NCIS

Season 3 Episode 13

Deception

5
Aired Tuesday 8:00 PM Jan 17, 2006 on CBS
8.9
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When a Commander in charge of a shipment of fuel rods for nuclear power stations disappears, the NCIS team is called in. The team must solve the case in time, before the person who kidnapped the Commander finds out the secret location of the fuel rods or harms the Lt. Commander.moreless

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  • Decent episode.

    9.0
    Episode was pretty good. Loved the double head slap!
  • Funniest episode ever.

    10
    This episode has got to be, bar none, the funniest episode to come out of NCIS. There's a ton of hilarious moments, from Abby following Gibbs' "Don't call me sir" order with a "Yes, ma'am" to Ziva pretending to be a teenage girl getting some loving. There's a hilarious moment almost every ten seconds. I also thought the case/mystery was pretty good, wondering if they'll find the officer in time. Great episode, and pretty much my personal favorite. If you prefer your NCIS to be dramatic, then you might not like this episode. However, if you like NCIS because of the humor, either find it on a rerun or rent the DVD because, while there have been funny episode before and since, this is by far NCIS' funniest hour.moreless
  • Deception

    7.6
    Well, this episode was good until that insufferable Zac Efron popped up. That is one of the disadvantages of watching old episodes of NCIS or Law and Order, you'll see some people who are now famous stars pop up in them, whether you like it or not. And I did not like seeing Mr. Vanessa Hudgens on my TV set.



    But in all seriousness, this was yet another great episode of NCIS. Ziva was new to the show, but her brilliance was already seen in the early days. Best replacement ever adding Cote de Pablo and getting rid of Sasha Alexander.moreless
  • Sometimes it is not as bad as it looks

    8.0
    I did not think this episode was something major even if the start promised and I think my little problem with this episode is just that: it looked to be one of the major episodes.. the whole nuclear thing.. the way it looked like that woman was maybe part of trying to steal the nuclear rods and in the end, it was just some personal vengeance and nothing to do where she worked on military but about her other "work"... But those kids. I loved how Ziva and Tony had to deal with them and what how Ziva had problems with taking to kids.moreless
  • Unfortunately this episode has a lot of holes and the plot is all over the place. It goes from looking big and important to really being a far smaller, and completely unrelated, case.moreless

    8.5
    There is something odd about the missing officer – how did she just happen to know the number for NCIS? This is one of those annoying plot points which is done to make something happen but makes no logical sense.



    What kind of security is this? Wilkerson is one of the very few people who know the routes and they let her go on leave?! It was quite a good twist – her co-worker kidnaps her to teach her a lesson about confronting pedophiles.



    Our little McGee is growing up – that interrogation was superb.



    I do love Gibbs – using MTAC to track the pedophile then get him arrested.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

Gary Kraus

Gary Kraus

Security Officer Chuck Parnell

Guest Star

Phil Morris

Phil Morris

Navy Capt. Paul Martino

Guest Star

Eric Lange

Eric Lange

William Lafferty

Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (18)

    • GOOF: When Abby and Gibbs are in the lab, and he's asking her how much time the Lt. has to stay alive in the trunk, as the camera view changes, Abby's spider tattoo flashes to the right side of her neck.

    • TRIVA: This episode features Phil Morris in his third role playing a Captain, the two previous ones being on NCIS' "parent" series JAG: "Bridging the Gulf" as Capt. Max Engler and "Force Recon" as Capt. Koonan.

    • GOOF: When McGee first enters and Tony is making fun of him, the camera switches back and forth from different angles, but in several shots Tony and McGee swap places even though both of them are standing still.

    • GOOF: Ducky tells Gibbs that the Commander's survival time is cut by several hours due to her case of bronchitis. But in all the footage shown of her, she never coughs once. Coughing is the most common symptom of bronchitis.

    • TRIVIA: Lafferty claims that he has a lionfish, but when we see the aquarium after he's added bleach to kill all the fish, we instead see a porcupinefish (family Diodontidae) floating at the top. The porcupinefish is also seen inflated after its death, which is caused by sucking in water and holding it in to increase its size to potential predators, meaning even if the fish inflated before death, after death it would deflate.

    • TRIVIA/GOOF: Tony calls Gibbs 'sir' three times during the episode, even though Gibbs doesn't want to be called sir as a former NCO.

