NCIS (2003– )
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Two park rangers find the burned body of a Navy test pilot on leave in a forest in the Appalachian Mountains; Gibbs and company investigate; McGee sees evidence that the pilot tried to fly a jetpack. The gang figure out what truly happened.

Director:

Dennis Smith

Writers:

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

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Cast

Episode cast overview:
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
Brian Dietzen ... Jimmy Palmer
Rena Sofer ... Margaret Allison Hart
Marcus Giamatti ... Victor Tillman
Chris Bruno ... Captain James Powell
Melinda Page Hamilton ... Vanessa Tillman
Jeff Hephner ... Commander Peter Sheridan
Rachel Grate ... Ranger Mina
Brandon P Bell ... Ranger Jake (as Brandon Bell)
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Storyline

Two park rangers find the burned body of LCdr. Brad Sayers, a Navy test pilot on leave, on the site of a recent fire in a forest in the Appalachian Mountains in West Virginia; Gibbs and company investigate; McGee sees evidence that Brad tried to fly a jetpack, and that it exploded. Gibbs places McGeek in charge. Palmer finds clues inside a dead squirrel, and Abby confirms them. Tony and Ziva interview a builder of jetpacks, and Ziva snaps a portrait; McGee learns about the builder's ex-wife, who's also the builder's top competitor; McGee questions the builder, then the builder's high-power lawyer shows up, starts talking, and keeps on talking. Ducky suggests an interesting alternate explanation, then Gibbs shows a piece of paper. The gang put the pieces together, and McGee brings in the bad guy by remote control. Gibbs notices the left hand of the lady lawyer; he concludes that someone else sent her there. Written by DocRushing

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Certificate:

TV-PG
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 January 2010 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Clarita, California, USA

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital (Dolby 5.1)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

16 : 9
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Did You Know?

Trivia

When the NCIS team is looking at the "mug shot" for lawyer Allison Hart, it says in the fine print she works for a firm called "Wolfram, Hart", an in-joke by the writer no doubt. Jesse Stern, who used to be David Greenwalt's assistant on the series ANGEL, which featured an evil law firm of the same name, wrote this episode. See more »

Goofs

When discussing the propellants used by the jet-pack, McGee states that the use of Hydrogen Peroxide and Kerosene as fuels is highly unusual. This mix of fuels was used extensively by the British between 1955 and 1971 for a number of very successful rockets, culminating in the Black Arrow space launch vehicle. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Donald Mallard: McGee seems to have an instinct for this one. Perhaps baby bird is ready to leave the nest.
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Connections

References Yojimbo (1961) See more »

Soundtracks

Heart Attack Machine
(uncredited)
Written by Richard Wolf & Brian Wayy
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