Season 1 Episode 15


Aired Tuesday 8:00 PM Feb 24, 2004 on CBS
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Gibbs risks his career when his former commanding officer is accused of stealing funds.

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  • How did that phone work?

    Did anyone else notice that the pay phone Col. Ryan used in the bar to call Gibbs was broken? Look at the hangup tab. It was down the whole time.
  • I didn't enjoy this one too much.

    To start off, I found this episode quite difficult to follow and comprehend. It was moving at a very quick speed, and personally, at times I had trouble understanding what was going on.

    The case was pretty interesting though. There were some great scenes of suspense, and some funny moments, which I enjoyed.

    I loved the scene in which Agent DiNozzo and Abby discussed the oldest person whom they had dated. I was laughing at that!

    Personally, I do not recommend this episode at all. It was decent, but not special. However, if you enjoy comedy, then this eipsode can provide you with a lot of laughs.

    Basically, I have mixed feelings about this one.moreless
  • Interesting glimpse into Gibbs' old life.

    Fornell is always fun – liked his coffee and croissant bribe. First time Fornell and Gibbs use the 'stopping the elevator' meeting. For the first time it seems they're friends, they're certainly on first name terms and seem to be using their public animosity for show.

    Ryan has a serious arsenal accumulated – add to that he's delusional – seeing dead soldiers, imagining a conspiracy, running around threatening people. Gibbs is a good man, a good friend – he risked everything to help Ryan, even when he knew Ryan was seeing Cameron, which made everything else he said suspect.

    Another 'Lost' cast member – Terry O'Quinn – Josh Holloway was in 'My Other Left Foot'.

    A very interesting episode.moreless
  • Conspiracy

    That was brilliant episode. I really think that. First of all, Terry O'Quinn is brilliant actor and bringing that char to screen.. oh.. it looked so.. I mean.. I never thought the solution it had.

    I loved the secrecy, the whole cover up thing.. the paranoia.. how there is something big going on and how they Gibbs felt he cannot trust his team.. and when he did that, how they could not trust anyone else.. but in the end.. it was no conspiracy.. it was maybe cheap way to solve the episode as it was just so major.. I mean.. all the stakes.. all the money, explosion, bodies involved. It looked so real.. so dangerous (loved the explosion scene, by the way.. Just when Kate is saying.. boom..)

    So.. I really think it was strong one.. It had a totally new look on Gibbs and it had tension, emotion.. everythingmoreless
  • Conspiracy to draw you in and a heartwrenching ending to keep you coming back

    NCIS fans, this is one of those sensational episodes that gives us those all too rare but highly precious glimpses into the past of Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs.

    Everything in this episode seems typical at first, as far as conspiracies within the United States Law Enforcement and Protection Services can be "typical" but there is a wonderful twist in this sad tale that just ever so lightly touches on the realities and consquences of sending our brave and courageous men into the cruel situation we "train" them for - war. Enjoy, and then let it sit with you for a while.moreless
Mark Harmon

Mark Harmon

Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs

Sasha Alexander

Sasha Alexander

Special Agent Kate Todd

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

David Rountree

David Rountree

FBI Surveilance Technician

Guest Star

John Rosenfeld

John Rosenfeld

FBI Agent Charles

Guest Star

Terry O'Quinn

Terry O'Quinn

Marine Colonel Will Ryan

Guest Star

Joe Spano

Joe Spano

FBI Agent T.C. Fornell

Recurring Role

Pancho Demmings

Pancho Demmings

Asst. M.E. Gerald Jackson

Recurring Role

Alan Dale

Alan Dale

NCIS Director Tom Morrow

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (5)

    • TRIVIA: At the beginning of the show, mail is being delivered to Gibbs. We see the address and what appears to be a faux zip code (12345). However, the zip code is real, and the location is Schenectady, New York.

    • GOOF: While Ryan is speaking with Gibbs from the bar, the lever of the pay phone's hook is in the down position.

    • TRIVIA: When Gibbs returns home and talks to Colonel Ryan in his basement, he's wearing a t-shirt reading "NIS". This is an acronym for "Naval Investigative Service", the predecessor of NCIS, which was restructured out of the old NIS in 1992.

    • TRIVIA: The episode includes the first meeting between Gibbs and Fornell in Gibbs' 'private office', the elevator with the emergency switch thrown. It's also the first time Gibbs and Fornell are shown to be on a first name basis with each other, at least in private.

    • Gibbs Rules:
      Rule #12 - Never date a coworker.

