Season 6 Episode 20

Dead Reckoning

Aired Tuesday 8:00 PM Mar 31, 2009 on CBS
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Gibbs has to put his personal feelings aside and work with Trent Kort who returns in order to track down a dangerous criminal.

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  • Gibbs works with Trent Kort.

    NCIS gets closer to the end of the sixth season and the episodes are still good This one saw the return of Trent Kort who works with NCIS but it was understandable that Dinozzo never wanted to work with him Even though NCIS had to work with him they managed to get one of NCIS' most wanted and Dinozzo gladly crossed him off the list The episode ha a nice turning point at the end when the person pulling the strings was the most unlikely.moreless
  • Definitely an interesting and unexpected episode. (Possible spoilers.)

    This was a very good episode onf NCIS, and it definitely had an unforeseeable conclusion. How often is it that the dangerous terrorist on the NCIS Mos Wanted turns out to be incapable of movement in a caoma.

    Aside from that, there awas a fair few very interesting scenes in this episode, such sas the very beginning, and I enjoyed seeing Trent Kort, who is certainly an interesting and different character.

    All up, a very good episode. Can't wsay that it was the best episode, but it was very, very good! Keep up the great work guys, and I'd highly recommend this episode!moreless
  • An interesting episode - but it was lacking something I've come to expect from NCIS (SPOILERS)

    I admit, this may seem like a nit-pick, but Tony's movie references are so much a part of the show that when they miss one as obvious as they did in this episode, it's actually a big let down. When they got to the point in the show where we discovered that Silvino, the "big bad guy" they were hunting for, had been in the hospital for quite some time and that someone else had been using his name to run his empire, the very first thing I thought of was "The Princess Bride." In one of the most oft-quoted parts of the movie, Weseley reveals that he's made his riches as "The Dread Pirate Roberts" - and that the secret to having done so was that people responded to the *name.* No one knew what the "real" Dread Pirate Roberts looked like, so when Weseley took over, no one knew he wasn't the "real" one.

    That was the same basic concept here - Perry took over for Silvino after Silvino became incapacitated. Everyone responded with the same subserviance as they had to the "real" Silvino because no one knew he was out of action or that someone else was using his hame. With part of Perry's actions as Silvino being piracy, him not making a "Dread Pirate Roberts" reference is almost unforgivable!

    Aside from that, however, the episode was a lot of fun. I especially loved the scene where Ziva set herself up to be able to position herself so she could take out the two bad guys who were coming into the safehouse via two different doors. That was just exactly the kind of think I'd expect from Ziva (or Major Casey from "Chuck") and it was hilarious. It was also kind of fun seeing Kort again, knowing he got his chops busted for the whole "Frog" deal and trying to work his way back up the ladder. I still wonder what's in the file he gave Gibbs on Vance, though!moreless
  • Not my favorite but it had it's moments.

    I loved watching the chess moves throughout the episode between Cort and Gibbs. They chase after the same man but taking different paths to track down their target. I found it a really creative twist that the accountant was using the "boss" medically incapacity to systemically steal his money. I loved watch Tony challenge Cort at every corner and justifiably questioning his motives given the history. I loved Ziva handling of the shoot out at the safe house. Classic take charge Ziva. I loved Abby's confession to aiding in a homicide as well as Ducky and Jimmy's shared love of music. I was surprise that I didn't see Vance with a toothpick though.moreless
  • We have a situation at the safe house... Under control!

    Typical NCIS episode, means typical epic episode.

    Gibbs and the team has to team up with Kort to track down a most wanted criminal. Trust, is not what you would usually concede to someone like kort; but to achieve your goals, you have to run some risks.

    Our heroes investigate a series of murders that will eventually lead them to the head of the criminal organization they've been hunting for many years. CIA is not famous for its willingness to share informations with other agencies; turns out they do exceptions too.

    Great episode, as I've said before. I especially loved Ziva... Lara Croft is a rookie compared to her, this may sound as the "cliche of the year"; but seriously can you find something more sexy than a woman shooting with both hands? :Dmoreless
Mark Harmon

Mark Harmon

Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs

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

Sean Murray (I)

Sean Murray (I)

Special Agent Tim McGee

Cote de Pablo

Cote de Pablo

Mossad Agent Ziva David

Christian Clemenson

Christian Clemenson

Perry Sterling

Guest Star

James Ellis Lane

James Ellis Lane

U.S. Marshal

Guest Star

Liisa Cohen

Liisa Cohen


Guest Star

Brian Dietzen

Brian Dietzen

Asst. M.E. Jimmy Palmer

Recurring Role

David Dayan Fisher

David Dayan Fisher

Trent Kort

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

    • GOOF: When close ups of the NCIS Wall have been shown in the past, Jonathan Siravo was not shown until this episode despite Tony saying that he has see it every day. Also this episode shows that Former Petty Officer Roland Alan Moore was caught as red tape is shown over his name on the NCIS wall. He was first mentioned in episode "Terminal Leave."

