Season 1 Episode 19

Dead Man Talking

Aired Tuesday 8:00 PM Apr 27, 2004 on CBS
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Episode Summary

An NCIS agent has been murdered while investigating a case and the team's job is to find out what happened.

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  • Be ready for another terrific episode!

    It is terrible what happened to Chris Pacci. Gibbs took it really hard and Tony did too when Kate was asking questions about Pacci at his house.

    Tony had such energy, a fire in his belly when they got to go on the stakeout. I have to say McGee is sort of a mix between both Kate and Tony. He is a hard worker, jokes around when he wants to, willing to try new things. I really like McGee. So far, my favorite people on this show are Tony, Abby, and McGee.

    I definitely did not suspect that the woman, Amanda Reed would turn out to be Lt. Commander Voss. I wonder if she was a real person. Tony said everywhere Voss was so was Amanda. Could Amanda been in on it and Voss killed her assuming her identity? Was she the body they found three years ago? If not they have another murder to solve. Or did Voss have her setup at all these different locations in case he was ever found out? Just food for thought.

    I can not keep say this one or that one are my favorite episodes. There have only been one or two episodes that I did not care for. This one definitely makes my fabulous list.

    I almost forgot! Kate asking Tony what it was like tonguing a guy! OMG, I loved it! Totally harsh on Tony, but hilarious to no end, LOL!!moreless
  • A favorite among the early episodes

    I've only gotten into this show recently, and I've seen a lot of reruns from the first 3 seasons. I completely understand why NCIS is only now becoming such a hit with the media, because I feel like it's really been hitting its stride this year.

    However, this episode was an excellent one. I think it's one of the best that I've seen from the first few seasons - it was a really great blend of humor, unpredictable twist and resolution in the case, and poignancy with one of the few male agent deaths in this series and how it affected the team, especially Gibbs and Tony.moreless
  • Maybe Tony's NOT a 0 on the Kinsey scale.

    Kate is really starting to make a bad impression on me – it's just been one thing after another recently. One of their own agents is dead and Kate objects because she has a date?! For a former secret service agent, she really isn't very committed to her work ethic. Being a NCIS agent is not a 9 to 5 job, it's actually more of a calling than a career.

    Tony takes credit for McGee's truly impressive detective work but Gibbs always knows better. McGee is really good at the finicky details, Tony's the people person and Kate… god only knows given her recent performance.

    Tony will never live this down – this will be fodder for years. Poor baby! Though he pretty much asked for it – kissing her in a public place like that?!

    Two familiar faces: Frederic Lane (YED from SPN) and Jamie Sheridan.

    Very interesting episode.moreless
  • Dead Man Talking

    A lot of people believe that NCIS was great from the beginning, but I really feel like it took a few years to get its footing (and to get Sasha Alexander out of there in favor of Cote de Pablo.) This episode though was really good. It was funny, but more importantly it was highly entertaining from start to finish and featured a brilliant twist resulting in a humorous situation for one Tony DiNozzo.

    And Gibbs pulling the trigger at the end? That was just, well, awesome and really further established the credibility of the character when it needed it.moreless
  • Emotional

    This one was one of those cases, what Gibbs and everyone else takes very personally. It was one of them, found very brutally murdered and so.. team does their best to put together the pieces of what the dead agent was working.. And the thing is that Tony starts to get too interested on a woman they are following.. and oh.. that shock was just huge. I loved how they all ran over Tony in the end.. usually he is picking fun on others but.. this time.. That was just brilliant.

    I loved that we saw that other agent again. He happens to hang out with them quite often and that's great. He on the phone when Tony was "getting into his mess" was great. That man just sounded so panic that for sure, it was easy for Gibbs to figure it out that something is not right.

