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NCIS: The Missionary Position

Following the murder of a Marine, Tony and Ziva join Ziva’s longtime friend and mentor in Columbia in a search for a missing Marine Lieutenant and Navy Chaplain. Meanwhile, Jimmy Palmer decides who will be his best man.

Source: CBS

Episode Info

Episode number: 9x20
Airdate: Tuesday April 10th, 2012

Director: Arvin Brown
Writer: Allison Abner

Alternate Airdates:

CA (Global) Jun 26, 2012
AU (ten) Jul 10, 2012

  • Currently 8.8/10
8.8/10 (12 Votes cast)


Special Guest Stars
Jamie Lee Curtis
As Samantha Ryan

Starring Roles
Brian Dietzen
As Jimmy Palmer

Guest Stars
Asif Ali
As Phil
Ivo Nandi
As Manny Varigan
Jennifer Crystal
As CIA Agent Constance Mazney
John Cothran, Jr.
As Alfred Holbrook
Karina Lombard
As Retired Interpol Agent Monique Lisson
Shane Johnson
As CIA Agent Stephen Wheeler
Suleka Mathew
As Navy Commander Maria Castro

Co-Guest Stars
Martin Morales
As Bellman
Sarah Hudson
As Navy Commander Theresa Wade
Main Cast
Mark Harmon
As Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs
Michael Weatherly
As Special Agent Anthony "Tony" DiNozzo
Pauley Perrette
As Forensics Specialist Abby Sciuto
Sean Murray
As Special Agent Timothy "Tim" McGee
Rocky Carroll
As Director Leon Vance
David McCallum
As Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Donald "Ducky" Mallard
Cote de Pablo
As Special Agent/Former Mossad Liaison Officer Ziva David


The episode begins, a woman's having problems choosing a picnic spot, in the end she manages to find one, but it's a good thing they move because a body falls right where they were, much to their absolute shock and horror. Meanwhile, Jimmy enters the bullpen excited to show off his "so bad it's good" tuxedo and papers for the guys' sizes. He still needs to pick his best man, who hasn’t yet zeroed in on. Gibbs calls with the case and says he'll meet them there. That's because he's still at home, and both he and Samantha are on their ways out—him to the case, her to a meeting. Things are going very well for them, from the look of things. At the crime scene, they find a Chaplain Corps' coin in the victim's, Walter, pocket, with dried blood on it...

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Other Episode Crew

CreatorDonald P. Bellisario  |  Don McGill
Executive ProducerChas Floyd Johnson
Warning: NCIS season 9 episode 20 guide may contain spoilers
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