Two park rangers find the burned body of a Navy test pilot on leave in a forest in the Appalachian Mountains; Gibbs and company investigate; McGee sees evidence that the pilot tried to fly a jetpack. The gang figure out what truly happened.


Dennis Smith


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




Episode cast overview:
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 (credit only)
David McCallum ... Donald Mallard
Brian Dietzen ... Jimmy Palmer
Rena Sofer ... Margaret Allison Hart
Marcus Giamatti ... Victor Tillman
Chris Bruno ... Captain James Powell
Melinda Page Hamilton ... Vanessa Tillman
Jeff Hephner ... Commander Peter Sheridan
Rachel Grate ... Ranger Mina
Brandon P Bell ... Ranger Jake (as Brandon Bell)


Two park rangers find the burned body of LCdr. Brad Sayers, a Navy test pilot on leave, on the site of a recent fire in a forest in the Appalachian Mountains in West Virginia; Gibbs and company investigate; McGee sees evidence that Brad tried to fly a jetpack, and that it exploded. Gibbs places McGeek in charge. Palmer finds clues inside a dead squirrel, and Abby confirms them. Tony and Ziva interview a builder of jetpacks, and Ziva snaps a portrait; McGee learns about the builder's ex-wife, who's also the builder's top competitor; McGee questions the builder, then the builder's high-power lawyer shows up, starts talking, and keeps on talking. Ducky suggests an interesting alternate explanation, then Gibbs shows a piece of paper. The gang put the pieces together, and McGee brings in the bad guy by remote control. Gibbs notices the left hand of the lady lawyer; he concludes that someone else sent her there. Written by DocRushing

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis







Release Date:

5 January 2010 (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?


When McGee's jet pack video is over, we see that it is a "Thom E. Gemcity" production. This is an anagram for Timothy McGee, which is his pseudonym as a writer. See more »


In the elevator, McGee intimates to Gibbs that the jet pack was made by Bell Labs. That's the wrong "Bell". Bell Aerosystems was the developer. See more »


Special Agent Jethro Gibbs: What's the point of the squirrel?
Jimmy Palmer: Oh, we believe his cause of death may be related to Sayers's.
Dr. Donald Mallard: In desperate situations, where the food supplies are scarce, squirrels will eat almost anything, including human flesh.
Special Agent Jethro Gibbs: The fire eliminated all the other options.
Jimmy Palmer: Yeah, and we have to inventory Rocket J.'s stomach to confirm its contents, but initial dental impressions suggest that his last meal was Sayers's soft tissues.
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References Джетсоны (1962) See more »


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