NCIS (2003– )
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In Afghanistan a Marine sergeant, a dog handler, dies of a single round, said to have come from a Taliban sniper; his widow tells Gibbs about her doubt and the reason; Gibbs and company investigate and solve, then Gibbs arrests the shooter.


Michael Weatherly


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




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 (credit only)
Rocky Carroll ... Leon Vance
David McCallum ... Donald Mallard
Kelli Barrett ... Ruby Lemere
Billy Smith ... Jim Virgil
Michael Wiseman ... Chet Tyber
Graham Beckel ... Norman Pittorino
Michael Grant Terry ... Marine Sergeant Ted Lemere
Linara Washington ... Lara Morgan
Sterling Jones ... Captain Dale Martens


In Kabul, Afghanistan, a Marine sergeant, a dog handler, dies of a single round to his head, said to be from a Taliban sniper; however, his widow tells Gibbs about her doubt because of a mysterious message from her husband before he died; Gibbs and company investigate; Abby finds an object and an unpleasant implication. A lead causes Tony and McGee to meet Pitt, the dog trainer (and his dogs) from the Naval Air Station, Patuxent River, Maryland, then they continue in the chat room. The widow delivers a piece of mail to Gibbs, and Abby analyzes it; Dex, the K-9 Marine, scares away a burglar; Gibbs, McGee, and Dex fly to Afghanistan, investigate, and solve the case, and they find the person who took the shot in question; they also figure out the circumstances leading to the shooting. Gibbs delivers a welcome surprise to the widow. Meanwhile Vance seeks a nanny for his kids. Written by DocRushing

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

dog | contraband | theft | See All (3) »


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Release Date:

19 March 2013 (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?


Oded Fehr has also played a Mossad operative on The Blacklist (2013), and Covert Affairs (2010). See more »


Ziva refers to 'a handful of 8 round clips' being lost in a firefight. As a highly trained MOSAD and NCIS agent, she should well know the difference between a clip and a magazine. See more »


Special Agent Anthony DiNozzo: I'm just sayin'. If Vance is waiting for Robin Williams in drag to come floatin' in on some umbrella singin' "Do-Re-Mi", he's gonna be waitin' a long time.
Timothy McGee: Wow, Tony! Three movie nannies in one reference. That's impressive!
Special Agent Anthony DiNozzo: Thank you. It's called a mash-up, McPhee, and that makes four movie nannies, in case you're counting.
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References Magnum, P.I. (1980) See more »


NCIS Theme
Performed by Numeriklab
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Outstanding and beautiful episode!
27 December 2016 | by CountryRefuge2See all my reviews

NCIS is one of those rare TV series that had survived the test of time. Unlike many shows that seem to use up all their energy and stop working after only a few seasons, NCIS has not only kept the energy going, but has also built a cast and the internal continuity that has become more dynamic through the years. One of the ways it has achieved this is by including episodes that vary from the usual themes and provide an emotionally engaging story line. This is one such episode.

This was truly a beautiful episode! Sgt. LeMere, a Marine dog handler stationed in Kabul, is shot by a sniper--reportedly Taliban, after saving two children. His wife, Ruby, had received a foreboding video message from him taped the day previous to his death. She brings that message to NCIS seeking answers.

That much of this episode's story line is revealed within the first few minutes. I don't want to reduce the power of this episode by revealing any more of the story. Suffice it to say, this episode was presented with performances that had the depth and believable emotional pull to engage the viewer, and a story line that was unique. The actress portraying Mrs. LeMere and the bomb dog, Dexter, both offered outstanding performances that truly made this episode outstanding and beautiful!

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