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47 :03x01 - Kill Ari (Part I)

Sep/20/2005
While the NCIS team deals with Kate's death, Gibbs' determination to finally put an end to Ari's (guest star Rudolf Martin) reign of terror mounts, on the third season premiere of NCIS.

Though he has no concrete evidence that the sniper was Ari, Gibbs is haunted by the thought that the bullet that killed Kate was meant for him. As the team works to collect all the evidence they can in an effort to stop Ari, each of them is forced to confront their emotions about Kate's violent death. Meanwhile, the director of NCIS informs Gibbs he will be leaving to take on a new position and introduces him to his new boss, Jenny Shepard (Lauren Holly), a woman with whom Gibbs has a sordid past.
Special Guest Stars: Sasha Alexander as Special Agent Caitlin "Kate" Todd | Rudolf Martin as Ari Haswari |
Guest Stars: Pancho Demmings as Gerald Jackson | Cote de Pablo as Mossad Agent Ziva David | Alan Dale as NCIS Director Tom Morrow | Lauren Holly as NCIS Director Jenny Shepard |
Co-Guest Stars: A.J. Tannen as Mossad Agent
Director: Dennis Smith

48 :03x02 - Kill Ari (Part II)

Sep/27/2005
Ari (guest start Rudolf Martin) continues to wreak havoc on the NCIS team as he uses its members as pawns in the game he is playing with Gibbs.

Gibbs, who is still haunted by images of Kate's death, is determined to stop Ari after he and Director Shepard are the target of sniper fire and Ducky is lured out of the NCIS headquarters by the terrorist. Though Gibbs is still uncertain of Ziva's connection to Ari, she becomes an invaluable asset when Gibbs finally comes face to face with his arch nemesis.
Special Guest Stars: Sasha Alexander as Special Agent Caitlin "Kate" Todd | Rudolf Martin as Ari Haswari |
Guest Stars: Lauren Holly as NCIS Director Jenny Shepard | Joe Spano as Senior FBI Agent T.C. Fornell | Cote de Pablo as Mossad Agent Ziva David | Gloria Votsis as Dana | Pancho Demmings as Gerald Jackson | Alan Dale as NCIS Director Tom Morrow

49 :03x03 - Mind Games

Oct/04/2005
Gibbs is ordered to meet with a convicted serial killer three days away from his execution in order to find out crucial information before he dies.

Under order from the Governor of Virginia, a skeptical Gibbs is forced to meet with a serial killer he helped to convict a decade before under the pretense that the killer will tell Gibbs where he hid missing bodies and give closure to the families before his death. Gibbs' instinct is correct when the killer is coy and doesn't reveal what he promised. Nonetheless, Gibbs has an NCIS team in place to re-investigate the possible locations of the victims. When a crucial piece of information is discovered, Abby and McGee use their expertise to attempt to pinpoint where the bodies might be.
Guest Stars: Jessica Steen as Special Agent Paula Cassidy | Tom Wright as Warden Sam Kelleher | Scott Williamson as Virginia Governor Charles Norin | Christopher Shyer as Kyle Boone | Lawrence Monoson as Adam O'Neill | Chad E. Donella as John Briggs |
Co-Guest Stars: Stephanie Mello as NCIS Tech Cynthia Sumner

50 :03x04 - Silver War

Oct/11/2005
Gibbs and the team are called in when a recently deceased man is found encased in a Civil War-era tomb.

Gibbs and the team discover that the corpse inside the cast-iron tomb is that of a missing Staff Sergeant who, according to Ducky, was buried alive. Using cell phone records from a phone found inside the casket, Abby tracks the victim's final phone calls to a bank and safety deposit box that contains a map the Staff Sergeant died protecting. Meanwhile, Director Shepard informs Gibbs that Agent David will now be a full-time member of his team.
Guest Stars: Lauren Holly as NCIS Director Jenny Shepard | Brian Dietzen as Jimmy Palmer | Burnadean Jones as Sally Smith | Jason Grutter as Camera Man | Larry Clarke as Director | Robert Blanche as Brett Willis | John Berg as General Grant | Barbara Niven as Dr. Elaine Burns |
Co-Guest Stars: Byrne Offutt as Judd Kearns |
Uncredited: Vivienne Bellisario as Mysterious Redhead
Director: Terrence O'Hara
Story: Joshua Lurie | Teleplay: John C. Kelley

51 :03x05 - Switch

Oct/18/2005
The NCIS team is called in when a Petty Officer is brutally gunned down on the freeway.

