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Iceman is the eighteenth episode in NCIS Season 4 and also the eighty-eighth episode of the entire NCIS series.


When a Marine Corporal on Ducky's table awakens despite having been pronounced dead, the team attempt to discover who attacked the Marine.


Holding his briefcase and some milk, NCIS Medical Examiner, Dr. Donald Mallard examines the NCIS morgue which is shrouded in darkness.

Once he's left the milk on a desk and his briefcase on a chair, Ducky heads over to another area of the morgue and switches on an overhead light before grabbing a clipboard on top of the body bag.

He reads the name: Corporal Liam Michael O'Neill with Ducky remarking that that's a good Irish name.

Ducky then tells the body that he's from Scotland and hopes that Corporal O'Neill won't hold that against him.

As Ducky switches on another light, he remarks that the victim was twenty four years old and that O'Neill is too young for them to be meeting on this chilly morning.

Ducky then reads that Corporal O'Neill who was also a United States Marine was found face-down in a snow drift in Montrose Park.

As he heads over to his desk, Ducky wonders how Corporal O'Neill ended up there at 6am in the morning?

As this goes on, Ducky removes his coat, hat and scarf, hanging them up on the coatstand.

Ducky trusts that Corporal O'Neill wasn't stumbling home from a big night out as that would be a tragic waste of a young life.

Once he's hung up his coat, Ducky heads over and grabs some gloves from a box while stating that this is the place where death rejoices in teaching the living.

Once the gloves are on, Ducky moves the overhead light aside and wonders what Corporal O'Neill or Liam can teach them.

Ducky then opens the body bag and sees Corporal O'Neill inside.

Ducky then examines Corporal O'Neill, finding a small bump on top of the Corporal's head before Ducky states that perhaps he spoke too soon.

Ducky then ruses that maybe Corporal O'Neill wasn't the architect of his own destruction.

Suddenly, Corporal O'Neill's eyes snap open and he sits up, gasping for air as the teapot Ducky had on goes off in the background.

It then cuts to Ducky who looks greatly startled.

Act One

Gibbs and Ziva after learning from Mike Franks that Marine Corporal Liam O'Neill is Franks's son.

Act Two

Act Three

Act Four

The warehouse has become a crime scene and as various photos are taken, Ducky remarks that they've got multiple victims with multiple wounds, causing Gibbs to realize that this was a pay and spray.

"Possible", Ducky states before he tells Gibbs that the three men were all dead in a matter of fifteen to twenty minutes before the NCIS team arrived.

Major Events


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 the NCIS Major Case Response Team.
Abigail Sciuto Pauley Perrette Chief Forensic Specialist, NCIS.
Timothy McGee Sean Murray Junior Agent of the NCIS Major Case Response Team.
Jennifer Shepard Lauren Holly NCIS Director. Despite being credited, Holly does not appear in this episode.
Donald Mallard David McCallum Chief Medical Examiner, NCIS.

Recurring Cast

Name Portrayed by Role
Michael Franks Muse Watson Gibbs's former mentor.
Jeanne Benoit Scottie Thompson Tony's girlfriend.

Other Cast

Name Portrayed by Role
Jalil Shaloub Navid Negahban The killer.
Jane Leisten Stephanie Venditto The doctor who treats Liam O'Neill.
Nick Taylor Steven Elder A man who ran an illegal human trafficking ring disguised as an airplane company.
Liam O'Neill Jeremy A. Roberts Victim and a Lance Corporal in the United States Marine Corps who is also Mike Frank's son.
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