02x21 - Hometown Hero

FADE IN:

EXT. PUBLIC STORAGE FACILITY - DAY

STEVE: Anything else I can do?

EMMY: No. I just want to get this over with.

STEVE: All right.

(SFX: DOOR SLIDES OPEN)

EMMY: Heaven forbid he should label anything and make this easy.

STEVE: What are you gonna do with his truck?

EMMY: I don't know. Sell it, I guess.

STEVE: How much you want for it?

EMMY: I don't know, okay? Listen, I just want to find a picture of his mother so he can be buried with it.

STEVE: Not a problem. Any idea what year it is?

EMMY: No. Listen, I don't mean to be rude, but I just feel like being alone.

STEVE: Wonder what he's got in here.

(STEVE UNWRAPS THE PLASTIC)

STEVE: Holy smoke!

(MUSIC UP AND OUT)

(THEME MUSIC UP OVER OPENING TITLE/SCENES / CREDITS AND OUT)

FADE IN:

INT. SQUAD ROOM - DAY

"HOMETOWN HERO"

(SFX: DOORS SLIDE OPEN)

KATE: We're leaving in five minutes. Where have you been?

TONY: I got the call. I'm here.

KATE: Get up on the wrong side of the bed, did we?

TONY: My car got towed. I had to take the bus to work this morning.

KATE: Where was it parked?

TONY: That's not important, Kate.

KATE: Didn't make it home last night, did you?

TONY: (INTO PHONE) Hi, this is Anthony DiNozzo. I'm trying to locate my car. It was towed from the thirty-four hundred block of Dumbarton in Georgetown. You've already put me on hold three times. You killed my cell phone battery. Do not put me on hold again! Do not -- !

KATE: Dumbarton - near campus. I really hope she was over twenty-one.

TONY: You'd love to know, wouldn't you? Going somewhere this weekend?

KATE: Love to know, wouldn't you?

MCGEE: Truck's gassed up. Ducky already left. (TO TONY) You made it.

TONY: Don't start, Probie.

KATE: Tony's car was towed. Poor baby had to take the bus to work.

TONY: You know what kind of people take the bus?

MCGEE: Yeah, I take the bus.

TONY: Exactly.

ABBY: Hey, I heard you're going to Norfolk.

KATE: Shouldn't be a problem. We should still be able to leave by six.

TONY: Leave? For where? You two are spending the weekend together. (PURRS) Hold on. Let me paint a picture.

KATE: You're a pig.

TONY: Probie, any idea where they're going?

MCGEE: Sorry, I cannot divulge that information, Tony.

GIBBS: Health spa.

ABBY: Gibbs!

GIBBS: He'll spend all day trying to figure it out. I do not need him distracted.

TONY: I appreciate that, Boss.

GIBBS: What'd you find out about the Petty Officer?

KATE: He rented a storage locker ten months ago just before he was shipped off to Iraq.

MCGEE: Died in Falluja last week. His body is at the Theatre Mortuary Evacuation Point in Kuwait.

GIBBS: McGee, you stay here. Contact NCIS in Iraq. Find out everything you can about Petty Officer Dobbs.

MCGEE: On it.

GIBBS: DiNozzo. Same clothes you wore here yesterday?

TONY: I buy a lot of the same things. It makes mornings less stressful. (INTO PHONE) Yeah, I'm here!

GIBBS: Now you're gone.(SFX: DIAL TONE )

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EXT. PUBLIC STORAGE FACILITY - DAY

(SFX: POLICE SIREN B.G.)

TONY: What kind of people use your facility Mister Hager?

STEVE: Most of the renters are Navy personnel. When they ship out, they pay in advance. Your guy paid a year. Got two months left.

(PHONE RINGS)

TONY: (V.O.) DiNozzo. Yeah.

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INT. STORAGE ROOM - DAY

GIBBS: Talk to me, Duck.

DUCKY: Well, it's definitely female, Jethro. The male pelvis is shaped like a butterfly. The female's is wider and has larger superior and inferior apertures to facilitate child birth.

GIBBS: Age?

DUCKY: Oh, I'd estimate seventeen to twenty. The pubic symphysis is an excellent yardstick of age...

JIMMY: Doctor...?

DUCKY: It's corrugated in a woman's teens, and then smoothes out during her twenties and thirties. At the time of this young lady's demise, you can see it was in the transitional stage. What is so urgent, Mister Palmer?

JIMMY: It's just that he ... he...uh...

DUCKY: He? Who?

JIMMY: Special Agent Gibbs.

DUCKY: What about him?

JIMMY: He left, Doctor.

DUCKY: Yes, I know he left. He left some time ago. Have you only just realized that?

JIMMY: No.

DUCKY: Then why mention him now?

JIMMY: It's just that I ...you...you...

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EXT. LOCKER - DAY

GIBBS: Tell me about it.

TONY: Is it that obvious? I'm sorry, boss. It's just upsetting. My car wasn't towed. It was stolen.

GIBBS: Tell me about the storage locker, DiNozzo.

TONY: Right. Uh... every renter has a code to enter the main gate. Locker number plus the last four digits of their Social Security number. Manager's checking the computer to see if anyone accessed Petty Officer Dobb's locker. Sorry.

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INT. LOCKER CORRIDOR - DAY

EMMY: Justin and I were friends since freshman year in high school.

KATE: Boyfriend?

