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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.


Act One

Gibbs, Bishop and Torres watching footage of Vance.

Act Two

Act Three

Act Four

Act Five

Major Events

  • 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


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.

Recurring Cast

Name Portrayed by Role
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.

Other Cast

Name Portrayed by Role
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.
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