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Once Upon a Tim is the 14th episode of NCIS Season 16 and also the 368th episode of the entire NCIS series.


McGee reluctantly visits his old high school after the unique computer password he used as a teenager is linked to the murder of a department of defense contractor. The case escalates when an intruder breaks into McGee's home in an attempt to steal his archaic high school computer.


Act One

McGee after discovering that the victim had one of his old computer passwords.

Act Two

Act Three

Act Four

Act Five

Major Events

  • Tim, while angered at his father for burning his tap shoes, crafted a virus to target the Department of Defense. The virus was later copied and tampered by his old flame Chloe to deposit rounding errors in accounting into a holding account.
  • Tim's dreams, aside from writing books, had also entailed tap dancing.
  • John McGee was revealed to have had desires to be a tap dancer just like his son.
  • Tim was forced to admit to Delilah about the events of What Lies Above (episode) thanks largely to Nicholas Torres and James Palmer.
  • Ellie makes a reference to the events of She (episode) when she says she is in no mood for secrets after learning Ziva David is still alive and is forced to keep it a secret.


  • This episode is billed as the 367th episode, airing after the 368th. Despite this, however, the episode references the events of She (episode) despite it technically occurring after this episode.
  • The original air date was the 12th of February. However, due to the State of the Union address, the previous episode will air on the 12th, pushing this episode back to the 19th.
  • In What Lies Above at the end of the episode McGee hangs ends a call with Delilah and mentions that he had told her about the previous shooting and everything that had happened in their apartment. However this episodes seems to contradict this. As it is never mentioned in the episode there is no way to know if this was an oversight or McGee had lied to the team about telling Delilah.


Series Regulars

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.
Nicholas Torres Wilmer Valderrama Special Agent for the NCIS Major Case Response Team.
Eleanor Bishop Emily Wickersham Special Agent for the NCIS Major Case Response Team
Jacqueline Sloane Maria Bello NCIS Forensic Psychologist
James Palmer Brian Dietzen Medical Examiner for the Major Case Response Team
Kasie Hines Diona Reasonover NCIS Forensic Specialist; Abby's replacement
Leon Vance Rocky Carroll Director of NCIS
Donald Mallard David McCallum Chief Medical Examiner for the NCIS Major Case Response Team. Despite being credited, McCallum doesn't appear in this episode.

Recurring Cast

Name Portrayed by Role
Delilah Fielding Margo Harshman McGee's wife.
John McGee Matthew Glave Navy Commander

Other Cast

Name Portrayed by Role
Mister Lewis Stephen Full
Chloe Crane Audrey Moore
Richard Sullivan John Hartmann DOD IG Inspector.
Braxton Ballard Nathan Woodworth Uncredited role.