NCIS season 9 continues with episode 17, "Need to Know." Alan approaches Gibbs about Petty Officer Wiley offering up information about arms dealer Agah Bayar in exchange for a plea bargain, but Wiley collapses before he can reveal anything. Ducky tells Gibbs that while Wiley was diagnosed with a slow heartbeat and given a pacemaker, he died from a rapid heartbeat.
Hacking a Pacemaker?
Ziva's memorizing her speech for a high school career day. She can face terrorists, but public speaking makes her nervous. Dorneget joins them from the evidence locker, wanting to get into the field and needing Tony to sign a signature card. He argues he already has, and McGee forges his signature perfectly. Abby tells Gibbs that Wiley was given a heart attack. Someone hacked into his pacemaker.
Wiley was an operations specialist on a nuclear submarine until he got the pacemaker, but he had top-secret clearance. Gibbs is hoping Alan will know something, and Vance tells him that the other agencies have stonewalled him. NCIS is still fighting for respect. Vance envies Gibbs for not having to deal with politics. He comments that his wife wants him to take time off to spend with the family, and Gibbs tells him to listen to her.
Dorneget stops by Abby's lab to get gloves he left at her house. He asks how to get on Gibbs' good side, and McGee tells him to be one step ahead. McGee wants to know why he was at Abby's. She doesn't answer. Oh, the jealousy. At Wiley's, Tony and Ziva find an expensive watch and an envelope of cash.
Alan tells Gibbs and Vance that he doesn't know what information Wiley had. He only said to drop Agah's name. Gibbs knows he paid him in cash. Dorneget leaves a cup of coffee from the break room on Gibbs' desk, but as Gibbs puts it, "That's not coffee." Agah arrived in DC three days ago. Two weeks ago, Wiley accessed plans about stealth technology and transferred it to a flash drive. That's information that cannot end up in the wrong hands.
They've tracked Agah to a hotel, and he's been spotted with the same woman six times. He's currently at the Turkey Embassy, and Gibbs is waiting when he leaves to let him know he's on their radar and they will take him down. He put a tracking device on his car.
The woman with Agah is Ava Baransky, who flew in two hours before him and is staying in the same hotel. McGee also finds footage of Wiley likely meeting with Agah. Tony and Ziva return to HQ with Ava's luggage. She left it with the concierge and bolted. DIA stops Gibbs and McGee from approaching Agah after they track his car and tell them to back off. Their operation is more important than a murder.
The Middle Man
Ava tried to board a plane to Toronto in Philadelphia, and Gibbs sends Dorneget with McGee to get her. Meanwhile, he finds out that NCIS isn't going to be read into the DIA operation. On the way to Philadelphia, McGee tells Dorneget this is a test and to follow Gibbs' rules. All he's there to do is serve as McGee's backup. He shouldn't have forgotten his gun. Abby's friend helped them figure out the signal to the pacemaker originated from DC, and they have tracked it to a phone registered to Michael Reardon. He was discharged for bad conduct, fired from a private military company, and now freelances out of his house.
McGee and Dorneget pick up Ava, who says that Agah said he had a business deal go bad and suggested she leave the country immediately. She wants to go home, but they're bringing her in. While Gibbs and Ziva ring Michael's bell, Tony goes around back, which is good because Michael runs. He's fast, and it's Gibbs who ends up stopping himÂ—with his car. Gibbs and Tony bring Michael to autopsy and have some fun showing him Wiley's body and with a bone saw. When he does talk, he doesn't mention AgahÂ—he mentions Ava.
Speaking of Ava, she asks to use the bathroom and take her purse when they stop for gas, and Dorneget goes with her to check it out and stand outside. At the same time, MI5 tells Gibbs and Vance that Ava's on their watch list and suspected of being a Russian agent. DIA instructed them to make sure Ava got through customs. It looks like Agah was the middle man, and Ava was the one buying the stealth technology.
After Gibbs alerts McGee, McGee finds Dorneget cuffed in the bathroom and Ava gone. McGee thinks the probie was distracted by Ava's looks, but Dorneget reveals he's gay. It looks like they're in the clear though because Gibbs calls McGee to tell him to let Ava go. The stealth technology was part of a DIA sting. It was fake. But how did Wiley and Agah know each other?
Gibbs joins Agah in a restaurant and asks about Wiley. Agah says he works for whoever pays the most. He was paid from both sides. The Russians wanted the information, and US intelligence wanted them to have a version of it. Agah was the perfect middle man to make it seem legit.
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