NCIS: Season 5, Episode 11

Tribes (15 Jan. 2008)
"NCIS: Naval Criminal Investigative Service" Tribes (original title)

TV Episode  |  TV-14  |   |  Action, Comedy, Crime
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A Marine lance corporal, of Arabic lineage and the Islamic faith, dies two blocks from a mosque in Washington, DC; Gibbs and company investigate. Ducky uses an alternate method; Abby finds a deadly neurotoxin. A tip helps; justice prevails.



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Episode cast overview:
Khalid Mohammed Bakr
Ryan Sikes
Marine Capt. Jim Mills
Dr. Donna Dunlap
Sunni Man
Marine Lance Corp. Abdul Bakr


A Marine lance corporal, of Arabic lineage, the Islamic faith, and the Sunni tradition, dies two blocks from his mosque, in Anacostia in Washington, DC; Gibbs and company investigate. The local imam is the father of the victim; he begs Ducky, through respect for the Muslim religion, not to cut into the body, so that his son "can find peace in Heaven". Ducky and Palmer use an alternate method, and they get "an unexpected turn of events"; Ziva and the imam agree that too many deaths have occurred. Abby finds a residue of the most deadly natural neurotoxin on the Earth; Tony catches a jackrabbit bound for Paradise. A reserve personnel officer gives a tip, then justice prevails. Written by DocRushing

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Ducky should know that all Muslims, service personnel and civilians, accept the need for an autopsy because that is the law of the country in which they live and serve. A call to a Muslim navy chaplain would have resolved his crisis of conscience. See more »


Special Agent Leory Jethro Gibbs: [as Abby works on her Mass Spectrometer] Broken?
Abby Sciuto: Does a baby change its own diapers? Nay. Does it burp and feed itself? I don't think so. It takes a lot of TLC to keep my children happy and fully functioning in the Lab of Abby or Labby as I like to call it.
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References Three Days of the Condor (1975) See more »


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