A recently discharged Navy lieutenant and intelligence officer, diagnosed with PTSD, asks for help after a shooting; Callen and company investigate; not everything is as it first appears; the team find the pieces and put them together.



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Episode credited cast:
Former Navy Lieutenant Lance Talbot
Charles Carpenter ...
LAPD Detective
Rochelle Stanton
Female Caroler
Lead Caroler
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Julie Carrillo ...
Caroler #1
Caroler #2
Hal Devi ...
Angry Guest


Christmas carolers hear gunshots; a man, smeared with blood, staggers outside and pleads for help; the speaker is Lance, a recently discharged Navy lieutenant and intelligence officer, diagnosed with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) after a tour in Afghanistan; he says that inside his home he saw a shootout, which killed two men; the victims are a Navy ensign (Scott) and a small-time drug dealer (Mancuso); Callen and company investigate. Kensi and Deeks take Lance back to his bungalow, where Lance makes a confession; Eric and Nell find a connection and a number of details; while Kensi and Lance talk and walk, a stranger draws a piece and takes aim, so Kensi opens fire; Eric and Nell get a match on facial recognition; G and Sam pick up some scoop about Lance, and Kensi runs into trouble with Lance, who leaves; the four musketeers attend a meeting at the Santa Monica Pier, where they stop Lance and a bad guy. Kensi finishes putting the pieces together. Written by DocRushing

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Jonathan Frakes appeared as uncredited role of the Navy Dr. Also, directed this episode. See more »


The police may well have released Former Navy Lieutenant Lance Talbot to the NCIS team, but they would DEFINITELY have taken his bloody shirt as evidence in a criminal investigation (even if NCIS took over all aspects of the investigation, NCIs would have taken the shirt too). See more »


NCIS Special Agent Former Navy Lieutenant Lance Talbot: So what do we do now?
Kensi Blye: We'll, uh, we do what most families do on Christmas Eve.
Marty Deeks: Watch Uncle Bob get drunk and pee in the toaster?
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References The Little Drummer Boy (1968) See more »


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Great Christmas case
22 December 2015 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

This is a great episode to watch on Christmas because not only is it a great NCIS: Los Angeles case but it's also pretty funny. The case is about a double homicide that goes down in a Navy officer touched by PTSD's house. The case has you guessing what happened the whole episode which is awesome. The humor is present, though it's not that funny, Hetty is really funny sometimes. Deeks is great in this episode as well as Callen and Sam. The episode centers on Kensi and it's quite emotional. She ends up solving the case. All in all Disorder should be watched for the awesome case and Christmas spirit rather than the humour.

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