Season 3 Episode 19


Aired Tuesday 8:00 PM Apr 04, 2006 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Gibbs and the team are called in when a couple of kids stumble upon the body of a missing Marine in a frozen lake. As the NCIS team searches the frozen lake bed for clues, they come across three more bullet-ridden bodies. During the autopsies, Ducky and Gibbs discover that the three additional victims had gang tattoos. With this crucial piece of information, the team works to uncover the Marine's connection with a deadly street gang.moreless

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  • Trying too hard

    This wasn't one of my favourite episodes. Tony was trying too hard to be funny by making McGee seem feminine...

    Ziva as usual was great even though she didn't seem to have too many lines in this episode. I'm also getting tired of the new director Jen... why she and Gibbs don't just rent a room is beyond me but on the other hand it seems she's just an add-on with no major role to play. She just fills the blank holes in the episode. Anyways story was a little lame....

  • Not the best, but not the worst episode.

    I thought this was a good episode, but lacked something. I agree with the other writer that the director is just there to fill a void. But I will give her credit for letting the gang deal with their problem. Also, isn't it about time Tony grows up. I mean a funny joke hear and there is alright, but he needs to lighten up on McGee. That is harassment in the normal world. And what about Ziva she had very little to do?moreless
  • I am and want to remain an unconditional die hard fan of NCIS but this time I was disappointed.

    This episode is the weakest of this great series so far… The verrrry long “joke” about McGee being gay was flat and definitely not funny. The whole thing has been continuously “overplayed” by Tony. Even Abby and Ducky were weak in this issue. The meal scene between Gibbs and the Director was a poor copycat of what we saw a couple weeks ago in “Family Secret”… This “street gang” plot was not really interesting. Mr. Bellisario, please bring our show back in the Navy! Remember your first season! Where is the rivalry with other Agencies, Fornell, ships, planes, submarines, etc? “Iced” was definitely your “off day”! I’ll give you a marginal 5 (fair), you’ve been saved by Ziva and McGee’s parts. In season four, consider decentralising the writing of scenarios around those two (they are good!) and maybe leave Tony a bit in the shadow for a while (send him TDY for a couple of episodes, don’t kill him like you did with Kate of course!) and definitely write again stories linked to the Navy and the military or this show will end up as a weak CSI (and not only if you are dyslexic). I am a bit rough with you because I love your show! For this reason, I watch this episode twice. The first time a fell asleep 10 minutes before the end (OK, I was tired) but the second time I was not sleeping at all, I was bored…moreless
  • Another great episode

    This episode opens with 2 brothers taking a walk in the middle of nowhere, on a frozen lake. As they run across one of them sees something in the lake. As he looks closer, he sees a dead body underneath. The NCIS team are called in, when they learn that the victim, had been missing for a few months. The team then discover more bodies under the ice. Including the marine, they are 4 victims. The team discover that 3 of the men found were art of a gang. When they dig deeper into it, they discover that the lead of the gang, only communicates through text messages. The other 2 victims were marines. When they bring in one of the gang members, Gibbs learns that they are watching the team and know where they live. Ducky discovers that they were all killed around the same time and then put into the lake.

    The team learn that the text messages which were being sent were actually from a computer. As they trace it they realise that the leader is dead and that someone (the gang member who was pulled into NCIS earlier) is pretending that the leader is still alive. Ziva interrogates him, whilst Gibbs brings in other members of the team and shows them the bodies that are in the morgue. They are then taken to see Abby who explains to them about the guns and bullets used. Gibbs then, with the help of McGee explains to them who killed their boss. Gibbs goes into the interrogation room and sees that he is still there and offers him a ride home. As he leaves the car, his gang turn on him. The next day, the news reports the murder of the young man.moreless
  • Different way of solving problems

    I think this episode showed again that if needed, Gibbs is letting things go interesting way: this time he left justice in the hands of the mob and they took care of that.

