Season 4 Episode 11


Aired Tuesday 8:00 PM Dec 12, 2006 on CBS
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Episode Summary

When a robotic vehicle named "Otto," a part of a high level project of the Department of Defense, causes a death of a Navy Lieutenant, and then later almost kills Abby, the NCIS team must find out who sabotaged the vehicle and murdered the Navy Lieutenant. Meanwhile, Ziva realizes that Tony keeps on visiting the hospital. What is he doing there?moreless

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  • Okay episode.

    Episode was just okay, IMO. But the best part was the Sexual Harassment class. Ziva licking Tony's ear and Palmer talking about touching dead people. LOL!
  • A robotic vehicle named Otto gets sabotaged to kill.

    This episode was very good that started with the very funny scene in the red,yellow and green light class and then the team had to investigate a robotic vehicle which Abby admires but not so much when it tries to kill her but if anyone was going to save her it would be Gibbs and luckily he came to Abby's rescue Season 4 of NCIS is just getting better.
  • I was there!

    Great story, contains a lot of insider information about the DARPA Grand Challenge series of driverless vehicle races, and inside jokes. It is a good summary of our work here at American Industrial Magic. The reason for the exhaust to cabin connection in real life was not to kill people, but to inert the atmosphere in the unmanned drivers compartment to prevent electrical fires during the 135 mile desert race. For the non-military version of the app see: "Google Car". They are up to 200,000 driverless miles now. 3 states have passed legislation allowing driverless vehicles on the road.moreless
  • Driven

    Aw man, NCIS had the perfect opportunity to kill off Abby here with the My Mother the Car gone mad, but they had to have Gibbs save her. Talk about a missed opportunity. But getting back to the episode, it was a pretty decent one tonight with a few good twists along the way and some vintage NCIS comedy with McGee, Ziva and DiNozzo.

    They focused a bit too much on the technologically advanced car though, and that brought down the episode in my opinion. We get it, it's a 22 million dollar car: don't make it so obvious that it was involved in the murder.moreless
  • funny, interesting and excellent character interaction! one of my favourites!

    I loved this episode even after watching it for the 5th time! McAbby were so sweet. i loved the scene where McGee was telling Abby that he figured it out, and he didn't realise that she was standing right behind him! And then she came and hugged him and said that she didn't need permission to hug him! So sweet!

    Also, it hints more and more towards Tiva. I felt Tony was being a bit mean hiding all the stuff from them. Ziva was so worried about him! And he was just making stuff up! I like Jeanne and Tony, but i like Tiva too - so hard to chose.

    And then there was the sexual harrasment seminar! It was hilarious from Ziva licking Tony's cheek to Tony asking about head slapps! Poor Jimmy, he sounded like a freak talking about touching dead naked people! You've got to love them all!

    One of my favourites, and i definitely recomend it! it'll make you laugh and make you feel emotion for TIVA and McAbby :Dmoreless
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

Lauren Holly

Lauren Holly

Director Jenny Shepard

Lawrence Pressman

Lawrence Pressman

Dr. Russell Pike

Guest Star

Kevin Alejandro

Kevin Alejandro

Jaime Jones

Guest Star

Peter Giles

Peter Giles

Torsten Engler

Guest Star

Brian Dietzen

Brian Dietzen

Asst. M.E. Jimmy Palmer

Recurring Role

Scottie Thompson

Scottie Thompson

Jeanne Benoit

Recurring Role

David Dayan Fisher

David Dayan Fisher

Trent Kort

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (11)

    • TRIVIA: DiNozzo poses as a street musician in this episode. Michael Weatherly who plays DiNozzo worked as a street musician when he was a struggling actor.

    • TRIVIA: In the season 1 episode "Seadog," Gibbs says that he would rather shoot himself than attend another sexual harassment seminar. He attends one in this episode, however.

    • TRIVIA: Abby was spelling out OTTO in American Sign Language [ASL].

    • GOOF: When Gibbs interrogates Jamie Jones, the camera does a circle pan of the interrogation room. When it pans across the mirror, the cameraman is reflected next to Jamie.

    • NITPICK: The "program" that McGee finds contains a syntax error. The lines: "IF OTTO CONTROL COMMANDS = "CINCH SEATBELTS" "" THEN contains too many comparisons to make sense.

    • GOOF: In the scene where Abby gets trapped in the car, you can see at least one other NCIS agent working in the background. What were they doing the whole time she was banging on the window?

    • TRIVIA: Jimmy refers to Ducky's mother as Victoria whereas in episode "The Meat Puzzle," her first name is listed on the credits as Vanessa.

    • GOOF: When Gibbs is in the Science guy's office, if you look at the window, you can see the camera men.

    • TRIVIA: When Gibbs grabs the fire extinguisher to get to the kill switch to help Abby he smashes the drivers' side window. About ten minutes later we see "Otto" with all windows up and restored to full.

    • TRIVIA: This is the first time that Gibbs shows a basic understanding of computers. He gets the SD card from his camera. Also, this is the first time that Gibbs tries to pretend like he knows what Abby and McGee are talking about. He says things like "I figured that."

