Whiskey Tango Foxtrot is the premiere episode of Season Eleven of NCIS and the 235th of the series as a whole. This episode also marks the final appearance of SECNAV Clayton Jarvis.
Tragedy strikes when an explosion at an event in Washington D.C. claims the life of a figure well-known to the NCIS agency. As the NCIS agents rally to find those responsible, a new terrorist group called the Brotherhood of Doubt emerges and their targets are Gibbs and his former team...
The episode opens with a preview of what happened in the previous season of NCIS and ends with NCIS Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs aiming a sniper rifle at FBI Special Agent Tobias Fornell with Gibbs pulling the trigger seconds later with the sound of the gunshot echoing into the night.
Four months previously, at a hotel, numerous people are arriving for a big event.
Parons approaches Morrow with Parsons telling Morrow that he needs a moment.
Morrow simply tells Parsons or "Richard" to go with Morrow figuring that Parsons would be drowning his sorrows by now.
Parsons remarks that he knows that SECNAV, Clayton Jarvis is inside and that he'd like five minutes with both men to discuss NCIS.
Morrow simply tells Parsons that this is not the place.
Parsons remarks that his job was to clean up the Navy's investigative branch and that he's been sidelined by some half-assed classified mission because they want Gibbs to play cowboy.
Morrow then guides Parsons and remarks that Homeland isn't the only agency authorizing this and that Secretary Jarvis, the Director of the CIA, both agree that the mission takes precedence.
Parsons argues that his case was a political slam dunk and that Gibbs is being given a Get Out of Jail Free card before Parsons states that it's wrong.
Morrow tells Parsons that what's wrong is Morrow himself continuing this conversation one more minute and that Gibbs has a job to do and that Parsons's tunnel-visioned stubborn determination is getting in the way.
Parsons wants to know what's so important that one assignment can trump a career of rule-breaking.
Morrow, on the other hand tells Parsons that the less Parsons knows, the better and that Morrow is doing Parsons a favor.
Parsons vows to get to the bottom of this.
Morrow tells Parsons that there's a line in the sand and that Parsons shouldn't cross it.
With that, Morrow heads back over to the hotel entrance, leaving Parsons alone.
Reluctantly, Parsons starts to walk away but seconds later, a huge explosion erupts, completely destroying the hotel and engulfing everything in smoke while also setting off many car alarms.
It then cuts to Parsons who looks horrified at the scene.
Pacing up and down, NCIS Medical Examiner Dr. Donald Mallard states that "weird" is but one of the many adjectives he could apply to these circumstances.
NCIS Forensic Scientist Abigail Sciuto remarks that only if that "creep", Parsons hadn't been pushing his witch hunt, then none of this would have happened.
"That creep as you call him, Abby did not bomb the hotel ballroom", Ducky corrects.
Abby then tells him that Gibbs and the others would have still been here and that they could have stopped this. Ducky simply states that they have a long night ahead of them.
As Ducky sits at Gibbs's desk, Palmer remarks that he didn't known SECNAV but he heard that SECNAV was married and had kids.
"Yeah", Abby agrees. "He and Director Vance were really close".
She then wonders why they didn't do more to stop Parsons's investigations like a sit-in or a hunger strike of some sort. Palmer states that he's no good at hunger strikes and that he gets really light-headed around four o'clock if he doesn't have a snack
Ducky remarks that what they must do is to stop feeling sorry for themselves.
As Abby and Palmer glance at him, Ducky tells them that there is work to do and right now, those responsible have the upper hand.
Ducky also mentions that Secretary Jarvis and those who have fallen are counting on them.
On cue, Gibbs arrives in, startling the three.
Abby remarks that GIbbs is here unless she's seeing things.
Gibbs simply walks by, remarking if they've got work to do.
"Yes, we do, Jethro", Ducky replies, standing up. "And we are eager to do it. Shall we?">
With that, the three leave the Bullpen.
Vance tells them that that was the Secretary of Defense and that in addition to Jarvis's death, Tom Morrow was just rushed into surgery and that he might lose a leg.
Wayne wants to know if anyone has claimed any responsibility yet.
Vance tells Wayne that the Secretary of the U.S. Navy is dead and that he doesn't believe there would be anyone fool enough to welcome that death wish.
Gibbs wants to know about the response.
Vance states that the White House wants answers by any means necessary and that intel thinks that this is just a warning shot across the bow and that the main event is still to come.
As Vance sits down, Wayne believes that it's something to look forward
Vance tells Gibbs that this may be related to Lieutenant Chad McBrides murder.
Wayne picks up by stating that they believe that the Lieutenant got too close to identifying a terrorist cell and that if they combine the bomb tonight and McBride's radioactive remains, it's...
"What can I do?", Gibbs wonders.
Vance remarks that JSCO will be handling its own investigation but no-one would suspect Gibbs's involvement while Gibbs is under close DOD scrutiny.
He then tells Gibbs that McBride's mission originated in Iran and that finding McBride's killer would be a start.
Wayne tells Gibbs that they've got an informant in Abyaneh and that he can try reaching out.
Gibbs simply nods.
Vance tells Gibbs that no-one's forcing him to do this.
"Doing my job, Director", Gibbs states.
Ziva tells him to wake up before it stops.
"Ziva", Tony whispers, having been startled.
