On a Navy ship just leaving port in San Diego, an alarm is blaring. The Agent Afloat, Agent Cortez, comes topside to see a small wooden sailboat that has wandered into a restricted area. It fails to respond to demands to identify itself. One of the officers examines it with binoculars, and comments that it looks like a hand-built Amigo kit. When lights are trained on it, they realize that the two men on board are dead from gunshot wounds. The officer comments that because it's a crime scene, it's "got her name on it, now," but Agent Cortez observes that it's not her name, but it is labeled: The name of the boat is the "Kelly".
In the squad room, Ziva is asleep, cheek down, on her desk. Tony and McGee have arrived for work, and are pondering the possibilities for tricks to play on Ziva. Tony picks up a marker and leans over to draw on her face; Ziva warns him, with her eyes still closed, "Touch me and die." Tony observes that sleeping on the job isn't going help her escape probationary status, and Ziva tells him, blearily, that Gibbs called her to come in and cover the office at 1 AM because he had to fly out to San Diego with Vance and Ducky. Tony realizes that if Ducky was invited, then the case probably involves bodies, but is puzzled that Gibbs would call Ziva. Ziva wearily sits up, a paper stuck to her cheek, and mutters, "I believe you call it 'hazing'." Tony peels the paper from her cheek and notices that it is the U.S. Bill of Rights. He asks her if she is studying to become a naturalized American citizen, and she tells him that she has to if she wants to become an agent. From his desk, McGee tells her, "Good for you, Ziva!" but Tony asks if they really want her to become an American citizen. Ziva tells him that it's not up to him, and Tony disagrees, telling her that it's in the U.S. Constitution. Ziva asks him where in the Constitution, and he retorts that "it's in there, dangerous foreign aliens stealing our precious bodily fluids!" McGee tells Tony that that's from Dr. Strangelove, but Tony persists, saying that it's in the 16th Amendment. Ziva promptly recites the 16th Amendment verbatim, having to do with taxation, and Tony is incredulous. McGee is more supportive, telling her that America would be lucky to have her – the more, the merrier. Tony declares that such laissez-faire immigration policies were what caused the greatest economic crisis in America, according to Rush Limbaugh. McGee is skeptical, and asks Tony if he has any idea what he's talking about. Tony retorts, "You bet your ass I do – I'm talking about living the American dream." Ziva asks him what he knows about the American dream, and Tony tells her, with a grin: "Let's see – I'm a white male, between the ages of 18 and 49, with a loud mouth and a gun. I am the American dream!" Ziva simply looks at him, speechless, as McGee answers the phone, muttering, "Oh, thank God." Gibbs is on the other end – he tells McGee that there are two dead bodies and photos coming his way and for Abby to clear the decks. McGee asks him what's going on, and Gibbs tells him that he doesn't know, yet.
Gibbs walks down the dock in San Diego to where the "Kelly" is tied up. Agent Cortez is giving her report to Vance, telling him that she ran the VIN number on the boat and discovered that the boat was registered to an NCIS Agent Gibbs. Ducky is on board, examining the bodies. Agent Cortez asks Gibbs, "That's you, right? What's with the dead bodies?" Gibbs just looks at her, as Vance asks her about shell casings, which she has bagged and tagged. Ducky asks her if she has moved the bodies, and she tells him no, she was trained better than that. He observes that there's no identification on the bodies, only cash – dollars and pesos. Vance asks her to forget for a moment that the boat belongs to an NCIS agent, and to speculate on how the boat entered a Naval base. She estimates that, because of the currents, it probably came from the south, perhaps Mexico. "As to who may have set it on its course, I wouldn't think to guess." Vance observes that usually, boats are lit on fire for Viking funerals, and asks a half-smiling Gibbs if he knows any Vikings living in Mexico. Ducky tells them that the crime scene has more of a Wild West feel, and Gibbs asks him, sarcastically, "Solved it already? Glad I made the trip . . . ." Ducky takes Gibbs to task, telling him that Gibbs has only had one vacation this year. Vance continues, telling Gibbs that they know that he sailed through the Gulf to Mexico and got a one-way ticket back. Gibbs is annoyed at being investigated, and caustically asks Vance if he had the fish or the lasagna on the plane. He then goes on to explain that he left it with "him" and "he" trailered it to the West Coast, and that the boat was a gift for his goddaughter. Vance asks, "And this is how he repays you?" Agent Cortez is confused, "Wait a minute – you guys already know who the killer is?" Vance instructs her to use her contacts with the Federales in Mexico to clear a path for them – they are headed to Mexico.
