ncis model behaviour (11/24) 21.00–22.00
Continuing this evening is the hit drama series following a team of special agents who investigate Navy and Marine Corps-related crimes. In tonight’s episode, the death of a high-profile celebrity leads to a murder investigation.
When one of the models featuring in hit reality TV series ‘Bootcamp Babes’ is discovered dead at Quantico Marine Corps Base, the NCIS team is called to investigate. The dead model, Taylor Shane, is found caught up in the razor wire surrounding the base, leading to speculation that she had been trying to escape. When the agents arrive at the scene, they find themselves hampered by the world’s press, all keen to gain a sensational story. Gibbs, under strict instruction from Jenny Shepard to “go easy on them” manages to keep his cool, even when one reporter knocks his beloved coffee from his hand.
As he finally manages to get the investigation started away from the watchful eye of the media, Gibbs assigns Ziva the task of interviewing the other models partaking in the show, while McGee is told to photograph the scene. Tony is keen to assist Ziva with the interviews, but his request only earns him a job-swap with McGee. Interviews with the other models reveal that they did not care much for Taylor –they even suggest that her death may have been a publicity stunt gone wrong.
Ducky, meanwhile, discovers that Taylor did not die as a result of her entrapment in the wire, since the lacerations on her body are too shallow to be fatal. Further examination back at the morgue shows that a huge overdose of PCP caused the model’s death. Since the consumption of such a large amount of the drug cannot have been accidental, it seem likely that Taylor committed suicide. Ducky explains to his assistant that technically, NCIS do not deal with suicide, but they always treat any suspicious death as if it were murder –like “the stuff good mysteries are made of,” he explains.
At HQ, Ziva looks into Taylor’s background and discovers that the model had checked into a rehab clinic on two previous occasions for drug addiction. Her peers at the time had blamed Taylor’s drug problem on her boyfriend, Noah Keller –a socialite with a history of drug-related arrests. Keller, then, becomes the prime suspect in the case. Also on Gibbs’s wanted list is Tom Crawley, the executive producer of ‘Bootcamp Babes’. “I want to know how this girl did a fistful of PCP in the middle of his reality show,” he barks.
In her lab, Abby makes some advances. At the time of Taylor’s death, it seems that two long freight trains were passing by the base, so nobody could have heard her screams. She also discovers that there is no sign of intravenous injection or drug inhalation on Taylor’s body, suggesting that the PCP must have been taken orally. But examination of the stomach contents shows that none of the binding agents consistent with pills are present, whereas chemicals used in pastries are in abundance. Assuming that the drug was hidden in food, therefore, Abby begins a pleasant line of inquiry and starts testing –and tasting –a variety of cakes. “I think we’re looking at death by clowny cake,” she concludes.
Tony and Ziva head back to Quantico where, despite Taylor’s death, the reality show is still going ahead. Staff sergeant Michael McMannis is shocked to learn Taylor’s cause of death, saying that the model was very much anti-drugs. The producer, Crawley, is also surprised by the allegations, and claims that Taylor had been clean for two years. It emerges that Taylor was Crawley’s daughter –the producer became her guardian when she was 15. He also blames Noah Keller for Taylor’s problems. When it emerges, therefore, that Keller had visited his girlfriend at the base just a day before her death, the hunt is on for a killer. But, as Gibbs and McGee finally track their man down, the case is blown open once more –Keller, it seems, has also been murdered…