NCIS (2003– )
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Mother's Day 

A Navy captain dies of gunfire while with his fiancée, who is Gibbs's first mother-in-law. While Gibbs and company investigate, they find several discrepancies and inconsistencies. Gibbs figures it out, and he and "MAllison" work it out.


Tony Wharmby


Donald P. Bellisario (created by), Don McGill (created by) | 2 more credits »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Mark Harmon ... Leroy Jethro Gibbs
Michael Weatherly ... Anthony DiNozzo
Cote de Pablo ... Ziva David
Pauley Perrette ... Abby Sciuto
Sean Murray ... Timothy McGee
Rocky Carroll ... Leon Vance
David McCallum ... Donald Mallard
Brian Dietzen ... Jimmy Palmer
Gena Rowlands ... Joann Fielding
Rena Sofer ... Margaret Allison Hart
Adam Kaufman ... Detective Philip McCadden
Bryce Johnson ... Lieutenant David Shankton
Leann Hunley ... Young Joann Fielding
Michelle Pierce ... Breena Slater
Aviva Baumann ... Shannon (as Aviva)


A Navy captain, soon to retire from the Supply Corps, dies of three gunshots about 02:00 in a marina in Norfolk while wearing his blue monkey suit, including a gold cummerbund and white gloves; Gibbs and company investigate. The major witness is Joann Fielding, Gibbs's first mother-in-law (Shannon's mother and Kelly's maternal grandmother). The facial sketch produces an anomalous result, then Abby spots a significant discrepancy, and she finds a connection to a bridge coat and the shoulder boards. Gibbs tells Joann that her story does not add up. When Tony and Ziva check a lead in Nogales, Arizona, on the Mexican border, they get a rude surprise. Gibbs and Tony interview a Navy lieutenant involved with the victim. Ducky tells Gibbs quietly that he feels sure about a certain point. Gibbs puts all the pieces together, then he and "MAllison" work out the details. Palmer introduces an embalming assistant. Written by DocRushing

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Release Date:

2 March 2010 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Clarita, California, USA

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital (Dolby 5.1)



Aspect Ratio:

16 : 9
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Did You Know?


During the autopsy, Ducky says the victim's 'entire gastronomic tract was inflamed.' The proper word is gastrointestinal. Gastronomic refers to the preparation and eating of good food. The erudite Ducky would have known the difference. See more »


Special Agent Anthony DiNozzo: Aren't you hot?
Ziva David: Been told that before.
Special Agent Anthony DiNozzo: Talking about temperature.
Ziva David: Stop complaining! This is what winter feels like in Israel.
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References Rashomon (1950) See more »


NCIS Theme
Performed by Numeriklab
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14 May 2012 | by waltertmartinSee all my reviews

Great episode with a surprise ending. In my view, it's good to get more insight into the main characters' personal lives to understand them better. Jethro's relationship with his mother-in-law Joann following the deaths of Shannon and Kelly needed to be explored and this did it very well. Joann tells DiNozzo that she had always liked Jethro and was happy when he and Shannon married, implying that she knew him as a youngster. However, it was implied in another episode that Jethro first met Shannon at the train station as he was leaving for the Marine Corps. I could never understand how they could not have met previously while growing up in the small town of Stillwater. Nonetheless, one of the best shows in this long series. Let's hope it continues!

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