At Mike Frank's house on the water in Mexico, Agent Cortez draws her gun in approved approach fashion and cautiously advances on the door, calling "NCIS!" Gibbs tells her, nonchalantly, that that isn't necessary – he realizes that Mike isn't there. He walks out to the beach, where the boat was obviously stored, and sees a paintbrush and an empty cup. Vance tells Gibbs that the house is empty and demands to know, "Where is Mike Franks?"
Back at NCIS, the team, without Gibbs, takes the elevator to the evidence garage. They exit the elevator and stand in awe in front of Gibbs' boat. Abby is gleeful and tells them that it's the crime scene – it was flown there on a C-130, along with two bodies and all the evidence, "and now, it's mine – all mine!!" She throws her arms out and spins in delight, and then tells the team that now, she can figure out the mystery. McGee is puzzled: What mystery? The rest of team makes their guesses: Who the dead guys were? What they were doing on the boat? Or who killed them. Abby dismisses all of those guesses and tells them, "Sure, you guys can work on that – meanwhile, I'm going to figure out HOW he got it out of the basement!"
In Vance's office, Gibbs tells Vance that they've checked all of Franks' known aliases but have no hits, yet. Vance observes that Franks has gotten a head start, and that Ducky estimated that the bodies had been floating around for at least three days. Meanwhile, the dead men have been identified as Calvin Blanchard and Roy Keenan, both with military backgrounds, dishonorably discharged, Blanchard was Army, Keenan Navy, and were discharged long after Franks retired. There is no apparent connection, but Vance tells Gibbs that Agent Cortez had made inquiries and discovered that the men had been in Mexico asking around about Franks last week. Gibbs confirms that there's no connection, no one with a grudge, and Vance mockingly asks him, "Is that your gut talking to you, Gibbs?" He theorizes that the two guys were looking for Franks, who didn't want to be found. They found him on the boat, he gets the drop on them . . . Gibbs finishes, ". . . shoves them off and disappears?" Vance tells Gibbs that he doesn't like the fact that Franks has disappeared, because that means that whatever started this isn't over, yet. He asks Gibbs if he knows where Franks might be, and Gibbs shakes his head, saying, "Your guess is as good as mine, Leon." Vance is skeptical, but tells Gibbs that "I'm going to give you some leeway on this, since it is your friend . . . your boat . . . and your mess," and goes on to warn him that his patience will end if another dead body shows up before Franks does.
In Autopsy, Ducky tells Gibbs that he has "jumped the gun" because he doesn't have any information for him, yet, then wryly observes that "jumping the gun" was possibly a Freudian slip. He tells Gibbs that the victims were shot over and over and over again. with six shots in one, and five in another, at close range, with a large caliber weapon, "reminiscent of the death of Billy Clanton at the O.K. Corral." Gibbs asks him if he has anything against cowboys, and Ducky allows as how that, while he likes Gibbs' cowboy traits, he's never been comfortable with Franks' psychological make-up, observing that there's a fine line between "cowboy" and "outlaw," and that Franks looks like he has crossed that line. Gibbs reminds Ducky that it's too soon to accuse Franks of being an unthinking killer. Ducky protests that Gibbs' is wrong – he thinks a great deal of thought went into the killings and the staging of the crime scene. Gibbs is surprised at Ducky's use of the word "staging", and Ducky points out that the bodies had wood splinters in their backsides, suggesting that the bodies had been dragged onto the boat intentionally, "in fact, I'd be surprised if anything about their discovery was not intentional."
