Season 4 Episode 16

Dead Man Walking

Aired Tuesday 8:00 PM Feb 20, 2007 on CBS
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Episode Summary

When a Navy Lieutenant becomes the victim of radiation poisoning, the NCIS team must find the person who's behind the crime. The Lieutenant, who is working for the IAEA (International Atomic Energy Agency), claims that only his two colleagues knew about his assignment, and whoever it was, the person tried to stop the Lieutenant's next investigation.moreless

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  • Ziva falls in love with a dead man walking.

    This was a fantastic episode which starts when we are introduced to a dead man walking who wants his murder to be investigated Throughout the episode Ziva begins to like him and she remembers recognizing him from when she always sees him running It would of been good if they could of let him make a recovery and Ziva wishes they could of met under better circumstances but this was a good episode like the rest in season 4.moreless
  • Great episode but found 1 funny fact.

    If Abby inspected all of McGee's clothes, why is there only a hole in his jacket and not the rest of his clothes...

    Why did she had to cut out a part of his jacket to test but all the other clothes are still intact.
  • I have chosen not to write a summary as they have already done that and I would just be adding to their already fine job.

    A very believable story with superb acting from Matthew Marsden and Cote de Pablo. The chemistry between these two seemed real and electric even though he was dying.

    I would love to see him brought back on another episode.

    The twists in the plot were typical but different enough to hold our interest.

    It seems the only romance in the show happens between co-workers and it was a breath of fresh air to have some romance between someone else and a main character.

    I know there have been other shows with a similar plot but this had a uniqueness to it that made it stand out as superb.

    That is why i rated it higher than most people have who have submitted a review.moreless
  • Ziva finds the love of her life only to lose him. Wonderful but tragic Ziva episode.

    McGee's very expensive new jacket really is gorgeous. I would have wept after Abby returned it in that state.

    Ziva finally meets someone she really likes and he's dying. Even Tony can see Ziva's falling for him and hard. Looks like Tony's newfound love is giving him an insight into relationships. It's really tragic – this is like love-at-first-sight or finding your soulmate, only to lose them days after meeting them.

    No wonder Roy had a panic attack when he found out how he was poisoned – to learn that your vice was what was used. It really sucks to find out your co-worker poisoned you with radiation for money.moreless
  • Another emotional one, but it was so great!

    This one ranks quite highly on my personal favorites list, because it was a little insight into Ziva David, and we get to see a side of her that we haven't really been exposed to a lot, in the past.

    I thought the episode's opening scene was really creative and well made, which was a real bonus, but this episode's title is so similar to a Season One episode - I always get them confused!

    I also loved McGee's jacket, and my sister and I felt so bad when it got ruined by Abby! But great work by Abby - "I didn't get a stain on it", I was laughing hard at that!

    Overall, this episode is packed in with a lot of emotional scenes, the case is really interesting and it was a nice little look into Ziva's life. Also very funny and a terrific job by NCIS!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

David McCallum

David McCallum

Chief M.E. Ducky Mallard

Marc Vann

Marc Vann

Mark Sadowski

Guest Star

Scott Klace

Scott Klace

Dr. Timothy Hass

Guest Star

Erin Torpey

Erin Torpey

Holly Stegman

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 (3)

    • TRIVIA: We learn that Ziva's favorite quote is "All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing" originally said by Edmund Burke.

    • GOOF: When you see Gibbs and Abby talking to Ducky via the camera phone, Abby says "Wow" but when you pause and go frame by frame, her lips don't move.

    • TRIVIA: There is a CSI: Miami episode (1x15) called "Dead Woman Walking" which has a very similar plot line, where the woman in question was given radioactive materials and the CSIs try to figure out why and by whom before she dies. There is also a Crossing Jordan episode with a similar plot line, "D.O.A", 6x16, where a man who has been poisoned goes to the morgue and asks Jordan (an ME there and the main character herself) to solve his murder and also find his daughter so he can see her one last time. Then there is a Law and Order: Criminal Intent episode, 6x16, with a similar plot. A reporter, Jack Lemle, rushing into the Major Case Squad to report his own death by radiation poisoning. He is reluctant to reveal all of the details of his latest story and the rest of the episode is a race against time to find out who poisoned him and why before his demise.

  • QUOTES (23)

    • Sanders: Yeah, of course. I know you. You have a smooth stride, great carriage. I often turn after you pass to admire your technique.
      Ziva: Are you serious?
      Sanders: Yeah. Yeah. You have a very cute, tight technique.

    • Tony: (watching Gibbs interrogate Sadowski) This is my favorite part.
      McGee: The part where Gibbs breaks him?
      Tony: No. The part right before Gibbs breaks him, when the guy still thinks he has a chance.

    • Abby: (referring to McGee's jacket) It's really soft. Rub that against a certain part of your body...
      McGee: You didn't!
      Abby: I don't even have that part!

    • Ziva: Special Agent Gibbs asked me to accompany you. I am Officer David.
      Sanders: I'd shake your hand, but...
      Ziva: Actually, it would be best to avoid all bodily contact.
      Sanders: You sound just like my prom date.

