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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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Navy Lieutenant David Shankton
Shannon (as Aviva)


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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2 March 2010 (USA)  »

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Tony complains of the summer heat in Nogales, Arizona, presumably around 100 Fahrenheit. Ziva snaps "Stop complaining. This is what winter feels like in Israel." Jerusalem averages in the mid-50s Fahrenheit in winter; Tel Aviv in the 60s. See more »


Margaret Allison Hart: You really want to talk to her?
Special Agent Jethro Gibbs: Yeah. I want some answers. I want the truth.
Margaret Allison Hart: Hmph. Law School 101. Truth's overrated.
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References The Hidden Fortress (1958) See more »


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Written by Sheryl Crow and Kevin Hunter
Performed by Sheryl Crow
Courtesy of A&M Records
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14 May 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Great episode with a surprise ending. In my view, it's good to get more insight into the main characters' personal lives to understand them better. Jethro's relationship with his mother-in-law Joann following the deaths of Shannon and Kelly needed to be explored and this did it very well. Joann tells DiNozzo that she had always liked Jethro and was happy when he and Shannon married, implying that she knew him as a youngster. However, it was implied in another episode that Jethro first met Shannon at the train station as he was leaving for the Marine Corps. I could never understand how they could not have met previously while growing up in the small town of Stillwater. Nonetheless, one of the best shows in this long series. Let's hope it continues!

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