In a Nutshell

First aired
March 10, 2020
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In a Nutshell is the 17th episode of NCIS Season 17 and also the 395th episode of the entire NCIS series.


As the NCIS team investigates the death of a Navy officer murdered the same way as his parents a decade ago, they stumble across a storage container filled with dollhouses that display recreations of murder scenes while they all agree to clean out their living spaces, but some have a harder time saying goodbye to their possessions than others.

Major EventsEdit

  • The team has to donate belongings to the VA, with Bishop being especially eager to get rid of her stuff.
  • Bishop is also revealed to have arranged a secret meet with Odette the day after the case was solved at 6 AM.



Series RegularsEdit

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.

Other CastEdit

Name Portrayed by Role
John Fioscher Gary Hudson Detective who investigated Noah and Claire's parents murders
Claire O’Donnell Abby Carter Noah's sister
Porter Brandt Paul Johansson Martial arts instructor who murdered one of his students and made it look like an accident. Later murdered Petty Officer Noah O'Donnell
Dylan Logan Pepper
Whitley Victoria Barnes
Henry Bennett Damien Leake
Goth Wannabe Allene Quincy
Woman in Cat Sweater Susan Louise O’Connor
News Reporter Danny Max
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