Season 8 Episode 21

Dead Reflection

Aired Tuesday 8:00 PM Apr 12, 2011 on CBS
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Episode Summary

When a Pentagon security camera catches a petty officer committing a murder, the NCIS team has to track them down. Meanwhile, Gibbs reveals that Agent Barrett will be taking over the Port-to-Port murder case with her own team.

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  • GibbsRules 101

    The episode started with Barrett's snob comment about her team, and a murder in pentagon. The case seemed easy at first, but then things changed. The team handled the case very good as always. Case solved. But, this week's episode is a 10 for me not because the murder took place in Pentagon, involved special ops, masks, and everything. It's solely because of the chat Gibbs and DiNozzo had in Gibbs' basement. Yes, Gibbs is bullheaded, old-fashioned and everything, but He stands by his rules and this is something not everybody can do these days. And now, DiNozzo has now an inner conflict,that's not easy to solve. He needs to decide between Gibbs and Barrett. However, as we saw Tony hasn't seen Barrett for 2 days and wants to cool the relationship down a bit. It's good sign for the future. I only hope that the writers of the show will do a good job and clean all the Barrett and Vance mess. Her face and character is not so good for NCIS. She doesn't have integrity. However, I liked her 2 team members. The big guy was awesome !moreless
  • Brilliant episode, with a highly intricate case and detailed plot! They outdid themselves with this one!

    Being the 'continuation' in some sorts of last week, I was expecting an episode centered entirely around this P2P killer, but instead we got a super awesome, and very hard to solve case!

    I thought the case was just woven so intricately and delicately. It was precise and highly detailed, and it was difficult or even impossible to predict, until the very end!

    I thought the idea of the fake face was great, and I won't fgive away any more than that so that you can enjoy the acase!

    As for the other notable part of the episode, Barrett's team members seem very bland and lack personalities. I don't like either of E.J.'s team, but I still like Agent Barrett herself. It will be interesting to see what happens next!

    The ending was shocking, and it was a great cliffhanger, so I absolutely recommend this episode, and I can't wait to watch the next one! Great work, brilliant episode o f NCIS!moreless
  • 821

    An okay episode of NCIS here. The first half was actually quite interesting as they presented an intriguing case about a death where the suspect had died before he committed the murder. Some amusing comedy thrown in with DiNozzo struggling to deal with the new agent. Nothing wrong with that.

    Then things got too over the top for me. They had characters wearing masks, they had awful fight scenes, Mark Harmon phoning in another performance. A promising episode of NCIS really started to get dull halfway through and considering the audience is over 80, I am guessing I wasn't the only one starting to get a little sleepy.

    Not horrible, but I know NCIS is better than this.moreless
  • interesting plot

    Interesting episode tonight. As usual, I like the twists in the story lines of Gibbs and Barrett's. Gibbs' case is about a murder suspect who died two days before the murder incident. And for Barrett's port to port murder - the eye ball from Tony's drink from the last episode opened the M-TAC room - where only authorized people have access to it. Hmm... whose eye could that be? I like the story line of Tony and Gibbs. There is realism in the relationship - where needs for intimacy is considered. Tony has always respected Gibbs - as a boss, father-like and confidante / friend - but now, it seems Tony is in a crossroad with Gibbs regarding his relationship with Barrett. Would Tony choose Barrett over Gibbs? I hope not.moreless
  • I really don't like Special Agent EJ Barrett!

    I don't know why but there is something very wrong about this girl. I really don't like her. And we can see a glimpse about her controlling and jealous nature when she demands to know the reason Tony didn't contact her for the last two days. And what is with "maybe you can learn something from them" in reference to her coworkers. Gibbs's team is one of the best and I don't think they treated her unfairly. But EJ does have something against Ziva. I would really like to see a fight between her and Ziva, I have no doubt that Ziva will kick her ass very badly and shut her up. I agree with Gibbs when he tells Tony that sleeping with Barrett is a bad idea. And I don't think he was referring only to rule no. 12. I think Gibbs does not trust her and there is something more to her. But I do like her coworkers Cade and Levin, they are interesting characters. Timmy is a little jealous because Abby went on a date with Cade. It was cute.

