Gibbs's boat, which he gave to Franks, drifts, with two bodies aboard, into the Naval Station at San Diego. Vance and the team investigate. Franks and two relatives show up at Gibbs's house. The gang solve the case and make an arrest.


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Episode cast overview:
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
Diane Venora ... Shada Shakarji
Muse Watson ... Michael Franks
Tehmina Sunny ... Leyla Shakarji
Paul Telfer ... Damon Werth
Lela Loren ... Agent Isabella 'Izzie' Cortez.
Donald Sage Mackay ... Commander Kerry Killmartin
Robert Patrick ... Colonel Merton Bell
Marlon John Marlon John ... PMC #2


At the Naval Station, San Diego, California, Gibbs's sailboat, which he gave to Franks, drifts in, unmanned but laden with two bodies; Vance, Gibbs, Ducky, and a local agent investigate; they check out Franks's home (in Mexico) but find nobody. The boat and the bodies arrive in Washington, DC. The gang identify the dead -- enlisted men, one Army, one Navy, both dishonorably discharged, more recently working as functionaries of a large private military contractor. Franks shows up at Gibbs's house with Franks's daughter-in-law and granddaughter (Gibbs's goddaughter). Gibbs and Franks get a bad surprise; Gibbs thinks and reminisces, then he and Franks have a chat. The daughter-in-law's mother arrives in Washington from Iraq; McGee meets her and takes her to the NCIS headquarters. After a rumble in the dark inside Gibbs's house, Gibbs arrests a bad guy, and Franks, along with his relatives and the grandmother, go to his house, on the beach in Mexico. Written by DocRushing

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Release Date:

3 November 2009 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Clarita, California, USA

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital (Dolby 5.1)



Aspect Ratio:

16 : 9
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The hull shape of the boat "Kelly" shown when the vessel is upright is inconsistent with the hull shape the whole time Gibbs is building it, and also when the vessel is upside down being cut up by Abby. The hull shown incorrectly in this episode is a hard chine - it has a strong angle between the side and underneath of the hull; the hull shown as the boat is being built (and also being cut up) is smooth curve - there is no distinct "edge" between the side and underneath, it curves from one to the other. See more »


Mike Franks: [to Shada about Leyla and Amira] They're safer with me than they are with you. I *can't* let you pull them back into the fold.
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NCIS Theme
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