NCIS is called in to investigate the death of Navy recruit Jeffrey Craig who is dead in a high school stairwell after a college fair.
Autopsy results determine that he was killed by a blunt force trauma to the head by what looks like an injury inflicted from a boot.
Recruitment files reveal that a Gordon Zanetti, a rejected applicant, seemed to take his rejection personally and left threatening messages for Craig.
Zanetti happens to work at a furniture mill where boots are common around the factory. However, his alibi checks out leaving our team with no suspects.
While interviewing Craig’s sister, Amy, she reveals to us to that her brother was gay and recently started dating at teacher at the high school.
Glenn Block confesses that he and Craig recently started dating but wanted to keep it under wraps because he was actually married and his wife recently found out.
Block’s wife, angry and with motive, also has an alibi.
Ziva and Tony run into Terry Simmons, a student that Craig was recently recruiting. Terry’s father also happens to be there and is adamantly outspoken against his son enlisting.
While searching for encrypted emails on Craig’s computer our team discovers that Terry was gay and was seeking Craig’s advice.
In the end our killer is revealed to be Terry’s father who was paranoid about what Craig and his son were secretly communicating about.
Ziva reveals the name of her “friend” in Miami that she’s been spending time with.
Ducky’s esteemed predecessor, Doctor Walter Magnus, pays Ducky a surprise visit. However, things for Dr. Magnus aren’t what they seem.
Vance, still recovering from his injuries, seems distracted and a little overwhelmed at being back at work.