Season 6 Episode 12


Aired Tuesday 8:00 PM Jan 06, 2009 on CBS
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The NCIS team must reveal the truth behind the murder of a jail guard which resulted in a prison riot and McGee being held captive by the inmates.

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  • McGee goes to prison to get a confession and it takes a little longer than expected.

    This was a fantastic McGee episode where he goes to a women's prison to get a confession and when a guard is killed McGee is held the end everything ended good for McGee when he solved the case of the guard and it was actually the woman that McGee wanted the confession off so in the end he got his confession after going through a hostage situation It was good to see how prison changed him at the end when he calls the place that was supposed to be fixing his car and he makes them listen because McGee has changed.moreless
  • No More Mister Nice Guy!

    McGee finds and channels his inner tough guy.

    A classic "worm finally turns" story.

    Love the way he surprises the hell out of DiNozzo.

    No more Mister Nice Guy!
  • The ultimate McGee episode.

    I guess McGee is officialy not a probie anymore!

    This episode is a landmark for the character.

    If you have watched NCIS from the beggining and you remember how McGee used to be back then, you'll know what I mean. It's really noteworthy the character's development throughout the series, the writing and the acting has been extraordinary indeed.

    McGee lead the episode from the beggining to the end, he took the initiative to solve the situation himself, and showed what he's capable of and what he stands for. No more underestimating his abilities as an agent from now on. He's really starting to look like the typical Gibbs Team offspring. The base plot was very good too.

    This is amongst the top episodes of season 6 so far.moreless
  • Not your usual hostage situation... 2009 goes off with a bang!

    Well, where to even begin with 'Caged'.

    Originally, I was -of course- excited for this episode but I was expecting the usually 'Hostage situation'; McGee's taken, they get him back at the end, there's some stress in between ect. However this was nothing like all other Hostage situations, What I loved about this was that McGee was working with them, and that is why it worked.

    Let's think about this, Ziva going in - she would get no where with the women; Tony - much the same except he'd probably get himself killed; however McGee appealed to their human sides and we got to hear the stories of some of the women in the prison. Awesome acting by all the cast, in particular Mark Harmon and Sean Murray; and terrificly written by Alfonso H. Moreno and Directed by Leslie Libman.

    Caged was just the right amount of light comic releif as a return for 2009 and a happy moment before Ducky is stabbed in next week's episode 'Broken Bird'.

    As to the character development of Timothy McGee, I have loved watching him grow over the seasons, getting more guts to fight back to Tony and Ziva's bickering. After this episode, I'm expecting no crap toward McGee in the interrogation room and I would love to see his newly aquired skills roll into action.

    This reveiw is rapidly loosing sense so I will leave everyone with best wishes and excitment for next week. One thing is for certain, however:

    NCIS 2009 has gone off with a bang!

    xox. Mel.

    P.S: Tiva for the '09!moreless
  • Even tho' Magee is having a hard time with a machanic and getting his car back, Gibbs is confident that he will be able to get a confession of murder out of an already convicted mrderer in a woman's prison.moreless

    This episode is great I loved it. Finally magee gets a chance to prove that he can do whatever is needed of him.

    But then again only Magee could be put in such a situation and beable to get a room full of convicted murderers (women) to trust him with their well being.

    For along time I was thinking that the Warden was the problem. But I am usually wrong to begin with anyway.

    Abby's concern with Magee's well being was to be expected. But She was her usual helpful self.

    This was the first time I can remember Magee being on his own without being able to call on the rest of the team for help. Gibbs did not act as if he had one shred of dout in Magee's ability. The time limit made the show move really fast, but it also made it very fun to watch.

    Ziva and Tony I believe were alittle more than concerned cause are still convinced that Magee is still the "probie" who still needs help with everything. Now, for the original reason he ws there. He still needed his confession, and of course he got that confession, and then some, which proves he is up to the task no matter what it is.moreless
Mark Harmon

Mark Harmon

Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs

Michael Weatherly

Michael Weatherly

Special Agent Tony DiNozzo

David McCallum

David McCallum

Chief M.E. Ducky Mallard

Pauley Perrette

Pauley Perrette

Forensics Specialist Abby Sciuto

Sean Murray (I)

Sean Murray (I)

Special Agent Tim McGee

Cote de Pablo

Cote de Pablo

Mossad Agent Ziva David

Robert Wisdom

Robert Wisdom

Warden Gene Halsey

Guest Star

Martha Hackett

Martha Hackett

Celia Roberts

Guest Star

Stephanie Niznik

Stephanie Niznik

Sharon Bellows

Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • GOOF: McGee tries to entice Celia to confess to the lieutenant's murder by telling her that that would keep the case federal, thus avoiding the death penalty from the Commonwealth of Virginia. However, the jurisdiction wouldn't change if there wasn't a trial.

