NCIS Season 20 Episode 3 Recap “Unearth”

Don’t miss Celebrity Myxer’s recap of NCIS Season 20 Episode 3 “Unearth.” When a dead body is found at an ancient burial site that is thought to be cursed, the team tries to determine the motive and the symbolism behind the crime. Also, as Torres continues therapy with Dr. Grace, he discovers that their lives are in danger. Here’s what to expect!

Air Date & Time: Monday, October 3, 2022, at 9 pm ET, 8 pm CT, and 6 pm PT on CBS.

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Watch NCIS Season 20 Episode 3 “Unearth”

Previously on NCIS Season 20 Episode 2, McGee’s personal life and professional life intersect when a dad from his children’s school is linked to a break-in at a government storage bunker.

Warning… Spoilers below!

On NCIS Season 20 Episode 3, flashback to 18 months ago, two soldiers in Afghanistan are digging for treasure in a cursed ancient burial site. A third soldier walks up when they find an engraved stone. They hear noises and get spooked.

Ducky’s Party

Everyone is looking forward to Hines’ party she is throwing for Ducky, but the venue is canceled at the last minute, and Parker offers up his place as an alternative. The team gets called to Quantico Cemetery when a body is found.

Torres is in therapy with Dr. Grace, who warns him of his odds of relapsing if he doesn’t get a sponsor. Torres gets upset and brings up Dr. Grace’s personal life and family, and she gets emotional and upset.

The team arrives at the cemetery, and the media are crowded around. When Palmer arrives, he asks if the victim Erik Nillson is a celebrity. The press was tipped off.

63 Stones

The NCIS team focus on an odd case on NCIS Season 20 Episode 3. Photo by CBS Broadcasting Inc.

The NCIS team focus on an odd case on NCIS Season 20 Episode 3. Photo by CBS Broadcasting Inc.

Palmer knows something is off with Erik’s body, and it takes half of the team to flip Erik over because he is filled with rocks. The media questions Parker about the body, and he has problems communicating with them.

Palmer finds 63 stones inside Erik’s body and tells Parker to keep Ducky busy. Ducky already knows about his surprise party. Ducky and Knight take one of the stones to an expert to figure out the symbol’s meaning.

Torres heads to Dr. Grace’s office and finds her knocked out on the floor. Torres is attacked and fights his assailant off until the second one steps forward.

Torres Gets Shot

McGee figures out that Erik was at the Afghanistan treasure robbery and has now turned up dead. Knight tells Parker and McGee that Torres’s phone is off, and he never showed up to work. The team becomes worried.

Torres and Dr. Grace wake up in a large animal cage. Torres comforts Dr. Grace, who is panicking. The team arrives at Dr. Grace’s office and finds Torres’s phone. Dr. Grace’s assistant arrives and shows them surveillance of the attack and kidnapping.

Hines finds the names Ezra Moretti and Nate Holt as the partners of Erik in the Afghanistan robbery 18 months ago. Ezra and Nate demand that Dr. Grace give them information about her patient, Daniel Vega. When she hesitates, they shoot Torres!

A Trip To The Zoo

Dr. Grace bandages Torres, and when Ezra and Nate threaten to shoot Torres again, she gives up Daniel’s location. Knight figures out that Daniel helped transport the treasure into the United States. Ezra and Nate killed Erik first and are now after Daniel. No witnesses and more treasure for them.

While locked up, Dr. Grace tells Torres that she’s married, but it’s not going well. She tells him about a patient that she lost and still carries the guilt for not recognizing how sad and hopeless he was. Ezra and Nate need Dr. Grace to take one of them to the psychiatric facility that Daniel is in.

Hines tells Parker that she has found straw and animal DNA at both crime scenes. She explains that Ezra and Nate are using the zoo as a hideout. Dr. Grace takes Ezra inside Daniel’s room, but not before she grabs a syringe full of medication.

Fix It

Dr. Grace stabs Daniel with the syringe so he can’t tell Ezra where the stones are. The team finds Torres fighting with Nate. They rushed to save Dr. Grace, telling Torres to take Nate to the hospital.

The team busts in on Ezra and Dr. Grace. Dr. Grace elbows Ezra and runs as Parker shoots Ezra dead. Ducky’s surprise birthday party is not a surprise but a success.

Torres tells Dr. Grace that he’s going to find a sponsor and tell his team that he’s trying to get sober to hold himself accountable. He asks what happened to her marriage, and when she tells him just a lack of communication, he tells her to call her husband and fix it.

What did you think of NCIS Season 20 Episode 3? Let’s talk about NCIS in the comments below!


  • 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

Guest Starring

  • Laura San Giacomo as Dr. Grace Confalone
  • Laith Wallschleger as Erik Nilsson/Dozer
  • Jonathan Kowalsky as Nate Holt/Rookie
  • Billy Miller as Ezra Moretti/Second Man
  • Beth Fraser as Reporter #1
  • Danny Royce as Reporter #2
  • Jane Carr as Dr. Erica Heller
  • Mike McShane as Dr. Matthew Heller
  • Grace Narducci as Nicole
  • Deborah Vancelette as Nurse
  • Marty Dew as Daniel Vega

WRITTEN BY: Yasemin Yilmaz

DIRECTED BY: Diana Valentine

Catch a new episode each week on CBS, check out listings dates below. Stay right here, stay mixed for NCIS Season 20 Episode 4, stay tuned! Drop your email to get insights into your inbox…

NCIS Season 20 Episode Guide

Season Episode Title Air Date
20 10 “Too Many Cooks” NCIS Crossover Event! January 2, 2023
20 9 “Higher Education” Mid-season Finale December 5, 2022
20 8 Turkey Trot November 21, 2022
20 7 Love Lost November 14, 2022
20 6 The Good Fighter October 24, 2022
20 5 Guardian October 17, 2022
20 4 Leave No Trace October 10, 2022
20 3 Unearth October 3, 2022
20 2 Daddy Issues September 26, 2022
20 1 A Family Matter” NCIS Season 20 Episode Premiere (Crossover event with NCIS: Hawai'i) September 19, 2022

Photo Credit: CBS Broadcasting Inc.

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