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Lost at Sea 

An inflatable raft washes ashore with three survivors from a missing Navy helo; the pilot also is missing; Gibbs and company plus Borin (of the CGCIS) investigate. The team and the other Abby find the pilot, the truth, and the chopper.


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

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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
Brian Dietzen ... Jimmy Palmer (credit only)
Rocky Carroll ... Leon Vance
David McCallum ... Donald Mallard
Diane Neal ... CGIS Agent Abigail Borin
Rick Worthy ... Captain Logan Doyle
Linda Park ... Lieutenant Nora Patel
Amy Stewart ... Katie Happ
Bernard Curry ... Shamus Quinn
Derek Ray ... Lieutenant Commander David Hernandez
Nondumiso Tembe ... Petty Officer First Class Josie Sparks


An inflatable raft washes ashore in Maryland, carrying three survivors of a missing Navy helicopter; the pilot also is missing; Gibbs and company investigate in cooperation with Borin (of the CGCIS). Gibbs and Duckman, using their "covert prowess", speak with the two conscious crewmembers; Tony, McGee, and Borin meet a local scavenger, and Tony and McGee find the body of the pilot, with a gunshot wound in his head; Gibbs and Ducky contemplate the possibility of suicide. The crew chief of the chopper says much to Gibbs, as does the widow; Gibbs and Ziva visit the carrier and have a confrontational chat. Tony and McGoose visit the third survivor, who has regained consciousness, and who contradicts the other two; the musketeers further check out the crew, and they learn more; skillful questioning elicits tearful confessions from the first two shipmates; the team and the other Abby arrest the bad guy. Gibbs prepares to deliver an item to the son of the dead pilot. Written by DocRushing

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Release Date:

23 October 2012 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Clarita, California, USA See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


The opening shot is of Town Warf in Plymouth, MA, only a short distance away from Plymouth Rock. See more »


The pilot of the helicopter is identified as LtCommander Oliver Happ. However ID photographs of him show him wearing an officer's hat with "scrambled eggs" on the visor. Navy officers below the rank of full Commander do not have "scrambled eggs" on their hat visors. See more »


Timothy McGee: I thought you had my back.
Anthony DiNozzo: Nothing I could do. Had to eject.
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References Captain Planet and the Planeteers (1990) See more »


NCIS Theme
Performed by Numeriklab
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Agent Borin is always a positive addition

A good plot, a hero is vindicated, and a sort of surprise ending makes this one of the better episodes of the season. And having CGIS Special Agent Borin assisting the team on the investigation is always a refreshing plus. It would be a great move if the producers were able to get Diane Neal/Agent Borin as a regular member of the cast instead of as a some times guest star. However, having Neal/Borin as a some times guest star is better than not having her at all. Gotta give the producers/writers an extra star or two for that alone.

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