Season 2 Episode 12


Aired Tuesday 8:00 PM Jan 18, 2005 on CBS
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The team takes upon an unusual case when a telemarketer reports a possible murder of a petty officer who appeared to be dying over the phone. With the help of the Virginia officials, the team finds out that the officer faked his own death and they need to locate him after learning more info about him.


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  • DUH !

    @ MiffyB

    To distract him, throw him off, whatever you want to call it......

    Still have to learn a lot about women, miffy.....
  • Gibbs is so cool

    Great episode, especially the flirting between Gibbs and Karen as well as the last scene in the basement. The similarities with both the NCIS team and the police team was funny and has since been rehashed with Agent Borin and her team. Good to see Gibbs with a woman for once too.

    However why did Karen deliberately flirt with Gibbs seeing as he is investigating something she was later found herself to be involved it. That's TV for you.moreless
  • Marvelous episode, one of the best.

    Great episode, very enjoyable. The best part of the episode, which has to do with the word "doppelgänger," concerns the local DC police team which the NCIS team works with on the case -- the DC team is practically a double of the NCIS team in makeup and mannerisms. It's a real scream, especially the reactions of Kate, who is dumbstruck by the similarities. I'll give just one of my favorite examples: the female member of the team tells the Lieutenant (the guy in charge) that his "ex-wife" called. He says, "Which one?" She says, "The nasty one." He replies, "You're going to have to be more specific!"

    ("Doppelgänger," by the way, originally had an ominous sense to it -- something like "a ghostly counterpart of a living person." Now-a-days it means any double or look-alike of a person, or a person who has the same name as another.)

    Another winning aspect of the episode was Gibb's flirtation, dating and making out with a pretty computer-team supervisor. Lots of Tony-Kate bickering. Good Tim-Abby scenes for their fans.

    The crime-detective aspects were fairly routine, but OK. NCIS started out with some false assumptions and suspects but eventually zeroed in on the culprit -- a nice surprise ending.

    Thoroughly enjoyable episode, what with the mountain of quips, I was amazed it ended so soon -- the time just flew by so quickly watching it.moreless
  • Funny. Very, very funny

    "Doppelganger" is one of the funniest episodes I've seen so far.

    Nothing major really happens here. Sure some lady flirts with Gibbs and he ends up having a heavy make-out sesion with her but other than that, it's just an everyday episode. What really makes this episode is the humour. It's one of the funniest episodes I've ever seen.

    The episode title says it all...our NCIS team meet their doppelgangers. McGee's counterpart is especially funny. They even look almost identical. The whole coffee thing rocked. "No, mine's the one with extra foam." and Gibbs and his doppelganger are sitting there just rolling their eyes. Hilarious.

    Awesome episode. 10/10moreless
  • Faking the murder to get murdered

    It was good case. I mean.. it is never the one who thinks logically to be the killer. It is always the one who is most innocent, most interested, most distance.. etc.. and Tony and Kate have got it wrong before but this time it is Gibbs who gets friendly with the real killer. And probably she would have not killed the petty officer when they would have not showed up on that point..

    I loved the way this episode was so multilayered. Nothing was sure until the end. There were many opportunities, many suspects, colorful suspects.. So.. I really liked itmoreless
Mark Harmon

Mark Harmon

Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs

Sasha Alexander

Sasha Alexander

Special Agent Kate Todd

Michael Weatherly

Michael Weatherly

Special Agent Tony DiNozzo

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

Ange Billman

Ange Billman

Sales Person #2

Guest Star

Michael Archer

Michael Archer

Sales Person #1

Guest Star

Kimberly Oja

Kimberly Oja

Karen Wilkerson

Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (5)

    • TRIVIA: When Abby is watching lines of code she claims its the most boring thing on the planet and McGee mentions an old teacher of his. We then find out the two had rather both boring and disgusting jobs in their younger days. McGee was a burnt potato chip picker, cleaning port a potties, cleaned asbestos and didn't finish his last one as Abby interrupts. Abby was an Incinerator Operator, ski lift operator, collected roadkill.

    • GOOF: When Abby is listing the superheroes she resembles, Kate suggests Xena, but Abby nixes her because Abby thinks there's something hinky about her as a superhero because she wears open-toe shoes. Xena, however, rarely, if ever wears anything but knee high boots.

