Season 1 Episode 2

Hung Out to Dry

Aired Tuesday 8:00 PM Sep 30, 2003 on CBS
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During a training exercise, a marine's parachute fails to open and he crashes into a parked car where two teenagers were making out. The NCIS team heads to the scene and has to determine if the marine's death was accidental or a murder.

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  • Nice episode

    Overall, it's a good episode with an interesting case and a good introduction of Kate at NCIS. (Apart from the things I mentioned in the review to 1/1 ). The only thing I didn't like was that Gibbs, and sometimes even Abby suddenly started to join Kate's bashing at Tony from this episode onwards. In the JAG-episodes and in 1/1 there wasn't any sign of Abby thinking about Tony being "like a piercing" (instead she was flirting with him), or Gibbs being unsatisfied with his Senior Field Agent in any kind (instead he handled over the case to him without even thinking about). That wasn't the best storyline they ever had.moreless
  • A marine dies during a night time jump

    This was an average NCIS episode which involved a death of a marine when he fell from the sky when his night jump went wrong.This episode as you would expect brought funny moments and Kate worked her first crime scene after joining NCIS.The team find out that his parachute was sabotaged and set a trap for the person they think it is when they give him the sabotage'd one and he knows he can't jump so he confesses however after a fight breaks out Tony is pushed out of the plane and has to use his parachute.That part was one of my favourite's in the episode.In the end Gibbs decided to help the victims son to build his tree house his dad never finished.moreless
  • 102-"hung out to dry"

    A Marine dies during a night-time training jump. The culprit seems to be a faulty parachute, but the standard investigation reveals that the death might not have been an accident after all. Gibbs begins to believe that the supposed accident which resulted in the Marine's death might actually be murder after all and he and Tony, along with new recruit Kate Todd, set out to find out who tampered with the dead Marine's faulty parachute and eventually sent him to his death. my thoughts: it was better than the pilot i loved gibbs and the kid and the case was alot more interesting loved it!!!

    written by:Don McGill

    Directed by: Alan Levi

    power rankings:

    1.)"hung out to dry"

    2.)"yankee white"moreless
  • A marine plunges to his death, leaving behind a wife and son. The NCIS team follow up on several strings to find his killer.

    When I saw Patrick Labyorteaux, I could not stop myself from saying awww. I also loved the referances to JAG, mentioning Commander Rabb. :)

    Michael Weatherly, who playes Tony DiNozzo, is my favorite actor on this show; you can not help but laugh with him.

    I absolutely, positively adore Tony. He has so much energy, excitment, drive, humor. Tony has decided that he would like to jump out of a plane. My heart would be in my throat and my nerves would be fried.

    Based from what I have seen so far of the series, NCIS has it all, drama, action, suspense, and humor.moreless
  • Parachutes

    So.. I really liked the episode. I mean.. it keeped all the good things I expected from the first episode: we got more of those char moments. We learned more of what they have done and what kind of life the are living. Todd made the best expression. Wearing high heels on the field? And some other funny moments.. so great on that part.

    Case was also good. Unexpected outcome. I love when you cannot guess quickly who is behind it as that spoils it always but with this case.. I had no idea.. loved that.

    So, I think they are continuing strong..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

Patrick Labyorteaux

Patrick Labyorteaux

Lt. Bud J. Roberts, Jr.

Guest Star

Julie Gonzalo

Julie Gonzalo

Sarah Schaefer

Guest Star

Keith Diamond

Keith Diamond

Sgt. Gregory Nutt

Guest Star

Pancho Demmings

Pancho Demmings

Asst. M.E. Gerald Jackson

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (11)

    • GOOF: While up on a ladder at the crime scene, Ducky says the last time he was up that high, he was hanging a pinata for his nephews birthday. Later in the series, it is established that he is an only child and never married, so he wouldn't have a nephew.

    • TRIVIA: Lt. Bud Roberts recounts to Kate what happened the last time he and Gibbs interacted (NCIS' two part pilot from JAG). This references the fact that Kate replaces Vivian Blackadder from the two part pilot.

    • GOOF: When Gibbs goes to see the victim's widow on the day of his funeral, he never explains why he's there. He says he's not there to question her, but offers no other explanation or condolences.

    • TRIVIA: Kate had spent a year in law school prior to becoming a Secret Service agent.

    • TRIVIA: Prior to becoming an NCIS agent, DiNozzo was a Baltimore cop.

    • TRIVIA: We learn that Gibbs has three ex-wives.

    • TRIVIA: This is Kate's first crime scene working as an NCIS agent.

    • TRIVIA: This episode introduces the subplot of Gibbs building his boat with a lack of power tools, which he continues working on throughout this and the next three seasons.

    • TRIVIA: The background given for Abby regarding her interest in forensics is the same as Pauley's: living near a wrecking yard and being intrigued by the cause and effect of the wrecks.

