A clown kills a Marine corporal with two rounds to his chest in Washington, DC; Gibbs and company investigate; McGee finds calls to the victim's second cellphone, and he traces them to a hotel; when Gibbs and Tony enter the room from which the calls originated, they find Fornell and Diane, the mutual ex-wife of Gibbs and Fornell; Diane says that she called Eddie, her recent boyfriend. At Gibbs's pad he finds Emily, the 13-year-old daughter of Fornell and Diane. In Eddie's car McGee and Abby find a clown's nose and minute traces of blood; the gang eventually find Eddie, who says that he's someone else, and that he knows the clown. Eddie and Fornell receive a call from the bad guy in charge, who offers a deal; Ellie makes a swap; Emily rejoins Fornell and Diane and draws them together, then she, saying that her name too is Fornell, arranges for the gang to bust the main bad guy. Fornell and Diane give Gibbs a bottle of booze and make a request of him. Written by
Did You Know?
The phone that is handed to Bishop during the meet with the kidnapper is a Samsung Gusto, an entry-level flip phone for prepaid accounts. It was replaced by the Samsung Gusto 2 in spring of 2012, indicating that the kidnapper stocks his burner phones well in advance. See more
Gibbs calls the victim "Private Ron Flegman" (at around 7 minutes). All other references (by Tim, Ducky, Tony, and Gibbs himself) throughout the episode call him "Corporal Ron Flegman". See more
Jethro, what the hell am I doing? I feel like I drove into a ditch, towed my car out, and then drove right back in again.
Leroy Jethro Gibbs
Oh God, please don't make me do this.