Season 3 Episode 24

Hiatus, Part II

Aired Tuesday 8:00 PM May 16, 2006 on CBS
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Episode Summary


The NCIS team must work on an assignment against a terrorist group without Gibbs, who is still recovering from the explosion. Gibbs has to fight with memory loss, while he's visited by his former boss. Gibbs' help is needed, especially when the team discovers that he is the only person who has information about the terrorists' plans, so he needs to retrieve his memory before the terrorists attack.


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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

Brett Cullen

Brett Cullen

Navy Capt. Todd Gelfand

Guest Star

Cotter Smith

Cotter Smith

NCIS Special Agent in Charge Sam Stevens

Guest Star

Christopher Maher

Christopher Maher

Capt. Aris Mahir

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 (13)

    • GOOF: When Shepard shows Ducky the pictures of Gibbs' Wife and daughter, Shepard mentions the daughter being born in '84, but if you freeze frame it, it shows her being born in '83. Not only that, it shows the date of death being June of '92, but the Doctor says June of '91.

    • TRIVIA: When Gibbs tells Special Agent Mike Franks, "I'm sorry," Franks yells at Gibbs that he should never say sorry because that was a sign of weakness. Gibbs said the same thing to McGee in episode 3x10, "Probie." DiNozzo also said the same thing to the Director in the first part of this episode. Gibbs also told Kate that in the pilot.

    • GOOF: Jenny said that Gibbs' daughter was born in 1984 and died at the age of 8 but later they said that she died in 1991 which would mean she was no more than 7 when she died.

    • TRIVIA: Tony makes a snarky remark when McGee mentions he was once in a coma after being in an auto accident. But in the earlier episode "Hometown Hero" McGee told Tony about wrecking his '84 Camaro Z28 against a bus, and Tony was deeply moved by the story his traumatic loss of such a hot car.

    • TRIVIA: The Mexican beer that Agent Frank's was drinking at the end of the episode, is the same beer that the LVM's were drinking in episode "Iced."

    • Anachronism: We are told that Mike Franks left NCIS in 1996 because he felt that the Clinton Administration was not doing enough about Al Qaida. It is stated that he felt that bombing a training camp in Afghanistan was insufficient. In fact, the bombing of the training camp did not take place until 1998, in response to the bombings of the U.S. Embassies in Kenya and Tanzania.

    • TRIVIA: We are told that the date Kelly and Shannon died was the 29th February 1991. This date actually never existed, due to leap year.

    • TRIVIA: Gibbs said in the JAG episode "Ice Queen (1)" that he has been with NCIS for 17 years but we learn that Gibbs joined NCIS in 1992. So that means that at the time of "Ice Queen (1)" he has been with NCIS for 11 years. Gibbs had to have joined NCIS no earlier than 1996. The reason is that in "Homeland", it is established that Gibbs left home during the Bicentennial to join the marines. Since he would have served 20 years before retiring - since retiring earlier was not an option until 1995 (and why would he retire at 19 years instead of 20) unless he had been medically retired due to the coma...which would have most likely left him ineligible for NCIS service. He would have left the service in 1996. That would have put his NCIS service at 7 years when NCIS started and at 15 years at the start of this season.

    • TRIVIA: From Gibbs' flashback of his days as a Probie, with Special Agent Mike Franks as his leader, Gibbs got some leadership skills, as well as personality skills from Franks. We see that Franks slaps the back of Gibbs' head - the same as Gibbs does for Tony. Gibbs' personality is parallel to Tony, and all that Gibbs has done with Tony was to prepare him to become the next Franks, as Franks done for Gibbs. We find at the end of the episode, Gibbs turns in his badge due to morality conflict with the higher powers, and makes Tony the leader. This also happened with Mike Franks during his days when his morality was in conflict and he then quit and made Gibbs leader.

    • TRIVIA: In the episode, Director Shephard tells Ducky that Gibbs and Shannon were married in 1982 and that Kelly was born in 1984. Then they explain that Gibbs' wife and 8 year old daughter were killed. And then the doctor says that Jethro remembers visiting their graves so his memory is up to June 1991. If Kelly was born in 1984 and was killed when she was 8 years old, that would be 1992 not 1991.

    • TRIVIA: As said by Pauley Perrette, the cast didn't know which character was going to leave the series until they shot the final act.

    • Tony's Rule #3:
      "Never underestimate your opponent"

    • TRIVIA: Throughout the series we have been told that Gibbs had been divorced three times. In this episode as he struggles to regain his memories, he asks NCIS Director Jenny Shepard if he had ever married again after his first wife's and daughter's death. She replies, "Three times". This would indicate that he had actually been married four times, but had never spoken about his first marriage to anyone. However, although fans think it's like this, the truth is different. Since Shannon died, Gibbs never divorced her.

