NCIS (2003– )
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An injured Navy lieutenant commits suicide; Gibbs and company investigate; three people kidnap Ducky, Palmer, and the body, and the abductors demand an improvised autopsy. The gang find the missing body, teammates, answers, and bad actors.


Mario Van Peebles


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
Rocky Carroll ... Leon Vance (credit only)
David McCallum ... Donald Mallard
Valerie Cruz ... Anna
Robert Gant ... Mike Dunkel
JoNell Kennedy ... Navy Commander Lisa Cleveland
Ricky Whittle ... Lincoln
Joe Reegan ... Marcus
Peter Breitmayer ... Dwight Romano
Valerie Wildman ... Valerie Kordish


In Richmond, Virginia, an injured Navy lieutenant grabs a jug of caustic drain cleaner, chugs it, and drops dead; Gibbs and company investigate; Tony soon learns about some of the recent behavior of the victim. While Ducky and Palmer head back toward Washington, DC, in their van, one tire blows out; three people detain them, take them to a secluded cabin, and require Ducky to perform an improvised autopsy there. Meanwhile Abby learns about the location and behavior of the victim just before he died, and the team trace the van. Tony learns about the peculiar circumstances of the victim, and Abby confirms that things do not jibe; she also traces some of his activities; she further deduces who roughed up the vic before he died; the gang find the assailant, and he tells Gibbs why. The gang follow Duck and Palmer into a forest, find one dead bad guy, then find the dynamic duo and seize the other bad guy. The bad woman takes Palmer's bait, then the team grab her as expected. Written by DocRushing

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Release Date:

26 February 2013 (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. 9: Never go anywhere without a knife. See more »


While Ducky drives the van back toward Washington, DC, Palmer comments that Gus, the mechanic, has thrice changed "'the' fuel injector" (in the singular), and he refers to it as "it" (also in the singular). However, the van, a Mercedes-Benz Sprinter with a Dodge nameplate and a Mercedes-Benz six-cylinder diesel engine, has not ONE fuel injector but rather SIX of them - one injector for each of the six cylinders. See more »


Jimmy Palmer: [brandishing a pistol stolen from one of their captors] I would rather take a stand than get shot in the back.
Donald Mallard: Likewise... only, I'm not too keen to get in a firefight with professional killers.
Jimmy Palmer: [lowers the gun] Neither am I.
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