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Nine Lives is the fifth episode in NCIS Season 6 and also the 118th episode of the entire NCIS series.


The NCIS team investigate when a Marine is found murdered in his garage but things take a turn when they discover that the main suspect is in fact a witness under the protection of the FBI with FBI agent Tobias Fornell leading the team as the suspect is due to testify against a Mob Boss and the investigation grows even more intense when the suspect is caught, fleeing from a crime scene that has the body of another Marine in it while Ziva's plans for a vacation in Tel Aviv has Tony interested.


Elizabeth Adler is busy jogging down a street in D.C., and as soon as she reaches a house, she stops, obviously out of breath as she begins walking instead.

She then leans over to pick up a newspaper and mutters "Oh, crap" upon noticing that there's a flat tire on her car.

Placing the paper onto top of her car, she opens the door and searches for her tools stored inside her car but finds that the tool box is empty.

Some time later, she knocks on a door, informing Rob that it's Liz from next door but there's no answer.

Adler then heads around to the back of the house, slipping in via a gate. She then heads for the garage, opening the door but finds the place shrouded in darkness.

She then calls for Rob but again there's no reply.

She tries to switch the lights out but the power's gone.

Alder then heads inside, approaching a table where various tools and a tool box are sitting. She then opens the tool box but is disgusted to find that it's covered in some liquid.

She then wipes it on her sports jumper.

She then finds a tool drenched in more liquid and wipes her right hand on her pants.

Grabbing a big worklight on the table, Alder switches it on before shining it over the toolbox where it's discovered that all the tools are drenched in blood.

She then realizes to her horror that blood is on her jumper and pants too.

Alder staggers but then ends up bumping into the lifeless of Sergeant Robert Brewer who hangs suspended from the ceiling, gagged, his arms bound and his chest soaked.

It then cuts to an overhead shot showing Alder looking at Brewer's lifeless body while she continues screaming hysterically.

Act One

Gibbs after learning that suspect, retired Marine Sergeant Jack Kale is in fact being guarded by the FBI, one of whom is FBI agent Tobias Fornell.

Act Two

Act Three

Act Four

The apartment is now a crime scene and as McGee takes photographs, DiNozzo tells McGee that it was nothing like a good manicure.

Ziva then calls Tony's name and then throws him an evidence bag containing fingernails while grimly remarking that this was nothing like a good manicure.

Act Five


  • At the scene following the opening credits, Ziva is talking on the phone in Hebrew. The conversation goes by Ziva saying in an upset tone: "But that's not what we agreed on" to which the person on the line responds "excuse me Miss". Ziva yells at the phone stating that she is done with him, then murmuring frustratingly to herself: "What an ass".
  • At the end of the episode while Tony and Ziva sits at their desks, Tony wishes Ziva "Nesiya tova", which can be translated as "Have a good trip".

Major Events

  • Abby reveals that she has a niece.
  • McGee reveals that he has a friend named Richie at the U.S Marshal's Office.
  • Abby hints that she has an interest in mold.
  • Tony finds a photo of Ziva's Mossad partner and boyfriend, Michael Rivkin.


Series Regulars

Name Portrayed by Role
Leroy Jethro Gibbs Mark Harmon NCIS 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.
Ziva David Cote de Pablo Mossad/NCIS Liaison Officer and a member of the NCIS Major Case Response Team.
Timothy McGee Sean Murray (actor) Junior Special Agent of the NCIS Major Case Response team.
Abigail Sciuto Pauley Perrette Forensic Specialist associated with the NCIS Major Case Response Team.
Leon Vance Rocky Carroll Director of NCIS. Despite being credited, Carroll doesn't appear in the episode.
Donald Mallard David McCallum Chief Medical Examiner associated with the NCIS Major Case Response Team.

Recurring Cast

Name Portrayed by Role
Tobias Fornell Joe Spano Supervisory Agent with the FBI.
James Palmer Brian Dietzen Assistant Medical Examiner, NCIS.
Michael Rivkin Merik Tadros Mossad Agent. Uncredited role.
Cindy Ames Gina St. John Reporter with ZNN.

Other Cast

Name Portrayed by Role
Jack Kale Jon Huertas Sergeant in the United States Marine Corps.
Rick Azari Ray Abruzzo Mob Boss.
Elizabeth Adler Mercedes Renard The woman who discovered the body of Robert Brewer. 
Stefano DelMar Mark Allan Stewart Guard to Azari and his successor.
Bruce Rivers Matthew Mahaney FBI Agent.
FBI Administrative Assistant Lauren Rose Lewis FBI Employee.
Rose Woodhouse Naama Kates Uncredited Appearance.
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