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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 ... 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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Joe Gutheinz, a retired Senior Special Agent with NASA Office of Inspector General - and foremost authority on missing moon rocks, provided the writer with technical support during the creation of this episode. See more »


The obituary for Landon Roberts ends mid-sentence stating "...He is survived by his" without stating who. Other obituaries seen appear to be complete. See more »


Jimmy Palmer: [to Ducky] When Agent Gibbs finds out that you exhumed a body without...!
Leroy Jethro Gibbs: [entering] He found out.
Jimmy Palmer: Agent Gibbs! As Acting Coroner, I take full responsibility, but...
Leroy Jethro Gibbs: Go.
Jimmy Palmer: Leaving.
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References Brazil (1985) 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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Release Date:

9 October 2012 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Clarita, California, USA

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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