Season 1 Episode 6

High Seas

Aired Tuesday 8:00 PM Nov 04, 2003 on CBS
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An NCIS agent who used to work under Gibbs asks for the team's help investigating a case where sailors on an aircraft carrier are dying of a drug overdose, but have no history of any kind of drug abuse.

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  • Kate's arrogance growing again.

    Straight off the bat what annoys me is Kate's arrogance. She wasn't just being confident in herself, she was being rude and arrogant and once again insulting Tony's history and credentials acting like she's more qualified than Tony. And that sudden look of 'omg mr hottie' when she finds out Stan was a senators aid.

    And when she goes to where the men are changing and they say she has to announce herself, she says it in a beyond rude way and then gives him this stare.. like you just walked in on a bunch of men getting changed, didn't say who you were and wonder why they might be feeling a little weird?

    I did enjoy Kate getting lost though she's been on this carrier a few hours and already is an expert and can order Tony where to go? I'm sure it'd take a long time to be confident enough to know the layout of that place let alone every single stairwell, hatch and bulkhead etc (I don't know all the terms). But when she found admin and Tony got lost, that was just the last thing for me that made me hate this episode and add another nail in Kate's (character anyway) coffin.

    I do enjoy this episode though, it's different and fun to see them on the water. But for someone who's supposed to be a Profiler, Kate is actually pretty useless and gets things wrong every single episode so far.

    I thought Reyes was a good bad guy, and the men who were getting affected seemed very convincing that they weren't users. And the PO that killed himself was actually kind of sad, but the story was understandable and his attitude before he did it was also convincing. And it sort of relates to Stan's need for Gibbs' acknowledgement and 'fatherly love' (couldn't think of the word I wanted to use ha).moreless
  • The father-and-son-storyline

    Actually, liked Kate in this episode, and loved Gerald's performance and interaction with Ducky. Wasn't so keen on the case, although it wasn't really bad, or not interesting at all. There were some goofs in it (have a look at the trivia). Didn't like that everyone was trying to sell Burley as a kind of wonder boy to Tony, and Gibbs being very strict with him while he seemed to be friendly with Burley. Even without knowing his exact background at that time it was clear that he was very attached to Gibbs and was trying hard to be a "good son". Luckily, it was attenuated a bit in the end when Burley revealed that working with Gibbs wasn't so nice for him and that Gibbs must have a liking for Tony.moreless
  • A good episode with a good twist

    This episode opens with three Marine in a night club. One of them (Petty Officer Wilks) is then seen sweating and ends up in a freezer, alive. NCIS get called in by an old NCIS member. Tony informs Kate that she will get lost on the ship and true to his word, she does. Many many times. When NCIS come on board Gibbs goes to see Wilks, in the sick bay. They believe that he may have taken drugs, now and in the past, but all of his previous tests have come back clean. Another man on the ship then starts to experience the same symptoms as petty officer Wilks. Then petty Officer Wilks dies. He was murder, as his IV was tampered with. It is also discovered that both petty officer had their urine switched before the tests were carried out. Some of the caffeine tablets, which they were being given, were actually speed tablets. The tablets were being given to them by their own captain.moreless
  • On a carrier

    It looks like Todd is going to get quite a number of new experiences as she is now taken to carrier as "we have never done drugs" sailors are dying on overdose. And it looks impossible that they can do drugs.. as they have had to be tested and everyone has come out clean.. so more and more they get into, they realize there is some really clever plan in play.. and someone has taken good care of remaining hidden. And when we finally learn why it was done.. that's one shock.. person that those sailors trusted.. only to be sure they have perfect times etc.. and he explaining it's all worth it..moreless
  • drugs are suspected as being used by the greencoats on an aircraft carrier. the team needs to figure out how these men are beating the urin testing system and also, who is providing them with the drugs.moreless

    this episode was great in my opinion. one of Gibbs' old team mebers, of five years, called him in to help him with a case. when they got to the ship, Tony was getting extremely jealous of the relationship Gibbs has and had with Stan. that was the best part of this episode, to see Tony getting all jealous. can you imagine Tony being jealous or even being the jealous type, especially over something that has nothing to do with a woman? quite interesting.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

Joel Gretsch

Joel Gretsch

NCIS Special Agent Stan Burley

Guest Star

Jonathan T. Floyd

Jonathan T. Floyd

PO2 Gil Niles

Guest Star

Anson Scoville

Anson Scoville

PO2 Peter Shrewe

Guest Star

Pancho Demmings

Pancho Demmings

Asst. M.E. Gerald Jackson

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (6)

    • TRIVIA: Before joining NCIS, Tony worked for the Peoria, Philadelphia, and finally Baltimore police departments.

    • TRIVIA: Gibbs is wearing a Property of Hoover Police Department t-shirt in his basement. This is a department in Hoover, Alabama.

    • GOOF: Stan asks Gibbs for help while working on board USS Enterprise. When the COD lands on the carrier, it is not CVN 65 - Enterprise, but CVN 74 - John C Stennis. The Stennis is the carrier shown at the start of the season 1 titles. Also while walking through a hangar bay 13 minutes into the episode, an aircraft behind them has the markings of CVN 70 - USS Carl Vinson.

    • GOOF: When the helicopter is rescuing the crew of the yacht you see the shoulder boards of an officer in the doorway. The shoulder boards have a loop at the top, as used by the Royal Navy.

    • GOOF: In addition to the shoulder boards, when the shot focuses on the air rescue team retrieving the capsized yachtsmen, on the shoulder of one of the rescuers there is a blatantly obvious Australian flag. Obviously, the HMAS Perth is not part of the USS fleet.

