The Meat Puzzle

Season 2, Ep 13, Aired 2/8/05
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  • Episode Description
  • A "meat puzzle" stars when Ducky identifies the pieces of three bodies that were stuffed inside a barrel few months ago. They turn out to be bodies of a sheriff and a prosecutor that worked with Ducky on a rape case 10 years ago. Gibbs believes that Ducky might be the next victim, so he orders to keep him and his mother safe.

  • 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 (17)
  • Ducky Investigates The Remains Of Three Bodies But He Soon Realizes That He Knows Them All After Jimmy Makes A Shocking Disovery.

    By Matt16020-FIN, Feb 06, 2012

  • Solving the puzzle

    By Parricida, May 27, 2010

  • Very enjoyable Ducky episode. One of my absolute favourites.

    By whiteraven2005, Jan 20, 2010

  • The ultimate of episodes!

    By amazing_race, Jan 07, 2010

  • Ducky gets kidnapped.....

    By vicky24c, Dec 01, 2008

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (19)

    • Abby: Well, obviously, Gibbs doesn't think that Hanlan is dead. Palmer: He is dead. Dental x-rays don't lie. Abby: Well, either Gibbs is wrong or Hanlan is one of the dead that still walks at night. Palmer: Okay, well, then Gibbs is wrong. Isn't he?

    • Ducky: There's only one thing better than looking into the eyes of a beautiful woman and have her say that everything's going to be all right. Kate: And what's that, Ducky? Ducky: My saying it to her.

    • Gibbs: You stick to him like... Kate: Glue... Gibbs: An ex-wife after an alimony check.

    • Jimmy: Are you scared, Dr. Mallard? Ducky: Madame Curie, one of the world's most brilliant thinkers once said that, 'There is nothing in life to be feared, it is only to be understood.' I think it's safe to say that Madame Curie never set her eyes on a meat puzzle.

    • Tony: (To Kate) Psst... It's looks like we're going to be working late tonight so do you want me to call Steve and cancel your dinner date? Kate: (muttering under her breath) This is a nightmare!

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    Notes (2)

    • Mark Harmon and guest star Nina Foch previously worked together on Reasonable Doubts.

    • Original International Airdates: Croatia: November 24, 2005 on NOVA TV Finland: May 5, 2007 on Nelonen France: October 21, 2005 on M6 Germany: November 24, 2005 on SAT.1 Sweden: June 26, 2005 on TV3 Denmark: February 15, 2005 on TV3

    Trivia (5)

    • GOOF: At the end when Vincent Hanlan commits suicide, he leans his head back in order to cut his throat, and appears dead very shortly afterwards. A cut ministered like that would in fact leave him alive for quite a few minutes as when the head is leaned back the main artery is pushed to the back of the neck. And with the cut as shallow as it was, he should have bled out a lot more than he did and survived longer, not much but longer none the less.

    • TRIVIA: When Ducky is placed on the embalming table, and the killers are going to drain his blood, they insert a very large needle tube into his throat, i.e. into his jugular in order for the blood to drain. His blood starts to flow into the drain, yet once he is rescued, he just holds a tissue up to his neck and is fully able to speak. There's no evidence that he's still bleeding. With that big a needle tube and given where it was inserted, there's no way he could have just got up afterwards. He would have needed some kind of emergency surgery to stop the blood flow.

    • GOOF: At the end when one of the killers takes a scalpel and cuts his throat, there is initially no blood whatsoever, yet within a couple of seconds as he hits the floor, there is blood all the way down his shirt and all over the floor. A cut throat will normally bleed immediately and depending on the cut might spurt as opposing to drip.

    • TRIVIA: At the shot right after Mrs. Mallard spits at Kate, you can see Michael Weatherly is about to crack a smile, but manages to keep his smile within acceptable limits, as they included the shot.

    • TRIVIA: Ducky is able to identify one of the meat puzzle victims, when his assistant identifies that the victim had surgery installing a big toe in place of his thumb; though this can be done, the big toe is too large and lacks the dexterity, typically the next toe over would be used, it is closer in size and has better joint compatibility, and leaves your foot more stable.

    Allusions (3)

    • One of the Corgis is named 'Tyson'. Kate suggests it's because he thinks he's a boxer, but Ducky says no 'it's because he bites'. This is an allusion to the famous or infamous fight between Mike Tyson and Evander Holyfield, where Tyson was disqualified for biting off a part of Holyfield's ear.

    • Tony: Here's Tony! This line is a reference to Jack Nicholson's famous line "Here's Johnny!" in the 1980 horror film The Shining. In the movie, Nicholson's character goes mad, as Tony was indicating that he would.

    • When Kate asks Gibbs what Ducky looked like when he was younger, Gibbs replies "Illya Kuryakin." Illya Kuryakin is the character that David McCallum (who plays Ducky) played on The Man From U.N.C.L.E. in the 1960s.

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