A dead Marine's day job at a government think tank leads Gibbs and the team into the life of a 12-year-old prodigy who may be the killer's next target.



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Episode cast overview:
Leon Vance (credit only)
Gregg Norvell
Krista Dalton
Angela Kelp
Eddie Castillo
Darlene Kelp
Roger Ranney ...
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Two young boys find the body of Marine LCpl. Lozada, without one hand; Gibbs and company investigate. Ducky says that the victim died elsewhere, and that the traumatic amputation took place postmortem. Lozada served on the guard detail for a high-level think tank, the Sattler Institute, which uses gifted, precocious kids to suggest solutions for military problems, using simpler, cleaner, purer, less linear, less bureaucratic ways of approaching problems. One student, Angela, had a close friendship with Lozada, who was a former member of a gang; a security tape at the institute reveals a clue. Tony and McGee find another connection, but they run into trouble. A maintenance worker at the institute finds the body of a woman. Ziva and Angela go to Ducky's house, but Angela disappears. Angela and the bad guy show up at Angela's house, as do Gibbs, Tony, and Ziva; right and justice trump. Then the gang gather at Ducky's house for a toast and a turkey dinner. Written by DocRushing

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24 November 2009 (USA)  »

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Did You Know?


The NCIS agent soundly beaten at checkers by Angela Kelp was played by Ray Mabus, who as of February 2011 is the U.S. Secretary of the Navy. Actually Ray Mabus was sworn in as SecNav on May 19. 2009. Since that was prior to the airing of this episode (Nov. 24, 2009), it adds even more humor to Ray's telling Gibbs, "This kids a ringer. Watch her" when he was the true ringer. It ranks right up with Gibbs answering Kate's question of 'what Ducky looked like when he was younger' with "Illya Kuryakin". See more »


In the final confrontation in front of Angela's house, the bad guy is using little Angela as a human shield. Ziva has her handgun trained on him. He says to Gibbs, "She'll miss." Gibbs looks at Angela and asks her "What are the odds of that?" Angela calculates and says "97%." Now, Angela has just said that Ziva has a 97% chance of MISSING. Fortunately, Ziva does not miss. See more »


Special Agent Timothy McGee: Boss, you're gonna wanna see this. According to security sensor, Lance Corporal Lazada entered the dorm wing this morning at 6 AM.
Ziva David: That is impossible. He was dead.
Special Agent Timothy McGee: Exactly. Dorm access requires a palm scan, boss.
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References Hannah and Her Sisters (1986) See more »

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