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
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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
Marine Colonel George Ellis
What I did was wrong, but well intentioned. And if it led to my son's death, God forgive me. And Tom's god too.
Special Agent Jethro Gibbs
One and the same, Colonel.
Bitter and Blue
written by Weatherly, Michael (I)
performed by Weatherly, Michael (I) See more