Season 2 Episode 7

Call of Silence

Aired Tuesday 8:00 PM Nov 23, 2004 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Ernie Yost, an elderly Marine veteran and Medal of Honor receipent, shows up at NCIS headquarters, and calmly confesses to murdering his best friend during a WWII battle. It's up to NCIS to prove his guilt or innocence with little evidence or witnesses from that event from the 1940's.moreless

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  • Brilliant

    This is one of the best episodes of television I have ever seen. Tremendously acted and wonderfully written, the episode is enthralling and very moving. Gibbs at his most protective normally involves him firing a gun, but there is much more to him than that; his determination to prove Yost's innocence and the ingenuity with which he accomplished this is a great example of the depth of the NCIS characters. People complaining about recent seasons would do well to have another look at this and other older episodes as a reminder of why NCIS has been so well regarded for over ten years.moreless
  • Outstanding

    This is a real classic, maybe the best episode ever. Charles Durning was such a great actor. The whole episode is acted well by everyone. It's a subtle episode with a lot of respect for the subject it deals with. It's almost like a movie because you even can show it to someone who's not familiar with NCIS at all. If I could I would give 20 points!
  • The Best Episode

    Don't get me wrong, they have done a tremendous job with the episodes of this series.

    This episode is a great tribute to WWII veterans and the conflicts they may have as their memories fade and they still try to keep their personal experiences in perspective. I have had the honor to know many WWII veterans and their "uncommon valor was a common virtue".
  • Over the years, this episode continues to stand out

    NCIS has produced many memorable episodes over its years of production. IMHO though, this episode continues to stand out for a number of reasons. Rather than just chasing bad guys, this episode sees the team trying to prove the innocence of a Medal Of Honor WW-2 hero, magnificently played by real-life WW2 hero Charles Durning. The presentation embraces a large spectrum of human emotions. The "Begin The Beguine" scene, with Charles Durning dancing and singing with a tearful and tender Sasha Alexander as Durning is remembering his long departed bride of that era, is arguably the most powerful and moving scene ever captured in the series history. Artie Shaw (who Durning's character prefers over Benny Goodman), who recorded the most popular version of that song, died only a few weeks after this episode was first aired in November of 2004. If ever NCIS produced an truly unforgettable episode, this is it.moreless
  • a old memory remembered

    I liked this episode which I'm re-watching years later and this time around I saw something I missed before. It was when Yost talks about Wade doing a "Kip or Kip-Up". When he describes this action, I clearly remember my uncle Gene (who was Special Forces in WWII I think) doing that and it was absolutely amazing. He was fully reclined on a lounge about 5" off the ground... the lounge instantly he was standing about a body length's away. The movement was just startling it was so fast. I was about 14 yrs old - 60 some old years ago and I remember it like it was yesterday.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

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • GOOF: After Corporal Yost's buddy is exhumed Kate notices with some disgust that the skeleton has a dog tag in between it's teeth, the dog tag in question is not of the proper time period being that it is rectangular. The Marine Corps unlike the Army during World War II used an oval shaped dog tag until the end of the war.

    • TRIVIA: Charles Durning (Ernie Yost) is a decorated World War II veteran. Though not a Marine nor a recipient of the Medal of Honor, Durning did receive the Silver Star and was one of the few survivors of the Malmedy massacre as stated by Mark Harmon during a featurette on the episode in question.

    • TRIVIA: Salute to the Medal of Honor: all other soldiers, sailors, and airmen - even higher-ranking officers up to the President of the United States - initiate the salute, which is to the Medal itself, not the recipient.

  • QUOTES (25)

    • Ducky: Well, he reminds me of my great-uncle William, in Bristol. We'd visit every Christmas. He was always apologising for sitting naked at the dinner table.
      Gibbs: He wasn't naked, was he?
      Ducky : No. Aunt Gertrude was.

    • Gibbs: I found a witness.
      Coleman: Witness to what?
      Gibbs: What happened the night Corporal Kean died.
      McGee: You couldn't have. I mean, you could have. Obviously, you did. What? Did I miss someone in his unit?
      Gibbs: No, all Marines are deceased.
      Yost: They look alive. (referring to the Marines there to arrest him)

    • (To McGee, on battle reconstruction)
      Gibbs: I want it so real, I can smell the sulphur!
      McGee: Yeah!

    • Henry: Gibbs.
      Gibbs: Hey, morning Henry.
      Henry: That sushi place you sent me to.
      Gibbs: What? You didn't like it?
      Henry: Liked it fine. Only you didn't tell me I had to speak Japanese to order.
      Gibbs: You don't order. You eat what you're served with a smile. Just like being married.

    • Ernie: I don't think he believes me kid.
      Tony: Me either.
      Ernie: What do you know? You weren't even a gleam in your old man's eye.

    • Tony: So what's it feel like.
      Ernie: Smooth.
      Tony: No I mean being a hero.
      Ernie: I'm no hero.
      Tony: The medal says you are.
      Ernie: The real heroes didn't come back. They deserve that (looks at medal). Not me. Not me. I was scared to death. I don't even remember doing what they said I did.

    • Yost: You, uh, got any use for a Metro ticket? Got ten rides left. Don't want to waste 'em.
      Tony: Ah... no, thanks.
      Yost: Come on, too much waste in this world. Everything's disposable now. Disposable cameras, disposable razors.

