NCIS: Season 9, Episode 5

Safe Harbor (18 Oct. 2011)
"NCIS: Naval Criminal Investigative Service" Safe Harbor (original title)

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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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At one point a Coast Guard petty officer refers to the "running lights" of the foreign cargo ship. "Running lights" is a landlubber's term. The correct expression is "navigation lights" or "nav lights". See more »


Special Agent Timothy McGee: Isn't 16 hours a day enough for him? I mean, don't get me wrong? I'm just not married to it, you know?
Special Agent Anthony DiNozzo: Wait. I think I have a solution.
Ziva David: What? A pet for Gibbs? A - a new hobby?
Special Agent Anthony DiNozzo: A new woman.
CGIS Special Agent Abigail Borin: [Entering] That is the last thing he needs. Grab your gear!
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