Season 1 Episode 11

Eye Spy

Aired Tuesday 8:00 PM Jan 13, 2004 on CBS
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When a Navy commander, who was a technical advisor to a civilian contractor creating a handheld sonar scanner, is found dead on the beach, the NCIS team investigates the murder using satellite technology.

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  • Tony has a taste and it's not for girls that want to take their clothes off.

    And once again Kate was beyond rude and I think body image is not something you should joke about. Especially intentionally trying to make someone feel bad about theirs for a little bit of amusement. I also don't believe Tony would gain weight for eating a doughnut. He exercises regularly. And to the viewer we find it funny, but when she makes fun of Tony with just Gibbs around, she is bad mouthing him behind his back.. she's hardly professional. Even just her quip about Gibbs' hair, she actually insults people EVERY chance she gets. One off things are funny, but it's every single time.

    I liked the one Tony took for the team. But them just laughing at him and everyone giving him shit for everything he did. Do they wonder why he became some 'immature child' when they basically expected nothing more of him. But Tony diving in front of the water really didn't do much for the body. The water still drenched it.

    I thought the wife was very convincing, while the story line was a bit obvious to me, I still think she was good. But she was stupid going for the radar. I mean I can sort of see why she thinks it'd be smart, but at the same time, ah well.. messy situation I guess.

    "Well he certainly was dead on the beach". Love the body bag moving although here you have Ducky thinking Gerald is an alcoholic.

    Kate isn't even a nutritionist. Besides the fact not all sugars are bad for you, and when you break them down they still aren't that bad. While yes there are some bad ones, Kate was just saying everything that is listed in 'sugars' must be a bad sugar.

    I liked how they worked around the CIA, can't expect them to be helpful right. NASA dude was funny, I like how Gibbs wasn't mean to him.moreless
  • Cleverly built

    So.. this time it is a weird one. There is a murder in military base and someone from very long distance makes the call to inform about it. I love the mess Gibbs and his team get because CIA is not very keen to share the information they know and they have to work hard and around (with some really creative measures) it to find a truth. And with all the possible suspects there were around.. I do not know.. I thought of her.. but it was so illogical choice at first but as the episode developed, she became more and more suspicious. I loved the whole profiling thing with Kate.. she does not think that woman did it.. or she is one very good actress. Very good actress as it came out in the end.

    So to conclude: I liked the episode. It had funny moments.. much unexpected.. cleverly build casemoreless
  • Quite a clever crime.

    Pretty smart – kill your cheating husband while making it look like he was killed for a prototype he had been expressing doubts over. If she'd never gone to get the prototype, she would have gotten away with murder – there was no evidence showing she was the killer.

    McGee has returned and Tony is still making him miserable.

    The crab inside the body bag was creepy. I wouldn't have touched it.

    Abby has the weirdest taste in men, seriously. She never goes for the expected. She does seem to have a thing for geeks, for example: McGee.

    Quite a good episode but not great.moreless
  • All right...

    This episode isn't one that I recommend heavily, but it is certainly one worth watching. I cracked up at the first scene. Seriously, is that what you do with a satellite?!

    There were some great quotes from this episode, in my opinion, and that made it exciting to watch.

    I didn't particularly enjoy the case that was being solved. It wasn't bad, but there have been much better ones.

    The case was written well, though. The funny moments really added a lot to this, and it really helped the episode out a lot.

    I have mentioned before that certain episodes have great humour, but lack a great case, and that is also my opinion on this one.moreless
  • A pretty good episode.

    This episode opens with a dead marine being found on a remote beach. The NCIS team are called in and it is discovered that he died from a stab wound. The call which informed the navy about the body was from a blocked caller and so Tony calls in the help of McGee to track down the number. The NCIS team discover that Tom (the victim) was out using a prototype of a new piece of hardware. Back at the morgue, as Ducky & Jerald open the body bag they see that something inside is moving and it turns out to be a crab, and not the actual body. They discover that the tip phoned in about the body was called in from the CIA. Gibbs & Kate track down (with help from Abby and one of her many men) the user from the CIA who reported the tip about the body. They learn that he was using the satellite to spy on a woman who was sunbathing naked on the beach. The team believe that his wife killed him and is framing his mistresses and so the team follow her. The team catch her red handed with the prototype.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

