Ellie's boss, Marlens, at the NSA, hassles her about her communication with him about her current work on Parsa at the NCIS, and Gibbs hassles her about her previous work on Parsa at the NSA. Ellie describes to Gibbs her new insight into Parsa; her gut says that he's in his home district, in NW Pakistan. The Gibbs team investigate a body, wearing the clothing of Parsa's bodyguard, found at the ocean terminal in Portsmouth, Virginia; Duck and Abby say that the body is that of a security guard at the port; Tony and McGee elaborate on him. At the Norfolk airport Gibbs, Tony, and McGoo intercept Khalil, the live bodyguard; Ellie and Gibbs lean hard on him, who reveals important information, which enables a SEAL team to capture Parsa alive. Gibbs, McGee, and Ellie fly to an aircraft carrier, where Gibbs and Ellie question Parsa; Ellie winds up in an extremely dangerous predicament, but Gibbs saves her. Back in the US Gibbs and Ellie share a hug and a handshake.