NCIS (2003– )

South by Southwest 

An agent of the NCIS dies in an execution-style shooting; Gibbs and company investigate. A radioactive painting provides clues, and an impostor federal agent causes trouble, but Gibbs and Tony, on horseback, and the others break the case.


Thomas J. Wright


Donald P. Bellisario (created by), Don McGill (created by) | 2 more credits »


Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Mark Harmon ... Leroy Jethro Gibbs
Michael Weatherly ... Anthony DiNozzo
Cote de Pablo ... Ziva David
Pauley Perrette ... Abby Sciuto
Sean Murray ... Timothy McGee
Rocky Carroll ... Leon Vance (credit only)
David McCallum ... Donald Mallard
Lance Henriksen ... Sheriff Clay Boyd
Tim Guinee ... Bartholomew Lemming / Jerome Sax
Mira Furlan ... Dina Risi
Patrick St. Esprit ... Commander Weidman
Robert Ri'chard ... Seaman Richard Zell
Barry Livingston ... Bartholomew Lemming
Matt Miller ... NCIS Special Agent Jack Patterson
Zach Lewis ... NCIS Mailroom Clerk Roy




Jack Patterson, a special agent of the NCIS, dies on a sidewalk in Washington, DC, in an execution-style shooting right after he drops a package into a mailbox. Abby says that Jack was on his way to meet her; soon she receives the carton from Jack, which contains a painting, which Abby finds to be radioactive. Gibbs interviews a man who introduces himself as an agent of the US Department of Homeland Security (DoHS). Abby learns that the slugs in Jack's body match a handgun used in an unsolved murder in Arizona two years ago; Gibbs and Tony go to Arizona and meet the artist. The real agent of the DoHS shows up in the squad bay; McGee alerts Gibbs, who, while on horseback with Tony, soon receives gunfire from a helo, and they return fire and crash the bird. Gibbs and Tony rescue the artist from harm, and they and the rest of the gang finish putting together the pieces of what happened. Written by DocRushing

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The helicopter that was used at the end of the episode was a Eurocopter AStar 350 B2 (N67TV) and is currently used by Helinet Aviation. See more »


After Ziva and McGee call Gibbs to warn him that the assassin is closing in on the AZ party, Gibbs hangs up his satellite phone. After the chase is over, McGee is in MTAC shouting to ask if they are all alright and Gibbs answers them as if still on the phone call from earlier. See more »


NCIS Special Agent Anthony DiNozzo: [after mounting a horse] He's going... He's going... Uh oh... Oh no. Sheriff, I think he lost a contact.
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References Dead Man (1995) See more »


NCIS Theme
Performed by Numeriklab
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Release Date:

24 February 2009 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Clarita, California, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital (Dolby 5.1)



Aspect Ratio:

16 : 9
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