NCIS: Season 2, Episode 13

The Meat Puzzle (8 Feb. 2005)
"NCIS: Naval Criminal Investigative Service" The Meat Puzzle (original title)

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Ducky faces the "meat puzzle" of concurrently reconstructing three cadavers dissected into many small pieces. Ducky IDs one body, and the gang ID the others and a fourth. Ducky is the fifth target, but the team find him and save him.



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Episode cast overview:
Jonathan Hanlan
Mary Hanlan
Fred Hanlan
Morgan Weisser ...
Vincent Hanlan
Jeffrey Wilson
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Ducky and Jimmy face the challenge of the "meat puzzle" of concurrently reconstructing three cadavers dissected into many small pieces left in a barrel of alcohol in Bethesda; Ducky quickly identifies one body. More clues turn up, but the prime suspect is said to have died more than a year ago. The bodies are those of a DA, a judge, and a jury foreman in a macabre rape-murder case eight years ago. The suspect was a wannabe medical examiner, both his parents are morticians, and his brother is a taxidermist. While Tony sits with Ducky's mother, a delivery arrives; while Kate protects Ducky, he takes a ride. Eventually the team find not only Ducky but also lots of answers. Written by DocRushing

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Actress Nina Foch, who played the mother of David McCallum's character, Dr. Donald "Ducky" Mallard, was only 9 years older than David McCallum. See more »


(at around 30 mins) During an establishing shot of Dr. Mallard's home when DiNozzo arrives to watch Mrs. Mallard a large lighting fixture can be seen on the upper balcony with a diffusion screen attached in front. See more »


[Ducky has discovered that the identity of butchered bodies are people associated with a trial he was also associated with]
Jimmy Palmer: Are you scared, Dr. Mallard?
Dr. Donald 'Ducky' Mallard: Madame Curie, one of the world's most brilliant thinkers, once said, "There is nothing in life to be feared, it is only to be understood." I think it safe to say that Madame Curie never set her eyes on a meat puzzle. Yes I'm scared... scared as hell.
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References The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (1964) See more »


Flight of Night
Written by Dominic Kelly
Performed by Dominic Kelly
Courtesy of Addax Music Company
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