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The body of a Marine corporal, minus his feet, shows up in the trunk of a junked car; Gibbs and company investigate. Abby and McGee go to Mexico on business; Abby returns with concerns. The gang figure out who killed the Marine and others.


Terrence O'Hara


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




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 (credit only)
David McCallum ... Donald Mallard
Brian Dietzen ... Jimmy Palmer
Marco Sanchez ... Alejandro Rivera
Jacqueline Obradors ... Paloma Reynosa
Claudia Black ... Velvet Road
Steve Eastin ... Frank Smith
Jackson Brundage ... Tommy Smith
Stephanie Escajeda ... Natalia
Vera Miao ... Pamela Cook


At an automotive recycling yard the body of a Marine corporal shows up in the trunk of a car; while at the scene Gibbs and the gang see that someone has amputated both feet. Ducky in his shop points out several troubling items, and Tony and Ziva find a troubling cargo inside a truck. Abby goes to Mexico to conduct a class, and McGoo goes to protect her; they take the students outside to do some field work, and several locals interfere; Abby makes several discoveries about an old cold case, and she takes action. Meanwhile Gibbs and the others have figured out who killed the previous victims, but not who killed the last one; then Gibbs finds out who killed the Marine. Abby goes to Gibbs's basement and talks with him from her heart. Written by DocRushing

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Gibbs' rule no. 40: If it seems like someone is out to get you, they are. See more »


When Abby is on the hill showing the car to the students, the driver's window has a small hole in it and the glass is cracked. However, when Gibbs has the flashback about the shooting, you see the window shatters outwards. See more »


Special Agent Anthony DiNozzo: That wasn't nice. Why would you do something like that?
Special Agent Timothy McGee: I don't know. Why would you create a fake online profile last year and make me fall in love with a girl that doesn't exist?
Special Agent Anthony DiNozzo: [Weak laugh] Can I get back to you on that?
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Spoofs The Flintstones (1960) See more »


NCIS Theme
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Justifiable Homicide
8 March 2011 | by ttapolaSee all my reviews

The seeds infrequently planted throughout the season finally sprout into a main plot, also marking the beginning of the longest continuous story so far: 4 episodes, the final one being spared for the following season. Structurally, that is pretty ambitious for a mostly-episodic series where there is no pre-planned Babylon 5 style Mytharc and in which character development takes over half a decade.

For the record, NCIS is usually great entertainment, but rarely merits more than 8/10.

The Burning Question of Tony and Ziva's stories of their night in Paris is neatly brought up again. It's also nice that we are shown how neither Tony nor Ziva do not mind the other being almost cheek to cheek with them when peering at a monitor screen over their shoulder. A nice nod to long-time fans is the mention a certain event in Abby and McGee's history. McGee's jealousy over Abby is also great. The fact that the actual case of the week is one of the most gruesome in NCIS history works great with the ominous atmosphere created by the arc plot. And then there is a nice surprise, after which comes the first episode-ending cliffhanger. A wrenching cliffhanger. Great start, 8/10.

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Release Date:

11 May 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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