Season 3 Episode 7

Honor Code

Aired Tuesday 8:00 PM Nov 01, 2005 on CBS
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Episode Summary

When a 6-year-old boy informs the NCIS team that his father was kidnapped, the team discovers that the missing father is actually a Lt. Commander working on a secret project named Honor, and that he is the only one who has the code that can open the project. While Gibbs gets closer with the boy, the rest of the team discovers that the project has been hacked in and the information inside has been deleted. Is the missing man innocent or is he actually the guilty one?moreless

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  • A good one.

    My only thing to say is how much I kind of feel sorry for Chip. I know who he is and what he becomes (Spoilers) but at the moment, as far as everyone is concerned - he's been put into a job, he is really interested in forensics and he just wants to help and learn. And he gets treated like absolute CRAP. My god, Abby is usually this really nice, respecting, non-judgemental friendly person. I get she had a rough start with Ziva understandably (but still rude), but man... she is just beyond rude to Chip. You're his boss, you have a responsibility as his leader and his boss and man... I don't blame him if he was to take action against her. I know Gibbs would probably hunt him down for it, but yeah.. "I don't get how you can work with him" "urgh I know" .. like why?! All he did was run a few tests and stand in the background and be nothing but respectful and try to learn.

    He shaves off his mo for your boss, and then you insult him for it anyway.. You call him a name he really hates (not a big thing but added onto other things it stacks up), you're just downright rude to him etc. He's there because a job opened and he took a job.

    Anyway, a good episode, Zach was cute. Maybe a bit over the top with 'mini-gibbs' but still cute. I liked the character growth with Gibbs, it's hard to get growth from characters as hard and private as Gibbs in shows and I liked how they did it here.

    Fun episode.moreless
  • Wow! Great episode!

    I recently saw this episode in a re-run and it was one of my favorite episodes ever. The child whose father is kidnapped, seriously reminds me of Special Agent Gibbs!

    This case was a difficult one to solve and I loved the funny scenes and the relationship between Gibbs and the boy.

    I also love the relationship between Abby Sciuto and her new assistant, "Chip", not really called that.

    For me, this show doesn't get much better than this. Aside from the season premieres and finales, this is probably the most exciting episode I have ever watched.

    Keep up the great work guys!moreless
  • A favourite episode of mine

    I really love this episode, it's a great story and the kid, Zack, is surprisingly adorable and a great actor. It's such a tragic situation – it's only the father and son, mother dead and then the kid sees his father kidnapped.

    As usual, Gibbs is brilliant with kids and Tony is just terrible. Gibbs obviously had a daughter.

    Poor Zack – at the ripe old age of 6, he's grown up too fast - the death of his mother, his father's kidnapping and the betrayal of an adult friend. His talk with Gibbs at the end is so tragic, no child should be that cynical.moreless
  • Really good episode. Loved that mini-Gibbs

    That was one of the best episodes, I think. Specially the one I will remember for long time. First of all: that kid. He was so smart, know all the right things to do. He get the license plates, he ran towards the safety on fire, he called NCIS. I mean.. he was just so brilliant and the humour, the way Gibbs was attached to that kid. It was great.

    And then the case.. the way everything pointed that marine was guilty but Gibbs kept believing and the way it solved.. It was well executed episode from the start to finish.moreless
  • Ok we had the little girl who could hear really well. This kid has a good memeory and quick eyes come on.

    I am very disappointed with this seaons writting I had the case solved at 8:25 tonight. I can tell you that in the past I am usually catching on about the time Gibbs is. I will say this episode was overall better written it was still a long way from the quality of an episode I have come to expect from NCIS. Not really sure about Abby's assistant it is Bud's brother from JAG they could have let him still be his character just assigned to NCIS or something. I think they are just trying to juggle to big of a cast and it is backfiring on them.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

David McCallum

David McCallum

Chief M.E. Ducky Mallard

Michael Bellisario

Michael Bellisario

Charles 'Chip' Sterling

Guest Star

Jack Stehlin

Jack Stehlin

Navy Cmdr. Harry Wilder

Guest Star

Michael Reilly Burke

Michael Reilly Burke

Frank Connell

Guest Star

Lauren Holly

Lauren Holly

NCIS Director Jenny Shepard

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (8)

    • TRIVIA: In the ending flashback, we see Gibbs working on his boat with Zach who then becomes a little girl with long hair. This is the beginning of the clues leading to the season finale where Gibbs' previously unknown first wife and daughter who were killed. Their first mention was in "Kill Ari, Part 2" when Ziva admits she found out about them in her investigation of the team.

