NCIS

Season 9 Episode 9

Engaged, Part II

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Aired Tuesday 8:00 PM Nov 15, 2011 on CBS
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The search into the disappearance of a Marine Lieutenant continues as the NCIS team tracks them down to Afghanistan. Meanwhile, Tony's deepest fear resurfaces and Gibbs has to go through memories of his past again.

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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • Good, but could have done without the flashbacks.

    9.0
    I liked the episode for the most part. I don't understand why Muslim extremists don't want girls educated, but I know that attacks on Muslim girls wanting an education is unfortunately a sad reality. I think this was depicted realistically. Loved Ziva's interaction with the kids and when she didn't want to leave the dying soldier's side, but would have liked to have seen her telling his family what he told her. I didn't understand the relevance of Gibbs' flashbacks and felt they only took time away from the main story. Also Tony's fear of children seemed stupid-he's dealt with children before and while he didn't seem to do well with small children, he seemed fine with older ones. And I agree with those that thought the end was a bit rushed.moreless
  • Painfully nationalistic.

    5.0
    I can't help it, but my gut reaction was: Glorification of the military and propagandistic defense of the war; Hero worship; American values uber alles; a one-sided negative depiction of Afghans. It reminded me of propaganda films of other nations of another time. Sorry, but that's how I felt.
  • A big step up from Par t One! But sitill, why can't we get great episodes like those we had back in Season 3, 5 or 6, or even 7! They can do better...moreless

    9.5
    This was a huge step up from Part One! It was action packed, with great scenes in Afghanistan (although I have no idea where they actually filmed) and it was so much fun to watch.



    I particularly loved the first half of the episode, with finding the missing First Lieutentant Flores and the children. That was superb!



    The second half was WAY too rushed. The whole finding out about the bomb threat and the bomb actually being stopped lasted less than 10 mintutes. They should've either kept that part of the episode and turned it into a separate episode of its own, or they should've got rid of it completely, and spent fmore time in Afghanistan.



    I appreciate the improvement, but this won't cut it for me. NCIS needs a big step up - especially before it is too late. Hopefully DiNozzo Senior will provide that next week...moreless
  • Engaged 2

    6.0
    The second half of this two parter was a huge dropoff from the first and really resulted in a mediocre NCIS. I did not buy how invested the crew got in this case and how easily Gibbs snapped during the interrogation and with the punch at the end. Not like him at all.



    There was some good, intense yelling tonight, but just not what it could have been with the first part.moreless
  • Better than "Engaged,Part I," but suffers from the same sugary preachiness.
    8.0
    Sorry, but I didn't care for this episode due to the excess of preachy patriotic and religious propaganda, and the lack of good NCIS detective work.I had expected a longer and more elaborate rescue of Flores. I also expected more screen time role for her, what with all the emphasis on her in Part I. And then the uncovering and preventing of the terror plot in the U.S., tacked on in the last 10 minutes of the episode, seemed rushed and unconvincing. In interrogations, the younger brother merely blurted out that the older brother was (1) alive in the U.S., and (2) would be using a bomb. From this meager information (and the fact that the older brother was an auto mechanic!!!) Gibbs extraordinarily deduces that the older brother will bomb a particular bus of kids that day! And miraculously, they apprehend the older brother at the very second he is about to press the bomb trigger. Also, there was no reason at all for the younger brother to run from NCIS in the first place and readily confess to being a radical Islamicist. There were a few good scenes, but also these bad ones: Tony's lone speech to God in church; the Chaplain's pushiness and meddling; and Tony's sudden fear of little children and facing that fear. And I resented the way they shabbily manipulated the audience into thinking that Flores was dead in the opening "flash forward:" Tony somberly, grimly walks into the church where Fores' dad is and hesitates. Then the scene moves to the lone coffin on a plane. Then the scene shifts to "48 hours earlier." Any normal person delivering the news would rush in and exclaim,"Good News. She's alive and well!" Tony merely slowly says she's "alive."Some have mentioned these minor points that don't really bother me: (1) when they rescued Flores, only Gibbs was wearing a cloth hat, not a helmet, and (2) when Flores held hands with her father at the end, you could see her perfect nails.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

Matt Craven

Matt Craven

Secretary of the Navy Clayton Jarvis

Recurring Role

Sean Harmon

Sean Harmon

Young Leroy Jethro Gibbs

Recurring Role

Featured Episode Clip

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (1)

    • TRIVIA: In Italian version of this episode, during one of young Gibbs' flashback, we can hear an excerpt of Sgt. Hartman's training/running song "Physically" taken from the original Italian version of Full Metal Jacket movie by Kubrick.

  • QUOTES (4)

    • Tony: Very Special Agent Anthony DiNozzo doesn't get scared – I've jumped out of airplanes, deaddropped onto aircraft carriers, and I've killed people, sweetheart – lots of them. I've gotten the plague, I've kissed a transvestite, and been tortured by the best the Middle East has to offer.
      Burke: And still – you're shaking!

    • Osman: You could have killed me.
      Gibbs: Coulda, shoulda... didn't.
      Osman: You are weak.
      Gibbs: (punches him) No. Just better.

    • Gibbs: People died because of that teacher, marines. What do you think should happen to her?
      Flores: Sir, that's not my decision.
      Gibbs: Yeah, but you've thought about it, right?
      Flores: She should be held accountable for her crimes.
      Gibbs: Oh.
      Flores: She should watch those girls change the world in positive ways she never imagined.
      Gibbs: That a punishment?
      Flores: That's a gift, sir. Punishment is knowing she could have done the same.
      Gibbs: You're rare, Flores.

    • Tony: What?
      Burke: Nothing.
      Tony: Oh, no. Definitely something. What?
      Burke: You intrigue me.
      Tony: Uh-oh. Why?
      Burke: When something's broken, I want to fix it.

  • NOTES (1)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Canada: November 14, 2011 on Global
      Sweden: January 16, 2012 on TV3
      United Kingdom: March 9, 2012 on FX/FX HD
      Finland: March 13, 2012 on Nelonen
      Germany: March 18, 2012 on SAT 1
      Slovakia: August 21, 2012 on Markiza

  • ALLUSIONS (2)

    • Tony: (trying to deflect Burke's interest) Telling you would be like Superman telling Lex Luthor about his vulnerability to kryptonite: It ain't gonna happen.

      Allusion to comic book, TV and movie hero Superman, who's only known weakness is to kryptonite, a piece of his home world that blocks his superpowers and weakens him. Lex Luthor is one of Superman's all-time arch enemies.

    • Tony: (talking to God in the chapel) What we have here is a failure to communicate.

      A popular quote from the 1967 film Cool Hand Luke. The line is said twice, once by Strother Martin as a prison captain after striking a chain gang prisoner played by Paul Newman. Paul Newman later says the same line, after escaping and finding refuge in a church as he talks to his "Maker" much like Tony is doing here. He delivers the line just as he appears in a church window and is instantly shot to death.

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