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Life Before His Eyes 

At a diner an unknown person with a drawn pistol approaches Gibbs, who deals with him; then Gibbs experiences flashbacks and fantasies, which Franks explains. The next day McGee announces a decision, then the gang gear up and head out.

Director:

Tony Wharmby

Writers:

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

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
Ralph Waite ... Jackson Gibbs
Muse Watson ... Mike Franks
Sasha Alexander ... Caitlin Todd
Michael O'Neill ... Former NCIS Special Agent Riley McCallister
Darby Stanchfield ... Shannon Gibbs
Rudolf Martin ... Ari Haswari
Mackenzie Astin ... Michael Rose
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Storyline

At a diner an unknown person approaches Gibbs with a drawn pistol; Gibbs immediately draws his piece, identifies himself as a federal agent, and challenges him. That sequence begins a series of flashbacks and fantasies from Gibbs's life, with Mike Franks as a narrator, who explains to Gibbs the purpose of the exercise, while other significant people appear inside the diner. The review starts with the case handled the day before aboard a Naval ship and elsewhere. Franks talks with Gibbs about what might have happened or not happened if Gibbs or others had made some different decisions and taken some different actions; he says that sometimes people do the wrong things for the right reasons. Eventually, in the present, Gibbs realizes who the assailant is, then he deals with him, then Franks suggests to Gibbs that maybe he had not yet finished. Finally, the next day, McGee announces a decision, then the gang gear up and head out. Written by DocRushing

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TV-14 | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 February 2012 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Clarita, California, USA

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Gibbs gives McAlister a quarter to play a song on the jukebox. He punches in E-7. E-7 is the enlisted rank of Gunnery Sergeant that Gibbs held as a Marine. See more »

Goofs

When the school bus pulls up in front of Stephen Rose's house, neither the yellow or red lights are seen blinking. See more »

Quotes

Anthony DiNozzo: You're up to something devious, I can tell. Wait a second! Are you finally getting that sex change operation. Good for you, McGee, or is it McShe?
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Soundtracks

Come Back
Written and Performed by My Name Is You
Produced by Brad Gordon and My Name Is You
Mixed by Brad Gordon
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User Reviews

 
200
27 October 2012 | by goddancredmondSee all my reviews

This is one of my favorite series. The character build-up has been slow at times, but steady. I've dreaded the lose of some of them, as they seem to become family. Kate was one of those.

This episode has one of my favorite characters, Mike Franks, in a returning role. His was perhaps the best semi-regular.

The show is really about the epilogue of a current case that plays in flashbacks through this episode. As a milestone for the series, thus the "200" subject line, it ranks as one of the best. What did amaze me was that I missed the first airing. I'm quite glad I caught it as a re-run.

Most poignant was the sequence with Gibbs and his wife.


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