The NCIS gang investigate the death of a sailor in a hit-and-run wreck, which turns into a shoot-and-scoot; Ducky finds nearby the body of a young woman who gave birth and died before the wreck. The team figure out the lies and the case.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Jenny Shepard (credit only)
Joseph Barnes
Sara Nelson
Adrian Nelson
Nicholas Barnes
Petty Officer Christopher Muñoz


The NCIS gang investigate the death of a Navy petty officer second-class in a hit-and-run wreck; however, Ducky and Gibbs soon realize that it's also a shoot-and-scoot; Ducky further questions the circumstances of the wreck, then nearby he finds the body of a young woman; later he finds that she had died before the wreck, and that she had just given birth. While the gang follow a lead, they find a nursery, prepared and waiting; then they find two adults but lose a baby. After confronting a car mechanic about some bad brakes, Gibbs delivers a baby, whom Ducky then checks out. Tony continues to feel bad about his recent breakup with Jeanne; he reads a note and burns it. Written by DocRushing

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2 October 2007 (USA)  »

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Worn brake pads won't cause the brakes to fail on a car, so replacing the good brake pads with the worn set would be an ineffective way to tamper with a vehicle. At worst they will ruin the rotors once the pads are worn down to the metal backing, as the displayed pad clearly wasn't. See more »


Sara Nelson: [to Gibbs] But as far as I'm concerned, if anything happens to my child *you're* the one who better run for cover!
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Family - a truly touching episode
10 December 2016 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

"Family" is an awesome episode because we get to see a to of character development for Ziva, McGee but mostly Tony. The case was pretty good in this episode, I was stumped until the end. There was lots of layers of complexity to it and the missing child is a truly compelling story.

There's a parallel between the case and Tony. He must choose between the NCIS team or Jeanne. This is extremely interesting and this episode showcases the theme of my favorite show which is family. That theme is present in the best shows: NCIS and Supernatural and it's what makes them great and beyond shows like 24 or CSI.

DiNozzo ends up choosing his team, a wise decision. This was just an amazing moment and mixed with the music, it was perfect. Not only was this episode sentimental but it was also humorous.

All in all, "Family" is a must see episode, there is truly nothing like it.

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