As the investigation unfolds, Gibbs and the team discover that the Petty Officer had been living a double life and had switched identities with a former colleague whose job of illegal transporting gives the team their first lead to the murderer. But the break in the case is short-lived when Abby uncovers a message the Petty Office left before dying that leads them in an entirely different direction.
Guest Stars: Wilson Bethel as P.O. John Kirby | Brian Dietzen as Jimmy Palmer | Andrew Caple-Shaw as P.O. Jerry Smith | Merritt Wever as Wendy Smith | Geoffrey Lower as Navy Cmdr. Robert Morris | Richard Whiten as Police Lt. Jody Hampton |
Co-Guest Stars: Maria Bertrand as Young Woman | Vern Urich as Nervous Man
Writer: Gil Grant

52 :03x06 - The Voyeur's Web

Oct/25/2005
Gibbs and the team investigate the murder of Marine's wife that appears to have been broadcast over the Internet, on NCIS.

The NCIS team discovers that two bored housewives, whose husbands are serving in Iraq, have been running an Internet sex site from their bedrooms. With both women now missing and an Internet file of what appears to be a murder, Gibbs and the team decide to track down the webmaster and follow the money in order to locate the murderer.
Guest Stars: Lauren Holly as NCIS Director Jenny Shepard | Martin A. Papazian as Sgt. Jake Roberts | Brian Dietzen as Jimmy Palmer | John Eric Bentley as Captain Arthur Caldwell | Bradley White as Bart Powell | Michael Bellisario as Charles Sterling | Nat Faxon as Carter Finch | Brittney Powell as Jamie Carr |
Co-Guest Stars: Stephanie Mello as NCIS Tech Cynthia Sumner | Malik Kirkwood as Skateboard Kid #2 | Colby Paul as Skateboard Kid #1 | Mikki Padilla as Leanne Roberts
Director: Dennis Smith
Writer: David North
Songs: Goldfrapp -- Ooh La La

53 :03x07 - Honor Code

Nov/01/2005
Gibbs and the team investigate when a 6-year-old boy informs NCIS his father has been kidnapped.

Gibbs quickly develops a unique bond with the young boy whose missing father is a Lt. Commander working as the Navy's liaison with a defense contractor on a highly confidential project called "Honor." The NCIS team discovers that the top-secret program, for which the missing Commander holds the only code, has been hacked and classified data has been removed. As the evidence begins to indicate the kidnapping may be a hoax, Gibbs holds his ground when his gut tells him the Lt. Commander is innocent.
Guest Stars: Lauren Holly as NCIS Director Jenny Shepard | Susse Budde as Laura Osgood | Michael Reilly Burke as Frank Connell | Jack Stehlin as Navy Cmdr. Harry Wilder | Joseph Castanon as Zach Tanner | Michael Bellisario as Charles Sterling |
Co-Guest Stars: Brian Fitzpatrick as Willis Hirst | Mary Matilyn Mouser as Kelly Gibbs | Paul Webster as Lt. Commander Alex Tanner | Dominic Pace as Vincent Pazzo
Director: Colin Bucksey

54 :03x08 - Under Covers

Nov/08/2005
When the bodies of two assassins are delivered to NCIS from overseas, Tony and Ziva assume their identities undercover and engage in a sexy rendezvous at a luxury hotel in order to find their target.
Guest Stars: Lauren Holly as NCIS Director Jenny Shepard | Brian Dietzen as Jimmy Palmer | Joe Spano as Senior FBI Agent T.C. Fornell | Phillip Rhys as Yussif | Eric Steinberg as Marcos Siazon | Michael Bellisario as Charles Sterling | Michelle Krusiec as Maya |
Co-Guest Stars: Sonny Surowiec as C.K. Cord | A.J. Tannen as Mossad Agent | Matthew Kaminsky as Henry Spivey
Director: Aaron Lipstadt

55 :03x09 - Frame-Up

Nov/22/2005
The NCIS team rallies to clear his name when Tony is accused of murder.

When a portion of a female body is found at Quantico, the NCIS team investigates and is shocked to discover that all the forensic evidence points to Tony as the prime suspect. As Abby questions her faith in her science and her ability as a specialist, she makes it her personal mission to prove Tony's innocence and find out who is trying to frame him for murder before it's too late.
Guest Stars: Lindsay Price as Navy Lt. Pam Kim | Randy Wayne as Grant Bridges | Brian Dietzen as Jimmy Palmer | Joe Spano as Senior FBI Agent T.C. Fornell | Elizabeth Bennett (1) as Carla Johnson | Jarrod Crawford as Marine M.P. Sgt. Brooks | Matt Malloy as George Pardo | Don Franklin as FBI Agent Ron Sacks | Michael Bellisario as Charles Sterling |
Co-Guest Stars: Casey Weiant as Mina Campbell | David Brant (2) as NCIS Special Agent David Brant

56 :03x10 - Probie

Nov/29/2005
When McGee kills a man while on assignment, the NCIS team steps in to back him when they discover the man was an undercover police officer.

