Following the aftermath of a huge storm, the NCIS team head to the U.S.S. Borealis to investigate the death of the ship's doctor with tensions building when McGee discovers that his estranged father was on board during the incident.
In the midst of a stormy sea the USS Borealis sails through the water.
On board, as various Navy personnel struggle to get their bearings, Captain Peter Vandevere states that the person saw what?!
He then states that no-one, repeat, no-one goes on deck until this passes.
He wonders where someone is before stating that they should get two men out there now.
He also wants the son of a bitch rescued and brought to him.
With that, Vandevere lets go of the phone, staggering against the wall as a Navy officer hangs it up for him.
Meanwhile, the Borealis continues sailing.
Inside, Seaman Eric Landis tells Seaman Mark Forrest that the Captain wants them back inside ASAP.
His friend wonders why they gotta go out there.
The main guy insists that they gotta go because of orders and that the bridge saw someone on deck.
"Orders, my ass!", his friend snaps.
As they head for the main door, he states that this is a full-on, stain-your-shorts, white squall and that his mama didn't raise no fool.
"Your mama's not here", the main man says. "Captain says now so move".
"Let's do it, Forrest", Landis yells.
With that, the two head into the raging storm.
Forrest slips but Landis catches him, Landis also assuring Forrest that he's fine. The two Seaman then connect their belts to a railing and continue walking on.
Meanwhile, the ship keeps sailing through very rough waters.
Forrest and Landis soon reach the edge with Forrest yelling that he can see someone.
After much difficult walking, they arrive at the deck area with a man wearing a Navy uniform is lying on the deck, unmoving.
"Tell the Captain we need a doctor!", Forrest yells.
Landis begins panting while yelling that this is the doctor.
It then cuts to a symbol that confirms that the man is question is indeed a doctor.
Forrest looks surprised.
It then cuts to the doctor who lies on the deck, unmoving.
- McGee's estranged father, Admiral John McGee is introduced for the first time.
- It's revealed that a year has passed since the events in Playing with Fire (episode).
|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.|
|Leon Vance||Rocky Carroll||Director of NCIS.|
|Donald Mallard||David McCallum||Chief Medical Examiner of the NCIS Major Case Response Team.|
|Stanley Burley||Joel Gretsch||NCIS Special Agent trained by Gibbs, he is believed by many to have been DiNozzo's predecessor on the MCRT. This is Gretsch's second reappearance in the series since his debut appearance in High Seas (episode) nearly ten years ago.|
|John McGee||Jamey Sheridan||NCIS Special Agent Timothy McGee's estranged father and an Admiral in the United States Navy.|
|Carlton Mane||Reggie Austin||A Lieutenant in the United States Navy and Admiral John McGee's aide.|
|Daniel Graves||Russell Sams||A Petty Officer Second Class in the United States Navy.|
|Kevin Wyeth||Zane Holtz||A Petty Officer Third Class in the United States Navy.|
|Peter Vandevere||Cooper Thornton||Captain in the United States Navy.|
|LeBron||Ser'Darius Blain||A man who appears in the episode.|
|Eric Landis||Jesse Carere||Seaman in the United States Navy.|
|Mark Forrest||Fernando Rivera||Seaman in the United States Navy.|
|Adam Tepper||Braxton Beckham||A young boy who is friends with McGee.|
|Josh Rosen||Josh Rubenstein||WJGZ Meteorologist.|
|Chelsea Mills||Jackie Johnson||ZNN Meteorologist.|
|EMT (Squall)||Luke White||A man who appears in the episode.|
|Brian Haber||Scott Tracy Griffin||The USS Borealis's ship doctor and also the main murder victim as well as a Commander in the United States Navy.|