    • GOOF: When the first Investigative team leave the crime scene as Kate goes to get her sketch pad out of the truck, You can hear that the editors have dubbed previous DiNozzo dialogue over Monteleone ("Get in the car Probe!") while he Gibbs/Lt. Cheney slaps him on the back of the head. Not only can you hear the difference in voices but it is clear that Detective Monteleone doesn't move his lips.

    • TRIVIA: On the wall, in the hospital's software center: "There are 10 types of people in the world; those that understand binary and those that don't."

    • GOOF: After Gibbs questions the drug buyer and suspect, they show him taking a big puff on a cigarette, yanking it out of his mouth to his side, then blowing smoke from the elevator. Just as he finishes exhaling, the elevator bell rings, and the cigarette magically reappears in his mouth from his hand still at his side.

  • QUOTES (30)

    • Abby: McGee, you're so trusting.
      McGee: What's wrong with that?
      Abby: Well, it's great in a relationship. Kind of sucks for an investigation.

    • Gibbs: Blood splatter analysis?
      Abby: Okay, Gibbs. I know you think I'm Supergirl. Actually, my hair's probably Wonder Woman or Isis or the Powerpuff Girl.
      Kate: I've always been partial to Xena.
      Abby: I don't know about her. No self-respecting superhero should wear open-toed shoes.
      Kate: Oh, I agree.

    • Monteleone: Oh no... wait a minute, wait a minute. No, no, no. I've never paid for it in my life.
      Kate: Uh huh.
      Monteleone: Well, I was fifteen and my cousin Enzo paid Maggie O'Brien for the both of us, but that doesn't count.
      Kate: Yes it does, Tony!
      Monteleone: I'm Primo.
      Kate: Sorry. I can't tell you apart.

    • Gibbs: What are you laughing at DiNozzo?
      Cheney: And you, Monteleone?
      Gibbs: We didn't break him!
      Cheney: Made him piss his pants, though.
      Gibbs: (laughing) Oh hell yes.

    • Cheney: This isn't a frat bust for grass, Aaron.
      Gibbs: This is hard time. Every night. Hard time.
      Cheney: Tell us where Petty Officer Lambert's hiding.
      Gibbs: We'll cut you a deal.
      Cheney: Minimum time in a federal facility without nightly cavity searches.

    • Abby: Oxycontin is twice as addictive as heroin. It's more addictive than pistachios. (Gibbs and McGee just stare at her) Well, have you ever eaten just one pistachio?
      McGee: Actually, I have. Uh, potato chips, on the other hand...(Gibbs smacks him in the back of the head)

    • Abby: Did you tell him?
      McGee: Nope, saved the best for you.
      Abby: Aww, thanks McGee. You know how I relish the moment...
      Gibbs: Stop relishing, start explaining, Abs.

    • Kate: Enough, Tony! I have nothing to hide.
      Tony: Really? Hmm... for someone with nothing to hide you seem awfully concerned about what other people know about you.
      Kate: Why? Because I get upset when you go through my personal belongings?
      Tony: Exactly.
      Kate: Well, Tony, some people enjoy having a private life. Unlike you we don't go around informing everyone about the frequency of our "hooking up".
      Tony: In a slump?

    • Tony: Kate, this mojo faked his own death. Left his laptop, wallet, cell phone, and car behind. You really think he's gonna swipe the old charge card at the local Jugs-R-Us?

    • Gibbs: (to a very over-worked Abby) You, blood spatters!
      Abby: (hangs head and shuffles away) Yo ho heave ho...

    • Kate: You ever feel guilty calling people uninvited, intruding into their lives?
      Telemarketer: At first, a little, but when you get cursed at a couple hundred times you get over it.

    • Abby: Nobody gets it right the first time McGee. Except Gibbs.

    • Tony: This is your car right? (room mate nods) Ok. You make a couple hundred grand a year and you drive this?
      Room Mate: I'm not a car guy.
      Tony: Don't ya dig chicks?

    • Kate: Boys night out!
      Abby: Which means girls night in!

    • Rachel: (to Tony) You're almost as good looking as... you think you are.

    • Guy: That's an invasion of my privacy.
      Tony: Actually he's right, boss.
      Gibbs: Uh huh.

    • Abby: What?!
      Gibbs: Yikes Abby. What did McGee do now?
      Abby: Put his size 10 foot in his size 12 mouth.

    • Gibbs: You speak their language.
      McGee: I get to interview them?
      Gibbs: I interview. You translate.

    • Rapp: Shotgun!
      Monteleone (slapping Miller upside the head): Get in the car Probie.
      Kate (watching from a distance): It's deja vu!