With that, he gets to his feet and heads over to his laptop, discovering that he has a missed video call. As he sits down, Tony curses, remarking, "Damn it".
He then pulls up an IM window.
There's a message from Ziva which says "Sorry I missed you".
"You didn't miss me", Tony says aloud. "I'm right here".
He then types in "Where are you?".
Seconds later, Ziva replies with "On a bus to Tel Aviv".
"So much for a face to face", Tony grumbles.
He then sends "Tel Aviv? Exploring your roots?".
Ziva sends him back a IM saying, "Something like that. Reconnecting. Thinking".
"Thinking", Tony states. "That's dangerous".
He sends her another message saying "Thinking of..?".
Ziva replies with "At the moment, you".
This leaves Tony stunned.
She then sends another IM saying, "You and a million other things. I heard about SecNav".
Tony then replies with "They haven't called us in" before adding "Want some company?".
Seconds later, Ziva responds with "Yes. :-)".
As he reads the message, Tony smiles before he types in, "Count to a million. I'm on my way".
With that, he sends the message.
Seconds later, the online chat ends.
Tony looks puzzled for a second before he brings up a window and starts booking a flight to Tel Aviv. He then remarks, "This is good".
In a cafe, former NCIS Special Agent Timothy McGee is reading an online article of Jarvis's death on his iPad. As he reads it, his girlfriend, DOD agent Delilah Fielding comes up and tells him that she knows he likes surprises.
McGee looks up and greets her before admitting that he's still recovering from last night's surprise.
As Delilah joins him, McGee remarks that he should be at work and that he can help but Delilah reminds him that he can't, not until he's reinstated.
McGee remarks that this isn't right and there are agents working around the clock before stating that he should call Vance with McGee believing that maybe Tony's heard something.
Deliliah remarks that she could get into a trouble for telling McGee this but..
"But what?", McGee wonders.
Delilah remarks in a whisper that more than one source of intel says that the device used wasn't Middle Eastern: it was American.
- Whiskey Tango Foxtrot is the phonetic spelling of the abbreviation WTF, a well known abbreviation for What The F*ck.
- The song playing in the last few minutes of the episode is "If I Could Be Where You Are" by Enya.
- Despite being in the opening credits, Cote de Pablo does not appear in this episode, making this episode the first official episode she has not appeared in since the Season 3 episode, Mind Games (episode) although de Pablo/Ziva's voice can be heard when she attempts to contact Tony for an instant messaging chat.
- This is also the first episode of the entire NCIS series that has Executive Producer Gary Glasberg's name credited alongside Donald Bellisario and Shane Brennan which is shown in the closing credits which takes place seconds after the final Foof.
|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 who is now a civilian, having resigned in the last few seconds of the Season 10 finale, Damned If You Do (episode). Eventually regains his badge and as such, returns to the agency, officially rejoining Gibbs's team.|
|Ziva David||Cote de Pablo||Junior Special Agent, MCRT, NCIS who is now a civilian, having resigned in the last few seconds of the Season 10 finale, Damned If You Do (episode). Later goes into hiding after discovering that she like her former NCIS colleagues are targets of a shadowy milita group called the Brotherhood of Doubt.|
|Timothy McGee||Sean Murray||Special Agent, MCRT, NCIS who is now a civilian, having resigned in the last few seconds of the Season 10 finale, Damned If You Do (episode). Eventually regains his badge and as such, returns to the agency, officially rejoining Gibbs's team.|
|Abigail Sciuto||Pauley Perrette||Chief Forensic Specialist, NCIS.|
|James Palmer||Brian Dietzen||Assistant Medical Examiner.|
|Donald Mallard||David McCallum||Chief Medical Examiner, NCIS.|
|Leon Vance||Rocky Carroll||Director of NCIS.|
|Thomas Morrow||Alan Dale||Senior Division Chief, Department of Homeland Security who was also once Director of NCIS. Is left badly injured in a hotel bomb that kills SECNAV Clayton Jarvis.|
|Tobias Fornell||Joe Spano||Senior Supervisory Agent with the FBI.|
|Clayton Jarvis||Matt Craven||Secretary of the Navy of the United States who later dies in a hotel bomb. Final albeit uncredited appearance.|
|Young Ziva David||Gabi Coccio||Ziva as a young thirteen year old girl.|
|Young Eli David||Ben Morrison||Eli as a young man, possibly in his thirties.|
|Adam Eshel||Damon Dayoub||A friend of Ziva's.|
|Richard Parsons||Colin Hanks||Investigator in the Inspector General's Office of the Department of Defense.|
|Captain Dominick Wayne, USN||Allan Louis||A Captain with the United States Navy.|
|Tomás Mendez||Costas Mandylor||A businessman.|
|Delilah Fielding||Margo Harshman||Department of Defense Employee who is also McGee's girlfriend.|
|Victor Cheng||Ivan Shaw||An intruder caught exploring the NCIS morgue. Is later subdued by Ducky and interrogated by Vance.|
|Lieutenant Eric Kagen, USN||Jared Ward||Naval officer attached to JSOC.|
|Murray Hines||Will Harris||An NCIS Special Agent.|
|Iranian Man (voice)||Alex Lorre||A man who appears in the episode.|
|Basket Woman||Shirin S. Neshat||A woman who appears in the episode.|