    • GOOF: The people at Q&A would not tell McGee what the top secret project was over the phone because it was an unprotected line. Yet later on DiNozzo informs Gibbs what it is designed to do and that Lt. Cmdr Tanner is the only one who can operate it, over a cell phone line.

    • TRIVIA: This is the episode that we learn about Ziva's ability to extract information using not only physical means but psychological as well. By her ability to convince Laura Osgood to talk starting from her saying "I want a lawyer" to what seems like minutes later reciting the entire mission. When she is detailing the mission and states that she does not know the location where Tanner is being tortured, Ziva only has to touch her neck for her to instantly tell where he is.

    • TRIVIA: The name of the company that is making "HONOR" is (Q&R). (K&R) or K&R Insurance is the name for insurance policies held by companies in the event of "Kidnap & Ransom." Which just happens to be at the center of this episode.

    • GOOF: The network of the Q&R company is breached. Cmdr. Harry Wilder explains that "We did not detect the intrusion until we attempted to boot up our main servers for maintenance." In most any company in the world you do not shut down servers at night or ever if you can avoid it especially not your "main" servers. Further, if you were performing maintenance you would do it while it was running or you would reboot it at most. You would not "boot up" for maintenance.

    • GOOF: When Gibbs is imagining his daughter, she is wearing an NIS shirt, but that would be very strange, because Gibbs joined NIS after his daughter and first wife had been murdered.

    • GOOF: When McGee Gibbs and Tony are at the Q&R office, Gibbs tells them to bag and tag. Then when he puts down the file, he knocks over a tin of stationary, but when they cut back to McGee at the computer, it's standing up again with everything in it.

    • GOOF: When Gibbs drives to bring Zach his iPod, he wears his bracelet and watch. Having arrived at the social services building and shooting at the guys who tried to kidnap Zach - the watch is gone.

  • QUOTES (18)

    • Tony: Are you sure you wouldn't rather be partner with McGee? I mean, the two of you seem to click. And we're about to storm this vehicle. Who knows what's going to go down.
      Ziva: Don't worry, Tony. I got your back.
      Tony: Ha! My back. Listen lady, if anybody is getting anybody's back, it's me getting yours.

    • Tony: Let me get this straight. Ziva asked you, who can barely navigate the Navy Yard, to show her the best way to work?
      McGee: That's right.
      Tony: Well, what about me? I know every shortcut in the metro area. I could shave ten minutes off her commute like that!
      McGee: I don't know what to tell you.
      Tony: It doesn't make any sense. Unless - (smiling smugly) - maybe I intimidate her.
      McGee: Yeah, I'm sure that's it.
      Tony: I've seen it happen before. It's a chemical thing. Hard to explain.
      Ziva: (appearing out of nowhere behind him) I do hope you try.
      Tony: I told you not to do that again.
      Ziva: Sorry. I was so intimidated by your presence, I must have forgotten.

    • Gibbs: (to Jenny) Do you know why I get along with kids so well? Because when they lie, they don't have the guile to get away with it.

    • Gibbs: Abbs! Give me good news!
      Abby: Oh my god, I got this email that says I may have already won $50 million dollars and I'm really, really psyched! (Gibbs just stares at her) Oh, you mean about the case?

    • Gibbs: Where's Zach?
      Tony: Potty break, Boss.

    • Tony: (About Zach) Do you see the way he's been acting around me?
      Ziva: I think it's because he doesn't like you, Tony.
      Tony: Kids dig me.
      Ziva: No they don't. (Tony scoffs)
      Tony: Zach. Zacharoo, buddy. Come on over here, man. I was gonna wait until tomorrow when everyone was here but considering what a brave little boy you've been and how much you've helped us, I'm gonna make you an honorary NCIS agent!
      Zach: (Sarcastically) Thanks. I've got to go to the head.
      Ziva: (Laughs and snorts) Yes Tony, I was mistaken. Your way with children is only rivaled by your way with women.
      Tony: He's under a lot of stress.