EMMY: No. Just friends.

KATE: But you have the key to his locker.

EMMY: Yeah, he mailed it to me with a will and power-of-attorney.

KATE: That's a lot to saddle a friend with.

EMMY: Yeah, tell me about it. Something I can do without.

KATE: Why you?

EMMY: He didn't have anybody else.

DUCKY: Give me the bag, Mister Palmer. Tag this for me.

KATE: It's stressful, I'm sure. Do you have any idea who's in that truck?

EMMY: No.

KATE: We're going to find out, Emmy. It'd be real good if you told us anything you know.

EMMY: There was a girl. Nora Webb. We were all friends in high school. She disappeared our senior year. The police always suspected that Justin knew what happened to her.

DUCKY: (V.O.) All right. Let's wrap her up, Mister Palmer.

CUT TO:

INT. SQUAD ROOM - DAY

GIBBS: Contact NCIS Iraq?

MCGEE: They were well aware of Petty Officer Dobbs.

GIBBS: He got in trouble.

MCGEE: Just the opposite, Boss. His C.O. wrote him up for a posthumous Silver Star. Actually, the C.O. wants to talk to you. He's standing by to go on satellite right now.

GIBBS: Kate, talk to LEOs in Dobbs' hometown. Verify what the girl told us. Do not tell them what we found.

KATE: Got it.

GIBBS: DiNozzo, talk to the insurance agent on your own time. Get down to the garage. Start an inventory on Petty Officer Dobbs' stuff.

TONY: Gibbs is a boat man. He doesn't understand I have to have my car.

MCGEE: They're giving you a rental. DiNozzo, what's the big deal?

TONY: It's not the same, busboy. My car is part of my being.

KATE: It's a car, Tony.

TONY: It's a classic, Kate. It's a Ninety Z.R. One Corvette. It's powerful, it's fast, it's gorgeous.

KATE: In other words, it's you.

TONY: Exactly.

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INT. MTAC ROOM - DAY

KING: (ON MONITOR) Under heavy fire, Petty Officer Dobbs single-handedly dragged two Marines to safety. He saved their lives at the cost of his own. That's why I recommended him and forwarded it up the chain of command. Now I understand you're a former Marine, Agent Gibbs.

GIBBS: I am.

KING: (ON MONITOR) Then you know we don't take this lightly. This was an extraordinary young man. Now this is Lance Corporal Jaime Ramos. He served with Petty Officer Dobbs.

RAMOS: (ON MONITOR) Sir, Petty Officer Dobbs wasn't a Marine, but he was one of us. He served in our platoon the whole tour as our Corpsman. What they're saying about Doc can't be true, Sir. He died saving lives over here.

KING: (ON MONITOR) Whatever you can do, we'd appreciate it, Agent Gibbs.

GIBBS: Understood, Lieutenant.

RAMOS: (ON MONITOR) The thing is, Sir, Doc isn't around to defend himself now. You have to, Sir.

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INT. AUTOPSY ROOM - DAY

(SFX: DOORS SLIDE OPEN)

GIBBS: Duck, is it her?

DUCKY: She is indeed Nora Webb, Jethro. I have a positive I.D. using dental records from the FBI's Missing Person's Database.

GIBBS: How long's she been dead?

DUCKY: How long's she been missing?

GIBBS: Almost two years. Petty Officer Dobbs rented the locker ten months ago.

DUCKY: Well, I venture that she met her fate around the time of her disappearance. Plus I can't be certain until I know where the young lady's remains were kept.

JIMMY: The deterioration will be effected by whether she was indoors, void of the elements, or buried outside in the... ground.

GIBBS: Cause of death?

DUCKY: Uh... that will be hard to determine.

GIBBS: Duck, I need to know.

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INT. NCIS GARAGE - DAY

COURIER: Sign this for me, over here. Oh, wow.(ABBY SIGNS)

ABBY: It only looks like a skull and crossbones.

TONY: Home movies. Little League, ninety seven. Christmas, ninety five. Hoo-ya.

ABBY: And the winner is?

TONY: High school, senior year. Danke schon. So what exactly do you girls do at a health spa?

ABBY: Get pampered.

TONY: Massages?

ABBY: Many kinds.

TONY: Full body?

ABBY: Places you can only dream of, DiNozzo.

TONY: Masseuse or masseur?

ABBY: I go both ways. You?(SFX: PHONE RINGS)

TONY: Only with - Harris, my insurance agent.

ABBY: Whatever works, man.

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INT. SQUAD ROOM - DAY

KATE: I spoke with a LEO in Richfield, Virginia. Officer Billy Krieg confirms that Justin Dobbs was a person of interest in the disappearance of Nora Webb.

GIBBS: What else?

KATE: Not much. Dobbs enlisted out of high school. He was raised by a single mother who died of cancer while he was in boot camp. Got in the Advanced Medical Training Program. Made P.O. Three.

TONY: Boss, Lieutenant Commander Coleman wants to talk to you.

GIBBS: Tell her I'm not here.

COLEMAN: Why don't you tell me yourself?

GIBBS: Commander Coleman.

COLEMAN: Special Agent Gibbs.

(GIBBS AND COLEMAN STARE AT EACH OTHER)

KATE: Tony.

TONY: Kate.

GIBBS: McGee.(KATE/ MCGEE AND TONY WALK O.S.)