    I liked the episode. A little mystery, a little special ops and super cool toys and some intrigue and jealousy among the characters.

    And I also like the moments between Tony and Ziva. They are incredible together as a couple and they are endearing as friends. I want more moments between them.

    I am curious will this be the end of the original team? Will Gibbs make Tony chose between being part of his team or Tony being the leader of his own team. I can wait to see how the writers will develop the story from now on.

    What is it with the port to port killer? Who is he, what does he want and who's eye opened MTAC? I guess we will wait and see.moreless
Mark Harmon

Mark Harmon

Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs

Michael Weatherly

Michael Weatherly

Special Agent Tony DiNozzo

Cote de Pablo

Cote de Pablo

Special 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

Matthew Willig

Matthew Willig

NCIS Special Agent Simon Cade

Guest Star

Alimi Ballard

Alimi Ballard

NCIS Special Agent Gayne Levin

Guest Star

Jeffrey Johnson

Jeffrey Johnson

Navy Commander Nelson Tunney

Guest Star

Sarah Jane Morris

Sarah Jane Morris

Special Agent EJ Barrett

Recurring Role

Brian Dietzen

Brian Dietzen

Asst. M.E. Jimmy Palmer

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

  • QUOTES (7)

    • (In Gibbs' basement)
      Tony: Hey. What you working on?
      Gibbs: Wood. (Tony places two glasses down on a workbench) What's the occasion?
      Tony: I thought we could talk?
      Gibbs: So talk.
      Tony: You know I look up to you, Boss. Learned a lot from you over the last... ten years. You've been a great teacher.
      Gibbs: You gotta point, DiNozzo?
      Tony: ...I've always though that the headslaps were, er...a sign of affection. Today in the squad room, I was expecting one, and I didn't... I didn't get it... Are you pissed at me?
      Gibbs: Rule number twelve.
      Tony: Never date a co-worker. Yeah... I know. She's pretty great, though. EJ and I have a lot in common. She's easy to be with, you know. It's nice to have somebody to talk to. NCIS doesn't have any... policy against it, you know. There are married agents. And technically, EJ and I, we don't work together, we're on separate teams.
      Gibbs: My team. My rules.

    • Ziva: Did Gibbs say anything to you about Agent Barrett? You know, about dating?
      Tony: Nope.
      Ziva: Are you sure he knows?
      Tony: He's Gibbs. He knows everything. He did read her the Riot Act, though.
      Ziva: Well that's not good, Tony. You should talk to Gibbs. You and him go way back. I mean, it's like the big rhinoceros in the room that no-one wants to talk about.
      Tony: Elephant.
      Ziva: Huh?
      Tony: It's an elephant in the room. It's not a hippopotamus, it's not a rhinoceros. It's an elephant.

    • (In the car on a stakeout)
      Tony: Salads are not stakeout food.
      Ziva: Well, they should be. At least they don't stink up the car!
      Tony: (Holds an onion ring up) Want one?
      Ziva: No!
      Tony: Your loss.

    • (In a security room at the Pentagon)
      McGee: Pentagon, Boss. One of the most secure buildings in the world. There's several rooms just like this one, covering different rooms throughout the building.
      Tony: Why don't you tell him how many sides it has, Tim?

    • (Referring to Gibbs)
      Tony: He's not smiling.
      Ziva: When is he?

    • McGee: It was floating in your gin and tonic?
      Tony: Real eye-opener.
      McGee: It must'a really freaked ya out.
      Tony: Yeah. Thought I needed a drink before. I really needed one after.

    • McGee: Doesn't it bother you to have Barrett's team around?
      Tony: My life was a lot simpler before she got here.
      McGee: How so?
      Tony: Ah, Gibbs is giving me grief about sleeping with her.
      McGee: (surprised) You're sleeping with Special Agent Barrett?
      Tony: Catch up Tim! The whole Navy yard knows about it!

