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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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dog | contraband | theft | See All (3) »


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Release Date:

19 March 2013 (USA)  »

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16:9 HD
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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 »


Norman Pittorino: You boys have four seconds.
[goes inside his house]
Special Agent Anthony DiNozzo: Excuse me? Four seconds for what?
[realizing what's about to happen, McGee turns and runs to the car]
Timothy McGee: Tony, *run*!
[Dogs start barking, Tony turns and runs after McGee, pursued by two Dobermans]
Special Agent Anthony DiNozzo: Zeus, Apollo!
[McGee closes the door to the car]
Special Agent Anthony DiNozzo: McGee, no! No, McGee! Don't lock that door!
[He jumps onto the roof and drops through the sun hatch]
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References Mary Poppins (1964) See more »

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Outstanding and beautiful episode!
27 December 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

NCIS is one of those rare TV series that had survived the test of time. Unlike many shows that seem to use up all their energy and stop working after only a few seasons, NCIS has not only kept the energy going, but has also built a cast and the internal continuity that has become more dynamic through the years. One of the ways it has achieved this is by including episodes that vary from the usual themes and provide an emotionally engaging story line. This is one such episode.

This was truly a beautiful episode! Sgt. LeMere, a Marine dog handler stationed in Kabul, is shot by a sniper--reportedly Taliban, after saving two children. His wife, Ruby, had received a foreboding video message from him taped the day previous to his death. She brings that message to NCIS seeking answers.

That much of this episode's story line is revealed within the first few minutes. I don't want to reduce the power of this episode by revealing any more of the story. Suffice it to say, this episode was presented with performances that had the depth and believable emotional pull to engage the viewer, and a story line that was unique. The actress portraying Mrs. LeMere and the bomb dog, Dexter, both offered outstanding performances that truly made this episode outstanding and beautiful!

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