First, when a Marine is stabbed to death, the NCIS team encounters a family who made a home for girl who claims to be in her teens. It turns out that she is 10 years older, but truly believes she is younger, on account of trauma she encountered when she really was younger.
Meanwhile, DiNozzo wants to apologize for a prank he conducted on a classmate years ago. When he finally finds the victim, DiNozzo learns that he was the victim himself, because the prank was perpetrated on him by the guy whom DiNozzo remembered as the victim, not vice versa.
This actually provides us with an important piece of insight into DiNozzo's personality. The jokester became that way because he was the victim of bullying himself. The smooth, devil-may-care persona was developed as a defense. This makes DiNozzo more human and even more appealing as a character.
And Gibbs was especially humane in this episode, too, softly telling DiNozzo that he doesn't have to let McGee know that DiNozzo was really the victim. DiNozzo responds that he knows that, but he should tell McGee, anyway, and I couldn't helping thinking that scenes like this are what make NCIS so good, because it shows the team to be human beings, not cartoon characters, in an almost off-hand way that makes no big deal of it, and that's no lie at all.
See also NCIS 9.1: Unpacking Partial Amnesia
And see also NCIS Back in Season 8 Action ... NCIS 8.2: Interns! ... NCIS 8.3: Tiff! ... NCIS 8.4: Gary Cooper not John Wayne ... NCIS 8.5: Dead DJ, DiNozzo Hoarse, and Baseball ... NCIS 8.6: The Written Woman ... NCIS 8.7: "James Bond Movie Directed by Fellini" ... NCIS 8.8: Ziva's Father ... NCIS 8.9: Leon's Story ... NCIS 8.10: DiNozzo In and Out ... NCIS 8.11: "The Sister Went Viral" ... Bob Newhart on NCIS 8.12 ... NCIS 8.13: The Wife or the Girlfriend ... NCIS 8.14: Kate ... NCIS 8.15: McGee and DiNozzo's Badges ... NCIS 8.16: Computer Games ... NCIS 8.17: Budget Cuts ... NCIS 8.18: Gibbs vs. the Kid ... NCIS 8.19: The Deadly Book ... NCIS 8.20: CIRay ... NCIS 8.21: Mask and Eye ... NCIS 8.22: "I'd Rather Have a Lead" ... NCIS 8.23: Answers and Questions ... NCIS Season 8 Finale
And see also NCIS ... NCIS 7.16: Gibbs' Mother-in-Law Dilemma ... NCIS 7.17: Ducky's Ties ... NCIS 7.18: Bogus Treasure and Real Locker ... NCIS 7.21: NCIS Meets Laura ... NCIS Season 7 Finale: Retribution
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