NCIS (2011): S09E05 – Safe Harbour


The ninth season of the police procedural drama NCIS was originally broadcast between 20 September 2011 and 15 May 2012.


Abigail Borin returns to NCIS when a US Coast Guard Petty Officer, Cooper, is shot while inspecting an incoming vessel. The NCIS team discover that a Lebanese family seeking asylum has stowed away on the boat. As Ziva begins to bond with the family, evidence emerges that Cooper was shot with ammunition sold to the Lebanese government, and Gibbs begins to suspect a political connection. NCIS discover that Cooper was killed in order to force the vessel to dock at Norfolk, where a bomb on board would be detonated, destroying half the Norfolk naval base. The plot was masterminded by Hakim, one of the asylum seekers, as revenge for the death of his sister during an air strike during the Lebanese Civil War. However, his mother successfully manages to talk him down.

Meanwhile, concerned that he is lonely, the team tries to find the perfect girlfriend for Gibbs, but once they decide on a candidate, Gibbs revealed that he had already dated her, but broke up because “perfect is boring”. He also makes clear that he is not lonely, telling Ziva that he sees her as his “kid” and that as a result he could never be lonely.

NCIS Series 09

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Production & Filming Details

  • Director(s): Terrence O’Hara.
  • Writer(s): Reed Steiner and Christopher J. Waild.
  • Release Date: 18 October 2011.
  • Running Time: 39-44 minutes.
  • Country: US.
  • Language: English.


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