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A Thousand Words is the 7th episode of NCIS Season 16 and also the 361st episode of the entire NCIS series.


After a mural by a street artist and activist is stolen, the NCIS investigation leads to a conspiracy regarding a Navy contractor and the safety of ocean mammals while Bishop shares a special connection with the street artist.


Act One

Act Two

Act Three

Gibbs after Melanie Keller has revealed to him and Bishop that she is Ritz.

Act Four

Act Five


  • Melanie Keller a.k.a. "Ritz" appears to be based on iconic street artist and political and social activist Bansky. Banksy is an unidentified street artist active in England notable for his spray paint graffiti and sculpture works meant to call out heavily publicized and impactful controversies and matters. The unknown artist has gained a massive following, has his own website, and has even had a picture based on his work auctioned off, even after he arranged for it to be shredded with a trap in the frame the very moment it was sold the first time.
  • This is the second time Abbie Cobb and Ian Alda have appeared alongside each other, the first being in the NCIS: Los Angeles Season 4 episode, "The Fifth Man".


Series Regulars

Name Portrayed by Role
Leroy Jethro Gibbs Mark Harmon Special Agent in charge of the NCIS Major Case Response Team.
Timothy McGee Sean Murray Senior Special Agent and second-in command of the NCIS Major Case Response Team.
Nicholas Torres Wilmer Valderrama Special Agent for the NCIS Major Case Response Team.
Eleanor Bishop Emily Wickersham Special Agent for the NCIS Major Case Response Team
Jacqueline Sloane Maria Bello NCIS Forensic Psychologist
James Palmer Brian Dietzen Medical Examiner for the Major Case Response Team
Kasie Hines Diona Reasonover NCIS Forensic Specialist; Abby's replacement
Leon Vance Rocky Carroll Director of NCIS
Donald Mallard David McCallum Chief Medical Examiner for the NCIS Major Case Response Team.

Other Cast

Name Portrayed by Role
Melanie Keller Abbie Cobb Street artist.
Luke Green Ian Alda
Carrie Lewis Judith Moreland
Annie Sullivan Jeryl Prescott
Glenn Webb David Paluck Director
Zach Bill O'Neill
Manny Barnes Luke Jones
Big Bouncer Shel Bailey
Telemarketer 1 Adam Kaiz
Telemarketer 2 Lisa Dring
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