Out of the Frying Pan

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Out of the Frying Pan is the eighteenth episode in Season Eight of NCIS and the 180th episode of the entire NCIS series.


The NCIS team are tasked with investigating the murder behind a retired Marine Colonel with the prime suspect being the victim's teenage son but Gibbs soon begins questioning Vance's motives for assigning the case to the team in the first place.


In a small area of D.C., as an automatic cleaning machine goes by, two members of the Parking Enforcement follow in a little car.

As they get out of the car, Riggs tells his partner, Bixby that they can tell a lot about a person by their car.

"So you've said. Many times", Bixby remarks.

Riggs states that the owners have one thing in common.

"You've ruined their day", Bixby says.

Riggs tells Bixby that they've all got an excuse and take this guy with Bixby protesting that the guy probably lives here and that he forgot to move his car before suggesting that they should knock on his door.

"And here I thought you had what it takes to do the job", Riggs remarks.

"And here I thought you had a soul", Bixby retorts.

Riggs states that he lost it a long time ago, hazard of the job and that otherwise, he'd start talking the insults personally.

As this happens, Bixby heads for the door.

"Meter maid. Rent-a-cop. Scooter pig", Riggs mutters.

Meanwhile, Bixby rings the doorbell but there's no response.

Riggs remarks that Bixby can't sympathize with those people, that they broke the law and for that, they must pay. He then places an envelope containing a fine onto the window of the car.

Bixby then looks in and sees the owner of the house lying dead on the floor.

He then mutters "Oh my God" and tells Riggs to call the police.

"I am the police", Riggs states.

"The real police!", Bixby snaps.

It then cuts to the inside of the house where the man is still there on the floor, dead with the murder weapon apparently an axe that has fresh blood on it.

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Act Two

Act Three

Act Four

Act Five


Series Regulars

Name Portrayed by Role
Leroy Jethro Gibbs Mark Harmon Special Agent in charge of the NCIS Major Case Response Team.
Anthony DiNozzo Michael Weatherly Senior Agent and second-in-command of the NCIS Major Case Response Team.
Ziva David Cote de Pablo NCIS Probationary Agent and also a member of the NCIS Major Case Response Team.
Timothy McGee Sean Murray (actor) Junior Special Agent of the NCIS Major Case Response Team.
Abigail Sciuto Pauley Perrette Chief Forensic Specialist of the NCIS Major Case Response Team.
Leon Vance Rocky Carroll Director of NCIS.
Donald Mallard David McCallum Chief Medical Examiner of the NCIS Major Case Response Team.

Other Cast

Name Portrayed by Role
Nick Peyton Cameron Monaghan A teenager who Vance believes killed his father.
Mark Stafford Don McManus The one who put Nick Peyton at the crime scene involving his dead father. Blamed Nick for getting his daughter Megan into drugs which eventually resulted in her death from overdosing on drugs. He also strongly believes that Nick should have gone to jail.
Donna Peyton Daphne Ashbrook Nick's mother and Yale's wife who is responsible for her husband's death.
Dr. Ellen Gracey Amy Landecker Nick's rehab psychiatrist.
Parking Enforcement Officer Bixby Ron Morehouse A man who appears in the episode.
Parking Enforcement Officer Riggs Gregg Daniel A man who appears in the episode.
Colonel Yale Peyton, USMC ret. S.E. Perry The main murder victim and a friend of Vance's.
Young Nick Peyton Dmitri Schuyler-Linch Nick Peyton as a young boy.

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