McGee the Recruit

McGee the Recruit

A year ago

Gibbs is at his desk at the Navy Yard, when a Navy Captain arrives at this desk after being escorted by security, Gibbs looks up and ask how he may assist the Captain. The Captain looking around to be sure that they were alone hands Gibbs a letter and explains that his former CO upon hearing that I was being transferred to Norfolk asked him to deliver the letter. Gibbs nods his head in agreement and the Captain leaves. Gibbs opens the letter and pulls out a sealed envelope and puts it aside. Gibbs puts on his glasses and begins to read.

Special Agent Gibbs,

I know that our brief encounter back during the Gulf War was short, but from that meeting I know that what I am requesting you to do will be carried out.

You have earned the trust and respect of someone very dear to me, my son Timothy. I know that my failures as a father to Tim have been corrected by him serving on your team. So, I am requesting that you give my son the enclosed sealed letter upon my death. No, I am not dying I am doing the right thing, before it's too late.

One more thing and if you want to take this as an order then take it as such. "Do not get yourself killed in the line of duty; because I am counting on you".

Respectfully yours;

Admiral McGee U.S. Navy Retired.


Tim McGee lies on his bunk and thinks about the last few months.

4 months ago.

Tim McGee enters the bullpen just coming from his father's funeral at Arlington Cemetery and asks Gibbs if they could speak privately. The team is concerned about Tim, they know that Tim is not handling the unexpected death of his father well, especially since they had been estranged and never worked through their issues. Tony wonders what Tim needs to speak to Gibbs about in private and Abby starts to ramble on about how Tim's father was killed just by simply entering a convenience store during an arm-robbery. They all had attended the funeral in support of Tim during his time of need.

Meanwhile, in Gibbs private office (the elevator) Tim comes out with a request for leave time. Tim explains that his father unbeknownst to Tim and the rest of his family his father had made Tim the executor of his will and that he is also trying to wrap his head around a letter that his father had left him and that Gibbs himself had handed to him to the night before per Admiral McGee's request. Gibbs was not happy but does understand and agrees. Gibbs restarts the elevator and tells Tim to contact him if he needs anything, even if it is just to talk. Exiting the elevator Gibbs looks at Tim and with Tim's expressive eyes announces to everyone that Tim will be taken personal leave. No one is happy about this, but they accept this decision.

Almost 3 months ago

Vance was walking through the empty bullpen. Gibbs, and the rest of team were are out working a case when Gibbs desk phone rings, Vance decides to answer it after all it is his agency and is happily surprised to hear Tim McGee's voice on the other end. Tim tells Vance that he wants to come back to work. Vance tells Tim if he is interested in a special assignment that he was just deciding on an agent of McGee's talents, experience and looks. Vance asks Tim if he is interested, Tim hesitantly says he is. Tim has always wanted to do some undercover work and he asks Vance if it is undercover work, Vance says "it is you still interested" Tim replies Yes. Vance asks Tim if he is available to meet him at the Sec Nav's office Tim tells Vance no problem, with one condition he wants Gibbs to be told of the assignment and he wants the team there at the end of the assignment regardless of what it maybe or lead. Vance reply's I wouldn't have it any other way.


Tony and Ziva exit the elevator speaking of Tim wondering where he is and what he is doing. Tony and Ziva both drop the gear behind their desks and start booting up their computers. Gibbs comes from around the corner and starts heading to the stairs that lead to Vance's office, he calls to Tony and Ziva and tells them to starting working the cold cases that are at their desks. Gibbs enters Vance's office and pulls out an envelope and Vance pulls out a black book. Vance asks Gibbs what does Private Smith (McGee) has written in his latest letter to his Uncle (Gibbs). Vance originally thought that McGee's suggestion of making Gibbs his contact was not a good Idea, but it's been working like a charm. Gibbs has been receiving a written letter from McGee (Private Smith) every week for almost 3 months, with the information that he has been gathering.

Vance reminds Gibbs that 12 weeks of boot camp are almost up and that is when the killer usually strikes. Gibbs says yeah I remember 12 weeks of hell and advises Vance that McGee has narrowed the killer down to 3 people his drill instructor, one of the trainers on the shooting range and major that works under the base commander. Vance suggests that Gibbs and the rest of his team head out to Parris Island, SC.

Meanwhile Tony and Ziva are discussing when and if McGee will be returning to the team, neither of them have heard from him since he took leave and Abby says it's like he just disappeared since she had not heard from him either nor has Ducky or Palmer. Tony mentions that "Probies" leave time is almost up.

Gibbs comes striding around the corner of Tony's desk and advises to Tony and Ziva to pack they are heading to Parris Island, SC. Tony inquiries murder. Gibbs announces 4 murders in the past 2 years and that they are going to assist and undercover NCIS to close the case. Tony and Ziva wonder why they are being pulled in and not the NCIS that covers South Carolina. Gibbs announces that it at the request of the undercover NCIS agent, one "Special Agent Timothy McGee". Tony who had just picked up this gear drops it in shock and asks Gibbs why they are just finding out about this assignment and Gibbs replies that it was orders via the Sec Nav and Director Vance and he would fill them in along the way.

Tony and Ziva listened as Gibbs explains well driving to Parris Island that at first the NCIS investigation showed that the deaths 3 out of 4 Marine recruits looked like accidents until the death of the 4th recruit a woman. Gibbs also explains that one of the agents that were involved in the investigation noticed that all 4 recruits were the children of Marine and Naval Officers and that shortly after noticing this common denominator was killed in a hit and run. Gibbs also mentions that other common denominator was that all 4 died a week before graduating from boot camp.

Tony sitting shot gun next to be Gibbs becomes unusually quiet and Gibbs notices this, Tony then ask why McGee why not him, Gibbs replies why not Tim he is a capable agent. Gibbs also tells Tony that he is a little too old would not pass as a recruit and Tim his also the son of Naval officer. Ziva is listening to the conversation between Gibbs and Tony from the back seat but remains silent. Tony then asks Gibbs if he has known about this since McGee took leave. Gibbs informs Tony that Tim has only gone undercover for the past 3 months and that the first month he had actually taken time off and yes he has known only because Tim wanted Gibbs to know. Gibbs also advises Tony that Tim is using an undercover name of Timothy Smith and he is Tim contact with him playing the part of Tim's Uncle.