What Lies Above

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What Lies Above is the 17th episode of NCIS Season 14 and also the 323rd episode of the entire NCIS series.


McGee discovers his apartment has been torn apart by a robber trying to locate an item of great value hidden somewhere by the convicted criminal who previously owned the unit while Congresswoman Flemming tries to persuade Director Vance to pursue a career in politics.

Major EventsEdit

  • The triple-murder case that resulted in DiNozzo getting his (and later McGee's) apartment at a bargain price was expanded on in this episode.
    • In addition to the infamous triple-murder case noted above, it was also revealed to be the site of another murder taking place 15 years earlier regarding a Praulia heist.
  • Aside from McGee and Bishop, it was revealed that Nick Torres knew about the apartment's history some time prior to the episode, but Alexandra Quinn and Delilah Felding didn't know until this episode (the latter at the very end).
  • McGee is revealed to have put his father's ashes underneath the bed until he can find the time to spread them to the winds, with Delilah Felding knowing and supporting the decision. Ironically, the location of his father's ashes was directly above the hiding spot for an actual corpse inside the same room.
  • It is possible that Leon Vance and Jenna Flemming may have started dating.


  • Director Vance potentially leaving had been hinted at in A Many Splendored Thing (episode), where Jenna Flemming offered the position of Director to Gibbs in the ending of the episode.
  • Timothy McGee's apartment being tied to a criminal investigation in the past had previously been alluded to in Return to Sender (episode), where Timothy McGee discovered how then-Special Agent Anthony DiNozzo (the former owner of the apartment) had gotten the apartment.


Series RegularsEdit

Name Portrayed by Role
Leroy Jethro Gibbs Mark Harmon Special Agent in charge of the NCIS Major Case Response Team.
Abigail Sciuto Pauley Perrette Chief Forensic Specialist for the NCIS Major Case Response Team.
Timothy McGee Sean Murray (actor) Senior Special Agent and second-in command of the NCIS Major Case Response Team.
Nicholas Torres Wilmer Valderrama Special Agent for the NCIS Major Case Response Team.
Alexandra Quinn Jennifer Esposito Special Agent for the NCIS Major Case Response Team.
Eleanor Bishop Emily Wickersham Probationary Agent for the NCIS Major Case Response Team.
James Palmer Brian Dietzen Assistant Medical Examiner for the NCIS Major Case Response Team.
Leon Vance Rocky Carroll Director of NCIS.
Donald Mallard David McCallum Chief Medical Examiner for the NCIS Major Case Response Team.
Clayton Reeves Duane Henry Officer with MI6. Despite being credited, Henry does not appear in this episode.

Recurring CastEdit

Name Portrayed by Role
Jenna Flemming Mary Stuart Masterson Congresswoman.

Other CastEdit

Name Portrayed by Role
Paul Triff French Stewart
Margo Lenkovic Gena Shaw
Walter Shibberd Blake Berris
Peter Shaw Christopher T. Wood Congressman.