Season 2 Episode 21

Hometown Hero

Aired Tuesday 8:00 PM May 03, 2005 on CBS
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Episode Summary

After a young Navy corpsman is killed in Iraq while saving the lives of several marines, the body of a young woman is found with his belongings in storage at his hometown. The evidence seems conclusive that the Petty Officer was a murderer, but Gibbs believes that he was innocent and decides to prove it so that he can be buried with full honors.moreless

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  • An alright one.

    I think my only dislike this episode is the crap Tony was being given about his car.. It's not like it's a mobile or something else that is important but replaceable cars cost a LOT of money. And since Tony is cut off not like he'd have 30k to just go spend on another car without taking a financial blow most likely. And for it to be totalled? I'm still a young driver, but I have my own car that I love and take care off and if it got stolen AND totalled, man I'd be upset. Especially if I was trying to find it and get it back and people kept making hang up and then laughed at me. "They're giving you a rental what's the big deal" "it's just a car".. like I'm sorry, even if you don't have a 'connection' to your car at least you can respect how much they cost and be a bit more respectful about it. If my mother gave me crap about my car being stolen I'd be angry at her, let alone some hypocritical girl with a god complex (kate).

    Interesting episode though, randomly finding a body in a car. I liked the story and the reveal etc.

    Cops and tunnel vision drives me crazy though. "All the evidence is in front of you" or whatever the over the top deputy said, what evidence?!moreless
  • An average case, but this episode was extremely hilarious!

    Another episode of NCIS brought another interesting investigative tale, and this one I found rather intriguing.

    The episode was good, although the case wasn't the best. I did find the case somewhat interesting and I didn't foresee the ending, which was a plus, but it wasn't overly interesting at all.

    However, the episode was extremely hilarious, because Agent DiNozzo's car was stolen and used in a crime. I really enjoyed seeing DiNozzo fret over his car, and the scene right at the end showing his car on television was downright hilarious!

    I highly recommend this episode for those into the comedy element of NCIS, but from the case's perspective, it wasn't the most interesting, sadly.moreless
  • hero or not?

    This time Gibbs and team has to dig into old case of missing girl whose remains are found at the garage of soldier died in battle. Gibbs wants to do his best to have him buried as hero but that's not an easy task: specially as time is running out, that local little town just do not want to tell and there seems not to be no evidence to prove Gibbs theory that man is not guilty.

    So.. this is a good Gibbs' episode and he following his feelings and intuition instead of what the evidence first show.. but he is right and quite horrible truth comes out..moreless
  • Another good episode

    This episode opens with a woman going through some stuff at a storage unit and discovering a human set of bones. The unit belonged to a petty officer, who died the week before. Ducky examines the body and discovers that it is a woman aged between 17-19. When NCIS investigate they learn that the petty officer, had a friend from high school who went missing over 2 years ago and that seems to fit with the time of death of the bones. Therefore it is believed that the bones belong to the missing girl.

    When further tests are run, the body is confirmed to be that of the missing girl. When Gibbs re-calls their main suspect, Amy in for qautionning we learn that it is not possbale as she has killed herself. During further investigation we learn that the step-father dug up the body of the girl and put hr into the storage unit.moreless
  • In my eyes a great episode, where a lot of things happen in.

    The case was very interesting, and was a classic NCIS case, well that is what I think anyway. We once again meet the famous Gibbs guts. He was so sure that the young Navy corpman, did not murder the girl and he was set on proving exactly that. I really envy his gut, I wish I could always be right, well almost always except when it comes to marriage. And so he was right this time.

    Tony's imitation of Gibbs was in one word just brilliant. I laughed so hard, it was just great. And poor Tony for losing his car, I mean a man and his car have a weird relationship. But it was funny to see the look on his face when he saw his car get crashed on television.moreless
Mark Harmon

Mark Harmon

Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs

Sasha Alexander

Sasha Alexander

Special Agent Kate Todd

Michael Weatherly

Michael Weatherly

Special Agent Tony DiNozzo

Pauley Perrette

Pauley Perrette

Forensics Specialist Abby Sciuto

Sean Murray (I)

Sean Murray (I)

Special Agent Tim McGee

David McCallum

David McCallum

Chief M.E. Ducky Mallard

Shashawnee Hall

Shashawnee Hall

Police Chief Jeff Whalen

Guest Star

Zack Ward

Zack Ward

Police Officer Billy Krieg

Guest Star

Vincent Angell

Vincent Angell

Bruce Webb

Guest Star

Brian Dietzen

Brian Dietzen

Asst. M.E. Jimmy Palmer

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

    • GOOF: At the beginning of the episode, Tony states that he has used up the whole of his phone battery, trying to find out what happened to his car, yet he is seen using it several times, throughout the episode.

