02x23 - Twilight

FADE IN:

EXT. CAR - MOVING

WESTFALL: Woo-hoo! VA Beach here we come!

JANSSEN: Now you're sure this girl has a friend, Westfall?

WESTFALL: Look, would I lie to you?

JANSSEN: (BEAT) In a heartbeat.

WESTFALL: You know what? That hurts. Yes, she has a friend.

JANSSEN: Yeah? What's she look like?

WESTFALL: Karen says she's very blond.

JANSSEN: Mentally or physically?

WESTFALL: Look, we're out to have fun.

JANSSEN: Right. So how dumb is she?

WESTFALL: Uh, thirty eight double D.

(MUSIC OVER ACTION/CAR CONTINUES DRIVING)

(SFX: SIREN)

WESTFALL: Oh, damn it.

JANSSEN: How fast were you going/

WESTFALL: Seventy five.(SFX: CAR BRAKES TO A STOP)

JANSSEN: That's what you get for screwing a buddy over.

WESTFALL: Hey, pull out your military I.D. Maybe he'll let us slide with a warning.

(SFX: OFFICER WALKS TO THE CAR)

WESTFALL: Sorry about that, Officer. My friend and I were just on our way to--

(SFX: MULTIPLE MUFFLED GUNSHOTS)

(MUSIC UP AND OUT)

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

MUSIC IN:

INT. SQUAD ROOM - DAY

"TWILIGHT"

(SFX: KATE SKETCHING)

MCGEE: Is that Tony?

KATE: No.

MCGEE: Are you sure? It really resembles--

KATE: Is there a reason you've been haunting my desk all week?

MCGEE: Uh, no. I was just ...

KATE: Or maybe you just decided to take over DiNozzo's job of annoying me while he's on sick leave.

MCGEE: I just wanted to check that everything was okay.

KATE: Why wouldn't it be?

MCGEE: Well, you and Tony were close and, you know...

KATE: No, I don't know. What?

MCGEE: He almost died.

KATE: We're N.C.I.S. agents, McGee. There is a chance one of us might die every time we walk through the door.

MCGEE: Yeah, but I'm the idiot that handed him an envelope full of the plague.

KATE: Tim, it's not your fault. Look, if you want to think about something, why don't you think about all of the times that Tony has insulted us, invaded our privacy, the fact that he almost died owing us all money.

MCGEE: That's true. He can be pretty obnoxious.

KATE: Uh-huh.

(SFX: PHONE RINGS)

MCGEE: Do you miss him as much as I do?

KATE: More. It's part of his charm. It's like an ex-rated Peter Pan. You know he told all the girls downstairs you're gay, right? Said it would cut down on the competition.

MCGEE: (BEAT) That b*st*rd!

KATE: Hold onto that feeling and you're going to be just fine.

MCGEE: Do you want to know what he said about you?

KATE: Mmm.

MCGEE: That you tried to sleep with him when you were in Paraguay.

KATE: I will kill him.

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INT. NCIS ELEVATOR - DAY

GIBBS: Are you sure you're up for this?

TONY: Never felt better.

GIBBS: Yeah.

TONY: Yeah.

GIBBS: You look like crap.

TONY: I missed you too, Boss.

GIBBS: You've got another week of sick leave coming, Tony. You should take it.

TONY: I was going crazy at home. Maybe I'm not a hundred percent, but you need me. Okay, what about Kate and McGee? They're practically lost without me.

GIBBS: They got more work done in the last two weeks than in the whole year.

(SFX: DOORS SLIDE OPEN)

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INT. SQUAD ROOM - DAY

TONY: They did miss me, right?

GIBBS: Yeah. Something like that.

TONY: I can't wait to see their faces!

KATE: (INTO PHONE) You did the right thing. Where is the car exactly?

TONY: (SHOUTS) Hi, Kate!

KATE: (INTO PHONE) Sorry about that, Captain. Where did you say the car was?

TONY: Must be important. Probie, did you miss me?! Long time no--

KATE: (INTO PHONE) Thank you, Captain.

TONY: What's wrong with him?

KATE: Virginia State Police just got a nine-one-one call, Gibbs. Two dead sailors.

GIBBS: Where?

KATE: In a car off Route Seventeen in Fredericksburg.

GIBBS: Let's roll! Gas the truck.

TONY: Sure.

MCGEE: On it, Boss.

TONY: Maybe I did die.

GIBBS: Feel that?

TONY: Feel what?

(GIBBS HITS TONY)

TONY: Ow!

GIBBS: You're still alive. Welcome back, DiNozzo!

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EXT. ROAD - DAY

KATE: Looks like the shooter knew what he was doing, Gibbs. Tight groupings, three rounds each.

GIBBS: Everyone of them a kill shot. Passengers Curtis Janssen. Pensacola, Florida. No military ID. Credit cards and money are intact.

KATE: So it wasn't a robbery?

GIBBS: Depends.

KATE: On what?

GIBBS: On what else is missing, Kate.

KATE: Looks like the killer tried to clean up.

GIBBS: Not exactly.

