While Gibbs and Tony man a protective detail for the SecNav, a gunman shoots the secretary; the NCIS investigates quietly with the help of Dr. Ryan. Blackmail is involved; the gang and Ryan figure it out and find a hacker and the bad guy.


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Philip Wickes
Carl Dalton
Frank Satner
Ronald Ostrowski
Tyler Elliott


While Gibbs and Tony man a protective detail for the SecNav, a gunman shoots the secretary in his chest and inflicts what appears to be a serious injury; the NCIS starts a quiet investigation, trying to avoid media attention. Vance and Gibbs join the victim at his hospital, where they take part in an unusual gathering. Shortly afterward the gang confers in the MTAC with Vance and Dr. Ryan (the psy-ops wizard); the team has orders to investigate a huge blackmail scheme with profound implications related to national security for the present and for years to come. Ziva and Ryan's lead investigator find a body; Abby and McGee make contributions; Gibbs and Ryan find computers running without people; the three musketeers watch the dynamic duo; Tony and Ziva grab an unkempt hacker and her gear. Gibbs figures it out, then he nabs the bad guy. Ryan invites Gibbs to play charades. Written by DocRushing

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20 March 2012 (USA)  »

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intriguing, thrilling... great episode
11 April 2015 | by (germany) – See all my reviews

I just read the last review and I can't agree. The episode tied me up from the first moment and I think Gibbs and Ryan sparkled great together. Especially the expressions in their faces during the conversations (great camera, great pictures!!!) where very fascinating. It is great to see how less exaggerated acting can so much more expressive and convincing. Mark Harmon and Jamie Lee Curtis did a great job, exactly the same for the entire cast. The plot was very strong with an unexpected ending. Well done! After seeing all episodes until now (we are in season 12) I'm always surprised about the new ideas the writers had and have and I really hope, there is no ending of NCIS in the near future, although I know there is an ending sometime.

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