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Left for Dead is the tenth episode in NCIS Season 1 and the 10th episode of the entire NCIS series.


NCIS investigate when a young woman digs herself out of a grave in Rock Creek Park while also claiming that there's a bomb on board a Navy ship. As they work the case, Kate develops an emotional bond with the woman, unaware that the woman knows more than she's letting on.


Act One

Kate after learning from Abby that the chemicals found on Jane Doe's clothing are also used in high-grade explosives.

Act Two

Act Three

Act Four

Major Events

  • It's revealed that Tony and Ducky have been working together for two years.


  • Michael Edward Rose, who plays the murder victim Walter Richter, would later reappear in the NCIS Season 7 episode, Double Identity (episode) as Marine Major Gordon Holcomb.
  • Series regular Mark Harmon (Leroy Jethro Gibbs) and Sherilyn Fenn ("Jane Doe"/Suzanne McNeil) previously worked together on the 1991 movie "Dillinger", about infamous bank robber John Dillinger. Harmon played Dillinger while Fenn played Evelyn Frechette, a woman associated with Dillinger who later became his girlfriend.


Series Regulars

Name Portrayed by Role
Leroy Jethro Gibbs Mark Harmon An NCIS Special Agent in charge of the main NCIS Major Case Response Team.
Anthony DiNozzo Junior Michael Weatherly The Senior Agent of the main NCIS Major Case Response Team and also the second-in-command.
Caitlin Todd Sasha Alexander A Secret Service Agent previously assigned to the Presidential Protection Detail on Air Force One and who is now an NCIS Special Agent as well as Tony DiNozzo's partner.
Abigail Sciuto Pauley Perette A Goth who is also the Chief Forensic Scientist and who also works for the NCIS Major Case Response Team.
Donald Mallard David McCallum NCIS's Chief Medical Examiner.

Recurring Cast

Name Portrayed by Role
Gerald Jackson Pancho Demmings Assistant Medical Examiner for NCIS.
Andy Kochofis Asante Jones Detective with the Metro Police Department.

Guest Cast

Name Portrayed by Role
Suzanne McNeil Sherilyn Fenn A young woman who's the victim of a murder attempt and who suffers from amnesia after being buried alive.
Stephen Brauer Derek de Lint Suzanne McNeil's boss and also her lover.
Diggar Aldridge Kenneth Tigar The Medical Examiner for the Metro Police Department.
Joel Sanderson Jim Rash A doctor who helps treat Jane Doe/Suzanne McNeil.
Tom Verne Al Espinosa A man who appears in the episode.
Hotel Manager Phil Abrams The manager of the Jackson hotel.
Saleswoman Daniella Kuhn A saleswoman in the clothes store that Kate and Jane Doe go to.
Walter Richter Michael Rose (actor) A worker at the bomb-making company Jane Doe/Suzanne McNeill works at. Is later found dead in a hotel room and it's soon revealed that McNeil is the one who killed him.
Blonde Chemist Elena Jovis A young woman who Tony hits on while he and Gibbs are visiting the bomb making company. Uncredited role.
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