Season 3 Episode 23

Hiatus, Part I

Aired Tuesday 8:00 PM May 09, 2006 on CBS
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While working on an assignment, Gibbs is seriously injured in an explosion and taken to a hospital, where he recalls his painful past which he has always kept hidden from others. The rest of the team must proceed with the investigation and put their feelings aside, and Tony is left in charge.


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  • In Part One Of A Two Part Season Finale, Gibbs Is Injured In An Explosion During A Case. He Recalls His Painful Past While Tony Leads The Team.

    This episode is a good setup for the finale. The opening scene was terrific. It added just the right amount of suspense and mystery to keep me interested. Also the scene where the team arrives to the hospital was well done. The flashbacks of Gibbs's history were actually quite good. The most interesting flashbacks were with his late wife and daughter. I hope we will learn more of them in the future. Tony is not a capable leader but I'll admit that I liked him very much here. That is probably because he has an excellent sense of humor. That aside, the team's investigation about Gibbs's injury was plain boring. It had no twists at all and it was too slow. Endgame is next. I hope it's better than this.moreless
  • Good episode, good Gibbs storyline, yet lacking.

    It's quite a good episode with Gibbs blown up in an explosion and the team investigating the case without him. I love episodes with Gibbs somehow separated from the team, since it seems to bring out the best in everybody. While they are like a family when they are all working together, there is always more growth and conflict when a member of the team is in danger or hurt.

    The scenes with the head nurse were gold, I actually laughed at the way the nurse was looking at the contents of Abby's purse. You know it's a good episode when it makes you laugh in the middle of the drama. The same goes for the scenes with Abby and Ziva.

    I have only one problem with the episode. That was seriously the worst Turkish accent I have ever heard in my life - and belive me, I know, I'm Turkish. I mean I'm used to seeing Turkish characters used in plots involving terrorism after 9/11. But come on. If it weren't for the subtitles, even I wouldn't be able to figure out what they were saying most of the time. Also, the bellydancer thing and Greeks hating Turks? Hah. Easy stereotypes, just saying.

    Yeah, other than that one bit, I really enjoyed the episode, but they still could have done better.moreless
  • Entertaining and funny? Yes. An episode you would watch over and over? No. Episode that lacked that little extra to make it great? Yes. Contains spoilers so beware.

    Entertaining and funny? Yes.

    An episode you would watch over and over? No.

    Episode that lacked that little extra to make it great? Yes.

    This episode focused too much on Gibbs' memories. Damn it was boring.

    And what was up with making Tony act completely like Gibbs? Just because he is the leader doesn't mean he gets all schizo and becomes someone else. He hsould stay like himself but add some part of \"Gibbs\" to it as it would show how influenced he has become.

    Let's just hope that the next episode (why can't this show have at least 24 frikkin episodes!) will be better. And let's hope ppl stay in character.moreless
  • A fantastic episode!

    Poor, poor Gibbs. It's very weird to see Gibbs vulnerable, I'm just not used to seeing him like that, just like the rest of the NCIS team isn't used to seeing Gibbs laying in a coma in a hospital. The parts where both Jenny and Abby come to visit Gibbs in the hospital ( separately, just to let you know) are just great, and made me laugh which made me relax a bit. You could clearly see that everyone was upset, except Ziva. For a while you think that she isn't bothered at all by this, but later on we see that it obviously does affect her just as much as it does to the rest of the team. We finally get to see more of Gibbs past, so we get to know him a lot better.

    At the end of this episode Gibbs wakes up from his coma, but doesn't remember Ducky, at all.

    All in all, one of my favorites episode.moreless
  • Excellent Gibbs episode.

    Tony is right – this is reminiscent of Usual Suspects, love that movie. There's even a fire.

    Is it any wonder Gibbs gets confused – entering the hospital is almost identical to the last time he was blown up.

    "No, that would be overkill." Jenny is so cool. Abby, however, is completely insane – wandering into trauma ranting like a complete lunatic. I'd let Abby in too.

    'Don't let Tony smell fear' – even Tony has his limits, it was sweet for him to send McGee out. It's the one time McGee calls Tony 'boss' and doesn't mind. As always, Tony turns into Gibbs when he's not around, even to drinking coffee he doesn't like. He appears not to be paying attention yet knows exactly what Ziva is doing behind him.

    Ziva's apparent coldness about Gibbs is not a way to make friends – Abby in particular adores Gibbs.

