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Playing with Fire is the twenty-second episode in NCIS Season 9 and the 208th episode of the entire NCIS series.


Following the attack on the U.S.S. Brewer, NCIS with help from both the United States Navy and also the Marine Corps find themselves in a huge race against time to find and stop the mastermind responsible for causing the blast while battling to stop a global crisis that threatens to compromise the safety and security of many United States Navy ships worldwide. When a similar device is found on the U.S.S. Benjamin Franklin which is docked in Italy, Tony and Ziva head to Italy to investigate and in doing so, are reunited with DiNozzo's predecessor as they conduct a search for the man responsible and stop the Benjamin Franklin from suffering the same fate as the Brewer while back in Washington D.C, Gibbs and McGee tackle other aspects of the case.


Act One

Act Two

Act Three

Act Four

Tony after realizing that Burley might have gotten into trouble apprehending a suspect on board the U.S.S. Benjamin Franklin.

Act Five

Major Events

  • Ziva meets Stan Burley in person for the first time.


Series Regulars

Name Portrayed by Role
Leroy Jethro Gibbs Mark Harmon Special Agent in charge of the NCIS Major Case Response Team.
Anthony DiNozzo Michael Weatherly Senior Special Agent of the NCIS Major Response Team.
Ziva David Cote de Pablo Junior Special Agent of the NCIS Major Response Team.
Abigail Sciuto Pauley Perrette Chief Forensic Specialist of the NCIS Major Response Team.
Timothy McGee Sean Murray (actor) Special Agent of the NCIS Major Response Team.
Leon Vance Rocky Carroll Director of NCIS.
Donald Mallard David McCallum Chief Medical Examiner of the NCIS Major Response Team.

Recurring Cast

Name Portrayed by Role
Stanley Burley Joel Gretsch NCIS Special Agent trained by Gibbs.

Other Cast

Name Portrayed by Role
Theodore Tully Nigel Gibbs An Admiral in the United States Navy.
Emma Park (Playing with Fire) Elizabeth Ho Intelligence Analyst attached to NCIS
Andre Fullerton James Harvey Ward An arsonist responsible for attempting to blow up the U.S.S. Benjamin Franklin but fails thanks to Tony and Ziva arresting him. Later gives up the name of the person truly responsible after Gibbs along with Tony and Ziva tell Fullerton that he will be sent to Gitmo.
Vincent Maple Rick Peters A man who appears in the episode.
Mrs. Johnson Karina Logue Bruce Johnson's wife.
Mail Carrier Dan Martin A man who appears in the episode.
Wayne Usher Rob Nagle A man who appears in the episode.
Security Guard (Playing with Fire) Patrick Faucette A man who appears in the episode.
Seaman (Playing with Fire) Tony Christopher A man who appears in the episode.
Tobey Abbott Robert C Sloan One of the victims of the explosion that occurred on the USS Brewer.
Seaman Apprentice (Playing with Fire) Maggie Gwin A woman who appears in the episode.
Harper Dearing Richard Schiff A reclusive billionaire who doesn't actually appear in the episode in person. Appears in a photograph late into the episode.
Ferry Boat Captain Troy Waters
Dobson Angelo Romanelli Master At Arms.
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