In the evidence garage, Gibbs is looking for Abby, who pops out of the boat's cabin. She assures Gibbs that she is treating his boat with the upmost care. Gibbs doesn't care – he wants to know if the bodies were moved. She tells him that there are bloodstains on the side, which would indicate that they slid ("slidded? slidden?") Gibbs wants to know if the firefight was onboard, and she confirms that, at first glance, there are a lot of downward shots, as if someone was standing over the bodies and shooting down, execution-style, and so she is trying to find corresponding slugs for all the .45 casings. She observes that the firefight may have ended there, but that probably wasn't where it started. Descending from the boat, she points out a gouge on the outside of the boat, of a smaller caliber than the others. Gibbs examines it, and guesses that it might be a .22, which Abby concurs with, but observes that she can't find a slug or bullet because the .22 was probably destroyed on impact, and that because it's below the waterline . . . . Gibbs interrupts her and tells her that it wasn't in the water, and she considers that possibility, telling Gibbs that there are many inconsistencies that need to be examined, and several slugs that she has to "dig out of the woodwork . . . excuse me, carefully extract from the woodwork." Gibbs tells her, abruptly, "Take it apart." Abby is stunned. "Are you sure?" He nods once, curtly, and leaves.
In the squad room, McGee is examining Blanchard and Keenan's financial records and while there are some indications that they may have worked together, the receipts are all cash, so there is no financial link to Franks. Tony wonders aloud why two bad guys would go after Mike Franks. Dryly, McGee responds, "Clearly, they don't know him very well." Tony considers McGee's statement, as McGee tells him it was a joke. Tony tells him that some of the best ideas in history started out as jokes – mood rings, pet rocks, sporks. Ziva agrees that they were all terrible ideas, but Tony points out that they turned their inventors into "jillionaires – that's the American dream, Ziva, and that's why you are never going to pass that test!" Ziva asks Tony, "So, the heart of American is that any idiot can become a success?" Tony agrees, telling her that America is not an aristocracy, but a meritocracy. Ziva points out that neither is Israel, and Tony warms up to his topic, telling Ziva that American is a capitalist democracy, which means that "you might be a pauper, you might be living a life of wall-to-wall desperation. You might have no friends, no prospects, no dream, no hope. But tomorrow . . . tomorrow, you might win the lottery. You might slip on the right driveway, tomorrow – just like Annie sang." Ziva is bewildered, and McGee fills in the cultural reference for Little Orphan Annie. Tony goes on to declare, "And that's the American dream, right there – Little Orphan Annie. And me." He goes on to ask, "Isn't there an essay section on this citizenship exam? You should be writing this stuff down – it's good!" Ziva snaps a pencil in her hand, and Tony mocks her, "Destruction of U.S. Government property? That's not going to look too good . . . ." Gibbs walks in and the team snaps to attention. Tony covers up his off-topic speech by telling Gibbs that McGee had had an interesting idea, but McGee calls his bluff, telling him that Tony never told him the idea, because he started talking a lot of crazy stuff. Tony elaborates, telling Gibbs that the dead men may not have known Franks at all. Gibbs tells Tony to find the connection.
In Gibbs' basement, Gibbs is smiling at an old photograph of himself and Franks standing on a dock, holding up fish they have caught. Suddenly, he hears a child's voice upstairs, followed by a woman's voice, exclaiming, "Amira!" He runs upstairs, and finds Leyla and toddler Amira standing in his living room. Leyla gently tells Amira, "Look, it's your godfather!" as Gibbs relaxes and takes Amira into his arms and tells her, "Welcome to my home." He leans over and kisses Leyla on the cheek, and she tells Gibbs that "he is right behind us." Gibbs nods, and tells Leyla that she can put Amira down in the next room. He turns and Franks is standing in the doorway. Franks asks him if he is going to stand there glaring at him or if he is going to help him with the bags. "Or are you gonna shoot me?" Gibbs tells him, "No, I thought I'd ask you a few questions, first. Then I might shoot you." Franks is agitated, and Gibbs asks him why the two men were after him. Franks tells him, "Damn, Probie, I was hoping maybe you could tell me!"
