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Devil's Trifecta 

A Navy seaman fires on Fornell, who returns fire and kills him; Gibbs and company investigate, along with Fornell and the mutual ex-wife of Gibbs and Fornell. The gang find frozen fish, a dead body, a missing accountant, and two bad guys.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Gordon Fremont
Viggo Kiln
Oliver Lambert
Avis Boyle
Al Parker


A man at close range shoots three rounds at Fornell, who, wearing body armor, returns fire with six rounds and kills the assailant, who was a Navy seaman; Gibbs and company and Fornell all investigate; Diane, the mutual ex-wife of Gibbs and Fornell, also shows up, and several interesting exchanges ensue. Vance announces that, according to him and two of his counterpart directors, Gibbs, Fornell, and Diane will work together on this case. McGee provides refuge and security to Diane, who has become overwrought, then Gibbs and Fornell find that they have relaxed. While executing a search warrant, Gibbs, Fornell, Tony, and McGoo find frozen fish and a dead body. Gibbs, Fornell, Tony, McGee, and Ziva find a missing accountant, who passes out and then dies. Gibbs makes a toast and a proposal at a wedding reception; Fornell, McGee, and Ziva find two of the bad guys. Gibbs and Diane have a chat. Written by DocRushing

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11 December 2012 (USA)  »

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16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


Diane's 3rd husband was shot at the drive through window of a fast food joint. Now her 2nd husband had a gunfight at the window. See more »


Diane gives her login and password to McGee by announcing it in front of the entire team in a bullpen location. Surely, as a federal agent working on identity theft cases, Diane would know that this is, at best, a bad idea. At worst, because it's access information to a federal mainframe, this might be a firing offense or indictable offense. See more »


Senior FBI Agent T.C. Fornell: [Referring to Diane] It's getting late - with Lambert on the loose, she should probably sleep at your house tonight. I'll talk to you later.
[Tries to leave quickly. Gibbs stops him]
Leroy Jethro Gibbs: Yeah, you're right. She shouldn't be alone. And since you married her last, I think that means your place.
Abby Sciuto: [Watching from the side,] This is gonna be good.
Senior FBI Agent T.C. Fornell: I've got no clean sheets.
Leroy Jethro Gibbs: My heater's broken.
Senior FBI Agent T.C. Fornell: I've got toxic black mold in my kitchen.
Timothy McGee: I'll let these two figure it out since I know the one place she's definitely...
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Referenced in NCIS: Check (2015) See more »

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NCIS Hasn't Lost a Step
16 January 2013 | by (Bridgeton NJ, USA) – See all my reviews

Once again, the folks who produce NCIS show us why they still sit at the top of the pile in their tenth season. From the bottom to the top they still take chances, they still push the envelope and they still find ways to more intensely endear the characters we already love and provide new ones for us to adore as well.

Pretty amazing for a television show in it's tenth season to bring us the same- or even a higher- level of entertainment it did from the first show.

Diane Sterling, Gibbs and Fornell's ex wife returns a second time and the banter between the trio- Gibbs, Fornell and Diane is electric, quick, biting and funny, but it extends far beyond that. The ensemble manages to make everyone shine in this consistently hilarious episode. Followers of the show already know that the producers think in 'moments', and this episode is full of them, from the opening scene where we are reminded why Fornell is Gibbs FBI counterpart to be reckoned with to the closing scene that manages to collect a tear from those of us who love these folks so dearly.

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