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Defiance is the fifteenth episode in NCIS Season 8 and the 177th episode of the entire NCIS series.


A botched assassination attempt on the life of a Belgravian defense minister, the kidnapping of his daughter who is a college student in the United States and the death of a Marine leads to a very chaotic case for the NCIS team.


As two firemen work on turning the water off, an NCIS Dodge Stratus sits there, abandoned.

In the background, NCIS Special Agent Anthony DiNozzo is examined by a medic while his colleague, NCIS Special Agent Timothy McGee stands there, arms crossed, lost in thought.

Not too far away from McGee is the team leader, Leroy Jethro Gibbs who's busy interviewing a Metro cop.

Seconds later, the water dies down.

An SUV then arrives, its siren blaring.

Out of the back door, NCIS Director Leon Vance emerges, slamming the doors, Vance very pissed off.

At the NCIS Major Case Response Team Truck, Probationary Agent Ziva David is busy getting the equipment together but stops upon seeing Vance.

At the ambulance, DiNozzo looks over.

As Vance arrives, Gibbs emerges.

Vance isn't thrilled, stating that the State Department is breathing down his neck and that he's due in MTAC in 15 minutes to brief the White House.

As this goes on, McGee stands there, his arms crossed while DiNozzo gets up and leaves the back of the ambulance, DiNozzo sporting a big cut in the left side of his forehead.

"Sir..", DiNozzo begins.

Vance tells DiNozzo to shut up.

DiNozzo simply stops talking and leaves as McGee looks on.

Vance then tells Ziva to put the equipment back in the truck and announces that this is an FBI crime scene now.

Looking at Gibbs, Vance states that if this isn't rectified in 48 hours, then he wants DiNozzo and McGee's badges on his desk before he storms off.

It then cuts to DiNozzo who sits in the back of the ambulance, holding a cloth to his head, his expression full of dismay.

Act One

Act Two

Act Three

McGee after witnessing the kidnapping of Adriana Gorgova.

Outside in the hall, Ziva's busy texting someone as she and McGee wait for Adriana to finish up.

Act Four

Act Five

Major Events

  • NCIS holds its annual Blood Drive
  • Abby confronts Tony over his refusal to donate to the Blood Bank and Tony reveals to her that ever since he was in the hospital during the Season 2 episode, SWAK (episode), he has since developed a fear of needles.


  • This episode was dedicated to the memory of Julio Villamariona Garcia, a security guard that died during an accident on the set of the show.
  • In real life, there is no such country in Europe called Belgravia although Belgravia is in fact a district in London.


Series Regulars

Name Portrayed by Role
Leroy Jethro Gibbs Mark Harmon Special Agent in charge of the NCIS Major Case Response Team.
Anthony DiNozzo Michael Weatherly Senior Agent and second-in-command of the NCIS Major Case Response Team.
Ziva David Cote de Pablo NCIS Probationary Agent and also a member of the NCIS Major Case Response Team.
Timothy McGee Sean Murray (actor) Junior Special Agent of the NCIS Major Case Response Team.
Abigail Sciuto Pauley Perrette Chief Forensic Specialist of the NCIS Major Case Response Team.
Leon Vance Rocky Carroll Director of NCIS.
Donald Mallard David McCallum Chief Medical Examiner of the NCIS Major Case Response Team.

Recurring Cast

Name Portrayed by Role
James Palmer Brian Dietzen Assistant Medical Examiner

Other Cast

Name Portrayed by Role
Donna Wolfson Lorraine Toussaint Deputy Director of an unnamed Federal Agency
Adriana Gorgova Elena Satine Gorgova's daughter who had a crush on McGee. It was later revealed that she was in on her own kidnapping due to the fact that she wanted her father not to sign an important treaty.
Andor Gorgova Ray Laska Belgravian Defense Minister and Adriana's father.
Scott Oliver Randy Oglesby Army CID Officer and a Brigadier General responsible for overseeing Minister Gorgova's protection arrangements.
Carl Fleming Christopher Redman Responsible for the assassination attempt on Adriana's father. Is later found dead in the boot of a car.
Judd Stern Nick Eversman Member of Adriana's study group and also the one holding her hostage at the time that NCIS broke into his apartment.
Joe Don Wynn Kevin Cahoon A man who appears in the episode.
Randy Stimson Dave Monahan A Regional Security Officer.
Young Man Teddy Saunders A man who appears in the episode.
Samantha Sarah Edwards A Nurse.