Lost in Translation

Series 12 - Episode 21 Lost in Translation



Agent Tony DiNozzo’s looking particularly sharp this week, but the wind’s taken out of his sails when he hears that his colleague McGee has been chosen as the face of the agency. But he’s got little time to bluster before Gibbs, as ever, rolls in and calls the team out to investigate the murder of a marine, tortured and killed in his home. Following the evidence takes Gibbs and Bishop and an Afghan translator back to Kabul: it’s a difficult trip down memory lane for Bishop.

There are occasions when NCIS is just too gung-ho for my tastes, but this storyline, involving loyalty and sacrifice, is actually quite moving. Plus we get to see Tony lose his cool in a dumpster, and stab a cardboard cutout of McGee with considerable gusto.


A US marine visits the home of his former captain, only to find the man has been killed, and the killer is waiting inside the property. While the soldier escapes with his life, the attacker gets away too. It quickly emerges the prime suspect is Qasim, an Afghan translator evidence, and evidence points against him, until it is discovered he has a brother, who is loyal to the Taliban. The subsequent chain of evidence leads Gibbs and Bishop to Afghanistan.

Cast & Crew

Leroy Jethro Gibbs Mark Harmon
Anthony DiNozzo Michael Weatherly
Abby Sciuto Pauley Perrette
Timothy McGee Sean Murray
Ellie Bishop Emily Wickersham
Jimmy Palmer Brian Dietzen
Joseph Wilkes Michael Marc Friedman
Qasim Naasir Rafi Silver
Rasheed Naasir Gabeen Khan
Sofia Martinez Alanna Ubach
Director Tony Wharmby
Executive Producer Donald P Bellisario
Executive Producer Mark Horowitz
Executive Producer Chas Floyd Johnson
Executive Producer Gary Glasberg
Executive Producer Mark Harmon
Executive Producer George Schenck
Executive Producer Frank Cardea
Executive Producer Steven D Binder
Executive Producer Scott Williams
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