      Furthermore, Celia was in a Maryland State Prison even though her crime was killing sailors, and investigated by NCIS. If it wasn't a federal crime, then NCIS wouldn't have had jurisdiction to pursue it.

    • GOOF: When Gibbs first heads out with the team to the crime scene, he says that there's a dead Squid. "Squid" is a nickname for a sailor. However, the victim in this case is an officer, who would not typically be referred to as a Squid.

  • QUOTES (12)

    • Ziva: There is no doubt on my mind you will get that confession, McGee.
      McGee: Thank you, Ziva. (McGee leaves and heads to the women's prison)
      Tony: He's toast, isn't he?
      Ziva: Oh, yes. Burnt toast.

    • Tony: After eleven years in the joint, all ladies, she might welcome a little change in pace.
      Ziva: You mean a man.
      Tony: A virile man could be just the thing to loosen her lips.
      Ziva: Oh, you mean Gibbs.
      Tony: I mean me! Not that you're not virile, you are 'cause you're the boss. Who's the boss?

    • Abby: McGee's going to be okay, right?
      Tony: You kidding? Stuck in a women's prison- it's every guys' fantasy! (Abby and Ziva look at him dubiously) Well, maybe not McGee.

    • Tony: You're going to convince a woman to confess to a crime?
      McGee: Yeah. So?
      Tony: When's the last time you convinced a woman to do anything, McGee?

    • Tony: Women and secrets make a bad combination.

    • McGee: (when Gibbs says he wants him to get Celia's confession) What?
      Tony: It's just, you gotta have the stuff, be tough, know when to bluff.
      McGee: So, I have to be a really bad poet?
      Tony: I call my style 'Tough-Bluff'. It's hyphenated.
      McGee: Really? 'Blow Hard' seems more appropriate. That is not hyphenated.

    • Ducky: You never cease to amaze me, Jethro. You find the most dastardly crimes in the most idyllic of settings.

    • Tony: I'm guessing that you got more than your fair share of wedgies as a kid.
      McGee: I can be tough when I have to be. (Tony and Ziva give him a look) What?
      Ziva: Nothing. I mean, you do have your... strengths.
      Tony: And weaknesses, but remember that people can be loved as much for their weaknesses as for their strengths.
      Gibbs: Well, then DiNozzo, you must be one very loved man.
      Tony: Thank you for noticing, boss.

    • Ziva: She was not smiling at you Tony.
      Tony: Ziva, some men can hit a baseball at 400 feet, other build rocket ships that sail to the stars; I can spot a woman's smile at 20 yards.
      Ziva: Her name is Hannah and she's asked me out to lunch twice.
      Tony: You?!
      Ziva: Did your rocket ship just take a nosedive?
      Tony: No it just landed on a different planet.

    • Abby: Wow McGee, your time in the big house changed you. (she raises her eybrow and smiles) And I like it.

    • (McGee speaking to women prisoners)
      McGee: First thing- I'm going to have to find the murder weapon. I'm going to have to frisk you.
      Woman Convict: Frisk who?
      McGee: You all, who wants to be first?
      (Female convicts look at McGee with amusement)

    • (waiting for Sharon Bellows to come and have Celia Roberts come out instead)
      Gibbs: McGee?
      McGee: Wasn't the person I was expecting.
      Celia: That's the weapon I stabbed Trimble with. He was abusing Sharon Bellows' daughter, she just wants to be a mom again. About the petty officer-- yes I killed him too.. sorry.
      McGee: Is that a confession?
      Celia: I will write it all down for you.

  • NOTES (3)


    • Tony: I got a bad feeling about Bozo and his three-ring circus.

      Bozo the Clown is the most famous clown character in the United States. Created in 1946 he is widely recognizable for his oversized red hair.

    • Tony: You mean like Hannah? And her sisters?

      Tony is connecting Hannah, the lady who keeps asking Ziva out for lunch, to the 1986 Woody Allen family comedy movie Hannah and Her Sisters. It starred Mia Farrow as Hannah, and had an all star cast which included Barbara Hershey, Dianne Wiest, Woody Allen, Michael Caine, Carrie Fisher, Maureen O'Sullivan, Lloyd Nolan, Max von Sydow, and Julie Kavner.

    • In the opening scenes, a film crew is shown taping a horror segment involving a cheerleader and an axe murderer. The axe murderer is wearing the signature Hawaiian shirt worn by Tom Selleck in Magnum P.I. Producer Bellisario was also involved with the Magnum series and occasionally includes references to that show in NCIS episodes.