The NCIS team investigate when a C-130 carrying the remains of three Marines who died fighting in Afghanistan crash-lands into a field. As the team dig deeper to determine the cause of the crash, a shocking revelation soon emerges: one of the Marines whose body was supposed to have been on the plane may actually still be alive....
A lone C-130 flies through the night sky.
Inside the main area are six coffins, all draped with the flag of the United States of America as two Marines sit opposite the coffins, guarding them.
Walker, an African-American Marine sits there, lost in thought.
He glances over at his companion, a fellow Marine who just sits there, pre-occupied.
Walker then looks down at the coffins and gets up, heading over to the area.
The other Marine watches as Walker tucks the end of the flag into the coffin.
Seconds later, an explosion rips through the area, sending Walker to the ground and the other Marine hanging onto some ropes.
"Mayday, mayday", a man, presumably the pilot yells. "This plane is declaring an emergency. Partial engine failure".
Outside, the plane is descending at a rapid rate, its right wing already on fire.
"Walker!", the other Marine yells.
Outside, the left side of the plane explodes, flames consuming the left wing.
Inside, one of the coffins slides off course as both Marines lie in the corner, stunned.
It then cuts to Walker who yells to his companion that they're going down.
In MTAC, Gibbs is talking to Captain Quincy, obviously stunned that insurgents were on the inside and in the school.
Quincy isn't surprised but Gibbs remarks that NCIS was surprised before wondering if Quincy was planning on telling anyone.
- It's revealed that there is a chapel on the Navy Yard.
|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||Director of NCIS.|
|Donald Mallard||David McCallum||Chief Medical Examiner of the NCIS Major Response Team.|
|James Palmer||Brian Dietzen||Assistant Medical Examiner.|
|Young Leroy Jethro Gibbs||Sean Harmon||Gibbs as a teenager.|
|Young Shannon Gibbs||Darby Stanchfield||Gibbs's deceased first wife.|
|Clayton Jarvis||Matt Craven||Secretary of the Navy.|
|Charles T. Ellison||John Finn||Commandant and also a General of the Marine Corps.|
|Melanie Burke||Jaime Ray Newman||Naval Chaplain and a Lieutenant Commander in the United States Navy.|
|Craig Quincy||LaMonica Garrett||Lieutenant Gabriela Flores's commanding officer and a Captain in the United States Marine Corps.|
|Gabriela Flores||Sofia Pernas||A public affairs specialist and also a First Lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps.|
|Joan Matteson||Jeananne Goossen||A Private in the United States Marine Corps from Gibbs's days as a young Marine undergoing training in Camp Lejeune.|
|Marine Cadence Leader||Wade Harlan||A Marine who appears in the episode.|
|Joseph Flores||Alex Fernandez (actor)||Lieutenant Gabriela Flores's father.|
|Justin Fanniker||Dylan Bruce||The owner of Fanniker Construction and the multimillionaire boyfriend of Lieutenant Flores.|
|Emily Goodwin||Samantha Sloyan||A kindergarten teacher and a former Marine who served as a member of an Female Engagement Team.|