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The Meat Puzzle 

Ducky faces the "meat puzzle" of concurrently reconstructing three cadavers dissected into many small pieces. Ducky IDs one body, and the gang ID the others and a fourth. Ducky is the fifth target, but the team find him and save him.

Director:

Thomas J. Wright

Writers:

Donald P. Bellisario (created by), Don McGill (created by) | 1 more credit »

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Cast

Episode cast overview:
Mark Harmon ... Leroy Jethro Gibbs
Sasha Alexander ... Caitlin Todd
Michael Weatherly ... Anthony DiNozzo
Pauley Perrette ... Abby Sciuto
Sean Murray ... Timothy McGee
David McCallum ... Donald Mallard
Pat Healy ... Jonathan Hanlan
Lee Garlington ... Mary Hanlan
Holmes Osborne ... Fred Hanlan
Brian Dietzen ... Jimmy Palmer
Morgan Weisser ... Vincent Hanlan
Jesse D. Goins ... Jeffrey Wilson
Nina Foch ... Mrs. Victoria Mallard
Dave Shalansky ... Delivery Man
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Storyline

Ducky and Jimmy face the challenge of the "meat puzzle" of concurrently reconstructing three cadavers dissected into many small pieces left in a barrel of alcohol in Bethesda; Ducky quickly identifies one body. More clues turn up, but the prime suspect is said to have died more than a year ago. The bodies are those of a DA, a judge, and a jury foreman in a macabre rape-murder case eight years ago. The suspect was a wannabe medical examiner, both his parents are morticians, and his brother is a taxidermist. While Tony sits with Ducky's mother, a delivery arrives; while Kate protects Ducky, he takes a ride. Eventually the team find not only Ducky but also lots of answers. Written by DocRushing

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Certificate:

TV-PG | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Release Date:

8 February 2005 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Clarita, California, USA

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital (Dolby 2.0)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

16 : 9
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Actress Nina Foch, who played the mother of David McCallum's character, Dr. Donald "Ducky" Mallard, was only 9 years older than David McCallum. See more »

Goofs

(at around 30 mins) During an establishing shot of Dr. Mallard's home when DiNozzo arrives to watch Mrs. Mallard a large lighting fixture can be seen on the upper balcony with a diffusion screen attached in front. See more »

Quotes

Mary Hanlan: Fred, Fred, shh-shh-shh. Don't start thinking now. You're far too old for that.
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Connections

References The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (1964) See more »

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NCIS Theme
Performed by Numeriklab
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