Season 10 Episode 9

Devil's Trifecta

Aired Tuesday 8:00 PM Dec 11, 2012 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Gibbs teams up with Fornell on a joint investigation after Fornell becomes the target of a shooting, but they face an unexpected twist in the case when their mutual ex-wife, Diane Sterling, gets involved. Meanwhile, rumors run wild among the group after Diane stays overnight at McGee's.moreless

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    it's not the usual NCIS HILARIOUS! a welcome break from the norm without going too far from the overall . Awesome writing, and the actors are on point! i laughed all the way through! this is DEFINITELY one to watch over and over!!!!!
  • Best NCIS eps in 10 years

    With all the drama, dead people, science and toys in the series I would have to say that this episode and the roles played by Gibbs, Fornel and their ex-Wife was just so funny!

    Wish there where more episodes like this one!
  • WTF is a 'trifecta'?

    Did u guys watch the same ep as me?

    Came back to this as I was bored. I ditched the prog after the previous ep.

    Smug, badly written dross.

    BTW Only watched the first 15 minutes, had to turn it off.
  • Great episode very funny

    A thoroughly enjoyable episode with the interaction between all the characters. Witty dialogue and situations. Poor McGee, found in a ' compromising' position which led to a lot of ribbing. Always enjoy Gibbs and Fornell getting together but add their ex into the mixture and well, what a situation.

    I never expected to laugh at an NCIS episode.
  • Thoroughly enjoyable episode !

    This episode was fantastic, watching 3 of the main characters twitch as they met " Diane Stirling", Gibbs and Fornell's ex wife and then the both of them finding "Chucky" aka McGee curled up on the sofa with her !! Very funny.
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

Sean Murray (I)

Sean Murray (I)

Special Agent Tim McGee

Pauley Perrette

Pauley Perrette

Forensics Specialist Abby Sciuto

Rocky Carroll

Rocky Carroll

Director Leon Vance

Melinda McGraw

Melinda McGraw

Diane Sterling

Guest Star

Danny Nucci

Danny Nucci

Gordon Fremont

Guest Star

Colby French

Colby French

Viggo Kiln/ Drunk Guy

Guest Star

Joe Spano

Joe Spano

FBI Agent T.C. Fornell

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • At the bar when Gibbs and Fornell first bump into Diane, Gibbs is standing to Diane's right. After the commercial break, Gibbs and Fornell have switched places.

    • TRIVIA: On Diane Sterling's "Diane Gibbs" drivers licence, the address is listed as 505 E. Laurel Street, Alexandria, VA. There is a 505 E. Laurel in Alexandria, VA, but it's Drive, not Street.;

  • QUOTES (9)

    • McGee: (McGee and DiNozzo are arguing about what happened with Diane at McGee's apartment.) Wait...what rumours?
      Palmer: The kind that would make a grown man blush, McGee.
      Ducky: Even our latest victim turned a light shade of pink when he heard one, and he's dead!

    • (Diane puts a badge on Vance's table)
      Gibbs: Wow.
      Fornell: My breakfast burrito is about to say 'hello'.
      Vance: The IRS Deputy Commissioner called when he heard we had... one of their Agents.
      Fornell: Agents?!
      Gibbs: Wow.
      Fornell: "And the Lord wept".
      Diane: Yes, "Agent". And I was undercover when you two bumbled into the bar.
      Gibbs: Undercover on what?
      Diane: Big tax fraud case. Somebody's stealing identities, filing fake returns and making off with a boatload in fraudulent refund cheques.
      Vance: Costs the IRS billions each year.
      Diane: We had traced several identity thefts to the bar. My plan was to ID the thief and follow him back to the ring leader. I was posing as a buyer so I could interview the employees on the DL.
      Gibbs: You were posing as "Mrs. Fornell".
      Diane: Budget cuts. Fake ID is expensive. I was improvising.
      Fornell: Improvising?! Your "improvising" almost got me killed! You must've ruffled the wrong feathers Agent Fornell, and those feathers thought I was part of your op and put a hit out on me!
      Diane: Sorry?
      Fornell: Sorry??!!

    • Diane: How do you know everything?
      Gibbs: I don't. I don't. I-I just learned how to listen.

    • Vance: (To Gibbs, Fornell and Diane) Truth is, I'm proud of the way you pulled this off.
      Diane: At least I didn't kill them.
      Fornell: I've had root canals that went better.

    • Fornell: Speaking of the Spawn of Unholiness, I did some checking with a buddy of mine at the IRS. Know what I heard?
      Gibbs: That's she's not leaving Victor, it's Victor thinking about leaving her?
      Fornell: How did you know that? Can't say I'm surprised, either. You ever notice how she never gets sick? Even germs don't like her.

    • McGee: Diane and I fell asleep on the couch, talking, that's all.
      Ducky: Well, given Agent Gibbs' and Fornell's propensity for violence, that's the story I would stick to if I were you.

    • (Gibbs, Fornell and Diane are heading to the squad room together.)
      DiNozzo: (whispering) Here she comes.
      McGee: Here I go.
      David: Gibbs told us to stay put.
      Fornell: Better you should run for the hills.
      Diane: You know, I am not any happier about this than you are, so can we please make it as painless as possible?
      Fornell: So says the Queen of Pain.

    • Diane: I'm working.
      Fornell: That what you call pushing papers all day?
      Diane: I am an auditor, not a paper pusher. After Emily graduated eighth grade, I went back to the IRS.
      Fornell: Fitting, isn't it? A cheater going after tax cheats.

    • McGee: You receive any threats lately?
      Fornell: Just from my ex-wife. But then, she lives on my bad side.

  • NOTES (2)

    • Series star Rocky Carroll and guest start Danny Nucci are reunited in this episode after working together in 1995 submarine military drama Crimson Tide.

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Canada: December 11, 2012 on Global
      Germany: March 3, 2013 on Sat.1
      United Kingdom: March 08, 2013 on Fox
      Finland: June 4, 2013 on Nelonen