While busting three Navy enlisted men running an automotive chop shop, Gibbs, Tony, and Ziva find a severed head in a cooler in the trunk of one of the cars. The gang find the rest of the body, the story, the answers, and the bad actors.

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While apprehending and arresting three Navy enlisted men running an automotive chop shop (using tools stolen from a Navy motor pool), Gibbs, Tony, and Ziva unexpectedly find the severed head of an adult man on ice inside a cooler in the trunk of one of the stolen cars. Abby learns that the head is that of a Navy captain who died four months before in the Naval Medical Center, Bethesda, Maryland; she also finds a problem with the created remains said to be those of the deceased. McGee determines the owner of the stolen car, then Tony, McGee, and Ziva discover major evidence. The furnace operator disappears, but the gang find him, and they figure out the whole thing. Written by DocRushing

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The last command of the dead captain was the fictional USS Manassas (CG-74), a guided-missile cruiser, from which his remains are to be spread at sea; however, no such ship exists, and no ship of the US Navy has ever borne the name of Manassas. See more »

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In two scenes a computer record on a monitor screen shows the address of Martin Broussard in "Petersberg", Virginia, whereas the correct spelling is "Petersburg" with a U. See more »

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Abby Sciuto: I ran the fingerprints from the Mercedes, the cooler in the back of the car, and Martin Boussard's room. They're all the same and they're all his.
Special Agent Anthony DiNozzo: Boussard stole the Mercedes?
Abby Sciuto: Either that or he just really likes to touch stuff.
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References The Serpent and the Rainbow (1988) See more »

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Riding the Rain
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Written by Dominic Kelly
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Courtesy of Addax Music Company
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"Fair winds and following seas, ma'am."
22 February 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is one of my favorite NCIS episodes. The team raids an illegal automotive body chop shop run by some sailors, only to discover a disembodied head in the trunk of one of the cars. Turns out the head belongs to a Navy captain who died of natural causes and whose wife believes was cremated. His ashes are supposed to be scattered at sea from the last ship he commanded when it sails next.

Gibss and the team must solve the mystery and return the correct ashes to the widow before the ship sails, so her husband's last wish can be fulfilled.

The best part of this episode is the relationship between Gibbs and the widow, (under)played nicely by Chelsea Field - aka Mrs. Scott Bakula. It really gives Mark Harmon a chance to show some real tenderness to the widow and the young daughter, while sparing her gruesome details she doesn't need to know. Their final scene, where each shares a blessing that is special to the other, is one of Gibbs' best, IMHO.

Thanks for reading.


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