Season 1 Episode 22

A Weak Link

Aired Tuesday 8:00 PM May 18, 2004 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Gibbs and his team investigate the death of a SEAL that occurred during a training exercise. As the investigation progresses, they come to suspect that the death was a murder rather than an accident.

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  • Very similar to JAG episode "Black Ops"

    Very similar to JAG episode "Black Ops"
  • Don't Ask, Don't Tell

    This is -- overall - a great first season episode. Certainly recommended and worth watching. My own real gripe with this particular episode is that it never really asserts if the "weak link" argument is valid or not. The dead man was unable to reconcile his sexual identity with his faith or his military service.

    Was the episode trying to argue that dead man's homosexuality was the "weakness" or was it his inability to reconcile being gay and in a relationship with being Christian and in the military?

    I would hope that the writers were not trying to reinforce anti-gay stereotypes and prejudices, but I can also appreciate the complications involved; i.e. the deceased man was married (so he was committed adultery) and, at the time, their was a ban on gay and bisexuals serving "openly" in the armed forces (so he could be kicked out of the military and even got in prison).

    The dead man's boyfriend (who has to remain in the closet) is depicted in an fairly accurate way and does not seem as troubled at reconciling his sexual identity with his faith or his military service.moreless
  • McAbby to the max!

    I started to watch this show, and continue to watch this show because of the Abby and McGee dynamic. They have such an amazing chemistry on screen, and this episode is a prime example of that!

    They are so cute together in every episode, but this storyline was especially adorable. As sweet as it may be, it does shed some light on why the two don't remain an item through the seasons (even though I don't understand why Abby would ever want to leave his side when he mutually loves and respects her!!!)

    Still, for all McAbby fans, this is a great installment and wonderful keepsake for those of us who miss the good ol' days when they were together.

    p.s. I also love that they were adorable together without PDA. It just shows their true affection for each other!moreless
  • Unexpected answer

    I think this case proved that there always do not have to be very big mystery behind every accident they investigate. They knew it was murder but noone expected that kind of answer, specially as it was in front of their eyes the whole time.

    So.. the story starts with quite interesting camera view - a good thing to try. And I loved how they soon found themselves in big secret thing and they were first pushed of but soon realized - if there is something jeopardising their big secret mission, they need the help. And the way the finally got the answer.. by that stunt with Kate.. that was great way to figure it out.moreless
  • Very interesting case and an unexpected answer.

    The first thing everyone noted at the scene was that it was an ugly way to die. Then you find out he was secretly gay his wife confronted him and he was religious which equals suicide. Suicide is a sin but he still did it which makes me wonder if the violence of the death was a sort of punishment for himself. It speaks to how much pain he was in that he would kill himself like that.

    Kate's usual flaw resurfaces again – she immediately dismisses the priest as a suspect because he's a priest.

    Adam Baldwin and Julie Benz. Both from 'Angel', though I'm a fan of both actors from before that.moreless
Mark Harmon

Mark Harmon

Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs

Sasha Alexander

Sasha Alexander

Special Agent Kate Todd

Michael Weatherly

Michael Weatherly

Special Agent Tony DiNozzo

Pauley Perrette

Pauley Perrette

Forensics Specialist Abby Sciuto

David McCallum

David McCallum

Chief M.E. Ducky Mallard

Austin Priester

Austin Priester

P.O. Kenny

Guest Star

Tom Hughes (II)

Tom Hughes (II)

Lt. Rick Johnson

Guest Star

Adam Baldwin

Adam Baldwin

Commander Michael Rainer

Guest Star

Sean Murray (I)

Sean Murray (I)

Special Agent Tim McGee

Recurring Role

Brian Dietzen

Brian Dietzen

Asst. M.E. Jimmy Palmer

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (18)

    • Gibbs: What happened on the cliff?
      P.O. Vengal: I told you what happened.
      Gibbs: Your track record for the truth is unimpressive.

    • Tony: Aww, you don't know much about dating, do ya?
      Kate: Huh, why don't you enlighten me?
      Tony: Well, there's always one phony break-up, that proceeds the real break-up. Everyone knows that. (He tweaks Kate's nose.)

    • (Kate prepares to rappel, makes nervous noises)
      Tony: You used to protect the President?
      Gibbs: We've got to check your harness. There, how does that feel?
      Kate: Like I'm about to throw up.

    • Gibbs: Let's pretend we don't know anything.
      Tony: Not much of a stretch.

    • Gibbs: Duck, what are you doing here? It's the middle of the night.
      Ducky: How could I be at home in my warm and comfortable bed knowing my brethren were here, toiling away in the name of national security?
      Gibbs: Couldn't sleep, huh?
      Ducky: Not a wink.
      Gibbs: Neighbors again?
      Ducky: Or, as I like to refer to them, "the Devil's spawn".

    • Kate: Get a search warrant for the servers.
      Gibbs: We don't have time for a warrant. What's a quicker way?
      Kate: Hack into the servers.
      (Gibbs grins)
      Kate: I can't believe I just said that. I would have never suggested that before I started working here.
      Gibbs: You're welcome! Get McGee over here. Have him work with Abby. ...
      Kate: Are you sure we need to do that?
      Gibbs: You have a problem with McGee?
      Kate: Not me.

    • Tony: How was your weekend?
      Kate: Oh, let's see, I paid bills, did laundry, went shopping, vacuumed. I bet you don't even own a vacuum.
      Tony: I lease.

    • Priest: You should come by church sometime. I get a cash bonus for every person past a certain number.
      Kate: (surprised) You do?
      Priest: Wow.
      Kate: I'm sorry. I'm not used to a priest with a sense of humor.

    • Gibbs: Let me rephrase that DiNozzo. You're NOT gonna give me the vitals on that car.

    • Abby: Can't you type any faster?
      McGee: Not unless I grow another hand.
      (Abby leans down and puts her arms around him)
      Abby: Here, let me.

    • Tony: Don't worry Kate. I've got your back.
      Kate: That's what I'm afraid of.

    • Tony: (to Kate) Interesting, how she pegged you for unmarried.

    • Ducky: Ice cream's here.
      Tony: Thank god! I'm starving!
      (Gets a look from Gibbs)
      Tony: I can wait.

    • Tony: They were arguing about something. You know something about that.
      (Gibbs gives Tony a look)
      Tony: Sorry boss.

    • Gibbs: Up to, shoot and sketch.
      Tony: Gee's a long way up.
      Gibbs: DiNozzo, was there something in my tone of voice that made that sound like a suggestion?!
      Tony: On it!

    • Tony: (to Kate) What kind of sick and twisted logic makes you think the boyfriend is always to blame?!

    • (Kate is with Gibbs on the crane)
      Kate: This is going to help us solve the case again because...?
      Tony: It's fun?!

    • Kate: I wish I had a better understanding of this rappelling stuff.
      Tony: I have kind of a crazy idea. (smiles at her)
      Kate: Those are never comforting words coming from you.

  • NOTES (4)


    • When Abby gets the white piece of paper with Dave Smith's email address from her computer monitor for McGee, there is a yellow post-it note next to it. This reads: 'Got a lust for life'. It is a song by Iggy Pop.

    • Kate: A priest with a motorcycle? Good idea for a TV show.

      This could be a reference to Dan Aykroyd's short-lived sitcom, Soul-Man, about a minister father raising his kids.