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Gibbs arrives in Iran and is waiting to meet with Captain Wayne's contact in an open air market. Gibbs walks around a corner as gunfire erupts. A jeep pulls up, and Parsons calls for Gibbs to jump in. Parsons tells him that, after the Secretary of the Navy was killed, he knew that Gibbs was next and wanted to warn him. Parsons tells him that he is going to save his life, and that NCIS is being set up. He states that sending Gibbs to Iran was about getting him away from his team, who are still in danger. Parsons shows him a picture of McBride's coworker, a Lieutenant Kagen of JSOC.Who Are You?
Ducky arrives in autopsy and sees a man standing with his back to him at the computer. Realizing that he is not Palmer, Ducky confronts him and is knocked to the ground. While the mystery man is attacking Palmer, Ducky hits him over the head with a steel bowl and tells Palmer to tie him up. Way to take charge, Ducky!
Kagen tells Gibbs and Parsons that McBride's mission was cancelled and he arranged his own transport to go home. Meanwhile, Tony bids farewell to his goldfish Kate while waiting to head out to the airport. Ziva texts him and asks where he is, and wishes him a safe flight. A split second later, bullets hurtle through Tony's window.
Vance meets with Tony at the office, and Tony reveals that he has let Ziva know that he has been delayed. Instead of a protection detail, Tony asks if he can hang out at NCIS.
Terror, Thy Name is Parsa
The guy that Ducky beat up, former FBI agent Victor Cheng, is hired to access information about the Secretary of the Navy from the computer system. Vance then fields a call from Gibbs and Parsons that they think that McBride actually was killed in the United States and someone wanted to make it look like he was killed in Iran.
Tony calls McGee and tells him to ditch his cell and take a cab to NCIS. McGee is blocked in by an official vehicle, and Agent Fornell hops out and orders him to get in the car. Vance, Tony, McGee and Fornell meet in Tony's apartment. Fornell says that a terrorist named Benham Parsa has taken credit for killing Secretary Jarvis. Parsa has been arranging business deals between American companies and terrorists.
Fornell reveals that Morrow has known about Parsa from day one. Vance confronts Morrow, and it isn't pretty. Morrow tells Vance that Ziva is the next target.
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Gibbs returns, and McGee and Tony nearly faint when Parsons walks in. Gibbs gives him a hearty "back slap" and informs his team that Parsons is working with them. When Parsons tries to enter the lab, Abby closes the security door. Abby reluctantly allows Parsons in to the lab, but he is not allowed to speak. Abby's scientific wizardry has revealed that McBride was murdered in Arizona. Tony and McGee receive their badges again. Tony calls on Adam, Ziva's friend and former lover, to find her without compromising her safety.
Fornell and Gibbs are chasing down information on McBride's commanding officer, Captain Wayne of JSOC. Fornell and Gibbs confront Wayne at his home and tell him that McBride had written to his wife when his orders were cancelled. Of course, this is a trick, and Captain Wayne confesses that he was blackmailed to change the orders.The Arizona Connection
Tomas Mendez, who works on the public anti-terrorism coalition, meets Gibbs in Vance's office. Mendez has been working with Homeland and says that Parsa is renting an apartment in Miami. Mendez also owns property in Arizona. Vance informs Mendez that they think that whoever is calling the shots in the terrorist cell is working out of Arizona.
In the NCIS elevator, Parsons gives Tony a file with information about a farmhouse in Israel that Eli David secretly owns. Abby and Ducky are able to link the shrapnel from Secretary Jarvis to a soldier of fortune group called "The Brotherhood of Doubt," which is based in Yuma, Arizona. The FBI finds the place where McBride was killed. They find pictures on the wall of the group's targets, including Mendez and the NCIS team.Ziva was Here
Adam goes to the farmhouse and finds three dead men, and Ziva's Star of David necklace hanging from the frame of a photo of Ziva and her father. Tony hears his computer, and finds a photo of Ziva and her brother, as Tony murmurs, "Where are you, Ziva?"
Tune in next week for the second part of Ziva's farewell.NCIS
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