Season 6 Episode 2

Agent Afloat

Aired Tuesday 8:00 PM Sep 30, 2008 on CBS
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Episode Summary

While investigating a mysterious suicide of a Navy Lieutenant aboard an aircraft carrier, DiNozzo learns that the suicide may actually be a part of a much deadlier scheme.

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  • Very unique and memorable episode!

    This was an intensely brilliant episode, in my opinion, as it was quite unique and this sort of episode has not been attempted since Season 1, really.

    The storyline was amazing and immaculate, and thre were no flaws, in my opinion. The case was interesting, and alot of different aspects were combined in solving it.

    The ending was also great, when DiNozzo returns and is reinstated into Gibbs' team. That was swweet, particularly with aby!

    Overall, a very enjoyable episode. The storyline was flawless, it was quite funny (although not the funniest) and it was full of some great moments. Keep it up, NCIS, and I'm loving this, right about now!moreless
  • DiNozzo is aboard the USS Seahawk for several months when a navy lieutenant is suspected of jumping off ship. The investigation reunites DiNozzo with Gibbs and Ziva. Finding the wife of the lieutenant dead raises suspicion about the man afloat.moreless

    Every question enjoys a good answer and the question here is will DiNozzo return to the team. Watching episodes up until this point it would seem the director Vance had no intension of bringing DiNozzo back. This episode is well written, but nothing that really throws the viewer off like some of the other episodes. Episodes like this with security breaches really makes you wonder just how secure our navy and other military departments are these days. Overall I would say definately not a bad way to bring the final team member back to the starting lineup and nothing short of my expectations of an episode of NCIS.moreless
  • A supposed suicide brings Gibbs and Ziva to the USS Ronald Reagan in which Special Agent Anthony Dinozzo is an agent afloat.

    I loved this episode. I was so glad to see Dinozzo again! I think that this episode really showed that when Dinozzo is on his own, he is a terrific leader. He really turns into a mini-Gibbs and is the authority on the USS Ronald Reagan. I thought that the scene where Ziva finds her pictures on the wall was hilarious but also reveals Dinozzo's deeper feelings for her. Gibbs likes that Dinozzo is doing well but also wants him back on the team very badly. I was also very glad at the end of the episode when Dinozzo was surrounded by his co-workers and telling his of his tales at see and he lets Gibbs know that he is back on Team Gibbs, effective immediately.moreless
  • Finally the team are all back together

    In this episode of NCIS, the following happens. NCIS are called in when a Lieutenant on Tony's ship, appears to have jumped overboard. Ziva and McGee go round to inform the wife, but get no answer. They look through the window and see her dead on the floor. Three days after the victim boarding the ship, his credit card was used. Since the body has not been found, they have to investigate the possibility that the Lieutenant is still alive. When Tony investigates further we learn that the Lieutenant was dead before the ship sailed. The killer posed as him to make it look as though he jumped overboard.

    The killer is still on the ship. Gibbs & Ziva head out to meet Tony, to help with the investigation. They all then head back to the ship. They soon discover that the person who is impersonating the Lieutenant, did so in order to keep, a drugs deal going, which the Lieutenant was in on. His wife was killed when she found out what was going on. Tony is taken back to NCIS, and finally the team is back together.moreless
  • The gang's all here! :)

    The whole gang is back together again to solve another crime. This time though its on the same ship Dinozzo was aboard! You know what that means..... Tony is back baby!!!! I was very excited when I heard about the coming of this episode! I think many people (including me) knew that this episode would bring Tony back to NCIS! It was just meant to be! I knew it would be sooner or later that we would have Tony back! This episode had many great scenes but one of my favorites had to be when ZIva and Tony were in Tony's cabin and she sees the picture of her in the bikini and she freaks out! Tony's expression was priceless!! :D

    Overall, this was a great episode from one plain and simple reason: TONY WAS BACK! :)moreless
Mark Harmon

Mark Harmon

Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs

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

Sean Murray (I)

Sean Murray (I)

Special Agent Tim McGee

Cote de Pablo

Cote de Pablo

Mossad Agent Ziva David

Chris Mulkey

Chris Mulkey

Navy Captain Richard Owens

Guest Star

Eric Nenninger

Eric Nenninger

Navy Corpsman Taylor Henley

Guest Star

James Martinez

James Martinez

Navy Lieutenant Eduardo Almeida

Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (6)

    • GOOF: Right after the intro McGee grabs the file from Gibbs before he heads to the elevator. In this scene he has nothing in his hands when he grabs it, but in the next shot he's almost to the elevator when his backpack magically appears as he does a grabbing motion with his right hand before he throws it around his shoulder.

    • CONTINUITY: The sequence showing the team arriving on the Seahawk by COD used footage of two different C-2As. The aircraft shown landing has the number 22 on it's nose, but the aircraft shown taxi-ing after landing has the number 25.

    • TRIVIA: The Grumman C-2A which was shown bringing Gibbs and Ziva to the carrier was from the Fleet Logistics Support Squadron 30 (VRC-30) whose job is to move cargo, mail and passengers to and from carriers in the Pacific Fleet.

    • GOOF: McGee says, "All I had to do was [...] align the virtual images with their true counterparts." This makes no sense. In the unlikely event that McGee was attempting to read data from a disk image, you don't align images, you mount them. "Counterpart" is not a technical term used in this context.

    • GOOF: When McGee is working on Evans' computer, he says "Extended firewalls, two mirrored hard drives... whatever Lieutenant Evans was into, he worked hard to cover up." A firewall is not typically used to conceal data from someone who has access to the computer the data is on; it is used to prevent unauthorized access over a network such as the Internet. You shouldn't use multiple firewalls on a PC. (McGee specified firewalls, plural.) "Extended Firewall" is a term I have never heard before. Mirrored hard drives are used for redundancy, not obfuscation.

