Season 6 Episode 16


Aired Tuesday 8:00 PM Feb 17, 2009 on CBS
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Episode Summary

When one of Tony's old cases ends up re-opened, he switches roles with Gibbs to finally solve the crime.

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  • Rule 38.

    In this episode one of Tony's old cases is reopened and rule 38 shows Tony should be in charge because it's his case This was a different episode and it was great to see Dinozzo in charge for an episode using his ways to solve a case like campfires that even Gibbs had to get involved in Gibbs even called Dinozzo Anthony when he was telling him how much of a good job he was doing on the case and that the only time he screwed up was three years ago when he put an innocent man in jail This was a really good episode and hope the season continues to impress.moreless
  • When An Old Individual From Tony's Past Resurfaces, A Case Tony Investigated Is Re-Opened. He Switches Roles With Gibbs To Crack The Case.

    "Bounce" is very entertaining. It's also a very clever episode in the sense of its rather unique role-reversal. As I have said in my review of the season three finale "Hiatus", it was certainly nice to see Tony in charge. Yes, I know he is not a great leader, but it's very entertaining to see him in the role of the leader. That aside, this episode's case was interesting. The opening scene was great as an unknown man claimed to be the very special agent Anthony DiNozzo. Also the scene after the opening credits is another highlight too. The case took many twists and turns and it made the case unpredictable. The only problem I have with this episode is the ending. It could have been better. Michael Weatherly was excellent. "Bounce" is a very good episode that is well worth your time. Check it out.moreless
  • Bounce

    In tonight's episode Tony DiNozzo returned to power, something he briefly assumed while Gibbs was on his "hiatus". The result was some great situations with Abby, Gibbs and Ziva and McGee. Just what we expect every week, but different now that he was in charge. The campfire discussion was absolutely brilliant, although I was a little annoyed when Gibbs called campfire, and did not actually do it with DiNozzo.

    And the case at hand tonight was actually easy to follow, something that has not always been true this season, so I have to give them points for that. Overall though, great episode of NCIS tonight.moreless
  • Renny Graham manages to solve his own case and actually save Tony in the process.

    This is one of those sweet episodes in which payback is not really nasty or evil. Renny not only vindicates himself but actually saves Tony from being a total idiot. The quite hot major character really does solve the crime. Pity he would have made a great addition to the team - but I'll give him the money and the tan and hope he gives me his new address.
  • what was with the boss man?

    totaly out of character for gibbs. rule number 34 or no tony as team leader and gibbs calling him boss is just plain wrong. i loved how no one had to be told the rule, just say rule # 34 and every body knows what you are talking about. had to love the opening. 6 seasons and tony finaly has a hangover at work. i have to say ziva's cure sund more appealing than whatever tony made.loved the fact that gibbs talked alot. missed the head slapping though. tony didn't get slapped once, toltaly out of character for gibbs. no matter what the situation gibbs head slaps tony. even when tony had the plauge he got hit.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

Paul Greene

Paul Greene

Renny Grant

Guest Star

Scott Connors

Scott Connors

Marine Sergeant Mitch Wilkins

Guest Star

Emily Foxler

Emily Foxler

Desk Clerk

Guest Star

Brian Dietzen

Brian Dietzen

Asst. M.E. Jimmy Palmer

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (5)

    • GOOF: About 20 minutes into the episode, Abby opens an email from Tony with an attached list of possible suspects. If you pause the screen when she opens the email message, you can see "Send", "Save Draft" "Attach Files" and other buttons indicating that it is not an actual received message, but a new message being composed.

    • TRIVIA: We learn from Palmer that Ducky takes Pilates classes.

    • GOOF: When Gibbs starts to explain to Tony how he messed up the investigation against Renny, Gibbs calls him "Remy" by mistake.

    • TRIVIA: This is the first time Gibbs has called Tony by his given name ("Anthony"). He almost always refers to him as "DiNozzo," with "Tony" used on special occasions.

    • Gibbs Rules: Rule #38 - Your case, your lead.

  • QUOTES (10)

    • Wilkins: How's Ziva?
      Tony: (surprised) Ziva? Why?
      Wilkins: I haven't seen her in a while.
      Tony: Three years. Yeah, right, of course.
      Wilkins: Closer to two, when she added me as a friend on Facebook.
      Tony: Ziva's on Facebook?
      Wilkins: You ever see her knife collection? Ooh-rah!
      Tony: You've been to her place?
      Wilkins: It was a double-team.

    • Gibbs: Where were you last night?
      Tony: Drinking.
      Gibbs: You alone?
      Tony: Of course not. Not that there's anything wrong with drinking bourbon alone in your basement. With a boat.

