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The Namesake is the fifth episode of NCIS Season 10 and the 215th episode of the entire NCIS series.


A Petty Officer is found dead in the car of a millionaire, prompting the NCIS team to investigate while Gibbs is stunned when he meets an old friend of his father.


On a lone street in Virginia, a Ferrari races through the street, its engine blaring as rock music is heard playing.

Inside, Navy Petty Officer First Class Colin Boxer is having the time of his life as he drives the car with the car spinning as Boxer hits the speed limit of nearly 100 miles an hour.

Boxer looks in the rear mirror and sees a motorbike.

Ignoring it, Boxer continues traveling on.

He then turns a corner, hoping to throw the motorbike off but the motorbike is still on his tail although it passes by the area Boxer went into.

Boxer later switches off the music and realizes he's gone into a dead end.

He then turns off the engine altogether.

Boxter attempts to reverse, obviously hoping that the motorbike has gone but he slams his hand against the side, frustrated as he sees the bike approaching.

Seconds later, the bike comes to a stop with the driver getting off.

The driver then approaches the window and draws a gun before firing, the first shot shattering the window and startling Boxer with two more shots being fired which presumably results in Boxer's death.

With the job done, the driver walks off but not before dropping the gun onto the ground.

It then cuts to the gun which lies on the ground, abandoned as the driver heads back to his bike.

Act One

Act Two

Gibbs after talking to his father, Jackson about Leroy Jethro Moore.

As they examine a photo of Leroy Jethro Moore with President Bill Clinton on McGee's computer screen, McGee tells Tony and Ziva that Moore was on Iwo Jima and that Moore crossed an open field under heavy Japanese fire to rescue three wounded members of his platoon.

McGee also reveals that Moore did that despite being hit several times.

Ziva then recalls how she and McGee saw a picture of LJ and Jackson Gibbs on the wall of the general store in Stillwater.

McGee also reveals that LJ and Jackson Gibbs were partners with both men also opening the store together.

Tony mentions that he almost detected some emotion from their boss when he found out LJ was trying to pawn his Medal of Honor.

Ziva then explains that she doesn't understand why it is Clinton giving the Medal since it was more than 40 years after the war had ended, McGee explaining that he was curious too-having found out that because of discrimination, no African-American was awarded the Medal until Congress passed legislation in 1996 to correct the injustice; seven men were recommended for the award but only two were still living-one being LJ.

Act Three

Act Four

Act Five

Major Events

  • Gibbs meets his namesake and his father's old friend, Leroy Jethro Moore.


  • This is the first and only episode of the series where the victim was killed as a result of a mistaken identity and not accidentally or deliberately as is the case in the other NCIS episodes.


Series Regulars

Name Portrayed by Role
Leroy Jethro Gibbs Mark Harmon Special Agent in charge of the NCIS Major Case Response Team
Anthony DiNozzo Junior Michael Weatherly Senior Special Agent and second-in-command of the NCIS Major Case Response Team.
Ziva David Cote de Pablo Junior Special Agent of the NCIS Major Case Response Team.
Timothy McGee Sean Murray (actor) Special Agent of the NCIS Major Case Response Team.
Abigail Sciuto Pauley Perrette Chief Forensic Specialist of the NCIS Major Case Response Team.
James Palmer Brian Dietzen Medical Examiner Assistant.
Leon Vance Rocky Carroll Director of NCIS.
Donald Mallard David McCallum Chief Medical Examiner of the NCIS Major Case Response Team.

Recurring Cast

Name Portrayed by Role
Jackson Gibbs Ralph Waite NCIS Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs's father.

Other Cast

Name Portrayed by Role
Leroy Jethro Moore Billy Dee Williams Friend of Jackson Gibbs and who Leroy Jethro Gibbs was named after.
Vijay Chaya Piter Marek A multi-millionaire playboy originally from Calcutta, India.
Chaya's Girlfriend Tierra Lee Carlson An unnamed woman who is Vijay Chaya's girlfriend. Uncredited role.
Kris Taylor Brett Davern Suspect and Kim Taylor's brother.
Kim Taylor Julie McNiven Kris Taylor's sister.
Alec Dell Jake Thomas Petty Officer Boxer's murderer and Kris Taylor's room-mate.
Rita Gregg Debra Christofferson Pawn shop owner.
Bodie Edwin Hodge A man who worked at the same hotel as murder victim, Petty Officer Colin Boxer.
Colin Boxer Jonathan Camp The main murder victim and a Petty Officer Third Class in the United States Navy.
Pedestrian Marybeth Murray Uncredited role.
Valet Charlie Ping Uncredited role.
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