Season 4 Episode 21

Brothers In Arms

Aired Tuesday 8:00 PM Apr 24, 2007 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Director Shepard makes a huge mistake by meeting a man alone to inform her about La Grenouille, as their meeting turns into a murder of the informant. Now the NCIS team must gather all the existing info and try to finally hunt down their enemy.

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  • Jenny vs La Grenouille

    This was quite a good episode about Jenny obsessed with finding La Grenouille and it shows she will go to great lengths to find him just like Gibbs with Ari only in this episode Jenny wasn't able to get La Grenouille as he proves to be too smart in this episode It looks like a storyline that will be taken to the season finale.
  • Jenny Meets A Man Who Claims He Has Info Of "La Grenouille" But Soon He Is Killed. The Team Must Gather All The Evidence To Catch Their Biggest Enemy.

    I hate the story line of "La Grenouille". It is very boring. I could not agree more with "amazing_race". I did not like the fact that this episode was dedicated to that story line. It could have been better as a side story. That aside, "Brothers In Arms" is not a bad episode of "NCIS" by any means. The episode was okay and it managed to keep my interest. The best scene was when the team stormed the warehouse in order to arrest the suspect. I am a fan of action scenes.The side story of Tony where he meets his girlfriend's mother at a dinner was very good. For me, it was the highlight of this episode. The cast works very well together. Lauren Holly gives one of her best performances to date in the series. Michael Weatherly deserves some credit too. I was satisfied with the conclusion. The episode has its flaws, but the very engaging story overcomes them.moreless
  • Good episode, but it dragged on too much.

    Let me start off by saying that I love the storyline with "La Grenouille", but I felt that a whole episode dedicated to that storyline was overkill and unnecessary.

    I would've preferred to have this storyline as a little extra on the side, to fill up time over a several episode window, rather than cramped into an episode of its own.

    However, I did enjoy the storyline in this episode, and it was nice seeing Jenny Shepard all worked up like that, as I really like her character.

    I thought there were some funny moments in the episode as well, and overall, I think it was interesting, but as I mentioned, should not have had an episode of its own.

    Nice storyline, but we'll leave it at that.moreless
  • Jenny's meeting backfires

    This episode opens with the Director of NCIS Jenny, meeting with an informant out in the middle of nowhere. As they trade information the informant is shoot at and killed. Jenny fires back but misses. NCIS are called in. We learn that the informant worked with "The Frog" Jenny's main enemy. During the autopsy Ducky reveals that the victim had a brain tumour which was cancer and would have been dead in 6 weeks. Jenny & Gibbs met with the CIA & with the CIA undercover who works with the frog. Mean while Tony meets with his girlfriend's mother. The team go to capture the man who killed the informant and who they believe can hold the key to them capturing the frog. He starts to run, but the team manage to stop him and just as they are about to arrest him he pulls a gun on the team. They shoot him and kill him. The episode ends with the team going to a shipping yard and finding a container of guns which The Frog had been shipping. They discover that all of the guns are fake, their water guns. Jenny walks away very upset, having not gotten any loser to the frog.moreless
  • Nice try, but no plaudits

    Very brave of the production team/writers to try a Jenny led episode. It does work, but not to the standard of the established dynamic.

    An excellent action packed start never really moves up any more gears, but infact falls flat in the middle act. It does have a good if predictable ending, which will lead to later storylines Im sure.

    Im afraid though that across the board everything was below its usual high standard of this show and just never got excited about watching it. The clever incorporation of Tony meeting the mother of his girlfriend was about the only interesting point Ill take from this episode. Shame really!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

Peter Birkenhead

Peter Birkenhead

Elroy Webster

Guest Star

Sara Botsford

Sara Botsford

Dr. Helen Berkley

Guest Star

J.C. MacKenzie

J.C. MacKenzie

Mitchell Reese

Guest Star

Joe Spano

Joe Spano

FBI Agent T.C. Fornell

Recurring Role

Scottie Thompson

Scottie Thompson

Jeanne Benoit

Recurring Role

David Dayan Fisher

David Dayan Fisher

Trent Kort

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • TRIVIA: The magazine that Gibbs picks up when he and Jenny are waiting at the newsstand is called "Bridal Guide". When Jenny says "You've got to be kidding me" and Gibbs replies, "Old habit," he is referring to his previous four marriages.

    • TRIVIA: The frequent references to Ari are referring to a terrorist first seen in the season one episode "Béte Noire," and he made a few more appearances following that episode until he killed an NCIS agent in episode 2x23 "Twilight." In this episode, they are referring to Gibbs' revenge mission in episodes 3x01 "Kill Ari 1" and 3x02 "Kill Ari 2," which resulted in Ari's death.

  • QUOTES (31)

    • Jenny: Webster woke up one day and realized he'd sold his soul to the devil.
      Tony: Too bad the devil doesn't give refunds.

    • Jenny: I hear Gitmo is lovely this time of year. Only you'll be wearing a hood.
      Gibbs: That'll kill your view.

    • Tony: (strapping on a bullet-proof vest) I could have used one of these last night.

