Under Covers (episode)

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Under Covers

First aired
November 8, 2005
Written by
Lee David Zlotoff
Directed by
Aaron Lipstadt
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Under Covers is the fifty-fourth episode of NCIS and the eighth episode in Season Three.


The bodies of a murdered assassin and his wife are taken to NCIS after they end up dead in a car crash. It's soon discovered that the victims had reservations at a hotel where the United States Marine Corps birthday ball is scheduled to be held which means that someone at the ball could be a target. As such, Tony and Ziva go undercover, posing as the two married assassins and they attempt to discover who hired them but it's soon revealed that there's more to the case than meets the eye....


The scene opens with a man giving a butler some money before the butler departs. It's soon revealed that the man in question is none other than NCIS Special Agent Anthony DiNozzo and his female companion is Mossad/NCIS Liaison Officer Ziva David.

The two then begin exploring their room with Tony stunned by the big screen TV in the cupboard while Ziva eats a grape from the mini-basket. Tony unsurprisingly gets distracted by the fact that the TV has 200 channels. Ziva then intervenes by closing the cupboard door before she leads Tony back to the room, stating that there's only one thing she's interested in right now.

There's a moment of silence before the two begin kissing rather passionately.

It then cuts to the floor where Ziva quickly removes her skirt which drops to the ground as the two continue kissing.

Act One

Act Two

Act Three

Act Four

Background Information

  • The episode first aired on November 8, two days before the date officially celebrated by the U.S. Marine Corps as its "birthday" (November 10, 1775, when the Second Continental Congress adopted a resolution to raise a force of Marines for the Revolutionary War).


Series Regulars

Name Portrayed by Role
Leroy Jethro Gibbs Mark Harmon Special Agent In Charge, NCIS Major Crimes Response Team ("MCRT").
Anthony DiNozzo Michael Weatherly Senior Special Agent, NCIS MCRT who is masquerading as Jean-Paul Ranier.
Ziva David Cote de Pablo Mossad Liaison Officer, NCIS who is masquerading as Sophie Ranier.
Timothy McGee Sean Murray Junior Special Agent, NCIS.
Abigail Sciuto Pauley Perrette Forensic Specialist, NCIS.
Donald Mallard David McCallum Chief Medical Examiner, NCIS.
Jennifer Shepard Lauren Holly Director, NCIS.

Recurring Cast

Name Portrayed by Role
Charles Sterling Michael Bellisario Aka "Chip", he is Abby Sciuto's assistant.
James Palmer Brian Dietzen Ducky's assistant.
Tobias Fornell Joe Spano F.B.I. Special Agent-in-Charge

Other Cast

Name Portrayed by Role
Yussif Phillip Rhys F.B.I. Special Agent.
Maya Michelle Krusiec F.B.I. Special Agent.
Marcos Siazon Eric Steinberg Contract killer.
Henry Spivey Matthew Kaminsky Siazon's hired thug.
C.K. Cord Sonny Surowiec Siazon's hired thug.
Sophie Ranier Jennifer De Minco Canadian contract killer and the main murder victim. Uncredited role.
Jean-Paul Ranier Rife Sibley Canadian contract killer and the main murder victim. Uncredited role.
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