Season 4 Episode 4

Faking It

Aired Tuesday 8:00 PM Oct 10, 2006 on CBS
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Episode Summary

After police pull over a driver and arrest him for a concealed weapon, a car crashes into their patrol car with a dead man behind the wheel. The arrested man turns out to be Russian and Homeland Security claim he was working for them. The Russian is linked to an old case that Mike Franks worked on. Mike comes out of retirement to put the Russian behind bars.moreless

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  • Mike comes out of retirement to stop a Russian

    In this episode Gibbs becomes a probie when his boss returns to put a Russian behind bars who the NCIS team can't arrest.At the beginning it is really obvious that the Russian killed the victim but Mike comes back because he is frustrated that the NCIS team can't arrest him and he uses his own methods to catch him including knocking out Tony to get away from him after Tony was supposed to be watching him.This was a really good episode and Mike will likely be a character that will soon return later in the season.moreless
  • A petty officer is killed

    A man is driving whilst on his cell phone and he is pulled over by police. They find a gun inside. Another car drives straight into the side of the police car. The find the driver dead and all money pouring out of his car, as they look inside they find a message written in blood "NCIS". His name is petty officer Jack Vale. The police believe that the man pulled over may have shot the petty officer. When his phone is checked the last dialled number by the petty officer was 911.

    Ziva tries he many languages on him and we learn that he is Russian. When Abby plays back the 911 call, they learn that the petty officer said that he was following a known terrorist. When Abby tracks down the real name f the Russian they learn that he is wanted by Homeland security. Gibbs rings Mickey (his old boss and friend from Mexico) and he comes back to NCIS to help the team. He is put into protective custody with Tony as his guard as a death threat has been made against him. They are moved to a safe house and Tony is hit from behind and Mike is gone. Ziva & McGee find the missing bullet, behind a dumpster in an ally. Gibbs offers the Russian a deal, and he takes it. The team go to the address they are given by him. The team learn were they have moved on to and discover the hotel room empty except for smoked cigarettes. We then see Frank in a bar meting someone. Frank then pulls a gun on him and just as he's about to shoot another shooter turns up as does Gibbs. Gibbs manages to save the day. But Frank still kills the mystery man. Frank tells Gibbs that there was no team taken Frank, it was only him acting alone. At the end Gibbs listens to the tape which Frank claimed to have as evidence. It's just a music tape. Gibbs listens to it and smiles.moreless
  • A Russian spy who is working for Homeland Security is apprehended after a man who's been tracking him is shot and a bloody "NCIS" is scrawled into the passenger's seat...Also, Ziva knows if you've been naughty or nice...moreless

    Overall, this episode...aside from the quality character interactions we all know and love...was lacking in a gripping storyline. I would have to say that my favourite parts were how Gibbs and his old boss interact...much in the same way as Gibbs and Tony...when Tony is supposed to keep an eye on Mike and keeps losing track of him is hilarious...Also, when Gibbs suspects Tony has gotten "cozy" with Madame Director is amusing. The bits where Ziva, Tony, and McGee quarrel about Ziva's ability to tell a liar apart from someone who's telling the truth are also funny...especially when Tony disses Ziva's bum! Also, Abby is adorable with her slightly longer hair and her kick ass boots!(She Rocks!!!) Aside from these "highlights", this episode could have used a more exciting/interesting plot.moreless
  • Bring back Mike, old boss of Gibbs. Looking for Russin Spy which kill a Navy and catch very soon.

    This one is just ok.

    1) This should be divide to two part, there are too many thing need to be clear, such as about the old case Mike working at, what connect between dead Navy with Mike and the Homeland Secuity Guy.

    2) To easy to kill that Russin Spy in the Bar, only one Bodyguard.

    3) Escape the Abby test bullet part, maybe just cut this sense.

    THis one is really just Ok, if make it two parts, will much better. However, glad Gibbs is back and solved another old case, hope next time don\'t go back to Gibbs case again.moreless
  • Decent, but nowhere near as good as the three previous episodes in this season.

    This episode was a pretty boring one in all honesty. I found it to be rather uninteresting for the most part, although it did have its moments. The episode was centred around a pretty dull storyline, in my opinion.

    It's not necessarily that the episode is bad, it just doesn't compare well against the other episodes so far this season, which is my major disappointment.

    I also felt that the episode wasn't too funny either, so that was another flaw, in my opinion.

