NCIS (2003– )
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Last Man Standing 

In Washington, DC, a petty officer died four and a half months before discovery; in Morocco another petty officer dies, and Ziva sustains an injury. Gibbs and company find a link and reach a solution. Ziva gladly returns to the NCIS.


Tony Wharmby


Donald P. Bellisario (created by), Don McGill (created by) | 1 more credit »


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Mark Harmon ... Leroy Jethro Gibbs
Michael Weatherly ... Anthony DiNozzo
Cote de Pablo ... Ziva David
Pauley Perrette ... Abby Sciuto
Sean Murray ... Timothy McGee
Rocky Carroll ... Leon Vance
David McCallum ... Donald Mallard
Brian Dietzen ... Jimmy Palmer
Liza Lapira ... Agent Michelle Lee
Jonathan LaPaglia ... Agent Brent Langer
Jonathan Mangum ... Agent Daniel T. Keating
Jenny O'Hara ... Alice Brodie
Eric Jungmann ... Andy Pringle
Michael Nouri ... Director Eli David
Merik Tadros ... Officer Michael Rivkin


In Morocco a bomb explodes inside a nightclub while Ziva sings; in Washington, DC, Gibbs and his new gang investigate the death of a petty officer, Vargo, who died of a gunshot in his house trailer, without detection, four and a half months before. The team learn that a former buddy and shipmate, Roberts, died in the explosion in Morocco, and that Ziva sustained injuries; Gibbs speaks by telephone with Ziva, who says that Vance had tipped her about Roberts, who apparently was the target of the bomb. Vance tells Gibbs that an NCIS agent had blackmailed Vargo before he disappeared. After another shooting, Vance, Gibbs, and McGee reach a solution, and Ziva gladly returns to the NCIS. Written by DocRushing

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Plot Keywords:

explosion | loyalty | See All (2) »


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Release Date:

23 September 2008 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Clarita, California, USA

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital (Dolby 5.1)



Aspect Ratio:

16 : 9
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Did You Know?


Starting with this episode, series star Mark Harmon is also credited as a producer. See more »


Where the team examine two personnel records on the plasma screen, the records describe each of two sailors as both E-4 and PO2, whereas those two terms are inconsistent with each other. E-4 equates to PO3, not PO2, and PO2 equates to E-5, not E-4. See more »


Eli David: Tell me Leon, are we winning?
NCIS Director Leon Vance: ...I don't know Eli.
Eli David: I'd like to think we are. And then... There's something else: a bombing, a kidnapping, an atrocity. Use her well, Leon. Ziva is the sharp end of the spear.
NCIS Director Leon Vance: Thank you, Eli.
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Referenced in Flat Earth & Other Hot Potatoes: Episode #1.2 (2015) See more »


NCIS Theme
Performed by Numeriklab
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I still believe Rocky Carroll Director Vance is a bad guy
28 February 2018 | by lovettstoughSee all my reviews

I've seen pretty much the whole series & I still believe Rocky Carroll is a bad guy & even though I know it's been a really long time since she has been gone I don't know if Jenny Director Shepard is really dead, I hope not anyway. Even after all these seasons I still think director Vance is a bad guy & they need to do something soon & get him off of the show ASAP & if possible if Jenny is not dead bring her back. Whatever they do please do not bring Tony back. I don't care if director Vance wife got killed or anything he is a bad guy & his character needs to die off the show.

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