Season 3 Episode 12

Boxed In

Aired Tuesday 8:00 PM Jan 10, 2006 on CBS
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Episode Summary

While on investigation at a shipyard, looking for smuggled weapons, Tony and Ziva disappear and it's up to NCIS to find them. Abby tries to track them down by tracking down their GPS chips, but they seem to be out of reach. Meanwhile, Tony and Ziva, trapped in a container, find evidence which could help them solve the case.moreless

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  • Loved it!

    Love the chemistry btw MW and CDP in this episode. Lots of funny moments. I especially love Ziva's I have to go to the bathroom walk!
  • The Team Is On The Hunt For Tony And Ziva Who Disappeared From A Crime Scene. They Were Looking For Smuggled Weapons But Where Are They Now?

    "Boxed In" is another great episode of "NCIS". Great performances by all cast members and very well written and believable script. Michael Weatherly and Cote de Pablo their best performances ever on the show as they try to work their way out of the box. The case was entertaining and I was hooked from the beginning. Terrific nail-biting suspense that will keep the viewers guessing throughout the episode is another highlight too. Tony's comedy was well timed and it was funny. I also liked the side-story about Ziva inviting the entire team for dinner but not Tony. The conclusion was perfect although it was predictable but it does not matter in this killer episode. The final scene was funny. "It wasn't bad". No words can tell you how awesome "Boxed In" was. This is an episode that no one should miss.moreless
  • Boxed In

    The Tony and Ziva relationship may be the best thing on TV today, but it was not always that way; it took great episodes like this to build up the chemistry between Michael Weatherly and Cote de Pablo.

    "Boxed In" was a fantastic episode that focused on the two stars trapped inside a metal shipping box fighting for their lives. We had some interesting conversations and some intense moments between the two that showed just how good NCIS can be at times.

    The ending was a bit of a letdown and any of the scenes with Abby were annoying, but this is definitely an episode worth watching.moreless
  • This was a relatively boring episode in an otherwise great season...

    Well, NCIS could do better.

    Unlike TV classics such as Seifeld who could afford having a whole episode stuck inside an airport's parking garage, NCIS just should stick to the action - filled, joke stranded hectic episode action we're used to - the show is at its best when it happens...

    This episode has - - beside the somewhat funny monologues between Dinozzo and Ziva - a relatively boring plot, and a very VERY known outcome...

    What happened to the elusive bad guys of season one? what happened to the over-the-season stretching plots? NCIS, which is one of the best shows on American TV, should avoid the pitfall of repeating itself, so the addicted fans won't walk away.

    Only a reminder.moreless
  • grat tony/ziva episode.

    this is one of my favorite episodes, not only cas tony and ziva but because it shows abbey finally starting to accept ziva into the NCIS family. i thought the plot was great, loved all the things that happened inside the box from shooting a bullet inside the box, to lighting a fire, makeing a money trail,to shooting at people outside the box from inside. idk, it was just really good. i thought it was cute when they where getting shot at from inside and tony covers/protects zivas head. it kinda shows that they are starting to accept eachother as partners and not just someone to pick on and or flirt with. but overall great episode!moreless
Mark Harmon

Mark Harmon

Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs

Cote de Pablo

Cote de Pablo

Mossad Agent Ziva David

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

Daniel Roebuck

Daniel Roebuck

Port Security Chief Matthew Lake

Guest Star

Tony Armatrading

Tony Armatrading

William N'Diaye

Guest Star

Morocco Omari

Morocco Omari

NCIS Special Agent Thomas Survoy

Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

    • GOOF: McGee pronounces the name of the man running this operation as "En-dee-eye-yee". The name N'Djiaye is pronounced "En-djeye."

    • GOOF: In this episode Ziva confuses "hobos" with "homos", but in the earlier episode "Silver War" she asks Tony if he is working undercover as a hobo.

    • TRIVIA: Tony's blood type is A (later proved to be A positive), Ziva's blood type is AB negative.

    • GOOF: As Tony and Ziva are walking between the shipping containers at the start, the shadows of the containers are at different lengths between camera cuts.

  • QUOTES (20)

    • Tony: I used to play piano.
      Ziva: But not anymore?
      Tony: My mother forced me to take lessons from this woman who used to hit me with a ruler every time I made a mistake. I haven't played since.
      Ziva: Were you any good?
      Tony: Yeah, I actually was.

    • Tony: Hey listen, if this thing goes off, I just want you to know...
      Ziva: (interrupting) This is not your fault, I know.
      Tony: Uh, no, I was going to say your life would have had more meaning if you would have slept with me.
      Ziva: If you had anything else in your mind, perhaps I would have.
      Tony: Really?
      Ziva: Um, no.