KATE: Ah! Oh.

GIBBS: We knew he took at least two things with him when he left.

KATE: He needed his prints?

GIBBS: Bag it.

TONY: Boss! State cops ran the Mustang's plates. It's a rental car out of Dulles Airport. I got a call into his--

(MUSIC OVER ACTION/TONY TUMBLES DOWN THE HILL)

TONY: Ow.

GIBBS: Are you okay?

TONY: I'm just trying to catch my breath.

GIBBS: Should have taken that extra week off, DiNozzo. Help him up, Kate. We'll see what's keeping Ducky.

KATE: Does that hurt?

TONY: Yep.

KATE: Good.

GIBBS: Where the hell are they, McGee?

MCGEE: Well, Palmer must have taken a wrong turn again, Boss.

(SFX: VAN BRAKES TO A STOP)

DUCKY: You should have known right was wrong.

JIMMY: Doctor, I just--

DUCKY: You should have known right meant left! I'm terribly sorry, Jethro. Mister Palmer got us lost again.

JIMMY: Doctor, you had the map!

DUCKY: You gave it to me.

JIMMY: Sir, for the record I....

(JIMMY AND DUCKY WALK O.S.)

TONY: Looks like a professional hit. Probably took the hands to confirm the kill.

KATE: McGee told me what you said.

TONY: Did he now? Oh, come on. I was joking around. I didn't think he'd really believe me.

KATE: Really? And why's that?

TONY: Anyone looking at you can tell your breasts are real.

KATE: You told him I had breast implants?!

TONY: (BEAT) No.

KATE: You know what, Tony?! I can't even believe I worried about you. You are nothing but a--

TONY: Snake.

KATE: Yeah, exactly.

TONY: No, big-big-big-big snake. Down there.

(KATE GASPS)

KATE: Tell me it's not poisonous.

TONY: I think it is.

(SFX: KATE WHIMPERS)

KATE: Eeuu!

TONY: Okay.

KATE: What is it doing?

TONY: It's wrapping around your leg.

KATE: Do something, Tony!

TONY: Okay! I'll try and grab it. Just don't make any sudden moves, all right?

KATE: What if you miss it?

TONY: They do this stuff on the Discovery Channel all the time. How hard can it be?

KATE: Oh, screw it! I'm going to shoot it.

TONY: Hey, put that gun away. You're going to blow your foot off. Let me do this.

KATE: God, my life in your hands... I knew it was going to end this way.

TONY: Quiet. You're making me nervous. Now, about there. Ah. Gotcha!

(SFX: KATE CRIES B.G.)

KATE: Okay, I'll give you this much. You do have your moments.

TONY: So are we friends again?

MCGEE: Oh, cool corn snake. Can I hold him?

KATE: No, it's poisonous, McGee!

MCGEE: Actually they're not, Kate.

TONY: Yes they are, McGee.

MCGEE: What about that one you caught at Shenandoah State Park? You had it around your neck for like an hour.

TONY: That near-fatal illness may have clouded my memory.

KATE: You're such a loser!

(KATE HITS TONY)

KATE: All right, back to work. McGee, check the trunk. Nobody touches dead bodies until Ducky says all clear

TONY: Freeze, McGee! Don't move! Car's wired to explode. Looks like the detonator's tied to the trunk.

MCGEE: What?

KATE: How far did you turn the key?

MCGEE: Uh... not sure. Almost all the way, I think.

TONY: Okay, don't let it snap back, all right?

MCGEE: Yeah.

TONY: Let go.

MCGEE: Okay.

TONY: Okay, both of you run!

KATE: Tony, we're not leaving you standing--

TONY: I'm a lot faster than you are! I'll be right behind you. This is not a debate, okay? This thing might be primed already. Anthony, you should have taken that extra week.

(MUSIC OVER ACTION/TONY RUNS FROM THE CAR)

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EXT. DIRT ROAD - DAY

MCGEE: (SHOUTS) It's the car!

KATE: (SHOUTS) It's wired to--

(SFX: HUGE EXPLOSION)

KATE: (SHOUTS) Tony!!!!

TONY: (GASPING) Boss, you remember when I said I never felt better? (BEAT) I lied.

(MUSIC OUT)

FADE IN:

INT. AUTOPSY ROOM - DAY

TONY: I'm telling you, I'm fine.

DUCKY: One thirty six over eighty-four is not fine for you, Tony. Your blood pressure is high.

TONY: Almost getting blown up tends to do that to me. Not to mention hanging around Kate when she's in one of her moods.

KATE: This isn't funny, DiNozzo.

TONY: No, it's not. If I didn't come in to work today, you and McGee would be lying on one of those tables over there.

DUCKY: Well at least your temperature is pretty normal.

TONY: Yeah, I'm good to go.

(SFX: TONY GROANS)

DUCKY: Muscle soreness?

TONY: Only when I move or breathe.

DUCKY: Yes, clearly you haven't quite recovered from your bout with Y. pestis. You need a rest.

TONY: No, I need to get back to work, Ducky.

