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Recap / NCISS 01 E 03

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Directed by Bradford May

Written by John C Kelley & Donald P. Bellisario

Season 1, Episode 3:


A Naval Commander is suspected of involvement with drug-trafficking after his body and bullet-riddled boat washes ashore near a similar wreckage and the bodies of two drug-traffickers. In order to prove the Commander's innocence, Team Gibbs must find the other party involved in the shootout.
  • Berserk Button: Do not contaminate a crime scene when Ducky's around.
  • Distracted by the Sexy: Tony (naturally) when he sees two girls in bikinis near a crime scene.
  • I Can't Believe I'm Saying This: Gibbs giving Tony permission to interview the aforementioned girls.
  • Minor Crime Reveals Major Plot: A dead sailor in what looks like a drug deal gone bad leads to a terrorist plot to cripple the power grids across the eastern United States.
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  • Miranda Rights: A variation—Gibbs brings two drug kingpins to Autopsy and tells them that counterfeit money involved in their drug war came from a foreign country that supports terrorism. This makes them enemy combatants under the Patriot Act, so Tony reads them the rights that they don't have.
  • Noodle Incident: Ducky pushing a French cop off a cliff.
    Ducky: There was a lake below him.
    Gibbs: Sixty feet below.
  • Sensitivity Training: Tony starts his workday searching for a case so he'll have an excuse to not attend a sexual harassment lecture.
    Gibbs: I cannot sit through another one of those lectures. I will shoot myself.
  • Taking the Bullet: Since the crime scene is on a beach, the team has to work quickly to gather evidence before the tide washes away any evidence in the sand. Towards the end Tony literally throws himself in front of a wave to keep it from reaching the body as if he was diving into the path of a bullet. Gibbs even asks Kate to go easy on Tony for the day because he took a wave for the team.

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