A Navy captain dies of gunfire while with his fiancée, who is Gibbs's first mother-in-law. While Gibbs and company investigate, they find several discrepancies and inconsistencies. Gibbs figures it out, and he and "MAllison" work it out.

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A Navy captain, soon to retire from the Supply Corps, dies of three gunshots about 02:00 in a marina in Norfolk while wearing his blue monkey suit, including a gold cummerbund and white gloves; Gibbs and company investigate. The major witness is Joann Fielding, Gibbs's first mother-in-law (Shannon's mother and Kelly's maternal grandmother). The facial sketch produces an anomalous result, then Abby spots a significant discrepancy, and she finds a connection to a bridge coat and the shoulder boards. Gibbs tells Joann that her story does not add up. When Tony and Ziva check a lead in Nogales, Arizona, on the Mexican border, they get a rude surprise. Gibbs and Tony interview a Navy lieutenant involved with the victim. Ducky tells Gibbs quietly that he feels sure about a certain point. Gibbs puts all the pieces together, then he and "MAllison" work out the details. Palmer introduces an embalming assistant. Written by DocRushing

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Goofs

Tony describes a diamond as "three carats, grade E, flawless, one minor inclusion". This is contradictory: by definition, a flawless diamond has no inclusions (internal flaws) or blemishes (flaws on the surface). A stone with one minor inclusion would be clarity grade VVS at best. "E" is the color grade and indicates that the diamond is colorless. See more »

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Special Agent Anthony DiNozzo: Uh oh.
Special Agent Timothy McGee: Yeah. Big time.
Special Agent Anthony DiNozzo: He compliment me, twice.
Ziva David: [Ziva chuckles slightly] Very un-Gibbs.
Special Agent Anthony DiNozzo: We better keep an eye on that guy. Don't you agree Director?
Leon Vance: Is that your decision Agent DiNozzo?
Special Agent Anthony DiNozzo: It's not mine to make, sir.
Leon Vance: You got that right!
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Features Seven Samurai (1954) See more »

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Murder In My Heart
Written by Sheryl Crow and Kevin Hunter
Performed by Sheryl Crow
Courtesy of A&M Records
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Love that ending!
3 March 2010 | by (New York, New York) – See all my reviews

This is one of my favorite segments of the long-running series, thanks to a beautifully written, directed and acted ending (which I won't give away, to avoid spoiling the fun).

Harmon brings up his game to meet the challenge of acting opposite the great Gena Rowlands, cast as his estranged, ex-mother-in-law. Since he's investigating a murder, and she becomes a "person of interest" if not the prime suspect (wow -I can imagine Gena vs. Helen Mirren already!), the finale is fraught with suspense. But I'm singling it out for a back-of-the-neck tingle in the surprise execution of the story's final twist -immensely satisfying, and up there (in reverse) with the Bogie/Mary Astor climax in John Huston's THE MALTESE FALCON. Also worth noting is the denouement which follows, featuring a brilliantly ambiguous facial expression by Rocky Carroll summing up the whole story.

The public has in a rare example of good taste made this the numero uno show on TV, and they have been rewarded with classic acting in this segment.


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