Season 4 Episode 15

Friends & Lovers

Aired Tuesday 8:00 PM Feb 13, 2007 on CBS
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When a dead body of a sailor is found in an abandoned part of the town, all the evidence seem to point that the person died from unintentional drug overdose, but when the team uncovers more evidence, it turns out to be a murder. Meanwhile, Tony bonds with a local detective while working on the case.moreless

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  • Wow, great on so many levels!

    This episode was a really good one, and in a sense, also a quite emotional one, in my opinion.

    Special Agent DiNozzo 'bonds' with a cop while investigating this case, and the two talk. I was really saddened at the end of the episode, when we discover that the cop's soulmate was actually Jeanne Benoit. That was really tearful!

    Also, the episode was really funny, with some great quotes. I really enjoyed seeing McGee get into the club as Thom E. Gemcity with Ziva, Abby and Michelle as his 'girls'! That was really terrific!

    Overall, the case isn't the most interesting, although it was good, but the episode is really memorable on different levels.

    Well done, NCIS!moreless
  • How romantic... propose at the place where you met, and she gets a dead body as a bonus.

    That's really sweet – taking your fiancé back to the place you met… even though the restaurant has been closed.

    Tony's definitely serious about Jeanne, he would usually drool about Ziva doing something so sexy as dancing Shakira-style in front of his desk – he didn't even look up. Exchanged 'I love you's'. Interesting that it turned out to be Jeanne was the detective's ex.

    The blood under the lamination was intended to get their attention, knowing they'd then do more tests, finding the message.

    What is with Jimmy and Lee?! That woman is a nympho!

    Tim - Ziva, Abby and Lee on his arm. That's very cool.moreless
  • The dead body of a marine is found

    This episode opens with a man taking his girlfriend to the restaurant where they flirt had their first met and he is planning to propose until they find a dead body. The dead man was a marine and had his ID on him. They discover that he died 5 days before he was found, he had a liver of a 75 year old and that he was poisoned by a flower. His death was murder. They find out that he was at a bar the night they believe he died and they get a sketch of the woman. When Abby and McGee go through the victims stuff they discover that he had Ecstasy tablets in his shoe and find that on a piece of laminated card found on the body was a secret message written in blood. The message reads "Expect Moore!

    When the team try to get a warrant for the club they can't due to legal problems. SO they send someone in undercover, Agent McGee. Well he is a published author after all. They run the blood and it matches a woman who was killed over a month ago. While watching on CCTV Gibbs spots the woman they are after out the back of the building. They race there and discover her and the owner of the club having an argument. But just as they turn up he snaps her neck. They shoot him dead. We then see that one of the cops who was with Tony has been shot and he also dies. We learn that the petty officer was actually a serial killer who died when he was made to drink his own position.moreless
  • Very good episode where the main plot is not the important thing to be watching.

    I found this episode rewarding in its expanding revelation of Tony's character and developing Jeanne a little more. Well written episode. The plot is not that big a thing, just a vehicle to show us more of their relationship. As for the spying that went on (2 or so shows ago - last scene, where Tony and Jeanne are seeming being observed), well it could have been the ex-cop lover - or was it?!

    The last scene elevated this episode from being good to v. good, as the touch of irony hit home after the cops and Tony's unknown commonality of both having a relationship with Jeanne, one dies while the other doesnt. A few more feet to the left and Tony would have gotten the bullet. In more ways than immediately obvious. As it was, none of the three will ever know about each others connection (or maybe the cop knew but will never be able to tell)! Or do the other emails hold something that will rear its ugly head in the next episode?moreless
  • great episode

    A dead body of a sailor ends up inside a abandoned bar. It seems that the man dies of drug overdose, but when the NCIS team investigates the case, it all points out to a murder. The NCIS find themselves working alongside the metropolitan police. Tony starts to deal with his girlfriend's former ex. The investigation leads the agents to a bar where the killer maybe working. The writers came up with a really exciting episode. This episode adds some twist to some characters. It turned out really well. Everything played out perfectly. There's action, comedy and romance in it. It's a great episode.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

