Season 7 Episode 10


Aired Tuesday 8:00 PM Dec 15, 2009 on CBS
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Episode Summary

The NCIS team is called in to investigate the death of a reverend's Marine son, and they soon realize he may have been the victim of a hate crime. Meanwhile, Gibbs tries to figure out why his father had a sudden change of behavior when he comes to visit during the holidays.moreless

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  • Thats some Personnel File!

    In this episode DiNozzo looks through his 'secret santas' personnel file to figure out what to get her, and he finds that when she was 8 all the other girls in herneighborhoodgot a doll, but she never got one so he gets one to give to her, with much sappiness and tears, in which is supposed to be a touching moment...But in all honestly comes off as unrealistic and just plain annoying stupid and bad!

    Now I know government organisations would be verymeticulouswith files and background information, even psychological profiles etc... But to know something like that so exact from when someone on your staff is 8? COME ON, DON'T believe it for one second...

    Just a ridiculous ending to the whole saga... the writer needs to have been shot after this ep.

  • Who put together that story line???

    The acting was great, the charter interaction as always was sharp. The plot line was terrible. The writers couldn't write the truth so came up with a phoney Christian honor killing. When a Christian converts to anything else, the family will pray for the person. If an Islamic person converts to Christianity, they are cut off from their family and community and could be killed by their own family in the name of honor. Doing some research, most honor killings have been reported in Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Pakistan, the Syrian Arab Republic, Turkey, Yemen. It is interesting, that North America is not on the list, but its population is still mostly Christian based. I guess this is what we have to look forward to in the future.moreless
  • So sad that small minded Writers, Producers, Directors of Hollywood-land continually push politically correct themes like this -bad Christians, rednecks, bigots vs nice, innocent Muslim victims. The show really showed up those evil Christians didn't it?!moreless

    This was easily the worst episode of NCIS ever with its 'bad Christian good Muslim' theme - coupled with the traditional moronic Hollywood depictions of 'rednecks' and 'bigots' (only Christians can be bigots in Hollywoood-land),-and was it just a coincidence that NCIS L.A. also had a bad evil Christian (murderer and bomb maker) and a nice kind moral Muslim victim theme. About as subtle as a sledgehammer and about as realistic as Hollywood itself. Mindless and bound to turn many viewers off. I am forever hopeful that Hollywood will one day honor those many brave Americans who have given up their lives for others rather than so often depicting patriotic Americans as negatively as possible Shame on the Producers of this rubbish.moreless
  • Finally! A Christmas episode that isn't all about a single religion but something more important - tolerance. (Also, Ziva kicks serious butt!)

    Finally! A Christmas episode that isn't all about a single religion but something more important - tolerance. (I speak as an atheist who considers Judaism, Islam, and Christianity as false.) None are particularly tolerant religions, but Christianity encourages intolerance the most - even mainstream Christians love to quote John 14:6, which says Christianity is the *only* road to salvation.

    Usually Christmas episodes are saccharine. At least this one kept the saccharinity to a minimum. Tony's gift was surprisingly brilliant. (Note: I loathe Tony's character.) Tim's gift was all very well, but underlying it was just another example of Abby abusing him - she only treats him nicely when she wants something. Tim is such a doormat with her - it's nauseating!

    I also loved the side plot of a father asking his son for advice on dealing with his first 'face-to-face' kill. I've never seen that covered before, have you? Books, films, tv?

    The marine talking about how the white Muslim endangered his unit in Iraq because the locals would think he was mocking their religion - that was an interesting point. Anyone know how true it is? I would have thought that having a Muslim Marine would be useful with winning hearts and minds.

    PS: It's kinda odd - the side panel says that "Faith ranks 152,620 out of all 119,967 episodes (of all shows) on" Based on the sophisticated counting skills I learned from Sesame Street, that does not compute.moreless
  • A very good episode, and I completely disagree with most of the previous reviewers about this one.

    I thought that there was absolutely nothing wrong with this episode. A lot of people had rated it poorly, so I wasn't expecting anything special, but I got it.

    I think that if you overlook the religious aspects to the episode, it is highly interesting. I don't care about the religious spect of the show, and I found myself enjoying this one a lot.

    I thought that the episode was exceptionally funny, as well, such as when Abby made gingerbread cookies of herself!

    I think the episode had three great aspects:

    1. A great case, which I found to be highly enjoyable.

    2. The great humour and some exceptional scenes.

    3. The great moments, such as Tony buying that lady a present as her Secret Santa and McGee organising the child to see his mom.

