Mother's Day (episode)

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Mother's Day

First aired
2 March 2010
Written by
Gary Glasberg and Reed Steiner
Directed by
Tony Wharmby
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Mother's Day is the sixteenth episode in the Season Seven of NCIS and the 154th of the series as a whole.


A naval officer's death has the team joining forces with the Metro Police Detective to find out who's responsible. Gibbs is left stunned when one of the witnesses turns out to be his former mother-in-law which forces Gibbs to confront his painful past.


Act One


Gibbs discovers one of the witnesses is his former mother-in-law.

Act Two

In the bullpen, Tony asks McGee what he has.

McGee states that from what he's gathered, Gibbs and Joann Fielding are very estranged. Ziva states that Fielding lost her daughter and her granddaughter with her fiance later dying in Fielding's only arms and now her former son-in-law is investigating before telling McGee to show some sympathy.

Act Three

Act Four

Act Five

Major Events

  • Detective Philip McCadden is introduced for the first time.
  • McGee, DiNozzo and Ziva meet Palmer's girlfriend, Breena Slater.
  • Gibbs reveals that he doesn't like stuffed animals.
  • It's also shown that Gibbs's right arm has fully healed from being broken in Jet Lag (episode).


  • Gena Rowlands who plays Joann Fielding is credited as a Special Guest Star.


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. 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.
Margaret Allison Hart Rena Sofer Attorney.
Young Shannon Gibbs Aviva Gibbs's first wife who was murdered by a sniper connected to the Reynosa Cartel. Previously appeared in the episode "Heartland".

Other Cast

Name Portrayed by Role
Joann Fielding Gena Rowlands Gibbs's former Mother-in-Law who killed her own fiance Captain Joseph Norton in revenge for her daughter and granddaughter dying.
Detective Philip McCadden Adam Kaufman Homicide Detective.
Lieutenant David Shankton, USN Bryce Johnson Naval Officer.
Breena Slater Michelle Pierce Jimmy Palmer's girlfriend who works as an embalmer at a local mortuary.
Young Joann Fielding Leann Hunley Joann Fielding when she was middle aged.
Young Leroy Jethro Gibbs, USMC Sean Harmon Gibbs when he was a teenager. In real life, Sean Harmon is Mark Harmon's son.
Neil Eric Tiede A father who witnesses the aftermath of Captain Norton's shooting.
Melanie Blythe Auffarth A mother who witnesses the aftermath of Captain Norton's shooting.

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