A Many Splendored Thing

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A Many Splendored Thing is the 16th episode of NCIS Season 14 and also the 321st episode of the entire NCIS series.


Bishop is more determined than ever to seek revenge for the murder of her late boyfriend, Qasim Naasir after the NCIS team uncover a new lead in the Chen case while Torres teaches the agents the art of pickpocketing.

Major EventsEdit

  • Prior to his fatal shooting, Qasim had proposed to Bishop at Bishop's apartment.
  • Bishop had planned to give Qasim a card containing their photo sessions as her acceptance to his proposal the day he got gunned down.
  • Kai Chen entered a plea bargain with the CIA and FBI to take down a Syrian warlord supposedly financing ISIS.
  • Kai Chen ultimately committed suicide via the computer worm he intended to use to blow up diesel generators remotely to avoid being taken in by the Syrians for torture by selling them out.
  • Congresswoman Jenna Flemming offers Gibbs the position of Director, hinting that the position may soon become vacant.


  • Nicholas Torres's skill at pickpocketing had previously been alluded to in Off the Grid (episode), where he covertly planted a bug in Leroy Jethro Gibbs's (at the time undergoing the alias of "Leland Robert Spears") wallet by bumping into him.


Series RegularsEdit

Name Portrayed by Role
Leroy Jethro Gibbs Mark Harmon Special Agent in charge of the NCIS Major Case Response Team.
Abigail Sciuto Pauley Perrette Chief Forensic Specialist for the NCIS Major Case Response Team.
Timothy McGee Sean Murray (actor) Senior Special Agent and second-in command of the NCIS Major Case Response Team.
Nicholas Torres Wilmer Valderrama Special Agent for the NCIS Major Case Response Team.
Alexandra Quinn Jennifer Esposito Special Agent for the NCIS Major Case Response Team.
Eleanor Bishop Emily Wickersham Probationary Agent for the NCIS Major Case Response Team.
James Palmer Brian Dietzen Assistant Medical Examiner for the NCIS Major Case Response Team. Despite being credited, Dietzen does not appear in this episode.
Leon Vance Rocky Carroll Director of NCIS.
Donald Mallard David McCallum Chief Medical Examiner for the NCIS Major Case Response Team.
Clayton Reeves Duane Henry Officer with MI6.

Recurring CastEdit

Name Portrayed by Role
Jenna Flemming Mary Stuart Masterson Congresswoman.
Qasim Naasir Rafi Silver NCIS Translator and Eleanor Bishop's boyfriend who died after being shot by criminals associated with Kai Chen.
Kai Chen Bruce Locke Criminal.

Other CastEdit

Name Portrayed by Role
Dabney Cooper Adam Silver
Renee Turner Tiffany Daniels Lieutenant Commander in the United States Navy.
Kevin Lane Bob Stephenson
Pete (A Many Splendored Thing) Tyson Turrou
Donna Andrews Grace Rowe NCIS Special Agent.

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