The Namesake is the fifth episode of Season Ten of NCIS and the 215th of the series as a whole.
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 fire 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 in Stillwater and that it was up on the wall of the general store.
"They were partners", McGee states. "They 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 also makes a reference to the Season 6 episode, Heartland (episode) which was also the first episode to introduce Jackson Gibbs to the NCIS team.
|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||Junior Special Agent, MCRT, NCIS.|
|Timothy McGee||Sean Murray||Special Agent, MCRT, NCIS.|
|Abigail Sciuto||Pauley Perrette||Chief Forensic Specialist, NCIS.|
|James Palmer||Brian Dietzen||Assistant Medical Examiner.|
|Donald Mallard||David McCallum||Chief Medical Examiner, NCIS.|
|Leon Vance||Rocky Carroll||Director of NCIS. Credited but did not appear.|
|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||Victim.|
|Chaya's Girlfriend||Tierra Lee Carlson||An unnamed woman who is Vijay Chaya's girlfriend.|