    • Helen: (to Jeanne) Speaking of intestinal parasites, how is your father?

    • Tony: Well, this guy was either practicing for his plastic surgery finals...
      Ziva: ...or injured.

    • Tony: Hey, what are you wearing?
      Jeanne: Scrubs!
      Tony: Ooo, scrubs can be sexy!
      Jeanne: (laughing) You have sex on the brain!

    • McGee: If it's about the case, we're all ears.
      Ziva: Is that like being a fly on the wall?

    • McGee: Ever seen anyone walk that fast in heels?
      Tony: Only at the end of a really hairy date.

    • (Gibbs picks up a Wedding Magazine)
      Jenny: You've got to be kidding me.
      Gibbs: Old habit.

    • Abby: Actually, it's what I found in the director's car that I'm not too sure what to do with.
      Tony: What did you find?
      Abby: (reaches into her pocket and pulls out some undergarments in an evidence bag) They were in her glove compartment.
      Tony: What's that doing in her glove compartment?
      Abby: I don't know! But I'm sure the director doesn't want her um, personal business on an inventory log, for the entire federal government to read!
      Ziva: Not this personal business!
      Abby: And I can't take it off the log, it would be a crime!
      McGee: Maybe you should ask the director what to do...
      Abby: I am not having that conversation! (she turns and faces Tony) But you could!

    • Tony: She (Jenny) get one of Le Grenouille's men?
      McGee: ...through a tinted window...
      Ziva: a car going 40 miles per hour.
      Tony: Rock on Jenny!

    • Fornell: So you wanna tell me this is all about, 'cause they didn't tell me squat.
      Jenny: I need face time with one of their undercover assets.
      Fornell: Name?
      Jenny: Trent Kort; alias.
      Fornell: They're gonna want to know why.
      Jenny: On-going NCIS investigation.
      Fornell: Thats it?
      Jenny: One of my informants was killed. I believe Kort has information to help me find the killer.
      Fornell: That sounds reasonable; on the other hand, this is the CIA, so they're probably just going to tell me to tell you to go to hell.

    • Jenny: We were expecting someone from the CIA, not FBI.
      Fornell: As you know I am an attachment to Homeland Security-
      Gibbs: That doesn't make you CIA.
      Fornell: Yet here I am just the same! (he smiles)

    • (Fornell walks into Jen's office)
      Jenny: Agent Fornell...
      Fornell: Jenny; Jethro.
      Gibbs: Get lost on your way to work?

    • Ducky: Thus reinforcing the spy world's oldest maxim-
      Gibbs: Don't be a spy?
      Ducky: Trust no one.

    • Ducky: Who needs proof, when accusation will suffice?

    • Gibbs: How far are you willing to get this guy Jen?
      Jenny: As far as you went to get Ari, Jethro.

    • Tony: He's good.
      McGee: He's really good.
      Gibbs: He better be.

    • Tony: Guy looks like an English teacher.
      McGee: Actually, an art teacher.

    • McGee: (He uses his camera to peer into the window) Huh, not so bad.
      Ziva: The bigger they are, the louder they fall, McGee.
      Tony: The harder they fall, Ziva.

    • Jenny: Perhaps it's clouding your judgment.
      Ducky: Perhaps it's not my judgment that's being clouded.

    • Fornell: That sounds reasonable. On the other hand, this is the CIA, so they're probably going to tell me to tell you to go to hell.
      Jenny: Remind them they owe us. And if you want to know why, ask them.

    • Jeanne: Well I figured a guy like you would be used to doing that.
      Tony: Uh, I never got that far.
      Jeanne: Ah, well there's a first time for everything.

    • Jenny: Langley hates the FBI...
      Fornell: Yeah, but not as much as they hate you right now. You really pissed them off over something.
      Jenny: And you volunteered to smooth things out.
      Fornell: Not exactly volunteered. I just drew the short straw.

    • Trent Kort: Grenouille must have had his own plans for Webster. Sap's probably better off dead. One thing Grenouille's good at is ruining people's lives.

    • Jeanne: I promise I'll make it worth your while.
      Tony: Bribery will get you everywhere.

    • Gibbs: Directer of NCIS.
      Jenny: Yes?
      Gibbs: That's a job I wouldn't want.
      Jenny: Don't worry, no one's offering.
      Gibbs: You know why?
      Jenny: You mean besides your impatience, total lack of respect to authority, and the fact that you still haven't learned how to play nice with others?
      Gibbs Yea, yea, besides all that.

    • Ducky: Well you don't need a degree in psychology to see that there's a history between the two. Something that is consuming her every action, every thought.

    • Tony: I sure would like to be a fly on the wall up there. (Ziva gives him a confused, weird look) Never mind.

    • Tony: You, ah, got off a few rounds.
      Jenny: I don't take kindly to being shot at.

    • Gibbs: How far?
      Ducky: Will she go? As far as any obsessed person. As far as it takes.

  • NOTES (3)


    • Abby: Thank God You're Here.

      This is an allusion to the Australian improvising competition which has recently started in America in which various comedians act in scenes without a script. The first line in every scene is "Thank God You're Here."