'NCIS' - 'Mother's Day' Recap Season 7, Episode 16

When it was announced that Gena Rowlands would be on 'NCIS' as a guest, playing Jethro's former mother-in-law, you just suspected that this was going to be something special. Sometimes it's difficult to live up to the expectations, for the creators as well as the fans watching. Fortunately, this show did live up to the expectations, especially for those who have always wanted to know more about Gibbs and his tragic past.

Rowlands played Joanna Fielding. Gibbs called her his mother-in-law, but Joanna corrected the mistake -- she was his ex-mother-in-law. They hadn't seen each other since Shannon and Kelly's funeral. The air was thick with remorse and recriminations, but it wasn't nasty. On some level, Joanna and Jethro were united in their emotional longing for the loss of her daughter and grand-daughter, his wife and child. In a nice touch, Joanna asked Jethro about his father; very realistic.

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