20 September 2011
Nature of the Beast, is the season premiere and first episode in Season Nine of , and the 187 NCIS th of the series as a whole.
After months of working with
the new SECNAV on a top-secret undercover assignment, Tony DiNozzo is left with an injured arm and no memory of what happened beforehand. In addition, DiNozzo has the blood of a fellow NCIS Special Agent on his hands. It now falls to Gibbs and the Major Case Response Team to piece together what really happened with help from Doctor Rachel Cranston.
Act Three Edit
Tony fleeing the scene after he and EJ come from under fire from a mysterious assassin.
Series Regulars Edit
Recurring Cast Edit
Other Cast Edit
Special Agent Casey Stratton
Federal Bureau of Investigation agent who is revealed to be an impostor and agent of Sean Latham. Real name is later revealed to be Jonathan Cole.
Captain Felix Wright, USN
Naval Officer and the murder victim.
Head of a corporation involved with the Phantom 8 Group.
Major Events Edit
It is revealed that Special Agent Simon Cade is the one Anthony DiNozzo is tasked with going after. In addition, it was revealed that Cade had in fact been framed with leaking the microchips.
While in a stand-off, Cade and Special Agent Erica Jane Barrett are attacked by a mysterious figure.
The gunfight ends with Barrett being hit in her stomach, DiNozzo hit in the shoulder and Cade dies instantly from his injuries.
Stratton dumps Cade's body in the Potomac and attempts to frame DiNozzo for the crime.
As a result of his gunshot wound, Tony suffers memory loss, forcing Gibbs to call in Rachel Cranston to help Tony deal with his psychological trauma.
It is revealed that the technology that Agent Barrett took from Gayne Levin is a microchip that can unlock doors around the world and was given an order to sell it.
Captain Felix Wright is revealed to be the one who Barrett was supposed to give the microchip to.
The MCRT figure out DiNozzo's mission when the Autopsy cameras detect EJ Barrett taking the microchip off Levin's arm.
Rule no. 36: "If you feel like you're being played, you probably are."
It's revealed that Ziva's status as a Probationary Agent has ended and that she is now a fully-fledged Special Agent.
Along with having a Starring credit, Mark Harmon is now also billed as Executive Producer, a promotion from his Producer status in the previous seasons.