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|When a weekend call to the NCIS tip line from an unknown source about possible terrorist activity results in the death of two agents sent into a trap, the NCIS team will have to find out who were the people responsible, with the help of Agent Paula Cassidy, who holds herself responsible for the tragedy.|
| Gibbs has taken Mann to the baseball nets, to teach her how to swing a baseball bat. She patiently listens and accepts his hands-on approach to showing her the moves, including the nuzzling of her neck and the kisses (half her luck!). She mops it up and then he leaves her to try it for herself. She lets two balls go past without swinging. He points out you have to swing to hit it. So she does. She hits, and hits and hits and...she is clearly an ace with a baseball bat. Gibbs is rueful.|
Gibbs get a call from McGee. Cassidy's team, on stakeout, has been blown up.
At the bomb scene, Cassidy is injured though not seriously, however she is distraught. While she parked a car, her agents followed a man who had phoned the 'tip line' into an empty store. As she was getting out of the car outside the store, the store and her agents were blown up. Cassidy keeps saying she ought to have been with them. Gibbs removes her from the scene and counsels her to get a grip. Save the grief until after the suicide bomber's accomplices are caught.
At NCIS headquarters, two men who worked with the bomber are questioned. They have an alibi. Cassidy and Ziva needle each other. Ducky discovers that the bomber was dead before the bomb went off. Abby finds out that the bomber was on the phone just before the bombing. So the bomber was alive and dead at the same time. Who is right?
Gibbs sends Tony and Cassidy back to the bomb scene to discover how a third party could have been there and escaped from a seemingly doorless room. This splits up the fractious Cassidy and Ziva. When Cassidy departs, Gibbs accuses Ziva of going soft: Gibbs recognises that Ziva is purposefully giving Cassidy an object on which to focus her anger. Gibbs warns Ziva that the cost of such altruism is usually that the person hates you for life: Ziva is willing to live with that if it helps Cassidy get through the situation.
After spending time trying to find where the 'mystery door' was, Tony had the bright idea of lighting a cigar and trying to find where the smoke went, and eventually they found the hidden spring mechanism which opened the wall onto the other side of a shop/office. So now they knew how the bomber's accomplices escaped.
Ducky and Abby are having an intellectual war over the dead/undead issue regarding the bomber.
Calls are traced to a firm that specialises in computer-aided technology for disabled people. Eventually they find out that the voice of the dead man was replicated using technology and computers. Ducky was right.
A memorial for the dead people is organised at the bomb site. Gibbs' team acts as security detail for the ceremony. When there, Ziva is sent outside on guard duty, so Gibbs, Tony and Cassidy are inside the store when they realise that one of the two workers (who spun a good line as a peacenik) was actually a suicide bomber.
Cassidy throws herself on the bomber and knocks him into another room. A solid door swings shut. The bomb explodes but Gibbs, Tony and the others are safe. Wisps of smoke come through the cracks in the wall. Tony is devastated, having bonded with Cassidy when discussing his problems with admitting to Jeanne, his girlfriend, that he loves her. Cassidy's last advice to Tony was that life is too short to not tell someone that you love them.
The episode ends with Tony turning up at Jeanne's flat to tell her that he loves her, whilst, in the background, Jeanne's stereo blares out REM's "Everybody Hurts".
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