  • QUOTES (19)

    • Franks: Damn! You got old, Marine!
      Gibbs: Have you looked in the mirror lately?

    • (Mike Franks can't believe that a woman is NCIS Director.)
      Jenny: My name is Jenny Shepard, and I am the Director of NCIS.
      Mike: Thank the Lord.
      Jenny: That means you approve?
      Mike: Means all my thoughts that early retirement was a mistake, just proved themselves wrong.

    • Ziva: Ducky! Drip it!
      Ducky: You mean "drop it" or zip it".
      Ziva: Ugh! American idioms drive me up the hall.
      Ducky: Well actually...never mind.

    • McGee (Sees Ziva take out a gun): That's not loaded, is it?
      Tony: Would Gibbs allow Ziva to carry a loaded weapon in there?
      McGee: No.
      Tony: And I'm not Gibbs, right?

    • Ziva: You're tying my feet.
      Tony: Hands.
      Ziva: Those too.

    • Ducky: You can close it.
      Jenny: What do you know?
      Ducky: Jethro would have pursued the killer of his wife and daughter to hell and back... Jethro got his revenge.

    • (Ziva and Gibbs are talking in hospital room.)
      Gibbs: We work together?
      Ziva: Yes. I'm a Mossad officer attached to your team.
      Gibbs: Mossad? When did they start doing that...?
      Ziva: It's been a year.
      Gibbs: Don't feel bad, I worked for that...
      Ziva: Ducky 10 years and you don't remember him!
      Gibbs: Do you always finish people sentenc...
      Ziva: Only when I'm in a hurry.

    • Tony: My gut tells me we're missing something.
      Ziva: Gibbs?
      Tony: Yeah. Gibbs.

    • (Talking to the guy who won't stop the ship to find and stop a bomb)
      Gibbs: Is everyone up there as stupid as you?!

    • (These are all quotes from after Gibbs informs the Director that he is quitting.)

      Gibbs: I owe you Ziva.
      Ziva: I'll collect, Jethro.

      Abby: Gibbs...
      (Gibbs puts his finger over Abby's lips and kisses her on the cheek.)

      Gibbs: You're a good agent Tim. Don't ever let him tell you any different.
      McGee: I won't.

    • Ziva: You know what that means?
      Tony: The director's taking over the investigation.
      Ziva: Probably, but I was thinking if Gibbs doesn't remember the last 15 years, he'll be a probie.
      Tony: Gibbs would never let her take over.
      Ziva: Not the old Gibbs... "Probie Gibbs"??
      (Tony jumps up, running after Director Shepard)

    • McGee: Gotta be accurate.
      Abby: Absolutely. So, was it one of those tiny spiral notebooks or one of those big, three-ring binder kinda ones, Timmy?

    • Gibbs: I should have known it wasn't Galib.
      DiNozzo: Boss, I'd have made the same mistake.
      Gibbs: Well, yeah, DiNozzo, I know. That's why I'm so pissed.

    • Abby: I am a scientist, McGee. I can compute anything accurately, including the size of the notebook required to...

    • McGee: I used to walk around all day with my notebook in front of my...
      Abby: In front of your what, McGee?

    • Tony: I want you to understand that in Gibbs's absence, as the team's Senior Special Agent, the investigation is mine.
      Jenny: Is it?
      Tony: Yes, ma'am.
      Jenny: And if I were to dispute that assumption?
      Tony: Then you would be a fool. And you are no fool, Director.

    • Abby: Retrogressive amnesia is totally normal after severe trauma.
      Tony: Happens to me every time the boss smacks me on the back of the head.
      McGee: I had amnesia after my car crash.
      Tony: Your bumper car get t-boned at Legoland, Probie?

    • Gibbs: I'm not Agent Gibbs, I don't know Agent Gibbs, I don't want to know Agent Gibbs. I want my family. I want Shannon. I want Kelly. I miss 'em, I miss em... oh no.

    • Jenny: I just wanted to see if you have as much guts as Gibbs.

  • NOTES (1)

    • Original International Airdates:
      Denmark: May 30, 2006 on TV3
      Australia: October 25, 2006 on Channel 10
      Sweden: November 26, 2006 on TV3
      Germany: January 7, 2007 on SAT 1
      Italy: January 14, 2007 on RAI 2
      Finland: March 8, 2008 on Nelonen
      Czech Republic: February 25, 2009 on TV Nova
      Slovakia: May 25, 2009 on Markiza