Within 30 miles of Washington, DC, eight kids in Navy and Marine Corps families have suddenly become badly ill, requiring treatment in ERs and ICUs; Gibbs and company investigate; Carol, of the Naval Medical-research Center, joins the effort; immediately the number of sick kids grows to 14, then 19, 23, 28, and 34, and none of them responds to treatment. Duck announces the first fatality, who was a veteran of Vietnam, then he describes the cause of death and the treatability in the kids. Abby says that she has misidentified the particular nature of the illness, so she, Jimmy, and Carol keep working, and they eventually nail it. Abby gives Jimmy a lecture about kindness, optimism, and parenthood. Then the gang identify an international traveler who in many places has recently encountered many kids and the fatality. Meanwhile Vance has three tense chats with his estranged father-in-law and then a nicer one. Written by
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Producer Gary Glasberg's original plan was to keep Emily Wickersham as a recurring cast member until the end of the season. However, by the time this episode was completed, Glasberg was confident that audiences would approve of Bishop's addition to the team and by the next episode, Wickersham was a series regular and featured in the opening credits. See more
When Abby interrupts Ducky and Palmer with a call to Gibbs on the monitor, he is seen turning his head towards it, however in the next shot his head is back in front of him while Abby is still calling his name. See more
Thought you were making him a Christmas cake.
Well, who says Christmas can't be patriotic? Besides, they were all out of green.
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