    • TRIVIA: When Tony asks Ziva who taught her to drive, she replies that she did (learn how to drive). That may be true, but in Israel, in order to obtain a driver's license, one has to take lessons at an approved driving school and take the driving test in a car provided by the driving school (the kind that has an extra brake on the passenger side).

    • GOOF: When Tony & Ziva first come upon the victim's silver Jetta in the mall parking lot, you can just see the VW and JETTA badges. On the next shot of the car, which is a full rear view, it doesn't have either emblem on the trunk. However, all other rear shots clearly show both badges.

    • TRIVIA: In the first scene in Abby's lab after Abby tells Gibbs everything she learned from the tape, Gibbs signs "I love you" to Abby right before he walks out.

    • TRIVIA: New Abby's Tattoos: an angel on the left and right shoulder.

    • TRIVIA: At the pedophile's house when Ziva is looking at the fish tank, he says he has Triggerfish, Lionfish, and Clownfish. However, the fish we see are Ocellaris Clowns and three Butterflyfish of two different types. The next time we see the tank is when all the fish are dead. We see Maroon Clowns, two Yellow Tangs, a Pinktail Triggerfish and a Porcupine Puffer!! In fact, all three combinations are virtually impossible to keep successfully in such a small tank, and for someone who "breeds clownfish" (which is relatively difficult and needs a lot of experience), he should know better.

    • GOOF: As Tony is interrogating the teenage boys, the angle of his head changes as the camera cuts between left and right shots.

    • Gibbs' Rules:
      #03 - "Never be unreachable."

      GOOF: However, in the pilot episode, "Yankee White," Gibbs told Kate that Rule 3 was "Don't believe what you're told; double-check." This may not be a goof since Gibbs himself admits in episode 3x05 "Switch" that the rules aren't written down anywhere. This could just mean that the order is fluid in relation to when the agents learn them (in the pilot, the rules he quotes to Kate are, in order, Rules 1, 2 and 3).

    • TRIVIA: The page that pops up is Myspace.com when the NCIS team goes to PB&J (perverts brought to justice) headquarters.

    • GOOF: When Tony puts on his gloves in the Commanders' house right after Ziva makes the comment about him being handcuffed, he puts the glove on wrong with 2 fingers in one part of the glove. In the next shot, however, he has his gloves on perfectly, but never fixes it.

    • Factual Error: Captain Paul Martino, in explaining the operation of moving the fuel rods, mentions "...detonating the rods..." This cannot happen. Nuclear fuel rods are not in themselves explosive, and are usually of a lower grade than bomb-quality nuclear material. If exposed to a conventional explosion, however, the metal in the rods could be pulverized (or even vaporized) and left to scatter in the wind. However, Captain Martino's choice of words implies a nuclear explosion rather than a dirty bomb situation.

    • TRIVIA: One of the main points in this episode hinges on the notion that Lt. Cmdr. Amanda Wilkerson has perhaps 12 to 14 hours of air. This is based on the notion that the car trunk she is in is airtight. Car trunks are not 100% airtight. Most have ventilation holes to let accumulated condensation and other miscellaneous moisture evaporate.

    • TRIVIA: When the two underaged teen-age boys are arrested in the woods, they are caught drinking beer. The beer cans that are used are O'Douls brand with the name doctored to be less obvious. O'Douls is a non-alcoholic beer.

  • QUOTES (27)

    • Tony: We're going to need your server and files, then.
      Ross Logan: Look, our best hackers haven't been able to track him.
      Tony: You haven't met our hacker.
      Ross Logan: He's good?
      Ziva: Does a bear sit in the woods?
      Ross Logan: Are you the crackerjack team on this job?
      Tony: She's Israeli.
      Ziva: Look, I know I got the bear thing right.

    • McGee: Tim and Dan must be pretty scared of you, huh?
      Jason Geckler: What makes you say that?
      McGee: Come on, they're obviously geeks. Ah, we used to shove them into lockers, pull their gym shorts off in class, drop their books down the toilet. (Geckler smiles) It's even better if they start crying, right?
      Jason Geckler: Well, or wet their pants. (they both laugh)
      McGee: Yeah, that too. And you know what the best part is, when you get older you're not going to remember their names, but you know what? They're always going to remember you. It's pretty cool, huh?
      Jason Geckler: You know, I really haven't thought about it too much.
      McGee: Well I have. (spins Geckler's chair around) You know why? Because I was one of those kids! I've been looking forward to this day my entire life, dirtbag!