    • Abby: What do we have here, Gibbs?
      Gibbs: Murder weapon.
      Abby: Cold case?
      Gibbs: Icicles.

    • Coleman: Oh, yes, you will. You see this seal, Special Agent Gibbs? You recognize the signature?
      Gibbs: Yeah.
      Coleman: Your eyesight isn't as bad as they say.

    • Yost: It's not a water cooler, it's called a scuttlebutt. How long you been in the Corps, kid?
      Tony: Since I met Gibbs.

    • Kate: Since when are you interested in the ballet?
      Tony: Since about an hour ago.
      Kate: Let me guess the cashier at the bakery was wearing leg warmers.
      Tony: How do you know that?
      Kate: Must be the profiler in me.

    • Tony: Oh, boss, I got tickets to the National Ballet tonight.
      Gibbs: The National Ballet?
      Tony: Yeah. An-And the tickets are really hard to get. Tell him, McGee.
      McGee: Um... well...
      Gibbs: What nation?
      Tony: It starts with an "S."

    • Kate: So how am I supposed to get his SRB without a serial number?
      Gibbs: Well, Kate, you could ask him.
      Kate: Gibbs, I doubt that he could remember his shoe size.
      Gibbs: Corporal Yost.
      Yost: Yo.
      Gibbs: Serial number.
      Yost: 330090, sir.

    • Kate: Good news... I think.
      Gibbs: It's not good if you have to think about it.

    • Gibbs: You're not in custody, Mr. Yost.
      Yost: Now don't say that, Agent Gibbs. I didn't get anything for dinner tonight.
      Kate: I'd love to buy you dinner, Mr. Yost.
      Yost: You would?
      McGee: Me too.
      Yost: She asked first.

    • Kate: Commander Coleman is going to use this to put Yost away for the rest of his life.
      Tony: Do we have to tell her?
      Gibbs: Well, no, Special Agent DiNozzo, here at NCIS, we just report evidence we like.

    • Gibbs: Trace its origin.
      Abby: Don't I always? Hey, Gibbs, you gonna tell me what this is about?
      Gibbs: A marine who doesn't clean his weapon after firing it.
      Abby: Wow. Things must be really slow upstairs.

    • McGee: Oh, hey, there's another ballet in town, DiNozzo. I can get you two front row easy.
      Tony: Really? What ballet?
      McGee: The National.
      Tony: The National Ballet? Bravo, McGee.
      McGee: Oh. Only...
      Tony: Only what?
      McGee: The nation...
      Kate: Is not ours.
      McGee: Surinam.
      Tony: Surinam? The National Ballet of Surinam. How good can that be?
      Kate: Depends on how much you like her buns, Tony.

    • Gibbs: I found him downstairs. He claims to have murdered a marine with this .45.
      Kate: You believe him?
      Gibbs: He's a little foggy on the where and when, but pretty adamant he did it.
      Kate: Gibbs, we're not going to investigate this?
      Gibbs: No...
      Kate: Good.
      Gibbs: We're just going to humor him. McGee. Says he's been reporting this too, can't get anybody to believe him.
      McGee: Gee, what a surprise.

    • Gibbs: Ducky, what do you think he smelled in there?
      Ducky: I hesitate to ask.

    • McGee: The Washington Ballet is totally sold out.
      Tony: You're kidding.
      McGee: People were backed up trying to hack into the box office.

    • Gibbs: Come on Corporal. Let a Gunny buy you dinner. Yost: You were -- never an officer? Gibbs: Oh HELL no! Yost: I knew there was something about you I liked.

    • Gibbs: DiNozzo. Make Mr. Yost here comfortable.
      Yost: You want me to be comfortable, slap a pair of handcuffs on me.
      Tony: How about something else?
      Yost: Any good at foot massages?

    • Yost: Oh. They took my license away.
      Tony: How come?
      Yost: Got old. It's a fatal mistake. But I can fly anywhere. For free. But I, uh... I don't have anybody to visit anymore.

    • Coleman: Please don't insult me by telling me he escaped.
      Kate: The older they are, the sneakier they are. Yost complained of a weak bladder. He had to use the restroom every ten minutes. We gave up escorting him and one time he just didn't come back.
      McGee: We found a window open. He must have shimmied down a drain pipe.
      Coleman: Oh, I'd like to have seen that.
      Gibbs: We think the weak bladder was a trick to get us to let down our guard.
      Kate: We're sick about it, Commander.
      Coleman: Yes, I can see that. You all look absolutely devastated.

  • NOTES (3)

    • Original International Airdates:
      Croatia: October 13, 2005 on NOVA TV
      Finland: March 24, 2007 on Nelonen
      France: December 12, 2005 on M6
      Germany: October 13, 2005 on SAT.1
      Sweden: June 05, 2005 on TV3
      Denmark: November 23, 2004 on TV3

    • This episode was actually the first episode produced for this season, and that seems to be the reason why in some countries, this episode was aired as the first one. In "See No Evil", the first episode aired for this season, McGee becomes a full-time agent. But if "Call of Silence" airs before it, don't be surprised if McGee is already an agent, and you didn't see it happen.

    • Charles Durning was nominated for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series.


    • Tony: What's with the Olsen Twins?

      This is a reference to famous actresses, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, who are fraternal twins.