    So, great episode. The ending on the bar.. when Gibbs just arrived on the right moment.. that was brilliantmoreless
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

David McCallum

David McCallum

Chief M.E. Ducky Mallard

Jamie Luner

Jamie Luner

Amanda Reed / Lt. Cmdr. Hamilton Voss

Guest Star

Cristine Rose

Cristine Rose

Pat Stone

Guest Star

John Marshall Jones

John Marshall Jones

Detective Hanley

Guest Star

Sean Murray (I)

Sean Murray (I)

Special Agent Tim McGee

Recurring Role

Tim Kelleher

Tim Kelleher

NCIS Special Agent Chris Pacci

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (6)

    • TRIVIA: Tony tells Amanda that he was in the Final Four with Ohio State, but lost to UCLA. Ohio State was never in the Final Four the same year as Ohio State as far back as 1980. Ohio State was in the Final Four in 1999 and lost the the eventual Champions UConn, and UCLA was in the Final Four in 1995, where they defeated Oklahoma State.

    • TRIVIA: The flashbacks of Pacci talking to Gibbs is from the previous episode "UnSEALed."

    • GOOF: When Ducky walks back to Pacci's body after talking to Gibbs about the foreign object in the x-ray and says, "That would be my guess, Jethro," you can see the abdomen rise as the actor inhales.

    • TRIVIA: McGee discovers an oak tree of a specific type is planted outside Amanda's house. He refers to it as Quercus virginia. The actual name should be Quercus virginiana.

    • TRIVIA: During the autopsy, Ducky finds a memory card that was swallowed by the deceased. The memory card that is shown is an SD Digital type card, very small and can be swallowed. However, we see in the next scene that NCIS issue cameras are Nikon D100's. The D100 accepts only the professional-grade and higher capacity compact flash or Microdrives which are too big to be swallowed. The memory card found could not have been used in an NCIS camera.

    • GOOF: When we first see Abby talking to Gibbs, watch right after she says "The gun's a virgin." Gibbs turns to leave, and behind him you can see part of a man's shoulder and torso. This is obviously a crew person, as no one else is in the room at the time.

  • QUOTES (19)

    • Tony: (to McGee, as he leaves to be "bait" with Amanda) Okay, cover my back.
      McGee: Got it. Tony! (draws his gun) How do, how do I take the safety off?
      Tony: (exasperated) You take the safety off... (McGee holsters his weapon as Tony realizes he's been had)

    • Kate: I'm warning you DiNozzo, don't even go there.
      (Kate leaves)
      Tony: We've gotta go there. Any ideas, McGee?
      McGee: No.
      Tony: Well, don't worry. I've got plenty.
      McGee: You realize that any prank we play on Kate we'll also be pulling on Gibbs?
      Tony: That's a problem.
      McGee: Unless...nah.
      Tony: What?
      McGee: Well, I was thinking. Since she is expecting something, maybe we should do nothing.
      Tony: ...That's brilliant. It'll drive her nuts trying to figure out what we did, that we didn't do. You're all right McGee.

    • Tony: (answering Kate's phone) Special Agent Todd's desk. I'm sorry she's stepped away.
      Kate: (returning to her desk) DiNozzo!
      Tony: May I ask who's calling? Um, one moment. (Kate grabs the phone) Dwayne?
      Kate: I do have voice mail.
      Tony: What fun is that?

    • Abby: Reminds me of The Crying Game.
      McGee: Don't know it.
      Abby: It was such a cool flick.
      Tony: Abby, could you pick some other movie, please?
      Abby: Oh um, Victor Victoria?
      Tony: That was a girl pretending to be a guy pretending to be a girl?
      Abby: Right.
      Tony: Yeah. That one's okay.

    • Kate: You really need to get a social life of your own.
      Tony: Oh I have a social life.
      Kate: What's tonight? Celebrity Mole?
      Tony: No, best of Jackass.

    • Gibbs: (as he holds a gun to "Amanda's" head) His name was Special Agent Chris Pacci, and he was a friend.

    • Abby: The crispy critter from the crash is type O+. Lt. Commander Voss is AB-.
      Kate: Voss is alive?
      Abby: Unless he's an alien with shifting blood types.

    • Kate: (catches Tony listening to her phone conversation with a long range microphone) DiNozzo!
      Tony: Sounds like Dwayne's in love.
      Kate: Permission to shoot him?
      Gibbs: Uh-huh.

    • McGee: What do I do here, Abbs?
      Abby: Don't volunteer anything; only answer questions asked. And whatever you do, do not lie because Gibbs is like Santa Claus. He knows if you've been naughty.