    • Abby: You said he coughed on you.
      McGee: (sighs) Yes.
      Abby: So I need to check all of your clothing for radiation, if you are exposed...
      (McGee removes his underwear and hands it to Abby)
      McGee: Yeah. I feel exposed.

    • (Abby is sucking the last drops out of her Caf-Pow!)
      Gibbs: (trying to wrench the Caf-Pow! away from her) Abbs, it's over.
      Abby: I just hate to see the first one of the morning end.

    • (McGee comes to pick up his $2000 jacket)
      McGee: Thank you for taking care of my jacket.
      Abby: You're welcome.
      (McGee notices a big patch has been cut out of the jacket sleeve)
      McGee: Aaaah!
      Abby: What? I promised you I wouldn't stain it... just put your hand over it like this.
      McGee: That looks very natural, thank you.

    • Ziva: He's been to Israel twice in the past decade, we've never been in the same city.
      Tony: He's also been to Iran, Bulgaria, Pakistan, Kuwait, Croatia, Korea and Slovenia.
      Gibbs: Guy gets around.
      Tony: I left out Canada.

    • Ziva: They say the clothes make the man.
      Tony: He's not a man. He's a McGee.

    • Tony: Well you know you've been in the hospital too long when you've figured out the vending machine.

    • Gibbs: You stick with him, Ziva.
      Ziva: Like tattoos on Abby.

    • Gibbs: Tells me something about the man.
      Abby: Like what?
      Gibbs: He'd make a good Marine.

    • Lt. Roy Sanders: Sorry, I feel a little dizzy.
      Ziva: I better get you into bed (look at each other, start laughing).

    • Ziva: You run like a health nut and eat like a slob.

    • Abby: It's pretty hinky. I might even say hinky-dory.
      (Gibbs looks at her)
      Abby: Cute? A little?

    • (Abby is talking about Happy Meal toys)
      Gibbs: Abby!
      Abby: Wow, somebody needs a Happy Meal.

    • Ziva: I feel like I know him from somewhere.
      Tony: Mossad?
      Ziva: Maybe.
      Tony: Online dating service?
      Ziva: (grabs a paperclip) I will kill you 18 different ways with this paperclip.

    • Roy: My gut has integrity.
      Ziva: So does my spleen.

    • (after McGee walks in wearing scrubs)
      Tony: If the clothes make the man, what does that make McGee?
      Ziva: Male nurse?
      Tony: Aqua Smurf.

    • Tony: Ziva figure out how she knows him?
      Gibbs: Personal connection.
      Tony: Ziva has personal connections?

    • Tony: Is it dangerous?
      McGee: Do you want kids?

    • Tony: You know what this guy being poisoned reminds me of?
      McGee: A movie.
      Tony: Yeah, but which one?
      McGee: One that I've never seen.

    • Sanders: Your table is cold.
      Ducky: None of my other patients have ever complained.

  • NOTES (2)

    • Original International Airdates:
      Denmark: February 27, 2007 on TV3
      Sweden: April 1, 2007 on TV3
      Australia: May 22, 2007 on TEN
      Belgium: June 3, 2007 on VT4
      United Kingdom: July 24, 2007 on FX UK
      Spain: August 2, 2007 on La Sexta
      The Netherlands: September 19, 2007 on Veronica
      Germany: September 23, 2007 on SAT 1
      Italy: October 21, 2007 on RAI 2
      New Zealand: October 30, 2007 on TV3
      Brazil: December 7, 2007 on AXN
      Finland: January 20, 2009 on Nelonen
      Slovakia: June 16, 2009 on Markiza
      Czech Republic: October 26, 2009 on TV Nova

    • Lauren Holly is credited but doesn't appear.


    • Mark Sadowski: It's one of those "If this is Tuesday, it must be Tashkent" trips.

      This is an allusion to the movie If it's Tuesday, This Must be Belgium.

    • Roy Sanders: I'd like to report a murder... mine.

      The opening, in which Sanders seeks out Gibbs to report his own poisoning, is nearly identical to the opening in the following week's episode of Law & Order: Criminal Intent, in which a reporter goes to police headquarters with a similar report. The wording is almost identical to that used here.

    • Roy Sanders: All it takes for evil to succeed is for good men to do nothing.

      This is a paraphrasing of a famous quotation by the English philosopher Edmund Burke. The original words are "All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing."

    • Tony: This reminds me of something.
      McGee: A movie?
      Tony: D.O.A.

      This movie has been remade several times but the one Tony referred to was released in 1950 and starred Edmond O'Brien as a man who was poisoned and was trying to track down his killer.

    • McGee: Boss, I need to show you something.
      Tony: I hope it's not that YouTube clip I sent him this morning because it's a little...

      YouTube is a website used for sharing pictures and video.

    • Tony: (to McGee) Diane Russio made Gibbs' spidey sense tingle.

      In comic books one of the super powers that Spiderman acquired from a radioactive spider was a sense that would tell him when something bad was coming at him. This was referred to as his "Spidey Sense."

    • Abby: Nobody eats Happy Meals.

      Happy Meals are a kids meal from McDonalds.

    • Episode Title: "Dead Man Walking"
      The episode title is a reference to a 1988 and a 1995 movie with the same title. Also, the episode title is similar to the NCIS episode 1x19: "Dead Man Talking."