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In The Wind is the 11th episode of NCIS Season 17 and also the 389th episode of the entire NCIS series.


When Phineas disappears, Gibbs gets personally involved with the team becoming increasingly concerned for his well-being.


Act One

Act Two

Gibbs upon realizing that Ziva has returned.

Act Three

Act Four

Act Five

Major Events

  • Gibbs admits to Phineas that his mom had been involved with very bad people when she was killed, with Phineas also running away due largely to Gibbs implying he may end up not taking him in.
  • Ziva delays her departure to Paris to help Gibbs find Phineas, partly because she fears Tali will have forgotten about her, but is later reassured when Tony sends a video message of Tali expressing her love.
  • Torres was revealed to have previously done a deep-cover assignment against a child-trafficking ring, which had affected him to the extent of becoming unusually more aggressive and determined in cases that deal with child abductions, with the only other person knowing about this being Palmer.
  • Ziva finally leaves for Paris to reunite with Tony and Tali and is escorted by Jimmy.


  • Karri Turner who appears in this episode previously played Harriet Simms in NCIS's partner series, JAG.
  • This is the first episode in the series to have another episode taking place on Christmas.


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.
Eleanor Bishop Emily Wickersham Special Agent for the NCIS Major Case Response Team.
Nicholas Torres Wilmer Valderrama Special Agent for the NCIS Major Case Response Team.
Jacqueline Sloane Maria Bello NCIS Forensic Psychologist.
James Palmer Brian Dietzen Chief Medical Examiner for the Major Case Response Team.
Kasie Hines Diona Reasonover NCIS Forensic Specialist.
Leon Vance Rocky Carroll Director of NCIS
Donald Mallard David McCallum NCIS Historian. Despite being credited, McCallum doesn't appear in this episode.

Recurring Cast

Name Portrayed by Role
Ziva David Cote de Pablo Former NCIS Agent.
Mira Sahar Azam Louise Barnes Gibbs's neighbor, Phineas's mother and a terrorist who used the name, "Sarah".
Phineas Jack Fisher Gibbs's neighbor.
Victor Mir Usman Ally Information Broker.
Joe (The North Pole) Jeremy Batiste Security Guard.

Other Cast

Name Portrayed by Role
Jamal Antar Alain Ali Washnevsky Embassy Worker.
Jane (In The Wind) Kate Rene Gleason
Micki Kaydar Karri Turner Phineas's aunt and George Kaydar's wife.
George Kaydar John Gloria Phineas's uncle and Micki Kaydar's husband.
Hurley Zakary Risinger
Tammy Gantry TaiVon McKinney TSA Agent.
Lenny Hap Lawrence TSA Agent.
Ernie Hugo Garcia
Gloria (In The Wind) Monica Day
Kenny (In The Wind) Roland Ruiz
Maureen Yvette Carson
Big Lou Phil Idrissi
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