KATE: Damn it, Tony. I should just take you home and get you in bed. (BEAT) Okay, that didn't come out the way I intended.

(SFX: DOORS SLIDE OPEN)

GIBBS: What didn't, Kate?

KATE: Oh, I was just saying....

KATE: She was just expressing our concern for Tony.

GIBBS: Yeah? How is he?

DUCKY: Stubborn, pigheaded, and unaware of his own limitations.

GIBBS: Sounds about right.

DUCKY: I haven't finished with you yet.

GIBBS: Did we get a positive I.D. here yet, Duck?

TONY: So are you buying me dinner first or should we go back to your pl--

(KATE HITS TONY)

DUCKY: Fortunately the skulls remained relatively in tact.

JIMMY: The problem is sorting out which parts belong with whom.

GIBBS: Yeah, I can see that, Palmer.

DUCKY: The dental records were conclusive. Passengers were Navy Lieutenants Dean Westfall and Curtis Janssen.

TONY: Well that checks. According to the car rental place, Westfall rented a Mustang two months ago.

GIBBS: Kate, pull up the service records. Have McGee find out who made that nine-one-one call.

KATE: On it.

GIBBS: Tony.

TONY: Yeah?

GIBBS: Go lie down before you pass out.

TONY: I'm not going to pass out. I might cry a little, maybe feel sorry for myself. But DiNozzos do not pass out. Coming, Boss.

KATE: Can't you do something, Ducky?

DUCKY: I'm doing it right now.

KATE: What?

DUCKY: Praying.

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INT. SQUAD ROOM - DAY

MCGEE: Are you going to be okay?

TONY: Sure.

MCGEE: You're not looking so hot.

TONY: Well, at least that's an improvement.

MCGEE: Over what?

TONY: According to Gibbs, I look like crap.

MCGEE: You know Kate has really been worried about you.

TONY: Kate worries about everything.

MCGEE: No no no. I mean really worried.

TONY: What's your point, Probie?

MCGEE: Well, I think that maybe... you know...

TONY: (CHUCKLES) Me and Kate?! It would never happen.

MCGEE: Why not?

TONY: She's too smart for that. You know what - you don't believe me? She's coming right now.

KATE: Gibbs wants to know who made that nine-one-one call this morning, Tim.

MCGEE: On it.

KATE: Where's DiNozzo?

MCGEE: Uh... I think he's laying down somewhere.

KATE: Oh, good. He needs it.

MCGEE: You care a lot about him, don't you, Kate?

KATE: Well, he's my teammate. What do you think?

MCGEE: I don't know. Sometimes I think it might be more than that.

KATE: Tony? Are you kidding?

MCGEE: Oh, come on. You never thought about it?

KATE: Well, I guess there are times when Tony can be... charming, warm, not completely obnoxious.

MCGEE: Right, so if he wasn't your teammate?

KATE: Oh, that's a tough one. Well, on the plus side, he is smart, brave. Not to mention kind of hot. You know, in a different world I could see myself marrying someone like him.

(KATE POURS WATER ON TONY)

TONY: Ah! (LONG BEAT) Very funny.

GIBBS: Hey, I thought I told you to lie down!

TONY: I was. I am.

GIBBS: Not here.

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INT. LAB - DAY

(MUSIC OVER ACTION/ABBY MIXES VIALS)

TONY: Well hey there, little lady.

ABBY: Tony, you're back! I missed you!

TONY: Ow-ow-ow!

ABBY: What's wrong? Did I hurt you?

TONY: I'm fine. Just a little sore, you know, from the explosion and all.

ABBY: I'm sorry. Do you want to sit down?

TONY: Well, I was kind of thinking about lying down next to your little refrigerator thingy over here.

ABBY: Sure sure.

TONY: Oh, yes.

ABBY: Here, you can use Bert as a pillow.

(SFX: FLATULENCE)

ABBY: He's supposed to make that noise.

TONY: You have a stuffed animal that farts?

ABBY: Yeah, it's cool, huh?

TONY: Yeah, in a disturbing way. So what did I miss?

(SFX: FLATULENCE)

ABBY: Gibbs has been really cranky since you've been gone. I think his knee is bothering him again. And Kate broke up with some lawyer guy, which is really good because he wasn't very big on personal hygiene.

(SFX: FLATULENCE)

TONY: About the case, Abs. I got a glimpse of the bomb. It was definitely a pro job.

ABBY: You are correct, Sir. I've run ten samples. The main electric charge is C-four. It's primed with DET cord and blasting caps.(SFX: FLATULENCE)

TONY: So we should be able to trace the source of the manufacturer?

ABBY: You'd think so, but no.

TONY: Abby, every military explosive over the last twenty years has had taggants mixed in for identification purposes.

ABBY: Yeah, but these don't.

TONY: Are you telling me this guy made this stuff from scratch?

ABBY: Mm-mm. The compositions are exact. It's off the shelf.

TONY: That's not possible. How's that possible?

ABBY: It shouldn't be possible.

GIBBS: Oh, it's possible.

(SFX: FLATULENCE)

TONY: That was the stuffed animal, Boss. Right Abby?