COLEMAN: SECNAV wants JAG involved in the investigation of Petty Officer Dobbs.

GIBBS: Why?

COLEMAN: He's on the fast track for a Silver Star. The Navy doesn't want to be embarrassed by awarding it to a murderer. Did he do it?

GIBBS: I'll let you know when the investigation concludes.

COLEMAN: Petty Officer Dobbs' remains are arriving at the military mortuary in Dover on Sunday. His unit is pushing for a funeral with full honors. You've got twenty-four hours.

GIBBS: That's not enough time.

COLEMAN: SECNAV can't wait. You've got twenty-four hours.

(COLEMAN WALKS O.S.)

GIBBS: Cancel all weekend plans.

(MUSIC OUT)

FADE IN:

INT. SQUAD ROOM - DAY

TONY: That guy is Justin Dobbs. The girl in pink is Emmy Poole with our victim Nora Webb. If the time stamp's accurate on this tape, this would have been shot two days before she was reported missing.

MCGEE: Well, from this video, it doesn't look like anything's wrong.

TONY: Sure brings back memories, Probie. Oh, I don't suppose you had a car to wash in high school.

MCGEE: Actually, I did, Tony. My parents bought one for me the day I turned sixteen.

TONY: Let me guess.... Yugo?

MCGEE: No, it was much cooler than that.

TONY: I'm sorry. What was I thinking? I forgot who I'm dealing with here. Uh... Duster?

MCGEE: Nope.

TONY: Gremlin?

MCGEE: You're not going to guess it, Tony.

TONY: One of the Ford trilogy of dork mobiles? Maverick? Fiesta? Pinto? If you say Datsun Honeybee, I'm going to come over there and smack you.

MCGEE: Eighty four Camaro Z-twenty-eight, five speed.

TONY: That's a smokin' hot car, McGee. What the hell went wrong with you?

MCGEE: Well, the first day I got behind the wheel, I had a slight... thing.

TONY: Head on?

MCGEE: I was trying to figure out the wipers. I took my eyes off the road for a second. When I looked up, there it was right in front of me.

TONY: Car!

MCGEE: Bus.

(SFX: TONY GASPS)

MCGEE: I got a student pass the day I got out of traction.

(TONY HUGS MCGEE)

TONY: I didn't know.

DISSOLVE TO:

INT. POLICE STATION - DAY

WHALEN: Are you sure it's Nora Webb?

GIBBS: We're sure.

WHALEN: Knew the sonovabitch did it.

KATE: Justin Dobbs was the prime suspect?

WHALEN: Nora Webb was last seen leaving a party with him.

KRIEG: Kids saw her drive off in the truck. The next day her parents reported her missing.

WHALEN: When we brought him in, he had scratches on his face and arms.

GIBBS: I'm sure he had an explanation, of course.

WHALEN: Don't they always. Said she got abusive before he dropped her home.

KRIEG: People at the party thought they saw him coming onto her.

KATE: They ever have anything between them before?

KRIEG: No, but he had been drinking.

KATE: So you think he pressed it with her in the car. When she didn't go along, things got out of hand.

WHALEN: Figured he'd bury her in the woods. When we couldn't find the body, the D.A. chose not to go forward. After graduation, Justin Dobbs slinked out of town in a Navy uniform.

GIBBS: Petty Officer Dobbs died in that uniform saving lives, Chief.

WHALEN: I appreciate that, Agent Gibbs. Doesn't excuse taking one before he left.

GIBBS: I'd like a copy of that case file.

WHALEN: Not a problem. Pull it, Billy. Then show our friends where the copy machine is.

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EXT. NURSERY - DAY

KATE: Chief Whalen doesn't have a doubt about Petty Officer Dobbs' guilt.

GIBBS: Nope.

KATE: So what do you think?

GIBBS: If I was him, I wouldn't either. Mister and Mrs. Webb, Special Agents Gibbs and Todd. NCIS.

KATHY WEBB: We know.

WHALEN: Mister and Mrs. Webb, you all take care. Been pushing for a faster copier. Hope it didn't cause too much inconvenience.

BRUCE WEBB: When do we get our daughter back?

GIBBS: Our investigation is almost over.

BRUCE WEBB: Chief Whalen concluded the investigation a long time ago.

GIBBS: If Justin murdered your daughter, our investigation will only confirm it.

BRUCE WEBB: We don't need a confirmation!

(KATHY CRIES)

KATHY WEBB: Do you know how... how she died?

GIBBS: Not yet.

BRUCE WEBB: Is that all?

KATE: We just have a few questions.

BRUCE WEBB: No, I'm not going to do it.

KATE: I know this is difficult.

BRUCE WEBB: You don't know anything, lady.

KATE: Mister Webb...

GIBBS: Kate. (TO WEBB) Appreciate your time. Thank you.

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INT. LAB - DAY

ABBY: What's up, Palmer?

JIMMY: I brought you a substance for analysis.

ABBY: Where'd you get it?

JIMMY: The victim's femur bone.

ABBY: Just put it over there.

JIMMY: Hey, sorry to hear about your weekend.

ABBY: Oh, hm... Tony?

JIMMY: Yeah, mass email. The sender was anonymous, but it was pretty obvious.

ABBY: Lots of lascivious references.

JIMMY: You know, the inefficient flow of ki is a major source of stiffness. Silent auction item at my niece's school benefit. A weekend seminar in the Art of Shiatsu.

