Destiny's Child is the 1st episode of NCIS Season 16 and also the 355th episode of the entire NCIS series.
It is also the Season 16 premiere episode.
With one month having passed since Vance was kidnapped, Gibbs becomes acting director while the NCIS team searches worldwide for their missing Director.
- One month has passed since Director Vance has been kidnapped.
- Gibbs steps in as acting director while Vance is missing.
- Because of the situation involving Vance's abduction, his daughter Kayla is put under protective custody.
- It was revealed that Gibbs and Sloane deduced that the British ambassador Sybil Rigg was in on The Monster's actions, and exploited this by having Sloane pretend to lose her sanity to Rigg so she would unknowingly have The Monster's position as well as Vance's location tracked.
- It was revealed that Vance was supposed to sign off on a form regarding the installation of the new AC after the events of "Death From Above", but his absence, as well as Gibbs' refusal to sign anything in Vance's absence, resulted in the AC not being activated.
- Vance's daughter, Kayla, appears in this episode.
- The events of this episode are alluded to in the NCIS: New Orleans Season 5 Premiere "See You Soon", where Gibbs informs LaSalle when asked about Director Vance that the latter's "holding up."
- The footage of the strip mall explosion results were reused from the footage of the airport bombing from "Patience".
- This is the fifth NCIS episode and first NCIS Season premiere episode to have the credits appeared in the second act.
Opening Title Sequence
- Pauley Perrette (Abby Scuito) and Duane Henry (Clayton Reeves) are no longer credited, despite leaving in episode 22 of Season Fifteen. Due to this, this is the first time Pauley hasn't been credited in any capacity.
- After appearing in 3 episodes last season, Diona Reasonover (Kasie Hines) has now been added and put between Brian Dietzen (Jimmy Palmer) and Rocky Carroll (Leon Vance) in the seventh billing position.
- Emily Wickersham (Eleanor Bishop) has been put ahead of Maria Bello (Jacqueline Sloane). With Emily now receiving fourth billing and Maria remaining in the fifth billing.
- Due to the departure of Pauley Perrette, Sean Murray (Timothy McGee), Wilmer Valderrama (Nicholas Torres), Emily Wickersham (Eleanor Bishop) Maria Bello (Jack Sloane) and Brian Dietzen (Jimmy Palmer) have each moved up by one billing position. Due to the cast going from ten regular characters to nine, Rocky Carroll (Leon Vance) and David McCallum (Donald Mallard) have also moved up by one billing position.
|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.|
|Nigel Hakim||Pej Vahdat||Diplomat who is secretly a terrorist known as "The Monster."|
|Kayla Vance||Naomi Grace||NCIS Director Leon Vance's daughter.|
|Joey Peanuts||Chad Lindberg|
|Sybil Rigg||Alexa Hamilton||British Deputy Ambassador.|
|Zaiyema||Robin Karfo||Nigel Hakim's mother.|
|Nazy Rickman||Keon Alexander||Nigel Hakim's thug, posing as CIA Special Agent he killed.|
|Richard Hasley||James A. Watson, Jr.||Navy Vice Admiral.|
|Farrel Emerson||Jim Meskimen||Doctor.|
|Myron Holt||Rob Mainord||Bank manager.|
|Emma Thatcher||Lauran September|
|Rod Beecham||Cory Jacob||NCIS Special Agent.|
|Olivia Kahn||Jessica Gardner|
|Leah Siffler||Danielle Rayne||Marine Colonel.|