Two passersby find the bodies of a Marine and a young woman in a wrecked car; Gibbs and company investigate; Ducky raises questions. Flashbacks trouble Abby. The gang find anger, hostility, a feud, a history, a solution, and the bad guy.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jimmy Palmer (credit only)
Leon Vance (credit only)
Walter Dunn
Scott Cutwright (as Ed Kerr)
Meredith Dunn
Brandon Singer
Jake Ford
Patricia Richert


Two passersby find the scene of a one-car crash and the bodies of a Marine lance corporal and a young woman; Gibbs and company investigate; Ducky presents a "two-pronged curiosity", and he says that the event may not be either simple or an accident. Abby starts to have flashbacks about a very early case, which still bugs her. Ziva learns that the fathers of the victims experienced a mutual problem 10 years ago while serving aboard the Marine Corps Base, Quantico, Virginia; the gang interview the parents, and the fathers show much anger and hostility toward each other; Gibbs and Ziva learn about the feud. McGee has a chat with Abby. Gibbs, Tony, and Ziva check out a cousin and his pad and his gear; Tony finds a suspicious object; they get both a solution and the bad guy. Gibbs also chats with Abby, who seems to understand better and feel better. Written by DocRushing

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29 January 2013 (USA)  »

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At the car crash site, the driver is shown outside the car and it was said he was ejected through the driver side window after his head hit the windshield. The car had a frontal impact with a large rock. Since items in motion such as bodies inside a car stay in motion in the same direction until stopped, it is not physically possible for him to have been ejected out the side window 90 degrees from the path of travel. See more »


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A well done episode despite it not being everything I was hoping for
4 February 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Based on another person's review, I put off watching this episode, and almost chose to skip it all together. I'm glad I didn't skip it. It is a very well done episode. Is it the best in the series? No. But it definitely does not deserve a 1 star. Tony will always be a goof ball with corny jokes. That is the way he has always been in the series. I didn't find Ziva bossy at all. Assertive as she always is, but hardly bossy. I found the closure of the younger Abby story line to be acceptable, and in line with the message Gibbs was trying to convey, which is that we don't always get to see the outcome of our actions towards others. And I don't see any issue with showing an older Abbey going through a bit of a melt down due to similarities between the current case, and the connection it drew to her childhood case. Anyone who has watched a significant portion of the series knows that Abbey is not always a completely logic person. She has deep rooted emotions that she hides with a wall. It is not inconceivable to me that she would have difficulties functioning if that wall gets broken down, as this episode shows occurring.

It may not have been exactly what we were hoping for from an Abbey origins story. There are so many facets of her character that I was hoping would get explained and didn't. It is obviously difficult to make an origin's story of the series' most loved character. We have high expectations. If you take those high expectations out, and compare the episode to it's fellow episodes, it was a good story, and was told well.

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