ABBY: Do me.

JIMMY: Uh... I showed up late.

ABBY: Your hands. My body. Now! Ah! Ah!

TONY: What the hell are you doing, Palmer?

JIMMY: Ah... ah... ah...

TONY: You read the Agency police on sexual harassment, didn't you, Palmer?

JIMMY: It wasn't like that!

(MUSIC CLICKS OFF)

TONY: It never is. Now go, you little autopsy gremlin! Get out of here. What have you got, Abs?

ABBY: He's doing it again, McGee.

MCGEE: Um-hmm.

TONY: Doing what?

MCGEE: You become Gibbs when he's not around.

TONY: I do not.

MCGEE: Actually, you do.

ABBY: The Caff-Pow! The head-slaps. Turning my music off. "What've you got, Abs?"

MCGEE: He has been in a foul mood all day.

ABBY: That's another Gibbs' trait. (LONG BEAT) You don't quite have the stare down yet.

TONY: Hey! What are you giggling about? Inventory the contents now, Probie!

MCGEE: Dobb's sea bag. Sent from Iraq. Has all his personal effects.

ABBY: Do you know anything about ki, McGee?

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INT. BIKE SHOP - DAY

EMMY: It was Nora.

GIBBS: It was. How long have you known about Justin's storage locker, Emmy?

EMMY: A week. When I read the will. Thanks.

GIBBS: You didn't read it until he died?

EMMY: Anything wrong with that?

KATE: Who else knew about the will?

EMMY: No idea. He wrote it up online. I didn't recognize the names of the witnesses. Guys from his unit, I guess.

GIBBS: We'll need a copy.

EMMY: Okay.

KATE: So you and Petty Officer Dobbs...

EMMY: We were tight in high school. Listen, it was his idea to go off to the stupid war, okay? I didn't need this.

KATE: And you and Nora Webb?

EMMY: Friends. It was high school, okay? Customer's waiting. Are we through?

GIBBS: For now. There are a lot of pissed off people here in Richfield.(EMMY WALKS AWAY)

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INT. AUTOPSY ROOM - DAY

DUCKY: Here's something interesting, Mister Palmer. The hyoid bone. Do you know what makes it unique?

JIMMY: No, Doctor.

DUCKY: (SINGS) Dem bones, dem bones, dem dry bones... the shoulder bone connected to the neck. The neck bone connected to the head bone. The hyoid bone, Mister Palmer. To what is it connected?

JIMMY: Uh... nothing.

DUCKY: Correct. Of the two hundred and six bones in the human body, the hyoid is the only one not articulated to any other.

JIMMY: Cool.

DUCKY: Its name derives from the Greek. Ah, U-O-I-Ds. Shaped like a "U."

JIMMY: Upsilon.

DUCKY: Yeah, I hope you learned that in medical school and not at some fraternity ritual. You see, this one is distorted.

JIMMY: It looks like it's been crushed.

DUCKY: And that would suggest?

JIMMY: Strangulation.

DUCKY: Yes!

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INT. SQUAD ROOM - DAY

KATE: Who's the cop?

MCGEE: No idea.

GIBBS: What do you have, McGee?

MCGEE: The records show that no one accessed the storage facility with Petty Officer Dobbs' code after he deployed.

GIBBS: Personal effects?

MCGEE: Nothing out of the ordinary. Only thing of interest was a padlock key identical to the one Emmy Poole had.

(PHONE RINGS)

GIBBS: (INTO PHONE) Yeah, Gibbs.

(HANGS UP PHONE)

(GIBBS WALKS TO THE ELEVATOR)

GIBBS: DiNozzo!

TONY: Boss, you're not going to believe this. My car was used in a convenience store robbery in Tennessee. But I'm... I'm cool. So not important in the grand scheme of things.

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INT. MTAC ROOM - DAY

COLEMAN: (ON MONITOR) You've had twenty-four hours.

GIBBS: Not enough time.

COLEMAN: (ON MONITOR) Petty Officer Dobbs' body left Kuwait an hour ago. What do I tell the SECNAV?

GIBBS: Nothing conclusive at this point.

COLEMAN: (ON MONITOR) You are forcing me to have the medal withheld.

GIBBS: You might be denying a hero his due.

COLEMAN: (ON MONITOR) Give me something, Gibbs. Is there anything working in his favor?

GIBBS: You're breaking up, Faith.

COLEMAN: I can see you just fine.

GIBBS: Must be a solar flare.

COLEMAN: Gibbs--

(MONITOR CLICKS OFF)

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INT. NCIS HEADQUARTERS - DAY

(DOOR OPENS)

DUCKY: Such a mysterious room.

GIBBS: You got something, Duck?

DUCKY: Yeah. Cause of death, strangulation. Things not going too well?

GIBBS: Running out of time.

DUCKY: Do you ever think that the Petty Officer might be guilty?

GIBBS: It crossed my mind.

DUCKY: And more than once, obviously. Otherwise you'd be telling me your gut says he's not guilty.

GIBBS: Some Marine's guts in Iraq says that.

DUCKY: But not yours?

GIBBS: Yeah. Yeah, my gut says it, too.

DUCKY: Your gut... or Semper Fi?

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INT. SQUAD ROOM - DAY

GIBBS: Emmy Poole is holding back. I want her in interrogation now.