ABBY: What stuffed animal?

GIBBS: Abs, are you sure these explosives aren't traceable?

ABBY: Um, so far. But I'm still checking.

GIBBS: What about the detonator?

ABBY: Also weird. The electronics are fairly simple, but there's no serial numbers on anything. It's like it's been sanitized.

(SFX: FLATULENCE)

GIBBS: Let's go, DiNozzo. We've got problems. Someone's trying to kill us again.

TONY: I don't think he meant that literally.

(SFX: FLATULENCE)

CUT TO:

INT. SQUAD ROOM - DAY

MCGEE: (INTO PHONE) Okay, thanks, Lieutenant. We'll still need a copy of that dispatch tape. (TO GIBBS) Boss, according to State Police the nine-one-one call was--

GIBBS: Anonymous?

MCGEE: Yes. And it was also--

GIBBS: Untraceable.

MCGEE: Yeah. Uh... they're sending out a tape of the call over.

GIBBS: Kate, what do we know about the Lieutenants?

KATE: They're both pilots, Gibbs. Lieutenant Curtis Janssen is an instructor in Pensacola.

GIBBS: What's he doing in Virginia?

KATE: According to his unit he was on leave visiting his friend. Lieutenant Dean Westfall also out of Pensacola, but for the last two months has been T.A.D. at the Aberdeen Proving Ground in Maryland.

MCGEE: Proving ground?

TONY: That's where they test new military equipment. Technology, Probie. Maybe they used Westfall's prints to access the base.

KATE: I checked, Tony. None of Aberdeen's security systems rely on fingerprint or palm scanners.

GIBBS: What was he working on there?

KATE: Classified. I will find out.

TONY: So what's going on, Boss?

GIBBS: Car didn't have any military decals. Lieutenants were wearing civvies.

MCGEE: And the nine-one-one caller specifically said that it was two dead sailors.

GIBBS: Someone wanted NCIS to investigate the scene.

KATE: Why?

GIBBS: The same reason they rigged that car to explode, Kate.

TONY: We were set up. So someone really is trying to kill us?

GIBBS: Yeah, they came pretty damn close.

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INT. MTAC - DAY

MORROW: (V.O.) You're absolutely certain about this, Jethro?

GIBBS: Someone went to a lot of trouble to try to get us out there on that road today, Director.

MORROW: For what purpose?

GIBBS: Unclear, but what concerns me is the explosive used; military high grade, extremely difficult to trace. Tough to get outside of certain circles.

MORROW: You're not suggesting another agency?

GIBBS: I'm not suggesting anything, Sir. All I know is I've pissed off a lot of people over the years.

MORROW: I would ask you to keep your suspicions to yourself.

GIBBS: Can I ask why, Sir?

MORROW: There may be other factors involved.

GIBBS: Like what, Sir?

MORROW: Currently, I'm not at liberty to discuss it.

GIBBS: I almost lost my entire team out there today. If there's something I should know.

MORROW: This is not open to discussion, Agent Gibbs.

GIBBS: Yes, Sir.

MORROW: You're dismissed.

GIBBS: You have a good evening, Sir.

(GIBBS WALKS O.S.)

(DOOR OPENS/ CLOSES)

MORROW: Get me the Director of the F.B.I.

NCIS TECH: Yes, Sir.

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INT. SQUAD ROOM - DAY

MCGEE: You want some?

TONY: No, thank you.

MCGEE: He just passed on free food.

KATE: Maybe he is dying.

TONY: Well, I haven't had much of an appetite lately, Kate, on account of having the pneumonic plague.

KATE: Yeah, I know, Tony. I was there. You don't have to keep bringing it up every five minutes.

TONY: It's not every day you escape the clutches of the Black Death, Kate. It was a life-changing experience.

MCGEE: How so, Tony?

TONY: Ask Kate, she was there.

GIBBS: Kate, I want to know what Westfall was doing in Aberdeen by the time I get back.

KATE: Where are you going?

GIBBS: Out. McGee, I want other reasons why someone would chop off his hands. Tony? Eat something.

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EXT. STREET - NIGHT

(SFX: MOTORCYCLE ENGINE REVS B.G.)

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INT. SQUAD ROOM - NIGHT

MCGEE: Why take someone's hands?

TONY: Trophies?

MCGEE: But why leave the other Lieutenant's?

KATE: If he's chopping hands off, I don't think we can expect him to be rational, McGee.

MCGEE: We've got trouble.

KATE: What was your first hint?

TONY: The two dead bodies downstairs or the explosion, McGee?

MCGEE: No, I mean FBI trouble.

(FORNELL ENTERS THE ROOM)

KATE: Fornell?

TONY: We must be in worse shape than we thought.

FORNELL: Where's Gibbs?

KATE: He's not here.

FORNELL: Where is he, Agent Todd??

KATE: He's out. Try him on his cell.

FORNELL: I did. He's not answering.

TONY: What's going on?

FORNELL: Ari Haswari is back in country.

KATE: You let that psycho back in the States without telling us?!