At the dining room table, Franks tells Gibbs that he had heard that two men were looking for a "gringo and two girls," and declares that he had never seen them before they showed up on his beach Monday afternoon. Gibbs observes that Franks was ready for them, though – and Franks tells Gibbs that it was obvious that they were carrying guns. Still agitated, Franks pulls out a pack of cigarettes, but when Gibbs tells him, firmly, "Don't even think about it," he shoves them back in his jacket in disgust. Then he apologizes to Gibbs for using Amira's boat for such a purpose, but that he couldn't take the chance of being investigated by strangers, or worse, the Federales. Gibbs observed, "So you stirred up the Navy," and Franks acknowledges it, saying, "If you're going to be investigated, better it be by a friend." Gibbs dryly tells him, "Thanks for the honor," and goes on to observe that Franks tends to leave lots of bodies and fireworks in his wake. Then Gibbs asks where Leyla and Amira were during the firefight, and Franks indignantly tells him that they were safely tucked away. Gibbs observes that Franks is getting too old for this sort of thing, and that there comes a time when he should hang up his spurs. Franks, taking a swig of his drink, belligerently declares that he'll be dead when he hangs up his spurs. Leyla comes into the rooms, and remonstrates with Franks. Franks tells Gibbs that if Gibbs can't help him figure out what is going on, then he is going to have to leave Leyla and Amira to keep them safe, because he promised Liam.
The next morning, in the squad room, McGee, Ziva and Tony are reporting on what they have found out about Keenan and Blanchard's time in the service, most of it unflattering issues with authority. Ziva tells Gibbs that they both found new homes, and Tony interrupts, quoting, "Ah, new homes . . . 'give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.'" Everyone stares at him, and McGee continues, "Well, the 'wretched refuse' ended up working on this 'teaming shore'," and shows a dossier on a mercenary company CEO, Col. Merton Bell, who runs the largest PMC in the Middle East. Gibbs orders that he be brought in, but Vance, walking up, belays that order, first asking if they have a location on Mike Franks. Gibbs looks at them quizzically, and they shake their heads. He turns to Vance and says, truthfully, "They don't." Vance tells Gibbs that Franks has been living with a young woman for almost three years, and Gibbs acknowledges that he knows, adding that Amira, Franks' granddaughter, was also there. Vance is incredulous that they can't find someone on the run who is towing a woman with a small child, and Gibbs observes that they haven't been concentrating on Franks, they have been concentrating on the dead men. He then refuses to allow Gibbs to call Bell. Gibbs follows Vance to his office, reminding him that Vance had promised to give him some leeway. Vance tells him that he knows Bell and they have mutual friends, and that Gibbs' approach "lacks finesse" when dealing with such a well-connected and powerful individual. Gibbs asks Vance if he thinks that he is too blunt. Vance corrects him, telling him that he is transparent, and that Bell is going to be upset because two of his men are dead, and he doesn't want to give Bell the impression that NCIS is harboring a murderer. Gibbs asks him why he feels that way, and Vance observes that Gibbs isn't spending a lot of time looking for Franks. Gibbs tells Vance that Mike Franks and his family are at his house. Vance suggests that he send agents out to protect them, and Gibbs agrees, telling him that while they are doing so, he will find a "more delicate way" to approach Col. Bell.
Tony and Ziva go to Gibb's house. As Tony enters the front door, and calls out "Hello?" he realizes that a gun is pointed as his head. Franks, in disgust, lowers the gun and tells Tony that he should have told him that he was coming. Tony tells Franks that he tried to call, but no one answered. Franks indignantly replies, "I'm not going to answer the phone – I'm a fugitive! Why didn't you knock?" Tony answers, "Why would I knock? There's no lock on that door!" and Franks replies, "Someone may be on the other side with a gun?" Tony asks him, "Why would someone be on the other side with a gun?" Franks: "Because there's no lock on it!" Ziva eases her way in and Franks greets her: "Lady Ziva! Glad you're here – did Gibbs send you?" Ziva tells him, "We have been instructed to sit on the baby." She joins Leyla and Amira on the couch, taking Amira on her lap as she smiles and coos at her. Tony tells Franks that there's a driver waiting to take Franks to NCIS. As Franks leaves, he suggests to Tony, "Why don't you put something in front of the door?" to which Tony replies, "I think I'll just stand here . . . with my gun." Franks rolls his eyes and leaves.
