NCIS: Season 2, Episode 21

Hometown Hero (3 May 2005)
"NCIS: Naval Criminal Investigative Service" Hometown Hero (original title)

TV Episode  |  TV-14  |   |  Action, Comedy, Crime
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A hospital corpsman stows his gear in a self-store room; after 10 months he dies in action in Iraq; then the skeletal remains of a high-school friend turn up in his storeroom. Despite local resistance Gibbs and company solve the mystery.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Bruce Webb
Police Chief Jeff Whalen
Anne Judson-Yager ...
Emmy Poole
Police Officer Billy Krieg
Elizabeth Connors ...
Kathy Webb
Marine Lt. Rob King
Steve Hager


In anticipation of a deployment to Iraq, a hospital corpsman third-class stows his personal gear, including a pickup truck, in a self-store room; after 10 months he dies in action, saving the lives of two Marines at the cost of his own life; his CO recommends him for a posthumous Silver Star; a hometown friend, acting on his written directions, opens his rented storeroom; however, the skeletal remains of a young woman appear in the bed of the truck; Gibbs and company investigate. Ducky says that the remains are those of a girl from the sailor's hometown who disappeared about two years previously. Abby provides much evidence, and, despite local resistance, the team identify the killer. Written by DocRushing

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In "Hometown Hero" the video seen at the end of DiNozzos' car being crashed into the back of a semi truck, is actual footage from a police chase that took place in Buckeye County, AZ. See more »


Police Chief Whalen tells Gibbs that according to Emmy Poole's mother she had been suffering from depression for the last few years as they look into her medicine cabinet. All the medications are for treating moderate pain and prescribed by a dentist. There were no antidepressants or anti-anxiety medications visible in the cabinet. See more »


Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs: Tell me about it.
Special Agent Anthony DiNozzo: Is it that obvious? I'm sorry, boss. It's just upsetting. My car wasn't towed. It was stolen.
Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs: Tell me about the storage locker, DiNozzo.
Special Agent Anthony DiNozzo: Right.
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References They Came to Cordura (1959) See more »


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Written by Dominic Kelly
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