Season 2 Episode 17

An Eye for An Eye

Aired Tuesday 8:00 PM Mar 22, 2005 on CBS
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Episode Summary

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.moreless

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  • Paraguay, Espionage and Cross-Dressing

    Another great episode. Tony and Kate get to travel together to the poorer side of Paraguay, complete with black market sales, and uncover a case that is downright hard to follow at times, but still entertaining.

    It starts out with a sailor who receives a pair of eyes in the mail, but he is not sure who the eyes belong to or who sent them. The sailor seems to he hiding a secret, but not what the NCIS suspects. After committing suicide, the team learns that the sailor was a cross-dresser (which apparently disqualifies you from military service and leads you to commit suicide)

    He is probably meant to be a transvestite, but the writers do not seem to know the difference between that and a transsexual. Anyways, the last call the sailor made was to his teacher, who works in the shady world of government "consulting" and married a dteenager, which is seen as being immoral and illegal.

    I can certainly agree with the idea that it is creepy (and the eyes may belong to her), but I am not entirely sure it is illegal. Paraguay law may allow it, although it is possible that it may conflict with military law or federal law.

    Anyways, the professor is a total sleazy creep whose "consulting" work makes him all but untouchable and this sends Tony and Kate off to Paraguay.

    The episode would score higher, it the writers had done a bit more research to fix some of the issues previously mentioned. Transvestite does not necessarily mean the same thing as transsexual and their may be a difference between a sleazy professor with a very young wife versus a corrupt pedophile using his espionage skills to avoid the law.

    Also, the episode can sometimes be a bit hard to follow, especially when you remember that this all started out with a pair of female eyes. You may have to watch it a few times to figure out what is going on.

  • Decent case, funny moments!

    This episode had a rather interesting beginning, which led me to think that we were in store for another great one, although not how I expected.

    The storyline was solid, although not the most interesting one, and it was nice to see Tony and Kate go to Paraguay together.

    I really enjoyed the scene where the salesman was attempting to sell Kate purses and DVDs to Tony. "$20, or 2 for $40", I absolutely loved that moment.

    I recommend this one because it is so funny, but I found it a little difficult to follow at times. Interesting case, exceptionally funny, and we have an all-round decent episode!moreless
  • A pair of eyes are delivered in the mail

    This episode opens with a mail man making his deliveries, and he passes a woman, who then goes to collect her mail. As she opens a package she discovers a pair of eyes inside of a box. The package was sent to the wrong mail box, but it was meant for a petty officer, who is on 72 hour visit to his family. As the team are searching his apartment, the petty officer returns home. The team believe that he has a girlfriend, but he tells the team that they broke up a month ago. Abby discovers that the eyes are from a woman and Ducky discovers that they were removed a corpse. Gibbs puts Tony & Kate on night watch of the petty officer. They then hear a gunshot and race over to the apartment, where they find the petty officer dead, through suicide. When they find him he is in woman's clothing and wearing a wig. When Kate rings his family to see if he went there recently and she learns that he hadn't been there in over a year. The team main suspect in the kidnap of the Jane Doe is recalled back to Paragon and so Kate & Tony go in search of him.

    They discovered that the woman whose eyes were missing was the wife of their main suspect, who was a teacher at the petty officers schools. We soon learn that his wife is actually still alive as they killed her little sister by mistake. At the end Kate & Tony are forced to let their suspect go free. When out on the street we then see him being executed.moreless
  • Fabulous episode.

    This really is one of those episode that at least in my opinion defines what a great show NCIS really is.

    The storyline of this episode, could be a little confusing, which is a shame, but in the end I finally saw the connection between everything that happened. Well at least I think I do. And despite all that, I still found the storyline fascinating. And I can watch this episode over and over again.

    The humor was also accounted for in this episode, there was lots of it and all funny. And despite this case being disturbing, I did laugh out loud a couple of times. That is also what's so great about this show.

    And the interaction between everyone on the NCIS team was as good as always, maybe a little bit better.moreless
  • Tony and Kate go to Paraguay!!

    This is probably my favourite season 2 episode. Why? Tony and Kate go to Paraguay! Yeah!

    When a Petty Officer accidently opens a package containing a pair of blue eyeballs, the team is sent to investigate. Apparently, in this case being sent to investigate requires Tony and Kate spending a night in a car together and going to Paraguay.

    There are so many reasons I love this episode. Number one being the insane amount of TATE. Number two being I love the character Iggy. Do not ask me why, I don't know myself and number three, the plot was excellent.

    If you haven't watche dthis episode, I strongly suggest you do because even if you arent a shipper like me, I guarantee you will love it.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

Sean Murray (I)

Sean Murray (I)

Special Agent Tim McGee

David McCallum

David McCallum

Chief M.E. Ducky Mallard

Carlos Lacamara

Carlos Lacamara

Joe Tabaraz

Guest Star

Madison Mason

Madison Mason

Marine Lt. Colonel Bushnell

Guest Star

Mark Adair-Rios

Mark Adair-Rios

Ignacio 'Iggy' Mejia

Guest Star

Brian Dietzen

Brian Dietzen

Asst. M.E. Jimmy Palmer

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • 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.

  • 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!

    • Tony: Gibbs wants us to follow him.
      Kate: Why?
      Tony: Does it matter?

    • Kate: Didn't you stick your tongue ...
      Tony: I took one for the team.

    • Landlady: Now how does a fine man like that stay single?
      Kate: He didn't. He's been married three times.

    • McGee: I know more about your sex life than I do about my own.
      Tony: That's not hard to believe Probie, seeing as you don't have one.

    • Kate: You didn't move all morning!! How'd you know that?
      Tony: Work smarter, not harder, Katie.

    • Kate: Wake up.
      Tony: I am awake.
      Kate: Could you turn on the heat up, please? My butt's freezing.
      Tony: Can't. Smoke from the tailpipe will give away our position.
      Kate: Great, can't feel my legs, here.
      Tony: We could do what the Eskimos do to keep warm.
      Kate: What's that?
      Tony: They press their bodies together. Of course the affect is grealy improved if they're naked.
      Kate: There isn't enough liquor on the planet to make that happen, Tony.
      Tony: I wasn't suggesting the naked part. But if you want to freeze, freeze.

    • Kate: Are you telling me you're attracted to a set of eyeballs?
      Tony: Weird huh?
      Kate: More like disturbing.

    • Gibbs: Good work, Tony. Get the car... Kate.

    • Abby: You're getting sneakier the older you get.
      Gibbs: Not to mention better looking.

    • Kate: Wow. You can actually sleep with your eyes open.
      Tony: Yeah. I'm meditating.
      Kate: On how much you drank last night, or trying to remember her name?

    • Ducky: Has head slapping been effective for you?
      Gibbs: Yeah, look at the way DiNozzo turned out.

    • (after Tony raises his hand in the classroom)
      Gibbs: DiNozzo, would you like to be left handed?
      Kate: Going for your brown nose badge this week?!
      Tony: You're just jealous it's working.

    • McGee: (about Gibbs) He hates me, doesn't he?!
      Tony: More like a minor dislike.
      Kate: You did spill his coffee.
      Gibbs: Now DiNozzo!!!!
      Kate: He'll warm up to you.
      McGee: When?
      Kate: Last year Tony spilled his coffee. He warmed up to hour ago. So roughly 8-10 months.

    • Gibbs: (watching McGee drink his coffee) What the hell are you doing?
      McGee: I thought you were giving it to me.
      Gibbs: To refill, McGee.

  • 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


    • "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."