    • TRIVIA: A palindrome is a word, phrase or number that reads the same in either direction. The word is composed of two Greek words that mean "back" and "way or direction."

  • QUOTES (33)

    • Gibbs: Hey. It's late. Go home.
      Ziva: Just doing a little research.
      Gibbs: On what?
      Ziva: Y. Pestis. A very nasty illness. It can cause permanent damage to the heart, lungs, and kidneys. And in some cases, patients can relapse months, or even years later. Tony had it.
      Gibbs: I know, Ziva. I was there.
      Ziva: Did you know that he had some tests done recently? And he's been wearing a hospital bracelet on his wrist?
      Gibbs: Nope.
      Ziva: I asked him why, but he won't tell me.
      Gibbs: Then he's probably got a pretty good reason.

    • Abby: We know the program was flashed from a physical device that was tied into the system.
      McGee: Memory stick, SD card, we just need to find it.
      Abby: And if we do, we'll have the killer code and a clue to who wrote it. (Gibbs pulls an SD card out of a camera while Abby turns to McGee) I think we lost him. We need to try it again but slooower.
      Gibbs: (holding up the SD card) So what you're saying, for example, is we need to find something this small in a Humvee jammed with $22 million worth of electronics.
      McGee: Pretty much.
      Gibbs: We're screwed.

    • Jenny: We have let a robot killer humvee loose on the streets of Washington!!

    • Abby: Hey what was the movie where they took the whole car apart?
      McGee: I'm not Tony..
      Abby: Come on... you know the one.. they were looking for heroin and they took apart that entire car.
      McGee: Still not Tony!

    • Abby: Permission to hug?
      Gibbs: Oh you never have to ask, Abbs.

    • Engler: (mutters about Gibbs) Oh are all NCIS agents this stupid?!

    • Tony: Stool sample. Would you like to see it?
      Ziva: You want me to stab you in the eye with my knife?

    • Ziva: Jamie Jones was arrested for assault and battery on his girlfriend and she dropped the charges and married him six months later .
      Tony: Well, it doesn't account for taste... just look at Britney and K-Fed!

    • Tony: You know... English as a third language is often the trickiest one.

    • Scientist: You people are... you people are...
      Tony: We're... cops, federal agents, police officers... maybe if you sound it out, it's a lot easier.

    • Scientist: I removed the laptop.
      Tony: We'll need that.
      Scientist: Absolutely not. It contains Otto's backup AI.
      Tony: Well, whatever that is, we'll need that too.

    • Ziva: Stop moving, McGee. My hand's stuck.
      Tony: It's not the only thing that's stuck!

    • Ziva: (to McGee after she lands on him) That better be your handcuff!

    • Gibbs: Ducky won't be here, he's got to take his mother to the hospital.
      Palmer: Is she alright?
      Gibbs: Well, she cut herself shaving and for some reason he thinks that you can handle this Palmer!

    • (The Sexual Harassment Counsellor tells the group that hugging may offend co-workers)
      Abby: What's wrong with hugging people? I hug people all the time.
      Counsellor: You may see it as friendly but your co-workers may find it offensive.
      Abby: (looking around) You guys get offended when I hug you?
      Group: No, no... Never. No.
      Abby: I'm hugging you all in my mind right now.

    • Tony: I think you should go and check the bedroom. That is... unless you want me to come with you and help...What?
      Ziva: Just wondering if offering to take me to a bedroom constitutes sexual harassment?
      Tony: Well, if you have to ask then it's not harassment.

    • Palmer: (about IUD) Is it just me or does anyone else wonder how they get those little things in there?

    • Abby: Just sit back and let the scientist...
      McGee: Kick all kinds of major ass.

    • (Abby puts her hands around McGee's shoulders)
      McGee: I thought you had to ask permission first.
      Abby: Never with you, Tim.

    • Gibbs: Come on Abbs, Ducky's checking you out.
      Abby: I'm fine.
      Gibbs: It's not a request.

    • Ziva: If red light is for sexually assaulting a coworker, what color is murder?
      Tony: How does black light sound?
      Ziva: Works for me.

    • Tony: (singing and playing guitar with a rock-steady/reggae rhythm)
      In my per-spect-ive
      I see the people from da big jet plane
      The woman look Teutonic
      She drink a vodka tonic
      An' two bald men sit wit 'er
      Waiting for a fourth
      They're not gonna order dat main course
      Until dat per-son come
      (stops singing to yell at a wailing dog)
      Hey, everybody's a critic! Am-scray! Get out of here!
      (Tony's eyes and head go the legs of two women walking past. There is a camera on his glasses, so Jenny can see)
      Jenny: Keep your eyes on the prize, Tango 8. I may even let you keep the money you're making.
      Tony: (singing in rock-steady/reggae rhythm) Ah-sorry! I just do, what I can-
      Jenny: You're not going to sing the whole thing, are you?
      Tony: (still singing) I gotta do, what I gotta do.
      I'm just a man. Oh! Speaking of man-
      Aanother man walks through dat front door,
      Wwearing a polka dot scarf.
      Will he join de table?
      I don't know- Yes, he does!
      And greets the pretty lady.
      What do they say? Who knows?
      (Tony starts bobbing his head, therefore making the camera bob)
      He's sitting at de table wit de other people from the plane.
      Jenny: Stay steady on the target, Tango 8. I want his photo. (to video controller in MTAC) Isolate and freeze frame.
      Tony: They are having a conversation.
      A heavy, heavy conversation.
      Dat man talk-a-talk-a-talk-a a lot.
      Talk-a-talk-a-talk-a alot.
      (One bald man looks over at Tony from the resturant window)
      Jenny! Think I've been made.
      Do you see what I see?
      Jenny: Relax, Tango 8. I'm sure he's just checking his reflection in the glass...

