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Light Sleeper is the fourteenth episode in NCIS Season 3 and also the sixtieth episode of the entire NCIS series.


The NCIS team investigate when the bodies of two Marine wives are discovered in a house on a Navy Base with evidence revealing that both women have been shot. As they search for the killer, the team discover that the other woman as well as the two victims along with a forth person are part of a sleeper cell that is linked to North Korea but not everything is what it appears to be...


In a quiet little neighborhood with the sun, Yoon Dawson arrives back from shopping just as her neighbor, Gina Goodwin passes by while power-walking.

After exchanging greetings with Gina even going misty-eyed over Yoon's baby daughter, the two then head inside with Gina carrying the bag of groceries while Yoon carries the baby.

They try the front door but there's no answer.

Gina soon suggests the back door which gives the two women access at last.

As Gina puts the groceries down and then switches off the kettle, remarking that the kettle was how her aunt burned down her house, Yoon heads into the living room and manages to turn the music down.

Upon turning around, she and Gina get the shock of their lives when they see Yoon's friends, Sun Porter and Ming Crane sitting on the couch, both women dead after being shot at close-range.

It then cuts to one of the woman, Sun who sits there, dead, her features full of disbelief.

Act One

Act Two

Ziva, Tony and Gibbs after discovering that Yoon Dawson, the wife of Marine Staff Sergeant James Dawson has fled her home.

Act Three

Act Four


  • In the scene where Abby is seen explaining the gun and bullets that were found in Sergeant Porter's car, if you look closely, you can see that she's wearing gloves in one scene yet in the next, they're gone.


Series Regulars

Season Three Cast
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.
Abigail Sciuto Pauley Perette A Goth who is also the Chief Forensic Scientist and who also works for the NCIS Major Case Response Team.
Timothy McGee Sean Murray (actor) An NCIS Special Agent previously assigned to the Norfolk Naval Base who is now the Junior Agent of the main NCIS Major Case Response Team.
Jennifer Shepard Lauren Holly The Director of NCIS who was also Gibbs's former girlfriend and partner. Despite being credited, Holly does not appear in this episode.
Ziva David Cote de Pablo The Mossad Liaison Officer to NCIS.
Donald Mallard David McCallum NCIS's Chief Medical Examiner.

Recurring Cast

Name Portrayed by Role
James Palmer Brian Dietzen Ducky's assistant.

Guest Cast

Name Portrayed by Role
Lee Sung Keone Young A North Korean spy and sleeper agent.
Yoon Dawson Esther K. Chae A sleeper agent for the North Koreans.
James Dawson Karl Makinen Yoon's husband.
Malcolm Porter Tim Griffin Sergeant in the United States Marine Corps.
Gina Goodwin Ruth Rudnick The Dawsons and Crane's neighbor.
FBI Stakeout Agent 1 Mark Newsom Uncredited role.
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