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The Namesake 

While the Gibbs team investigate a murder of a Navy petty officer first-class, Gibbs himself sees a Medal of Honor, which his father's former best friend received for valor during WW2. The gang figure out and work out both problems.


Arvin Brown


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
Brian Dietzen ... Jimmy Palmer
Rocky Carroll ... Leon Vance (credit only)
David McCallum ... Donald Mallard
Ralph Waite ... Jackson Gibbs
Billy Dee Williams ... Leroy Jethro Moore
Piter Marek ... Vijay Chaya
Jake Thomas ... Alec Dell
Brett Davern ... Kris Taylor
Debra Christofferson ... Rita Gregg
Edwin Hodge ... Bodie


The Virginia State Police calls the NCIS to a shooting of a Navy petty officer first-class; Gibbs and company find the murder weapon at the scene; Abby traces the piece to a pawnshop in Maryland, then Gibbs and Tony trace it to Kim, a young woman. While at the shop Tony sees a Medal of Honor and asks about it; Leroy Jethro Moore had received it for valor during World War II; Gibbs recognizes the name of his father's former best friend, for whom Jackson had named his son. Kim says that she gave the pistol to Kris, her brother, who says that someone stole it from the trunk of his car, and who later identifies a motorcycle and a rider. The team find the pieces and put them together, then with help from a billionaire and $1M, they find the shooter, to whom the whole gang plus a couple of friends give a good-morning hello. Gibbs helps his father and his old friend to overcome an old difficulty. Meanwhile Abby declines an interesting dinner date. Written by DocRushing

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Release Date:

30 October 2012 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Clarita, California, USA

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


The arguments that Billy Dee Williams, born in 1937, was too young to serve in WWII, and too young to be Jackson Gibbs's best friend is pointless. It is the character Leroy Jethro Moore who served and was the friend. Billy Dee Williams is an actor playing the role of an older character. See more »


The cap of the super glue Gibbs' dad is using jumps from off to on. See more »


Leroy Jethro Gibbs: Hi.
Leroy Jethro Moore: ...Leroy?
Leroy Jethro Gibbs: Didn't know if you'd recognize me.
Leroy Jethro Moore: [laughs and shakes Gibbs's hand heartily] Ho-ho! Oh, those blue eyes haven't changed!
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