    • Tony (after finding the explosives): Are you thinking what I'm thinking?
      Ziva: Perhaps, if it involves a violent and a painful death.

    • (Captors speaking foreign language)
      Tony: You understand that gibberish?
      Ziva: A little.
      Tony: What's he saying?
      Ziva: They're either discussing letting us go, or the best way to murder us. It's a complicated language!

    • Tony: Friction burns? (on Ziva's knees)
      Ziva: Yeah, what difference does it make?
      Tony: Ah, it doesn't. I was just wondering how you got 'em.
      Ziva: Well, if you live long enough, maybe I'll tell you someday.
      Tony: You know, I can only think of two ways. Were you and McGee and Palmer playing Twister?
      Ziva: What's a Twister?
      Tony: Exactly. That means you were having... (gets interrupted)

    • Ziva: Counting your riches, King Cole?
      Tony: Midas. King Cole had a merry old soul.

    • Tony: Well OUR money doesn't smell. Here, try it. Give it a little sniff.
      Ziva: Ooh God! It smells like stale alcohol and... your armpit.
      Tony: Hmmm. Well the point is it doesn't smell like ink.

    • Ziva: You know what? You're brilliant! Genius!
      Tony: You know sarcasm is the refuge of a shallow mind?

    • Abby: (runs and hugs Ziva) I'm glad you're not dead.
      Ziva: Me too.

    • Tony: (after a bullet ricochets through the box) Why are you on top of me?
      Ziva: I'm protecting you, Tony!
      Tony: Don't!
      Ziva: Well, you didn't seem to mind when we were undercover.
      Tony: That might have had something to do with the fact that you were naked!
      Ziva: Perhaps if it were warmer in here.

    • Tony: (after finding a lot of cash) Ziva, when we get out of here, I'm buying you a house! (pause) But it's going to have to be a fake one... because this money is counterfeit.

    • Abby: Why does he do that Ducky? (about Gibbs)
      Ducky: Do what?
      Abby: Withhold.

    • Tony: What is it about being locked in a box that makes me so...
      Ziva: Horny?
      Tony: ...Hungry.

    • Tony: Maybe there's a crate full of DVD players in here?
      Ziva: Ooh... let's not forget the battery-operated generators and the popcorn machines!

    • Tony: I'm not getting any reception. How about you?
      Ziva: I'm braless!
      Tony: I noticed that earlier, but on your phone there are bars...

    • Tony: I've never even been to your place and you are cooking dinner for McGee and the autopsy gremlin... At what point did the earth come off its axis?

    • McGee: Where are you going?
      Ziva: I've been locked in a box all day, the ladies room.

    • Ziva: I think we've been screwed in here Tony.
      Tony: The term is bolted.
      Ziva: Same difference.

    • Gibbs: You see that?
      McGee: That guy back there? (Gibbs backs the car up)
      Gibbs: The guy stuffing money in his pockets.

    • Ducky: You'll find them.
      Gibbs: Is that a question or a statement?
      (Gibbs walks away)
      Ducky: More of a prayer.

  • NOTES (2)

    • Original International Airdates:
      Denmark: January 24, 2006 on TV3
      United Kingdom: March 23, 2006 on Five
      Australia: May 31, 2006 on Channel 10
      Sweden: June 25, 2006 on TV3
      Germany: September 17, 2006 on SAT 1
      France: October 27, 2006 on M6
      Italy: November 26, 2006 on RAI 2
      Croatia: December 7, 2006 on NOVA TV
      Finland: December 15, 2007 on Nelonen
      Slovakia: May 6, 2009 on Markiza

    • Lauren Holly is credited but doesn't appear.


    • Movie: Kuch Kuch Hota Hai
      The Indian movie Tony mentions as being in one of the crates, is an actual movie from 1998 directed by Karan Johar and starring Shahrukh Khan and Kajol. The title translates in English to "Something Is Happening". The story is about two high school best friends (Khan and Kajol). Kajol falls for Khan, but he's in love with the new girl, Rani Mukherjee. Mukherjee dies when she gives birth to their child many years later. In the end, Khan gets married to Kajol after meeting up where his daughter goes to summer camp and she is working at.

    • (Referring to the DVDs found by Tony in the box.)
      Ziva: They're East Indian. Bollywood. No subtitles.

      The term 'Bollywood' is a combination of the words 'Bombay' and 'Hollywood'. It is used to refer to the number of Hindi-language films that are coming out of Mumbai, India, which was formerly Bombay.