Michael Whaley

Michael Whaley

Detective J.D. Morris

Guest Star

Dean Cechvala

Dean Cechvala

Frank Holtz

Guest Star

Corri English

Corri English

Lisa Delgado

Guest Star

Brian Dietzen

Brian Dietzen

Asst. M.E. Jimmy Palmer

Recurring Role

Scottie Thompson

Scottie Thompson

Jeanne Benoit

Recurring Role

Liza Lapira

Liza Lapira

NCIS Special Agent Michelle Lee

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (6)

    • Tony: I gotta write a book.
      Gibbs: You should read one first.
      Amusing enough, in episode 4x10 "Smoked" Tony did read a book, and it was none other than McGee's book Deep Six.

    • TRIVIA: McGee went to chess camp as a kid.

    • TRIVIA: Agent Michele Lee went to Harvard Law School.

    • TRIVIA: Ziva's comment about maggots "If you're hungry enough they don't actually taste that bad" to McGee, could mean she was starved or captured and not been given food in some part of her past. Or possibly that she had had to eat them during survival training for Mossad.

    • (In the bar Tony and Jeanne toast each other.)
      Tony: Cheers
      Jeanne: Santé

      Santé is a toast from France which is short for 'à votre santé' which means "to your health".

    • GOOF: In the beginning when Tony throws his knife, he throws it under the middle circle. When he goes to retrieve the knife he grabs it almost at the bottom the target.

  • QUOTES (31)

    • (About evidence from the crime scene)
      Tony: I'd say that's creepy.
      Gibbs: You think DiNozzo?

    • (After McGee gets admitted to a cool club because he's Thom E. Gemcity, the famous writer)
      Tony: I gotta write a book.
      Gibbs: You should read one first.

    • Palmer: Not to mention a great source of protein.
      Ducky: Ah, as I was saying, they should prove helpful in determining the time of death unless, of course, my assistant decides to eat them first.

    • Ducky: People who choose to live their lives this way have nobody to blame (shaking finger at dead P.O.) but themselves.

    • Ziva: (to Lee, after her knife barely misses Gibbs' nose) I thought you said you grew up around weapons.
      Lee: I did. I didn't say my father actually let me touch any of them.

    • Tony: (after his knife lands near the center of the target) Five summers at Camp Pokequatic...I was also a pretty mean clogger. (McGee raises his eyebrows.) That doesn't leave this room.
      Ziva: Nobody cares that you spent your summers prancing around in little wooden shoes.
      Tony: The term is dancing.

    • Ziva: (whispering) Lee, can you please pretend you want to be here with us?
      Lee: (whispering) I'm trying! I don't know where your Sig is, but I'm having trouble walking.

    • McGee: Ironic isn't it... serial killer forced to drink his own poison. (he stops and ponders) Could make a good book...

    • Gibbs: We're goin' in.
      Tony: Got a warrant?
      Gibbs: No... we have somebody rich and famous!
      Tony: ... McGeek?!
      Gibbs: No.... A very famous novelist. Thom E. Gemcity.
      John: Who?
      Tony: Don't ask John... I'll vomit explaining.

    • (as Gibbs and JD go into the elevator)
      John: Should we call the paramedics?
      Ziva: No need... if they fight it'll be to the death.

    • Lee: (on Gibbs) He's right director.
      Jenny: He usually is... that's what makes him so damn irritating.

    • Jenny: What's the problem?
      Gibbs: Jurisdiction issues with Metro police.
      Lee: They're insisting on a warrant.
      Gibbs: And this (stops, gesturing to Lee angrily) legal person won't give me one!

    • Gibbs: That's a good job Abby.
      Abby: Oh, but that was just the warm up act!

    • Abby: This is really starting to vex me McGee, okay, normally I love lamination, because it collects fingerprints like you collect royalty checks....

    • Ziva: It's like shooting fish in a pond!
      John: I think you mean a barrel.
      Ziva: Why would a fish be in a barrel?
      John: Uh... I.. It's a good point, I never really thought about it before.
      Ziva: Mh!

    • Abby: Meet Neriin Oleandrin Oleondroside!
      Gibbs: (to McGee) Friends of yours elf lord?

