Ships in the Night (episode)

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Ships in the Night

First aired
11 January 2011
Written by
Reed Steiner & Christopher J. Waild
Directed by
Thomas J. Wright
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Ships in the Night, is the eleventh episode in Season Eight of NCIS and the 173rd of the series as a whole.


A Marine is gunned down while on a pleasure cruise, reuniting the NCIS team with 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 Lt. Jeremy Nolan was on a second boat.

Act Four

Act Five


Series Regulars

Name Portrayed by Role
Leroy Jethro Gibbs Mark Harmon Special Agent in charge of the Major Case Response Team, NCIS.
Anthony DiNozzo Michael Weatherly Senior Special Agent, MCRT, NCIS.
Ziva David Cote de Pablo Junior Special Agent, MCRT, NCIS.
Timothy McGee Sean Murray Special Agent, MCRT, NCIS.
Abigail Sciuto Pauley Perrette Chief Forensic Specialist, NCIS.
Donald Mallard David McCallum Chief Medical Examiner, NCIS.
Leon Vance Rocky Carroll Director of NCIS.

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 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.

Major Events

  • The team are reunited with CGIS Agent Abigail Borin when they are called to investigate the murder of a marine who was on a pleasure cruise.
  • Borin reveals that number one of her own set of rules is to never make excuses.
  • It's soon discovered that the marine's death was the result of a conspiracy between his sister, the family lawyer, and the corporation's CFO.


  • 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)".

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