NCIS (2003– )

South by Southwest 

An agent of the NCIS dies in an execution-style shooting; Gibbs and company investigate. A radioactive painting provides clues, and an impostor federal agent causes trouble, but Gibbs and Tony, on horseback, and the others break the case.


Thomas J. Wright


Donald P. Bellisario (created by), Don McGill (created by) | 2 more credits »

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Mark Harmon ... Leroy Jethro Gibbs
Michael Weatherly ... Anthony DiNozzo
Cote de Pablo ... Ziva David
Pauley Perrette ... Abby Sciuto
Sean Murray ... Timothy McGee
Rocky Carroll ... Leon Vance (credit only)
David McCallum ... Donald Mallard
Lance Henriksen ... Sheriff Clay Boyd
Tim Guinee ... Bartholomew Lemming / Jerome Sax
Mira Furlan ... Dina Risi
Patrick St. Esprit ... Commander Weidman
Robert Ri'chard ... Seaman Richard Zell
Barry Livingston ... Bartholomew Lemming
Matt Miller ... NCIS Special Agent Jack Patterson
Zach Lewis ... NCIS Mailroom Clerk Roy


Jack Patterson, a special agent of the NCIS, dies on a sidewalk in Washington, DC, in an execution-style shooting right after he drops a package into a mailbox. Abby says that Jack was on his way to meet her; soon she receives the carton from Jack, which contains a painting, which Abby finds to be radioactive. Gibbs interviews a man who introduces himself as an agent of the US Department of Homeland Security (DoHS). Abby learns that the slugs in Jack's body match a handgun used in an unsolved murder in Arizona two years ago; Gibbs and Tony go to Arizona and meet the artist. The real agent of the DoHS shows up in the squad bay; McGee alerts Gibbs, who, while on horseback with Tony, soon receives gunfire from a helo, and they return fire and crash the bird. Gibbs and Tony rescue the artist from harm, and they and the rest of the gang finish putting together the pieces of what happened. Written by DocRushing

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Plot Keywords:

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Release Date:

24 February 2009 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Clarita, California, USA See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital (Dolby 5.1)



Aspect Ratio:

16 : 9
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Did You Know?


When Tony is looking at an ad for the Ferrari he plans to buy with his inheritance, Ziva tells him, "I think you are counting your eggs before they are laid." While the common expression is "counting your chickens before they hatch," and Ziva is known for malapropisms, in this case it could be suggested that Ziva was telling Tony not just that he shouldn't get his hopes up, but that he should wait before he has reason to get his hopes up first. See more »


When Sheriff Boyd, Gibbs and Tony are camping for the evening Tony looks at his watch, which reads a few minutes after 8:00 PM. Less than a minute later Ziva calls Gibbs to tell him that the fake agent has been identified as a contract killer, and that he took a flight to Arizona on a private jet. Ziva tells Gibbs that the plane landed 'Two hours ago", but the brief view of the flight log says that the jet was not scheduled to leave DC until 20;45 (half an hour later than her phone call to Gibbs) and would arrive in Arizona at 02:10. See more »


NCIS Special Agent Anthony DiNozzo: Can you get nerve damage on your buttox?
NCIS Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs: You're going to feel worse in the morning.
NCIS Special Agent Anthony DiNozzo: Don't say that Boss.
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References Rosemary's Baby (1968) See more »


Hard To Mainstream
Written by Dominic Kelly
Performed by Dominic Kelly
Courtesy of Screw the Pooch ASCAP
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