"The Tie That Binds" is the ninth Christmas episode of the CBS drama NCIS, aired in the show's fourteenth season.


The NCIS team tracks evidence from the murder of a Navy captain to Ducky's deceased mother. The probe leads Ducky to look back and question a pivotal life choice he made 37 years ago. Meanwhile, the team exchanges holiday gifts; and Gibbs eats Christmas dinner with Fornell.

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