FORNELL: He was supposed to be helping us uncover an Al Qaeda cell in the D.C. area.

TONY: What do you mean "supposed to", Fornell?

FORNELL: We now think he's here for more personal reasons. He's planning on killing Gibbs.

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EXT. COFFEE SHOP - NIGHT

(GIBBS WALKS FROM THE RESTAURANT AND WATCHES HASWARI)

(MUSIC OUT)

FADE IN:

EXT. COFFEE SHOP - NIGHT

ARI HASWARI: Washington is such a lovely city this time of year. Don't you agree, Special Agent Gibbs? (BEAT) Not much of a conversationalist, are we?

GIBBS: I am mostly waiting here, Ari.

ARI HASWARI: Oh, for what?

GIBBS: A reason to shoot you again. Someone tried to kill my team today. I'm thinking it was you.

ARI HASWARI: You wound me, Gibbs. If it was me, I'd be dead already.

GIBBS: You're still coming in with me for questioning.

ARI HASWARI: Unfortunately, I have made other arrangements for the evening.

GIBBS: It wasn't a request.

ARI HASWARI: I know. That's why I took the precaution of planting an explosive device under one of these tables. Be a good NCIS agent. I may even tell you where.

GIBBS: What are you doing here?

ARI HASWARI: An Al Qaeda cell is planning an attack in Washington. I'm here to stop it.

GIBBS: Yeah, what's the target?

ARI HASWARI: I don't know.

GIBBS: Where is the cell located?

ARI HASWARI: I wish I knew.

GIBBS: You're doing a hell of a job for a Mossad Double Agent.

ARI HASWARI: I can, however, gain access to that information. But it comes at a price, one you may not be willing to pay.

GIBBS: Try me.

ARI HASWARI: Al Qaeda sent me here to conduct my own mission as a test. I pass and I'm allowed into the Washington cell. They want me to kill you. You don't seem surprised.

GIBBS: That means that I'm doing my job.

ARI HASWARI: Yes. And in order for me to do mine, you have to die. I wonder, what would you do in my position?

GIBBS: Kill myself.

(ARI LAUGHS)

ARI HASWARI: Sadly not an option. That's the one part of my religion that I subscribe to.

GIBBS: I can help you out with that.

ARI HASWARI: A kind offer, to be sure. I also have one for you.

GIBBS: I'm listening.

ARI HASWARI: You have twenty-four hours to find and eliminate the cell. If you fail...

GIBBS: I appreciate the heads up.

ARI HASWARI: It's the least I could do. (LONG BEAT) How's Caitlyn, by the way? I've thought of her often since my last visit.

GIBBS: Go near her and I don't care what government agency is watching your back, I will kill you this time.

ARI HASWARI: I wouldn't have it any other way.

GIBBS: Where is the device?

ARI HASWARI: Oh, I almost forgot. I lied. There is none.

(SFX: MOTORCYCLE STARTS)

(ARI DRIVES O.S.)

(GIBBS LOOKS UNDERNEATH THE TABLE)


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EXT. ALLEY - NIGHT

(MUSIC OVER ACTION/GIBBS RUNNING TO THE DUMPSTER)

(SFX: HUGE EXPLOSION)

(SFX: CAR ALARM B.G.)

CUT TO:

INT. SQUAD ROOM - DAY

TONY: (INTO PHONE) Please call me back. (TO KATE) That's twenty messages I left. We should look for him, McGee.

GIBBS: Look for who?

TONY: We've been calling you for the last hour, Boss.

GIBBS: Well, yeah. My ringer thing got turned off.

TONY: You're not gong to believe who's back in town.

GIBBS: Ari.

TONY: Maybe you will.

MCGEE: Fornell said that he's here to--

GIBBS: Yeah, I know. I just had coffee with him.

TONY: So what happened?

GIBBS: He tried to kill me. We find out what Westfall was doing in Aberdeen yet?

MCGEE: Uh, Boss, aren't you going to elaborate a little bit first?

GIBBS: Yeah, McGee! I'm alive! Now tell me about Westfall.

MCGEE: Uh... he was only attached to Aberdeen. He was actually working with an aerospace contractor in Maryland. Danborn Avionics.

GIBBS: Doing what?

TONY: Testing field service modules or something like that. I have no idea. The FBI sent a team over to the company to investigate their security.

GIBBS: The FBI?

TONY: Lots happened in the last hour, Boss.

GIBBS: Where's Fornell?

TONY: MTAC.

GIBBS: Make the ringer thing work.

(GIBBS WALKS O.S.)

MCGEE: Is it me or did he take the whole Ari situation really well?

TONY: That's because he's looking forward to it.

MCGEE: Looking forward to what?

TONY: Finally getting to kill him.

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INT. STAIRWELL - NIGHT

(DOOR CLOSES)

GIBBS: How long did you know that b*st*rd was here?

FORNELL: We had our reasons, Gibbs.

GIBBS: How long?

FORNELL: About a week. We didn't know what his cover mission was with Al Qaeda until today.

GIBBS: I'm taking him down.

FORNELL: Not this time. The FBI can handle this.

