Ships in the Night is the eleventh episode in Season Eight of NCIS and the 173rd episode of the entire NCIS series.
The NCIS team investigate when a Marine is shot dead while on a pleasure cruise which reunites them with Coast Guard Investigative Service or CGIS agent Abigail Borin. During the investigation into the death, the team uncover a plot involving millionaire business magnates and a high-society scandal.
In the bullpen, McGee is falling asleep at his desk, only to jolt awake when DiNozzo slams a locker in his desk with McGee thanking him.
"Anytime", DiNozzo says.
- The song playing in the club where Tony and Ziva are interviewing Devin Lodge is Ke$ha's "We R Who We R (Fred Falke remix)".
- This episode marks the second appearance of CGIS agent Abigail Borin who made her first ever appearance in the Season 7 episode, Jurisdiction (episode).
|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.|
|CGIS Special Agent Abigail Borin||Diane Neal||Special Agent with the CGIS. Neal previously made her debut appearance as Agent Borin in the Season 7 episode, Jurisdiction (episode).|
|Wayne Grossman||Roark Critchlow||The Nolan's Attorney and in house counsel.|
|Kimberly Nolan||Tiffany Dupont||Lt. Nolan's sister.|
|Tom Adams||Patch Darragh||CFO of the Nolan Corporation.|
|Devin Lodge||Tyler Hynes||Boyfriend of Kim Nolan who is later arrested for having sex with an underage minor.|
|First Lieutenant Jeremy Nolan, USMC||Wes Brown||Victim.|
|Captain Jared Bratton, USMC||Leith M. Burke||Marine Reservist who redrafted the victim's will.|
|Steve Mehlman||Kurt Scholler||A passenger on the pleasure cruise.|
|Bouncer (Ships in the Night)||Christopher Guyton||A man who appears in the episode.|