    We do see a little character development, which I felt was nice, but overall, I wouldn't recommend this one at all. You'd be better off with the three that precede it, in my opinion!moreless
Mark Harmon

Mark Harmon

Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs

Michael Weatherly

Michael Weatherly

Special Agent Tony DiNozzo

Cote de Pablo

Cote de Pablo

Mossad Agent Ziva David

Pauley Perrette

Pauley Perrette

Forensics Specialist Abby Sciuto

Sean Murray (I)

Sean Murray (I)

Special Agent Tim McGee

Lauren Holly

Lauren Holly

Director Jenny Shepard

Geoff Pierson

Geoff Pierson

Roy Carver

Guest Star

Albie Selznick

Albie Selznick

Marty Allen

Guest Star

Nolan North

Nolan North

Officer Lou Giotti

Guest Star

Muse Watson

Muse Watson

Mike Franks

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (7)

    • GOOF: Near the end of the episode when Franks picks up the phone, he only punches (along with each "Tone" of the key) six numbers. Even if it were a local call, it should be seven.

    • TRIVIA: After Ziva and McGee first come across vomit in the alley they see a man throwing up right outside what appears to be McMurphy's Tavern's back entrance (see the sign above him). McMurphy's Tavern was a recurring hangout for the characters of JAG, Donald P. Bellisario's other creation of which NCIS is a spin-off of. The last appearance of the tavern on TV was actually in the final scene of the series finale of JAG.

    • TRIVIA: Ziva speaks French, German, Italian, Arabic and Russian. (And of course English and Hebrew.) And Turkish and Spanish, though that is shown in "Hiatus" and "Iced" and not this particular episode.

    • GOOF: When McGee reaches for the cellphone in the victim's car the cellphone is a NOKIA 8210, but when he holds it in his hand the cellphone is a Sony-Ericsson T-68.

    • GOOF: One of the arresting officers accuses Puchenko of having just fired his gun after seeing a dent in a primer, but the only way to really tell if a gun has just been fired is if the barrel is still warm.

    • GOOF: As Ducky is describing the path of the bullet from left to right he says nicked the pancreas, missed the liver... He's also pointing to the left side of his body to indicate the path. The spleen is on the left side of the body. The liver is on the right side of the body.

    • TRIVIA: A Russian ruble is divided into 100 kopeks. The kopek has come in denominations of 1, 2, 3, 5, 10, 15, 20, and 50. Today, only 1, 5, 10, and 50 coins are in circulation with the 1 and 5 rarely being used.

  • QUOTES (28)

    • Tony: (after Mike is taken) So, why grab him when all they had to do was kill him?
      Gibbs: He was holding evidence.
      Tony: Where?
      Gibbs: He wouldn't tell me.
      Tony: Well, you didn't hold a blowtorch to his eyeballs to find out. These guys will.

    • Ziva: Even arms dealers need groceries.

    • McGee (Looking at the puke): It doesn't smell fresh.
      Ziva: Does it ever?

    • Tony (holding an ID card): It doesn't look fake.
      Ziva: (over her shoulder) Fake.
      Tony: What are you talking about. You barely got a look at it.
      Ziva: I can smell a fake a mile away.

    • Tony: Open and shut case, Boss.
      Gibbs: No such thing, DiNozzo, only watertight.

    • Tony: What time is it in Mexico right now?
      Gibbs: Cantina time!

    • (After Tony calls the Director 'Jenny')
      Gibbs: Jenny. Just ah... how cozy did you two get while I was away?

    • Gibbs: DiNozzo, you're team leader.
      Tony: You're in safe hands Mike.
      Mike: I've seen your hands DiNozzo, they don't impress me!

    • Mike: (to Gibbs) You got a chance here Probie. Don't screw it up!

    • Mike: (to Gibbs) How ya doin' Probie?!

    • Gibbs: Got an exit wound?
      Ducky: Well, there doesn't appear to be an exit wound. So, I dig out the bullet, you match it to the weapon and hey Presto! Justice prevails.

    • Abby: Do you know how many pennies are thrown out or put into jars every year?
      Gibbs: Enlighten me.
      Abby: Three and a half billion. Billion, Gibbs! That's like 35 million dollars in pennies, and that's a lot of pennies in any language.
      Gibbs: Including Russian.
      Abby: No, Russians don't have pennies; they have kopeks. What does that have to do with Russian?

    • Tony: (referring to the suspect) Looked down and to the left- sure sign of a liar.
      Gibbs:That's very good, DiNozzo.
      Tony: Thanks, Boss.
      Gibbs: Did Ziva teach you that?

