The Missionary Position

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The Missionary Position is the twentieth episode in Season Nine of NCIS and the 206th episode of the entire NCIS series.


The NCIS team investigate the death of a Marine who fell from the sky after being tortured with the team later discovering that a Navy Chaplain has gone missing in Colombia. Tony and Ziva later head to Colombia to rescue the Marine with Ziva's mentor later joining the investigation while back in Washington D.C., Gibbs and McGee continue pursing other leads connected to the case while Jimmy Palmer must choose who will be his Best Man for his upcoming wedding.


Phil and Judy arrive at a small picnic with Phil stating, "Okay. If you like it, I love it".

As Judy begins placing the red blanket on the grass, she then stops, saying, "Wait" before announcing that she doesn't like it.

"Okay", Phil says. "Let's see".

He remarks that over by the pond was too sunny, the gazebo wasn't sunny enough and here...

Judy admits that she doesn't know.

She then states that it's like bad energy.

"Seriously?", Phil says.

"I know", Judy replies.

She remarks that it doesn't feel right for some reason.

Phil just sighs.

Judy then suggests under the tree.

She then gathers up the blanket as Phil remarks that he kind of likes it here.

Judy vows that it's the last move.

As soon as she's gotten the blanket down onto the grass, she tells Phil that it feels much better here.

"Okay", Phil remarks, doubtful.

He then brings the box over, stating that next time, he'll pack a lighter basket.

Judy thanks him.

However, as soon as Phil has joined her, the date is interrupted when a body falls from the sky, landing right in front of them which has Judy and Phil horrified and looking up to the sky as Judy mutters, "Oh my God".

As it sinks, Judy tells Phil that if he'd stayed in that same spot...

The two then look at each other and hang on.

It then cuts to the body who lies there, bloodied, its legs at awkward angles.

Act One

Act Two

Act Three

Act Four


Act Five

In Ryan's office, Gibbs asks Ryan is the two CIA agents are missionaries or CIA.

He then tells Ryan that he needs answers, not hints or riddles.


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 Special Agent of the NCIS Major Response Team.
Ziva David Cote de Pablo Junior Special Agent of the NCIS Major Response Team.
Abigail Sciuto Pauley Perrette Chief Forensic Specialist of the NCIS Major Response Team.
Timothy McGee Sean Murray (actor) Special Agent of the NCIS Major Response Team.
Leon Vance Rocky Carroll Director of NCIS.
Donald Mallard David McCallum Chief Medical Examiner of the NCIS Major Response Team.

Recurring Cast

Name Portrayed by Role
James Palmer Brian Dietzen Assistant Medical Examiner.
Dr. Samantha Ryan Jamie Lee Curtis Head of the Department of Defense PsyOps (MIOS) Division.

Other Cast

Name Portrayed by Role
Commander Maria Castro, USN Suleka Mathew A Naval Commander of the Chaplain Corps; non-combatant.
Commander Theresa Wade, USN Sarah Hudson A Naval Commander of the Chaplain Corps; non-combatant.
Special Agent Constance Mazney, CIA Jennifer Crystal Foley A CIA agent.
Special Agent Stephen Wheeler, CIA Shane Johnson A CIA agent.
Officer Monique Lisson, ICPO Karina Lombard Retired Interpol Agent and Ziva's mentor.
Alfred Holbrook John Cothran, Jr. A man who appears in the episode.
Manny Varigan Ivo Nandi A man who appears in the episode.
Phil Asif Ali A man who appears in the episode.
Judy Danna Brady A woman who appears in the episode.
Bellman Martin Morales A man who appears in the episode.
Thug Mariano Mendoza A man who appears in the episode.

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