Pyramid (episode)

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Pyramid is the twenty-fourth and final episode in Season Eight of NCIS and the 186th episode of the entire NCIS series.

This episode also marks the final appearances of SECNAV Phillip Davenport, NCIS Special Agent Gayne Levin and Lieutenant Jonas Cobb.

It also marks the debut appearance of SECNAV Clayton Jarvis.


As Jonas Cobb, the "Port to Port" killer continues his campaign of revenge against those responsible for Operation Frankenstein, the NCIS team struggle to stop Cobb once and for all but things spin out of control when Cobb takes two personnel associated with NCIS hostage, forcing the team into a deadly game of cat and mouse against Cobb as they fight to save their kidnapped colleagues before it's too late.


The episode opens with a recap of what happened over the previous episode: NCIS Director Leon Vance telling NCIS Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs about the Port-to-Port Killer while NCIS Special Agent Erica Jane Barrett tells Gibbs and Anthony DiNozzo that it's her killer, her case.

A bartender gives Tony and NCIS Probationary Agent Ziva David a drink, only for Tony and Ziva to discover it contains a human eyeball.

NCIS Medical Examiner Assistant James Palmer later uses the eyeball and discovers that it can access MTAC.

Meanwhile, Gibbs and DiNozzo meet with CIA agent Trent Kort, the owner of the missing eyeball who tells them that the Port-to-Port Killer has a name: Lieutenant Jonas Cobb.

Later, Cobb emerges and attacks former NIS/NCIS Special Agent Michael Franks before stabbing Franks fatally and fleeing the scene.

Gibbs later cradles Franks's lifeless body and mutters, "Oh, Mike", obviously in disbelief over what's happened.

Vance soon informs EJ and her team of Agents Simon Cade and Gayne Levin to be on high alert and that Cobb is armed and also anticipates their arrival.

Cade and Levin are both shot and hit the ground while Cobb emerges and starts struggling with Barrett.

The recap ends with Cobb having gotten the edge over Barrett while holding a gun against Barrett's face with Barrett being left horrified.

A while later, Gibbs and DiNozzo now wearing NCIS body armor and wielding flashlights as well as their respective SIG-Sauers arrive at the warehouse and begin searching for Barrett and her team.

Act One

Act Two

Act Three

Act Four

Act Five


DiNozzo after getting an assignment from the new SECNAV concerning an NCIS Special Agent.

Major Events

  • Rule 16 is revealed to be: "If someone thinks they have the upper hand, break it".
  • It's revealed that Abby has had motion-sense lights installed in her lab, lights that can be turned on or off whenever she claps her hands.
  • It's also shown that Vance had has his office modified to have a Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility or (SCIF) so that even the most secretive of cases or information can be discussed without any outside interference.
  • The team later bid farewell to Mike Franks who is buried with full military honors.
  • Following the Stand-Off Between the NCIS Team and Jonas Cobb that ends with Gibbs and Vance shooting Cobb dead, Phillip Davenport resigns from the position of SECNAV for good.
  • Davenport's replacement, Clayton Jarvis, an old friend of Vance's is introduced for the first time.



The mistake: "Special Guest Starring" when it should be "Special Guest Star".

  • Kerr Smith who plays Jonas Cobb is credited as a Special Guest Star although in the episode, he's credited as "Special Guest Starring" which is a possible mistake.
  • The Boxer Rebellion- "Caught by the Light" is heard playing in the background as the NCIS team except for Palmer and Ziva attend Franks's funeral.
  • Muse Watson (Mike Franks) is credited but only appears in flashbacks of previous episodes. In addition, he provides a voice over while Gibbs reads his letter.
  • Matt Craven who plays the new SecNav worked with Rocky Carroll in the movie Crimson Tide where they both played members of a sub crew.
  • This is the last NCIS finale episode to be directed by either Thomas J. Wright or Dennis Smith who had previously directed the NCIS finale episodes over the last eight years. British director Tony Wharmby would go onto to direct the next NCIS Season finale episode, a trait that has continued to this day.


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.

Recurring Cast

Name Portrayed by Role
James Palmer Brian Dietzen Assistant Medical Examiner.
Michael Franks Muse Watson Former Supervisory Agent of NIS/NCIS, he was killed in the previous episode.
Special Agent Trent Kort David Dayan Fisher Special Agent, CIA.
Leyla Shakarji Tehmina Sunny Daughter in-law of Mike Franks and Liam O'Neill's widow.
Former Secretary of the Navy Phillip Davenport Jude Ciccolella Secretary of the Navy who resigns after the events surrounding Jonas Cobb, the Port-to-Port Killer.
Pamela Cook Vera Miao Vance's Secretary.
Erica Jane Barrett Sarah Jane Morris (actress) Special Agent in Charge of a team formerly based in Rota, Spain, she was captured and placed in the trunk of the car.
Simon Cade Matt Willig NCIS Special Agent attached to Barrett's MCRT previously stationed in Rota.
Gayne Levin Alimi Ballard NCIS Special Agent attached to Barrett's MCRT previously stationed in Rota. Shot and killed by Jonas Cobb.
Special Agent Ray Cruz, CIA Enrique Murciano Ziva's boyfriend.
Lieutenant Jonas Cobb, USN Kerr Smith United States Navy/Port-to-Port Killer/CIA Prototype.

Other Cast

Name Portrayed by Role
Secretary of the Navy Clayton Jarvis Matt Craven The new Secretary of the Navy who replaces Philip Davenport after Davenport resigns from the position following the Port-to-Port killer incident.

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