Season 7 Episode 17

Double Identity

Aired Tuesday 8:00 PM Mar 09, 2010 on CBS
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Episode Summary

The NCIS team stumbles upon a surprising discovery as they investigate the shooting of a Marine.

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  • After A Former Marine Is Shot In A State Park, The Team Discovers He Had Been Declared Missing In Action Years Ago. Elsewhere, Ducky Has Sad News For The Team.

    This episode was fantastic. It is a great example why I have been an "NCIS" fan from the very beginning. It was very well written and acted. It was also plausible throughout and just plain entertaining. The brief side story about Ducky's mother does not get in the way of the main story which is great because many times we see subplots get in the way or overshadow the main plot. Abby hugging Ducky at the grave of Ducky's mother was a fitting tribute to Victoria Mallard. The conclusion is not something that I saw coming and I don't think many other people saw either. Definitely one of the best "NCIS" episodes ever.moreless
  • Double Identity

    A man with two identities? Interesting premise tonight even if it feels like something hijacked from an episode of Grey's Anatomy. The mystery was good here, easy to follow, fast-moving and just the kind of storyline NCIS excels at.

    The side storyline with Duckey was a bit unnecessary here, and I think that is one of the main problems with NCIS. They insist on forcing these sub-plots on us that are just dull time fillers.

    As long as the main case at hand is entertaining, the episode is good enough for me though, and that was the case with tonight's show.moreless
  • Gotta love SVPR...

    Deception is a dangerous thing; it could works for years, and then suddenly dissolve in a couple of minutes. that's what a former Marine Lieutenant learns the hard way. team Gibbs hunts down the killer who apparently discovered his double life and tried to blackmail him.

    Good episode, it managed to keep my attention till the end; some good scenes between the characters and also a bit of character development for ducky.

    the case wasn't one of the best, It feels like the latest episodes are not so well structured as before, all of the features are still present, but they're not fine tuned as before.

    oh wait, something's actually missing; Tony and Ziva ren't bickering/flirting/doing something togheter anymore. that's worrisome.moreless
  • Thoroughly interesting episode, but poor old Ducky!

    I thought this episode was quite interesting, although perhaps not as great of a case as earlier episodes this season.

    I thought Mortimer the Dog was amazing, and terribly cute, anbd I hope we see more of him in the coming episodes!

    I also thought the episode was fairly funny and interesting, and I absolutely loved that aspect of it.

    I felt really sad for Ducky, however, when his mother passed away, which was terrible, but great to see his love life is going well!

    I would highly recommend this episode, because it was funny, sad, invovled a great case and had basically ticked off all the great factors and produced an incredible episode!moreless
  • A Marine Lieutenant who was MIA from Afghanistan shows up dead from a gun battle in a park. Two wives show up with two identities and a number of suspects show up as well. In the end some good old detective work and McGee's gadgets solves the case.moreless

    Where last weeks episode was a little messy, this one was much more straightforward despite two wives and a number of possible motives for killing the suspect.

    We knew that the Lieutenant was killed with a weapon other than his own. Once they put the tie in from the theft in Afghanistan things seemed a little more simple. I guess the real interesting part was when his two partners who did not know he was alive regurgitated the same "exact" story that things became a little suspicious. The real victim in this episode was the second wife. As it is she probably gets nothing and she won't even get to bury her husband. The Ducky mystery was interesting and a nice twist to the story. It's was funny that Abby and Ziva were the two who really noticed the change in Ducky. All in all a pretty good story and the usual shenanigans went on between Tony and McGee. One of these times he really is going to get McGee into trouble. Let's see he interviewed a witness without proper authority, he broke into someones car without a court order, and then he broke into the same persons laptop. I'm not sure any of that evidence would be admissible in court. One of the amusing and sometime annoying ways Tony just is.

    An improvement on last week. Better plot and follow through of the story. Overall a great job by the cast made this a very entertaining episode of NCIS. Thanks for reading...moreless
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

Cote de Pablo

Cote de Pablo

Special Agent Ziva David

Sean Murray (I)

Sean Murray (I)

Special Agent Tim McGee

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

  • QUOTES (1)

    • Tony: (after Lt. Mayne's first wife calls his second wife a bimbo) Have you ever been married, doc?
      Dr Tallridge: Twice, but not at the same time.

  • NOTES (4)

    • Rocky Carroll is credited but doesn't appear.

    • Guest star Randy Vasquez previously appeared NCIS' mother show, JAG, in the recurring role of Sergeant Galindez.

    • Featured Music (available on the second NCIS soundtrack album):
      "Someday The Rains Will Fall" - John Mellencamp (during the teaser, and later when Major Holcomb goes to see Leah Mayne)

    • Original International Airdates:
      Canada: March 9, 2010 on Global
      Australia: April 27, 2010 on Channel Ten
      Sweden: April 27, 2010 on TV3
      Spain: September 10, 2010 on LaSexta
      Germany: September 12, 2010 on SAT 1
      Norway: October 12, 2010 on TV3
      Finland: January 4, 2011, on Nelonen
      Czech Republic: March 21, 2011 on TV Nova
      Slovakia: June 28, 2011 on Markiza


    • Leah and Rachel were the names of two sisters in ancient Canaan who, according to the Bible, were married to Jacob. His sons with these women and their maids became the basis for the names of the 12 tribes of Israel, another name for Jacob himself.

    • Tony: He IS the weakest link, and I am on it, boss!

      In the 2001 television game show The Weakest Link, host Ann Robinson would dismiss an eliminated player with the phrase, "You ARE the Weakest Link. Goodbye!"