Phoenix (episode)

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Phoenix is the third episode of Season Ten of NCIS and the 213th of the series as a whole.


While on medical leave as a result of suffering a heart attack which he learnt of the Navy Yard Bombing, Ducky orders that the remains of a Navy commander whose autopsy he performed twelve years ago be exhumed after Ducky realizes that the Commander may have been murdered. Meanwhile, the team investigate the death of a Marine who was found dead in his apartment and as the investigation unfolds, it appears that the two deaths are seemingly connected...


Act One


Gibbs after Ducky has told him that the victim who Ducky autopsied might have been murdered.

Act Two

Act Three

Act Four

In the bullpen, Ducky is telling Gibbs, McGee and Ziva that twelve years ago, Commander Roberts was murdered with Ducky himself presiding over Roberts's autopsy.

Act Five

Major Events

  • It's revealed that three months have passed since the events in Extreme Prejudice (episode).
  • Ducky takes charge of a case for the first time.
  • It's shown that McGee's shooting skills have dramatically improved.


  • At the Shooting Range, before the second round of shooting begins, McGee has his earmuffs down. However, in the next scene, just seconds before he raises his gun and fires at the target, they're covering his ears. There's no way he could have gotten them on so fast and in such a short length of time.
  • Some of the music that is heard in the episode is taken from Michael Des Barres's new album "Carnaby Street". Michael Des Barres also had great praise for the cast and crew of NCIS, stating, "I have worked on over 100 hours of television and I have never been on a set where everyone involved made me feel that I could fly with the material and feel safe enough, respected enough to do good work. Mark Harmon is the Captain of a ship that sails around the television universe like the mothership of terrific entertainment".


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 Special Agent and second-in-command of the NCIS Major Case Response Team.
Ziva David Cote de Pablo Junior Special Agent of the NCIS Major Case Response Team.
Timothy McGee Sean Murray (actor) Special Agent of the NCIS Major Case Response Team.
Abigail Sciuto Pauley Perrette Chief Forensic Specialist of the NCIS Major Case Response Team.
James Palmer Brian Dietzen Acting Medical Examiner.
Leon Vance Rocky Carroll Director of NCIS.
Donald Mallard David McCallum Chief Medical Examiner of the NCIS Major Case Response Team. Is currently on semi-retired medical leave after suffering a heart attack but returns to his position at the end of the episode.

Other Cast

Name Portrayed by Role
Dr. Felix Blackwell Rene Auberjonois The killer.
Del Finney Michael Des Barres A man who was a big star in the 1980s.
Ellen Roberts Amanda Walsh Commander Bruce Roberts's daughter.
Captain Beverly Sharp, USN Shelley Robertson Commander Bruce Roberts's C.O.
Administrator Jim Hoffmaster A man who appears in the episode.
Marine 1 (Phoenix) Jason Bremer A Marine.

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