NCIS (season 9)
|NCIS (season 9)|
Season 9 U.S. DVD cover
Cote de Pablo
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of episodes||24|
|Original release||September 20, 2011– May 15, 2012|
The ninth season of the police procedural drama NCIS premiered on September 20, 2011, in the same time slot as the previous season. The season introduces several recurring guest stars, most notably Dr. Samantha Ryan, a love interest for Gibbs.
By the end of the season, NCIS and the Navy had found themselves under threat from a new and dangerous enemy: insurance CEO-turned terrorist, Harper Dearing, who lost his son in a fire aboard a Navy ship and is out for revenge against the Navy for not solving the problem that led to the fire and then not updating ships with the same problem. He also has a grudge against NCIS, as his son would not have been on the ship if they had not transferred him.
Managing to get a hold of powerful explosives, Dearing starts firebombing Navy ships. However, towards the end of the season, Dearing stepped up his game: he had Director Vance abducted. Whilst NCIS finds him quickly, it transpired that Dearing is only after Vance for his car, managing to rig up explosives in the car seat so that Vance would unknowingly deliver a car bomb to the Navy Yard. By the time Gibbs realized, it is nearly too late; the bomb detonates, resulting in major damage to the NCIS building, as well as many deaths and injuries and leaving the fates of Gibbs, Tony, McGee, Abby, Ziva and Vance unknown. Upon learning of the destruction, Ducky suffers a heart attack on the beaches of Miami. The season finale aired on May 15, 2012.
- Mark Harmon as Leroy Jethro Gibbs, Senior Supervisory Special Agent (SSA)
- Michael Weatherly as Anthony DiNozzo, Senior Special Agent
- Cote de Pablo as Ziva David, Special Agent
- Pauley Perrette as Abby Sciuto, Forensic Specialist attached to NCIS
- Sean Murray as Timothy McGee, Special Agent
- Rocky Carroll as Leon Vance, Director of NCIS
- David McCallum as Dr Donald Mallard, Chief Medical Examiner
- Brian Dietzen as Jimmy Palmer, Assistant Medical Examiner
- Joe Spano as Tobias Fornell, Senior FBI Special Agent
- Wendy Makkena as Dr. Rachel Cranston, a psychiatrist and Kate's sister
- Matt L. Jones as Ned Dorneget, a NCIS Probationary Agent
- Jamie Lee Curtis as Dr. Samantha Ryan, head of DoD PsyOps Division
- Diane Neal as Abigail Borin, CGIS Senior Special Agent
- Melinda McGraw as Diane Sterling, Gibbs' and Fornell's ex-wife
- Robert Wagner as Anthony DiNozzo, Sr., DiNozzo's father
- Sasha Alexander as Caitlin Todd, deceased Special Agent
- Lauren Holly as Jenny Shepard, deceased director of NCIS
- Lily Tomlin as Penelope Langston, McGee's grandmother
- Muse Watson as Mike Franks, Retired Senior Special Agent for NCIS (Gibbs' old boss)
- Ralph Waite as Jackson Gibbs
|Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date||Prod.
