NCIS (2003– )

The Truth Is Out There 

The body of a petty officer falls from a ceiling at a nightclub; Gibbs and company investigate; Ducky says that someone dressed the victim after he died. Gibbs finds $40K in cash; he finds the connection between a prank and an inheritance.


Dennis Smith


Donald P. Bellisario (created by), Don McGill (created by) | 1 more credit »

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Episode cast overview:
Mark Harmon ... Leroy Jethro Gibbs
Sasha Alexander ... Caitlin Todd
Michael Weatherly ... Anthony DiNozzo
Pauley Perrette ... Abby Sciuto
David McCallum ... Donald Mallard
Brian Thompson ... MCPO Vince Nutter
Leonard Roberts ... Petty Officer Howard Carter
Chris Johnson ... Petty Officer James Morgan
Ryan Tasz ... Petty Officer David Bowman
Adam Wylie ... Darin Spotnitz
James Huang ... Petty Officer Wong
Jennifer Lyons ... Zoey
Reginald Ballard ... Antwane Mann
Harry Hutchinson Harry Hutchinson ... Alexandria Cop
Alex Weed ... Johnny


The body of a petty officer falls from the ceiling of a men's washroom at a nightclub in the basement of a warehouse in Alexandria, Virginia, across the Potomac River from Washington, DC; Gibbs and company investigate; Ducky says that someone dressed the victim after he died. The sailor, a storekeeper from NAS Pax River, along with four buddies from the same station, had gone to the nightclub for a wild night. The team puzzle over latex, safety glass, talcum powder, and $40K in cash. Basic footwork and inquisitive thinking eventually produce the connection between a prank and an inheritance. Four musketeers confess, and Kate and Tony seek Chinese food. Written by DocRushing

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Release Date:

16 March 2004 (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?


Several of the characters in the episode are named after X-files crew. P.O. Wong after James Wong, producer on The X-Files. P.O. James Morgan after writer and producer Glen Morgan. P.O. Howard Carter after creator and producer of The X-Files Chris Carter. P.O. David Bowman named after producer Rob Bowman. Master Chief P.O. Vince Nutter (played by Brian Thompson, the Alien Bounty Hunter from the X-Files) after director and producer David Nutter and producer Vince Gilligan. Darin Spotnitz after producer and writer Frank Spotnitz. See more »


Dr. "Ducky" Mallard comments on the numerous broken bones of the deceased, and lists "...tibia, fibia, ..." He should have said "fibula", not "fibia". Both the audible dialog and the closed-captioning contain this error. See more »


Tony: What're we looking for?
Gibbs: Answers.
[Gibbs walks away]
Tony: You got plans tonight?
Agent Caitlin Todd: Not really.
Tony: Good. 'Cause the last time Gibbs was like this, I didn't go home for a week.
Agent Caitlin Todd: The sad part? That would actually be an improvement over my social life.
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References Punk'd (2003) See more »


Written by Barbara L. Jordan Daniel Thompson and William Peterkin
Performed by Pete Peterkin
Courtesy of Heavy Hitters Music
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