The 16th season of NCIS returns one month after Director Vance (Rocky Carroll) was kidnapped by a terrorist who tortured Special Agent Sloane (Maria Bello) years ago in Afghanistan. As Special Agent Gibbs (Mark Harmon) assumes the role as Acting Director in Vance’s absence, the team searches worldwide for their missing leader.
Vance is still missing, and Gibbs is assigned as acting director while the team searches his whereabouts.
A Navy lieutenant’s peculiar neighbors are the key suspects in his murder; Torres has a crazy night out with Palmer.
The team investigates an explosion outside the home of a Navy petty officer and a popular reality TV star.
While Gibbs is on a quiet vacation in the woods, he is interrupted by his friends, Fornell and Brooks, and an case near his cabin.
The team works to exonerate a Marine serving a life sentence for murder after the discovery of a 50-year-old tape recording of the victim.
At a Halloween crime scene, Torres recognizes the NCIS victim as a former friend from federal law enforcement training, and Jimmy thinks his lab may be haunted!
The theft of a street artist’s mural leads the team to investigate a conspiracy regarding a Navy contractor and the safety of ocean mammals.
McGee and Bishop travel to Afghanistan after a murder case in the states is linked to a string of soldiers killed by friendly fire overseas.
After the lead suspect of an unsolved high-profile burglary case is released from prison, the team resumes their investigation with an undercover stakeout.
The team’s holiday plans are put on hold after the murder investigation of a Navy veteran includes the discovery of a newborn baby with no identification.
The Secretary of Defense shuts down Gibbs’ murder investigation and demands that McGee and Torres be arrested for their actions in the case.
An old family friend beseeches Gibbs to join him on a road trip to search for a missing military I.D. bracelet.
After a malnourished and confused 9-year-old is found hiding in a storage unit, the team reopens an old missing persons case that Special Agent Ziva David had a personal interest in.
McGee reluctantly visits his former high school after the unique computer password he used as a teenager is linked to the murder of a department of defense contractor.
The team investigate a fatal man overboard case at sea; Torres is assigned to mentor three high school students.
Jimmy is torn between family and work after his father-in-law asks him to tamper with evidence from the team’s current murder investigation.
Vance is notified by the Pentagon that the nuclear submarine Gibbs and Bishop are aboard to conduct a murder investigation has gone radio silent.
After Torres wakes up on a dilapidated fishing boat covered in blood, the team helps him piece together the last 12 hours.
The team searches for an active shooter following a lockdown at a naval hospital.
The team investigates the murder of a Marine Major believed to have been killed in the 9/11 attack on the Pentagon after human remains are discovered at a construction site.
Kasie solves a 30-year-old murder case, but a loophole in the legal system may set the suspect free; McGee visits an elite technology company that is offering him a highly paid position.
After the team finds a secret government bank account that’s funding a nationwide network of vigilante justice, they must determine who is acting as judge and jury.
The team investigates the murder of Marine Gunnery Sergeant Richard Wilson who was hailed as a war hero for his efforts overseas; Gibbs turns to Dr. Confalone for advice after uncharacteristically abandoning the team at a crime scene.
Fornell pleads with Gibbs to do whatever is necessary to take down drug dealers in the area after his daughter is hospitalized from a drug overdose; Gibbs is haunted by aspects of the case.