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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


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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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Tony complains of the summer heat in Nogales, Arizona, presumably around 100 Fahrenheit. Ziva snaps "Stop complaining. This is what winter feels like in Israel." Jerusalem averages in the mid-50s Fahrenheit in winter; Tel Aviv in the 60s. See more »


Special Agent Jethro Gibbs: [entering Vance's office, after interviewing Joann] This won't take long.
Leon Vance: I'll be the judge of that.
Special Agent Jethro Gibbs: Protocol. I am related to the victim.
Leon Vance: Mm-hmm.
Special Agent Jethro Gibbs: S.O.P. is for you to ask me to step aside.
Leon Vance: Okay, I'm asking.
Special Agent Jethro Gibbs: Okay. I'm declining.
Leon Vance: She was Shannon's mother. This is another violent crime. It has to affect you.
Special Agent Jethro Gibbs: Leon, we've all lost people. It was a long time ago.
Leon Vance: Don't give me that b.s., Gibbs. I know what pushes your buttons.
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References The Hidden Fortress (1958) See more »


Murder In My Heart
Written by Sheryl Crow and Kevin Hunter
Performed by Sheryl Crow
Courtesy of A&M Records
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17 June 2020 | by bevo-13678See all my reviews

Great episode with a surprise ending and relatively few plot hole for NCIS

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Release Date:

2 March 2010 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Clarita, California, USA

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital (Dolby 5.1)



Aspect Ratio:

16 : 9
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