    • Gibbs: The Director just assured the Secretary of the Navy we were handling this thing with kid gloves.
      Abby: Well, we didn't get that memo, 'cause, you know, we're wearing latex.

    • Tony: Who's the guy molesting your neck?
      Jeanne: Oh.
      Tony: Just curious.
      Jeanne: Am I detecting a little bit of jealousy here?
      Tony: (laughing) Me? Jealous? (stops laughing) Yeah.

    • McGee: I'm trying to decide if this is a yellow-light or red-light situation.
      Abby: Ha! You only wish I was still sexually harassing you!

    • Ducky: Are you hiding a secret from me, Mr. Palmer? (Palmer looks up guiltily) Well, it's nothing to be embarrassed about; I'm thinking of doing the same thing.
      Palmer: You are?
      Ducky: Yes, only in my case I have to be careful of heart strain and muscle fatigue. How long have you been "pumping"?
      Palmer: I...I wouldn't call it pumping, Doctor.

    • Tony: What do you get if you win?
      Englar: Recognition, my friend.
      Tony: What about one of those cool trophies like they hand out in NASCAR?
      Englar: I wouldn't know. I'm a scientist, not a redneck.
      Tony: It is the fastest growing sport in the country.
      Englar: I rest my case.

    • Gibbs: What kind of a vehicle is this?
      McGee: It's a second generation, fully autonomous, AI-operated vehicle, Boss.
      Gibbs: Well, yeah! I can see that, McGee. I mean other than the obvious.
      Ziva: Wait, you actually understood that? You know what it does then?
      Gibbs: Yeah-- your basic second generation, AI, autonomous... stuff.

    • Instructor: A co-worker shows you a cartoon or photo of a sexual nature...
      Tony: If you're lucky.
      Instructor: A co-worker's hand "accidentally" brushes up against your body.
      Ziva: If you're really lucky.

    • Tony: Curious to know what follows red-light behavior?
      Ziva: Uh... potential pregnancy?

    • Ziva: (after Tony receives a phone call) So, test results came back already?
      Tony: (sarcastic) Yes, I'm pregnant, McGee is going to be very proud.

    • Tony: What if you slap someone in the back of the head like this (slaps McGee, McGee hits him back in the groin) would that be considered inappropriate behavior?
      Sexual Harassment Counselor: Absolutely. Are you saying that this has actually happened?
      Tony: (Tony looks at Gibbs, Gibbs gives him a look) No, I was just wondering. That's all.

    • Palmer: What if part of your job includes touching naked people and...?
      Sexual Harassment Counselor: That's inappropriate at any time.
      Palmer: Even if they're dead?
      Sexual Harassment Counselor: Why are you touching dead naked people?
      Palmer: You see, I work in an autopsy.
      Sexual Harassment Counselor: Can we please try to stick to the topic here?

  • NOTES (1)

    • Original International Airdates:
      Denmark: January 9, 2007 on TV3
      Sweden: February 25, 2007 on TV3
      Australia: April 17, 2007 on Channel 10
      Belgium: April 29, 2007 on VT4
      Germany: May 13, 2007 on SAT 1
      The Netherlands: May 16, 2007 on Veronica
      United Kingdom: June 19, 2007 on FX UK
      Spain: July 19, 2007 on La Sexta
      New Zealand: September 25, 2007 on TV3
      Italy: October 7, 2007 on RAI 2
      Finland: December 16, 2008 on Nelonen
      Slovakia: June 9, 2009 on Markiza
      Czech Republic: September 21, 2009 on TV Nova


    • Abby: Hey. What was the movie where they took the whole car apart?
      McGee: I'm not Tony..
      Abby: Come on... you know the one.. they were looking for heroin and they took apart that entire car.
      McGee: Still not Tony!

      The movie Abby is referring to is The French Connection, from 1971, starring Gene Hackman and Roy Scheider. The movie details the investigation of two NYPD detectives in their pursuit of a narcotics smuggling operation between France and New York City. The car the detectives destroy in the movie to recover the drugs is a 1971 Lincoln Mark III.

    • Jeanne: Dr. House gets his results back in ten minutes.

      This alludes to the FOX show House.

    • Tony: Looks like she did a Trading Spaces with John Nash.

      Trading Spaces is a reality TV show where two neighbors get to redecorate one room in each other's home. John Nash is a mathematician who won the Nobel Prize in Economics. He suffers from Schizophrenia and was the subject of the book and movie A Beautiful Mind.