The team join forces with FBI Agent Tobias Fornell when Gibbs and Fornell's ex-wife, Diane Sterling enlists her exes's help in finding her kidnapped husband, only to discover that an attack may soon take place, sending the team into a desperate race against time to stop the attack before it's too late.
It's late-night in Washington D.C.
At a Beltway Burger drive-by with Kill the Alarm- Dance Across the Sky playing in the background, a car pulls into the drive-through.
The worker states, "Welcome to Beltway Burger. Can I take your order please?".
Victor Sterling tells the worker that he'll take a number ten- extra pickles, extra cheese and extra large fries.
Suddenly, the phone rings.
As he picks it up, Victor switches off the radio, answering the phone while putting it on speaker.
"Hey, honey", Victor says.
His wife wonders where he is.
Victor remarks that he's getting off the Interstate.
"Six-fifty", the worker replies. "Next window".
"Like hell you are", his wife replies. "I heard that. You're breaking your diet again".
As he drives up to the main window, Victor insists that he isn't.
His wife complains that Victor's cholesterol is through the roof.
"Honey, really?", Victor wonders.
The wife wonders what he's doing this for and that he promised her he'd take better care of himself.
As this happens, Victor arrives at the window.
"Come on", he grumbles, handing the worker some money as the wife states that they heard what the doctor said and that he'd get it down or he'll be sorry.
Victor protests, stating one burger's not gonna kill him.
"Victor", the wife says.
Victor states that he's got another call coming in and that he'll call her back.
"Victor, don't you dar..", the wife begins but Victor abruptly ends the call.
The worker then emerges, holding the bag with Victor's food.
Victor tells the worker that she's worried about his health.
Seconds later, the worker fires a dart straight into Victor's neck, causing Victor to cry out, startled.
The worker then lowers the bag, revealing that he's holding a tranquilizer gun.
It then cuts to Victor who slumps forward in the seat, unconscious as the drug takes effect.
In his office, NCIS Director Leon Vance talks to Gibbs and Fornell about the two dead bodies, a missing Homeland Security agent and a lot of cash.
- Diane Sterling, Gibbs and Fornell's ex-wife and Emily Fornell's mother is introduced for the first time.
|Leroy Jethro Gibbs||Mark Harmon||Special Agent in charge of the NCIS Major Case Response Team.|
|Anthony DiNozzo||Michael Weatherly||Senior Special Agent of the NCIS Major Response Team.|
|Ziva David||Cote de Pablo||Junior Special Agent of the NCIS Major Response Team.|
|Abigail Sciuto||Pauley Perrette||Chief Forensic Specialist of the NCIS Major Response Team.|
|Timothy McGee||Sean Murray (actor)||Special Agent of the NCIS Major Response Team.|
|Leon Vance||Rocky Carroll||Director of NCIS.|
|Donald Mallard||David McCallum||Chief Medical Examiner of the NCIS Major Response Team.|
|Tobias Fornell||Joe Spano||Supervisory Agent with the FBI.|
|Carol Wilson||Meredith Eaton||College friend of Abby's.|
|Diane Sterling||Melinda McGraw||Gibbs and Tobias Fornell's ex-wife.|
|Victor Sterling||Tom Gallop||The third and current husband of Diane Sterling.|
|Thomas Pearce||Seth Peterson||A Department of Homeland Security agent.|
|Curtis Hubley||J. Claude Deering||A man who works for Iron Crypt.|
|Ticket Taker||D'Anthony Palms||A man who appears in the episode.|