Vance and Bell are comfortable in the small conference room, as Vance asks if Keenan and Blanchard were on PMC duty in Iraq. Bell confirms that they would meet with local tribal leaders each week, to get a sense of what was going on. Gibbs asks him if they were good at their jobs, and Bell takes offense, telling him that all his men are outstanding. Gibbs points out that the United States Armed Forces disagreed. They spar back and forth over the PMC's hiring practices – Bell declares that "some of my best men are off of the Marine Corps scrap heap." Gibbs disagrees: "The men you hire have history of violence, insubordination, mental problems – what do you have to do to be disqualified?" A few more barbs are thrown, and Bell admits that the Blanchard and Keegan were in Mexico fulfilling a contract that he fully aware of. Vance asks him, "They were carrying out a contract on Mike Franks?" Bell is obviously confused: "Who in the hell is Mike Franks?"
As Bell is escorted out by Vance, Franks joins Gibbs in the squad room. He asks Gibbs if Bell is the man who put out the hit on him, but Gibbs tells him that no one was after Franks. The contract was from Leyla's family in Iraq, who was trying to find her. "And you killed them. You want to know who the real bad guy is, here, Mike? Go look in the damned mirror."
In Vance's office, Vance tells Franks that he doesn't look very remorseful. Franks asks him, "For what?" and Vance tells Franks that they were sent simply to find Leyla and Amira and that there was no evidence that they meant to harm her. "It appears that you killed them in cold blood." Franks looks at Gibbs and asks him, "Is that how it looks to you?" Gibbs tells him that he doesn't know – he wasn't there. Franks reminds Gibbs that he knows the circumstances of Leyla's arrival in the States and a little bit about her family. Gibbs acknowledges that Leyla had been disowned, and Franks declares that that's not how family should be treated, and that he really doesn't care about Shada Shakarki. Vance is surprised: "Shada Shakarki is Leyla's family?" and Franks confirms that she is the hard-as-nails matriarch. When Vance observes that it's unusual for a woman to be in a position to lead a tribe, Franks tells him that it was mostly by default, as most of the men have been killed or died. "But she's a vindictive old sow, and when you've been disinherited, you aren't supposed to have a happily ever after on a beach in Mexico!" Vance takes that in, and then, abruptly, asks Franks what he used, and Franks tells him a .45, and then describes setting up a decoy on the boat with a beer and a radio, and shot them from the porch. After they fell, he dragged them onto the boat, and shot each one three times, "for good measure. It was self defense." Vance and Gibbs exchange a look, and then Vance tells Franks to make a written statement, warning him that the evidence better confirm his story.
In the evidence garage, Abby is using her chainsaw on Gibbs' boat, which has been turned upside down. It has been cut into six sections, as she is finishing up. McGee walks into the garage and is horrified: "Abby! ABBY! WHAT ARE YOU DOING!!" Abby defends herself by telling McGee that Gibbs told her to do it, and that she is doing it very methodically and keeping very good notes, "and I'm sure I can put it back together again when I'm done." "You're using a chainsaw!" She is defensive: "Well, it's not as though there was a zipper, McGee!" McGee hopes that it's worth it, and she tells him that she is finding interesting items, such as a secret stash box with gun oil. McGee ruefully observes that Franks probably has a secret gun stash everywhere – "it took us 15 minutes to get through Security!" Abby wonders if Franks was carrying a .22, and McGee says no. Then she shows McGee something unusual that she has found – two bullet smashed together, a .45 and a .22. McGee tells Abby that that is an "impossible shot!" Abby agrees -- if the bullets were in the air at the same time.
Abby and McGee call Tony to describe her find, pointing out that the second bullet might suggest another shooter. Tony is in Gibbs' empty basement, so he can talk without being overhead by Leyla and Amira. Abby is excited, and tells Tony she needs for him to look at the walls for seams. Tony is confused – why? Abby suggests a moveable wall or a tunnel – something that looks like it doesn't belong. Tony realizes that Abby is fixated on finding how the boat was removed from the basement, and says, sarcastically, "Actually, I think Colonel Hogan may have a radio in the coffeepot, but the tunnel may have been filled in."