    • TRIVIA: Tony quite surprisingly missed out on a perfect opportunity for a movie reference. When Kort suggests that the two dead shooters at the construction site was the result of a "...double suicide pact... secret lovers", Tony should have pointed out that this explanation was just as bogus in the cult classic film Heathers as it was in this instance. In Heathers, Winona Ryder's character convinces two members of the football team that she wanted to have sex with them at the same time, but once they had stripped Christian Slater's character came out of hiding, shot and killed them, then left a fake suicide note stating that they had killed each other because they could no longer live hiding the fact that they were gay lovers. In Tony's defense, however, his antagonism to Kort would explain why he was off his game enough to miss seeing the obvious parallel.

    • TRIVIA: In the scene where Tony and Ziva are looking at the "N.C.I.S. Most Wanted" wall of wanted fugitives, a photo of real-life F.B.I. Most Wanted fugitive Robert William Fisher is shown, with a horizontal red line across the picture, indicating he has been caught. This is not true, as Robert William Fisher is still one of the F.B.I.'s Ten Most Wanted, and has not been apprehended or declared to be deceased.

    • GOOF: When McGee checks to see if Gibbs' cell phone is on, Gibbs' name appears in the list as "Gibbs, Jethro Leroy". Actually, Gibbs' first name is Leroy and his middle name is Jethro, not the other way around. Additionally, Gibbs is the only one in the list with a middle name listed. And finally, when McGee tracks the cell phone with his computer a window pops over the map up reading "J. Leroy Gibbs" as the subject of the trace!

  • QUOTES (7)

    • Ziva: Look I dislike him just as much as you do.
      Tony: Oh really?! He tried to kill me, he blew up my car.
      Ziva: I'm sure he had his reasons.

    • Tony: Ah, we're taking tips from Trent Kort. Why don't we just run with scissors or talk to strangers. Maybe I got some candy.
      Kort: Go to hell, DiNozzo.
      Tony: Feels like we're half way there.

    • Ducky: We need a connection.
      Gibbs: Horse manure.
      Ducky: Horse manure?

    • Kort: Gibbs, what motivation would I ever have to mislead you? (Gibbs just gives him a look) I respect that you're suspicious, caution is an asset in our line of work. Trust is elusive, at best.
      Gibbs: No it's not, not between us- it's impossible. But I honor my debts.

    • McGee: (concerned when he learns that Gibbs is late for work) He lives alone, maybe something happened to him. No one would know.
      Tony: (in an "anchorman" voice) In a tragic story of obsessive hobbying turned deadly, an NCIS Agent was discovered in his basement crushed between a large, homemade boat and an even larger bottle of bourbon. Film at eleven!

    • (McGee walks into bullpen)
      Tony: Oh, glad you could join us McTardy.
      McGee: Where's the bossman? I need a superior to sign off on this.
      Tony: Hand it over, I'm clearly superior to you in so many ways.

    • Kort: I think they shot each other.
      Gibbs: That the best story you got?
      Kort: One I'm sticking to.

  • NOTES (3)

    • Christian Clemenson is billed as a Special Guest Star.

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Denmark: April 12, 2009 on TV3
      Australia: May 12, 2009 on Channel Ten
      Norway: August 25, 2009 on TV3
      Spain: September 24, 2009 on La Sexta
      Sweden: October 6, 2009 on TV3
      The Netherlands: October 20, 2009 on SBS6
      Slovakia: April 8, 2010 on Markiza
      Finland: June 1, 2010 on Nelonen
      Czech Republic: October 4, 2010 on TV Nova

    • Featured Music:
      "No Shelter" by Seether (during the teaser)


    • Kort: Yes, we can.

      Kort is quoting Obama's slogan during the 2008 presidential election campaign.

    • Kort: How about that favor you owe me?

      Kort is referring to episode 6x13 "Broken Bird." Gibbs contacts Kort to get Ducky's file to find out why Ducky was attacked. In addition to supplying Gibbs with Ducky's file, Kort also gives him Vance's file. Kort said he would call in the favor as he gave the files to Gibbs.