The NCIS team surveys the damage and casualties from the terrorist bombing while Ducky recovers from his heart attack. SecNav Jarvis issues the command to proceed with extreme prejudice in locating Harper Dearing, who sees through the sting operation to capture him by bombing the FBI SWAT team. Understanding that Dearing has nothing left to lose after the death of his son, Gibbs invokes a â€œpoke the bearâ€ strategy to incite Dearing to be on the offensive rather than defensive side. After Dearing calls Gibbs, the team traces the call only to find a car that explodes with the charred remains of a body inside, a halfway match for Dearingâ€™s DNA. An incredulous Gibbs arranges a meeting with Dearingâ€™s sister-in-law who reveals information that leads Gibbs to ascertain that the DNA match was due to Dearingâ€™s use of his brotherâ€™s remains as a decoy. When NCIS and FBI members track Dearingâ€™s whereabouts to an old farmhouse but donâ€™t find him there, Gibbs tells Vance that he expects Dearing to be waiting for him at the house Evan grew up in. When Gibbs confronts Dearing at the house, the two men discuss Evanâ€™s death until Dearing reaches for his gun, prompting Gibbs to swiftly take him down with his knife.