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Seek is the eighteenth episode of NCIS Season 10 and the 228th episode of the entire NCIS series.

This is also the second episode to be directed by series regular Michael Weatherly, who plays Anthony DiNozzo, Weatherly having made his directorial debut with the Season 8 episode, One Last Score (episode).

Synopsis

The team investigates the death of a Marine who specialized in K-9 bomb detection who died after being shot in Afghanistan after learning from his wife that the victim sent her a message stating that he feared for his life and as such, Gibbs and McGee along with the victim's dog, Dex, head to Afghanistan to uncover the truth while Vance asks for the team's assistance as he interviews nannies who could look after his children.

Prologue

In a village in Afghanistan, Marine Sergeant Ted Lemere wonders what his dog, Dex is saying and is there anything good?

"Not unless there's a big juicy T-bone somewhere in there", James Virgil says.

As it happens, it shows two Afghan boys playing football.

Lemere tells Virgil that Dex would have to fight Lemere himself for it.

"Would that make a difference?", Virgil wonders. "You want better chow? Because we can have you and Dex eating steaks everyday".

Lemere dismisses it, stating that like he said yesterday, his wife is one Hell of a cook.

As Dex continues sniffing, Virgil tells Lemere to come on and that this is a great opportunity.

Lemere's sure it is but so is getting back home and starting a family.

Virgil wonders why doesn't Lemere make a buttload of money doing the same thing Uncle Sam has Lemere and Dex doing for them right now?

As this happens, the ball heads into the field with one of the Afghan kids rushing after it with Dex barking, alerting Lemere who tells the kid to stop.

The young boy pauses as Dex continues barking.

Seconds later, the ball touches a hidden mine, triggering a huge explosion that has everyone ducking.

An Afghan Mother screams.

Lemere tells Virgil to tell the locals to tell them not to move and that Virgil should keep them back.

As Virgil restrains the mother, Lemere and Dex rush forward.

"Seek, Dex", Lemere orders. "Seek".

Suddenly, Dex spots something has him kneeling down and growling.

Having realized it's a mine, Lemere proceeds on while complimenting Dex.

Meanwhile, the young Afghan boy sits there, his ears covered, presumably frightened by the explosion.

As Lemere and Dex edge closer, Virgil, the Afghan mother and a young Afghan boy look on.

Lemere and Dex eventually reach the Afghan youngster with Lemere urging the young boy to come with him.

As the boy clings to Lemere, the mother and her son, presumably the youngster's brother both look on.

Lemere tells the boy to stay behind him and that he'll be all right.

As they make their way back, Lemere compliments Dex again.

Eventually, they arrive safely out of the mine field with the youngster running towards his mother and brother with the three later embracing.

Virgil claps and runs forward to meet them as Lemere thanks Dex.

For the next few minutes, Lemere continues applauding Dex.

However, the good feeling is shattered when a single bullet emerges out of nowhere, striking Lemere straight in the forehead and sending him to the ground.

As Lemere falls to the ground, Virgil looks around for the sniper but can't find anything.

Lemere simply lies on the ground.

Virgil draws his gun and informs the main area that they have a Marine down at the west end of the village and that they need a corpsman now.

With that, Virgil runs off.

It then cuts to an overhead shot of Dex kneeling beside Lemere, Dex's paw resting firmly on Lemere's chest as Dex begins whimpering.

Act One

Act Two

Act Three

Act Four

Gibbs while in Afghanistan.

Act Five

Tony and Ziva head into Abby's lab with Tony still mimicking Humphrey Bogart.

Major Events

  • It's revealed that Ziva is still tracking Ilan Bodnar.

Cast

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.
Ziva David Cote de Pablo Junior Special Agent 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 of the NCIS Major Case Response Team.
James Palmer Brian Dietzen Medical Examiner Assistant. Credited but does not appear in the episode.
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
Ruby Lemere Kelli Barrett A woman who is the wife of Marine Sergeant Ted Lemere.
Ted Lemere Michael Grant Terry The murder victim and a Sergeant in the United States Marine Corps as well as the husband of Ruby Lemere.
Dale Martens Sterling Jones Captain in the United States Marine Corps.
David Ryan Aaron Jaeger Corporal in the United States Marine Corps.
James Virgil Billy Smith A man who appears in the episode.
Chet Tyber Michael Wiseman A man who appears in the episode.
Norman Pittorino Graham Beckel Marty Hagen's uncle.
Marty Hagen Rod Keller Norman Pittorino's nephew.
Lara Morgan Linara Washington A woman who appears in the episode.
Sandy Sarah Hagan A woman who appears in the episode.
Woman (Seek) Carole Gutierrez A woman who appears in the episode.
Maria Lucy Davenport A woman who appears in the episode.
Afghan Mother Lee Broda A woman who appears in the episode.
Afghan Boy 1 Noble Tabibian A boy who appears in the episode.
Afghan Boy 2 Miles Mendelsohn A boy who appears in the episode.
Dex Unknown dog The dog who accompanies Gibbs and McGee to Afghanistan.
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