    • TRIVIA: The car that was named by McGee "Probie" was an "84 Camaro Z-28 5 speed."

    • GOOF: Look closely as Abby exits the elevator to pick up Kate for their Spa appointment. Gibbs has a phone to his ear, it cuts to Abby then back to Gibbs, who no longer has a phone.

    • TRIVIA: In the closed captioning, "ki" is mis-spelled as "chi." Both mean the exact same thing, but "ki" is Japanese while "chi" is Chinese.

  • QUOTES (29)

    • Coleman: Why are you sticking your neck out for this guy?
      Gibbs: Several marines witnessed Petty Officer Dobbs saving lives. No one witnessed him taking one.

    • Abby: The lock is almost virgin... it's barely been opened.

    • Palmer: Sorry about your weekend.
      Abby: Tony?
      Palmer: Yeah, mass email. The sender was "anonymous" but it was pretty obvious...

    • (about the mass spectrometer)
      Abby: There's a certain MIT grad that's supposed to be fixing it but he's actually making it worse.
      Gibbs: Sooner than later, McGee!
      (McGee throws down his tools in exasperation)
      McGee: Why don't you just hire a service tech?
      Abby: Well, I would, McGee, but it's Sunday. (bows her head in prayer)

    • Gibbs: Are you here for a reason Abbs?
      Abby: I wanna talk dirt.

    • Tony: (to McGee) A long shot is you getting laid by Penelope Cruz.

    • (Gibbs glances at Abby's outfit, stunned.)
      Abby: I was at church Gibbs.

    • Palmer: (watching Abby try to work the kinks out of her neck) You know the inefficient flow of chi is a major source of stiffness. (Abby looks at him, interested) Oh, a silent auction item at my niece's school benefit. A weekend seminar in the art of shiatsu.
      Abby: Do me.
      Palmer: Uh, no, I showed up late.
      Abby: Your hands, my body now.
      (Palmer massages Abby, Tony walks in and slaps him upside the head)
      Tony: What the hell are you doing, Palmer?
      Palmer: I, I, I...
      Tony: You've read the agency policy on sexual harassment, didn't you, Palmer?
      Palmer: It wasn't like that!
      Tony: It never is. Now go, you little autopsy gremlin. Get out of here!

    • (McGee is describing his first car)
      McGee: 84 Camaro Z28 five-speed.
      Tony: That's a smoking hot car, McGee!
      McGee: Yeah.
      Tony: What the hell went wrong with you?
      McGee: First day I got behind the wheel I had a slight... thing.
      Tony: (touching McGee lightly on the shoulder) Head on?
      McGee: I was trying to figure out the wipers. Took my eyes off the road for a second, and when I looked up, there it was, right in front of me.
      Tony: (wincing) Car?
      McGee: Bus. I got a student pass the day I got out of traction.
      (Tony comes over and hugs McGee in sympathy)
      Tony: I didn't know.

    • Tony: Gibbs is a boat man. He doesn't understand that I have to have my car.

    • Ducky: Dem bones, dem bones, dem dry bones The shoulder bone connected to the Neck bone, the neck bone connected to the Head bone...

    • Abby: He's doing it again, McGee.
      McGee: Mm-hmm.
      Tony: Doing what?
      Abby: You become Gibbs when he's not around.
      Tony: I do not.
      McGee: Actually, you do.
      Abby: The Caf-Pow, the head-slaps, turning my music off. "What do you got, Abbs?"
      McGee: He has been in a foul mood all day.
      Abby: That's another Gibbs trait. You don't quite have the stare down yet.

    • (as they watch Tony's car disintegrate)
      Gibbs: Fiberglass. Not good for boats either.

    • Gibbs: Here to gloat?
      Coleman: Actually, I happen to believe in miracles.
      Gibbs: Oh, really?
      Coleman: Yeah. Never had one happen in front of me, so figured if one did, I'd like to be standing by so I could call the Pentagon.
      Gibbs: Miracles take hard work, Commander.

    • Tony: You realize Mother Teresa would have road rage hell out there?