    • Gibbs: (trying to extract info from Tony) Are you going to spit it out, or do I have to waste my coffee on your head?

    • Abby: Amanda is Voss.
      Gibbs: She's a he?
      Abby: Yes.
      Kate: Oh my God! Tony is on a date with a guy.
      Abby: Yeah.

    • Tony: How old are you? It's a classic. Richard Dreyfuss and a... one of the Martin Sheen kids.
      Kate: Emilio Estevez.
      McGee: How can Estevez be a Sheen?
      Kate: Martin Sheen is not a Sheen.

    • Gibbs: Kate and I will take the first shift, you McGee will relieve us at 19:00.
      Tony: Yeah!
      Gibbs: Problemo?
      Kate: Well, you really wanna do that to McGee? Special Agent Bligh here is gonna eat him alive.
      Tony: McGee looks up to me. As a mentor.
      Gibbs: You wanna be stuck in a cramped apartment with DiNozzo, be my guest.
      Kate: On the other hand it will help McGee build character.

    • Kate: By the way Tony, there is only one bathroom, it's clean now, I want to find it that way when I get back.
      Tony: What do you think I'm gonna do?
      Kate: I've seen you fire your weapon, I don't trust your aim.

    • Tony: You ever been on a stakeout before, McGee?
      McGee: No. But I'm, ah, looking forward to the experience.
      Kate: Behave yourself.

    • Tony: Haven't been on a stakeout for a long time. I'm looking forward to this.
      Kate: Figures. You're a voyeur; you like spying on people.
      Tony: And this is legal.
      Kate: Would you be as excited if the mark was a three hundred pound bald guy?
      Tony: Nope.

    • Tony: Y'know, the quicker you get this done, the more quality time you have to spend with a certain tattooed forensic technician of the Gothic persuasion.
      McGee: What do you mean by that?
      Tony: Oh-ho-ho, come on. Abby told me, you, ah, closed the deal under some pretty hinky circumstances.
      McGee: She told you that? Well, the hinky thing, did she tell you that was her idea? Abby didn't tell you anything did, she.
      Tony: A well-trained NCIS agent is good at extracting information.

    • Tony: Oooh, hottie.
      Abby: Don't you think she's a little bit old for you, Tony?
      Tony: No, she's about my age.
      Abby: That's exactly my point.

    • Abby: Turning your interior plumbing inside out is kind of...
      McGee: Hinky?
      Abby: No, that's way beyond hinky...
      Kate: Speaking of way beyond hinky, Tony...
      Tony: Okay, all right, give it to me, Kate, I can take it.
      Kate: What was it like, tonguing a guy?
      Tony: (long pause) Forget it, I can't take it.

  • NOTES (1)

    • Original International Airdates:
      Croatia: August 26, 2005 on NOVA TV
      France: October 01, 2004 on M6
      Germany: July 28, 2005 on SAT.1
      Hungary: March 13, 2006 on TV 2
      Sweden: October 24, 2004 on TV3
      Finland: January 06, 2007 on TV4
      Denmark: May 4, 2004 on TV3


    • At the end of the episode, Abby mentions two movies. The first, The Crying Game, is a movie about a British soldier who is kidnapped by the IRA. He escapes their custody, and tracks down his captor's girlfriend. He falls in love with her only to find out she is really a man.

      In the other movie, Victor/Victoria, Julie Andrews portrays an out-of-work opera singer who finds a job in a nightclub by pretending to be a female impersonator.

    • Kate: Martin Sheen is not a Sheen.

      Martin Sheen's birth name is Ramon Estevez, since we are on the subject, Charlie Sheen's birth name is Carlos Irwin Estevez.

    • During the stakeout, Tony used an alias of "Stringfellow." That is of course the name of the main character in another of Bellisario's shows Airwolf.

    • Abby: She's my daughter! My sister! My daughter, my sister, my daughter...

      The original quote goes: "She's my daughter! She's my sister! She's my daughter! My sister, my daughter. She's my sister and my daughter." This is spoken by Evelyn Cross Mulwray (Faye Dunaway) in Chinatown.