I loved the carrying on of the story about the Navy ships being made into toast that we had last week. The boat burning has now reached worldwide proportions, so the Navy must find out who is at the bottom of it. Cue Gibbs and company ...
Gibbs attends a meeting to learn more about the continued destruction of Navy ships such as the explosion on the USS Brewer. The team digs into the background of Bruce Johnson and Ziva finds out that Johnson played vidoe games. I won't joke that this seemingly unimportant fact can't provide clues, because in background checking, anything could turn out to be a little bread crumb!
Abby shows Gibbs a paper shredder found in Bruce Johnson's garage. They examine the little paper shreds and Abby finds that the shredded document, printed on laser paper, contains Korean characters. Abby asks whether North Korea could be behind the terrorist attacks on Navy ships. Well maybe, Abby, but it's a little early in the episode to find the correct answer so fast.
This just in
McGee is reporting on the case on screen to the team back at headquarters, but he's on a ship in the middle of the Atlantic and is sea sick. Gibbs tells him to eat apples and crackers. How about you should have packed some motion sickness meds in your spy kit?
Ziva and Tony talk to Bruce Johnson's wife. She is angry at her dead ex husband and whines to the agents about all the bills she has. DiNozzo and Ziva can't get off of her driveway fast enough and they run into the mailman whose helmet looks like an ugly fruit bowl. He tells the agents that no, he's never delivered any mail from Korea, only Switzerland. So, there's another country to consider ...
In the break room, Gibbs asks Ducky if he wants tea, but Ducky is much too proper and British to want to use a tea bag which he calls "tea dust." Ducky has a favor to ask of Gibbs. He's rich and is drafting his will. He wants Gibbs to be his executor. What? I guess Ducky must really trust Gibbs - either that or he has no friends, business connections or trustworthy family members! This could be true since Ducky wants to give most of his estate to charity. After Gibbs agrees, Ducky sends Gibbs a cute gift of a white tea pot and real tea leaves!
Ducky and Gibbs, along with Tony and Ziva, join McGee on board the ship. Of course, McGee gets a "gift" of barf bags from Tony and I laugh. Some documents found on the ship have Korean characters on them, but a language expert says it's all nonsense. Later, Abby matches the paper to that found in the Johnsons' garage. North Korea is now ruled out of the equation - told ya so, Abby!
Bits and pieces
Only bits and pieces of clues are being found. Abby explains that the thermite and a fire retardant were used in the ship fires to better control the flames. The Korean code messages about thermite were created on an English keyboard. Hmmm ... that's interesting. Oh yeah, more about the fireS: the thermite and retardant created a vacuum type of explosion.
Gibbs and DiNozzo receive a tip about a nuclear aircraft carrier. The team finds out that someone is going to pick up more thermite, so Ziva and DiNozzo go off to sea to get there first. The box of thermite is a trap for their prey, who ends up having a big stabbing knife, but the team catches this "tech rep" named Andre. The team threatens this guy with going to Guantanamo Bay so he squeals and says someone named "Harper Dearing" with a bit of a Southern drawl hired him.
Process of elimination
The team searches the name and rules out an old man in a nursing home and a second grader among others. Then they find a middle aged male corporate exec who seems more likely. Abby's tests confirm that this Harper Dearing seems like a 99.9% probability. Gibbs and company storm Harper's office, but he's not there and apparently hasn't been in the building in over a year.
The good news is this story is going to continue since back at headquarters, Gibbs tacks up a photo of Dearing and tells the whole office to get on this guy's case for crimes against the Navy. Yes, boss!
Do you love this ship burning saga on NCIS or not?
"None of your business, DiNosy!"
"What's the game plan, Stan"
"I'm cleaning my weapon waiting for you to get here."
"Harper Dearing is wanted for crimes against the US Navy. Let's go!"