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A Weak Link 

A SEAL lieutenant falls to his death, due to a failed fitting in his gear, while rappelling during an exercise; Gibbs and company investigate; the CIA expresses intense interest. Abby and McGee provide answers, and the team solve the case.


Alan J. Levi


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

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Episode cast overview:
Mark Harmon ... Leroy Jethro Gibbs
Sasha Alexander ... Caitlin Todd
Michael Weatherly ... Anthony DiNozzo
Pauley Perrette ... Abby Sciuto
David McCallum ... Donald Mallard
Adam Baldwin ... Lt. Michael Rainer
Julie Benz ... Denise Johnson
Sean Murray ... Timothy McGee
Doug Savant ... Father Larry Clannon
Johnny Sneed ... Agent Andrew Kramer
Matt Battaglia ... Petty Officer Porcaro
Ross Gibby ... Petty Officer Vengal
Robert Joseph ... LCDR Folsom
Brian Dietzen ... Jimmy Palmer
Kathryn Gordon ... Young Pregnant Woman


A SEAL lieutenant dies while he and his team rappel during an exercise to prepare for a classified operation; he falls to his death due to a failure of a fitting in his rappelling gear; Gibbs and company investigate; a special agent of the CIA expresses intense interest. The phony part is an inferior fitting, intended to fail, which someone substituted. A number of factors do not add up right. However, Ducky provides ice cream, and Kate does something she's never before done. Meanwhile Abby and McGee have some ups and downs, and they hack into a server and enter a secret e-mail account. Gibbs and the team eventually put the pieces together and reach a conclusion. Written by DocRushing

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Release Date:

18 May 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?


This episode contains not one, but two actors from Joss Whedon's "Buffyverse" (specifically Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997)'s spin off Angel (2004)." Actor Adam Baldwin as Cmdr. Michael Rainer in this episode and Marcus Hamilton in Angel. (Also Jayne Cobb from one of Joss Whedon's other show's Firefly (2002).

Julie Benz played Darla in both "Buffy" and "Angel" See more »


When leaving the victim's house the second time, Gibbs puts away his notebook twice in succession. See more »


Caitlin 'Kate' Todd: Why would somebody with a top security clearance have an e-mail account under an assumed name?
Leroy Jethro Gibbs: What if I wanted to get into that account?
Caitlin 'Kate' Todd: Get a search warrant for the servers.
Leroy Jethro Gibbs: We don't have time for a warrant. What's a quicker way?
Caitlin 'Kate' Todd: Hack into the servers.
[Gibbs smirks]
Caitlin 'Kate' Todd: I can't believe I just said that. I would have never suggested that before I started working here.
[Kate heads back to her desk]
Leroy Jethro Gibbs: You're welcome.
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References Sleepless in Seattle (1993) See more »


NCIS Theme
Performed by Numeriklab
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