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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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Leon Vance (credit only)
Colonel George Ellis
Lieutenant Commander Aaban El-Sayad
Patrick Ellis
Tina Ellis
First Sergeant Louis Tibbens


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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Did You Know?


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 »


Marine Colonel George Ellis: Nothing tests a marriage like the Corps.
Special Agent Jethro Gibbs: Nature of the beast.
Marine Colonel George Ellis: I forgot you were a marine, Agent Gibbs.
Special Agent Jethro Gibbs: I remember you, Colonel.
Marine Colonel George Ellis: It's "Reverend" now.
Special Agent Jethro Gibbs: Why the change?
Marine Colonel George Ellis: When my wife died, I wanted to be closer to God. Now he's taken my son, as well.
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This episode was so disgusting that it stopped me from watching the series.
16 March 2017 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I used to love NCIS and could hardly wait for a new episode. Then the Season 7, Episode 10 titled "Faith" aired. It was about a Christian family honor killing a family member that converted to Islam. Something I'm pretty sure has never happened, but the opposite happens on a regular basis. To make it more insulting this was the Christmas episode. I haven't watched it since. It was so insulting. It was a Christmas episode accusing Christians of doing something they have never done while ignoring the fact the Muslims do this type of thing almost on a daily basis. In this one episode they ruined a show I had loved and followed for years. I loved this show from the spin off episode of JAG. I turned many people onto the show. Then they put out this pile of crap. Poor Muslims being killed in cold blood by those evil Christians. DIAF Hollywood.

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