    • Tony: Not that your butt is big. Not that I've even looked.
      Ziva: Oh, liar!
      Tony: Okay, I have looked, but, you know, I never...
      Ziva: (interrupting) Never what?
      Tony: Oh, no. Ah-ha. I'm catching on to you. And you're not gonna get me to say something, and then do your little Mossad true or false trick. I'm too smart for that!
      Ziva: (laughing) Of course, you are!

    • Tony: I had the best fake ID in college, never got turned away once from a bar.
      Ziva: Never?
      Tony: Ever! (Ziva gives him a look.) Once...
      Ziva: Once?
      Tony: Or twice.
      Ziva: A month?
      Tony: A week! But listen, we went out every night, and it was a college town! They're very tough there- eagle-eyed bouncers... And you really had to act the part, too, you know. You had to be mature, worldly, kinda grownup!
      Ziva: So it wasn't really the ID; it was you.
      Tony: Are you kidding me? No! No, I was, I was the master of fake.

    • Ziva: Maybe he was doing laundry.
      Tony: That's a lot of laundry.
      Ziva: Maybe he was a once a month kind of man.
      Tony: I do it once a week. (McGee looks quickly at Tony.) Laundry. (Ziva grins at Tony.)

    • Kobacz: You think you are the first one to pull a gun at me?
      Franks: No, but I will be the last.

    • Gibbs: How is he?
      Woman: He'll live.
      Tony: Well, I've been hit harder, Boss. By you.

    • McGee: You don't shoot someone where everyone can see you, do you?
      Ziva: I never do. Unless, of course, it can't be helped. (McGee stops and looks at her)

    • Mike: Where did you learn being such a pain in the ass?
      Gibbs: Working with you.

    • Abby: Hi Ducky! (Ducky isn't answering) Penny for your thoughts. Or three and a half billion pennies. (She smiles, Ducky isn't amused) That was an in-joke.

    • McGee: That's pretty clever, Boss. How did you figure that out?
      Gibbs: Too much time around you.

    • Tony: Women want men to lie to them.
      Ziva: Not true.
      Tony: (imitates a conversation) "Honey, does my butt look big in these pants to you?" "Actually yes, sweetheart. Your butt looks as big as Alabama. Didn't want to say anything, but you've got the Bama butt going on." See? You want us to lie to you, so we do. Especially if your butt is as big as Bama. (Ziva looks at him, angry) Not that your butt is big. And not that I've even looked.

    • Gibbs: DiNozzo!
      Tony: Yeah, Boss?
      Gibbs: You've got egg on your shirt.
      Ziva: Not just your shirt.

    • Ziva: Tony, if you had gone out with a beautiful woman last night, you would have talked about it all day.
      Tony: I would?
      McGee: Oh yeah.
      Tony: OK, whatever.

    • McGee: OK, well, Ziva thinks that all men are liars.
      Tony: (interested) Really? So, if I lie you would be able to tell?
      Ziva: Hm. (laughs) Particularly you.
      Tony: You think?
      McGee: Wouldn't go there, Tony.
      Tony: (To McGee) Oh, watch and weep. (To Ziva) True or false? I had eggs for breakfast this morning.
      Ziva: True.
      Tony: Lucky guess. Last night I had a date with a very beautiful woman.
      Ziva: False.
      Tony: She's good. My first car was a shiny new Red Corvette.
      Ziva: False. Strike three. I win.

    • McGee: (To Ziva) How would you know?
      Tony: Know what?
      McGee: When an expert liar is telling Ziva a lie.
      Tony: And this started how?
      McGee: I told her that I went to the gym this morning.
      Tony: No great skill in guessing you were fibbing there, Probie. You may have lost some weight, and personally I am very proud of you, but 'gym' is definitely not your middle name.

    • McGee: I got puke!
      Ziva: That's a lot of regurgitation.

  • NOTES (1)

    • Original International Airdates:
      Denmark November 7, 2006 on TV3
      Sweden: January 7, 2007 on TV3
      Australia: February 13, 2007 on TEN
      Belgium: March 11, 2007 on VT4
      Germany: March 25, 2007 on SAT 1
      The Netherlands: March 28, 2007 on Veronica
      United Kingdom: May 1, 2007 on FX UK
      Spain: June 21, 2007 on La Sexta
      Italy: September 10, 2007 on RAI 2
      Slovakia: May 29, 2009 on Markiza
      Czech Republic: July 28, 2009 on TV Nova