GIBBS: The civilians in the coffee ship that he tried to blow up today will probably disagree with you, Tobias.

FORNELL: Look, if it was up to me I'd put a round through his forehead. It's not. You're sitting this one out.

GIBBS: You gonna try to stop me?

FORNELL: No. No, not me, Jethro.

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INT. MTAC - NIGHT

MORROW: Ari has been declared off limits. NCIS will have no further involvement in the case.

GIBBS: You're kidding, Sir?

MORROW: I've also been ordered to place you under protective custody... for your own safety.

GIBBS: Meaning for Ari's?

MORROW: Take it for what it is. A direct order, Agent Gibbs. And you damn well better follow it to the letter.

GIBBS: Yes, Sir. I'd also like to take this opportunity to offer you my resignation, Sir.

MORROW: And I will accept it... after you've completed your current case.

GIBBS: Sir?

MORROW: Have you found any evidence connecting Ari to the murder of our two Naval officers?

GIBBS: No, we haven't, Sir.

MORROW: I will now hand you over to our federally certified protective custody expert, Agent Todd. I hear she used to protect the President. You should be flattered. He's all yours. I expect you to follow her orders to the letter, as if they were mine.

KATE: That last part? He meant it. (V.O.) In his home...

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INT. SQUAD ROOM - NIGHT

KATE: ... two teams. Six hour shifts, alternating radio checks every ten minutes. Outside I want a mobile foot patrol and two permanent observation posts.

TONY: Gibbs is not going to like that.

KATE: Well screw what he likes, Tony. I'm not going to let that psycho within five miles of Gibbs. McGee, I need full audio and video surveillance inside and out. Everything tied back into MTAC.

MCGEE: You've got it, Kate.

GIBBS: Go home. It's late.

KATE: Gibbs, I don't think we're going to be going home.

GIBBS: I'm staying here. I do not need an army of agents staying up all night watching me build a boat.

KATE: You won't leave the building?

GIBBS: If I do, I'll call you. Go. Go home. Get some sleep. First thing tomorrow morning we're gonna check out Danborn Avionics and find out what the FBI missed. Go!

(PASSAGE OF TIME)

(MUSIC OVER ACTION/GIBBS LOOKS OVER THE PHOTOS)

(GIBBS WALKS THROUGH THE SQUAD ROOM WHILE EVERYONE SLEEPS)

(BEGIN DREAM SEQUENCE)

INT. SQUAD ROOM - DREAM SEQUENCE

(KATE YAWNS LOUDLY AND LOOKS AROUND THE SQUAD ROOM)

(SFX: KATE GASPS)

ARI: Did you miss me?

(END DREAM SEQUENCE)

KATE: Gibbs!

TONY: You dream about Gibbs?

KATE: What? No. God no.

TONY: You just said his name.

KATE: No, I didn't.

TONY: Yes, you did.

MCGEE: What's going on?

TONY: Kate dreams about Gibbs.

MCGEE: Oh, what was it about?

KATE: No, I didn't dream about Gibbs.

TONY: She screamed his name.

MCGEE: Really? Here you go.

KATE: Look, if you want to check out the defense contracting company with us today, you're wearing a vest.

GIBBS: I can live with that.

KATE: That's kind of the point, Gibbs.

CUT TO:

EXT. DANBORN AVIONICS - DAY

EBERLEE: (V.O.) Lieutenant Westfall was the military liaison for Danborn's Modular UAV project.

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INT. CORRIDOR - DAY

EBERLEE: And like I told the FBI, I really doubt his murder had anything to do with it.

TONY: Modular UAV?

EBERLEE: It's an unmanned aerial vehicle we're developing with the Navy. It can be reconfigured for different missions in the field.

GIBBS: What kind of missions?

EBERLEE: Reconnaissance, nuclear, and biological agent testing, uh... ground attack.

KATE: So it can be used as a weapon?

EBERLEE: Someday. It's only a prototype. Oh, and uh... before you ask. We changed all our security codes and removed Westfall's from the system last night. Follow me.

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INT. HANGAR - DAY

TONY: Any chance one of your modular UAVs is missing?

EBERLEE: Nope. We only have one, and that's her in the hangar.

GIBBS: What are these?

EBERLEE: Scale models we use in wind tunnel tests.

KATE: Any of your security systems rely on fingerprint or palm scanning technology, Mister Eberlee?

EBERLEE: Why?

MCGEE: Lieutenant Westfall was missing his hands.

TONY: Someone hacked them off!

EBERLEE: Uh... the FBI... didn't mention that.

TONY: We did. What's the answer?

EBERLEE: Our radio flight control systems use biometrics. Only pilots entered into the system can fly them.

KATE: Like Westfall.

EBERLEE: Yeah. But we only have one flyable UAV and that's it.

GIBBS: What about these?

EBERLEE: Those are target drones. Danborn Avionics got its start making them in the nineteen seventies. They're relics. They're not operational.

GIBBS: Looks like one's missing.

EBERLEE: It was... it was probably moved.

GIBBS: Where?

