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Lost in Translation is the twenty-first episode of NCIS Season 12 and also the 279th episode of the entire NCIS series.


Following the murder of a Marine, the NCIS team investigate and soon discover that the killing in question is linked to a terrorist group in Afghanistan who are holding another Marine hostage overseas, prompting Gibbs and Bishop to head to Afghanistan to save the captured Marine before it's too late while Tony is stunned when he learns that McGee is the new face of NCIS's recruitment brochures.


Marine Joseph Wilkes arrives back home, having been on a jog.

He rings the doorbell, telling the Captain that he's supposed to meet him out front and that he's not the Captain's personal wake-up call.

Wilkes rings the bell again, complaining that he hasn't had his morning coffee yet and that the kid is testing his patience.

Suddenly, thudding is heard coming from inside the house.

Looking in, Wilkes sees David Landis lying on the floor, tied to a chair, blood oozing from a wound coming from Landis's mouth.

"What...?", Wilkes says.

With that, Wilkes then bursts in and rushes over where Landis lies on the floor, unmoving.

"Oh my God", Wilkes mutters.

As this happens, a masked intruder arrives in, hitting Wilkes over the back with a baseball bat.

Not giving up, Wilkes staggers to his feet and slams the intruder against a book case, the two spending the next minutes struggling to get an edge on the other.

The intruder draws a knife and quickly stabs Wilkes in the left side, causing Wilkes to cry out in pain.

As Wilkes hits the floor, the intruder uses that moment to flee.

Left injured, Wilkes can only watch as the intruder flees via the back door of the house.

It then cuts to Landis who lies on the floor, blood oozing from wounds on his neck with his eyes open and glazed over, revealing that Landis is dead.

Act One

Act Two

Gibbs after learning from Marine Gunnery Sergeant Joseph Wilkes that suspect Qasim Naasir is one of theirs.

Act Three

Act Four

Act Five


Series Regulars

Name Portrayed by Role
Leroy Jethro Gibbs Mark Harmon 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.
Timothy McGee Sean Murray (actor) Special Agent of the NCIS Major Case Response Team.
Abigail Sciuto Pauley Perrette Chief Forensic Specialist for the NCIS Major Case Response Team.
James Palmer Brian Dietzen Assistant Medical Examiner for the NCIS Major Case Response Team.
Eleanor Bishop Emily Wickersham NCIS Probationary Agent.
Leon Vance Rocky Carroll Director of NCIS.
Donald Mallard David McCallum Chief Medical Examiner for the NCIS Major Case Response Team.

Recurring Cast

Name Portrayed by Role
Sofia Martinez Alanna Ubach A Senior Intelligence analyst with the NSA.

Other Cast

Name Portrayed by Role
Rasheed Naasir Gabeen Khan A terrorist and Qasim Nassir's brother.
Qasim Naasir Rafi Silver Rasheed Naasir's brother.
Stephen O'Neill Dale Pavinski A Sergeant in the United States Marine Corps.
Joseph Wilkes Michael Marc Friedman A Gunnery Sergeant in the United States Marine Corps.
David Landis Michael Galante A Captain in the United States Marine Corps.
Daniel Collins Ted King A Corporal in the United States Marine Corps who is kidnapped by Rasheed Naasir. Is later rescued.
Armed Lookout James Sayess A man who appears in the episode.
Ken Ashmore John D'Aquino A suspect.
Fowler Colonel in the United States Marine Corps.
Yoga Girl Alixzandra Dove Uncredited role.
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