Gibbs regains consciousness, but he's lost his memory since 1991. He starts to remember a few things; Jen helps, then an old buddy, then Ziva. Gibbs gets back his memory and a solution, gives a severe warning, becomes ignored, then quits.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
NSO Deputy Director Dean Welsh
Nurse Maria Baliad
Navy Lt. Morgan Tolliver (as Jarvis George)


Gibbs regains consciousness, and he says that he remembers "the explosion"; however, he does not recognize or remember Ducky. A neurologist says that Gibbs's organic injuries (his lack of brain damage) are inconsistent with an erasure of 15 years of memory even with a memory of his trauma; the physician suggests that the cause is not a physical one but rather an emotional repression of memory. Gibbs starts to remember a few things; Jen helps, then an old buddy does, then Ziva. Gibbs regains his memory, and he recalls the details of the operation on which he sustained his recent injuries. He figures out the bad guy, gives a severe warning, becomes ignored, then quits. Written by DocRushing

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First episode where everyone at NCIS learn about Gibbs having a wife and a child before he was married three times since then. See more »


Dr. Gelfand says that Gibbs is suffering from "disassociation". The correct psychiatric term is "dissociation". See more »


Special Agent Timothy McGee: [after Ziva puts her weapon on the table during an interrogation] That's not loaded is it?
Special Agent Anthony DiNozzo: Would Gibbs allow Ziva to carry a loaded weapon in there?
Special Agent Timothy McGee: No!
Special Agent Anthony DiNozzo: And I'm not Gibbs, right?
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Great emotional finale
1 January 2016 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

As a new NCIS fan (watching since June 2015) I'm really getting into the old seasons. Watching season 13 juxtaposed the old seasons is great and this finale was just awesome. Approximately 10 years after it came out I watched this season finale and Gibbs' departure was sad. 10 seasons later I know he comes back but that doesn't affect how powerful this departure was.

This episode was really great first of all because the mellow drama with Gibbs was actually not boring. Lots of people from the past visit him to get his memory back and you feel like you've been part of a great event, the season, when it's Ziva, his newest acquaintance, that gets his memory back by commemorating some of the season's greatest events and other things like Kate's gruesome death and when Ziva kills her brother Ari way back in the season's second episode.

Gibbs' departure is the main thing but the build-up to it is a 9/11 sort of event. It's just a really awesome mystery with a tragic end (Not talking about Gibbs' departure).

Apart Gibbs' part of the episode the mystery is awesome.

The final scene where Gibbs says bye to everyone while the NCIS theme plays in slow is emotional. This is a great finale even 10 years after it came out and the fact that I'm reviewing this right now, January 1st 2016 shows it can be as palpable as in 2006. Can't wait to start season 4.

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