|187||1||"Nature of the Beast"||Tony Wharmby||Gary Glasberg||September 20, 2011||901||19.96|
|Tony is shot and unable to remember what it was all about. He must work together with Gibbs and Dr. Cranston to identify the attacker.|
|188||2||"Restless"||James Whitmore, Jr.||Steven D. Binder||September 27, 2011||902||19.51|
|A Marine named Thomas Hill collapses at his homecoming party, having been drugged and stabbed before arriving. As the NCIS team start digging through his past, they discover Hill's adopted younger sister is a twenty-seven-year-old serial con-artist who runs away from her foster families shortly before her "eighteenth" birthday and has a dark secret behind her scam. Meanwhile, Tony begins to feel remorse for schoolyard bullying during his time at boarding school and enlists McGee's help in making amends. However, by the end of the episode, it is revealed that Tony was the victim of bullying and not the perpetrator.|
|189||3||"The Penelope Papers"||Arvin Brown||Nicole Mirante-Matthews||October 4, 2011||903||19.35|
|NCIS is assigned the case of Paul Booth, a Navy lieutenant who is shot dead in a park after talking to his pregnant wife. During the process, McGee's business card from his days in Norfolk is found in the victim's pocket, leaving McGee confused as he has no knowledge of ever meeting the victim. Booth was a friend of McGee's maternal grandmother, Penelope Langston, who developed a research project for the military known as the ANAX Principle before the outbreak of the Vietnam War. The ANAX Principle was then shut down for four decades before being restarted. It uses specially bred caterpillars as the basis of a genetically engineered/Biomechanical plague. Booth's killer is revealed as Max Ellswood, one of the original researchers of the ANAX Principle, who killed the lieutenant when Booth planned to reveal the program to the press. At the end of the episode, McGee and his grandmother speak of how Gibbs reminds them of McGee's father. McGee ultimately decides to call his dad whom he hasn't spoken to in seven years. Meanwhile, Jimmy Palmer struggles with plans for his upcoming wedding.|
|190||4||"Enemy on the Hill"||Dennis Smith||George Schenck & Frank Cardea||October 11, 2011||904||18.98|
|The NCIS team must protect a Navy Lt. Cmdr. when they discover an assassin is trying to kill him. Abby decides to donate her kidney.|
|191||5||"Safe Harbor"||Terrence O'Hara||Reed Steiner & Christopher J. Waild||October 18, 2011||905||19.41|
Abigail Borin returns to NCIS when a U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer, Cooper, is shot while inspecting an incoming vessel. The NCIS team discover that a Lebanese family seeking asylum has stowed away on the boat. As Ziva begins to bond with the family, evidence emerges that Cooper was shot with ammunition sold to the Lebanese government, and Gibbs begins to suspect a political connection. NCIS discover that Cooper was killed in order to force the vessel to dock at Norfolk, where a bomb on board would be detonated, destroying half the Norfolk naval base. The plot was masterminded by Hakim, one of the asylum seekers, as revenge for the death of his sister during an air strike during the Lebanese Civil War. However, his mother successfully manages to talk him down.Meanwhile, concerned that he is lonely, the team tries to find the perfect girlfriend for Gibbs, but once they decide on a candidate, Gibbs revealed that he had already dated her, but broke up because "perfect is boring". He also makes clear that he is not lonely, telling Ziva that he sees her as his "kid" and that as a result he could never be lonely.
|192||6||"Thirst"||Thomas J. Wright||Scott Williams||October 25, 2011||906||19.43|
An NCIS case changes from accidental death to murder when evidence reveals that a Navy lieutenant died of forced over-hydration. The team discovered that the victim, Jason Simms, had been drugged with ecstasy, causing severe dehydration; this led him to over-hydrate, causing water toxification. When a second victim, Alcott, is found bound to a tree and also dead by way of water toxification, NCIS realize that both Simms and Alcott had failed marriages, and had been members of outreach programs and targeted by a serial killer.Meanwhile, Gibbs meets Ducky's new love interest, Mary, a woman he met online. McGee realizes that Mary is connected to the same program as Jason and Alcott, and is responsible for their deaths. Ducky is disturbed by his misplaced judgement of Mary, feeling guilty that he did not see her deception sooner.
