NCIS (2003– )
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Ducky, on medical leave, unofficially calls for the exhumation of the body of a commander whose autopsy he conducted 12 years ago; he now suspects murder; the gang investigate another death, and they find the connection and the solution.


Terrence O'Hara


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




Episode credited cast:
Mark Harmon ... Leroy Jethro Gibbs
Michael Weatherly ... Anthony DiNozzo
Cote de Pablo ... Ziva David
Pauley Perrette ... Abby Sciuto
Sean Murray ... Timothy McGee
Brian Dietzen ... Jimmy Palmer
Rocky Carroll ... Leon Vance (credit only)
David McCallum ... Donald Mallard
Michael Des Barres ... Del Finney
Amanda Walsh ... Ellen Roberts
Shelley Robertson Shelley Robertson ... Captain Beverly Sharp
Jim Hoffmaster ... Administrator
Rene Auberjonois ... Dr. Felix Blackwell
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jason Bremer ... Marine #1
Shawn McDonald Shawn McDonald ... Crime Lab Tech (as Shawn Hazz McDonald)


While Ducky remains on a medical leave, he arranges for the exhumation of the body of a Navy commander whose autopsy he conducted 12 years ago; Duckman suddenly realizes that the dead man may have died from murder rather than excessive drinking; Gibbs and the Duck exchange heated words. Meanwhile Gibbs and the gang investigate the death of a Marine sergeant in Brooklyn, New York, who was about to make a one-way journey. First Abby confirms Ducky's suspicion, then she finds a copy of a curious document on the dead sergeant's laptop computer; Gibbs invokes rule 38 in the case of the Duck, who says that he and his cohorts must cast asunder the evil now afoot. Tony and Ziva learn about some old dust, and Abby finds an old connection between the two dead guys. Gibbs and the gang talk with a rocker, then Ducky does so. Abby finds an important link, then Ducky and the gang put the pieces together, and Gibbs sends the Duck back to his own workshop. Written by DocRushing

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Release Date:

9 October 2012 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Clarita, California, USA

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


Gibbs rule no. 38: your case, your lead. See more »


Navy Captain Beverly Sharp Navy Working Uniform name and warfare pin should be gold. Navy Officers have gold names and warfare pins. See more »


Timothy McGee: But you can tell us what Ducky was doing exhuming a body without telling Gibbs. We heard.
Jimmy Palmer: I have no idea what you're talking about.
[Tony pulls off his gloves with an audible snap, Palmer flinches]
Anthony DiNozzo: Ziva?
Ziva David: [snaps her fingers] Get the blinds.
[Tony and McGee draw the blinds as Ziva steps up to Palmer, cracking her knuckles and flexing her fingers]
Jimmy Palmer: Okay, ha-ha-ha. Yeah, this is all very, very funny...
[He starts to backpedal, Tony stops him with a hand on his shoulder]
Anthony DiNozzo: [whispers] We know you know.
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References The Usual Suspects (1995) See more »


NCIS Theme
Performed by Numeriklab
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Gibbs is not Ducky superior or supervisor
11 March 2018 | by lovettstoughSee all my reviews

I am a U.S. MARINE so I know the chain of command & NCIS is a little different. Gibbs is not Ducky superior or supervisor or even Abbys for that matter. Only the SecNav & the director & the assistant director supervise & are superior to Ducky & Abby. Gibbs is the team leader & he only can supervise his team which consist of only Tony, McGee, & Ziva.

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