Gibbs is furious when Director Shepard overrules him and allows the police to run their own investigation on McGee. Determined to clear McGee's name and prove his actions were justified, the NCIS team bands together to protect one of their own. Meanwhile, Tony gets a troublesome phone call from his past.
Guest Stars: Gary Sommers as John Benedict | Stephanie Mello as NCIS Tech Cynthia Sumner | Brian Dietzen as Jimmy Palmer | Christopher Allport as Metro Police Cpt. Dan Karzin | William Gregory Lee as Metro Police Sgt. Keith Archer |
Co-Guest Stars: Taryn O'Neill as Assistant
Director: Terrence O'Hara

57 :03x11 - Model Behavior

Dec/13/2005
Gibbs and the team investigate the murder of a supermodel filming a reality TV show on a Marine base.

At the start of the investigation, the team believes the model may have committed suicide, but they uncover a twisted love triangle involving the Marine staff sergeant working on "Boot Camp Babes," a drug addicted ex-boyfriend and a disgruntled adoptive father, who is also the executive producer of the reality show. Meanwhile, Director Shepard is annoyed when Gibbs doesn't show up at an awards ceremony where he is being honored.
Guest Stars: Judith Shekoni as Natalie Vance | Mini Anden as Hannah Bressling | Brian Dietzen as Jimmy Palmer | John Pleshette as Tom Crawley | Jeffrey Pierce as Marine Sgt. Michael McMannis | Wendy Braun as Cindy Sanchez |
Co-Guest Stars: Stephanie Mello as NCIS Tech Cynthia Sumner | Kent Shocknek as Guy Ross | Gomez Warren IV as AV Tech
Director: Stephen Cragg
Writer: David North

58 :03x12 - Boxed In

Jan/10/2006
While searching a Senegalese ship that they believe is being used to smuggle small arms, Tony and Ziva are captured and locked in a container while the team tries to discover their whereabouts.
Guest Stars: Tony Armatrading as William N'Diaye | James Martin Kelly as Mookie Perkins | Morocco Omari as NCIS Special Agent Thomas Survoy | Daniel Roebuck as Port Security Chief Matthew Lake
Director: Dennis Smith
Writer: Dana Coen

59 :03x13 - Deception

Jan/17/2006
Gibbs and the team are called in on a weekend when a Navy Lt. Commander in charge of a shipment of nuclear weapons is apparently abducted.

The team works to piece together the Lt. Commander's location by tracking a distress call she made from her cell phone. Believing her captors have abducted the Lt. Commander to commandeer the nuclear shipment, NCIS must move quickly to find the missing woman and protect the classified location of the weapons.
Guest Stars: Jesse Plemons as Jason Geckler | Helen Eigenberg as Lt. Cmdr. Amanda Wilkerson | Austin Stout as Tim | Zac Efron as Danny | P.J. Byrne as Ross Logan | Eric Lange as William Lafferty | Phil Morris as Navy Capt. Paul Martino |
Co-Guest Stars: Gary Kraus as Chuck Parnell
Director: Leslie Libman

60 :03x14 - Light Sleeper

Jan/24/2006
When the wives of two Marines are murdered, Gibbs and the team are called in to investigate. While investigating, Gibbs and the team fear the murders are racially motivated. The team works together to find the killer and protect another woman and her newborn baby who they fear are the next targets.
Guest Stars: Ruth Rudnick as Gina Goodwin | Tim Griffin as Marine Sgt. Malcolm Porter | Karl Makinen as Marine Staff Sgt. James Dawson | Keone Young as Lee Sung | Esther K. Chae as Yoon Dawson | Brian Dietzen as Jimmy Palmer
Director: Colin Bucksey