|193||7||"Devil's Triangle"||Leslie Libman||Steven D. Binder & Reed Steiner||November 1, 2011||907||19.71|
|Gibbs and Fornell are approached by their mutual ex-wife, Diane, when her current husband disappears under suspicious circumstances. The case causes a stir within the NCIS team and they all attempt to find out about Gibbs' past life, much to his irritation.|
|194||8||"Engaged (Part I)"||James Whitmore, Jr.||Gina Lucita Monreal||November 8, 2011||908||20.38|
|A C-130 carrying the bodies of Marines killed in Afghanistan crashes. The team is stretched to the maximum as NCIS is given twenty-four hours to identify the bodies before they are released to their families, but complications arise when one of the bodies cannot be identified, and 1st Lt Gabriella Flores, a Marine who was supposedly killed in an attack on a local school-building project, remains unaccounted for. Accessing satellite footage of the bombing, the team realize that Flores is still alive, having tried to save two young girls – but moments later, she is captured by insurgents. McGee and Abby deduce that some of the teachers in Flores' school-building project are actually female insurgents and Taliban-sympathizers sent undercover by a small but highly organized terrorist cell to infiltrate the school. The episode ends with NCIS preparing a rescue mission to save Flores. The case affects the team on a more personal level, especially Gibbs, who reminisces about his time in the Marine Corps.|
|195||9||"Engaged (Part II)"||Tony Wharmby||Gary Glasberg||November 15, 2011||909||20.00|
|Gibbs and Ziva travel to Afghanistan in search of Gabriella Flores. Flores is successfully rescued, but her commanding officer is killed in the process. Back in Washington, Tony discovers that the woman who held Flores hostage has a brother, a university student based locally, and both are members of the same terrorist group. The team continue interrogating the siblings but to no avail. Gibbs, with some help from Vance, takes matters into his own hands as the team races against time to find out the terrorists' next move. DiNozzo attempts to conquer one of his phobias while Gibbs relives a painful memory from his days as a young recruit.|
|196||10||"Sins of the Father"||Arvin Brown||George Schenck & Frank Cardea||November 22, 2011||910||18.50|
|Tony's father awakes to find a dead body in car trunk and has no memory of the previous night. Tony is sidelined during the investigation, much to his annoyance. After clearing DiNozzo Sr., the team must find out who drugged him and why. The episode ends with both DiNozzos spending Thanksgiving at Gibbs' house.|
|197||11||"Newborn King"||Dennis Smith||Christopher J. Waild||December 13, 2011||911||19.13|
|When a Navy captain is killed in a hotel room, NCIS must track down and protect his very pregnant companion from unknown assailants. The team has to contend with terrible weather conditions and having to work on Christmas Eve while back at headquarters, Jimmy is frustrated by his difficult future father-in-law.|
|198||12||"Housekeeping"||Terrence O’Hara||Scott Williams||January 3, 2012||912||19.81|
|The investigation of a Navy Commander's murder leads the team to E.J. Barrett to reopen their investigation into Agent Stratton.|
|199||13||"A Desperate Man"||Leslie Libman||Nicole Mirante-Matthews||January 10, 2012||913||21.03|
|NCIS investigates the death of a Navy lieutenant whose body was found at a construction site.|
|200||14||"Life Before His Eyes"||Tony Wharmby||Gary Glasberg||February 7, 2012||914||20.98|
|During a routine stop in a diner for his morning coffee, Gibbs finds himself shot. He then suddenly finds himself inside a spectral version of the diner where he sees various characters from the past and present, both living and dead.|
|201||15||"Secrets"||Leslie Libman||Steven D. Binder||February 14, 2012||915||19.59|
|When a Navy Captain is found dead with an unusual costume under his uniform, Tony must work with his ex-fiancée to find the killer.|
