Faith (episode)

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First aired
15 December 2009
Written by
Gary Glasberg
Directed by
Arvin Brown
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Faith is the tenth episode in Season Seven of NCIS and also the 148th episode overall.


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.


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 Major Case Response Team, NCIS.
Anthony DiNozzo Michael Weatherly Senior Special Agent, MCRT, NCIS.
Ziva David Cote de Pablo Former Mossad Liaison Officer to NCIS MCRT. Is now Probationary Special Agent on the MCRT.
Timothy McGee Sean Murray Special Agent, MCRT, NCIS.
Abigail Sciuto Pauley Perrette Chief Forensic Specialist, NCIS.
Donald Mallard David McCallum Chief Medical Examiner, NCIS.
Leon Vance Rocky Carroll Director of NCIS.

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. Is Tony's Secret Santa.
Fisher Blake Harrison Forsyth Nephew of Carol Wilson and son of Cara Blake.

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