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Honor Thy Father 

The team must investigate a prison escape without Gibbs as he heads to Stillwater after his father's death.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Alejandro Rivera
Ann Gibbs
Wayne 'The Snail' Levinson
CIA Officer Sandra Jenkins
Leticia Gomez
Navy Petty Officer Violet L.


Gibbs and the three musketeers catch a snail during an apparent burglary; the next morning they learn about a fire in the galley aboard a Naval vessel in the Atlantic Ocean; then Vance tells Gibbs that Jackson, Gibbs's father, has had a stroke and died; Gibbs goes to Stillwater, Pennsylvania, his hometown. The gang learn that the fire resulted from arson by an incendiary device. Abby finds a connection between the fire and the supposed burglary; Tony learns more and hears a familiar name, then he disobeys an order by calling Gibbs; both Tony and McGee pursue Abby's lead; Gibbs returns to work. Ellie finds a key player, then she and McGee learn much from her. At home Gibbs receives a visitor and deals with him, then Gibbs meets with Rivera. Abby gives a big warning. Inside Jackson's shop Gibbs receives another visitor and deals with him too, then he goes to his father's funeral and burial, where the whole gang, including Vance, along with L.J. Moore, join him. Written by DocRushing

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13 May 2014 (USA)  »

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Aired on the 13th May, this episode was created around the death of actor Ralph Waite (Jackson Gibbs) who died on 13th February 2014. The episode marks as a tribute to the late actor. The episode was themed in a decision after different tributes were not enough including - a In Memoriam credit, or re-airing his NCIS 'Better Angels' episode. See more »


When the team goes to where the RIB (Rigid hull Inflatable Boat) is located that the 2 prisoners escaped in from the Navy ship, the shadows indicate that the sun is to the North, if this is the Atlantic. However, this is the Pacific and the shadows cast are to the North meaning the sun is to the South, and water (Pacific Ocean) is to the West. All directions next to the shoreline along the Atlantic are like the Pacific, North and South, however, the telling is the shadows from the sun that would indicate that it was "South" of where they were standing. See more »

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In Memory of Ralph Waite A Gifted Actor and our Friend See more »


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Tears and Laughs
13 May 2014 | by See all my reviews

That was a wonderful send off episode, for both the season and Gibbs' father. It gave me both tears and laughs, while keeping me wanting for more. Time to break out the boxed sets until next season. It was also nice to see more realizations to some of Gibbs' more obscure characteristics, like his fascination with boats. His past is something that was always kept on the hush-hush, so it was great to see more of this hidden part of his life. It was beautiful and sad. The case they were working was interesting, with some nice trips into the past. There were pleasant introductions to new characters and even better to see some old, familiar faces. Overall, it was a pleasure to watch.

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