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Escaped is the second episode of the fourth season of NCIS, and the seventy-second episode overall.
Starring: Mark Harmon (Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs), Michael Weatherly (Special Agent Anthony DiNozzo), Cote de Pablo (Mossad Officer Ziva David), Pauley Perrette (Forensic Scientist Abby Sciuto), Sean Murray (Special Agent Timothy McGee), Lauren Holly (NCIS Director Jenny Shepard)
Guest Starring: Hal Holbrook (Mickey Stokes), Brandon Barash (Ex-P.O. Derrick Paulson), Brian Dietzen (Asst. ME Jimmy Palmer), Liza Lapira (Special Agent Michelle Lee), Wayne Péré (Stanley Springer), Courtney Gains (Gary Silverstin), Judyann Elder (Marny Mathers)
Gibbs house is up for sale and he's in the process of moving out when his old friend, FBI Agent Tobias Fornell, arrives. Petty Officer Derek Polson had escaped from prison. He was part of a case that Gibbs and Fornell worked together. Polson always maintained his innocence.
Polson had been near Fornell's young daughter, Emily, and obliquely threatened her. Fornell begs Gibbs to help find Folsun and put him back in jail.
As Gibbs and his team follow Polson, they discover that he is leading them to locations that relate his case. Gibbs begins to think that Polson might actually be innocent.
- Gibbs returns temporarily from retirement to help his old friend Fornell, but Shepard convinces him to stay on permanently.