    • Tony: Just once boss, I'd like one of these guys to say 'You got me. I did it'.

    • McGee: Are you wishing you were a computer geek?
      Tony: I'd rather be homeless than be you, Probie.

    • Abby: I don't know this really sucks.
      McGee: I'll tell you what really sucks, working after school as a burnt potato chip picker.
      Abby: You're making that up.
      McGee: You ever see a burnt potato chip in a bag of chips?

    • Kate: There's no sign of a room mate in that house Tony.
      Tony: Room mates move out Kate, 16 months ago you had a room mate.
      Kate: (Hits him) Tony.
      Gibbs: Kate you're with me.
      Kate: Gladly.

    • Kate: Ok well, I'm gonna need your work, cell and house numbers.
      Telemarketer: Alright but please don't call between 6 and 8 because uh that's usually...
      Kate: You said 6 and 8 right?

    • Monteleone: (to Kate) Wow, you know your eyes are the same color as my Porsche.
      Kate: You've got to be kidding.
      Monteleone: What do you say we have dinner?
      Kate: Why bother with the preliminaries?
      Monteleone: Oh, now who's kidding? You serious?
      Cheney: (Head slaps him) She's not, but I am.

    • Tony: Hi Rachel, I'm Tony, if you want to get together and compare notes...
      Rachel: What's your shoe size?
      Tony: 12.
      Rachel: Ha, you wish.
      Tony: No it is, it really is. You can measure it if you want.

    • Kate: Last time I'm gonna tell you Tony: Don't answer my phone, use my computer, read my mail, look through my purse, scan my PDA, or touch my cell phone ever!
      Tony: And an extra side of hashbrowns. Just so we're clear Kate I didn't do any of those things. Zero, zip, nada.
      Kate: Then how do you know where I went to breakfast.
      McGee: Logo on the coffee cup in your waste basket.
      Tony: Anyone invite you into this conversation, Probie?
      Kate: You looked through my trash!
      Tony: Did you say it was off limits, huh, did ya?

    • Gibbs: Get McGee and Abby to do what they do when they get together.
      Tony: Haha.
      (Gibbs slaps him on the head)
      Tony: You meant the computers.

    • Rapp: Your ex-wife called.
      Cheney: Which one?
      Rapp: The nasty one.
      Cheney: You're going to have to be more specific.

    • Ducky: How does that jive with your gut?

  • NOTES (2)

    • Original International Airdates:
      Croatia: November 17, 2005 on NOVA TV
      Finland: April 28, 2007 on Nelonen
      France: October 07, 2005 on M6
      Germany: November 17, 2005 on SAT.1
      Sweden: June 25, 2005 on TV3
      Denmark: February 1, 2005 on TV3

    • This episode is also known under the title Rear Speaker.


    • Abby: Okay, Gibbs. I know you think I'm Supergirl. Actually, my hair's probably more Wonder Woman or Isis or the Powerpuff Girl.

      The most well known Supergirl is Kara Zor-El/Kent (first introduced in 1959) who is the cousin of Superman a.k.a. Clark Kent and was brought back after her 1985 demise (and erase from existence) into the main DC comic continuity in 2004. Wonder Woman a.k.a. Diana Prince was first introduced in 1941 during what is known as the Golden Age of comic books, has been a main member of the DC superhero team The Justice League of America since 1960 and was featured in her own TV series (played by Lynda Carter) in the 70's. Isis is the main character from the 70's TV series The Secret of Isis who is a superhero tied to Egyptian mythology and had her own comic book series (made by DC) during the mid to late 70's. She was brought into mainstream DC continuity in 2006 as a counterpart for Captain Marvel villain Black Adam. The Powerpuff Girls is a cartoon series that ran for six seasons on Cartoon Network from 1998 to 2005 and revolves around three kindergarten age girls named Blossom, Bubbles and Buttercup who are sisters and have super powers such as flight, super strength and laser vision which they use against monsters and enemies in order to protect their city Townsville. Since Supergirl has blonde hair, Abby brings up three female superheros with the same hair color as her. This (and the way she moves her fingers to describe the Powerpuff Girl's hairstyle) indicates that the Powerpuff Girl, she is referring to is Buttercup who has black hair like Abby.

    • Episode Title: "Doppelgänger"
      The title of this episode, as well as the in-joke on the episode, is the doppelgänger team, which is made up of four investigators who are virtual mirrors of the team. There is the coffee-loving lead, the strong female, the flirtatious Italian who will hit on anything, and the probie.

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