    • Tony: (In a monotone voice) Hey. I'm Special Agent DiNozzo. You can call me Tony, okay? That's a smart thing to do, calling NCIS. Good boy. All right, I know this is really scary but I want you to be brave. Can you do that? (Pause) Okay, I want you to think back to what happened today. Try to remember the details. There's no wrong answer here.
      Gibbs: What do we know?
      Tony: Nothing. I think the kid's in shock.
      Zach: No I'm not. I'm waiting for Agent DiNozzo to ask me a question.
      (Gibbs smirks)
      Tony: What kind of questions was I supposed to ask?

    • Gibbs: Are you saying I have a mini-me, Abbs?
      Abby: Oh Gibbs! I'm so impressed by your pop culture reference!

    • Tony: New hires keep getting younger, eh, Madam Director?
      Jenny: Obviously you didn't get the memo, Agent DiNozzo.
      Tony: What memo?
      Ziva: The one that explains the next person who calls her Madam gets keelhauled. Whatever that is.
      Tony: It's... (pauses)
      Jenny: Unpleasant.

    • Abby: 'Might have' and 'think', are not going to make Gibbs happy!

    • Tony: It takes a little more than an exotic accent and some stealth ninja moves to emasculate me.
      Ziva: Only a little more? How disappointing!

    • Gibbs: Dinner at the White House?
      Jenny: A date, actually.
      Gibbs: Must be an important guy for you to get all decked out.
      Jenny: I would prefer it if you would just say you liked my dress.
      Gibbs: I haven't decided yet.

    • Tony: My father left me in a Maui Hilton once for two days, didn't even realize I was missing till he got the room service bill.
      Ziva: How sad... but enlightening!

    • Ziva: If I had known you would feel so emasculated - is that the word?

    • Gibbs (to Chip): Wipe that dirt off your lip. (referring to his moustache)

    • Ziva: He owed me a favor.
      McGee: How many people owe you favors?
      Ziva: How many dates does Tony go on in a month?

    • Zach: (as Gibbs works on the boat in his basement) Gibbs, can I ask you a question?
      Gibbs: Yeah, shoot.
      Zacha: How are you going to get this out of here when it's finished?
      Gibbs: Good question, I don't know. I haven't thought about it much.

    • Jen: I've always admired your way with kids. You ever think of having your own?
      Gibbs: That an offer Jen?

  • NOTES (1)

    • Original International Airdates:
      Denmark: November 22, 2005 on TV3
      Sweden: Januaray 29, 2006 on TV3
      Australia: April 12, 2006 on Channel 10
      Germany: August 13, 2006 on SAT 1
      France: September 22, 2006 on M6
      Croatia: October 30, 2006 on NOVA TV
      Italy: November 19, 2006 on RAI 2
      Brazil: March 23, 2007 on AXN
      Finland: November 10, 2007 on Nelonen
      Slovakia: April 28, 2009 on Markiza


    • Tony corrects Ziva when she mispronounces the phrase, "Spic and Span", saying instead, "Spic and Spam". From the Wikipedia: "Spic and Span" is a major U.S. brand of powdered all-purpose household cleanser. It must be mixed in water prior to use. It is strongly scented. The product name is a slangish synonym for "clean". "Spic and Span" is made by Procter & Gamble, a major international manufacturer of household and personal products based in Cincinnati, Ohio. This product has sponsored many soap operas, serving perhaps most notably as the main sponsor of Search for Tomorrow for two decades. "Spam" is a lunchmeat made by Hormel.

    • Abby: He's like a Mini-Gibbs. You know, from Austin Powers?
      Gibbs: A Mini-Me?

      At one point Abby refers to Zach Tanner (Joseph Castanon) as a "mini-Gibbs." Gibbs' response is "A mini-me?". This is, as Abby explains, a reference to a character from the second and third movie of the Austin Powers trilogy.