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Split Decision 

Teenagers at play find the body of a Marine impaled on a post; the team investigate. The victim was an armorer at Quantico. Gibbs and the gang solve both the murder and the theft of surplus weapons. An ATF agent takes an unusual part.


Terrence O'Hara


Donald P. Bellisario (created by), Don McGill (created by) | 1 more credit »




Episode cast overview:
Mark Harmon ... Leroy Jethro Gibbs
Sasha Alexander ... Caitlin Todd
Michael Weatherly ... Anthony DiNozzo
Pauley Perrette ... Abby Sciuto
David McCallum ... Donald Mallard
Bellamy Young ... ATF Special Agent Melinda Stone
Sean Murray ... Timothy McGee
Scott MacDonald ... Agent Roger Cooke
Laz Alonso ... Staff Sgt. Steven Washington
Sam Witwer ... Staff Sgt. Rafael
Erin Wiley Sands ... Cpl. Patricia McClain (as Erin Wiley)
Brian Dietzen ... Jimmy Palmer
Michael Graziadei ... Chuck Mannis
Adam Hendershott ... Josh
Stuart Stone ... Dillon


A group of teenage boys at play find the body of a Marine impaled on the stump of an old fencepost; Gibbs and company investigate; however, Ducky says that the hole through the torso had resulted from something else, and that one or more other people placed the body onto the post. The victim was a staff sergeant and an armorer at the Marine Base at Quantico. The gang determines that the penetrating wound resulted from a warhead from a shoulder-launched assault weapon; they look into the black market for illicit high-power weapons from military sources; they meet an ATF special agent, who takes part in an unusual way. Gibbs and the others solve both the murder and the diversion of the weapons. Written by DocRushing

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Did You Know?


Kate makes a joke about Tony kissing a man (Lt. Commander Voss/Amanda Reed). This occurred in "NCIS: Dead Man Talking (2004)". See more »


McGee states that he has photos from 'every yearbook photo taken at a British University between 1987-1997' in order to facilitate the search for the terrorist. British Universities don't have yearbooks. See more »


Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs: [in a three way stand off with DiNozzo and Stone] All right, drop it.
A.T.F. Special Agent Malina Stone: You drop it.
Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs: You're out numbered.
A.T.F. Special Agent Malina Stone: I could still kill him.
Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs: Go ahead.
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References The Six Million Dollar Man (1973) See more »


NCIS Theme
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14 June 2020 | by bevo-13678See all my reviews

I like the bit where they found the soldier impaled on a stake

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Release Date:

11 May 2004 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Clarita, California, USA

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital (Dolby 2.0)



Aspect Ratio:

16 : 9
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