    • TRIVIA: The USS Seahawk is a fictional ship, which previously appeared on NCIS' parent series JAG.
      The images used are taken from different real aircraft carriers. USS John C Stennis (CVN-74) can been seen when Tony, Ziva & Gibbs arrive at the Seahawk. The emblem of USS Enterprise (CVN-65) is used.

  • QUOTES (11)

    • (McGee offers to hack into the Seahawk's security system.)
      McGee: I won't get caught.
      Vance: Are you trying to talk me into or out of this, McGee?

    • Abby: Gibbs, after a major whiny little temper tantrum Mr. Major Mass Spec got his act in order.

    • McGee: I'm sure I would have figured that out eventually.
      Ziva: You spent way too much time in the cyber unit. Your crime scene skills are getting a bit dusty.
      McGee: Rusty.

    • Tony: Let me guys got a bad case of DiNozzo-itis and got Director Vance to send you down south.
      Ziva: DiNozzo-itis...sounds venereal.
      Tony: Okay, don't admit it. I know you missed me. I missed you, boss.

    • Ziva (About the picture that Tony took of her in her bikini): McGee was specifically told to destroy those photos.
      Tony: Maybe he forgot.
      Ziva: Then perhaps I should remind him.

    • Ziva (seeing the pictures that Tony took of her in her bikini): What are those doing on your wall?
      Tony: I... I don't know, it just got there.

    • McGee: It's gonna be tough.
      Ziva: You think it's hard for us? Imagine what it feels like to be him.
      McGee: Who him?
      Ziva: Tony! We're all here and his still stuck on that ship.
      McGee: Not Tony, I meant...
      Ziva: Completely alone away from all those who care about him... Wait, you were not talking about Tony?
      McGee: No, I mean it's gonna be tough telling Lyndi Evans that her husband is missing.

    • Tony: Hell of a Co-winkidink.
      Ziva: What's a quinkadink?
      Tony (looks at her): Coincidence.
      Ziva: You believe this is a Co-winkaquink?
      Tony: Sarcasm, Ziva. We're back in America. Flip the switch.
      Ziva: Well technically we are not.
      Tony: American ship, American soil. Ah, American soil.
      Ziva: Enough already. You have three more months. What's the big deal?
      Tony: Easy for you to say.
      Ziva: What's that supposed to mean?
      Tony: You're back in DC, which is what you wanted. (Ziva looks away) Isn't it?
      Ziva: You get orders Tony. You may not like them, but you follow them. That's why they're called orders.
      Tony: That's not what I asked. Something happened in Israel didn't it? You'll say you didn't want to talk about it, but your eyes won't shut up. Something you left behind maybe? Or someone?
      Ziva: You're right... I don't want to talk about it.

    • Tony: I hate it when you don't know what you're looking for, but it might kill you if you find it.

    • Ziva: You seem different.
      Tony: Taller? Hotter?
      Ziva: Older.
      Tony: Well it's been... over four months.
      Ziva: You still beating yourself up over Jenny?
      Tony: Not as much as I used to.
      Ziva: Drinking?
      Tony: ... Not as much as I used to.
      Ziva: You could have called.

    • Ziva: Is this where you have been the past months?
      Tony: It's like the squad room, only I'm the squad and there's no room.

  • NOTES (1)

    • Original International Airdates:
      Australia: October 7, 2008 on Channel 10
      Denmark: October 21, 2008 on TV3
      Norway: February 10, 2009 on TV3
      Sweden: February 24, 2009 on TV3
      Germany: March 8, 2009 on SAT 1
      The Netherlands: March 31, 2009 on SBS 6
      United Kingdom: April 26, 2009 on FX
      Spain: June 18, 2009 on La Sexta
      Brazil: July 24, 2009 on AXN
      Slovakia: November 19, 2009 on Markiza
      Finland: January 19, 2010 on Nelonen
      Czech Republic: May 24, 2010 on TV Nova


    • Tony: It's a tropical paradise really, just like The Blue Lagoon, except no white sand beaches, magical waterfalls and definitely no Brooke Shields.

      The Blue Lagoon, from 1980, is a story about two children who were shipwrecked on an island. It starred Brooke Shields and Christopher Atkins.

    • Tony: Maybe you'll get lucky Doc, and your uh little dope dispensing caper will uh stay locked up tight like a Samsonite.

      Samsonite is a company that sells different types of luggages and bags.

    • Tony (To Nguyen): Dr. Feelgood, how goes it?

      Dr. Feelgood is someone who provides drugs that when taken you get sensation of feeling good. It's also a song from the titular album by the famous hard rock band Motley Crue. The song is about Jimmy who sells drugs and has connections to the Mexican Mob and the police.

    • In the Evans' house, the Lord of Rock game is shown on the TV in the background. This is likely a reference to the Guitar Hero series, or even Rock Band, although more likely the former due to the show only showing a guitar controller.

    • McGee: It's like March of the Penguins down there.

      March of the Penguins is a documentary from 2005, which was narrated in English by Morgan Freeman.

    • Tony: I saw Romancing the Stone. I'd hate to see you end up in the alligator pit.

      In Romancing the Stone, a couple (played by Michael Douglas and Kathleen Turner) search after a hidden stone in the city of Cartegena, Colombia while trying to escape a pair of thieves and a corrupt cop. In the end, the cop falls to his death in an alligator pit.