    • Ziva (Looking at the clownfishes): I hate clowns.

    • Gibbs: When did you last see it [his car]?
      William: Last night around nine. I came back from renting a movie.
      Tony: What movie?
      William: Does it matter?
      Gibbs: Oh yeah.
      William: The title is kind of embarrassing.
      Tony: Back of the storage of triple X?
      William: No.
      Ziva (picks up the movie): Weekend at Bernie's, part two.
      Tony: Oh that is embarrassing.

    • Ross: Can I help you?
      Tony: NCIS. I'm Agent DiNozzo, this is Officer David.
      Ziva: It stands for Naval Criminal...
      Ross: Investigative Service. We've worked with NCIS before. I'm Ross Logan. I run this chapter of PBJ...
      Ziva: Peanut butter and jelly, yes?
      Ross: Actually no, it stands for Perverts Brought to Justice. We're a non-profit group that helps law enforcement track down pedophiles.
      Tony: That was my second guess.

    • Ziva (To Tony): Why do you insist on calling it football if you don't use your feet?

    • Ziva: They say they bought their phones from another boy.
      Gibbs: This boy have a name?
      Ziva: I'm sure he does. They however claim not to know it.
      Tony: They also claim this isn't their beer.
      Ziva (while Gibbs is tipping the beer out): You don't think I know they're lying? (jumps back from beer) Thank you! 'Cause I do. They're only children...
      Tony: Actually they're teenagers.
      Ziva: Whatever. The little one was about to cry. You have to draw the line somewhere Gibbs. I mean, these boys are not potential suicide bombers. (Gibbs smirks) And I don't interrogate children.
      Gibbs: No, you don't Ziva. (Put beer cans in Tony's hands) You talk to 'em.

    • Security Officer: No don't shoot, don't shoot!
      Tony: Nobody's gonna shoot anyone, right Officer David?
      Ziva: He called me a dirtbag.
      Security Officer: I'm sorry ma'am.
      Ziva: (looking more irritated) Ma'am?

    • Abby: Yes, railroad tracks would be an obvious choice. But there isn't a second thunk, or a thack, not even a thonk on the track.
      Tony: Have you been reading a lot of Dr. Seuss books?
      Abby: (smiles) You know I love me some Theodor Geisel!

    • Timothy: These guys aren't even cops. They're some secret government agency. Did you see the way that chick was playing with her knife?
      Danny: Yeah. I know. It was kind of hot.

    • Tony: (to the teenaged boys he's interrogating) Well, I, like, think you're, like, totally, like, lying, like. You wanna know why?
      Danny: 'Cause you're old?
      Tony: (smiling) That's a funny guy. Playing a dangerous game, small fry. (picking up his ringing telephone) Ops, yes, DiNozzo. Hey Maddy, I need to requisition two sets of genital cuffs, and I gotta requisition the Mark 5 taser again. No, you don't have to clean 'em, I'll wear rubber gloves.

    • Tony: (to Gibbs) With all due respect, sir, your eyesight isn't exactly your strong suit.

    • Abby: (to McGee and Ziva) Can we continue with this, or are you guys gonna make out for a while?

    • Tony: Relax, Quick Draw. We're Feds.
      Security Officer: Yeah? Which agency?
      Tony and Ziva: NCIS.
      Security Officer: Never heard of it.
      Ziva: Naval Criminal Investigative Service.
      Security Officer: Never heard of it!
      Tony: You never actually get used to it. You think you will, but you never do.

    • Ziva: Are you saying you'd like to handcuff me, Tony?
      Tony: It's not really my thing, Ziva.
      Ziva: I see. You're the one who likes to be handcuffed then, huh?

    • Abby: Permission to speak freely, sir!
      Gibbs: You always speak freely, Abbs.
      Abby: I know. I just always wanted to say that.

    • Ziva: (to Tony) So you keep it in your pants at all times?

    • (The Security officer just caught Tony and Ziva in the Naval Officer's house. He is trying to call for back up, but it doesn't seem to be working)
      Tony: (Says like he is talking to a little kid) No little red light means radio not working.

    • (after finding the teenage boys in the woods using the victim's cellphone)
      Ziva: Who's on the phone?
      Danny: Wha..hu..my girlfriend?
      (Ziva grabs the phone)
      Ziva: Hi! (giggles) Oh my God, don't touch me there! He's gonna have to call you back. Bye!
      (closes phone)
      Ziva: You're busted.

