Off the Grid

First aired
January 17, 2017.
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Off the Grid is the 12th episode of NCIS Season 14 and also the 319th episode of the entire NCIS series.


After spotting the brother of an NCIS Most Wanted suspect, Gibbs immediately assumes a former alias and goes undercover with their infamous anti-government militia group while Bishop and Reeves work together on an off-the-books investigation.

Major EventsEdit

  • The circumstances behind Gibbs undergoing a deep cover operation previously alluded to in Blast from the Past (episode) are elaborated in this episode.
  • Bishop reveals that Qasim Nassir died sometime between this episode and the previous one from the shooting.
  • Reeves and Bishop are illicitly doing investigations on Kai Chen.
  • Kelly Gibbs made a plate for her mother and father in the third grade.


  • This is the 319th episode overall, airing before the 316th.
  • Gibbs' alias, Leland Robert Spears, is the same alias that was stolen in the Season Twelve episode, Blast from the Past (episode). This was also given a reference in the beginning when the terrorist mentioned that he thought Spears was dead.
  • It is unclear whether the undercover case Gibbs was working on to catch the Whitmans' in 2001 is before or after the undercover case he was on in Baltimore in 2001, that involved him meeting DiNozzo.


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. Dietzen does not appear, but he is credited.
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
Elaine Connie Jackson A waitress at the diner Gibbs and the team regularly visit.

Other CastEdit

Name Portrayed by Role
Bodie Whitman Tobias Jelinek
Ramsay Whitman Christopher Wiehl AKA "John Joseph Manning".
Fred Pettis Stephen Mendel Retired NCIS Special Agent.
Hannah Treisa Gary
Doyle Roden Paul Ganus Department of Energy Deputy Director and secret anti-government radical.
Burly Guy Michael Villar
Ramsey's Wife Jhey Castles

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