    • McGee: (on Gibbs) Well, I need to tell him something.
      Abby: Tell him you love him McGee! It works for me.
      Gibbs: (walking in) Not all the time!

    • Ducky: Have you ever wondered why perfectly healthy individuals suddenly and occasionally keel over and die, Mr. Palmer?

    • Ziva: You afraid of bugs McGee?
      McGee: Bugs, no. Wriggling, faceless, blob creatures crawling inside human flesh; yes.
      Ziva: Believe it or not I used to feel the same way.
      McGee: How'd you get over it?
      Ziva: ... I found, that if you're hungry enough, they actually don't taste that bad!

    • Tony: Nothing better says 'I love you' than a rotting corpse in an abandoned crap hole!

    • Tony: (after McGee misses) Math camp?
      McGee: Chess. But at least I didn't wear man clogs!

    • Tony: Watch and learn Probie-sans!

    • Ziva: Why haven't you breasted them?
      Tony: She means busted.
      Ziva: Yes! Busted...

    • Ziva: Where are we going?
      Tony: We are not going anywhere.
      Ziva: Who are you taking? McGee?!

    • McGee: I just don't like maggots.
      Ziva: Why?
      McGee: Much like the concept of a men's room - it's personal.

    • Ziva: In Mossad we have a saying, "Knives don't run out of bullets."

    • (standing in front of her mass spectrometer)
      Abby: I hereby accept your challenge. We will meet on the field at dawn. Weapons, caffeine-fueled intellect versus cold silicate based intelligence. Until then I bid you a good day sir. (turns to see Ziva and McGee staring at her) Hi.
      Ziva: Hi. You talk to your mass spectrometer?
      Abby: Yeah, sometimes. Why?
      McGee: You challenged it to a duel.
      Abby: Well, it spit out a chemical composition that I'm not familiar with! There has to be some sense of decorum around here.

    • Ducky: However women normally hide poison in food not drinks.
      Gibbs: That would explain why my last ex wife spent so much time in the kitchen.

    • Tony: What are my eyes saying now?
      Jeanne: That you'd like to skip dinner.
      Tony: Wow, you are amazing.
      Jeanne: You always want to skip dinner.

    • McGee: Our Petty Officer didn't OD.
      Gibbs: He was murdered.

    • Ziva: Any questions?
      Tony: Yeah I got one, ever kill anyone with a spoon?
      Ziva: (slams knife down) No, but I'm seriously considering it.

  • NOTES (2)

    • Original International Airdates:
      Denmark: February 20, 2007 on TV3
      Sweden: March 25, 2007 on TV3
      Australia: May 15, 2007 on Ten
      Belgium: May 27, 2007 on VT4
      United Kingdom: July 17, 2007 on FX UK
      Spain: August 2, 2007 on La Sexta
      The Netherlands: September 12, 2007 on Veronica
      Germany: September 16, 2007 on SAT 1
      Italy: October 21, 2007 on RAI 2
      Brazil: November 30, 2007 on AXN
      Finland: January 13, 2009 on Nelonen
      Slovakia: June 15, 2009 on Markiza
      Czech Republic: October 19, 2009 on TV Nova

    • This episode was previously named Burn Out.


    • The detective was named John Carson: Johnny Carson was a famous US talk show host most notably of The Tonight Show.

    • Palmer: I saw it in a survival documentary on the Discovery Channel.

      The Discovery Channel is a popular cable channel that provides programing on many educational subjects.

    • Abby: No Gibbs, they're not Lord of the Rings characters!
      This is a reference to the Lord of the Rings novels which were later turned into the Lord of the Rings trilogy in the movies.

    • Ziva: Shakira! That's whose this police sketch reminds me of.

      Ziva is referring to the Colombian singer Shakira, who recently made her cross over to the English speaking market and is famous for her belly dancing.

    • MAD Magazine is a kids magazine that was extremely popular in the 70s and 80s. It satirized movies, TV shows, almost any pop culture icon imaginable. On the back cover there was always a picture that was drawn so that when you folded it a certain way another picture was revealed.