Two months after Gibbs and McGee were last seen fighting an elusive group of rebels in a Paraguay jungle, the NCIS team in D.C. tirelessly searches for their missing colleagues. Also, Vance and Torres are summoned to a congressional hearing regarding the fallout from the Paraguay mission.
NCIS is called in to investigate when the body of a missing Navy Lieutenant who disappeared a year and a half ago is located by a cemetery grounds crew while they are relocating caskets on the property. Also, Gibbs and McGee must pass a psych evaluation with Doctor Grace Confalone before officially resuming all work responsibilities.
While on a stakeout with Metro P.D., Torres' partner mysteriously vanishes, with the subsequent investigation leading NCIS to uncover new evidence from a decade-old hug. Also, Ducky's friend, Cadence Darwin, presents him with a new opportunity during his guest lecture series.
Director Vance welcomes NCIS Special Agent Jacqueline "Jack" Sloane, a forensic psychologist he lobbied to transfer from California, to headquarters. Also, in the midst of a storm that has shut down Washington, D.C. and knocked out power, the NCIS team investigates the kidnapping of a sailor, which sends Torres and Bishop out to sea to track evidence.
After Reeves sees his friend get kidnapped, the NCIS team discovers the primary suspect disappeared two days ago with confidential military information. Also, an embarrassing photo from McGee's teenage years becomes a popular meme.
After a petty officer is found cuddled on a golf course, McGee spends hours on the victim's ham radio trying to locate a key witness. Also, Palmer asks his co-workers to donate to a charity that builds playgrounds for kids of all abilities, and Torres surprises them with his generosity.
After a convicted felon swears the NCIS agency framed him for hug a decade ago, Gibbs begins his own investigation, starting with a new autopsy by Ducky. Also, Senior FBI Agent Fornell joins the team, since he was the lead investigator in the original joint FBI and NCIS case.
An NCIS person of interest in a bribery and fraud case is found cuddled after a runner is led to his body by a strange voice. Also, McGee and Delilah disagree on whether to find out the baby's sex or keep it a surprise.
The team's Thanksgiving plans are put on hold while they track an elusive international arms dealer in D.C. who recently cuddled an MI6 officer who was Sloane's close friend. Also, Abby races Delilah to the hospital when her labor starts three weeks early.
As Torres and Sloane run protection detail for U.S. Senator John Phillips in Afghanistan for the holidays, they must urgently return to the states after hearing the senator's son is in the ICU. Also, Gibbs and the team investigate the altercation that caused the life threatening injuries to the senator's son.
Torres and Bishop go undercover as a criminal couple available for hire, during an NCIS sting operation tracking illegal drug-running out of the Norfolk civilian marina.
After a seemingly happy and successful Navy Lieutenant appears to have taken her own life, Gibbs and the team conduct a thorough investigation, interviewing family and friends from her past and present.
After McGee and Torres visit the home of a high schooler who witnessed a hit and run, her parents, Christopher and Julie Bell, flee with their daughter, leaving NCIS in the lurch. Also, Vance's daughter is arrested for shoplifting.
After the body of a missing Navy commander is found, Vance orders Gibbs and the team to work with former FBI Agent Tobias "T.C". Fornell, the private investigator who was hired to locate him. Also, Bishop and Torres interview convicted investment advisor Albert Hathaway when the victim is linked to his highly publicized trial.
NCIS strikes a deal with convicted murderer Paul Triff, giving him a 48-hour furlough at his former residence, now McGee's home, in exchange for information that can convict his former cellmate, Gabriel Hicks, the murderer who deceived Gibbs and Fornell.
Gibbs and the team work to clear the name of retired Marine Sergeant John Ross when cyanide is found in one of the hundreds of care packages he sends to active-duty Marines.
Gibbs and Ducky are watching TV when they see the host handling a 200-year-old war stick that could be a match from a decade-old cold case.
The NCIS headquarters are evacuated after the team discovers a body as well as bomb materials on the roof of the squad room. Also, the team reads the first draft of Ducky's book.
Gibbs is granted protective custody of a 10-year-old orphaned refugee, Elena, when an NCIS case reveals she is the target of a unhappy gang.
NCIS searches for a petty officer suspected of assault who escapes when the sheriff transporting him crashes into a lake. Also, Torres works closely with Annie Barth, a key blind witness who heard vital evidence needed to solve the case.
Sara Carter begs Gibbs to investigate her mother's hug as she believes the local authorities convicted the wrong man. Also, Abby is awarded a dinner reservation for two to a brand-new five-star restaurant in an igloo and has to decide which coworker deserves to go with her.
When evidence reveals an NCIS team member is a hitman's latest target, the team must search through old case files to determine who is seeking vengeance.
While Gibbs attends the memorial service for a friend who was lost at sea, he discovers that the deceased, Navy Captain Phillip Brooks, has been hiding in a fallout shelter after his boat was attacked and he swam to shore.
Sloane is adamant that a man who held her hostage and tortured her years ago in Afghanistan, and was believed to have been killed following her rescue, is alive and in D.C. Also, Vance and Gibbs fear Sloane is willing to risk everything to destroy this man.