Ships in the Night (episode)

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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.


Act One

Act Two

Act Three


Gibbs after realizing that whoever shot First Lieutenant Jeremy Nolan was on a second boat.

Act Four

Act Five

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).


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
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).

Other Cast

Name Portrayed by Role
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.

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