CUT TO:

INT. EMMY'S BEDROOM - NIGHT

(PHONE RINGS)

(BEGIN TELEPHONE INTERCUTS)

(SCENE CUT)

WHALEN: (V.O./FILTERED) Yes?

KATE: (INTO PHONE) This is NCIS Special Agent Todd.

(SCENE CUT)

KATE: (V.O./FILTERED) I'd like to speak with Emmy Poole.

WHALEN: (INTO PHONE) That's not going to happen, Agent Todd.

(CAMERA ANGLE ON BATHROOM)

(CUT TO BLACK)

MUSIC IN:

EXT. EMMY POOLE'S HOUSE - NIGHT

(SFX: TRUCK SIREN)

KRIEG: Nice truck.

GIBBS: If we hadn't called the house, would you have notified us?

WHALEN: Eventually.

GIBBS: I'd sure like my people to take a look.

WHALEN: It was a suicide. What do you expect to find?

GIBBS: Emmy Poole was material to my investigation.

WHALEN: The investigation into a murder that took place two years ago. Here. When Justin Dobbs was a civilian. That was a local matter. Just like this is.

GIBBS: Understood.

WHALEN: You have to take a look around... fine. We just removed the body. Crime scene's intact.

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INT. EMMY'S BEDROOM

GIBBS: Who found her?

WHALEN: The mother.

GIBBS: I'd like to speak with her.

WHALEN: You're welcome to read her statement. She's with friends. Didn't want to stay in the house tonight.

GIBBS: Leave a note?

WHALEN: Not that we found. Mother said she'd been depressed. On medication for the past couple years.

GIBBS: Since the disappearance of Nora Webb.

WHALEN: Where are you going with this, Gibbs? According to the mother, Emmy was close to Nora. Took her disappearance hard. Don't think finding the body helped.

GIBBS: Yeah, we spoke to Emmy this afternoon. The thing is, I kept getting the feeling she wasn't telling us everything she knew.

WHALEN: All there is to know is... Justin Dobbs killed Nora Webb.

GIBBS: So you keep saying.

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EXT. PARK - DAY

(MUSIC OVER ACTION/COLEMAN JOGS)

COLEMAN: Is this your idea of an apology?

GIBBS: For what? I just don't like to drink alone.

COLEMAN: The fact that you know where to find me on a Sunday morning is a little scary, Gibbs. Please.

GIBBS: Not as scary as your trunk.

COLEMAN: What do you want?

GIBBS: Talked to the office of the SECNAV yet?

COLEMAN: No.

GIBBS: The girl who found the remains in Petty Officer Dobbs' truck is dead. Suicide, maybe.

COLEMAN: You think she was involved?

GIBBS: I don't know. She could have had an accomplice. I need more time.

COLEMAN: Petty Officer Dobbs' funeral is tomorrow.

GIBBS: Not if I order his remains quarantined at Dover Morgue.

COLEMAN: What are you up to?

GIBBS: I need our M.E. to examine the body as part of our investigation.

COLEMAN: Dobbs died as a result of enemy fire in Iraq. What bearing does that have on a girl who was killed two years ago in Richfield, Virginia?

GIBBS: You can never be too thorough.

COLEMAN: You're pushing it, Gibbs. Why are you sticking your neck out for this guy?

GIBBS: Several Marines witnessed Petty Officer Dobbs saving lives. No one witnessed him taking one.

MUSICAL BRIDGE TO:

EXT. NURSERY - DAY

KATE: Mrs. Webb.

TONY: Special Agent DiNozzo.

KATE: We don't know if you've about Emmy Poole.

KATHY WEBB: Her poor mother.

KATE: Well, we're sorry to bother you. Just a few questions. Your daughter and Emmy were close.

KATHY WEBB: They were very close. Emmy practically lived at our house. She was always sleeping over.

TONY: Did they ever have a falling out?

KATHY WEBB: Oh, god. No. I felt sorry for Emmy. She was caught in the middle between her two best friends.

KATE: Nora and Justin.

KATHY WEBB: Nora had disappeared and everyone believed Justin was responsible. She couldn't handle it.

And then finding Nora... it must have sent her over the edge. The past two years have been hell for us. That's why we've sold the business and - there's just too many bad memories in this town.

BRUCE WEBB: Hey, what are you doing here? Chief Whalen said we don't have to deal with you.

KATHY WEBB: They're just trying to do their job.

BRUCE WEBB: They want Justin Dobbs buried as a war hero. That's what they want. He killed our daughter. As far as I'm concerned, he's responsible for Emmy's death as well. Leave now.


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EXT. NURSERY PARKING LOT - DAY

KATE: Why don't you get one of these? It fits your personality perfectly. Loud, overbearing, politically incorrect.

TONY: It's tempting, Kate, but I love the car I had.

KATE: Had? Too bad you're not as faithful to the women in your life.

TONY: Ha! That's funny.

KATE: But for your sake I do hope that you and she reunite.

TONY: Actually, I don't know if I want it back.

KATE: And why is that?

TONY: She's been violated.

(SFX: SIREN)

TONY: You here to escort us to the city limits, Officer?

KRIEG: The Chief wants you to leave the Webbs alone. They've been through a lot.

KATE: Well, we realize that, Officer. We're just trying to resolve Petty Officer Dobbs' guilt or innocence.

KRIEG: Now why can't you just accept the facts? They're right there in front of you.