Victor McCay

Victor McCay


Guest Star

Parry Shen

Parry Shen

Ben Richmond

Guest Star

Patrick Macmanus

Patrick Macmanus

Seaman Apprentice Sparks

Guest Star

Sean Murray (I)

Sean Murray (I)

Special Agent Tim McGee

Recurring Role

Pancho Demmings

Pancho Demmings

Asst. M.E. Gerald Jackson

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (5)

    • TRIVIA: Gibbs' second ex-wife tried to split his skull open with with a 7 Iron. This appears to be a pattern in Gibbs' marriages, and probably divorces; in 1x05 "The Curse" Ducky talks about stitching up Gibbs' head after his third ex-wife hit him in the head with a baseball bat.

    • GOOF: When Lt. Egan approaches the location of the missing prototype, it's not raining. As she exits the car, it's raining heavily, and then as she walks away from it the rain has stopped.

    • GOOF: The body bag with the Commander moves on both edges, then up top, which is impossible if there was only one tiny crab inside the bag.

    • GOOF: In the scene where Tony is working out his forearm--he enters the room with his sleeves rolled up just below his elbow. When he stops to talk to Abby, his sleeves are rolled up to his biceps. For the rest of the scene, his sleeves are rolled to his forearms again.

    • GOOF: When Tony is interviewing the Naval base operator, his hair is kind of windblown and relaxed from air-drying after getting wet in the ocean. Later, when he's working with McGee to track down the phone number, he's got his hair slicked back. After that, when he meets Gibbs and Kate outside, his hair is all windblown and relaxed again.

  • QUOTES (22)

    • Tony: You know, we really should have our own satellite for surveillance.
      Gibbs: Yeah, okay Tony, I'll take it up with the director. Three hours of satellite time equals your yearly salary.

    • Kate: (when Gibbs suggests a new suspect) Egan's wife?
      Tony: He was swimming on someone else's reef, dipping the fin in the company pool, pinging the wrong pong...

    • Gibbs: My second wife played golf left-handed.
      Kate: So?
      Tony: When someone tries to split your skull open with a seven iron, it's not a club you soon forget.

    • Kate: Wait...just because she golfs left-handed doesn't mean she actually is left-handed. I golf left-handed, but I bat and throw right-handed.
      Tony: So you go both ways?

    • Gibbs: I try so hard not to be wrong, don't I, Kate?
      Kate: You're very conscientious in that regard, Gibbs.

    • Tony: (referring to Gina) She's just not my type.
      Gibbs: (laughing) Really? A female hardbody who likes to take her clothes off is not your type?
      Tony: I guess not...

    • Abby: Hey, Gibbs. You wanna feel Tony's forearm?
      Gibbs: No, I'll pass.

    • Tony: (offers Kate a doughnut) You want one?
      Kate: No, thanks.
      Tony: They're really good...
      Kate: Not worth the price. I like keeping my belt notched exactly where it is. (raises eyebrows at Tony)
      Tony: What's that supposed to mean?
      Kate: What mean?
      Tony: The whole sorta raised-eyebrow-winky-thing.
      Kate: Nothing, really, just a nervous tic.

    • Kate: And you think that's an appropriate use for a billion dollar satellite, Jeremy.
      Worth: I got a little off track with my priorities.
      Gibbs: Well, that happens with hot babes sometimes.

    • Gibbs: You play ball with me, I can square it with Rover.
      Worth: You can do that?
      Kate: With the exception of finding a decent barber, Gibbs can do pretty much anything he says he can.

    • Gina: I know it's against regs to sunbathe naked, but I never thought I'd be caught in winter... I... I don't know what came over me. Just really hate tan lines. Don't you?
      Gibbs: Sometimes I lay awake at night thinkin' about that.

    • Kate: My name's Kate. Kate Todd. Can I talk to you?
      Worth: About what? What's NCIS?
      Kate: Naval Criminal Investigative Service.
      Worth: I got nothing to talk to you about.
      Gibbs: I'm Special Agent Gibbs. Same agency you haven't heard of before... only I don't take it personally anymore.

    • Kate: You know, I bet this is why #2 came after you with a nine iron. Wasn't it? You just refused to sit and talk things through.
      Gibbs: Actually, that wasn't it at all.
      Kate: So what was it, then?
      Gibbs: A seven iron.