Upstairs at Gibbs' house, Ziva tells Amira that she has "peaceful eyes," and Leyla affirms that she has tried very hard to make Amira's life peaceful and very different from her own childhood in Iraq. Ziva assures her that she has made the right choice, but Leyla muses that "sometimes, the most significant moments of your life are made without any choices at all," and goes on to describe her instant attraction to Liam, even though she knew it was forbidden. Ziva nods: "It was love at first sight." Looking aside, Ziva asks her if it was difficult to leave her homeland, but Leyla tells her that it's easier when you leave for the right reasons. At that moment, Tony walks in and joins the conversation: "Ziva's trying to pick up and start over again – rebuild, again." Ziva agrees briefly: "Yes," and goes to gaze out the window. Tony asks Leyla about the house in Mexico, which she describes as simple and small, just enough room for the three of them. Tony pointedly asks her if she was inside when the shooting started. Ziva turns and looks at Tony, aware of the change in atmosphere. Leyla confirms that she was inside, and when asked what she did, she said that she did what any mother would do – "I found my daughter." "Where was she?" Leyla doesn't answer, and Tony asks again, more insistently, "Leyla, where was she?"
McGee reports to Gibbs on Shada Shakari, a prominent tribal leader who had increased security after the death of her son in a bombing incident the year before – which is how she came into contact to PMC. Ducky calls and asks Gibbs down to Autopsy
Arriving in Autopsy, Ducky begins to tell Gibbs that "you know we have enormous respect for you and for the loyalty that you exhibit towards your friends." Abby places her hand on Gibbs's shoulder and, looking into his face, earnestly tells him, "Gibbs. We love you, very, very much." Gibbs is annoyed: "What in the hell is this?" Abby tells him: "This is an . . . intervention." Ducky goes on to tell Gibbs that he believes that Franks has lied to Gibbs, and Abby declares, "It's insulting enough when people that we don't know try this stuff, but . . ." and Ducky continues, "But a colleague, a friend – why, it's simply a betrayal." Ducky goes on to describe that all the .45 bullets travelled straight down through the bodies, and Abby shows him the .22 slug. Ducky begins to tell Gibbs his theory, but Gibbs forestalls him: "Somebody else shot 'em – with a rifle. A .22 long. And then Franks shot through the gunshot wounds of the already dead men to destroy the evidence." Abby is standing open-mouthed at Gibbs' deductions, as is Ducky. "Mike Franks did not kill these guys."
Gibbs leans over his desk, and removes Franks' written statement. Franks protests, telling Gibbs that he was just finishing it up, but Gibbs reminds Franks of a case they worked on during Gibbs's second year, of a sergeant and his best friend who went duck hunting with the sergeant's 10 year old son. The son accidently shot the best friend, but the father, in an attempt to protect the son, shot the best friend again with his own gun, to obscure the evidence and make it appear that the sergeant had shot him. "I've been thinking about that a lot, lately," he says, meaningfully. Franks looks ruefully at the statement, and tearing it up, tells Gibbs, "This isn't going to work – when did you figure it?" McGee interrupts them, telling Gibbs that Shada Shakarji is on a plane now, heading towards D.C.
At the airport, McGee is holding a sign with Shada's name on it. Shada walks up to him, and then deliberately drops her suitcase on the floor and sweeps past him, telling him curtly, "I am Shada Shakarji." McGee directs her to the car.
In Interrogation, Shada Shakarji is standing stiffly, waiting. Vance, Gibbs and Franks are observing her through the window, and Vance wonders what she is doing in D.C. Gibbs smiles and tells Vance that she is taking a hands-on approach to her daughter, because "her first attempt 'lacked in finesse'." Vance smiles as the riposte, and asks Franks how the statement is coming. Franks tells him "it was a load of crap – Probie called me on it." Vance pretends astonishment, and then confesses that he is glad, because maybe that means there won't be any more bodies. Franks tells him, grimly, that there might be, if he lets Shada Shakarji loose. "What are we going to hold her on, Mike? She hasn't committed a crime." Franks suggests, "Conspiracy to be a bitch?" Gibbs points out that Franks has told the truth about that – he is protecting his family. Vance decides that this is all simply a matter of a family disagreement, and tells Franks to go into Interrogation and work it out.
