Cadence is the fourteenth episode of NCIS Season 12 and the 272nd episode of the entire NCIS series.
A Marine who was also a member of the Remington Military Academy, prompting the NCIS team to investigate. As this happens, DiNozzo finds himself remembering his day as a young teenage student at the Academy while Bishop and her husband, Jake invite Gibbs and the team for a special dinner.
At a lone forest with owls even hooting in the background, leaves are heard rustling.
It then shows a bloodstain being left behind in the snow as someone drags a bag along the ground.
The man then grunts, turning the bag before it reveals that an African-American man was inside the bag with the other man lying on the ground, dead, his lifeless eyes staring up at the sky.
On his hand lies a class ring from an Academy.
It closes up on the hand as time begins to pass.
The camera pulls over again as sirens are heard wailing in the background with a man yelling, "Hey! Over here!" and as a SUV, presumably the park police arrives, the unknown man rushes forward, stating that he's the guy who called.
It then cuts of a shot of the man talking to the police while the body lies there, untouched.
- This is the last episode of the entire NCIS series to be written by Christopher Silber as Silber later left the NCIS writing team and joined the NCIS: New Orleans writing team.
|Leroy Jethro Gibbs||Mark Harmon||Special Agent in charge of the NCIS Major Case Response Team.|
|Anthony DiNozzo Junior||Michael Weatherly||Senior Special Agent and second-in-command of the NCIS Major Case Response Team.|
|Timothy McGee||Sean Murray (actor)||Special Agent of the NCIS Major Case Response Team.|
|Abigail Sciuto||Pauley Perrette||Chief Forensic Specialist for the NCIS Major Case Response Team.|
|James Palmer||Brian Dietzen||Assistant Medical Examiner for the NCIS Major Case Response Team.|
|Eleanor Bishop||Emily Wickersham||NCIS Probationary Agent.|
|Leon Vance||Rocky Carroll||Director of NCIS.|
|Donald Mallard||David McCallum||Chief Medical Examiner for the NCIS Major Case Response Team.|
|Jake Malloy||Jamie Bamber||NSA Agent and Ellie Bishop's husband.|
|Gerald Tanner||Steve Harris (actor)||A man who appears in the episode.|
|Travis Phelps||Brendan Patrick Connor||Called Piggy.|
|Frederick Cantor||Lennie Loftin||Mentor of the murder victim.|
|Lucas Craig||Robert Adamson (actor)||Senior Cadet.|
|Mark Golan||Cameron Jebo||Cadet.|