NCIS (2003– )

Ships in the Night 

A Marine first lieutenant dies of gunfire during a dinner cruise; Abigail Borin, of the CGIS, also is a guest during the same event; she, Gibbs, and the gang investigate together. They find and fit the pieces, and they nab the bad people.


Thomas J. Wright


Donald P. Bellisario (created by), Don McGill (created by) | 2 more credits »




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
Rocky Carroll ... Leon Vance (credit only)
David McCallum ... Donald Mallard
Diane Neal ... CGIS Agent Abigail Borin
Roark Critchlow ... Wayne Grossman
Tiffany Dupont ... Kimberly Nolan
Tyler Hynes ... Devin Lodge
Patch Darragh ... Tom Adams
Gino Anthony Pesi ... Doug Fisher
Leith M. Burke ... Marine Captain Jared Bratton
Wes Brown ... Marine First Lieutenant Jeremy Nolan


A Marine first lieutenant dies of gunfire during a dinner cruise on the Potomac River at Washington, DC; Abigail Borin, a special agent of the Coast Guard Investigative Service, also is a guest aboard the same boat during the same event; Borin calls Gibbs, so she and the gang investigate together. The victim is a member of a rich and famous family; his father, who died six months before, had disinherited him, financially and socially, because of the son's decision to serve as an officer in the US Marine Corps. Duckman and Abby, as usual, make significant contributions; Tony and Ziva meet some interesting people; the Coast Guard pulls another body from the river; Ducky finds unusual contents in the pockets of the second vic. Gibbs and Borin call a meeting, and they elicit confessions and betrayals. Written by DocRushing

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


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Release Date:

11 January 2011 (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?


At 24:05, Abby runs into the side of Ziva's cubicle with her tablet. At 24:09, the tablet's screen is cracked. At 24:16, on crack to the tablet screen. See more »


Tony DiNozzo mentions Fatty Arbuckle when Devin Lodge claims that a senator's 17-year old daughter he had been with the previous night "looked 18." Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle was charged with (and acquitted of) manslaughter and the case had nothing to do with statutory rape. However the false accusations and yellow journalism that ruined his career and reputation continue to be Arbuckle's legacy. See more »


Bouncer: [to Tony and Ziva] How did you two get in here?
Special Agent Anthony DiNozzo: [holding up his badge] We used these.
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References Murder on the Orient Express (1974) See more »


NCIS Theme
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