NCIS

Season 7 Episode 7

Endgame

4
Aired Tuesday 8:00 PM Nov 10, 2009 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Vance's family is once again put into danger when an assassin from his past returns to threaten their safety, and the team works on helping Vance face his troubled past.

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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • Kai makes it to Washington.

    9.0
    I was looking forward to this episode after Kai escaped in LA When Vance found out she had made it to DC he was more determined than ever to stop Kai When McGee met that woman I was suspicious of her from the start because she seemed too perfect and unfortunately for McGee she was with Kai I was surprised that it wasn't Vance that got to kill Kai in the end Overall the two NCIS shows put on two good episodes that were really enjoyable.moreless
  • Vance's Nemesis Finally Makes Her Way To Washington D.C. And Threatens Him. But Trying To Figure Out What The Lethal Female Assassin Is Up To Is Anyone's Guess.

    10
    Definitely one of the best episodes ever! I have been a big fan of Leon Vance and his family from the very beginning and here he doesn't miss a beat. Also, Timothy McGee had some character development here. He started seeing a girl, who sadly, was the assassin's ally and was killed by her. I really didn't care about her and she was suspicious. "Endgame" has there also a few positive points. This episode has a very well written script and it takes twists and turns just when you thought you had figured it out. Another reason why this episode worked, is the excellently written ending scene with Vance, his wife and the assassin. Do not miss this great episode and you can watch it without watching "Killshot" from the spin-off.moreless
  • Brilliant conclusion to a brilliant storyline acarried over from the spin-ff!

    10
    The Lee wuan Kai storyline was a very interesting episode over on NCIS: Los Angeles, asnd I thoroughly enjoyed the case carrying over to NCIS, as it was a very interesting episode.



    The director, Vance, is by far my least favorite character, but I must say that I thoroughly enjoyed this Vance-cetnred episode. There was a lot to like, ranging from suspense to an excellent ending, and I found the entirety of the episode to be very interesting!



    All up, a terrific episode! I highly recommend it, and as I said in my review of the previous episode, Season Seven is going greeat so far, and that continues with this episode!moreless
  • Really cheap "shot" at ex governor Palin at beginning of show. Story was mudelled. Too much time at the Directors house - not enough time at NCIS headquarters.

    1.0
    Really cheap "shot" at ex governor Palin at beginning of show. I thought the writers and cast of NCIS were above this - obviously CBS is not. NCIS has lost this viewer, family and Friends. IN this episode, there was too much time spent at the directors house and with his problems and not enough time at NCIS headquarters. I was waiting to see the regular characters involved more. That did not happen. This particular show became so boring I nodded off - I think gratefully so. Story was muddled and not up to the standrad of other epidsodes. It doesn't matter. I won't watch NCIS again.moreless
  • The show just started and the fact that Tim met a woman is a good thin about time he was featured more (he is my fav)

    10
    I am new to this review, but here goes, so far so good, I have yet to find an episode that I didn't enjoy, I am always watching repeats on ion television, usa and a&e. I am not sure about vance, I think they could have chosen better, now I also think Abby needs more air time, as does Ducky would be nice to get to know more about Abby's life outside the lab. I also think Tony needs a reality check, or something. I like it when Gibbs cuffs him in the back of the head...ha ha Overall, it is a great show.moreless
Mark Harmon

Mark Harmon

Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs

David McCallum

David McCallum

Chief M.E. Ducky Mallard

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

Cote de Pablo

Cote de Pablo

Special Agent Ziva David

Kelly Hu

Kelly Hu

Lee Wuan Kai

Guest Star

Todd Lowe

Todd Lowe

NCIS Special Agent Chad Dunham

Guest Star

Lindy Booth

Lindy Booth

Amanda Barrow

Guest Star

Paula Newsome

Paula Newsome

Jackie Vance

Recurring Role

Featured Episode Clip

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (3)

  • QUOTES (9)

    • Tony: Look at those come-hither eyes, those perfect kiss-me-now lips. No wonder Vance is obsessed. Kai's killing me and I'm just looking at her. You and Kai are probably a lot more alike than you think.
      Ziva: I do not follow.
      Tony: Really? A couple of pretty ladies, both trained assassins.
      Ziva: You annoy me sometimes.
      Tony: Sometimes?
      Ziva: Most of the time!

    • (watching Linda DeMarco through the glass in the interrogation room)
      Gibbs: It's not her.
      McGee: Boss, she shot at us, with a very big gun.
      Gibbs: It happens.
      McGee: What happens?
      Gibbs: People. They react.
      Tony: Irrationally.
      Gibbs: Sometimes. Call Metro, fine her, take away her toys.
      McGee: That's it?
      Gibbs: Yeah. She didn't do it.

