Popular Navy Petty Officer Third Class Dan Garscott is found fatally stabbed in the port. His blood is on the hands of mechanic Michael Thomas, Vance's brother in-law and regularly messing up protégé, who claims to have found Dan and just sought help. Garscott was badly bruised hours before his stabbing. The only other man who failed to report to his ship after shore leave is his youth buddy, Brian Smith. Vance tries to shield Michael, whom he even takes home, and have Brian charged. Gibbs and Tony however find out the whole sad truth, involving hopeless love, gambling and infidelity. Written by
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The victim is supposedly a sailor from a fictitious destroyer "DD-53 Hagen". The actual DD-53 was the destroyer USS Winslow, built in 1913 and scrapped in 1936. There has never been a USS Hagen, and the ship shown in the establishing shot before they interview the victim's shipmates is in fact not a destroyer but the battleship USS New Jersey (BB-62), now a museum ship in Camden, New Jersey. See more
They show an aerial shot of the Philadelphia Ship Yard. In the episode they aren't anywhere near Philly. See more