The Namesake is the fifth episode of Season Ten of NCIS and the 215th episode of the entire NCIS series.
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 with McGee also remarking that LJ and Jackson Gibbs were partners who opened the store together.
- 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.
- Ziva makes a reference to the Season 6 episode, Heartland (episode) which marked the introduction of Gibbs father, Jackson Gibbs, to the members of the MCRT.
|Leroy Jethro Gibbs||Mark Harmon||Special Agent in charge of the NCIS Major Case Response Team|
|Anthony DiNozzo||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.|
|Jackson Gibbs||Ralph Waite||NCIS Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs's father.|
|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.|
|Kris Taylor||Brett Davern||Suspect.|
|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.|
|Kim Taylor||Julie McNiven||Kris Taylor's sister.|
|Petty Officer First Class Colin Boxer, USN||Jonathan Camp||The main murder victim.|
|Chaya's Girlfriend||Tierra Lee Carlson||An unnamed woman who is Vijay Chaya's girlfriend.|