A shooting takes place in Rock Creek Park in Washington; the victim is a Marine officer who became MiA six years before; Gibbs and company investigate. A second life, name, and wife all come to light. The gang solve it and nab the shooter.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Leon Vance (credit only)
Joe Guzaldo ...
Pete Iger
Leah Mayne
Rachel Wells
Dr. Adam Tallridge
Former Sergeant Matthew Gontz
Park Inspector Edward Killian
Robert Maxhimer ...
Park Officer Will Elliott


In Rock Creek Park, Washington, DC, a ranger hears gunfire and sees an injured man, who, identified by a thumbprint, is a Marine first lieutenant who became MiA in Afghanistan while on a recon mission six years before; Gibbs and company investigate. The gang talk with the two other Marines on that mission, and McGee and Ziva notice something curious, then a second wife with a different surname shows up. McGee learns that a PI has checked out the victim, so Ziva meets the PI and finds out who hired him. The victim dies of heart failure while in the ICU. Ducky finds an inconsistency. The gang continue to dig, and they eventually find all the pieces and put them together, then they arrest the shooter. Abby becomes a mommy in charge of a special critter with a special future. Sophie dislikes bow ties. Written by DocRushing

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9 March 2010 (USA)  »

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Per the finger print scanner Timothy McGee: DOB September 13 1978, Place of Birth Bethesda Maryland, SSN-799-64-2613 , eye color green, hair color blonde, Height 6' 1", Home Address 1786 Mintwood Place, NW Washington D.C. 20006 Home Phone 202 555 0176, Mobile Phone 202 555 0168. It also shows him breaking into a police impound lot - a scene from the previous episode with DiNozzo. See more »


Abby holds Mortimer the puppy up and says he's going to be a seeing eye dog. His vest clearly shows he's a puppy with the Guide Dogs of America school. That's a different school from the Seeing Eye school. She would have been more accurate saying Mortimer is going to be a guide dog (it's like saying all Kleenexes are tissues but not all tissues are Kleenexes). The terms are often used interchangeably, but Mortimer is going to be a guide dog, not a seeing eye dog (not with that vest). See more »


Abby Sciuto: Hey, what's going on with Ducky? He's acting very un-Ducky-like. Like - like, everyday he leaves for lunch. He's never done that before. I mean the Duckman is a creature of habit. He brings in his lunch, he eats it at his desk. Where is he going?
Special Agent Jethro Gibbs: I'm sure he's fine.
[Looking back into her lab]
Special Agent Jethro Gibbs: Uh, Abby, don't let that dog out of your sight.
Abby Sciuto: [Rushing back to her lab] Mortimer. That's not your bone!
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The Root of Evil
11 January 2011 | by (Finland) – See all my reviews

Oh-kay... My fellow German viewer was so passionate in their review that they forgot grammar and spell-checking. But since he's condemning Tony, it's only fair that someone examine his judgment of Tony. But a couple of things out of the way first.

Ducky's character goes through some development in this episode and David McCallum gives a touching performance. Ducky's moments add drama to the usual light tone of many (but by no means most) episodes. The main plot, meanwhile, is sufficiently twisty to keep us watching with interest, although it's hardly groundbreaking. The usual high standard is followed, resulting in a 7/10 overall.

In the end, I was left wondering, "Why does my German fellow user get so upset?" Tony's actions fall into the gray area at worst, but immoral? Hardly. Then there is their harsh 1/10 rating for this episode. And the fact that their claim of lack of character development is completely contradictory to the evidence in recent episodes.

Even if my opinion is not considered, the plausibility that this episode would be a 1/10 is definitely approaching zero when you start to think about what 1/10 means: The. Worst. It. Can. Possibly. Be. IMDb Bottom 100 bad. Waaaay too many users throw ones and tens haphazardly, not realizing the extremes that 1/10 and 10/10 imply. It's a good thing the ratings of these people do not affect the IMDb Top 250 thanks to the undisclosed, but obviously effective filters and the vague "only votes from regular voters are considered" declaration. I'd be willing to bet most of these extremists are not users dedicated enough to earn the status of a "regular voter"...

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