Season 4 Episode 5

Dead and Unburied

Aired Tuesday 8:00 PM Oct 17, 2006 on CBS
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Episode Summary

When a missing Lance Corporal is found dead in a vacant house, the NCIS team discovers that he was buried in the backyard and then exhumed. They learn about his identity and that he was to be deployed to Iraq, but he never showed up for duty. The investigation leads them to a new clue---he had two fiancées. Abby runs the DNA samples from the two women to find out if the DNA is a match to the soil found on the dead man's body.moreless

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  • Not the NCIS office's quietest day - catfight in the bullpen; and Jimmy & Lee apparently having sex in every room in the building.

    The mustache is gone! Thank all that's holy! As McGee said – the old Gibbs is back. He doesn't even talk now, just glares.

    It's good to see that Ducky's psychology degree paid off – 'a complete loon'? He's upset with Gibbs though – he doesn't tell the stories, just reports. Interrupting Gibbs during an interview was suicidal! The final fight was great!

    Maybe we should worry about Tony and McGee, since they're doing romantic things together like watching sunrises together and McGee strokes Tony's back… "He had me at 'Howdy'."

    McGee is spending way too much time with Tony! Instead of stopping the cat fight, he videos it! The fiancés are hilarious and pretty pathetic. Jody trying to 'rabbit' from Tony and Ziva was great – she was just late!

    Jimmy is having an affair with Lee?! In the autopsy lab?!

    The one part of the story that is kinda farfetched is a bag of gold hanging from the ceiling – that much gold? Shouldn't it be too heavy for a cloth bag, not to mention how easily Ziva held the bag?moreless
  • Intense storyline!

    I really enjoyed this one because it was written exceptionally well. The episode is really interesting and has a very fascinating storline, with a man murdered who is found to have two fiancees, with more soon to be uncovered!

    I thought the plot to it was sensational, but overall, this was also good because it had quite a bit of good comedy, which was not as evident in the first few episodes of the season.

    Also, the case is thoroughly interesting, and I could not believe the outcome of the case at the end!

    I absolutely loved the ending as well, which is perhaps the best ending to an episode, ever!

    I highly recommend this one, which is exceptionally interesting and funny! I hope there is more like this one to come! Great job by NCIS!moreless
  • When you go to view a house, you dont expect to see a dead body in the living room

    This episode opens with a couple going to view a house. As they enter the living room they discover a dead body sitting in one of the chairs. The victims is Officer James Finn, he has been missing for 6 months. The NCIS team investigate and McGee discovers that the body was buried in the woods behind the house, dug up and placed in the living room the night before it was found.

    During the autopsy, Ducky confirms who the body belonged too. His girlfriend/Fiancé is called into NCIS and tells the team that James is in Iraq and has been writing to him. There is also another woman there claiming that she and James were a couple. One of the women believes that he is a special ops agent and both of them gave him money. When Gibbs contacts the men in the same unit out in Iraq and learn that James paid on of his friends to post letters back every few weeks since they arrived. When McGee goes to Rebecca's house (the red-haired fiancée), he finds her sleeping on her sofa bleeding after being shot. McGee searches her house after she is taken to hospital and finds a gun. The team believe that she shot herself. Jimmy goes back to the morgue to work on, Ducky leaves and the probie goes in to get a copy of a file. When she enters, her and jimmy start kissing and then head onto the floor. Gibbs searches the house that he was found in and discovers what looks like blood under the floor and so a sample is taken. Ziva & McGee head to his storage unit, and investigate. They find a bag hanging from the ceiling and the rest of the room is empty as they open it they find a bag full of gold coins.

    Through bone marrow DNA run against the DNA found in the underpants of the murdered man. Tony &Ziva take her to NCIS. She claims that she didn't kill, and that he simply hit his head. He asked to borrow money from her and she said no. Ducky gets the Husband to confess to burying him after he was dead. But Ducky informs him that the blunt force trauma to the head didn't kill him the fact that he was burying whilst still alive did.moreless
  • McGee Tv.