    • Ziva: Why don't I think what she said is a good thing?
      DiNozzo: Because you're a better agent than you are a driver.

    • Tony: Nice job with the lock, by the way...
      Ziva: Thank you. It was a very simple pin and tumbler design...
      Tony: So are handcuffs but I bet you couldn't get out of a pair of those.

    • Gibbs: Are you waiting for an invitation Officer David?
      Ziva: Oh, so you really are getting married?
      DiNozzo: He means you're with me.
      Ziva: Oh, I knew that.

    • Tony: Hi, do you know what I like about coming to work on a Sunday? (talking to Ziva who just got off the elevator to NCIS)
      Ziva: Relaxed dress code?
      Tony: Actually no, it offers us the unique chance to get a glimpse into the private lives of our co workers.
      Ziva: Except I have no interest in your life.

    • Abby: Thank you sir!
      Gibbs: Don't call me sir.
      Abby: Thank you ma'am!

    • (Abby pushes McGee out of the room on a chair & Gibbs walks in)
      Gibbs: How many times have I told you he's not a toy?

    • Security Officer Parnell: Cuff yourself to him. (referring to Tony)
      Ziva: I'd rather you shoot me first.
      Security Officer Parnell: Cuff yourself dirtbag!

    • (to Gibbs)
      Tony: That's a nice suit. You didn't get married again. Did you?

  • NOTES (3)

    • Original International Airdates:
      Denmark: February 7, 2006 on TV3
      Australia: June 14, 2006 on Channel 10
      Sweden: July 2, 2006 on TV3
      Germany: September 24, 2006 on SAT 1
      France: November 3, 2006 on M6
      Italy: December 3, 2006 on RAI 2
      Croatia: December 14, 2006 on NOVA TV
      Finland: December 22, 2007 on Nelonen
      Slovakia: May 7, 2009 on Markiza

    • Lauren Holly is credited but doesn't appear.

    • This episode was originally meant to air on January 10, but was pushed to air two weeks later. Then later, it was pushed one week back, to January 17th.

  • ALLUSIONS (7)

    • Tony (To McGee): Mr. Peabody, where's the WABAC Machine?

      Mr. Peabody is a cartoon character from the 50s-60s. He's an intellectual dog that travels in time in the WABAC (pronounced "Wayback") to past events with Sherman, a boy he adopted to have company on his travels. Mr. Peabody and Sherman were their own segments on The Rocky & Bullwinkle Show.

    • Timothy: Did you see the way that chick was playing with her knife?
      Danny: Yeah. I know. It was kind of hot. Like Salma Hayek in Desperado.

      Referring to the 1995 movie Desperado, starring Antonio Banderas and Salma Hayek, the knife scene in question is actually from the movie's sequel Once Upon a Time in Mexico.

    • Tony refers to one of the teenaged boys as "Beavis." Beavis is one half of the duo from the MTV series Beavis and Butt-head. Beavis was actually the dumber of the two characters.

    • Tony teases McGee about being the ghost of David Niven. David Niven was a British actor who lived from 1910 to 1983. He is best known for his roles in Around the World in Eighty Days, The Pink Panther, and as Sir James Bond in the spoof Casino Royale. He won an Academy Award for Best Actor in Separate Tables.

    • Tony (to McGee): No, I haven't even started yet, Banacek.

      Banacek, played by George Peppard, ran on a rotating schedule on the NBC Mystery Movie from 1972 to 1974. Banacek was a wealthy and well dressed (much like McGee) freelance private investigator, usually working for insurance companies and receiving a finder's fee as payment.

    • Tony calls the security officer "Quick Draw." This is most likely a reference to the cartoon character, Quick Draw McGraw, who was the principal character in a show bearing his name. Created by Hanna-Barbera, Quick Draw was a horse serving as a sheriff in the American Old West. The cartoon was intended to be somewhat satirical of Old Western sheriffs, as Quick Draw was usually a little slow on accurately assessing the situation.

    • Abby mentions volunteering for Habitat for Humanity. Habitat for Humanity is an international, non-profit organization whose mission is to establish basic, affordable housing. The work is completed by volunteers, and the organization was founded by Millard and Linda Fuller in 1976. In 2005, Habitat built its 200,000th house.

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