  • NOTES (3)

    • Rocky Carroll is credited but doesn't appear.

    • Guest star Alimi Ballard previously co-starred on Dark Angel with Michael Weatherly. Alimi played Michael's girlfriend's best friend, Herbal Thought.

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Canada: April 13, 2011 on Global
      Australia: May 10, 2011 on Channel Ten
      United Kingdom: May 20, 2011 on FX/FX HD
      Sweden: September 19, 2011 on TV3
      Finland: October 11, 2011 on Nelonen
      Spain: October 14, 2011 on LaSexta
      Germany: October 23, 2011 on SAT 1
      Slovakia: January 12, 2012 on Markiza
      Czech Republic: June 18, 2012 on TV Nova


    • Tony: This mask bears an uncanny resemblance to the Master of Suspense himself. Is this... Alfred Hitchcock?

      Sir Alfred Joseph Hitchcock (13 August 1899 – 29 April 1980) was an English filmmaker, most widely known for his films Strangers on a Train (1951), The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956) and North by Northwest (1959). One of his nicknames was "The Master of Suspense" in reference to his unique style and the "twist endings" he employed in many of his works.

    • Gibbs: So was that twenty year old Chinese kid seeking asylum last October. He got through customs, he got on a plane in Hong Kong, wearing a mask that made him look like a ninety year old Caucasian man.

      Gibbs refers to an incident that took place on 29 October 2010, when a young Asian male boarded a plane from Hong Kong, China to Vancouver, Canada, wearing a mask of an elderly person, in an effort to gain refugee status. Suspicions were raised when passengers noted his apparently young-looking hands. He was eventually arrested after emerging from a restroom sans the disguise.

    • Tony: I love it. Right of Mission Impossible III, ya know, where Cruise pulls off the mask to reveal the evil Dougray Scott.
      Levin: That was M:I II, DiNozzo.
      Tony: I'm sorry, I know my movies. M:I III, directed by John Woo.

      Mission: Impossible II (2000) is an action film and sequel to the earlier film, Mission: Impossible (1996). It is directed by John Woo, and stars Tom Cruise, Richard Roxburgh and Dougray Scott. A second sequel, entitled Mission: Impossible III was released in 2006.

    • Tony: He's like Alec Baldwin in The Shadow.

      The Shadow (1994) is an American superhero film based on the comic book character of the same name. Directed by Russell Mulcahy, the film stars Alec Baldwin as the titular character, The Shadow, alongside John Lone, Penelope Ann Miller and Ian McKellen.

    • Tony: He did read her the Riot Act, though.

      The Riot Act (1714) was an Act of the Parliament of Great Britain that allowed local authorities to disperse any group of twelve or more people on the grounds that they were unlawfully assembled. It came into force in 1715, and it was not until 1973 that it was officially dissolved. A similar law was passed in the United States as part of the Militia Act (1792), which gave the President the power to command that insurgents disperse and leave peacefully within a given timeframe. The phrase "read the Riot Act" comes from the fact that authorities in England and Scotland were required to give an oral warning before using force to disperse a crowd.

    • Tony: Think this guy's the Hulk or what?

      The Hulk is a superhero character who first appeared in the Marvel comic book The Incredible Hulk #1 in 1962. He is the alter-ego of Doctor Bruce Banner who appears after Banner is accidentally exposed to the blast of a test detonation of a gamma bomb he invented. Since 1962, the character has appeared in numerous comic books, movies, video games and television series.

    • Tony: Oh my god, this is ginormous! I haven't seen anything this big since John Candy's jockey shorts in Planes, Trains and Automobiles.

      Planes, Trains and Automobiles (1987) is an American comedy film starring Steve Martin as Neal Page, an advertising executive, and John Candy as a happy, but accident-prone, salesman. The two of them share a two-day journey to get Neal back home to Chicago, from New York, in time for Thanksgiving.