    The case of the two financees. The victim has two financees each who though her potential mate was serving in Iraq while he was actually dead. My favorites parts of the episode involved the humour surrounding the two financees meeting each other for the first time. They start to fight over their dead financee. Gibbs is forced to break up the fight in the bullpen while Tony and McGee look on. Actually McGee records the whole thing.

    McGee later shows the whole thing to Abby that he recorded on his new cell phone. Gibbs ofcourse shows up while they are watching it for the second time. Very funny.

    Interstingly a big deal is made out of McGee's new cell phone. Perhaps leading to a potential storyline.moreless
  • great episode

    A Lance Corporal who is supposed to be serving a tour of duty in iraq turned up dead in a house that's about to be sold. The team investigates what happened to the corporal, they find out that the body was buried and exhumed. It turns out that the dead corporal had a secret polygamous relationship with a number of women. The ncis team figure out who the murderer is, but nothing turns up on radar. the mystery even deepens when they find out that the dead marine is tricks women into giving him money. it's an interesting case. it's fun watching the team figure out what's going on, it's a good episode.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

Rebecca Wisocky

Rebecca Wisocky

Jody Carvell

Guest Star

Matt Winston

Matt Winston

Rick Carvell

Guest Star

Rachel Boston

Rachel Boston

Siri Albert

Guest Star

Brian Dietzen

Brian Dietzen

Asst. M.E. Jimmy Palmer

Recurring Role

Liza Lapira

Liza Lapira

NCIS Special Agent Michelle Lee

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (7)

    • GOOF: When Gibbs enters Shepard's office, we hear the door close behind him. When we see Gibbs pacing, we see the door shut. However, when we see him start to leave, the door is ajar.

    • GOOF: During the fight between the fiances, when they show McGee's phone, you can see in the top right 0:39/1:23. Since McGee is recording the fight, we shouldn't know the length of the video until he stops recording. Not only that, but when he shows it to Abby, the fight is at the beginning when he wasn't recording. The time stamp here is showing 0:37/1:23 during playback, just two seconds prior to the earlier scene when he was recording. As soon as he shows Abby, the time stamp should show 0:00 or close to which is the case for all videos being played from the beginning (no matter the recording).

    • GOOF: In the scene where Palmer and Agent Lee are making out, you can see Jimmy catch his glasses as they are knocked off when he removes his top. In the next shot however, they are back on his face.

    • TRIVIA: When Gibbs tells McGee to get on his hands and knees, and McGee replies, "You're not going to step on me are ya?," he was referring to the time that Gibbs had Agent Cassidy step on him in episode 3x03 "Mind Games."

    • GOOF: When McGee is showing the video on his phone, each time the camera goes to the phone, it's 39.40,41, thus it being fake.

    • GOOF: When McGee is showing Ziva the sunrise on his new phone, Tony is buttoning up his shirt, when he and McGee are walking away, Tony's shirt is unbuttoned fully, then the camera goes on Gibbs who's getting off the elevator, when the camera goes back on Tony & McGee, Tony's shirt is buttoned again.

    • GOOF: McGee shows Abby the chick fight on his camera video from the start of the fight when one of the girls screams "Liar!". During the actual scene, McGee doesn't even know about the fight until Tony yells "Chick fight!"-- well after the fight had started. Then McGee begins recording.

  • QUOTES (35)

    • Ziva: (looking on as both Tony and McGee are standing around without a shirt on) It's just like Chippendale's... without the bow ties or the muscles.

    • Ducky: He's speaking softly, but Lance Corporal Finn has more to say.

    • Tony: (after Ziva caught him with her deodorant) I'm not gonna feel bad, those ground radar techs didn't show up til dawn, McGee and I watched the sunrise together... it was very Brokeback Mountain.
      McGee: (pats Tony on the back) He had me at 'howdy'.
      Ziva: How romantic, I'm sorry I missed it.

