Season 3 Episode 18


Aired Tuesday 8:00 PM Mar 14, 2006 on CBS
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Episode Summary

The NCIS team must stop a teenage student from detonating a bomb attached to his body, while he's taking the other students hostage at a Quantico base high school. Gibbs tries to stop him when he enters the classroom, only to realize that there may be someone else controlling the teenage student from the outside. Meanwhile, while Gibbs is in the classroom, Tony is left in charge.moreless

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  • A teenager takes his homeroom class hostage and Gibbs goes in leaving Tony in charge. They soon find out that The boy is a Pupet in some bigger plan to kill his supposably dead mother.moreless

    WOW!! This is my new favourite NCIS Episode. I've seen almost all the NCIS Episodes and this is one of the best. I loved how they took Tony's all knowing knowledge of movies and accualy put it to good use. And if some of you didn't get it the movie that he took the replaying the same frames over and over from was Speed staring Keanu Reeves and Sandra Bullock. That is my favorite movie, I knew right away that he was going to copy that movie as soon as Abby asked if he wanted her to sever the connection and Tony said no. I think that one of my new sayings to live by is WWGD...(What Would Gibbs Do). I think that Tony did a great job of taking the lead role and following his gut, and finding a way to communicate with Gibbs without telling Cody that they hadn't found his mom. I agree with Jenny and Ducky. That Gibbs is rubbing off on Tony. And that is definatly a good thing! (As long as we don't lose the Tony that we love at the same time!)moreless
  • Good episode

    That was really intense episode and really shocking as when the episode was starting.. looking and thinking what will happen.. I did not suspected that. And the way the kid acted.. knowing all the things he knew.. Ziva thinking he was well trained but.. that ear thing explained a lot.. and behind that very hard situation.. there was a happy ending what was most important.

    I loved team dynamic this episode. Tony being on charge and McGee telling him: "Yes boss". That was great and whole Gibbs vs Tony was also just so great. And then the communication via web cameras and all.. and great ending solution.moreless
  • Bait

    It is apparently mandatory that all dramas have at least one hostage crisis episode, and now the new trend is to have them done at schools. It was NCIS' turn tonight to have that episode, even if it was a little more appropriate for this show than when they did it on One Tree Hill and Degrassi. There was a nice twist though as the kid was not just a demented kid, he actually had bad guys driving him.

    This episode just continued the hot streak that the show has been on this season. Well-written, well-acted, just a great episode all around.moreless
  • Excellent hostage episode.

    What's frightening about this episode is how often this has happened in real life – a student taking hostages or going on a shooting spree. It's a huge responsibility – to take a shot that will end a child's life or not take it and everyone could die anyway.

    Tony really does become Gibbs when he's not around – telling Jenny off was *exactly* what and how Gibbs would have done.

    The most bizarre thing of all is that the mother really was alive. Very good story – making it look like it was the kid's idea could have backfired, if they really believed the mother was dead, they wouldn't even look for her.moreless
  • One of my favorites, this episode was so suspenseful!

    This is yet another innovative edition of the NCIS series, and this episode was thoroughly entertaining, and it was a package deal with great suspense and great comedy.

    I loved the scene where DiNozzo said that Special Agent Caitlin Todd was looking for the 'dead' mother. That had me laughing!

    I thought the episode was also really well written and was an extremely different episode to what we have seen so far.

    Although it did get a little weird at the end, the episode is still an extraordinary one, and I must say that this is not one to be missed!

    Awesome job by NCIS, and I hope to see a lot more episodes like this one!moreless
Mark Harmon

Mark Harmon

Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs

Michael Weatherly

Michael Weatherly

Special Agent Tony DiNozzo

Cote de Pablo

Cote de Pablo

Mossad Agent Ziva David

Pauley Perrette

Pauley Perrette

Forensics Specialist Abby Sciuto

Sean Murray (I)

Sean Murray (I)

Special Agent Tim McGee

Lauren Holly

Lauren Holly

Director Jenny Shepard

Paul Schulze

Paul Schulze

Marine Major Ken Meyers

Guest Star

Michael Welch

Michael Welch

Kody Meyers

Guest Star

Jade Carter

Jade Carter

Marine Capt. Daniel Wise

Guest Star

Stephanie Mello

Stephanie Mello

NCIS Tech Cynthia Sumner

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

    • TRIVIA: Tony tells Gibbs that Kate has the boy's mother in custody. Kate died late in season two. Her name was mentioned to let Gibbs know the mother was dead.

