Season 5, Ep 7, Aired 11/6/07
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  • Episode Description
  • Gibbs finds himself emotionally challenged when he agrees to investigate a crime connected to a friend of his daughter, who was killed years ago, and the investigation leads to a shocking conclusion.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Mark Harmon

    Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs

  • Michael Weatherly

    Special Agent Tony DiNozzo

  • Cote de Pablo

    Mossad Agent Ziva David

  • Pauley Perrette

    Forensics Specialist Abby Sciuto

  • Sean Murray (I)

    Special Agent Tim McGee

  • Fan Reviews (38)
  • a good one.

    By bbch25, Jan 11, 2016

  • 2nd worst episode of the season!

    By Ilovecats, Nov 16, 2013

  • Gibbs Finds Himself At The Center Of An Emotional Journey Into His Past After He Agrees To Help The Childhood Friend Of His Late Daughter.

    By Matt16020-FIN, Jun 04, 2012

  • Best nail biter yet!

    By soonerlo, Nov 07, 2007

  • Gibbs become's attached to the one living thing connected to his late daughter.

    By NobblyBobbly, Apr 02, 2008

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (10)

    • Ducky: Not quite a stairway to Heaven, perhaps an elevator to a less compelling place.

    • Tony: Calling Gibbs? Ziva: He did not pick up. Tony: Worried about him? Ziva: Are you? Tony: You be worried about him. I'll be tentatively troubled, privately perturbed, fleetingly flustered. Ziva: Have you called him? Tony: I would have to be deeply discombobulated to even think of calling him.

    • Tony: Okay. McTim you win. What are we looking at? McGee: What do you see? Tony: It's an iceberg and we're headed right for it. Mcgee: More like the 4 million dollar tip of an 8 billion dollar iceberg.

    • Tony: This is ground control to Major McTom. This is ground control to Major Tom. Is anybody out there?
      McGee: What?
      Tony: Oh. I was just checking. You've been staring into space for the last hour. Even on the McGeekle scale that is cause for concern.

    • Tony: Soldier of fortune is about to become a soldier of misfortune. Ziva: The dogs of war are about to taste the hair of the dogs.

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    Notes (6)

    • This episode was the only submission on the Emmy Awards 'For Your Consideration' DVD for this season.

    • Original International Air Dates: Denmark: January 15, 2008 on TV3 Germany: April 13, 2008 on SAT 1 The Netherlands: April 23, 2008 on Veronica Sweden: April 27, 2008 on TV3 Australia: May 6, 2008 on Channel 10 United Kingdom: June 29, 2008 on FX UK Italy: October 5, 2008 on RAI 2 Spain: October 31, 2008 on La Sexta Hungary: February 2, 2009 on TV2 Slovakia: August 13, 2009 on Markiza Finland: October 13, 2009 on Nelonen Czech Republic: February 15, 2010 on TV Nova

    • As of this episode, the black & white teaser, just before the opening credits, has been removed. Instead, the teaser shows what happens after the opening credits.

    • Anne-Marie Johnson had previously played the role of Congresswoman Bobbi Latham on JAG.

    • Featured Music:
      "Big River" by Johnny Cash (in the background on the tape recorder while the team is looking for Haas)
      "All I Need" by Mat Kearney (in the background when Gibbs was with Maddie)

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    Trivia (8)

    • GOOF: Maddie's name is spelled Mattie on her telephone record.

    • TRIVIA: Time Capsules Content 1. Best buddies drawing - Kelly and Maddie often spent their afternoons colouring together. Maddie drew this picture for Kelly right before the time capsule was buried. 2. A pink and yellow Polly Pocket toy belonging to Kelly. 3. Push-up Pop Candy - Maddie's favourite candy. 4. A summer picture of Kelly and Maddie while the two friends hung out in front of Kelly's house. 5. Baby sized dog tags labeled Kelly and Daddy as a gift from Gibbs when she was four years old. 6. A letter Kelly wrote to Gibbs before his deployment to Kuwait. 7. A yellow ribbon. 8. A horse painted by Kelly when she was six years old. 9. A paper fortune teller containing the names of boys Maddie and Kelly liked from their school. 10. A hand drawing traced in crayon dated 1992, the time Kelly and Maddie are in kindergarten. 11. Bracelets - Kelly and Maddie exchanged these bracelets when they were in second grade.

    • GOOF: When Abby took picture of Gibbs & Maddie, they were walking side-by-side. However, in the photo that Abby gave him, Maddie was in front of and closer to Gibbs.

    • GOOF: When Tony is performing CPR it should be at a rate of 30 compressions and 2 breaths, which he was not doing.

    • TRIVIA: Abby has a Razr cell phone.

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    Allusions (5)

    • Ducky: Not quite a stairway to Heaven, perhaps an elevator to a less compelling place. An allusion to the song "Stairway to Heaven" by Led Zeppelin, dated 1971.

    • Tony: This is ground control to Major McTom.

      An allusion to the David Bowie song "Space Oddity".

    • Tony: I'll have you know that since 1981, I've been a serious subscriber to National Geographic. The National Geographic is the official journal of the National Geographic Society.

    • Tony: McGeek, McGoogle her! Google is the largest search engine on the internet.

    • McGee: I can do you one better, MySpace. MySpace is a social networking website.

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