    • Ziva: McGee. Give me your flashlight.
      McGee: Why? You didn't bring your own?
      Ziva: It's too heavy. It pulls my pants down!

    • Tony: I was lucky to get out of Rebecca's apartment alive. She threw this at my head.
      (holds up a copy of Moby Dick)
      Ziva: Finn was reading Moby Dick?
      Tony: No. She was throwing it. I took it so she couldn't rearm.

    • Ducky: My first impression is that we're dealing with a complete loon.
      Tony: That Masters in psych is starting to pay off Ducky.

    • Gibbs: You sleep with him that night?
      Jody Carvell: No.
      Gibbs: Oh, right, I forgot. You're from a good Catholic family. (pause) You sleep with him the second night??

    • Gibbs: Do you have any idea how many murderers swear to God they didn't do it?
      Jody Carvell: I come from a good Catholic family. When we swear to God, we mean it!

    • Ziva: Shooting someone in broad daylight is just dumb.
      Gibbs: Ahh... you're not thinking like a jealous woman Ziva!

    • Tony: (to Ziva) Why would someone unbury a body? I can answer that. To send a message. Like, Hi. I'm dead!

    • Tony: (to Ziva) Don't you hate it when you leave one black sock at one fiancee's house and other one at the other's house?

    • Abby: I'm sure you find other things beautiful.
      McGee: Like Gibbs breaking up a chick fight?
      Abby: I can't believe I missed that!
      McGee: Well, I've got good news. Guess what's now playing on McGee TV!
      Abby: I hug and kiss technology!

    • Ducky: (to Gibbs) Shaving off your moustache has brought back your usual impatience!

    • Tony: (yells and points) Chick fight!

    • Abby: (to Gibbs on the phone) Wait... did you say fiancees? Like plural? Huh. Kinky!

    • Rebecca Kemp: (describing how she met James) He blocked my path.. said he couldn't keep his eyes off me.
      McGee: And that worked?!

    • Tony: (to McGee) You've been droppin' a lot of cash lately... new phone, new watch, new teeth... what's up?

    • McGee: (showing the team the burial spot) Well.. you know what they say... location, location, location!

    • Ziva: And everything was normal?
      Jody Carvell: There was no rotting corpse in the living room... if that's what you mean.

    • Ducky: (Pointing at an X-Ray) See this fracture?
      Gibbs: Sure, you're pointing right at it.

    • (Ducky is trying to get a beetle into the jar)
      Ducky: Come here, you little monkey! (holding it aloft) A reminder thar Shakespeare got it wrong- we are not food for worms, it's the flies and beetles that feast upon us.

    • Ziva: Can Gibbs arrest God?
      Tony: I don't know. It's like The Thing trying to bring in The Hulk.
      Ducky: She's telling the truth.
      (Ducky begins to walk away.)
      Tony: Where are you going?
      Ducky: To tell Gibbs.
      Ziva: (to Tony) What do you think?
      Tony: I'm glad the glass is bulletproof.

    • Abby: (After witnessing the showdown between the husband and wife) Wow! I gotta come up here more often!

    • Ziva: It was an interview, not an interrogation, and excuse me if my brain didn't go to the sex place.
      Tony: Mine would.
      Ziva: I'm sure that's why you have a leg up on other investigators.
      Tony: See? You say "leg up"- I instantly went to the sex place.

    • Tony: One black mesh T-shirt. Do women really like these?
      Ziva: Depends on who's wearing it.
      Tony: So, if I'm...
      Ziva: No!

    • Jenny: Two fiancees... that a Marine thing?
      Gibbs: Oh, that's need to know, too, Director.

    • Gibbs: McGee, how long does it take to put on a clean shirt?
      McGee: Ten seconds. With buttons, a little longer... (Gibbs turns away.)... rhetorical question.