    We finally find out about Shannon and Kelly, killed because Shannon witnessed a drug dealer kill a marine and Gibbs hunted the drug dealer down in Mexico and sniped him.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

Sean Murray (I)

Sean Murray (I)

Special Agent Tim McGee

Pauley Perrette

Pauley Perrette

Forensics Specialist Abby Sciuto

Lauren Holly

Lauren Holly

Director Jenny Shepard

Brett Cullen

Brett Cullen

Navy Capt. Todd Gelfand

Guest Star

Cotter Smith

Cotter Smith

NCIS Special Agent in Charge Sam Stevens

Guest Star

Mary Matilyn Mouser

Mary Matilyn Mouser

Kelly Gibbs

Guest Star

Brian Dietzen

Brian Dietzen

Asst. M.E. Jimmy Palmer

Recurring Role

Muse Watson

Muse Watson

Mike Franks

Recurring Role

Darby Stanchfield

Darby Stanchfield

Shannon Gibbs

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (8)

    • TRIVIA: In this episode Tony says "I have a better chance of hooking up with Jessica Alba than these guys do of infiltrating sealift." Which is ironic because Michael Wetherly was at one point engaged to Jessica Alba, when they were co-stars on Dark Angel, but they broke it off. Their characters on Dark Angel were also involved.

    • TRIVIA: The whole season we have been shown flashbacks alluding to Gibbs' life prior to becoming a field agent for NCIS. On episode 3x07, "Honor Code," while Zach is under Gibbs' protection Gibbs shows Zach his boat in his basement. We are introduced through the first of many flashbacks to a little girl sanding the very same boat. In this episode we learn that that little girl is indeed Gibbs' child with wife number 1. Wife number 1 is the only wife out of the four that Gibbs does not talk about, and we find out why - she was killed, along with his daughter.

    • TRIVIA: We learn in this episode that Ziva speaks Turkish.

    • TRIVIA: In the movie Local Boys Mark Harmon's character met the same fate as Gibbs, i. e. lost his wife and daughter.

    • TRIVIA: NCIS Special Agent Abog Ghalib might be an allusion to a well known Abu Sayyaf Commander, Ghalib Andang also known as Commander Robot, which became notorious because of the Sipadan Beach Resort Kidnaping in Malaysia last May 3, 2000. Commander Robot died along with 23 other Abu Sayyaf members in a failed jail break attempt last March 5, 2005.

    • GOOF: According to Dr. Ducky Mallard, the name Pinpin Pula means "rice paddy dike" in Tagalog. Abu Sayyaf terrorists usually have Arabic names, not Tagalog names. The word "pula" is a Tagalog word that means RED, and the name Pinpin, sometimes use as a pet name, doesn't mean anything. But there is an Abu Sayyaf commander, Umbra Jumdail, a trained medic, also known as Dr. Abu Pula. The Tagalog translation of "rice paddy dike" is actually "pilapil."

    • TRIVIA: The Abu Sayyaf Group is classified by the Philippine Military as terrorist group with links to Al Queda. The members of the group call themselves al-Harakatul Islamiya although their group was better known as the Abu Sayyaf, meaning "Father of the Sword." The title was supposed to refer to Abdurajak Abubakar Janjalani, the group's founder and ideologue. The name later stuck and was translated by journalists and the military to mean "Bearer of the Sword."

    • GOOF: At the beginning of the episode, while Tony is watching a man smoking, the smoke gets into the man's face. This is because the footage of the man smoking was running in reverse.

  • QUOTES (19)

    • Captain Todd Gelfand: How well do you know Gibbs?
      Director Sheppard: He was my mentor at NCIS. He taught me most of what I know.
      Captain Todd Gelfand: Yet you're his boss.
      Director Sheppard: Jethro's a great field agent, a great team leader, and he deals more efficiently with difficult politicians than I do.
      Captain Todd Gelfand: Then why isn't he the...
      Director Sheppard: He shoots them.

    • Abby: What if those were Gibbs' guts smooshed all over that room?
      Ziva: Oh, for god's sake, Abby, they're not.
      Abby: I said, what if they were?!
      Ziva: The colour would be more coffee brown than red.

    • Tony (To McGee about Ziva as a bellydancer): From Russia With Love.

    • (when the head nurse refuses her access to see Gibbs)
      Nurse: Shooting your way in?
      Jenny: Don't be silly. I don't have my weapon.

    • Abby: What are you telling me?
      McGee: What do you mean?
      Abby: You have that three-little-pigs-look.
      McGee: What?
      Abby: The three little pigs. They were afraid to open the door because the big bad wolf was outside.
      McGee: I don't know what are you talking about.
      (Something rings...)
      Abby: Wow... this is definitely going on my wall.
      (Ziva walks in.)
      Ziva: I should be a professional photographer!
      Abby: The Director hasn't called.
      Ziva: About?
      Abby: About?! Gibbs!
      Ziva: Oh...
      Abby: She didn't call you, did she?
      Ziva: No.
      Abby: Because, you know, the way you're acting, you might have just, I don't know, forgotten to tell.
      McGee: Ziva, do you notice anything different in here?
      Ziva: No music.
      McGee: That's it! No music. (He looks at Abby.) You know, you usually play music in here...

    • Ducky: (to Tony) You sound like Gibbs.

    • Abby: Positive thoughts, positive thoughts, positive thoughts!

    • Tony: Abby! Front and center. You too, Ziva. Let's go! I know what happened. (Abby and Ziva start talking at the same time) Hey! If there's going to be any bitch slapping on this team, I'll do it. Clear? Good. Now shake hands. Shake. (Abby and Ziva reluctantly shake hands) There we go. That wasn't so tough. Was it? Now how about a little hug? Big buddy hug. Come on. (They hug) Now a deep tongue kiss. (Both women hit Tony) Now we feel better.