TONY: Actually, the only thing in front of us right now is you. If you move, we'll leave. Maybe.

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INT. LAB - DAY

MCGEE: I think it's the power supply.

ABBY: You think?

MCGEE: It would be helpful if I had a service manual.

ABBY: (LONG BEAT) I was at church, Gibbs.

GIBBS: What do you got, Abs?

ABBY: First of all, you owe me big time. It took Kate and me six months to get the reservations to that spa.

GIBBS: If you tell me you found something, I'll think about making it up to you.

ABBY: Typical man. Promise you everything until he gets what he wants. Right, McGee?

MCGEE: Well actually, I...

ABBY: Thanks, McGee. So I found dirt on her femur bone and identical traces on the inside of the plastic she was wrapped in. But not on the outside!

GIBBS: Nora Webb was buried in the ground. Then removed.

ABBY: And then wrapped in plastic and then put in that truck.

GIBBS: Chief Whalen always thought she was buried in the woods.

ABBY: Maybe yes, maybe no.

GIBBS: You got anything more specific than dirt?

ABBY: Well, I was trying, except my mass spectrometer crashed. And there's a certain MIT grad that's supposed to be fixing it but he's actually making it worse.

GIBBS: Sooner than later, McGee.(GIBBS WALKS O.S.)

MCGEE: Why don't you just hire a service tech?

ABBY: Well, I would, McGee. But it's Sunday.

CUT TO:

INT. ELEVATOR - DAY

(SFX: ELEVATOR DINGS/DOORS SLIDE OPEN)

DUCKY: Oh, there you are.

GIBBS: Appreciate you coming.

DUCKY: It's a godsend, actually. Mother has the ladies of the Kennel Club over for cocktails.

GIBBS: Take a ride, Duck.

DUCKY: Oh, I had a conversation with the M.E. at Richfield. He came to the same conclusion. Suicide, indeed. The lacerations on the young girl's wrists gave every indication of being self-inflicted. But that's not why you asked me in here.

GIBBS: They're holding Petty Officer Dobbs' body for you at the Dover morgue.

DUCKY: I don't get it. I thought he died in combat.

GIBBS: I need you to take a look, Ducky.

DUCKY: What do you expect me to find?

GIBBS: Nothing. I just need to buy more time.

DUCKY: Oh, Jethro... I can spend forever finding nothing.

CUT TO:

INT. SQUAD ROOM - DAY

MCGEE: (INTO PHONE) Great, thank you. (TO GIBBS) Boss, I tracked down the two witnesses who signed Petty Officer Dobbs' will. Both were Corpsmen he met in training. One's stationed at GITMO, the other Coronado. Neither knew anything relevant.

ABBY: Gibbs, Gibbs, Gibbs! Are we still on? Weekend at the spa if I come up with something really big? This is a piece of the plastic sheet that the victim's body was wrapped in.

GIBBS: Did you lift a print?

ABBY: Negatory.

GIBBS: Trace evidence?

ABBY: No. But this is a really big but. From analysis of the polymers and the resins, I tracked down the manufacturer. They've reworked their formula. It's polyethylene, four mils thick. It's more flexible and resistant to tearing.

GIBBS: What's the point, Abby?

ABBY: This is a brand new product, Gibbs. It's only been on the market for four months.

MCGEE: Petty Officer Dobbs has been in Iraq for ten months. He couldn't have put it there.

ABBY: So can I make those reservations now? What's the matter, Gibbs?

GIBBS: That does not mean that Petty Officer Dobbs is innocent. It only means he could have had an accomplice.

MCGEE: Emmy Poole.

(PHONE RINGS)

GIBBS: (INTO PHONE) Yeah, Gibbs. I'll be right there.

CUT TO:

INT. MTAC ROOM - DAY

GIBBS: You're not calling with good news.

COLEMAN: (ON MONITOR) I'm sorry, Gibbs. SECNAV made his decision. He won't sign off on the Star.

(MUSIC OUT)

MUSIC IN:

INT. SQUAD ROOM - DAY

ABBY: Do you think he's going to want us to hang around?

MCGEE: Uh... I can't imagine there's anything that can't wait 'till tomorrow.

ABBY: Go ask him.

MCGEE: You ask him.

ABBY: You're the Special Agent.

MCGEE: He likes you more.

ABBY: That's because I don't ask him stupid questions. (BEAT) Rock, paper, scissors?

MCGEE: On three.

GIBBS: Something on your mind?

MCGEE/ABBY: (IN UNISON) No.

GIBBS: You weren't thinking about leaving, were you?

ABBY: Oh, no.

MCGEE: (OVERLAP) Absolutely not.

ABBY: I was just going to go um... check on the old spectrometer.

(ABBY WALKS O.S.)

GIBBS: Assuming Petty Officer Dobbs is innocent, why did Nora Webb's remains show up in his storage locker?

MCGEE: Someone was framing him?

GIBBS: Emmy Poole knew about the locker and she had a key.

MCGEE: She would have had to have gone there before the bones were discovered.

GIBBS: But after Petty Officer Dobbs died, so he couldn't defend himself.

MCGEE: There's one problem, though, boss. The computer shows that Dobbs' entry gate access code was used only once. The time she was with the manager. She could have used somebody else's code! There's a surveillance camera at the entry gate, boss.

GIBBS: I know, McGee.