61 :03x15 - Head Case

Feb/07/2006
When NCIS busts an automobile chop shop run by Navy enlisted men, then discover a cooler containing a human head in the trunk of one of the stolen cars. The investigation is hampered by a secretive corporation that has swathed itself in layers of insular legal obfuscation.
Guest Stars: Jamie Martz as Petty Officer First Class Marc Hobie | Scott Atkinson as Lt. Cmdr. Kyle Ross | Ivar Brogger as Simon Katz | Chelsea Field as Jocelyn Wayne | Bruce French as Floyd Vernon | Stephanie Michels (1) as Sean Oliver | Brian Dietzen as Jimmy Palmer |
Co-Guest Stars: Rick Sparks as Seaman Fred Randall | Caleb Brown as Petty Officer Third Class Michael Jones | Thea Rose as Chrissy Wayne | Greta Sesheta as Receptionist
Director: Dennis Smith
Songs: Korn -- Twisted Transistor

62 :03x16 - Family Secrets

Feb/28/2006
Two civilian EMT's are transporting a Marine who died in a car crash but their vehicle erupts in flames when they start driving. The Marine's girlfriend who was in the car with him is still unconscious in the hospital. In the hospital Gibbs and the team meet the Marine's best friend, who may know what really happened.
Guest Stars: Troian Bellisario as Sarah | Michael Holden (1) as Dr. Wayne Dobson | Evan Helmuth as EMT Jeff Beilsman | John L. Adams as EMT Seth Patterson | Brandon Largent as Corporal Kenneth Miller | Conor O'Farrell as William Danforth | Brian Dietzen as Jimmy Palmer |
Co-Guest Stars: Ellen Hollman as NCIS Special Agent Tina Larsen | Jeremy Brandt as Corpsman | Stephanie Mello as NCIS Tech Cynthia Sumner

63 :03x17 - Ravenous

Mar/07/2006
A Park Ranger is taking a group of Boyscouts around Shenendoah National Park, when they stumble upon bear droppings. One of the Scouts pokes around in it, to discover what the bear ate. Instead, he finds dog tags. A search for the remains of a dead Petty Officer ensues.
Guest Stars: Scott Anthony Leet as Jason Edom | Chris Payne Gilbert as Wesley Rowan | Michelle Harrison as Park Ranger Bobby Hendricks | Todd Allen (1) as Park Ranger James Landis | Brian Dietzen as Jimmy Palmer |
Co-Guest Stars: Alex Frost (1) as Jerry
Writer: Ric Arthur
Songs: Jill Tracy -- Evil Night Together

64 :03x18 - Bait

Mar/14/2006
Somehow the NCIS team is called to the scene of a High School where a teenager with a bomb is holding some kids hostage. One of the kids is in need of her inhaler for her asthma, and another student stands up for her. When she goes to the lockers to get it, she's able to tell Gibbs what's going on inside.
Guest Stars: Mauricio Mendoza as Rico Caldas | Alexandra Krosney as Nadia Harcourt | Charles Duckworth as Joe Bennes | Linsey Godfrey as Stephanie Phillips | Jade Carter as Marine Capt. Daniel Wise | Michael Welch as Kody Meyers | Paul Schulze as Marine Major Ken Meyers |
Co-Guest Stars: Stephanie Mello as NCIS Tech Cynthia Sumner | Ruth Zalduondo as Angela Meyers | Charles S. Kim (2) as SRT Sniper
Director: Terrence O'Hara

65 :03x19 - Iced

Apr/04/2006
A Marine is found dead under the ice of a small pond. He was involved with helping kids get out of street gangs and join the Marines. The team gets to work on finding out who was the killer.
Guest Stars: Benjamin Brown as Marine Capt. Arvidas | Austin Majors as Jeremy Hodges | Seth Adkins as Sean Hodges | Aris Alvarado as Tomas Zepeda | Michael Esparza as Marine Lance Corporal Jose Silva | Douglas Spain as Ceasar Bernal | Brian Dietzen as Jimmy Palmer |
Co-Guest Stars: Matthew Iseman as DC Metro Officer Talbot | Suzanne Rico as Reporter
Director: Dennis Smith
Writer: Dana Coen

66 :03x20 - Untouchable

Apr/18/2006
A member of a Department of Defense Crypto unit is found dead, when she was supposed to go in and get interviewed by Gibbs. Gibbs was investigating the unit on suspicion of information leaks to a foreign country. The dead female's roommate and their commander seem shaken up when they learn of her death. Gibbs and the team investigate.
Guest Stars: Adria Dawn as NCIS Tech | Jonathan Fraser as Secret Service Officer Jack Lyon | Mark Harelik as Ron Levinson | Kimberlee Peterson as Navy Lt. Keira Napleton | Scott Paulin as Navy Capt. Kevin Dorn | Nina Foch as Mrs. Victoria Mallard | Brian Dietzen as Jimmy Palmer
Director: Leslie Libman