EBERLEE: We sometimes use it for spare parts.

GIBBS: Mm-hmm.

EBERLEE: It's not possible. I mean you need a team of engineers to get one of these heaps in flying shape. Not to mention you need a radio flight control.

GIBBS: And I'll bet Lieutenant Westfall's is missing.

CUT TO:

INT. WAREHOUSE - NIGHT

(MUSIC OVER ACTION/CAMERA PANS AROUND THE ROOM/ MEN WORKING ON ELECTRONICS)

(FADE OUT)

FADE IN:

INT. LAB - DAY

ABBY: According to these schematics, the drone's pretty outdated from a tech perspective, Gibbs.

GIBBS: So is a hand grenade.

ABBY: Excellent point. The Danborn TX-Bravo is basically a jet propelled RC plane. Meaning, it's manually controlled by a radio transmitter.

KATE: If the transmitter they stole was from a modern UAV, they might not be able to fly it.

ABBY: True. True. But Danborns flight codes are based on the original software. So a few tweaks...

GIBBS: What's the range?

ABBY: Forty miles. Unless they load it down with explosives.

GIBBS: Ah, they will.

ABBY: The payload would have to be pretty small, Gibbs. Twenty five pounds or less if they want to get it off the ground. It's not a lot of bang for your buck.

GIBBS: It is if you're going after a soft target, Abs.

ABBY: Soft target?

KATE: People.

ABBY: Oh.

GIBBS: Any way to stop it if it's launched?

ABBY: It wouldn't be hard to destabilized the system. I have the operational frequencies. Another controller could probably jam it.

GIBBS: Get me another controller.

ABBY: But Gibbs, there's a catch. You'd have to be within a forty mile radius to jam it.

(GIBBS WALKS O.S.)

ABBY: Kate, I had a weird dream about Tony last night.

KATE: Eeuu, not the one where the two of you were at the zoo and he--

ABBY: Oh, no no no. He's fully clothed in this one. But he had blood all over his face. I woke up crying, Kate. I never cry. Never, ever, ever.

KATE: Hey, it was just bete noire. Gotta go.

(INSERT WAREHOUSE SCENE)

CUT TO:

INT. SQUAD ROOM - DAY

GIBBS: What do you got?

TONY: A shot of our drone thieves from Danborn's security footage from two nights ago.

MCGEE: The day the Lieutenants were murdered.

GIBBS: Can you I.D. them?

TONY: Well, they're both wearing ski masks, but check this out. Maybe I'm paranoid, but does that guy look familiar?

(INTERCUT MONTAGE OF FLASHBACK SCENES)

GIBBS: You're not paranoid. That b*st*rd's Ari!

TONY: He's not looking for an Al Qaeda cell.

GIBBS: Hell, no. He's running it! You get Fornell in here!

TONY: How much should I tell him?

GIBBS: Tell him he's about to make the second biggest mistake of his life!

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INT. MTAC ROOM - DAY

FORNELL: My second biggest mistake, Jethro? That's very dramatic. What was the first?

GIBBS: When you married my second wife.

FORNELL: You could have warned me.

GIBBS: I did.

FORNELL: In my own defense, I thought he was exaggerating. He wasn't.

GIBBS: Where's Ari?

FORNELL: What part of sit this out don't you get?

GIBBS: The part where he steals a Navy UAV and kills a whole bunch of people with it.

FORNELL: My people checked out Danborn Avionics. Their only UAV is accounted for.

GIBBS: He stole a target drone, Fornell! Pull it up. Packed the nose of that with Semtex, he's got a poor man's Cruise missile.

TONY: Guess your boys missed it.

GIBBS: Ari's playing you. He's no double agent! He never has been! Where is he?

FORNELL: All we've got is an encrypted spook cell phone number.

GIBBS: Call him.

FORNELL: But you can't trace it from here, Gibbs. You need a high level NSA intercept.

GIBBS: Patch us through.

FORNELL: We're talking dedicated satellite time.

CRANSTON: (ON MONITOR) I've got two NSA satellites in range for the next five minutes, Gunny. What's the number?

FORNELL: Are you sure about this?

GIBBS: As sure as when I told you she would clean out your bank account when she left.

(SFX: BEEP TONES)

CRANSTON: (ON MONITOR) Patching it through now. (V.O.) Are you sure he's going to answer?

GIBBS: Put my name on his caller I.D. He'll answer.

CUT TO:

INT. WAREHOUSE - DAY

(PHONE RINGS)

ARI HASWARI: (INTO PHONE) Special Agent Gibbs, now how did you get this number?(BEGIN TELEPHONE INTERCUTS)

(SCENE CUT)

GIBBS: I pulled some strings.

ARI HASWARI: (V.O./FILTERED) Yes, your friend Fornell. I imagine he is there with you.

GIBBS: Nope. Nope. I've been thrown off the case.

ARI HASWARI: (V.O./FILTERED) It's for the best.

(SCENE CUT)

ARI HASWARI: (INTO PHONE) I really wasn't looking forward to killing you.

(SCENE CUT)

GIBBS: I wish I could say the same thing, Ari. I've resigned from NCIS.