MCGEE: That is why I am going to Little Creek.

TONY: Avoid the two ninety five. It's packed.

GIBBS: DiNozzo, go with McGee. He's going to pick up the surveillance tape.

TONY: Boss, I just - you're driving.

(TONY AND MCGEE WALK TO THE ELEVATOR)

TONY: Do you realize Mother Teresa would have road rage hell out there?

MCGEE: I know it's a long shot.

TONY: A long shot is you getting laid by Penelope Cruz, McGee. This is way beyond that.

MCGEE: Tony, I'm sorry. But my instincts tell me--

TONY: You have not been around long enough to have instincts, Probie!

MCGEE: Well, I still don't think Petty Officer Dobbs is a murderer.

TONY: Why? Because he was a hero in Iraq?

MCGEE: Yeah.(SFX: DOORS SLIDE OPEN)

TONY: They Came to Cordura.

MCGEE: What?

TONY: It's a film.

MCGEE: Of course.

TONY: Gary Cooper.

MCGEE: Who?

TONY: One of the greatest actors of all time. Coop. High Noon. They Came to Cordura was one of his last pictures. Stay with me here. It's nineteen sixteen. The war against Pancho Villa. Coop plays an Army Major escorting Rita Hayworth - ooh, what a body - and four Medal of Honor winners back to Texas for this ceremony. And along the way, he tries to determine what made them heroes.

(SFX: DOORS SLIDE OPEN)

TONY: In the end, he exposes them for what they really are... corrupt, pathetic, hypocritical, cowardly degenerates.

MCGEE: DiNozzo, it's a movie.

TONY: It's a film. And you're taking the stairs, McGee.

MCGEE: Why?

TONY: Because I am not riding in an elevator with anyone who doesn't know who Gary Cooper was.

(SFX: DOORS SLIDE CLOSED)

CUT TO:

INT. LAB - DAY

GIBBS: Abby, can you tell if anyone picked --

ABBY: Dobbs' padlock?

GIBBS: Yes.

ABBY: No.

GIBBS: Abs, I don't have time.

ABBY: I'm trying to tell you I just checked it out. I knew you were going to ask. It's scary, Gibbs. I'm starting to think like you. The lock is almost a virgin. It's hardly been opened and it shows no sign of wear. If had been picked, there'd be scratches on the tumbler.

GIBBS: It was opened with a key.

ABBY: I would swear to it.

GIBBS: That's good work, Abs.

ABBY: I knew you were going to say that, too. He's the manufacturer's service tech. He gets triple time on weekends and it's going to be a while.

GIBBS: Stay on him.

ABBY: So what's the verdict?

TECH: I'm done.

ABBY: Really? That was quick.

TECH: It's a simple short. It's nothing you don't pick up in an intro ITT class.

ABBY: Huh. I guess they don't offer that at M.I.T.

CUT TO:

INT. SQUAD ROOM - DAY

GIBBS: Any luck with Emmy's psychiatrist?

KATE: It's Sunday, Gibbs.

GIBBS: I know. As everyone keeps reminding me.

COLEMAN: Well, it wasn't much of a challenge finding you. I actually do like to drink alone, but I figured you could use a pick-me-up. You're not surprised I found you here?

GIBBS: No. No, why should I be? The investigation's not over.

COLEMAN: It's a lost cause.

GIBBS: You here to gloat?

COLEMAN: Actually, I happen to believe in miracles.

GIBBS: Oh, really.

COLEMAN: Never had one happen in front of me. So I figure if one did, I'd like to be standing by so I could call the Pentagon.

GIBBS: Miracles take hard work, Commander.

COLEMAN: Any particular desk I should use?

GIBBS: Special Agent DiNozzo will be gone for a while.

COLEMAN: Agent Todd?

GIBBS: Richfield case file.

ABBY: Do you realize at this exact moment we would be in the throes of deep-tissue exhilaration.

KATE: Don't remind me.

COLEMAN: You guys had spa plans?

ABBY: Yeah.

COLEMAN: Last month a girlfriend and I went to the new one in Charleston.

KATE: Serenity Retreat?

KATE/ABBY: Ahhh....

GIBBS: Are you here for a reason, Abby?

ABBY: I want to talk dirt.

MCGEE: Boss!

ABBY: Um... I don't know if you missed my lips moving, McGee, but actually I was speaking. According to my newly repaired mass spectrometer...

TONY: Sorry, Abs, but this is big. Well, it could be big. At least we think it is. But if it is big, it would be real big!

GIBBS: McGee, talk! Make sense.

MCGEE: We reviewed the entry gates security tapes from Little Creek Public Storage. From the day Petty Officer Dobbs died to the day Nora Webb's remains were found. No sign of Emmy Poole entering.

TONY: But I think I recognize someone else.

MCGEE: It's grainy, but we're hoping that Abby is capable of enhancing it.

CUT TO:

INT. LAB - DAY

MCGEE: This video was taken three days after Petty Officer Dobbs died in Fallujah. This guy opened up a locker the same day, under the name John Weston.

TONY: Freeze it right there!

GIBBS: Any chance we make the driver, Abs?

ABBY: Not a chance, Gibbs. A certainty.

(SFX: COMPUTER BEEP TONES)

GIBBS: Webb.

COLEMAN: Were there any other surveillance cameras on the premises?

