NCIS: Season 9, Episode 14

Life Before His Eyes (7 Feb. 2012)
"NCIS: Naval Criminal Investigative Service" Life Before His Eyes (original title)

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At a diner an unknown person with a drawn pistol approaches Gibbs, who deals with him; then Gibbs experiences flashbacks and fantasies, which Franks explains. The next day McGee announces a decision, then the gang gear up and head out.

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At a diner an unknown person approaches Gibbs with a drawn pistol; Gibbs immediately draws his piece, identifies himself as a federal agent, and challenges him. That sequence begins a series of flashbacks and fantasies from Gibbs's life, with Mike Franks as a narrator, who explains to Gibbs the purpose of the exercise, while other significant people appear inside the diner. The review starts with the case handled the day before aboard a Naval ship and elsewhere. Franks talks with Gibbs about what might have happened or not happened if Gibbs or others had made some different decisions and taken some different actions; he says that sometimes people do the wrong things for the right reasons. Eventually, in the present, Gibbs realizes who the assailant is, then he deals with him, then Franks suggests to Gibbs that maybe he had not yet finished. Finally, the next day, McGee announces a decision, then the gang gear up and head out. Written by DocRushing

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Gibbs gives McAlister a quarter to play a song on the jukebox. He punches in E-7. E-7 is the enlisted rank of Gunnery Sergeant that Gibbs held as a Marine. See more »

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In the diner scene when Gibbs is being served by his mother she motions to fill his coffee cup. The cup is already visibly full and through she makes the motions of pouring she does not tilt the pot enough for the coffee to come out. See more »

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27 October 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is one of my favorite series. The character build-up has been slow at times, but steady. I've dreaded the lose of some of them, as they seem to become family. Kate was one of those.

This episode has one of my favorite characters, Mike Franks, in a returning role. His was perhaps the best semi-regular.

The show is really about the epilogue of a current case that plays in flashbacks through this episode. As a milestone for the series, thus the "200" subject line, it ranks as one of the best. What did amaze me was that I missed the first airing. I'm quite glad I caught it as a re-run.

Most poignant was the sequence with Gibbs and his wife.


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