Season 2 Episode 11

Black Water

Aired Tuesday 8:00 PM Jan 11, 2005 on CBS
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Episode Summary

A Navy officer's body, which was missing for 2 years, is found in a car pulled from a lake by a private investigator, who now wants to have the reward posted by the family. The disappearance turns out to be a murder when the team finds a bullet inside the car.moreless

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  • Huge mistake in this episode?

    The reward offered was for FINDING McAllister. His family DID NOT know what happened to him! How could the reward be for finding out who murdered him? Big hole in this episode makes the whole thing with the private eye not work!!

    As vicky24c said " . . .reward, if anyone finds

    I still enjoyed the episode but, unless I missed something, it doesn't make any sense.
  • Random Frame.

    Ok so i was watching season 2 again and I noticed about 18 min in there is a close up of Tom after Kate and Tony question him and i was wondering if anybody else noticed that Tony pulls a gun on him at the end of the scene? Other than that it was a good episode with the characters meshing together well like they always have.
  • Cleverly plotted

    Ok.. this was not straight forward case from the start but did I expected that kind of out come? For sure no.. In one point, when Kate was having the dinner, I thought.. it is way too easy but they have had cases were from one point it gets easy.. so I thought it is like that.. but no.. the way Gibbs figured it all out.. and what a clever plot. I mean.. there was no murder, it was an accident and everything was done for the money.. even the whole shooting. That was just.. but I think it was great episode.moreless
  • Interesting old mystery.

    Tony never fails to be increasingly fascinating – for a rich kid, he has done really well for himself, carving out an impressive career and seems pretty happy even though his family's cut him off.

    Kate never changes – she forms an opinion and refuses to budge until she's proven wrong.

    Tony's hilarious – Kate's dress is beautiful and Tony 'debauches' her. Without even touching her, it's a skill. I found his reaction interesting though – it was definitely a brotherly reaction which fits in with their entire relationship.

    Cooper framed an innocent man for murder just to collect a reward which wouldn't pay out for accidental death. The reward isn't even that much, $1m. To ruin his entire hard-earned reputation, he must have been desperate.moreless
  • A decent addition.

    This episode, 'Black Water', although not as great as a couple of the last few, was still another exciting addition. Once again, the storyline was intense and dramatic, and it was well planned and exciting.

    The case was not my favorite, but it was still an interesting one to watch, and the episode did have a few scenes that had me laughing.

    For me, the ending was unpredictable, which added a great element, and this resulted in a great episode.

    I like to see variety, and this episode did provide that element, as this is unlike anything done before.

    The verdict is that this is a decent case with a great ending you won't anticipate. I recommend it, but it isn't the best.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

Gina St. John

Gina St. John

ZNN Reporter Cindy Ames

Guest Star

Mike Starr

Mike Starr

Monroe Cooper

Guest Star

Mark D. Espinoza

Mark D. Espinoza

Sheriff Lester

Guest Star

Brian Dietzen

Brian Dietzen

Asst. M.E. Jimmy Palmer

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

    • TRIVIA: This episode marks McGee completing a trifecta of breaking into a house with the third and final partner of the original cast, this time with Gibbs. The first time was with Tony, who threw a rock through the window (Season 1, Episode 7), and the second was with Kate who climbed into a second story window (Season 2, Episode 1). This time, Gibbs is using lock picking tools to get into the house.

    • GOOF: When Ducky notices the "evidence of a hairline fracture on the frontal lobe of the skull" and says that it's consistant with most vehicle accidents, and possibly from contact with the steering column. There are a couple problems. The BRAIN has lobes, the skull does not. Rather it has a frontal BONE.

    • TRIVIA: The studio shown when DiNozzo and Gibbs go to visit the set of the psychic, Saleena Lockheart, is actually the NCIS studio itself.

    • TRIVIA: When Monroe Cooper is signing the book for McGee, the picture of the author inside the book jacket is that of NCIS creator Donald P. Bellisario.

  • QUOTES (26)

    • Gibbs: Never believe what you see on TV.

    • Gibbs: Your speakers are broken.
      Abby: Oh Gibbs. That was my favorite part of the song!
      Gibbs: Correction. Your ears are broken.

    • Palmer: Did you meet any of his wives?
      Ducky: I introduced him to the last one.
      Palmer: Really? What went wrong?
      Ducky: Well, it's difficult to say, Mr. Palmer. She doesn't talk to me anymore.

    • Gibbs: (to Saleena the psychic after he saves her from being shot) Didn't see that one coming, did you?

    • Cooper: I have a policy, Agent Gibbs. You share information with me, and I share it with you. Have a deal?
      Gibbs: That kind of goes against my policy, Cooper.
      Cooper: Which is?
      Gibbs: Throw people in jail who obstruct my investigations.

    • Tony: Why don't we just drag McAllister in for questioning, boss?
      Gibbs: Because his lawyers make more in one hour than you make all week.
      Tony: Ah, that's an excellent point. So, you're saying that I deserve a raise.

    • Tony: I wouldn't have believed it if I hadn't seen it myself.
      Kate: Seen what?
      Tony: Kate Todd acting like a high school girl with a crush.
      Kate: Oh, he's not a murderer, Tony.
      Tony: I'm sorry, were you using a new NCIS magical murderer detector back there?
      Kate: My gut!
      Tony: Heh, if you were a guy I'd say you were using...
      Kate: Don't even say it if you want to live.

