NCIS: Season 5, Episode 17

About Face (13 May 2008)
"NCIS: Naval Criminal Investigative Service" About Face (original title)

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Jimmy Palmer is targeted by a murderer only he can recognize.

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Construction workers on a Navy yard discover a body in an elevator. During forensic examination Jimmy Palmer says and follows a man who grabs the victim Rick Baxter's false passport and shoots at Jimmy. Ducky finds he had a non-lethal blow on the head, could well have phoned before falling to his death. Palmer feels terrible for his unmanly, yet life-saving dive and has a hard time trying to reconstruct the face, identify the passport nationality or remember he name on it, even under hypnosis, but his ability to recognize still proves vital. The site also contains an older corps, buried in concrete, and traces of copper theft, which is confessed to by Enis Watley, who however didn't attack Jimmy. Abby reconstructs the 'mummy', with surprising results. Written by KGF Vissers

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The NCIS team visit two mobile home parks, one in Alexandria and one in Arlington. The one seen are rural and have mountains in the background. Both Virginia localities are suburbs of Washington, DC, a very urban and non-mountainous region. See more »

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Dr. Donald 'Ducky' Mallard: I have no doubt that you have it in you to die a hero's death. But for the time being. I'd appreciate it if you could stay alive to help me examine the dead.
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4 May 2009 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This is a great episode. They've been consistently excellent throughout the series even with a new director. It's good that Jimmy Palmer (Brian Dietzen) got an episode that was 'his own' because he's always been slightly overlooked. He and David McCallum are great together how they always argue because they get lost on their way to the crime scene. I guess what I don't get about this episode is why NCIS got the case in the first place because there seems to be no navy link. NCIS only deals with cases related to the navy but the victim was just a normal guy so surely the regular cops should work the case? I watched the episode over again and there seems to be no mention of why the case was given to NCIS. It's the only bad thing about this episode. One of the best of season five. Palmer is much more entertaining than Gerald.


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