden Lebanese family of four, for whom the father requests asylum. Abby tells Gibbs that there was no crew other than the family; the SecNav enters the picture, as does a woman lawyer of Muslim extraction. The mother and Ziva identify with each other, but the father's past catches up with him. Tony takes off his pants for Abby, who makes a startling discovery. Borin, Gibbs, and the gang prevent destruction, hold one bad guy and grab the second one, and serve justice. Gibbs says that he's not lonely because he has kids. Written by DocRushing

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18 October 2011 (USA)  »

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In the dialogue various characters repeatedly refer to the victim as an "officer". The vic is not an "officer"; that is, he's not a commissioned officer. Instead he's an enlisted petty officer. The single word "officer" standing alone implies a commissioned officer, not a petty officer. It's incorrect to refer to a petty officer as an "officer". See more »


CGIS Special Agent Abigail Borin: You know, I spent 3 years on a cutter off Miami. The ones who make it to shore are usually the ones you don't want as neighbors.
Dr. Donald Mallard: Why's that?
Special Agent Jethro Gibbs: [Entering] Because they're willing to do anything to survive.
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References Swiss Family Robinson (1940) See more »

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