The Searchers

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The Searchers is the seventh episode of Season Twelve of NCIS and the 265th episode of the entire NCIS series.


After investigating the murder of a retired Master Sergeant, the NCIS team uncovers a fraudulent charity that preys on those searching for missing military personnel but when the main suspect flees to Vietnam, Gibbs and DiNozzo head to Vietnam in pursuit. As this happens, Bishop agonizes over the results of her probation evaluation while Tony contemplates adopting a stray cat that followed him home.


Oscar and Zak enter a area with Oscar stating that it's dark and that he can't see.

Zak tells Oscar to move over before he produces a flashlight, switching it almost immediately.

As they head into the garage, Oscar wonders if Zak's crazy and that Old Man Hawkins sees the light through the garage, he'll call the cops and they'll have records.

Zak just wonders how the man is going to see a light through the wall and besides does Oscar know how many video games one coin from the treasure chest can buy?

As Zak examines another area, Oscar just stands there, terrified.

It then shows that Oscar has been staring at a gas mask.

"Whoa, war stuff", Zak whispers.

As he reaches for the helmet, Oscar tells Zak that not to touch it as he could get lice.

With the helmet on, Zak then intimidates machine fire but stops upon seeing something that has him hopping off the chair.

"What is that?", Oscar wonders.

Zak then flashes his light over and it's shown that a man is lying on the ground, dead.

"He kills people", Zak whispers.

Oscar states that that's him: Old Man Hawkins.

It then cuts to Zak who looks stunned.

Act One

Act Two

Act Three

Act Four


Act Five


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 and second-in-command of the NCIS Major Case Response Team.
Timothy McGee Sean Murray (actor) Special Agent of the NCIS Major Case Response Team.
Abigail Sciuto Pauley Perrette Chief Forensic Specialist for the NCIS Major Case Response Team.
James Palmer Brian Dietzen Assistant Medical Examiner for the NCIS Major Case Response Team.
Eleanor Bishop Emily Wickersham NCIS Probationary Agent.
Leon Vance Rocky Carroll Director of NCIS.
Donald Mallard David McCallum Chief Medical Examiner for the NCIS Major Case Response Team.

Other Cast

Name Portrayed by Role
George Hawkins Bart McCarthy Retired Marine Master Sergeant and the main murder victim.
Maya Leland Nikki DeLoach Army Lieutenant Colonel.
Todd Price Aaron Abrams A man who appears in the episode.
Henry Caldwell Keith Robinson (actor) A man who appears in the episode.
Ky Van Tu Long Nguyen A man who appears in the episode.
Alice Kent Staley Tembi Locke A woman who appears in the episode.
Greta Staley Kyla-Drew Alice Kent Staley's daughter.
Oscar Connor Kalopsis A young boy who appears in the episode.
Zak Tyree Brown A young boy who appears in the episode.

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