    • Ziva: What are you doing at my desk?
      Tony: Couldn't find my deodorant, so I used yours.
      Ziva: No, you didn't!
      Tony: Yeah! We're partners! What's the big deal?
      Ziva: A hair!
      Tony: Come on! You attach electrodes to men's testicles; you're getting squeamish about a hair?

    • Tony: It's an odd decorating choice. Although, the corpse does give it a certain "lived-in" look.

    • Ducky: (referring to the carpet) Personally, I prefer a good shag. (Palmer gives him a grinning look.) From a criminal investigative standpoint.

    • Abby: (to Gibbs) And his underwear are boxer briefs, like you wear, Gibbs.
      Gibbs: You're fishing, Abbs.
      Abby: So are they regular boxers? (Gibbs walks out) Trunks? Bikinis? Nothing?

    • Tony: (talking to Gibbs) You look happy to see me. (Sees him glance at his coffee) Oh, it's the coffee.

    • Ziva: Tony just put his hand down another man's pocket and it made him very happy.

    • Abby: Aww, you shaved your moustache! I liked you with a little hair on your face.
      Gibbs: I still have my eyebrows.
      Abby: Good point.

    • Ziva: (to Tony) You shouldn't have licked your chops like a hungry wolf.

  • NOTES (2)

    • Matt Winston is the third Star Trek actor to appear on NCIS and the second Star Trek: Enterprise actor to appear on the show. Tim Russ and Conner Trineer appeared in the season three episode, "Jeopardy."

    • Original International Airdates:
      Denmark: November 14, 2006 on TV3
      Sweden: January 14, 2007 on TV3
      Australia: February 20, 2007 on TEN
      Belgium: March 18, 2007 on VT4
      Germany: April 1, 2007 on SAT 1
      The Netherlands: April 4, 2007 on Veronica
      United Kingdom: May 8, 2007 on FX UK
      Spain: June 28, 2007 on La Sexta
      Italy: September 17, 2007 on RAI 2
      Finland: November 4, 2008 on Nelonen
      Slovakia: June 1, 2009 on Markiza
      Czech Republic: August 4, 2009 on TV Nova


    • Tony: That's like The Thing trying to bring in The Hulk.

      The Thing is one member of Marvel Comics superhero team The Fantastic Four. The Fantastic Four was the original superhero team created by Marvel Comics. The Thing has superhuman strength and cracky skin that resembles rocks. The Hulk is also a Marvel Comics character whose alter ego is Dr. Robert Bruce Banner. Dr. Banner became The Hulk after he was exposed to a gamma bomb he created. Like The Thing, The Hulk also possesses superhuman strength.

    • Tony: Who is Darkman?

      Darkman is actually the name of the movie that Tony is referring to in this scene. This 1990 horror/sci-fi film is about a disfigured, insane man who goes after the group of scientists responsible for his condition. Liam Neeson plays the main character, referred to as Darkman, whose real name is Peyton Westlake. Sam Raimi wrote the story and the screenplay, as well as directed this film.

    • (In answer to Tony's comment about Brokeback Mountain)
      McGee: You had me at "Howdy."

      This is an obvious play on the line from the movie Jerry Maguire when Renee Zellweger's character said, "You had me at Hello".

    • (Talking about Tony and McGee waiting for the techs and watching the sunrise together.)
      Tony: It was very Brokeback Mountain.

      This refers to the 2005 hit movie, Brokeback Mountain, starring Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal that is the story of two gay cowboys.

    • Episode Title: "Dead and Unburied"
      Refers to 1981 movie Dead & Buried, which also involves bodies leaving the grave.

    • (After Tony gives his shirt to McGee)
      Ziva: Wow, it's like Chippendales... without the bowties and muscles.

      Chippendale dancers are a group of men who provocatively dance for a primarily female audience. They are best known as being shirtless, muscular and wearing little else but bow ties, white cuffs and black leather pants.