The holidays are a time for family, friends and murder.
In "Faith" the NCIS team discover Marine First Lieutenant Thomas Ellis a converted Muslim was kneeling on his prayer rug when he was killed. Some people are called cold-blooded but 'icing' a marine during prayer? Now that's cold!
Lieutenant Ellis' father George Ellis was a Marine Colonel but now saves souls as an ordained minister. Why is a Muslim Marine the 'son of a preacher man'?
Abby Sciuto is being visited by her friend Carol Wilson (Meredith Eaton) while Leroy Jethro Gibbs has his father Jackson Gibbs (Ralph Waite) visiting. Abby is full of the Christmas spirit. Gibbs? Not so much.
When his father enters Gibbs' home he sees nothing but a dull living room.
"Hope you didn't get all decked out on my account," Jackson comments dryly to Gibbs.
Tony DiNozzo has a Christmas problem of his own. He has drawn the name of Delores Bromstead from Human Resources whom he believes is far from human. He looks for the perfect gift for a grinch.
Dr. 'Ducky' Mallard tells Gibbs the lieutenant died from blunt force trauma delivered in a slicing motion. That's a lousy holiday gift. Why didn't a Marine fight back? Apparently he knew his attacker.
DiNozzo and Gibbs visit Ellis' grieving family. The youngest son Patrick Ellis (Brandon Eaton) comes home and is told his older brother Thomas is dead. Marine Colonel now reverend Ellis asks if his son's death was a hate crime.
The lieutenant Ellis met his wife Tina in college. They were jocks. She played softball and he was a swimmer.
Islamic Chaplain Aaban El-Sayad tells Gibbs, Ellis was looking for something that Islam provided. But there was trouble with some guys in his unit. First Sergeant Louis Tibbens did not get along with Ellis at all.
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