Faith (episode)

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Faith is the tenth episode in Season Seven of NCIS and the 148th episode of the entire NCIS series.


The body of a Marine is found in some woods in the days leading up to Christmas and the team discover that he had recently become a Muslim, a decision that could serve as the main motive for his death. As Abby attempts to reunite a mother and son, even going so far as to recruit McGee for help, Gibbs is left shocked when he gets a surprise visit from his father who is hiding something...


Act One

Act Two

In the bullpen, as Ziva joins him at his desk, McGee reveals that as a Marine, Ellis officially changed his religious status eight months ago from Christian to Muslim.

Act Three

Act Four

Act Five

Major Events

  • Jackson Gibbs arrives in Washington D.C and it's revealed that he came to see his son for advice after killing a man who attempted to rob his store, and because it was Christmas.
  • Ziva reveals that she speaks nine languages.
  • It is revealed that Jackson Gibbs was once a bomber pilot.


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


Series Regulars

Name Portrayed by Role
Leroy Jethro Gibbs Mark Harmon Special Agent in charge of the NCIS Major Case Response Team.
Anthony DiNozzo Michael Weatherly Senior Agent and second-in-command of the NCIS Major Case Response Team.
Ziva David Cote de Pablo NCIS Probationary Agent and also a member of the NCIS Major Case Response Team.
Timothy McGee Sean Murray (actor) Junior Special Agent of the NCIS Major Case Response Team.
Abigail Sciuto Pauley Perrette Chief Forensic Specialist of the NCIS Major Case Response Team.
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
James Palmer Brian Dietzen Assistant Medical Examiner.
Jackson Gibbs Ralph Waite Gibbs's father.

Other Cast

Name Portrayed by Role
Colonel George Ellis, USMC Ret. Joe Regalbuto Former Marine who is now an ordained minister.
Lieutenant Commander Aaban El-Sayad Corey Reynolds A Navy Chaplain/Imam.
Patrick Ellis, USMC Brando Eaton Younger son of George Ellis who killed Lt. Thomas Ellis, his brother because he couldn't handle the fact that his brother was a convert to Islam.
Tina Ellis Lindsay Pulsipher Widow of Lt. Thomas Ellis.
Carol Wilson Meredith Eaton College friend of Abby's.
First Sergeant Louis Tibbens, USMC Aaron McPherson Member of Lt. Ellis's unit who distrusted him because of his faith.
Lara Jenna Gavigan Found the body while searching for a Christmas Tree.
Dean Kristopher Higgins Found the body while searching for a Christmas Tree.
Ensign Cara Blake Rochelle Greenwood Mother of Fisher Blake currently deployed to Afghanistan.
Delores Bromstead Kate Fuglei Human Resources, NCIS and Tony's Secret Santa.
Fisher Blake Harrison Forsyth Nephew of Carol Wilson and son of Cara Blake.

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