Jack visits Leroy for a special reason. Meanwhile a couple find the body of a Marine first lieutenant, barefoot and thinly clothed, on a prayer rug in freezing weather in a park; Gibbs and company find the pieces and elicit a confession.

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Colonel George Ellis
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Jackson arrives at Leroy's house at Christmas with a triple-barrel surprise. Meanwhile in a park a young couple in freezing weather find the body of 1Lt. Tom Ellis, a third-generation Marine; Gibbs and company investigate. Tom's father, George, a retired colonel, is an ordained minister. The gang find Tom, barefoot and thinly clothed, with a compass, facing east, kneeling on an Islamic prayer rug; they learn that eight months ago he converted from the Christian faith to Islam. Ziva meets a bunch of what she calls "redthroats"; Jack runs into trouble at Leroy's house. Tony tracks down a payment by the colonel, and Ducky offers insight about Jack; a Navy Muslim chaplain receives a significant note; Abby and the others consider a distinct possibility, which leads to a confrontation, which produces a confession. Leroy finds out why Jack visits him, so they talk about it. Tony makes an old buzzard smile, and McSanta grants a special Christmas wish. Written by DocRushing

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In the Morgue, when called to "Attention on deck" as the LT's body is being removed, Col. Ellis salutes. Marines do not generally salute indoors and certainly when not in uniform. See more »

Quotes

Jackson Gibbs: Old place looks pretty good.
Special Agent Jethro Gibbs: Yeah, well, it could use a coat of paint.
Jackson Gibbs: Couldn't we all?
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Spoofs Newhart (1982) See more »

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Bitter and Blue
written by Weatherly, Michael (I)
performed by Weatherly, Michael (I)
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Beautiful
16 January 2013 | by (England) – See all my reviews

i wont go into detail because I'm not that good at writing, but i will say that this episode is one of my favourites of the program, its one of my favourite episodes that I've ever watched out of any TV program, the ending was beautiful, I'm not afraid to say that i shed a tear.

screw the other guy that reviewed this episode, its a must watch.

Just for the record, i watch a lot of films and TV, i'd say that out of the episodes of ncis I've watched so far, some are good, some are less than so, but occasionally some are brilliant, one other episode that comes to mind is the episode where the soldier awarded the medal of honor believes himself to have killed his best friend in the war.


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