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Blood Brothers 

The Secretary of Defense turns to NCIS to help a sailor dying from leukemia locate a bone marrow transplant after two of his siblings are killed in the line of duty. Meanwhile, Bishop ... See full summary »


Arvin Brown


Donald P. Bellisario (created by), Don McGill (created by) | 2 more credits »

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Mark Harmon ... Leroy Jethro Gibbs
Michael Weatherly ... Anthony DiNozzo
Pauley Perrette ... Abby Sciuto
Sean Murray ... Timothy McGee
Brian Dietzen ... Jimmy Palmer
Emily Wickersham ... Ellie Bishop
Rocky Carroll ... Leon Vance
David McCallum ... Donald Mallard
Lindsay Wagner ... Barbara Bishop
Ryan Doom ... George Bishop
Patricia Bethune ... Paulette Quinn
Harry Van Gorkum ... Alton Brinkman
Grantham Coleman ... Richard Doogan
Jack Mikesell ... Navy Lt. Alex Quinn
Joe Spano ... T.C. Fornell


The Secretary of Defense turns to NCIS to help a sailor dying from leukemia locate a bone marrow transplant after two of his siblings are killed in the line of duty. Meanwhile, Bishop returns home to Oklahoma for Thanksgiving after learning of Jake's cheating. Written by wordgrouch

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Release Date:

24 November 2015 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


When Bishop brings up Richard Doogan's military service record on her laptop while at home, one section that describes his duties also has a small paragraph midway down that are actually Bishop's lines. There's even a space to include when she pauses and hesitates when sharing that he's in Leavenworth. However, later when DiNozzo brings up the same document in the squad room, that paragraph is no longer there and his military details have been expanded. See more »


When Bishop is chopping firewood, there are several times when the camera cuts away and when it returns to her, the piece she is chopping has changed in size, shape, or there's a new piece there that wasn't before without enough time to have passed for her to change out the wood. See more »


Barbara Bishop: It's not easy knowing she's hundreds of miles away working in a dangerous job. If I had my way, she'd be living here working as a teacher or nun.
Leroy Jethro Gibbs: Daughters.
Barbara Bishop: That being said, it is very comforting to know that she is surrounded by people who care about her.
Leroy Jethro Gibbs: I'll look after her.
Barbara Bishop: I'm counting on it.
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References The Godfather (1972) See more »


NCIS Theme
Written by Joseph Conlan and Brian Kirk
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This One Is The Straw
9 June 2017 | by EaglegrafixSee all my reviews

In most series the juice runs out around the 4-6 season. The writers have exhausted their repertoire and new writers are brought in or the original writers have to start looking deeper for reasons to mystify the viewers. NCIS has been a bit different and able to hang longer partly because of the changes in the characters. And because they found a way to get a really good cast together that viewers actually cared about.

The show went on with unusual success but this episode is the demonstration that they have finally jumped the shark. Bishop, as a character has been awful and with a husband that is even worse. When a character has to become a cry-baby just about every other show, any dedicated viewer will notice and not like it. Even Gibbs character showed chinks in the armor and mostly because of the Bishop character's propensity to whine. Oh, Da-Veed, why did you have to go and leave the show. You took the balance with you.

This episode brings the team one of the most ridiculous assignments ever after already presenting several that are week-kneed and really really bad. Now we have one that is so bad it has changed the very purpose of the team. Pathetic non-creative work up of a story that nearly brought me to shut it off. I've been watching the whole series on a streaming service and the 13 season is the last one. I was kind of hoping we would hear about season 14 coming on line soon but now, I don't think so. Having NCIS doing the work of a relief agency or the Red Cross and not investigating some murder or other nefarious action from those who want to bring America down. What are they going to do next? Have Tony and McGee looking for who forged some famous painting? Oh, wait, they already did that.

Well the slide has been going on since Da-Veed wandered away and got lost. What a shame. It took Criminal Minds only 3 seasons to tank so that says something for NCIS I suppose.

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