  • QUOTES (19)

    • Abby: He's kind of cute.
      Tony: So, you're into older guys, Abby?
      Abby: Sure, dating older is a sign of maturity.
      Tony: Well, what's the oldest you've gone?
      Abby: Sixty-five, my biology professor. You?
      Tony: Twenty-six, my dry cleaner.
      Abby: Haha. I rest my case.

    • Ducky: You have a remarkable set of teeth.
      Tony: Yeah, for an extra from Pirates of the Carribbean.
      Ducky: I hear that was really good.
      Gibbs: The ride?

    • Fornell: (to Gibbs) Much as I'd like to, I'm not going to let him shoot you Gibbs.

    • Ducky: I don't suppose any of you thought to take a photo before you ran screaming from the cabin.
      Tony: Hey. That was not screaming. That was yelling. Loudly.

    • Ducky: Sorry we took so long. Gerald got us lost. Several times.
      Gerald: Me? You had the map.

    • Gibbs: Tobias. You lied to me.
      Fornell: Don't take it personally. I'd lie to my own mother if I thought it'd help solve a case.

    • Fornell: If you screw me on this...
      Gibbs: I'll consider it a bonus.

    • Tony: Today, Abbs!
      Abby: That's very Gibbs of you, Tony.
      Tony: Thanks, I've been practicing.

    • FBI Agent: I feel sorry for your boss.
      Kate: Why's that?
      FBI Agent: You obvious don't know Fornell very well.
      Kate: We've worked with him before.
      Tony: We just don't particularly like him.
      FBI Agent: So then you do know him.

    • Gibbs: Tony, touch my cell phone again and I'll break your fingers.
      Kate: You know he really does like you.

    • Kate: Tony.
      Tony: (Gibbs stays behind Tony) He is right behind me, isn't he?
      Kate: Yes.
      Tony: You wanna make me open that, boss?
      Gibbs: NO.

    • Kate: Gibbs thinks he saw a bomb.
      Gibbs: What do you mean, 'thought?!'
      Kate: Do I really have to say it?
      Gibbs: Say, what?!
      Ducky: Yes, Kate. Say what?
      Kate: You need glasses, Gibbs! There, are you happy?!
      (bomb explodes)
      Gibbs: I'm sorry, I didn't quite catch that last part.

    • Colonel Ryan: You set me up!
      Gibbs: Then why are they shooting at me?

    • Fornell: Just because you're paraniod, doesn't mean people aren't out to get you.

    • Tony: Where the hell are you, Fornell's here with a warrant for your arrest.
      Gibbs: Well, it's a good thing I'm not there, then.
      Tony: This is serious, he thinks you're with Colonel Ryan.
      Gibbs: Well, he's smarter than he looks.

    • Kate: Do all Marines build boats?
      Tony: Just the ones that have been married a few times.
      Kate: Why's that?
      Tony: The other ones can afford to buy one.

    • Abby: I just realized something.
      Tony: Gibbs never gives me any compliments?
      Abby: No. Maybe it's not that you're dating younger women, but that they're dating an older man.

    • Kate: So what happened?
      Tony: She broke into my apartment and filled my closet with dog crap.
      Kate: Ha! Really? I knew there was a reason I liked her.
      Tony: I still have her number. Maybe you two can get together and boil rabbits or something.
      Kate: Not my style, Tony. I would just shoot you.
      Gibbs: And that would be the reason for rule number twelve.
      Kate: Rule twelve?
      Gibbs: Never date a co-worker.

    • FBI Agent: You're under arrest.
      Gibbs: For what?
      FBI Agent: Pissing off the F.B.I.
      Gibbs: Get used to it.

  • NOTES (2)

    • Original International Airdates:
      Croatia: August 22, 2005 on NOVA TV
      Finland: December 09, 2006 on Nelonen
      France: September 17, 2004 on M6
      Germany: June 30, 2005 on SAT.1
      Hungary: February 06, 2006 on TV 2
      Sweden: September 26, 2004 on TV3
      Denmark: March 2, 2004 on TV3

    • Prolific character actor Terry O'Quinn had an important recurring role as Admiral Boone on JAG, who is also a mentor to the series' male lead.


    • Tony: Maybe you two could get together and boil rabbits or something.

      He's referring to his ex-girlfriend's revenge on him, but this is a clear reference and allusion to the famous scene from the film Fatal Attraction, in which spurned lover Glenn Close puts the family rabbit into a pan of boiling water. It also led to the coining of the phrase "bunny boiler" for a woman who takes revenge on an ex partner.

    • Terry O'Quinn's character, Colonel Ryan, tells Gibbs to Trust No One; this is one of the many quotes associated with X-Files, in which Terry O'Quinn had a couple of guest appearances.