    • Abby: Do you think he's gonna want us to hang around?
      McGee: I don't know. I can't imagine there's anything that can't wait 'til tomorrow.
      Abby: Go ask him.
      McGee: You ask him.
      Abby: You're the "Special Agent".
      McGee: No, he likes you more.
      Abby: That's because I don't ask him stupid questions. Rock paper scissors?
      McGee: On three.
      Abby: One.. two..
      Gibbs: Something on your mind?
      Abby/McGee: No.
      Gibbs: You weren't thinking about leaving, were ya?
      Abby: No
      McGee: Absolutely not, no.

    • Ducky: What do you expect me to find?
      Gibbs: Nothing. I just need to buy more time.
      Ducky: Oh Jethro! I can spend forever finding nothing.

    • Tony: Massages?
      Abby: Many kinds.
      Tony: Uh. Full body?
      Abby: Places you could only dream of, DiNozzo.
      Tony: Masseuses or masseur?
      Abby: I go both ways. You?
      Tony: Only with (reading caller ID) Harris, my insurance agent.
      Abby: Whatever works, man.

    • Gibbs: DiNozzo, same clothes you wore yesterday?
      Tony: I buy a lot of same things, it makes mornings less stressful. (to the phone) Yeah I'm here!
      Gibbs: (hanging up the phone) Now you're gone.

    • Tony: You two are spending the weekend together. (growls)... Hold on, let me paint a picture.
      Kate: You're a pig!

    • Kate: Dunbarton, near campus. Really hope she was over 21.
      Tony: You'd love to know, wouldn't you? Going somewhere this weekend?
      Kate: Love to know, wouldn't you?

    • (They are walking by a red Hummer)
      Kate: Why don't you get one of these? Fits your personality perfectly. Loud, overbearing, politically incorrect.
      Tony: It is tempting Kate, but I love the car I have.
      Kate: Had. Too bad you're not as faithful to the woman in your life.
      Tony: Ha that's funny.
      Kate: But for your sake I hope that you and she reunite.
      Tony: Actually I don't know if I want her back.
      Kate: And why is that?
      Tony: She's been violated.

    • Tony: Boss, Lt. Commander Coleman wants to talk to you.
      Gibbs: Tell her I'm not here.
      Coleman: Why don't you tell me yourself?

    • Gibbs: Petty Officer Dobbs died in that uniform saving lives, Chief.
      Walen: Appreciate that, Agent Gibbs. Doesn't excuse taking one before he left.

    • Abby: First of all, you owe me big time. It took Kate and me six months to get the reservations to that spa.
      Gibbs: You tell me you found something, and I'll think about making it up to you.
      Abby: Typical man. Promise you everything until he gets what he wants. Right, McGee?
      McGee: Well, actually I..
      Abby: Thanks, McGee.

    • Tony: It's not the same bus boy. My car is part of my being.
      Kate: It's a car, Tony.
      Tony: It's a classic, Kate. It's a 90 ZR1 Corvette, powerful, fast, gorgeous.
      Kate: In other words, it's you.
      Tony: Exactly.

    • Kate: Tony's car was towed. Poor baby had to take the bus to work.
      Tony: Do you know what kind of people take the bus?
      McGee: Yeah, I take the bus.
      Tony: Exactly!

    • Gibbs: Any luck with Emmy psychiatrist?
      Kate: It's Sunday, Gibbs.
      Gibbs: I know. That's what everyone keeps reminding me.

    • Coleman: This your idea of an apology?
      Gibbs: For what? I just don't like to drink alone.
      Coleman: The fact that you know where to find me on a Sunday morning is a little scary, Gibbs. Please?
      Gibbs: Not as scary as your trunk.

  • NOTES (2)

    • Original International Airdates:
      Croatia: January 19, 2006 on NOVA TV
      France: December 09, 2005 on M6
      Finland: September 08, 2007 on Nelonen
      Germany: February 09, 2006 on SAT.1
      Sweden: July 24, 2005 on TV3
      Denmark: May 3, 2005 on TV3

    • When Gibbs is in the crime lab, he glances out the window at what appears to be a maintenance man. If you record the episode and watch it in slow motion, the maintenance man is Donald P. Bellisario, who also makes a small appearance in next episode.


    • The footage of the car chase involving Tony's stolen car was real, and has been featured on shows such as Real TV. The driver emerged with only minor injuries after being thrown from the vehicle.