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The San Dominick 

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While the NCIS team is on a training exercise with CGIS Special Agent Abigail Borin, Gibbs spots a man overboard. It leads him to board another ship called The San Dominick, and he soon discovers that it has been taken over by pirates.


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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
Pauley Perrette ... Abby Sciuto
Sean Murray ... Timothy McGee
Brian Dietzen ... Jimmy Palmer (credit only)
Emily Wickersham ... Ellie Bishop
Rocky Carroll ... Leon Vance (credit only)
David McCallum ... Donald Mallard
Jim Beaver ... Captain Tom O'Rourke
Chris Marrs ... First Mate James Meyer
Lobo Sebastian ... Renaldo Aranda / Engineer
Stephanie Charles ... Coast Guard Petty Officer Patricia Felton
Diane Neal ... CGIS Agent Abigail Borin
Pressly Coker ... Navy Chief Petty Officer Leonard Jones
Erick Lopez ... Jaime Ribeiro


Tim gets his first taste of bossing, albeit it only over fellow nerd Bishop, when Tony puts him in charge on land, himself being aboard a ship with Gibbs for a training, while Bishop needs SciFi fan help to get perspective on her own failure in a combat simulation. A drifting corpse, spotted by Gibbs, is identified as crewman of the freighter San Dominick. When it's boarded by the Coast Guard, whose CGIS Agent Abigail Borin rivals for charge with Gibbs, its captain Tom O'Rourke, who survived an earlier pirate raid, and first mate James Meyer seem oddly uncooperative. Tony and Gibbs must work out why, which relates to contraband aboard and surprisingly layered crimes, including an unsavory murder on land handled by team Tim and Ducky. Written by KGF Vissers

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Release Date:

21 October 2014 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Clarita, California, USA

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16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


Due to the length of the first act, the on-screen credits do not roll until the second act, which is uncommon for any TV series. This is the third time this has happened on NCIS. See more »


The leg that Renaldo Aranda was shot in changes between scenes. He is initially shown holding and bleeding from his left leg, but for the remainder of the show it is shown as his right. See more »


Timothy McGee: Kobayashi Maru was a training exercise on the Enterprise. It's a lose-lose scenario. No matter what choice you make, you're not gonna win.
Ellie Bishop: That's cheating.
Timothy McGee: It's supposed to build character.
Ellie Bishop: By cheating?
Timothy McGee: Look, Bishop, all I'm saying is you shouldn't feel bad about this. Nobody passes this training exercise. Not me, not Tony, not Captain Kirk, well technically Kirk.
Ellie Bishop: What about Gibbs?
Timothy McGee: Gibbs? Oh, he passed.
Ellie Bishop: How?
Timothy McGee: He's Gibbs.
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References Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982) See more »


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Nice Change Up
22 October 2014 | by mitchellhaleyouSee all my reviews

The NCIS writing team is just absolutely brilliant. After 12 seasons and so many episodes it really makes you wonder if they are always going to be able to come up with something new and of really high quality. I think this episode really explored some avenues we wouldn't usually associate with NCIS. The reference to Star Trek was brilliant. Just thinking of a no win situation really makes a viewer critically think. Putting McGee in Gibbs place was brilliant. Bringing in the Coast Guard Investigative Services was brilliant. Every time I think NCIS is getting repetitive, expected, in no way intending mundane by the way, the writers and creative team throws a change up such as this episode which totally maintains respect of the shows ability to always stay high concept. In this case it was just an episode of being great versus the really good we come to know and expect.

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