In Afghanistan a Marine sergeant, a dog handler, dies of a single round, said to have come from a Taliban sniper; his widow tells Gibbs about her doubt and the reason; Gibbs and company investigate and solve, then Gibbs arrests the shooter.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jimmy Palmer (credit only)
Ruby Lemere
Jim Virgil
Chet Tyber
Norman Pittorino
Marine Sergeant Ted Lemere
Lara Morgan


In Kabul, Afghanistan, a Marine sergeant, a dog handler, dies of a single round to his head, said to be from a Taliban sniper; however, his widow tells Gibbs about her doubt because of a mysterious message from her husband before he died; Gibbs and company investigate; Abby finds an object and an unpleasant implication. A lead causes Tony and McGee to meet Pitt, the dog trainer (and his dogs) from the Naval Air Station, Patuxent River, Maryland, then they continue in the chat room. The widow delivers a piece of mail to Gibbs, and Abby analyzes it; Dex, the K-9 Marine, scares away a burglar; Gibbs, McGee, and Dex fly to Afghanistan, investigate, and solve the case, and they find the person who took the shot in question; they also figure out the circumstances leading to the shooting. Gibbs delivers a welcome surprise to the widow. Meanwhile Vance seeks a nanny for his kids. Written by DocRushing

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19 March 2013 (USA)  »

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Did You Know?


Gibbs wears a small patch on his combat vest that reads 'NKA'. This simply indicates that he has No Known Allergies. See more »


Ziva refers to 'a handful of 8 round clips' being lost in a firefight. As a highly trained MOSAD and NCIS agent, she should well know the difference between a clip and a magazine. See more »


[last lines]
Special Agent Jethro Gibbs: That's not a dog. That's a marine.
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References The Sound of Music (1965) See more »

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Man's best friend indeed.
21 April 2013 | by See all my reviews

NCIS as a television show provides a more humanizing and sometimes heartbreaking medium of the war in Afghanistan to its various and individualized viewers but this episode it particular went a bit further. The actress playing the wife created a character that I found so easy to sympathize with and love, whether it was through her love of her dog or genuine emotion. Using the dog in the storyline allowed viewers to see different ways a war is fought, even if only through a portrayal of these ways. The dog helped emphasize the sincerity and emotion in this episode. Like Ol' Yeller and other well portrayed dogs, Dex really tugged at the heartstrings especially in the last shot. I thought this episode was excellently done and would hope that all guest star's performances were as emotional and relatable as the one particular actress'. This season is shaping up to contain some of the best episodes yet. Only proof that NCIS even after ten seasons has lost its punch.

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