Sarah, the widow of marine Major Jim Kidwell who died two weeks earlier on a job with colleague Major Craig Peary too high classified even for Gibbs, keeps getting messages, allegedly from Jim. They were reported poisoned with formaldehyde in brothel drinks on foreign mission and buried, according to a bogus colonel. A tape proves Kidwell was alive during 'his funeral', and when the casket is dug up lies in it, well-embalmed, but apparently impossible to tell when or how he died, until Ducky figures out he was embalmed alive. A 'radar' scan proves Peary's casket contains something else, but no body. The case links to a CIA operation in Colombia... Written by
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Gibbs tell Kate that he was married three times, not four. Actually he was married four times but his first marriage was kept a secret until the episode "Hiatus (Part I)". See more
The sign for the funeral home in Mexico reads "Olarte y Hijos." While "y" does mean "and" ("Olarte and Sons"), in this case it would be "Olarte e Hijos". "Y" and the beginning sound "hi" of "hijos" are both pronounced as an English "ee"(the "h" is silent), so in cases like this "y" is changed to "e". Similar to how in English "a" becomes "an" in front of words that begin with vowels. See more
Dr. Donald 'Ducky' Mallard
[performing an autopsy then Ducky jumps back in shock
Dear Lord! I believe I know how you died Major. May the Lord have mercy on your soul!