    • TRIVIA: When Gibbs is checking different parachutes, Tony asks what he is looking for. Gibbs replies, "A screwed pooch." Screw the pooch is military slang for badly messing something up.

    • TRIVIA: Several characters get their names from crew members: Sarah Schaefer (Construction Coordinator, Thom Schaefer) Sgt. Gregory Nutt (Transportation Coordinator, Greg Nutt) Cpl. Paul Dafelmair (Costume Supervisor, Paul Dafelmair).

  • QUOTES (29)

    • Tony: We ever going to make the eleven o'clock news?
      Gibbs: Could happen tonight, if you broke your neck.

    • Kate: How'd you get into this?
      Abby: Filled out an application.

    • Tony: What's your chute number?
      Marine: Four.
      Tony: Four's unlucky in China.
      Gibbs: We're not in China.

    • Marine: Why you jumping with us, Sir?
      Tony: Always wanted to jump. Agent Gibbs came along to laugh.

    • Gibbs: So you gonna pay $180 to defy gravity?
      Tony: (grinning) Yeah, I think I am.

    • Gibbs: We're going with you boys. NCIS training mission.
      Capt. Faul: Now why don't I believe that? Hell, why not! Hate to pass up an opportunity to toss a couple of NCIS agents out of a plane.

    • (Tony stands on a practice platform.)
      Marine: Keep your feet together to cushion the impact.
      Tony: That's it?
      Marine: You signed the release form to notify next of kin, right?
      Tony: Just don't say, "Break a leg."
      (Tony jumps off as Kate and Gibbs walk up)
      Tony: How was that?
      Kate: Very lady-like.
      Gibbs: DiNozzo, what are you doing?
      Tony: Just doing a little research for Abby.
      Gibbs: For Abby?
      Tony: Well maybe I'm serving two masters.
      Gibbs: Well you're serving one now.

    • Tony: Scuttlebutt is...
      Kate: Scuttlebutt?
      Gibbs: That's Marine for water cooler gossip.

    • Abby: Kate and I have a theory.
      Tony: Why didn't you take to me this fast?
      Abby: You're like a piercing, Tony. Takes awhile for the throbbing to stop and the skin to grow back.
      Tony: That's more than I wanted to know.

    • Gibbs: You know some of these guys freeze on their first jump. Need a good kick in the ass to get them out.
      Tony: Not me.
      Gibbs: No you fall into the category I want to kick in the ass on the ground.

    • Tony: You ever jump?
      Gibbs: When I get an electric shock.
      Tony: That explains the lack of power tools.

    • Abby: Sulfuric acid! That would chew the shine off a trailer hitch!

    • Tony: Ducky, why would Gibbs rip his hard line out and dunk his cell phone in a jar of paint thinner?
      Ducky: Oh dear.
      Tony: What?
      Ducky: I should have realized the time of year. It's his anniversary.
      Tony: Which marriage?
      Ducky: Well the last one of course. Isn't it always?
      Tony: Ducky, I'm not following.
      Ducky: Every year ex-wife number three gets drunk on their anniversary and calls him...repeatedly.
      Tony: Why doesn't he change his number?
      Ducky: No idea. In case you haven't noticed, Gibbs is a man of more questions than answers.

    • Kate: Could've given Thumper a dirty chute.
      Gibbs: What'd you say?
      Kate: Ramsey. Could've given Thumper a sabotaged chute.
      Gibbs: No, you said dirty.
      Kate: What?
      Tony: With Gibbs, you never know.

    • Gibbs: DiNozzo. Where'd you learn how to write, China?
      Kate: I'd say Egypt. Looks more like hieroglyphics.
      Tony: Hey! You were in a rush to read it.
      Gibbs: My mistake.

    • Abby: When I was a kid, we lived near this lot where they brought all the burned-out hulks from the gnarliest car wrecks. I used to sneak in there at night and take pictures. It wasn't about the gore, it was about...figuring out how things happened. Y'know, like action, reaction, the science of the whole thing. I got hooked.

    • Gibbs: Go faster if you had an assistant?
      Abby: Definitely.
      Gibbs: Okay, you got the job.
      Kate: I get to do forensics?!?
      Gibbs: No, you get to schlep for Abby. She gets to do forensics.

    • Kate: Why didn't they tell us?
      Abby: Semper Fi. You rat, you fry.

    • Captain Faul: You JAG or NCIS?
      Gibbs: Do I look like a lawyer?

    • Jimmy: We were hanging out, listening to Dashboard Confessional.
      Tony: Emo.
      Gibbs: Emo?
      Tony: Emotional music. Gotta get a radio, Gibbs.