MCGEE: No. Once he was in, he could have gone to any locker.

KATE: He would have to have known which locker was Dobbs'.

ABBY: And he would have had to have had a key because the lock was not picked.

GIBBS: Emmy Poole. Kate, McGee, start back-grounding Bruce Webb. DiNozzo, you're with me!

ABBY: Gibbs! Gibbs! My dirt!

GIBBS: What about it?

ABBY: Unless someone has been fertilizing the forest, Nora Webb was not buried in the woods. The soil found on her femur contained chemicals consistent with plant food.

CUT TO:

EXT. NURSERY - DAY

(CAR BRAKES TO A STOP)

(BEGIN TELEPHONE INTERCUTS)

(PHONE RINGS)

(SCENE CUT)

GIBBS: (V.O./FILTERED) Yeah, Gibbs.

KATE: (INTO PHONE) Bruce Webb was Nora's stepfather.

MCGEE: Her biological father...

(SCENE CUT)

MCGEE: (V.O./FILTERED) ... Walked out when she was three. Nora took his name...

(SCENE CUT)

MCGEE: (INTO PHONE) ...When he officially adopted her at the age of six.

KATE: Nothing else yet...

(SCENE CUT)

KATE: (V.O./FILTERED) .... But we're working it, Gibbs.

(SCENE CUT)

COLEMAN: He just cut you off?(END TELEPHONE INTERCUTS)

KATE: He does that to everyone.

CUT TO:

EXT. NURSERY - DAY

TONY: Wow. Stepfather. Did you see that movie? Guy marries a woman with a gorgeous daughter.

BRUCE WEBB: I thought I made it clear we have nothing to say to NCIS.

GIBBS: Tony.

TONY: I know. Security video can be so darn unflattering.

KATHY WEBB: What's going on?

GIBBS: By tomorrow we'll have your fingerprints from the storage locker rental agreement. We'll have a search authorization, take soil samples from the nursery and match them against trace evidence from Nora Webb's remains.

KATHY WEBB: I don't understand.

GIBBS: You dug up and you moved the body because you were afraid that the new owners of the nursery would uncover it.

KATHY WEBB: Bruce?

CUT TO:

INT. OBSERVATION ROOM - DAY

GIBBS: (V.O.) Emmy Poole was an impressionable teenager, raised by a single mom.

CUT TO:

INT. INTERROGATION ROOM - DAY

GIBBS: .... Looking for a father figure.

BRUCE WEBB: It wasn't like that.

GIBBS: What was it like, Mister Webb?

BRUCE WEBB: Emmy was always around with ...with Nora.

CUT TO:

INT. OBSERVATION ROOM - DAY

BRUCE WEBB: I enjoyed being with them. It was fun taking them places. As they got older, Emmy was ...

CUT TO:

INT. INTERROGATION ROOM - DAY

BRUCE WEBB: ... advanced. Sexually precocious. It all happened so gradual. And then one day things got out of hand. I wanted to stop it but...

GIBBS: What happened that night?

BRUCE WEBB: It was late.

CUT TO:

INT. OBSERVATION ROOM - DAY

BRUCE WEBB: My wife was sleep. Emmy called and warned me that Nora had found out about us.

CUT TO:

INT. INTERROGATION ROOM - DAY

BRUCE WEBB: She was hysterical. She and Emmy had gotten into a fight at the party. Justin Dobbs...

CUT TO:

INT. OBSERVATION ROOM - DAY

BRUCE WEBB: ... didn't know what the fight was about. He offered to drive Nora home. I couldn't let Nora tell her mother.

CUT TO:

INT. INTERROGATION ROOM - DAY

BRUCE WEBB: I met her out front and I tried to calm her. She started screaming. I just... I put my hand over her mouth. She wouldn't stop.

(BRUCE WEBB CRIES)

BRUCE WEBB: I didn't mean to kill her!

CUT TO:

INT. OBSERVATION ROOM - DAY

GIBBS: Do you want to take it from here, Chief?

CUT TO:

INT. CORRIDOR - DAY

COLEMAN: So I'm thinking about going to Petty Officer Dobbs' funeral tomorrow. I've never witnessed the awarding of a Silver Star. Would you like to join me?

GIBBS: I worked all weekend. I guess I could come in a little late on Monday.

CUT TO:

INT. SQUAD ROOM - DAY

KATE: They found Tony's car.

MCGEE: It's on the I-Forty in Oklahoma.

REPORTER: (V.O.) Chopper John is live on the scene.

TONY: Pull it over! You'll never get away!

ABBY: Kind of drives like Gibbs.

(SFX: CAR TIRES SCREECHING)

REPORTER:

(V.O.) Holy cow!(SFX: REPORTER SHOUTS B.G.)

ABBY: Oh!

GIBBS: That's harsh.

REPORTER: Oh, my! Is that the driver?

COPTER PILOT: Yes, it is, Gray. I can't believe it. He seems to be moving. He somehow survived!

REPORTER: (V.O.) The same cannot be said for the car, John. It's been completely demolished.

ABBY: Oh!

GIBBS: Fiberglass. Not good for boats either.

KATE: Oh!

GIBBS: Have a good weekend.

ABBY: Tony!

KATE: Tony, that sucks.

(FREEZE FRAME ON TONY)

(ENDING CREDITS UP AND OUT)

(MUSIC UP OVER ENDING CREDITS AND OUT)