An unexplained incident at Norfolk Naval Station sees a marine's body brought in for postmortem analysis at Dr Donald Mallard's pathology lab.
'How would you describe the dead marine on Ducky's refrigerated marble slab?' Special Agent Jethro Gibbs asks medical examiner Palmer.
'Eh, subdued,' the mortuary assistant replies.
'Subdued? What's subdued?' Gibbs demands.
'Subdued? As in a cool guy who worked on a submarine.'