    • Ziva: Maybe you're the one who needs a little self-help.
      Tony: Well... see, that's where you're wrong, Ziva. I'm already enlightened. I know exactly who I am. It may not be pretty, but I am DiNozzo, hear me roar.
      Ziva: Like an elephant?

    • Tony: (to McGee) Think I don't see that little glint in your eye, spring in your step? Spill, probilicious. What's her name? Spill.

    • Vance: You chase somebody for almost twenty years, you start to think like 'em.

    • Jackie: I'm not going anywhere without you. You know, Leon, when you took this job, I knew that there was risk involved. I knew I'd be watching over my shoulder every day, but I always felt safe. Until now. And, yeah, [Kai] may have killed your partner. But you're my partner now. And I'm not going anywhere.

    • McGee: So where's the pilot?
      Gibbs: Dead, most likely.
      Tony: He was Kai-jacked!
      McGee: Did you really just say that?
      Tony: I regret it already.

    • McGee: (V/O) Anyone can achieve their fullest potential, who we are might be predetermined, but the path we follow is always of our own choosing. We should never allow our fears or the expectations of others to set the frontiers of our destiny. Your destiny can't be changed but, it can be challenged. Every man is born as many men and dies as a single one.

    • Tony (after a nurse fires a shotgun at the door): Who do you think you are; Sarah Palin?

  • NOTES (2)

    • Kelly Hu originated the role of Lee Wuan Kai in the NCIS: Los Angeles episode "Killshot."

    • Original International Airdates:
      Australia: November 17, 2009 on Channel Ten
      United Kingdom: November 20, 2009 on FX UK
      Norway: December 15, 2009 on TV3
      Sweden: January 26, 2010 on TV3
      Germany: April 11, 2010 on SAT 1
      Spain: April 23, 2010 on LaSexta
      Slovakia: July 8, 2010 on Markiza
      Finland: October 26, 2010 on Nelonen
      Czech Republic: January 3, 2011 on TV Nova

  • ALLUSIONS (6)

    • Tony: It's almost as thought Kai's dangling it in his face, like she's saying, 'here I am, Director, I shot another one. Look at me, Ma, Top of the world!'
      McGee: Who was that?
      Tony: Cagney! In White Heat.
      McGee: Oh, that's the one with the ballet dancers?
      Tony: That's White Nights, with Gregory Hines and Mikhail Baryshnikov.

      First reference is to the 1949 gangster movie classic White Heat, starring James Cagney as a psycho crime lord who is too attached to his overbearing mother. The finale of the movie is Cagney's character standing on top of a gas tank as it explodes in a fiery pyre, as he screams, "Made it, Ma! Top of the world!" The second reference is to the 1985 movie White Nights, with Mikhail Baryshnikov as the Russian dancer who has defected to the West, but finds himself accidentally re-patriated to Russia, and plans an escape with the help of Gregory Hines, an American-turned-Russian, and his Russian wife, Isabella Rosselini.

    • Tony: (referring to McGee) Look at him – he's oozing a musky, caveman-esque grin of satisfaction --- it's like Heston in Planet of the Apes -- and it didn't matter that that world was ruled by orangutans, Heston went straight for the mute chick in the loin cloth. You pulled a total Heston, didn't you?

      Allusion to the 1968 science fiction film Planet of the Apes, staring Charlton Heston. In the film, astronauts wake up from hibernation after crashing on a planet ruled by intelligent apes. By the end of the movie, the astronauts realize that the planet is Earth in the year 3978 A.D. The "mute chick" was Nova, who became Heston's love interest in the movie.

    • Tony: Stop drinking the motivational Kool-Aid!

      Reference to the followers of Jim Jones, the charismatic founder of the People's Temple, 900 of which committed suicide on November 18, 1978 by drinking cyanide-laced Kool-Aid at Jones' command. The suicide is considered one of the largest mass suicides in history.

    • Tony: Look at you, McDigit, I'm having a Kreskin-like intuition, here: Is she a red-head?

      "The Amazing Kreskin" is the stage name for mentalist/magician George Joseph Kresge, Jr., who hosted a popular TV show in the 1970s where he would "read minds" and make predictions.

    • Tony: That's where you're wrong, Ziva. I'm already enlightened. I know exactly who I am. It may not be pretty, but I am DiNozzo: hear me roar!

      Passing reference to a 1972 Helen Reddy song, "I Am Woman." The first line of the song, "I am woman, hear me roar" became a touchstone phrase for the early 70's women's liberation movement, and the phrase has become a iconic catch-phrase for empowerment, and believing in oneself.

    • Tony: (Listening to McGee's self-help CD) I love this guy -- he's like a poor man's Shatner!

      Allusion to William Shatner, a Canadian-born actor famous for his role as Captain Kirk on the 1960s TV series Star Trek, and more recently for his work on Boston Legal. His deep, distinctive voice has lent itself towards a variety of dramatic readings, most recently a send-up of Sarah Palin's farewell address on The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien.

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