Two teenagers find the battered body of a Marine Corps Reserve sergeant in his own backyard; Gibbs and company investigate. The team find evidence of sad stories. Gibbs pursues a bruise and figures it out, then the gang bust the bad guy.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
... Leroy Jethro Gibbs
... Anthony DiNozzo
... Ziva David
... Abby Sciuto
... Timothy McGee
... Leon Vance (credit only)
... Donald Mallard
... Jimmy Palmer
... Len Feeney
... Marine Gunnery Sergeant Georgia Wooten
... Marine Major Michael Strickland
... Jancey Gilroy
... Nick Miller
... Lauren Donnelly
... Kyle Severin


A dog leads two teenagers to the battered body of Travis, a Marine Corps Reserve sergeant in his own backyard in Springfield, Virginia, in the burbs of Washington, DC; Gibbs and company investigate. Travis's wife, a Marine gunny sergeant, and their 6-year-old son, are missing; Tony and Ziva learn of Travis's problems with both his wife and his girlfriend. Ducky and Palmer find disturbing evidence; Gibbs, Tony, McGee, and Ziva find clues and deduce a regrettable history. Predictably, Abby provides much help. At the suggestion of the Duck, Gibbs arranges for Ziva to connect with the widow, but she produces nothing. Another suspect comes back under scrutiny, but that fizzles. Gibbs turns to a bruise and pursues it; he figures out what left it. The gang bust the bad guy. Written by DocRushing

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1 February 2011 (USA)  »

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Near the end of the episode Abby pronounces "Donegal" (the name of a county in Ireland) as "don-egg-al". The correct pronunciation is "done-ee-gall". See more »


Special Agent Timothy McGee: Not a hacker, either.
Ziva David: Uh how do you know?
Special Agent Timothy McGee: My firewall hasn't been penetrated.
Ziva David: Lubricant helps. But everyone has dry spells.
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References The Hunt for Red October (1990) See more »


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