A media frenzy surrounding an unidentified criminal prompts Gibbs's barber to question his estranged son's involvement and ask for Gibbs's help in ruling out his son as a prime suspect but the case takes a turn when the team discover that the original killer is dead, leading them to suspect that a copycat may be responsible for the recent killings while Ned Dorneget returns.
A young woman, Chloe Chandler is busy having a shower.
As this happens, the door then creaks open as someone arrives in.
In the shower, Chloe stops, having heard something although she resumes showering seconds later.
Outside, as the figure edges closer, a cat emerges from the bathroom and leaps onto Chloe's bed as the figure moves closer to the bathroom.
In the shower, Chloe, having finished switches off the shower line before running a hand through her hair. She then grabs a big towel from the ring and spends the next few seconds wrapping it around her body.
Outside, the figure gets nearer to the bathroom.
Inside, Chloe steps out of the shower, heading for the mirror before she wipes the steam away with her right hand.
As she does that, Chloe then pauses upon seeing rings or bags under her eyes which has her examining them and then standing there in disbelief.
Suddenly, the door opens, startling Chloe.
She then watches horrified as the figure enters the room, wielding a knife.
Chloe screams as she is stabbed (off-screen).
Inside, the figure continues stabbing Chloe.
It then cuts to the cat who sits on the bed, hissing.
In the bullpen, Tony states that he should get this straight and that while he and Dorney were away, the guys (McGee, Ziva and Ducky) got involved in the Dead Rose Slasher case?
|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||Medical Examiner Assistant.|
|Leon Vance||Rocky Carroll||Director of NCIS.|
|Donald Mallard||David McCallum||Chief Medical Examiner of the NCIS Major Case Response Team.|
|Special Agent Ned Dorneget, NCIS||Matt L. Jones||Probationary Special Agent|
|Detective Quinton Shard, MPD||Mathew St. Patrick||Metro Police Department Homicide Detective.|
|Ramsey Boone||Keir O'Donnell||Forensic Scientist with the Metro Police Department.|
|Bart Crowley||Paul Cassell||A TV Reporter who is later revealed to be the actual (and recent) Dead Rose Slasher serial killer in an attempt to boost his career.|
|Frankie Dean||Jay Acovone||A barber.|
|Cameron Dean||Derek Magyar||Frankie Dean's estranged son.|
|Melissa Tourney||Andrea Bogart||A woman who appears in the episode.|
|Marine Lance Corporal Douglas Alexander, USMC||Dio Johnson||A man who appears in the episode.|
|Chloe Chandler||Jamie Hill||A woman who is seen in the shower at the beginning of the episode and who is later stabbed to death.|