NCIS (2003– )
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A hunter finds an aircraft cargo pod containing the mummified body of a Naval disbursing officer who disappeared from his aircraft carrier, as did 1.2 million dollars. The NCIS team correct some old mistakes, and now they make things right.


Terrence O'Hara


Donald P. Bellisario (created by), Don McGill (created by) | 4 more credits »

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Episode complete credited cast:
Mark Harmon ... Leroy Jethro Gibbs
Sasha Alexander ... Caitlin Todd
Michael Weatherly ... Anthony DiNozzo
Pauley Perrette ... Abby Sciuto
David McCallum ... Donald Mallard
David Ramsey ... NCIS Agent Richard Owens
Melora Hardin ... Erin Toner
Jim Pirri ... Randy Wiles
Lauren Bowles ... Mary Wiles
Robert Pine ... Ben
Tommy Hinkley ... Deer Hunter
Bill Birch ... State Trooper Dan Lynch
Jonathan Wade-Drahos Jonathan Wade-Drahos ... Lt. Gregg Pallini (as Jonathan Wade Drahos)


In a woods in Maryland a hunter stumbles across an aircraft external cargo pod (from an F-14 Tomcat) containing the mummified body of a Naval officer and other objects; nine years earlier the victim disappeared from USS Dwight Eisenhower (CVN-69), aboard which carrier he had served as the disbursing officer, and from which ship 1.2 million dollars also disappeared. The NCIS team investigate aboard the ship and elsewhere; they find not only the sloppy work and faulty conclusions on the previous investigation but also the real thieves and killers, thereby providing emotional and financial benefits to both the widow and their daughter. Gibbs starts to have trouble with his eyes. Written by DocRushing

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Release Date:

28 October 2003 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Clarita, California, USA

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Technical Specs



Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital (Dolby 2.0)



Aspect Ratio:

16 : 9
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Did You Know?


Lieutenant Mark Schilz, the victim, is named in honor of executive producer Mark Schilz. See more »


The wife claims to have given birth at Bethesda Naval Hospital in Maryland, but the Eisenhower was based out of Norfolk. The closest Naval Hospital to Norfolk is in Portsmouth, VA, just over the river. See more »


Abby Sciuto: You went to see Ducky before you came to see me!
Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs: Is there some kind of priority here I don't know about?
Abby Sciuto: A girl likes to be thought of first.
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References Bounce (2000) See more »


NCIS Theme
Performed by Numeriklab
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Intriguing plot, honey...
7 July 2014 | by empress68See all my reviews

Maybe because we were new to the series, this episode was full of surprises. Even Abby's curse merited consideration. Personally I liked the ending.

Kate played a significant role in this investigation. By this episode I did not like the character of Tony -- still don't -- and enjoyed seeing Kate as an equal. Her discerning abilities, as well as her sharp dialogue, helped to make the whole episode enjoyable.

But I came to wonder, as a long-time fan, how come no one ever mentions that two minor characters are named for two production people, Sklarz and Wiles? Am I the only one noticing?

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