Franks reluctantly enters interrogation, and tells Shakarji, "You know who I am." She acknowledges him, telling him bitterly, "The Greeks would call you Kharon. Your boat conducts the dead to hell, leaving a trail of misery in your wake." Franks rips back, "Oh, yeah, lady, and you're all smiles and sunshine!" They exchange insults, and begin shouting at each other. Franks reminds her that she disowned Leyla, and Shakarji admits, reluctantly, that things have changed and she now wants to reconcile. They discuss her hiring the PMC men, and she asserts that she was assured that the "kidnapping" would not have been violent, "if not for you." Franks tells her that he didn't shoot them, but Shakarji doesn't believe him at first. He goes on the describe Leyla's shooting of the men while he and Amira were in the boat. Leyla saw them and shot them to defend Franks and Amira. Shakarji, in disbelief, says, "Leyla? My meek, quiet, little girl?" "Unloaded six shots, rapid fire, from a .22 hunting rifle. Five hits." Proudly, Shakarji asks, "She knows to shoot?" "I taught her. Never underestimate a mama bear when her cub's in danger."Shakarji nods. "That, I believe." Franks goes on to persuade her that Leyla and Amira are safer with him than with her in Iraq. She suddenly looks troubled, and tells Franks that she has already paid Col. Bell to complete the contract.
Gibbs quickly calls Ziva and tells her to expect Bell's men. She and Tony pull the shades and arm themselves, and Leyla, too, removes a gun strapped to her leg. Tony is taken aback: "Do you know how to shoot?" but Ziva assures him that she does. Leyla runs to get Amira, but it's too late – the mercenaries cut the electricity to the house, and throw a flash bomb through the window into the living room. In the confusion, a stunned Ziva and Tony try to reach their guns, but the mercenaries have a momentary advantage, and order them to the floor. Suddenly, one of the mercenaries stop and, surprised, says, "Ziva? Is that you?" Ziva, recognizing the voice, asks in disbelief, "Damon?" Tony asks her if she knows him, and Damon introduce himself as Corporal Damon Werth, dishonorably discharged. Tony remembers him from a former case. Damon asks them what they are doing there, and Ziva tells him that they are in Gibbs' living room, and asks him what he is doing. He tells her that he is rescuing a kidnapped little girl and her mother, but Ziva corrects him. Werth believes her, and fights his own partners to keep them from taking Leyla and Amira.
At a prearranged meeting place, Bell arrives to meet Werth and asks for the girls. Werth is accompanied by Gibbs, Ziva and Tony, and Bells asks Werth, "What have you done, son?" Werth tells him, "I quit," and Gibbs observes that he made a mess out of his house. Bell asserts that he has not broken any laws, but Tony corrects him: "Not any U.S. laws. But the Federales want to talk to you. Turns out that bounty hunting is illegal south of the border." Ziva quips, "God bless Mexico!" as Gibbs handcuffs Bell and leads him away.
Back in Vance's office, Vance asks Gibbs if he thinks that the grandparents can work it out. Between scenes of Leyla and Amira playing happily back on the beach in Mexico, Gibbs relates a story that his father told him about his great-great-grandparents. They each had fathers that fought on either side of the Civil War. 30 years later, they were both living with Gibbs' great-great-grandparents, but because they were sworn enemies, they never spoke a word to each other, even while sitting in rocking chairs on the same porch. As the story unwinds, we see Shakarji sitting on one end of a picnic table overlooking the Mexican beach, as Franks takes a careful seat on the other end of the table away from her. Shakarji is fondly watching the girls playing, as is Franks. Vance observes dismissively that they have better things to do than be Franks' family counselors, and asks Gibbs if his relatives ever worked out their differences, over time. Gibbs, leaving, turns and shakes his head ruefully: "The way I heard it, those two never said a word."