- We're lead to believe, at the beginning , that Gibbs is coming back home with Marine First Lieutenant Gabriela Flores' body, but in the action we see in Afghanistan, it turns out to be Marine Captain Craig Quincy who was killed in the fight to rescue Flores. Good work by Ziva in this theater of the story.
- Gibbs has been thinking about Marine Private Joan Matteson, whom he knew when he was much younger, not because she was his first real attraction, but because she died before the two of them could get together (she was killed when her plane crashed oveseas). Flores' survival creates a nice, bitter-sweet counterpoint for Gibbs.
- The terrorist business in Afghanistan - they blew up a school with kids - turns out to be prelude to a plot to blow up a school bus here in America. Gibbs and team stop this in the nick of time, thanks to good bad cop/good cop questioning by Gibbs and Leon (which gets one of terrorists to reveal the plot), and McGee's jamming of the terrorist's cellphone at the scene.
See also NCIS 9.1: Unpacking Partial Amnesia ... NCIS 9.2: Lying to Yourself ... NCIS 9.3: McGee's Grandmother ... NCIS 9.4: Turkey Vulture as Explained by DiNozzo ... NCIS 9.5: Behrooz's Mother ... NCIS 9.6: Too Good to be True ... NCIS 9.7: "You Were My Shannon, Leroy" ... NCIS 9.8: Intersections with Reality
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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