While McGee gives his den of Youth Rangers a tour of the NCIS headquarters, one of his boys pops up in a missing-persons database; Gibbs and company investigate. The team find lies, deception, a fugitive, a new murder, and the real killer.



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Carson Taylor / Matthews
Metro Detective Marshall Collins
Brian Matthews / Taylor
Navy Lt. Elaine Taylor
Det. Danielle Hamilton
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McGee, a leader of the Youth Rangers, gives his den a tour of the NCIS headquarters; Abby, while demonstrating her lab equipment, takes a fingerprint from a talkative boy, Carson, and runs it through the AFIS program, which finds a positive match, saying that Carson had become abducted while a small child. Carson's ostensible mother is a Navy lieutenant on active duty. Gibbs and company investigate; they uncover the history of Carson, his biological parents, and a custodial grandmother; Abby learns that police want his father for murder. Two detectives from the Metro PD deliver evidence and join the case. Another murder takes place, then the gang nab the two-time killer. Written by DocRushing

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20 November 2007 (USA)  »

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Did You Know?


When Carson Taylor is present in the NCIS office, he is playing a video game. When you see the graphics of that particular game, you see clearly that the images are scenes of attacking Cylon Raiders from the Battlestar Galactica (1978) series. Donald P. Bellisario was also involved as writer and producer of that series. See more »


When Jenny Shepard reads Hollis Mann's retirement notice in the paper, the front page has the logo of The Stars and Stripes. When Jethro Gibbs walks in, she closes the paper - the front page as she closes it is The Mini Page, a children's section from the Washington Post. See more »


Abby Sciuto: Know what bugs me most, McGee?
Special Agent Timothy McGee: People who say they're vegetarians but eat chicken.
Abby Sciuto: [frowns] Yes. But you know what also bugs me the most?
Special Agent Timothy McGee: People who mishandle evidence.
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References Gladiator (2000) See more »


Let My Blood Spill
Written by Dominic Kelly
Performed by Dominic Kelly
Courtesy of Screw the Pooch ASCAP
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16 December 2016 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

This episode is awesome because it has a "feel good" resolution. After the NCIS team finds out about a kid who was supposedly kidnapped by his father, who is right now missing. All the facts place the father guilty of murder but the resolution proves that wrong. The case is extremely complex, like most old NCIS episodes, and this makes the episode very interesting.

Of course it takes more than a great case to make a great NCIS episode. It also takes great humorous dialogue and NCIS never disappoints with that. It's also very interesting to have a rather sympathetic kid mixed in, as almost every agent takes a turn babysit him. Congratulations on making Carlson an awesome likable kid unlike most kids in TV shows who mostly feel lame and one dimensional.

In this episode, we learn that Gibbs is good with kids, a character trait that will shine in later episodes as well. Tony's record for a movie trivia quiz is beat in this episode, a rather funny scene (his demise in the title of the review), but his best moments are his interactions with Ziva in the woods. Speaking of Ziva, she was pretty good in this episode, delivering good lines. McGee, good as usual, there isn't much to say for the characters in the older episodes because they're phenomenal.

The finale of this episode is a touching, family reunion between Carlson and his dad. This "feel good" ending is great and I really love it. These endings really bring something great to NCIS and the ending when Gibbs smiles made me smile.

All in all, the interactions with Carson, the flawless case, characters and ending make this episode memorable.

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