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One Shot, One Kill 

A Marine recruiter dies in his office from a single shot; Gibbs and the gang investigate; then a second one dies likewise. The Gibbs group expect another murder, so they set a trap, and it works; Tony and FBI agents capture the sniper.


Peter Ellis


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




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Mark Harmon ... Leroy Jethro Gibbs
Sasha Alexander ... Caitlin Todd
Michael Weatherly ... Anthony DiNozzo
Pauley Perrette ... Abby Sciuto
David McCallum ... Donald Mallard
Michael Gaston ... Major Dougherty
Francesco Quinn ... Gunnery Sgt. Freddy Alvarez
Andy Umberger ... Agent Freedman
Brad Hawkins ... Sgt. Aaron Barnes
T.J. Thyne ... Carl (as TJ Thyne)
Noah Segan ... Kyle Hendricks
Pancho Demmings ... Gerald Jackson
Geoff Meed ... Corporal David Stenson
Blake Shields ... Potential Recruit
Alex Solowitz ... Dave


A Marine recruiter in Washington, DC, while sitting in his office and talking with two prospects, takes a single round to the chest from a high-power rifle, falls forward, and dies; Gibbs and the gang investigate. While one suspect is in custody, a second Marine recruiter dies the same way in Maryland; FBI agents precipitate a departmental turf war, but the NCIS team outfox the Hoovers. The Gibbs group expect another murder, so they set a trap, and it works; the shooter squeezes off a third round, and then Tony and several FBI agents capture him. Kate, while impersonating a commissioned officer, has trouble with her gourd cover. Written by DocRushing

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Release Date:

10 February 2004 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Clarita, California, USA

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital (Dolby 2.0)



Aspect Ratio:

16 : 9
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Did You Know?


Gibbs' rule no. 9: Never go anywhere without a knife. See more »


When reenacting the scene of the sniper sighting recruiter Gunnery Sgt. Freddy Alvarez, the name tag on the recruiter's uniform shows "Allen", not "Alvarez". See more »


Special Agent Anthony DiNozzo: Floors are scummy.
Agent Caitlin 'Kate' Todd: I would have taken the floor.
Special Agent Anthony DiNozzo: No. You would have made some comment about sexism in the workplace.
Agent Caitlin 'Kate' Todd: I'll do it.
Special Agent Anthony DiNozzo: Nah, you're just humouring me.
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References CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (2000) See more »


NCIS Theme
Performed by Numeriklab
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White feather and Carlos Hathcock Vietnam kill total completely in accurate
15 October 2018 | by harrisonwyntergreenSee all my reviews

Since Mark Harmon, Gibbs, is a producer of this show and Donald Bellisario creates the majority of the shows off of military stories, the most famous sniper in the world of the Vietnam era, well known to all Marines in training, that they would get his kill total correct. So the writer and the rest of the staff are either clearly ignorant or dyslexic. Anybody who watch this show and is done even the most basic reading about marines knows this, it's pathetic that someone is making as much money as Harmon and he does no background study on the subject and allows himself to look like an idiot.

One of the other things it really bothers me is how many time shows like NCIS Or chasing somebody and they end up not pursuing them and they sort of look at each other and say he got away. Whether it's on foot or in a car the fact is that person is only 15 seconds ahead of them, they're chasing someone that's on their most wanted list they don't have back up surrounding a grid around the blocks where the operation is happening and they don't have a helicopter in the air and local PD helping also? None of these people should've ever gotten away and it's almost seems like every episode. And then you see him with their guns out screaming at someone saying NCIS, or police stop or I'll shoot and of course they never knew if they're running away. Or the bad guy tries to hit them with a car that's the use of a deadly weapon you can shoot now. The shows are so unrealistic Can't really bear to watch anymore

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