NCIS Season 19 Episode 16 Recap “The Wake”

Don’t miss Celebrity Myxer’s recap of NCIS Season 19 Episode 16 “The Wake.” A gruesome mishap at a Navy petty officer’s gender-reveal party leads NCIS to the case of a missing teacher that was popularized on a true-crime podcast. Here’s what you missed!

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Watch NCIS Season 19 Episode 16 “The Wake”

Previously on NCIS Season 19 Episode 15, Parker’s delinquent past resurfaces when NCIS is called to Philadelphia to investigate the death of a Navy petty officer.

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Warning… Spoilers below!

On NCIS Season 19 Episode 16, a young couple is having a gender reveal party. The airplane flys by overhead, but no message appears. Instead, body parts start falling from the sky!

Raining Body Parts

The team all receives the exact same message from Parker, saying that body parts are raining out of the sky!

Torres and Palmer are picking up body parts from the crime scene when Torres finds a whole finger.

Hines identifies the finger and it belongs to Emma Radner. She has been missing for 5 months now and everyone believes her husband, Sam Radner killed her.


McGee and Knight go to meet up with Molly, Emma’s sister, best friend, and neighbor. During the questioning of Molly, the Freemans show up who are close family friends to Molly and Emma. The team has a warrant for Sam but he won’t answer the door. Molly has a key.

Hines tells Parker and Torres that the body parts didn’t fall from the plane, it was vultures that found Emma’s body, ate part of her, and puked her back up in the sky when they almost got hit by the plane. The vultures were tagged by DNR and the team finds their nest. Vultures only feed near their nest. Parker finds Emma’s body close by.

Knight uses Molly’s key and enters Sam’s house. He is upstairs with a gun to his head!

Shot fired

Knight is trying to talk Sam out of suicide. He brings up a podcast show that the team has been talking about, and says everyone already believes he is guilty. Knight tells him she’s heard the podcast and she thinks he is guilty, but if he is innocent he should tell his story.

Director Vance tells Knight she has 10 minutes or they are taking Sam out with a sniper. Knight gets Sam to lay down the gun. She comes inside the room and they talk about Emma. He says he loves Emma and took ballroom dance classes, buys her flowers all the time, and even makes her breakfast in bed. Knight tells him to prove the internet wrong and tell his story.

Hines finds an ATV trail that Sam used all the time from his house to where Emma’s body was found. She tells the team if he’s the killer, then he will kill Knight.

One single shot is fired inside Sam’s house. The team has no idea who shot their gun or if anyone was killed.


Sam is alive! Knight saved him even as he pulled the trigger. Molly comes out of her house screaming at him, that he is a killer.

McGee and Torres question Sam. They think he killed Emma because she told her therapist she was thinking about a divorce.

Hines tells the team that Sam sent Emma flowers the day she went missing. He was in Florida on vacation when he sent the flowers. Emma got the flowers and was wearing one behind her ear when she died. It couldn’t have been Sam!


Knight and Torres ask Sam who else besides Molly had a key to their house. He tells them their friends, the Freemans have a key, because Walt is their handyman also.

Hines comes in and tells the team she found a print on the flowers Sam sent Emma. It is Nancy Freemans’ fingerprint, Walt’s wife! She thought Walt was having an affair with Emma and killed Emma in a jealous fit.

At Emma’s burial, Knight tells Sam she understands his grief, she recently just lost some family/friends. Sam and Molly make up and reconnect over their love and grief for Emma.

What did you think of NCIS Season 19 Episode 16? Let’s talk about NCIS in the comments below!

Air Date: March 21, 2022

When Is The NCIS Crossover Event?

Your favorite special agents are joining forces, and it’s going to be an episode for the books. Don’t miss the NCIS and NCIS: Hawai’i crossover event Monday, March 28, 2022.


  • Gary Cole as NCIS Special Agent Alden Parker
  • Sean Murray as NCIS Special Agent Timothy McGee
  • Wilmer Valderrama as NCIS Special Agent Nicholas “Nick” Torres
  • Brian Dietzen as Medical Examiner Jimmy Palmer
  • Diona Reasonover as Forensic Scientist Kasie Hines
  • Katrina Law as NCIS Special Agent Jessica Knight
  • Rocky Carroll as NCIS Director Leon Vance
  • David McCallum as Dr. Donald “Ducky” Mallard
  • Mark Harmon as NCIS Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs

Guest Starring

  • Mike Erwin as Sam Radner
  • Miki Ishikawa as Molly Stoll
  • Randall Batinkoff as Walt Freeman
  • Lauren Bowles as Nance Freeman
  • J. Claude Deering as Curtis Hubley
  • Tarina Pouncy as Anne Crenshaw
  • Carlos Pratts as Isaac Morales
  • Del Zamora as Sergio Morales
  • Maya Boudreau as Lola Morales

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NCIS Season 19 Episode Guide

Season Episode Title Air Date
19 21 Birds of a Feather” NCIS Season 19 Season Finale May 23, 2022
19 20 All or Nothing May 16, 2022
19 19 The Brat Pack May 2, 2022
19 18 Last Dance April 18, 2022
19 17 Starting Over” NCIS/NCIS Hawai'i Crossover Episode March 28, 2022
19 16 The Wake March 21, 2022
19 15 Thick As Thieves March 14, 2022
19 14 First Steps March 7, 2022
19 13 The Helpers February 28, 2022
19 12 Fight or Flight January 24, 2022
19 11 All Hands January 17, 2022
19 10 Pledge of Allegiance January 3, 2022
19 9 Collective Memory December 6, 2021
19 8 Peacekeeper November 29, 2021
19 7 “Docked” November 8, 2021
19 6 False Start November 1, 2021
19 5 Face the Strange October 18, 2021
19 4 Great Wide Open October 11, 2021
19 3 Road to Nowhere October 4, 2021
19 2 Nearly Departed September 27, 2021
19 1 “Blood in the Water” NCIS Season 19 Premiere September 20, 2021

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