    • Abby: Hey Kate, I got something for ya! (Comes out from under car, holding a fish). I think it's one of your old boyfriends. (Kate laughs and takes a photo)
      Tony: (Laughs) Haha! You get it? It's a cold fish...(Kate glares)

    • Tony: So because I grew up with money, that somehow makes me bad. Very deep.
      Kate: Well, it's better than having to work every day, like I had to.
      Tony: Listen, you think money makes life easier, huh? Everything was just a big old cakewalk for little Anthony DiNozzo? Tell me, Kate, 'cause I really want to know.
      Kate: I'm sorry, Tony. I didn't mean anything by it.
      Tony: 'Cause you want to know the answer to your question? Yes, money makes a huge difference, huge. I miss it every single day of my life, so much it makes me want to cry.
      Kate: You're pathetic.
      Tony: It's part of my charm.
      Kate: Yeah.

    • Abby: The bullet entry into the side of the door is as obvious as Anna Nicole's implants.
      Gibbs: Who?
      Abby: You know married that old guy, had a TV show, got fat, got thin, got fat, got thin, fat, thin.
      Gibbs: Stop.

    • Tony: Kind of like Anna Nicole.
      Cooper: Who?
      Gibbs: That's what I said.

    • Cooper: (to Kate) OK to smoke in here, sweetheart?

    • Kate: Do you always work on your own planes, Mr. McAllister?
      Tom McAllister: Whenever I can find time in my busy social schedule down at the club, Agent Todd.

    • (looking at the book McGee is holding)
      Tony: Celebrity P.I. Never heard of it. No.
      McGee: I'm not surprised you never heard of it, there's no pictures in it.

    • Ducky: Do you suspect foul play?
      Gibbs: Well, you know me, Ducky... I suspect everything.
      Ducky: That's an admirable trait in an investigator. And also the reason your three marriages ended in divorce.
      Gibbs: Oh yeah? All these years I thought it was because I was a bastard.
      Ducky: Well, of course that didn't help.

    • Tony (when McAllister said about to have a dinner with Kate in New York): New York? I love New York!
      Kate: It's a small plane, Tony.
      McCallister: Maybe next time.
      (Tony looks a little bit sad)

    • McGee (trying to open the door): Boss, it's locked.
      Gibbs: Yeah, McGee, it's kind of a point to have a door.

    • Kate: So, how do I look?
      Tony: Ah.
      Kate: What do you mean "Ah"?
      Tony: Ah, you look fine!

    • Cooper: Heard about me?
      Gibbs: No, it's on your card.

    • (About Tony and herself to one of Tony's ex's)
      Kate: Yeah... we've been married for a few years now.

    • Cooper: The McAllister family has more skeletons than a North Korean prison camp.

    • (The car hits a bump and McGee falls back)
      Kate: You know we really should get a seatbelt back there.
      (Tony reaches between Kate's legs)
      Kate: Hey! What the hell are you doing?
      Tony: Looking for my fork.
      Kate: (Hits him) Well, I can guarantee you won't find it there.

    • Tony: Ha-ha, you know what movie this reminds me of Kate?
      Kate: The Wizard of Oz?
      Abby: I'll get you my pretty.
      Tony: No, I meant the one they make you watch in high school, thirty minutes of cops pulling dead teenagers out of car wrecks.
      Abby: Oh my God! I love those: Blood on the Highway, Drink, Drive, Die. I keep hoping they're going to release them on DVD.

    • Gibbs: Special Agents...
      Saleena: Gibbs and DiNozzo from...uh... NCIS. How may I help you?
      Gibbs: You're the psychic, you tell me?
      Saleena: Brian McAllister, you found his remains in Black Lake.
      Tony: Wow she's good, Boss.
      Gibbs: It's on the news DiNozzo.

    • Gibbs: Well good, call him. You're having dinner with him tonight.
      Kate: What if he says no?
      Tony: Oh the way he was looking at you, I think you're gonna be the one saying no.

    • Kate: Is he even here or should we stop at a country club or something?

  • NOTES (2)

    • Original International Airdates:
      Croatia: November 10, 2005 on NOVA TV
      Finland: April 21, 2007 on Nelonen
      France: September 30, 2005 on M6
      Germany: November 10, 2005 on SAT.1
      Sweden: June 19, 2005 on TV3
      Denmark: January 25, 2005 on TV3

    • This episode is also known under the title The Deserter.


    • McGee: He's a cross between Columbo and Sherlock Holmes.

      Columbo and Sherlock Holmes are two famous fictional detectives. The first one is the main character of a popular TV series played by Peter Falk, while the other is the main character of a popular novel series that has transcended into radio, TV and movies, having been portrayed by numerous actors, with the most famous being Basil Rathbone and Robert Downey Jr. Though both characters are detectives, Columbo is a modern day detective that works for the LA police, where Sherlock is more of a private detective, living in England during the late Victorian era. As a result the two have different personalities, appearances and methods to solving their cases. The character Monroe Cooper also appears to resemble Columbo in appearance.

    • Ducky: (holding up McAllister's skull) Alas, poor Yorick.

      This is a famous quote from Shakespeare's play Hamlet, in which Prince Hamlet holds aloft the skull of the jester Yorick who had been his close friend when he was a boy.

    • Tony: Whatever you say, Spongebob.

      Said to McGee as he walks away wearing hip waders. This is a reference to the children TV show Spongebob Squarepants, the main character of which wears square, brown pants much like the hip waders.