Someone attacks a Marine corporal and leaves him to die, facedown in a snowbank in a park; Gibbs and company investigate. Mike Franks shows up and takes part; he and Gibbs sort it out and work it out. Tony and Jeanne encounter a problem.

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Local cops find the apparently dead body of a Marine corporal, on leave from his third tour in Iraq, facedown in a snowdrift in Montrose Park; the Metro PD calls the NCIS; when Ducky prepares to examine, the subject, O'Neill, suddenly wakes up and gasps; Ducky transfers him to a hospital; Ducky had already noticed a lump and bruises on his head and neck, so he says that he did not merely fall into the snowdrift; Gibbs and company investigate. Mike Franks shows up with an amazing revelation. O'Neill dies, and Abby makes a startling discovery. Franks investigates a related matter on his own, and Gibbs follows him, then the two of them sort it out. Tony and Jeanne encounter a problem. Written by DocRushing

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Ziva is seen wearing the late Lt Sanders' headwear from the episode "Dead Man Walking" (#4.16). See more »

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At around 22:35 the big plasma screen is showing a print on the left and flashing sign "Positive match", but there is no print in the right hand window for comparison. Moments later when Gibbs enters the lab, you can now see a print on the right side of the screen as well. See more »

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Special Agent Anthony DiNozzo: Look who's finally here.
Officer Ziva David: Like you've never been late, left early or gone mysteriously missing.
Special Agent Anthony DiNozzo: That's my point exacly. Tardiness is my middle name. In fact, it's expected of me. You, on the other hand, have become the poster girl for punctuality.
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Courtesy of Screw the Pooch ASCAP
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Mike Franks and Gibbs (8,8/10)
4 December 2016 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Mike Franks really shined in this episode. We didn't get to know him much but now I feel like we know him a lot better than before. What really made this episode great was the mix of an insane case and lots of character development. The case was pretty crazy, you can tell by the summary: a marine supposedly frozen to death wakes up on Ducky's interrogation table. Even crazier, this marine is Mike Frank's son. This case was pretty great because there were many suspects and it really kept me guessing until the end, because the banker guy (sorry don't remember his name) seemed like the sort of guy who was involved but not the actual killer. Plus he keeps denying it so that reinforces my point. When I found out it was actually him, I was very surprised. It's like the episode "Driven" earlier this season that keeps you guessing until the very end. Mike Franks seems like the kind of guy who would snap like that but I now realize that he trained Gibbs and Gibbs (almost) never snaps.

This episode showed us a lot of character development because we got to see a lot of discussions between Gibbs and Franks which was great because when the boss' boss is present you know it's going to be rather heated or hilarious and in this case it was both. We also got to see Mike's soft side with his son in the hospital. They were definitely the highlight of this episode even though we did get a bit of character development with DiNozzo who got to spend time with Jeanne. It didn't steal the show but it has a nice continuity into the next episode (Grace Period). Gibbs and Franks are the stars here.

There was also a great ending, where Franks saves his son's girlfriend and we get a nice conversation with him and Gibbs.

Ziva and Duck just seemed to be there but that doesn't really affect the episode. It was a great one and I recommend it.


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