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Head Case 

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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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Timothy McGee
LCDR Kyle Ross
Sean Oliver
Floyd Vernon
PO1 Marc Hobie
Simon Katz
Chrissy Wayne


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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7 February 2006 (USA)  »

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(Dolby 5.1)


Aspect Ratio:

16 : 9
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Did You Know?


Chelsea Field guest stars as the Commander's widow. She is the real-life wife of NCIS: New Orleans star Scott Bakula, which would not premiere until 8 years later. See more »


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 »


Abby Sciuto: I found calcium which is present in human bones, but no phosphorus.
Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs: Which means?
Abby Sciuto: There really is no foreplay with you, is there, Gibbs?
Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs: What, you been talking to my ex-wives again?
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References Sleepless in Seattle (1993) See more »


Riding the Rain
Written by Dominic Kelly
Performed by Dominic Kelly
Courtesy of Addax Music Company
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Oh, Gibbs.
13 March 2016 | by See all my reviews

For some reason in the past episodes, I have been really upset with Gibbs treating the team beneath him. I know that is his thing, but it still bothered me.

In this episode, I am so grateful that the tender side of Gibbs was shown because it reminded me of why I loved Gibbs so much. He protected the feelings of the mother & the child and all was forgiven.

I just love Tony, Ziva, Abby & Probie as a team. They make everything more fun and I wish they would be a team forever.




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