    • Kate: How did you get into NCIS?
      Tony: I smiled.
      (Kate looks at Tony)
      (Tony smiles)

    • Tony: Jumpin's gotta be so cool.
      Gibbs: Hey, you wanna play paratrooper? Pay a hundred and eighty dollars, take a class like all those other weekend warriors.
      Tony: Yeah. I have so many weekends free.

    • Kate: You knew Lieutenant Roberts wasn't gonna allow us access to the DNA database.
      Gibbs: Did I?
      Kate: You did. So why go through the exercise?
      Gibbs: Kate, I come from a long line of horse traders. First rule: You pick the best horse in the barn, and you work the deal until it bursts.
      Tony: That way, when you go for the second best nag you get her for a song.
      Kate: The search authorization.
      Gibbs: We didn't have probable cause, but the Lieutenant, he's a man who aims to please. You never work the system when you can work the people.
      Kate: Any of those horse traders you come from get hung?
      Gibbs: Yeah. Few.

    • Kate: Actually, I wanted to be a lawyer. I did a year in law school, felt like ten years in prison.
      Abby: With really boring inmates? Admit it. You just like strappin' on a gun.
      Kate: More than one.
      Abby: Really? You packin' more heat than meets the eye?
      Kate: Those your only tattoos?
      Abby: You show me yours and I'll show you mine.

    • Kate: Then we got our guy.
      Gibbs: Nope. All we got is a pile of dead skin. Only thing you can use the DNA registry for is to identify a body.
      Kate: Well, there has to be a way around that.
      Gibbs: See, now you're thinking like an NCIS agent.

    • Kate: You think Corporal Dafelmair was lying?
      Gibbs: He was if he knew that Thumper was taking painkillers so he could jump.
      Kate: That's stupid.
      Gibbs: No, that's a Marine.

    • Gibbs: Was his reserve chute okay?
      Abby: Yeah, it was perfect, all he had to do was pop it.
      Kate: Well, he might have if his reflexes weren't slowed by opioids.
      Tony: Opioids?
      Kate: General term for opiates and synthetic analgesics.
      Abby: Go, Kate!
      Gibbs: You sure you were a Baltimore cop?

    • Gibbs: ID withheld...
      Tony: Probably the reason you married her. I mean, she probably hid her real personality as most women do, and by that time it was too late because you'd already...I'm gonna shut up now.
      Gibbs: Now?
      Kate: Did you really say as most women do?

    • Gibbs: You can't work a field in high heels.
      Tony: Depends on the kind of work you're doing.
      Kate: Your mind, Dinozzo, runs the gamut from X to XXX
      Tony: Yeah...?

  • NOTES (5)


    • Kate: Your mind, Dinozzo, runs the gamut from X to XXX.

      Kate's line is a variation on the Dorothy Parker quote, "She runs the gamut from A to B." Parker was referring to Katherine Hepburn.

    • Abby: (doing an analysis) Carl Sagan time!

      Carl Sagan was an American astronomer and author. He is world-famous for writing popular science books and for co-writing and presenting the award-winning 1980 television series Cosmos: A Personal Voyage. He was also a strong promoter of skeptical inquiry and the scientific method, both principles Abby also values in her work.

    • Capt. Faul: JAG or NCIS?
      Gibbs: Do we look like lawyers?

      NCIS is a spin-off of JAG, having its two-hour long pilot episode in the eighth season of the show.

    • Sgt. Fuentes's nickname was Thumper, because he was supposedly lucky, like a 'walking rabbit's foot'.
      Thumper is a direct reference to the rabbit character from the Walt Disney film Bambi.

    • Gibbs: Was his reserve chute okay?
      Abby: Yeah it was perfect all he had to do was pop it.
      Kate: Well he might have if his reflexes weren't slowed by opioids.
      Tony: Opioids?
      Kate: General term for opiates and synthetic analgesics.
      Abby: Go Kate.
      Gibbs: You sure you were a Baltimore cop?

      The line from Gibbs is a dual reference to both Baltimore's huge drug problem as well as a back story to Tony being a former Baltimore City Police Officer before coming to NCIS.

    • Abby: The victim tested positive for both Percocet and Vicodin.
      Abby: Double your pleasure.
      Tony: Double your fun.

      This is an allusion to the ad campaign for Doublemint Gum manufactured by Wrigley.

    • During the scene where Abby is using blue light to test the chute lines, Tony references Electric Kool-Aid while Abby replies that she was thinking more of a Blue Man Group.

      Electrick Kool-Aid was a book written by Tom Wolfe in which he follows the adventures of Ken Kesey and his friends as they drive a DayGlo painted school bus across the country and experiment with LSD and other mind-altering drugs.

      Blue Man Group is a three man group covered in blue paint who use various items as musical instruments and communication devices. The men themselves never speak. They frequently appear in Las Vegas.

    • Abby, when changing out her lab art, states that she has a Chagall feeling. She is referring to Marc Chagall, a Russian artist whose main works come from fantasy and dreams.