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Ex-File is the third episode in NCIS Season 5 and also the ninety-seventh episode of the entire NCIS series.

This episode also marks the final appearance of Lieutenant Colonel Hollis Mann up until the Season 11 episode, Kill Chain (episode).


When a Marine Captain is found dead on an Army base with one of the witnesses being Gibbs's third ex-wife, the NCIS team open an investigation to find the killer with Gibbs's past and present relationships threatening to collide with each other.


Stephanie Flynn and Jill Reynolds arrive back from a conference with Jill thanking Stephanie for picking her up.

Once they're inside, they head for the study where Jill's husband, Trent Reynolds is and ask him to turn down the blaring music which Jill eventually turns down.

Stephanie edges closer to say hi to Trent but gets a shock where she discovers that he's dead with an arrow having gone straight through the upper side of Trent's body.

It then cuts to Stephanie who looks greatly horrified at the discovery.

Act One

Act Two

Gibbs after learning from Tony and Ziva that Major Eric Sweigart has been in contact with Jill Reynolds, the wife of murdered Marine Captain Trent Reynolds.

Act Three

Act Four

Major Events

  • Ziva is seen wearing a silver watch for the first time, a watch similar to what Kate wore during her tenure on the team.
  • McGee is also seen wearing a sports-styled watch for the first time.


  • When Abby is exiting the computer area to go back into the main section of her lab and just before Fred Rinnert asks her if she needs help, if you pause it, you can clearly see a reflection of the cameraman and the boom mike man in the glass doors.


Series Regulars

Name Portrayed by Role
Leroy Jethro Gibbs Mark Harmon NCIS 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.
Ziva David Cote de Pablo Mossad Liaison to NCIS and also a member of the NCIS Major Case Response Team.
Timothy McGee Sean Murray (actor) NCIS Junior Special Agent and a member of the NCIS Major Case Response Team.
Abigail Sciuto Pauley Perrette Forensic Specialist, NCIS.
Jennifer Shepard Lauren Holly Director of NCIS.
Donald Mallard David McCallum Chief Medical Examiner, NCIS.

Recurring Cast

Name Portrayed by Role
Hollis Mann Susanna Thompson An Army CID Lt. Colonel.
Kelly Gibbs Brenna Radding Gibbs's deceased daughter.

Other Cast

Name Portrayed by Role
Stephanie Flynn Kathleen York Gibbs's ex-wife.
Fred Rinnert John Mallory Asher A DIA official and also the killer.
Jill Reynolds Lilli Birdsell The victim's wife.
Eric Sweigart Myk Watford A Major in the United States Marine Corps.
Joseph Marsden Robin Dunne A man who works for the DIA.
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Bury Your Dead (episode)Family (episode)Ex-File (episode)Identity Crisis (episode)Leap of Faith (episode)Chimera (episode)Requiem (episode)Designated Target (episode)Lost and Found (episode)Corporal Punishment (episode)Tribes (episode)Stakeout (episode)Dog Tags (episode)Internal Affairs (episode)In the Zone (episode)Recoil (episode)About Face (episode)Judgment Day Part 1 (episode)Judgment Day Part 2 (episode)