    • Tony: Did you catch up on Renny's embezzlement case?
      Gibbs: Yes. And I went through his appeal.
      Tony: (smugly) Let me guess- wasted three years of his life.
      Gibbs: Nope, you did. Kid was innocent.

    • Tony: Who set you up, Renny? Can you prove that it was Lt. Grady?
      Renny: Already proved I didn't do it, and now you expect me to find the guy who did. What exactly are you going to do?

    • Tony: (as he mixes a hangover remedy) I barely made it out of there alive.
      Ziva: And now you hope to finish the job.
      Tony: McGee, say words.
      McGee: What you see before you, Ziva, is the DiNozzo Defibrillator. It's been passed down through six generations.
      Ziva: My family also has a hangover remedy: jasmine tea with lime.
      Tony: That's disgusting. Remind me to never have a hangover in Israel.
      (Gibbs walks in)
      Gibbs: DiNozzo!
      Tony: Not that I have a hangover now, Boss. You know I would never drink on a school night.

    • Tony: McGee, stroke my plumage.

    • Tony: McGee.
      McGee: What?
      Tony: Victim's background, credit cards, bank statements. Gibbs, take a look at Renny's appeal. Use it to catch yourself up on the original embezzelment case, then work with McGee.
      Gibbs: On it, Boss.
      Ziva: Are you going back to Mexico?

    • McGee: Who'd wanna impersonate Tony?
      Ziva: Perhaps Jack Nicholson. You know, impersonation revenge?
      McGee: Or it's a frame-up.
      Ziva: Jeanne Benoit?
      McGee: Overseas. Maybe it was Trent Kort.
      Ziva: Are you detecting a trend here?
      McGee: Tony does have a way with people.

    • Tony: Don't believe the word he says. We've got motive, we've got opportunity.
      Gibbs: Ahah.
      Tony: I know. Why'd he come back?
      Gibbs: It's a good question... Boss.
      Tony: Boss?!
      Gibbs: Was your case, wasn't it?
      Tony: Yeah. You're not going back to Mexico, are you?
      Gibbs: Your case, your lead.
      Tony:(smiles) Really?
      Gibbs: Yeah. I think it's even a rule.

    • Tony: Well, that's my name, it's not my signature. But that's my name. And to think I almost made entire year without being accused of murder.
      Desk Clerk: The guy did look a lot like you.
      Tony: Not helping.
      Desk Clerk: Was a little more fit though.

  • NOTES (3)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Denmark: March 1, 2009 on TV3
      Australia: March 24, 2009 on Channel Ten
      Norway: July 28, 2009 on TV3
      Sweden: August 18, 2009 on TV3
      The Netherlands: September 22, 2009 on SBS6
      Slovakia: March 11, 2010 on Markiza
      Finland: May 4, 2010 on Nelonen
      Czech Republic: September 6, 2010 on TV Nova

    • Rocky Carroll (Director Leon Vance) does not appear in this episode, although he is featured in the opening credits.

    • Featured Music:
      "Love Is Like" by Skold Vs KMFDM (when Tony visits Abby's lab)


    • Tony: (To Mitch) Larry, Curly, Moe... The Three Stooges.

      The Three Stooges was an American Vaudeville and comedy act in the mid 20th century, and it also became a long running (1930-1959) TV show. The Three Stooges comprised of Moe Howard, Curly Howard and Larry Fine.

    • Tony: (To McGee) Any chance it could be my doppel friend?

      Tony used the short form of "doppelganger," which is someone who is pretending to be you while doing evil deeds.

    • Mitch: (To Tony) You pulled a Shawshank.

      This is a reference to the 1994 classic The Shawshank Redemption starring Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman. Andy Dufresne (Tim Robbins) is convicted for murdering his wife and her lover, though he always claims he was innocent of the crimes. He ends up in the infamous Shawshank prison located in Maine.

    • Palmer: Did you follow the money?

      When Tony clandestinely meets Palmer down in the NCIS forensic garage to pick his brains on the case, Palmer asks Tony if he followed the money. This is what the Watergate informant "Deep Throat" suggested to the investigative reporter Bob Woodward while on the trail of a series of illegal acts perpetrated by certain members of the Nixon administration. Deep Throat often met the reporter in an underground parking garage.

    • Tony comments on Gibbs' absence from NCIS 3 years ago as 'Your Mexican sabbatical. Intermission. It was a hiatus really.' The season 3 finale two part episode where Gibbs did leave to Mexico was called "Hiatus."