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Thirst is the sixth episode in NCIS Season 9 and the 192nd episode of the entire NCIS series.


When a Navy Lieutenant is found dead, the team suspects that the death was accidental but when Ducky discovers that the victim died from water intoxication, it changes from accidental to murder and the team suspect that a serial killer might be responsible.


As some music plays in the background, a lone truck drives into the night.

Over the radio, Lobo remarks that he's got another one for Road Hog and to come back.

In the truck, Road Hog states that he's here and tells Lobo to lay it on him.

Lobo suggests Jennifer Aniston or Jennifer Lopez with Road Hog admitting that's a tough one and that both would be way out of his league before wondering who he'd be.

"What do you mean, who'd you be?", Lobo wonders. "They'd be them and you'd be you".

Road Hog then wonders couldn't he be Tom Cruise or that Wolverine guy or someone?

"That ain't how this works, Hog", Lobo replies.

Hog then spots upon seeing a man crossing the road which has him saying, "What the Hell?".

He then puts his foot on the brakes, causing the truck to stop.

Despite Hog's efforts, the trunk hits the man, sending him to the side of the road.

Hog then stops the truck and gets out, startled, muttering, "Oh, man. Oh, please, no. No. No. No".

Hog then climbs down the rig, racing to where the man's lying with Hog wondering if the guy's okay.

The man gets to his feet, stunned.

Hog asks the man where he came from.

Suddenly, Hog looks up and sees the man's SUV.

"God does protect drunks and fools, I guess", Hog says.

He then asks the man to let him call the cops.

The man looks at Hog, confused.

Hog wonders if the man needs some water.

Just then, the man begins gasping before he falls to the ground with a thud.

"Mister?", Hog wonders.

The man who lies on the ground, his eyes glazed over with water beginning to emerge from his mouth.

It then cuts to Hog who looks stunned.

Act One

Act Two

Act Three

Gibbs after the team have come to the conclusion that they're dealing with a serial killer.

Act Four

In the morgue, as Alcott's body lies on a slab, Palmer remarks that it was the same blunt force to knock Alcott out, duct tape on the wrists, sloughing of the skin and they can assume that the same Ecstasy was used.

"Everything's the same, Mr. Palmer", Ducky remarks grimly.

Act Five


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 NCIS Director. Despite being credited, Carroll does not appear in this episode.
Donald Mallard David McCallum Chief Medical Examiner of the NCIS Major Response Team.

Recurring Cast

Name Portrayed by Role
James Palmer Brian Dietzen Assistant Medical Examiner.

Other Cast

Name Portrayed by Role
Mary Courtney Cheryl Ladd Ducky's new love interest as well as a Doctor and the serial killer.
Phillip Ekkerly Eric Allan Kramer A man who appears in the episode.
Lana Carrie Wiita A woman who appears in the episode.
Lester (Thirst) Eric Bruskotter A man who appears in the episode.
Angela Simms Fay Masterson The murder victim's wife. Uncredited role.
Julway Lenny Jacobson A man who appears in the episode.
Mike Sullivan Razaaq Adoti A man who appears in the episode.
Samuel Alcott Michael Dabagia Uncredited role.
Jenn Nadia Gray Uncredited role.
Jason Simms Duke Jackson Lieutenant in the United States Navy. Uncredited role.
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