    I thought the episode was quite lovely, excellently done and very enjoyable. This is the most underrated episode I have seen.moreless
Pauley Perrette

Pauley Perrette

Forensics Specialist Abby Sciuto

Cote de Pablo

Cote de Pablo

Special Agent Ziva David

David McCallum

David McCallum

Chief M.E. Ducky Mallard

Michael Weatherly

Michael Weatherly

Special Agent Tony DiNozzo

Mark Harmon

Mark Harmon

Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs

Sean Murray (I)

Sean Murray (I)

Special Agent Tim McGee

Joe Regalbuto

Joe Regalbuto

Marine Colonel George Ellis

Guest Star

Corey Reynolds

Corey Reynolds

Navy Lieutenant Commander Aaban El-Sayad

Guest Star

Brando Eaton

Brando Eaton

Patrick Ellis

Guest Star

Brian Dietzen

Brian Dietzen

Asst. M.E. Jimmy Palmer

Recurring Role

Ralph Waite

Ralph Waite

Jackson Gibbs

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (5)

    • GOOF: When Gibbs is cleaning the snow off of his truck and his father arrives, the camera changes to an angle from the street. In the driveway you can see three vehicles. Assuming one is his truck and the 71' Charger he got from his father in the episode "Homeland". Who does the third car belong to? Gibbs lives alone. One car was more than enough for him alone.

    • TRIVIA: We learn that Colonel Bell from "Outlaws and In-Laws" who was last seen being sent to Mexico was released.

    • TRIVIA: Ralph Waite plays Seeley Booth's grandfather on Bones and he plays Jethro Gibbs' father on NCIS. On the 11/19/09 episode of Bones, "The Foot in the Foreclosure," he came to visit Booth and started a fire in his kitchen and blamed it on a faulty stove. On the 12/15/09 episode of NCIS, "Faith" he came to visit his son and started a fire in his living room and blamed it on the sooty fireplace flue.

    • GOOF: Clearly Gibbs has never scraped a windshield in the winter. He was using the scraper like a squeegey, which would have been ineffective if there was ice under the snow. Generally people scrape toward the middle of the windshield, using their body weight as a leverage to get under the snow and ice. If the snow was powdery, as shown in the episode, he could have brushed it off with a snow brush, his gloved hand or even the windshield wiper.

    • TRIVIA: Ziva speaks nine languages.

  • QUOTES (6)

    • Ziva: So this is where a redthroat would hang out after being overseas for months.
      Tony: It's not redthroat, it's redneck.
      Ziva: Oh.
      Tony: And I think we've found the entire cast of Hee Haw.

    • McGee: It's freezing this morning.
      Tony: Man up, chilly willy. Feel that warm blood coursing through your veins. Get in touch with your inner McGrizzly Adams.
      McGee: Well I've got hand warmers.
      Tony: Give me one.
      McGee: No.
      Ziva: I'm not cold at all.
      Tony: That's because you're coldblooded David, like a lady Komodo dragon. Ice queen, frigid and deadly.
      Ziva: And I remembered to wear my thermal underwear.
      Tony: I'll give you fifty bucks for it right now.
      Ziva: It wouldn't fit. You're too big.
      Tony: It'll stretch. Hand 'em over.

    • Delores: Special Agent DiNozzo?
      Tony: Merry Christmas Delores. (long pause) I got this for you. I looked in your personnel file. (She gave him a look) Which is legal, because I have that security clearance but, I saw that when you were 8 years old, all the little girls in your neighborhood, they all got this incredible doll. The knee high Cherry Pie Doll and you didn't get one. I guess Santa didn't make enough that year so... I got this for you.

    • Tony: Where's your generous holiday spirit Probette?
      Ziva: Bah humbog!
      Tony: Bah what?!?

    • Gibbs: (as Tony reaches for another chocolate) Go ahead. Have another one, bubble butt.

    • Ziva: (to Jackson Gibbs) These chocolates are delicious.
      Gibbs: Hey dad, stop making my team fat.

  • NOTES (3)

    • Rocky Carroll is credited but doesn't appear.

    • Original International Airdates:
      Norway: January 19, 2010 on TV3
      Sweden: February 16, 2010 on TV3
      Australia: February 23, 2010 on Ten
      Germany: May 2, 2010 on SAT 1
      Spain: May 14, 2010 on LaSexta
      Slovakia: July 29, 2010 on Markiza
      Finland: November 16, 2010 on Nelonen
      Czech Republic: January 24, 2011 on TV Nova

    • The song playing at the end of the episode is "Kangaroo Cry" by Blue October.


    • Tony: And I think we've found the entire cast of Hee Haw.

      This alludes to the TV show Hee Haw (1969 - 1993), a Televised comedy/variety show with a country bent.

    • Tony: They call you Mister Tibbs?

      Referencing the 1970 movie They Call Me Mister Tibbs! starring Sidney Poitier.

    • Tony: I like the letter to the Chaplin. The cut and paste letters, very Zodiac.
      This is a reference to the Zodiac Killer (Serial killer in the 1960's), where he would send provocative letters to the press.

    • Ziva: Abel and Cain.

      This is fitting for Ziva to say for in the Hebrew Bible Abel and Cain are the sons of Adam and Eve. Cain is a crop farmer, while Abel is a shepherd. Cain commits the first murder by killing his brother due to the fact that God would not accept Cain's offering of produce, though he would accept Abel's offering of animal sacrifices.

    • Tony says "his brother Darryl and his other brother Darryl." This is a reference to the television show Newhart which had a set of brothers on it: Larry, Darryl and Darryl.