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
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Renee Felice Smith, previously credited as a guest star in previous appearances, is now credited as a series regular. See more
The dialogue refers to Scott variously as a nurse, an ensign, and a hospital corpsman; in an official photograph he wears the collar bars of an ensign but not the device of the Nurse Corps, thus implying that he's NOT a nurse but rather a line officer. If Scott were a nurse, he'd be a member of the Nurse Corps, and he'd wear the appropriate corps device on his left collar. Finally, a hospital corpsman is not either a nurse or a (commissioned) officer at all but rather an enlisted member and a petty (non-commissioned) officer. See more
NCIS Special Agent Former Navy Lieutenant Lance Talbot
So what do we do now?
We'll, uh, we do what most families do on Christmas Eve.
Watch Uncle Bob get drunk and pee in the toaster?
Written by Richard Wolf
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