NCIS (season 9)

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NCIS (season 9)
NCIS - The 9th Season.jpg
Season 9 U.S. DVD Cover
Starring Mark Harmon
Michael Weatherly
Cote de Pablo
Pauley Perrette
Sean Murray
Rocky Carroll
David McCallum
Country of origin United States
No. of episodes 24
Release
Original network CBS
Original release September 20, 2011 (2011-09-20) – May 15, 2012 (2012-05-15)
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List of NCIS episodes

The ninth season of the police procedural drama NCIS premiered on September 20, 2011, in the same time slot as the previous season.[1] 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.

Cast[edit]

Main[edit]

Also starring[edit]

Recurring[edit]

Guest appearances[edit]

Episodes[edit]

No. in
series
No. in
season
Title Directed by Written by Original air date Production
code
U.S. viewers
(millions)
187 1 "Nature of the Beast" Tony Wharmby Gary Glasberg September 20, 2011 (2011-09-20) 901 19.96[2]
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 (2011-09-27) 902 19.51[3]
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 (2011-10-04) 903 19.35[4]
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 (2011-10-11) 904 18.98[5]
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 (2011-10-18) 905 19.41[6]

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 (2011-10-25) 906 19.43[7]

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 (2011-11-01) 907 19.71[8]
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 (2011-11-08) 908 20.38[9]
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 (2011-11-15) 909 20.00[10]
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 (2011-11-22) 910 18.50[11]
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 (2011-12-13) 911 19.13[12]
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 (2012-01-03) 912 19.81[13]
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 (2012-01-10) 913 21.03[14]
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 (2012-02-07) 914 20.98[15]
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 (2012-02-14) 915 19.59[16]
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 (2012-02-21) 916 19.29[17]
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 (2012-02-28) 917 18.20[18]
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 (2012-03-20) 918 19.06[19]
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 (2012-03-27) 919 18.62[20]
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 (2012-04-10) 920 17.66[21]
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 (2012-04-17) 921 18.08[22]
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 (2012-05-01) 922 17.58[23]
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 (2012-05-08) 923 18.20[24]
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 (2012-05-15) 924 19.05[25]
Jimmy Palmer's wedding plans are derailed when he and his co-workers at NCIS are threatened by terrorism.

Ratings[edit]

Episode Ratings
Original air date Viewers
(millions)
Rank
Night Week
"Nature of the Beast" September 20, 2011 19.96[2] 1 3[2]
"Restless" September 27, 2011 19.51[3] 1 2[3]
"The Penelope Papers" October 4, 2011 19.35[4] 1 2[4]
"Enemy on the Hill" October 11, 2011 18.98[5] 1 1[5]
"Safe Harbor" October 18, 2011 19.41[6] 1 1[6]
"Thirst" October 25, 2011 19.43[7] 1 4[7]
"Devil's Triangle" November 1, 2011 19.71[8] 1 3[8]
"Engaged (Part I)" November 8, 2011 20.38[9] 1 2[9]
"Engaged (Part II)" November 15, 2011 20.00[10] 1 2[10]
"Sins of the Father" November 22, 2011 18.50[11] 2 4[11]
"Newborn King" December 13, 2011 19.13[12] 1 1[12]
"Housekeeping" January 3, 2012 19.81[13] 1 3[13]
"A Desperate Man" January 10, 2012 21.03[14] 1 3[14]
"Life Before His Eyes" February 7, 2012 20.98[15] 1 2[15]
"Secrets" February 14, 2012 19.59[16] 1 1[16]
"Psych Out" February 21, 2012 19.29[17] 1 3[17]
"Need To Know" February 28, 2012 18.20[18] 1 2[18]
"The Tell" March 20, 2012 19.06[19] 1 1[19]
"The Good Son" March 27, 2012 18.62[20] 1 1[20]
"The Missionary Position" April 10, 2012 17.66[21] 1 1[21]
"Rekindled" April 17, 2012 18.08[22] 1 1[22]
"Playing with Fire" May 1, 2012 17.58[23] 1 1[23]
"Up in Smoke" May 8, 2012 18.20[24] 1 1[24]
"Till Death Do Us Part" May 15, 2012 19.05[25] 1 1[25]

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