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Aboard a destroyer of the US Navy during a storm at sea, the ship's medical officer dies, apparently by homicide; Gibbs and company investigate; McGee's father, an admiral, is aboard. The gang follow the tracks and catch the killer.


Thomas J. Wright


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




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
David McCallum ... Donald Mallard
Jamey Sheridan ... Admiral John McGee
Joel Gretsch ... NCIS Special Agent Stan Burley
Reggie Austin ... Navy Lieutenant Carlton Mane
Russell Sams ... Navy Petty Officer Second Class Daniel Graves
Zane Holtz ... Navy Petty Officer Third Class Kevin Wyeth
Cooper Thornton ... Navy Captain Peter Vandevere
Ser'Darius Blain ... Tall Player


A destroyer of the US Navy encounters an unexpected storm in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Virginia; two sailors on the weather deck find and recover the body of the ship's medical officer; Gibbs and company meet the vessel in Norfolk and start to investigate; Ducky comments on a wound and a bruise, possibly resulting from a jab by a hypodermic needle. McGee's father, a full admiral, temporarily aboard the ship, raises objections, creates friction, hassles Tim, and spreads discontent. The Duck finds a part of a broken needle in the body; Tony identifies a suspect, whom he and McGee interview aboard the ship. Burley, an agent afloat working with the team, learns about the removal of a tablet computer; Tony and McGee find the tablet, and McGee obtains data from it, thereby learning the name of the last visitor to the sick bay before the doctor died. The gang identify the killer and bust him. McGee walks and talks with his father. Written by DocRushing

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TV-14 | See all certifications »






Release Date:

26 March 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?


There is no DDG-154 listed in the US Navy, The highest DDG registration is DDG-127 Gallagher (the new Zumwalt class start at DDG -1000). There is a DDG-154 Xiamen in the Chinese People's Liberation Army Navy Surface Force. See more »


For a while Gibbs speaks to Adm. McGee, Tim's father, in a forceful, aggressive, authoritative, condescending, untactful, insubordinate tone; however, in the real world of the US Navy, even a Gibbs would not speak to a flag officer, especially one with four stars, in such an in-your-face manner, and an officer of that seniority would not tolerate such treatment, not even from a special agent of the NCIS. One simply does not speak to admirals in that way -- not even federal agents -- not even if an admiral is a suspect. See more »


Ziva David: [after shutting off the news on the plasma] Where's McGee?
Anthony DiNozzo: Maybe he blew away coming to work this morning.
Ziva David: Or maybe he met someone last night.
Anthony DiNozzo: That's doubtful. That might be the reason *I* would be late.
Ziva David: These days, my friend, I'm not so sure.
Anthony DiNozzo: You've noticed.
Ziva David: Yes, I am quite aware you hit um 'dry spell' recently.
Anthony DiNozzo: Like Lawrence of Arabia.
Ziva David: [chuckles]
Anthony DiNozzo: You know, maybe it's not a woman. Maybe it's a flat tire. Maybe he stopped for donuts. Perhaps he slipped in the shower and he can't get up.
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References Downton Abbey (2010) See more »


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