    • Tony: Shouldn't he be awake by now?
      Jenny: You know Gibbs. He keeps his own schedule. Do you know what REM is?
      Tony: Sure. Rapid Eye Movement. It happens when you're asleep and dreaming.
      Jenny: That's what it looks like he's doing now.
      Tony: Oh well, that's gotta be a good sign, right?
      Jenny: If it isn't a nightmare.

    • Tony: Coffee...
      Jenny: What?
      Tony: Coffee, it's a sure-fire way to wake Gibbs up.
      Jenny: Good idea. But he's intubated so we'll have to use the I.V.

    • Tony: Don't like the sight of blood, McGee? Too bad.
      (lowers hand, showing bloody nose)

    • (Tony is talking about a movie)
      Ziva: I'm confused.
      McGee: So am I, and I saw the DVD twice.
      Tony: Sound of Music confuses you, Probie.
      Ziva: I love that movie! (Starts to sing a song from the movie)
      Tony: (Clamps hand over Ziva's mouth) One note, and I will lock you in a room and make you listen to "It's A Small World" for 24 hours straight! Do we understand each other?!
      Ziva (fearful): Mmm-hmm.

    • Palmer: Who would sit on an explosive?
      Ducky: Someone who didn't know they were sitting on the explosive.
      Palmer: Of course.
      Ducky: Did it myself once. No twice. First time I was young, second time foolish.
      Palmer: Why were you sitting on an explosive, Doctor?
      Ducky: I just told you... I was young and foolish. Haven't you been listening?

    • Director Shepard: DiNozzo, does he look in pain?
      Tony: Well, I don't know. I've never seen Gibbs show pain, Director.

    • Tony: Can you see Ziva as a belly dancer?

    • McGee: Abby slapped Ziva and Ziva slapped Abby!
      Tony: Damn! I missed it?

    • Ziva: Ducky, drip it!
      Ducky: You mean drop it or zip it?
      Ziva: American idioms drive me up the hall!
      Ducky: Well, actually... never mind.

    • Abby: What's the matter? Never heard a girl fart before?
      McGee: Guys! That was the hippo!
      Abby: Are you sure, McGee?
      McGee: Yes, because yours are more...feminine...

    • Ziva: Tony, your dying words are going to be, I've seen this film.

  • NOTES (3)

    • Aloma Wright, who plays Nurse Ethel Washingtown in this episode, also played a similar mannered nurse in NBC's comedy series Scrubs and in various other TV shows and movies.

    • Original International Airdates:
      Denmark: May 23, 2006 on TV3
      Australia: October 18, 2006 on Channel 10
      Sweden: November 19, 2006 on TV3
      Turkey: December 12, 2006 on dizimax
      Germany: December 17, 2006 on SAT 1
      New Zealand: January 9, 2007 on TV3
      Italy: January 14, 2007 on RAI 2
      Finland: March 1, 2008 on Nelonen
      Czech Republic: February 18, 2009 on TV Nova
      Slovakia: May 22, 2009 on Markiza

    • The filming of this episode began on April 10, 2006.


    • In the beginning, Tony is comparing the object of their stake-out, a Turkish ship, to The Usual Suspects, a 1995 movie staring Stephen Baldwin, Gabriel Byrne, Kevin Spacey, Kevin Pollack and Benicio Del Toro. The Usual Suspects is an elegant and complicated whodunit centering around a mysterious Turkish villain named Keyser Soze and five other criminals, who may or may not have been involved in the burning of a ship and a murder at a dock in San Pedro, California. There is a little foreshadowing in Tony's remark, as the ship they are watching suddenly burst into flames.

    • Tony makes several references to From Russia With Love, a 1963 James Bond movie starring Sean Connery and Daniela Bianchi.

    • When Abby says to McGee that he has a three-little-pigs-look she is talking about story The Three Little Pigs. Abby said that they were afraid to open the door because the bad wolf was outside.

    • Tony: The Sound of Music confuses you Probie.

      The Sound of Music is a Broadway musical and film based on the book The Von Trapp Family Singers by Maria von Trapp. It contains many hit songs, including "My Favorite Things," "Climb Every Mountain" and "Sixteen Going On Seventeen" as well as the title song. The film version was one of the biggest box office hits in cinema history.

    • The Port Chicago disaster (as mentioned by Tony) happened on July 17, 1944, in California. There was a munitions explosion which injured and killed hundreds of sailors and civilians. There was a TV movie named Mutiny starring Michael Jai White.

    • Tony: Very Sergeant Schulz. I KNOW NOTHIN-K!

      The line, "I see nothink, nothink!" (said exactly as Tony said it) was the catchphrase of the character of Sergeant Hans Schulz, who was played by John Banner. The line originated with the character of Sgt Schulz (no first name) in the program Hogan's Heroes.

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