67 :03x21 - Bloodbath

Apr/25/2006
An older couple is checking into off-base Navy lodging, but when they enter they are shocked to find a gruesome scene. The clerk is immediately under suspicion. We'll also meet Abby's former boyfriend, who's also a goth and runs a crime scene cleanup company.
Guest Stars: Richard Keith as Frank Dreyer | Ken Lerner as Albert Hencheck | Sondra Currie as Lillian Hencheck | Eddie Jemison as Terry Spooner | Mimi Kuzyk as Ginger Stevenson | Vincent Young as Mikel Mawher | Brian Dietzen as Jimmy Palmer |
Co-Guest Stars: Gregory Crane (1) as ERT Member
Director: Dennis Smith

68 :03x22 - Jeopardy

May/02/2006
Tony and Ziva are coming into NCIS headquarters with $5 million and a drugdealer suspect, who dies in the elevator ride up. His brother wants his cash and brother back, but doesn't know he died. When NCIS is not giving in to his demands, he takes extreme measures.
Guest Stars: Tim Russ as Jerry Kemper | Tamara Taylor as NCIS Special Agent Cassie Yates | Alex Nesic as Alex Rudd | Rodney Scott as Brian Dempsey | Connor Trinneer as James Dempsey | Brian Dietzen as Jimmy Palmer |
Co-Guest Stars: Stephanie Mello as Cynthia Sumner
Writer: David North

69 :03x23 - Hiatus (Part I)

May/09/2006
The NCIS is distressed when Gibbs is injured in a terrorist explosion while on assignment. As the team attempts to put their feelings about Gibbs' injury aside and work on the investigation, Tony steps into the role of senior agent, causing a bit of resentment from other team members. Meanwhile, while recovering, Gibbs is flooded with memories of his past that he had long struggled to suppress.
Guest Stars: Jamison Jones as Gelfand | Aloma Wright as Nurse Ethel Washingtown | Darby Stanchfield as Shannon Gibbs | Tess Lina as Nurse Maria Baliad | Jarvis W. George as Navy Lt. Morgan Tolliver | Burt Bulos as Abog Galib | Christopher Maher as Capt. Aris Mahir | Cotter Smith as NCIS Special Agent in Charge Sam Stevens | Muse Watson as NIS Agent Mike Franks | Brett Cullen as Navy Capt. Todd Gelfand | Brian Dietzen as Jimmy Palmer |
Co-Guest Stars: Marcus Reynaga as Paramedic | Mary Matilyn Mouser as Kelly Gibbs | Ariel Felix as Alon ATU | Randy Flagler as Gibbs' C.O | Adam Lieberman as U.S. Customs Officer Cruz
Director: Dennis Smith

70 :03x24 - Hiatus (Part II)

May/16/2006
While Gibbs recovers from an injury caused by a bomb explosion, he experiences temporary memory loss, while his team tries to stop a terrorist group from carrying out a devastating attack on the Navy.

As the team tries to track down the terrorists behind the bombing that injured Gibbs, they learn that the terrorist group is planning another bombing of 9-11 magnitude -- and that Gibbs has information about their plan. Meanwhile, Gibbs receives a visit from his former boss and mentor that conjures up suppressed memories. As Gibbs regains his memory, he finds himself on a race against the clock to fill in the gaps and stop the terrorists.
Guest Stars: Stephanie Mello as Cynthia Sumner | Pepper Sweeney as Jeff Fletcher | Darby Stanchfield as Shannon Gibbs | Tyrees Allen as NSO Deputy Director Dean Welsh | Susan Santiago as Camila Charo | Tess Lina as Nurse Maria Baliad | Jarvis W. George as Navy Lt. Morgan Tolliver | Burt Bulos as Abog Galib | Christopher Maher as Capt. Aris Mahir | Cotter Smith as NCIS Special Agent in Charge Sam Stevens | Muse Watson as NIS Agent Mike Franks | Brett Cullen as Navy Capt. Todd Gelfand | Brian Dietzen as Jimmy Palmer | Alan Pietruszewski as Navy Captain Tom Zill |
Co-Guest Stars: Kevin West as Mario
Director: Dennis Smith
Warning: NCIS guide may contain spoilers
Classification: Scripted
Genre: Crime | Mystery
Status: Returning Series
Network: CBS ( USA)
Airs: Tuesdays at 08:00 pm
Runtime: 60 Minutes
Premiere: September 23, 2003
Episode Order: 24
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