It also marks the final appearances of both Erica Jane Barrett and Sean Latham.
While investigating the death of a naval officer, the team finally discover long-lost Agent Erica Jane Barrett who's been on the run for the last few months which brings them into contact with an old enemy from the past, an enemy who will stop at nothing in ensuring that his secret is kept safe, even if it means killing both EJ and Tony in the process.
The episode opens with a recap detailing what happened in the NCIS Season 9 premiere episode, Nature of the Beast (episode) and ends with NCIS Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs finding Jonathan Cole/Casey Stratton in a photograph alongside other murder victims with the discovery leaving Gibbs stunned.
In a small area of a neighborhood area, two young boys are outside playing.
"Child abuse is what it is", Skip remarks as he kicks a football.
His friend, Dave who's riding a bike states that there's no more junk food at his house.
Skip tells Dave that there's no more video games at his.
"Stupid New Year's resolutions", Dave complains.
"They make them, we suffer", Skip says.
Dave swears that he can't wait to grow up and move out of this puny little town.
"Nothing ever happens here anyway", Skip states.
Suddenly, the sound of tyres squealing and a crash catches the attention of the two youngsters.
"What?", Dave wonders, throwing his helmet as he and Skip race towards the sound.
As this happens, various car alarms go off and more tyres are heard squealing.
The two eventually arrive to see an SUV that has crashed into a parked car, the alarms still blaring. They stop upon seeing a man wearing the uniform of a United States Navy Commander slumped forward in the driver's seat.
As Dave stands outside, Skip climbs in, asking the man if he's okay.
But there's no reply.
Skip then places the man back against the seat and gasps.
Dave looks on, stunned.
It then cuts to show that the man is dead, having been shot in the neck with the blood still fresh.
In the conference room, as Barrett eats some fast food, Gibbs wonders if she's hungry while Tony sits on a table, silently seething while glaring at Barrett.
"Not anymore, thanks", Barrett replies.
Unfortunately, Tony is furious, wondering if this has been it for Barrett, on the lam, running town to town.
"Since they killed Cade, yeah", Barrett replies.
As he gets to his feet, Tony then remarks in a menacing tone that EJ left Tony lying on the ground in an alleyway.
Barrett remarks that she thought he was dead.
"You thought?!", Tony remarks, clearly outraged.
Barrett then states that it was days before she found out he was okay much to her relief.
"Didn't stop you from running", Tony replies.
Barrett states that she wasn't running; she was on the run with Tony saying there's a distinction.
Unsurprisingly, it descends into an argument yet again with Tony and EJ shouting over each other, forcing Gibbs to intervene and yell "Enough" to stop the shouting match.
- Abby's necklace is "Don't H8". H8 is a campaign against California's proposition to make gay marriage illegal.
|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.|
|Erica Jane Barrett||Sarah Jane Morris (actress)||Special Agent in Charge of a team formerly based in Rota, Spain.|
|Secretary of the Navy Clayton Jarvis||Matt Craven||Secretary of the Navy.|
|Jonathan Cole||Scott Wolf||A man who is a former Green Beret and also working alongside Sean Latham. Attempts to kill Tony and EJ but is later caught and arrested.|
|Sean Latham||Philip Casnoff||Head of a corporation involved with the Phantom 8 Group.|
|Agnes Anderstout||Annie O’Donnell||A woman who witnessed the crash.|
|Cara Barnsway||Christine Lynn Smith||The victim's wife.|
|Ramesh Sengupta||Iqbal Theba||Receptionist at the motor lodge.|
|Skip||Dante Brown||A boy who discovered the body.|
|Dave (Housekeeping)||Sean Ryan Fox||A boy who discovered the body.|