|202||16||"Psych Out"||Dennis Smith||Teleplay by: Reed Steiner
Story by: Gary Glasberg & Reed Steiner
|February 21, 2012||916||19.29|
|Dr. Robert Banks, a prominent Navy psychologist, is found dead from an apparent suicide. Gibbs and his team look into the world of psychological warfare when Dr. Samantha Ryan, the head of PsyOps, refuses to answer questions or release information to aid the case.|
|203||17||"Need to Know"||Michelle MacLaren||George Schenck & Frank Cardea||February 28, 2012||917||18.20|
|When Chief Petty Officer Wiley is murdered before he can divulge information about infamous arms dealer Agah Bayar, Gibbs is immediately on the case.|
|204||18||"The Tell"||Thomas J. Wright||Gina Lucita Monreal||March 20, 2012||918||19.06|
|When a shooting occurs at a seminar on Gibbs' and Tony's watch, Gibbs must work together with both Secretary of the Navy (Matt Craven) and Dr. Samantha Ryan (Jamie Lee Curtis) to find out who leaked top secret information and McGee must pit his wits against an elusive and cunning hacker.|
|205||19||"The Good Son"||Terrence O'Hara||Nicole Mirante-Matthews & Scott Williams||March 27, 2012||919||18.62|
|During the investigation into a petty Officer's death, the team is led to Director Vance's Brother-in-law.|
|206||20||"The Missionary Position"||Arvin Brown||Allison Abner||April 10, 2012||920||17.66|
|After the corpse of a Marine lieutenant falls out of the sky, Tony helps Ziva and her mentor, Monique, look for a missing Navy Chaplain in Colombia. Jimmy Palmer chooses his best man for the wedding.|
|207||21||"Rekindled"||Mark Horowitz||Christopher J. Waild & Reed Steiner||April 17, 2012||921||18.08|
|NCIS is called in when the Baltimore Fire Department discovers a stack of classified Navy documents next to a skeleton after putting out a warehouse fire. Tony, a former Baltimore PD detective, returns to his former stomping ground and unexpectedly reunites with someone from his past.|
|208||22||"Playing with Fire"||Dennis Smith||George Schenck & Frank Cardea||May 1, 2012||922||17.58|
|In the aftermath of the arson attack aboard the USS Brewer, the NCIS team discovers evidence of it being caused by the same arson explosive from earlier.|
|209||23||"Up in Smoke"||James Whitmore, Jr.||Steven D. Binder||May 8, 2012||923||18.20|
|When a bug is found in Probationary Agent Ned Dorneget's tooth, the team goes full force in the effort to arrest Harper Dearing.|
|210||24||"Till Death Do Us Part"||Tony Wharmby||Gary Glasberg||May 15, 2012||924||19.05|
|Jimmy Palmer's wedding plans are derailed when he and his co-workers at NCIS are threatened by terrorism.|
|Original air date||Viewers
|"Nature of the Beast"||September 20, 2011||19.96||1||3|
|"Restless"||September 27, 2011||19.51||1||2|
|"The Penelope Papers"||October 4, 2011||19.35||1||2|
|"Enemy on the Hill"||October 11, 2011||18.98||1||1|
|"Safe Harbor"||October 18, 2011||19.41||1||1|
|"Thirst"||October 25, 2011||19.43||1||4|
|"Devil's Triangle"||November 1, 2011||19.71||1||3|
|"Engaged (Part I)"||November 8, 2011||20.38||1||2|
|"Engaged (Part II)"||November 15, 2011||20.00||1||2|
|"Sins of the Father"||November 22, 2011||18.50||2||4|
|"Newborn King"||December 13, 2011||19.13||1||1|
|"Housekeeping"||January 3, 2012||19.81||1||3|
|"A Desperate Man"||January 10, 2012||21.03||1||3|
|"Life Before His Eyes"||February 7, 2012||20.98||1||2|
|"Secrets"||February 14, 2012||19.59||1||1|
|"Psych Out"||February 21, 2012||19.29||1||3|
|"Need To Know"||February 28, 2012||18.20||1||2|
|"The Tell"||March 20, 2012||19.06||1||1|
|"The Good Son"||March 27, 2012||18.62||1||1|
|"The Missionary Position"||April 10, 2012||17.66||1||1|
|"Rekindled"||April 17, 2012||18.08||1||1|
|"Playing with Fire"||May 1, 2012||17.58||1||1|
|"Up in Smoke"||May 8, 2012||18.20||1||1|
|"Till Death Do Us Part"||May 15, 2012||19.05||1||1|
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