ARI HASWARI: (V.O./FILTERED) I hope it wasn't something I said.

GIBBS: Next time if we meet, Ari, it'll be the last time. There won't be anybody to stop me.

ARI HASWARI: (V.O./FILTERED) Gibbs, I'm honored. I had no idea you made so much of a--

(END TELEPHONE INTERCUTS)

CRANSTON: He's on a cell phone grid thirty miles out of Norfolk. Newport News area. I've got it narrowed down to a two block radius.

GIBBS: (OVERLAP) Let's go.

FORNELL: What the hell's he doing in Norfolk?

CUT TO:

INT. CAR - MOVING

GIBBS: Do you know how to work that if we have to jam the drone, McGee?

MCGEE: Uh, well Abby explained it to me but I've got to be honest with you, Boss. I.... I'll figure it out.

TONY: What's today's date, Kate?

KATE: May twenty fourth.

TONY: Paula Cassidy's ship gets back from the Gulf today. We're hooking up this weekend.

KATE: Well, don't you think you should concentrate on that terrorist attack first?

TONY: The whole Marine Amphibious Strike Group returns today, Kate. Five ships all of them headed to Norfolk.

MCGEE: Tony, I doubt that a drone, even one packed with explosives, could do any real damage to a warship.

GIBBS: The piers will be packed with Navy families, McGee.

TONY: Welcoming them home.

CUT TO:

EXT. PIER - DAY

(SFX: BAND PLAYS B.G.)

(SFX: VOICES SHOUTING B.G.)

ARI HASWARI: Do you want to give them a teddy bear?

LITTLE GIRL: Yeah.

ARI HASWARI: Huh? Like this?

LITTLE GIRL: Yeah.

ARI HASWARI: (INTO RADIO) The locator beacon is set.

CUT TO:

EXT. STREET - DAY

GIBBS: Did you figure it out?

MCGEE: I did. The drone is on one of three radio frequencies. It'll take a few minutes to jam each of them. But when I hit the freq, it's on. The drone should go off-target.

TONY: It'll take hours to search these warehouses, Boss.

GIBBS: Give me the shotgun.

(SFX: SHOTGUN BLAST)

(SFX: VOICES SHOUT)

GIBBS: Tony, get the fire escape. Kate, with me. McGee, start jamming.

(MUSIC OVER ACTION/ALL RUN IN THE ALLEY/ ARI HASWARI ON THE ROOF)

(SFX: RAPID GUNFIRE)

(MUSIC OVER ACTION)

(SFX: DRONE ENGINE STARTS)

(SFX: GUNFIRE CONTINUES)

MCGEE: Boss, they fired the drone!

GIBBS: Jam it, McGee!

MCGEE: I can do this. I can do this.

CUT TO:

EXT. PIER - DAY (MUSIC OVER ACTION/SCENES OF PIER/ ARI HASWARI)

CUT TO:

EXT. ROOFTOP - DAY

TONY: (QUIETLY) One down, boss. No visual on anyone else.

(DOOR OPENS)

GIBBS: Let's do it.

(MUSIC OVER ACTION)

(SFX: GUNFIRE)

(SFX: TERRORIST SHOUTS IN A FOREIGN LANGUAGE)

(SFX: GUNFIRE CONTINUES)

TONY: Clear.

GIBBS: McGee, this thing is still flying!

CUT TO:

EXT. ALLEY - DAY

MCGEE: Okay, one freq down, two to go!

(SFX: GUNFIRE EXCHANGE)

MCGEE: Boss, one of them shot my transmitter!

CUT TO:

EXT. ROOFTOP - DAY

TONY: You know how to fly this thing?

GIBBS: No, but I know how to crash it.

(SFX: GUNFIRE)

(INTERCUT DRONE CRASHING INTO THE OCEAN)

GIBBS: McGee, are you okay?

CUT TO:

INT. ALLEY - DAY

MCGEE: I got one terrorist inside! I don't know if I got him, but he stopped shooting.

GIBBS: (V.O./FILTERED) Hold your position. We'll flush him.

MCGEE: Okay.

CUT TO:

INT. ROOFTOP - DAY

GIBBS: I'm out.

KATE: Me, too. (SHOUTS) Shooter!

(KATE DIVES ON THE ROOFTOP)

(SFX: GUNFIRE)

TONY: Kate? (LONG BEAT) Are you okay?

KATE: Ow! I just got shot at point blank range, DiNozzo. What do you think?

TONY: You're not going to be going to Pilates class tomorrow?

(SFX: KATE GROANS)

GIBBS: Protection detail is over.

TONY: You did good.

GIBBS: For once, DiNozzo is right.

KATE: Wow. I thought I'd die before I ever--

(SFX: GUNSHOT)

CUT TO:

EXT. ROOFTOP - DAY

ARI HASWARI: Sorry, Caitlyn.

CUT TO:

EXT. ROOFTOP - DAY

GIBBS: Ari!

(FADE OUT)

(MUSIC UP OVER ENDING CREDITS AND OUT)