The Namesake (episode)

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The Namesake

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The Namesake is the fifth episode of Season Ten of NCIS 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.


Act One

Act Two

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.

Act Three


Gibbs meeting the man he was named after: Leroy Jethro Moore.

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.
  • 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.


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 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.
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.

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