An Eye for An Eye

Season 2, Ep 17, Aired 3/22/05
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  • Episode Description
  • When a Petty Officer working in the Intelligence receives a pair of blue eyeballs in the mail, the NCIS team starts investigating the case. The sailor commits suicide during the investigation, which leads the team to one of his lecturers, who is working for the CIA in Panama.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Mark Harmon

    Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs

  • Sasha Alexander

    Special Agent Kate Todd

  • Michael Weatherly

    Special Agent Tony DiNozzo

  • Pauley Perrette

    Forensics Specialist Abby Sciuto

  • Sean Murray (I)

    Special Agent Tim McGee

  • Fan Reviews (8)
  • Paraguay, Espionage and Cross-Dressing

    By johndoe70, Jan 10, 2012

  • Decent case, funny moments!

    By amazing_race, Jan 07, 2010

  • A pair of eyes are delivered in the mail

    By vicky24c, Dec 01, 2008

  • Fabulous episode.

    By vonkie_1991, Aug 10, 2008

  • Tony and Kate go to Paraguay!!

    By BeautifulDay13, Sep 25, 2006

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (19)

    • Tony: I love brunettes.

    • Tony: A dead transsexual sailor, his spook instructor and a pair of human eyes walk into a bar. What's the punch line, Kate? Kate: Whatever it is, it involves this girl (girl shows up on the plasma screen) and Paraguay. Tony: That's true, but not very funny. Probie, make me laugh! McGee: (a bit thoughtful) Okay.. McGee: Yeah, the bartender doesn't believe it, so he asks the spook instructor, "What the hell is going on?". And the guy says, "What? A guy can't have a drink with his pupils?"

    • Abby: I can say with certainty that Purcell needs a charisma bypass.

    • Colonel: I got your email Gibbs. I must say I was shocked. When did you learn to use a computer?!

    • Kate: I thought we are a team! Tony: We are! I'm team leader!

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    Notes (2)

    • This episode was first intended to be named A Pair of Blue Eyes.

    • Original International Airdates: Croatia: December 22, 2005 on NOVA TV Finland: June 2, 2007 on Nelonen France: November 11, 2005 on M6 Germany: January 12, 2006 on SAT.1 Sweden: July 10, 2005 on TV3 Denmark: March 22, 2005 on TV3

    Trivia (4)

    • TRIVIA: When Tony and Kate enter Horlacher's apartment, the 1950 film No Man of Her Own starring Barbara Stanwyck, John Lund and Lyle Bettger can be seen on the TV. In the film, Stanwyck's character lives a secret life after she assumes the identity of a dead woman.

    • TRIVIA: Purcell is criticized for being married to a 17-year-old woman; the agents are apparently unaware that the age of consent for sex between men and women in Paraguay is 16 outside of marriage, 14 within marriage. This implies that the marriageable age is 14, so the relationship is completely legal under local law. They also refer to Purcell as a pedophile, which is a term reserved for a person with an attraction to prepubescent children and is considered a pathological condition. Interest in teenagers is ephebophilia, which is defined as an attraction to young persons who have passed puberty and who may or may not be above age of consent (which varies from country to country and, in the US, from state to state). Ephebophilia is not considered pathological unless it becomes obsessive. Finally, in most parts of the world, it is legal to marry someone who is otherwise under the age of consent.

    • TRIVIA: The team, when they discover the body, immediately describe him as a 'transsexual'. The only information they have at that time is a man dressed as a woman, which strictly speaking is a 'transvestite'. They continue to mix up the two throughout. A transvestite just enjoys cross dressing. Many have no desire to change sex or have any gender dysphoria.

    • TRIVIA: This is at least the third time eyeballs have been used (without their owners) in an episode.

    Allusions (1)

    • "An Eye For An Eye" is a quotation used in the Hebrew Bible, in that if a person injured the eye of the victim, they are to give their own eye as compensation. In today's language, it usually refers to revenge, or payback of any means. i.e. "He killed my brother, I want him dead. An eye for an eye."

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