    • TRIVIA: About 27 minutes in: when Kate and Tony are disagreeing on how to get to 3-79-9-A.. when they are talking to Abby in the scene before, Kate is wearing a red top and green jacket. They exit into the corridor and continue with their bickering (Kate in the same dress mode, she just puts on a jacket) and then they go their seperate ways. However when the scene changes, cutting to Kate walking down another corridor, (turning slightly to avoid a petty officer), she is now wearing the same purple turtle neck that was used earlier (presumably day one). Cut to Tony going up stairs and then back to Kate, still in the purple turtle neck. Cut to Tony 'Skipping' over a knee-knocker, thinking he has got there first. (AT 3-58-9-A) He opens the door, then it is cut to Kate.. now wearing the original red top and green jacket, flashing her credentials to the officer.

  • QUOTES (17)

    • (Abby has analyzed the urine samples from the ship's latest drug test.)
      Kate: (ending communication) Sorry, Abby, it's just that we've both really got to go.
      Abby: What do you want me to do with all this pee?

    • Lieutenant in charge of urine testing: Someone from security accompanies them to the head and observes casually by mirror.
      Kate: And if someone wanted to beat it?
      Lieutenant: Ma'am?
      Kate: The system.
      Lieutenant: Oh.

    • Tony: For a crew that doesn't do drugs, you guys sure do a lot of drugs.

    • Tony: Is this going to turn into one of those guy-girl things where you insist we stop and ask for directions?
      Kate: No because unlike you, I actually know where I'm going.

    • Tony: I say it's time we turn out the lights and play in the dark.

    • Stan Burley: I was with the agency for two years before he (referring to Gibbs) looked me in the eyes...
      Tony: Really.
      Stan: ...three years before he called me by name, and four years before he got it right... by then I'd actually gotten used to Steve. He must really like you.

    • PO Schrewe: Meth?
      Gibbs: Yeah. It's a funny little white powder, cook up in trailer parks. Makes people do funny things, like... freak out on a flight deck with a plane on final approach.

    • Gibbs: Is that the best you can do, Stan? After working under me five years?
      Burley: At least I don't taint evidence when I bag and tag.
      Gibbs: I tripped! One time.
      Burley: As I remember, it's because you had your eyes glued to some little...
      Gibbs: Do you mind if we get back to the tape now?

    • Tony: Just accept the fact that you're going to get lost.
      Kate: Why do you assume I'm going to?
      Tony: Because everyone does. Carrier is a big and confusing place first time on board.
      Kate: Duly noted.
      Gibbs: Numbers are stencilled on the bulkheads. First one tells you the deck level - they're called bull's-eyes.
      Kate: Deck level.
      Gibbs: Second one, the frame number. Third tells you the compartment's position in relation to the ship's centre line. The last letter tells you what the space is used for.
      Tony: Crossing from port to starboard or starboard to port isn't as simple as going straight across.
      Gibbs: Sometimes you gotta go up one deck and down another.
      Tony: Or down one deck and up another.
      Gibbs: Sometimes two.
      Tony: It's frustrating.
      Gibbs: Not to mention confusing. But you'll get the hang of it...
      Tony: ...After you get lost a few times.

    • Answering Machine: Gibbs. Talk.
      Burley: Gibbs, it's Stan Burley. Put down whatever the hell you're doing with that stupid boat and pick up.

    • Petty Officer (mad because Tony is checking the racks for drugs):You don't understand sir...
      Tony: I do understand! Two of your guys are in sick bay with enough meth in their bloodstreams to kill a herd of Navy goats.

    • Gibbs: The cat launch is like the wire landing, only in reverse. We're gonna go from 0 to 140 knots in a second and a half.
      Tony: Kinda like sex without all that work.
      Kate: Everything is like sex to you, Tony.
      Gibbs: Cross your arms, chin to your chest. Lean forward as far as you can.
      Kate: And breathe normally!
      Gibbs: How you doin', Kate? Kate? Dinozzo, how's she doing?
      Tony: She's smiling...

    • Burley: You know, it's funny how it's all starting to come back to me now.
      Gibbs: What's that?
      Burley: The tightness in my chest, the upset stomach, all the pleasantries that come with working for you.
      Gibbs: Your breathing's not labored, you're fine.

    • Kate: It's not the same thing, you know.
      Tony: What?
      Kate: Well, you and Gibbs, Burley and Gibbs.
      Tony: I don't know what you're talking about.
      Kate: It was a different dynamic, y'know? A different time. You can't compare the relationships.
      Tony: Who's comparing?
      Kate: All I'm saying is that...things on the surface are not always the same as when you put them in context with the way they actually developed, you know, under the surface, kinda.
      Tony: I have no idea what you said.
      Kate: Neither do I. But the intent was sincere.

    • Gibbs: When can I talk with him?
      Corpsman: That's hard for me to say, Agent Gibbs.
      Gibbs: Well let me make it easier for you, doc. 1500. Consciousness will make the interview go much smoother.

    • Gibbs: You okay? Good. Just so you know, this isn't like landing in a 747.
      Kate: I sort of assumed.

    • Tony: Five years with Gibbs; I'm amazed the guy didn't end up in a strait jacket.
      Gibbs: What was that?
      Tony: Nothing, boss. Just praising your communication skills.

  • NOTES (1)

    • Original International Airdates:
      Croatia: August 08, 2005 on NOVA TV
      Finland: October 7, 2006 on Nelonen
      France: March 17, 2004 on M6
      Germany: April 28, 2005 on SAT.1
      Hungary: November 21, 2005 on TV 2
      Sweden: July 25, 2004 on TV3
      Denmark: November 18, 2003 on TV3