NCIS: Season 3, Episode 15

Head Case (7 Feb. 2006)
"NCIS: Naval Criminal Investigative Service" Head Case (original title)

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A raid on an auto chop-shop leads to a severed head - without its body.

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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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In the touching final scene Gibbs and the widow exchange honored and traditional wishes often used among Marines and Navy people; the widow says to Gibbs, "Semper fi", and he responds to her, "Fair winds and following seas". See more »

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When Gibbs places the two service record printouts in front of a Petty Officer he is about to interrogate, they show two different service members with the same Social Security Number. See more »

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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.

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