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Recruited is the twelfth episode in NCIS Season 8 and the 174th episode of the entire NCIS series.


The team investigate the death of a naval recruiter on a high-school campus while Ducky's mentor and predecessor pays a surprise visit to the NCIS building.


At the William Tyler High School, a college fair is being held with numerous kids and their parents examining various workshops.

At one stand, Petty Officer First Class Simon Craig tells a young girl named Allison that the most valuable asset in America's Navy today is its personnel and that they're smart, dedicated young people just like Allison herself, the best their country has to offer.

He then gives her some small fliers and tells her to take them home and read them with her parents.

He also states that she's got a big decision to make.

Allison thanks Craig before she leaves.

As she heads off, she gives Craig one final look with Craig waving.

Once she's gone, Craig begins disassembling his stand.

A while later, Craig heads down a stairway, carrying a box of small items.

Meanwhile, a lone figure stands there, waiting before they follow Craig.

In the stairway, Craig is heading downstairs when someone claps their hand on his shoulder with Craig instantly apologizing, remarking that he didn't see them there.

The figure just pushes Craig down the stairs, the impact causing Craig to drop his box and the items to scatter everywhere.

Once Craig is at the bottom, the figure rushes down to the area, passing over the items.

Craig himself lies on the ground, stunned, blood emerging from his head as well as his nose and mouth. He's also weakly gasping, implying that the wounds may be fatal with Craig begging for help.

The hooded figure stands over him.

Craig attempts to ask the figure for help but the figure doesn't reply.

Instead, the figure has its boot raised.

It then cuts to a shot of the boot which seconds later comes down in a sickening stomp, killing Craig.

Act One

Gibbs upon meeting Dr. Walter Magnus, Ducky's predecessor at the crime scene.

Act Two

Act Three

Tony emerges from the bathroom and meets McGee with Tony wondering if McGee broke Zanetti.

McGee states that he offered to drop the lumber assault charge if Zanetti confessed to Craig's murder.

Act Four

Act Five

Major Events

  • Vance returns to work and it's shown that he is walking with a cane to aid his recovery.
  • The team meets Ducky's predecessor Dr. Walter Magnus.
  • McGee reveals that in addition to being allergic to poison ivy, he's also allergic to sawdust.


  • Bob Newhart (Walter Magnus) is credited as a Special Guest Star.
  • The song that plays during the last minutes of this episode is Lady Antebellum- Hello World.


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 Agent and second-in-command of the NCIS Major Case Response Team.
Ziva David Cote de Pablo NCIS Probationary Agent and also 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 Chief Forensic Specialist of the NCIS Major Case Response Team.
Leon Vance Rocky Carroll Director of NCIS.
Donald Mallard David McCallum Chief Medical Examiner of the NCIS Major Case Response Team.

Other Cast

Name Portrayed by Role
Walter Magnus Bob Newhart Dr. Mallard's mentor and predecessor as NCIS Chief Medical Examiner.
Lance Simmons John Posey Paul Simmons's father.
Paul Simmons Guy Wilson Lance Simmons's son.
Glenn Block Jonathan Goldstein (actor) Penny Block's husband.
Penny Block Andi Carnick Glenn Block's wife.
Jerome Carr Sean Blakemore Chief Petty Officer in the United States Navy.
Simon Craig Chad Michael Collins The main murder victim and a Petty Officer First Class in the United States Navy.
Nina Craig Tonja Kahlens Simon Craig's sister.