NCIS

Season 9 Episode 8

Engaged, Part I

4
Aired Tuesday 8:00 PM Nov 08, 2011 on CBS
8.2
out of 10
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266 votes
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While investigating a crash of a military plane that was transporting caskets, the NCIS team comes upon a discrepancy with the DNA remains.

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  • Can they please deliver a little less pointless banter and a little more action? Seriously, this show is losing its touch...

    9.0
    Wow, this storyline was just all takl and no walk. The only reason I rate this episode so highly is because it leasd into a spectacular Par t Two. However, Part One on its own did nothing for me.



    Seriously, there are too many NCIS episodes in Season 8 and 9 which have had no action, no suspense and have been hard to get into. Thi s is a perfect example of that. There was no action, no nothing. It was all talk about what was going on.



    Please, we need more action! Luckiyl, part two provides that, but not this one! NCIS: LA provides top notch action week in, week out, while NCIS is continuting its downward spiral.



    Please, I beg for some more actions! More chase scenes! More suspenseful moments! We really need it!!!moreless
  • 908

    7.8
    "Engaged" showcases what NCIS can do when it really tries to and that is deliver a very somber, yet entertaining episode. Tonight's broadcast showed that this is a program that cherishes the history of the Navy and does not simply use it as a backdrop for storytelling purposes like other shows might.

    It was a powerful episode, but they didn't try to make us feel sorry, they just provided an interesting investigation with a good payoff. That's all you could want.moreless
  • Persian not Farsi Denozooooo!

    9.5
    It's called Persian, not Farsi agent DiNozzo. Read, read and read!



    http://www.cais-soas.com/CAIS/Languages/persian_not_farsi.htm



    Love NCIS.
  • a mild return to form this season after a patchy start

    7.5
    it seems like season 9 is going to be like season 7 - three orfourmaybe 5 episodes really fantastic and best yet, then humdrum for the rest. i swear there are two different writing teams on this show! anyway yes everyone back on form, very interesting scenario and can`t wait to see what happens next week.
  • Too mawkish, and too slow to discover a crime. Interesting lead to Part II.

    8.0
    Sorry, but I didn't care for it because it was unrelentingly mawkish, wistful and politically correct. The episode is really just a long lead-in to Part II where they rescue the female Marine. For the first third of the episode we don't even know that the girl's body was not on the plane or that a crime has been committed. And then it takes another third to learn that she was kidnapped (maybe) by insurgents at the school.The female Marine, Flores, was just too perfect and precious in every way. Great looking. Her dad says he disappointed her somehow, yet she keeps company with him every Sunday. Everyone in contact with her loves her in some way, including the marine Commandant, her outfit leader and the military contractor boss. In Iraq she is a brave, gutsy, spunky, patriotic, humanitarian warrior, setting up school for mistreated Iraqi girls. We also get a female chaplain and teacher and ponderous music heralding her as a Saint. Finally we get a compact recording by Flores for dual purposes -- hearing how humanitarian she is and overhearing in the background her duplicitous school workers plotting against her. Good translating, Ziva. A real "deus ex machina." Same with the lucky tattoo discovery and with Gibbs using satellite GPS and video showing her fleeing with kids and being kidnapped.Other objections to the ep: (1) Gibbs meeting Flores' dad at the Tomb for the Unknowns. Why, how?; and (2) it isn't NCIS' job to find MIA's in Iraq, and others already there should be able to do it better (though the Marine Commandant seems to know Gibbs well, and probably wants the best Marine to do the job! Why?).moreless
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

Pauley Perrette

Pauley Perrette

Forensics Specialist Abby Sciuto

Sean Murray (I)

Sean Murray (I)

Special Agent Tim McGee

Rocky Carroll

Rocky Carroll

Director Leon Vance

John Finn

John Finn

Marine Commandant Charles T. Ellison

Guest Star

Jaime Ray Newman

Jaime Ray Newman

Navy Lieutenant Commander Melanie Burke

Guest Star

Alex Fernandez

Alex Fernandez

Joseph Flores

Guest Star

Brian Dietzen

Brian Dietzen

Asst. M.E. Jimmy Palmer

Recurring Role

Matt Craven

Matt Craven

Secretary of the Navy Clayton Jarvis

Recurring Role

Darby Stanchfield

Darby Stanchfield

Shannon Gibbs

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (1)

    • GOOF: Muslims are forbidden to wear tattoos, so it's unlikely that there is an insurgent group in Afghanistan has one as its symbol.

  • QUOTES (5)

    • Tony: I'm just saying, when your number's up, it's up.
      McGee: Do you know that phrase may have biblical origins dating back to the Book of Daniel?
      Tony: I'll take "Pointless Biblical Trivia" for $200, Alex. What do you think this is, Sunday school?
      Burke: Sunday school sounds good to me.
      Tony: Chaplain.
      Burke: You look troubled.
      McGee: Oh, don't worry, he always looks like that.
      Tony: This is an omen, isn't it? You were sent to talk to me.
      Burke: By whom?
      Tony: The man upstairs.
      McGee: Vance?

    • McGee: (at the crash site) What's with (Tony)?
      Ziva: He's thinking.
      Tony: This isn't the case du jour, you know. This is life calling collect, saying, "Hey, I'm short. Appreciate me."

    • Burke: My dad said you can always tell a Marine by how he makes his coffee.
      Gibbs: What does my coffee say about me?
      Burke: Bold. Complex. Strong enough to stop a freight train.

    • Ziva: (Snatching Tony's "bucket list" off of the printer and reading it aloud) Ride a Ferris wheel naked?
      Tony: Wait -- I've already done that. Cross that one off.

    • Shannon: (in Gibbs' dream) How can you get what you need if you don't let me go?

  • NOTES (1)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Canada: November 7, 2011 on Global
      Sweden: December 5, 2011 on TV3
      United Kingdom: March 2, 2012 on FX/FX HD
      Finland: March 6, 2012 on Nelonen
      Germany: March 11, 2012 on SAT 1
      Slovakia: August 20, 2012 on Markiza

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • Tony: Another Sully Sullenberger. Except this time not as lucky.

      Tony is referencing the famous "Miracle on the Hudson," in which Capt. Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger successfully ditched an Airbus A320, operating as US Airways flight 1549 from New York to Charlotte, on the Hudson River in New York after a double bird strike shortly after takeoff from LaGuardia Airport, which caused a loss of power in both engines, with no fatalities.

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