NCIS (2003– )
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A Navy recruiter dies after becoming shoved down a staircase at a high school in Fairfax, Virginia; Gibbs and company investigate. Dr. Magnus, Ducky's predecessor, visits. Gibbs and the gang eventually figure it out and finger the bad guy.


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Donald P. Bellisario (created by), Don McGill (created by) | 1 more credit »




Episode cast overview:
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
David McCallum ... Donald Mallard
Bob Newhart ... Doctor Walter Magnus
John Posey ... Lance Simmons
Guy Wilson ... Paul Simmons
Jonathan Goldstein ... Glenn Block
Andi Carnick ... Penny Block
Sean Blakemore ... Navy Chief Petty Officer Jerome Carr
Tonja Kahlens ... Nina Craig
Chad Michael Collins ... Navy Petty Officer First Class Simon Craig


After a college fair at a high school, in Fairfax, Virginia, in the burbs of Washington, DC, a disguised unknown assailant shoves a Navy recruiter, Simon, a petty officer first-class, down a staircase and then crushes his skull; Gibbs and company investigate. Dr. Walter Magnus, Ducky's predecessor, sad and confused, suffering from Alzheimer's disease, visits, and he offers advice. Tony and McGee pursue one unpleasant and unproductive lead, then Tony and Ziva meet one of Simon's friends, who leads the gang to another person, who also proves to be a dead end. Tony and Ziva visit another suspect, who tries to escape. Gibbs and the gang eventually figure it out, confront the killer, and help to recruit a new sailor. Written by DocRushing

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Release Date:

18 January 2011 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Clarita, California, USA

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


First aired one month (almost to the day) after the Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act was signed. DADT officially ended six months (again almost to the day) after the air date. See more »


The recruitment pamphlets the Petty Officer hands to the high school student in the opening scene, as well as those later strewn about in the stairwell, are Marine Corps publications, not Navy. The Marine Corps Emblem, the Eagle, Globe and Anchor, are clearly visible on the front. See more »


Doctor Walter Magnus: Unbelieveable. What I would have give for a- a piece of hardware like her - I mean like this.
Dr. Donald Mallard: Well you were part of a different era, Walter
Special Agent Jethro Gibbs: Ah Hell, Doctor, nothing to be ashamed of.
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References Alien (1979) See more »


The Wheels on the Bus
Performed by Michael Weatherly (as Anthony DiNozzo)
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a magnificent performance by Bob Newhart
14 September 2014 | by DocRushingSee all my reviews

Bob Newhart, the well known and well beloved long-time button-down comedian, makes a magnificent performance in a serious dramatic role as Dr. Walter Magnus, the predecessor of the Duckman as the staff forensic pathologist at the headquarters of the NCIS. Newhart's vocalization, including his signature pauses and patterns, along with his facial expressions and other habits and tendencies, are easily recognizable, all of which priceless assets he beautifully transfers from his usual comedic playground to a serious character in a dramatic context. His portrayal of a sad, aging, somewhat confused man with Alzheimer's disease is particularly touching. Kudos to Newhart for a sterling performance!

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