    • GOOF: When Ziva is photographing the student she is holding it away from her face at neck level as if she was using the LCD screen to compose her shot, but you can't use the LCD for composition on digital SLRs because the mirror is covering the image sensor. Also the "in-camera" shot shows the viewfinder view.

    • TRIVIA: The green and white shirt Cynthia wears is the same shirt that Kate wore in the episode "Lt. Jane Doe". Cynthia has a jacket on so you almost have to freeze the screen to see it. But it's the same.

    • TRIVIA: When Kody says the deadline is sunset, Gibbs asks if he means nautical, civilian or astronomical. The actual term is "civil twilight." Nautical twilight is the time when the center of the Sun is more than 6° below the horizon but less than 12°. Civil twilight begins in the morning and ends at sunrise. Astronomical twilight is the time when the center of the Sun is more than 12° below the horizon but less than 18°.

  • QUOTES (12)

    • McGee: You know Tony, this might actually work.
      Tony: Don't sound so surprised Probie.

    • Tony: I can't stand doing nothing while everyone else is working.
      Ziva: Well then do something!

    • Gibbs: Nautical, civilian or astronomical?
      Kody: What?!
      Gibbs: Which sunset, there are three.
      Kody: Before it gets dark.

    • Kody (To a kid): Search him [Gibbs]. (Kid looks confused) You know, like they do on Cops.

    • Tony: Kody, is something wrong in there?
      Kody: What the hell are you doing here!?
      Tony: Giving you an update. I wanna let you know that Special Agent Todd is out looking for your mom.
      Kody: Don't come back until you've found her. I won't tell you again!
      Tony: Alright, I'm going. (walks away)
      Marine: How are you going to tell Gibbs the kid's mom is dead?
      Tony: I already did; Special Agent Todd is dead.

    • Ducky: What happened?
      Jenny: Gibbs happened. He went in to deliver an inhaler and was asked to stay.

    • (Director Shepard is checking up on Tony's command via the phone)
      Jenny: If the time comes you cannot hesitate, you cannot second guess yourself...
      (Tony, annoyed, throws his hat down)
      Tony: OK, if you don't trust me I suggest you relieve me. Otherwise leave me alone. I've got work to do ma'am. (Tony slams his phone off)
      (Tony walks over to Ziva)
      Ziva: She asked if you have the cazones for this, yes?
      Tony: Cajones.
      Jenny: Gibbs has rubbed off on him.
      Ducky: That's a positive thing.
      Jenny: He isn't Gibbs, Ducky.
      Ducky: No, but he's very capable.

    • (Gibbs is being held hostage in a high school classroom while Tony speaks with the hostage taker Kody)
      Kody: Your agent says he's a negotiator. (referring to Gibbs)
      Tony: That's right. He's my best man.
      Kody: Your best man's a moron for getting caught in here.
      Tony: He always had an attitude problem.
      (Gibbs smiles and Tony winces)

    • Tony: We need eyes in that classroom.
      Ziva: SRT snaked cameras through the vents here and here. Both were taped shut. Kody was covering his plates.
      Tony: Bases.

    • Tony: How long?
      McGee: Depends. They could be using counter attack software. If they're using a sophisticated encryption system. It could be 128 even 256-bit...
      Tony: Probie!
      McGee: On it boss!
      (Abby gives McGee a surprised look... McGee gives Abby an annoyed look)
      McGee: Tony!
      (Tony smirks)
      Ziva (to Tony): What?
      Tony (with a smug look): He called me boss.
      Ziva: Yeah he'll never live that down.
      Tony (still smug): Nope.

    • Gibbs: I don't trust anything controlled by a video game thing!

    • Tony: WWGD.
      Ziva: What is that, a weapons acronym?
      Tony: No, 'What Would Gibbs Do?'

  • NOTES (3)


    • Gibbs: What is this, Robby the Robot?

      Robby the Robot was a character in the Sci-Fi movie Forbidden Planet in 1956, and a few more since, and as such has become a mascot for Science Fiction.

    • Tony: WWGD.
      Ziva: Is that a weapons acronym?
      Tony: No, it stands for "What Would Gibbs Do?".

      This is a reference to the popular saying WWJD... What Would Jesus Do?

    • At the end, Tony takes the idea that they used in movie Speed of copying a couple of frames from the video and just replaying them over and over while they evacuated the kids. At the end, when they ask Tony what movie he got it from, he says that he thought it up. Then Ziva says in a round-about way that it was a movie that Sandra Bullock was in.