    • Kate: (Tony is hit by a wave and winces; Kate looks confused) What is it?
      Gibbs: Shrinkage!

    • Tony: You know what my dad said about excuses?
      McGee: Yeah, they're like armpits - everybody has them and they all stink.
      Tony: Actually, he used a different piece of anatomy.

    • McGee: I didn't say it would be easy.
      Tony: Actually you did on the phone McGee, only then you added a sir.

    • Overmeyer: Oh, you're insinuating I had something to do with Tom Eagan's death?
      Gibbs: I try so hard not to insinuate, don't I, Kate?
      Kate: You rarely insinuate, Gibbs.
      Gibbs: Eh. All I'm doing now is taking your records.
      Overmeyer: I'm calling my legal counsel.
      Gibbs: I would bet that he would insinuate plenty.

    • Tyler: Is something wrong, Agent Gibbs?
      Gibbs: I dunno. Just, sometimes you think you have a bead on someone, it turns out bogus. It's upsetting.
      Tyler: The point is?
      Gibbs: I didn't take you for a party line type, Commander.

    • Kate: Too bad we don't have a photo.
      Gibbs: Don't need one, he'll fit the profile.
      Kate: I bet geeky, right?
      Gibbs: Well yeah, Kate, something like that?
      Kate: Have you ever seen Robert Redford in Three Days Of The Condor?
      Gibbs: Yes.
      Kate: That's a geek I could get covert with.
      Gibbs: Kate. I would not get my hopes up.

    • Abby: Gibbs! How'd we do with the moles?
      Gibbs: Spooks, Abby. Spooks.
      Abby: I can never get that straight.
      Gibbs: You still in touch with that old NASA boyfriend?
      Abby: He wasn't a boyfriend, he was a boy toy. And yes, we IM almost every day.
      Gibbs: You do?
      Abby: Oh, yeah.
      Gibbs: That's good, right?
      Abby: It's very good.

    • Tony: You got me thinking, Kate. Maybe I should...improve my diet.
      Kate: When are you going to start?
      Tony: What do you call this?
      Kate: Ah, bad things masquerading as something good for you?
      Tony: Heh. It's a nutrition bar. It says so on the label.
      Kate: Yeah. Did you read the label, a little? Y'know the one with the ingredients, not just the big one with the pretty colors?
      Tony: Oh, sarcasm is so not healthy, Kate.

    • Tim: Ah, found it. See, the new SS7 data circuits, they block display of the number, but the calling party number message is still carried on the line.
      Tony: I don't know what you just said, I don't care what you just said. Just gimme the number. Why's there an asterisk?
      Tim: I'm...not sure. Sir?
      Tony: That wasn't an "add a sir" look. That was a "you'd better find out why" look.
      Tim: Oh. Sorry.
      Tony: S'okay. Rookie mistake.

  • NOTES (1)

    • Original International Airdates:
      Croatia: August 16, 2005 on NOVA TV
      Finland: November 11, 2006 on Nelonen
      France: September 01, 2004 on M6
      Germany: June 02, 2005 on SAT.1
      Hungary: January 02, 2006 on TV 2
      Sweden: August 29, 2004 on TV3
      Denmark: January 20, 2004 on TV3


    • Abby: I think Houston has a problem...

      This is a reference to the often-quoted statement made by Apollo 13 Commander Jim Lovell in 1970 and popularized in the 1995 movie Apollo 13, even more appropriate than usual since it's a NASA satellite tech who has temporarily lost contact with the suspect. The actual quote is, "Houston, we've had a problem here."

    • Tony: Unless Overmeyer went Norman Bates on the guy...

      This is a reference to the Alfred Hitchcock movie Psycho originally produced in 1960 starring Anthony Perkins and Janet Leigh. Perkins' character Norman Bates dresses like his mother and even kills people by stabbing them. Since the NCIS team knew that the killer was a woman (and that the victim had been stabbed), Tony makes the comment after someone mentions that Overmeyer has been ruled out as a suspect.

    • Kate: Have you ever seen Robert Redford in Three Days of the Condor?... That's a geek I could get covert with.

      1975 Sydney Pollack film starring Robert Redford and Faye Dunaway.