    But the case.. some funny moments, specially McGee trying to bee mucho. That just... I think failed most of the time but it was great to watch and in that interrogation room, he was really scary yes.

    But overall feeling of that episode was, that it was not as good as episode most have been lately. I mean... the case was.. the start was good but middlepart seemed almost only be to have some great team interaction and the catchy part was somehow missing.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

Lauren Holly

Lauren Holly

Director Jenny Shepard

Douglas Spain

Douglas Spain

Ceasar Bernal

Guest Star

Aris Alvarado

Aris Alvarado

Tomas Zepeda

Guest Star

Seth Adkins

Seth Adkins

Sean Hodges

Guest Star

Brian Dietzen

Brian Dietzen

Asst. M.E. Jimmy Palmer

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (5)

    • TRIVIA: In this episode, Abby wears a t-shirt with two boney hands holding a heart with a crown on it. This is a ghoulishtake on the Claddagh ring. The Claddagh ring is associated with the city of Galway in Ireland, and is often used as a wedding ring. It depicts two hands holding a crowned heart.

    • GOOF: Standard SMS text messages allow 160 characters not 150 characters, and when sending a SMS text message through an e-mail account, it is also 160 characters.

    • GOOF: When McGee is tracing the source of the SMS Sosa got, the last block in the IP address is 2913, which is invalid as they go from 0 to 255.

    • GOOF: When Gibbs, Ziva and McGee drive up to meet LVM, they park with the passenger side door facing the curb. Next shot, the car is pulling up with the driver side door facing the curb. When they finally park, the passenger side door is against the curb again.

    • GOOF: There is a camera reflection behind Ducky's head and shoulders in the scene were Ducky is showing Gibbs the bodies for the first time in autopsy.

  • QUOTES (15)

    • (Tony flips open a case that has a gun inside)
      Ziva: Whoa, that's a big one!
      (Everyone stares at her momentarily)

    • LCpl. Silva: How much trouble am I in?
      Gibbs: Trouble? Why don't you sit down?
      LCpl. Silva: Four NCIS Agents escorting one Lance Corporal?
      Tony: You've got it all wrong, Marine. She's Mossad.

    • Cesar: So like, you don't got no questions for me.
      Tony: (playing a game on his cell phone with his feet up on the table) That's a double negative.
      Cesar: Huh?
      Tony: Don't got no, is a double negative. It's a non standard use of two negative words in the same sentence. Cancels each other out and creates a positive.

    • Tony: Is that man lotion working for you Probie?
      McGee: Didn't shave today. Trying a new look.
      Tony: When you say today, you mean the last couple of minutes or?
      McGee: Abby seems to like it.
      Tony: Like what?
      Ziva: Looks nice McGee. It's very manly.
      Tony: May I? (Touches McGee's face)
      Gibbs: DiNozzo.
      Tony: Hey Boss.
      Gibbs: Why are you touching his face?
      Tony: I dunno. It feels good though. It's like a bunny rabbit.
      Gibbs: (smacking Tony's head) Don't.

    • Gibbs: You expecting an 'Atta Boy'?
      Tony: I thought it would be nice.
      Gibbs: (stroking Tony's head) Atta Boy.

    • Tony: This isn't about orientation. It's about image.
      Ziva: So now your image is homopubic?
      Tony: The term is homophobic and no. Prejudice of any kind is an ugly thing.

    • Ducky: Yes, I once performed an autopsy on a man who drowned in his kitchen sink. Yes, apparently, he couldn't remove the drain plug and attempted to use his teeth.

    • Tony: Well you're walking a slippery slope there Probalicious. Before you know it you're going to be taking bubble baths with clogs on.
      McGee: What is wrong with bubble baths?

    • Tony: Gibbs said keep him on ice; not show him the warning signs of osteoarthritis.

    • Ducky: Yes, I'd heard about your infatuation with lotions.
      McGee: The lotion was for a skin condition.
      Ducky: Well, it's quite alright Timothy; skin care is something we should all take more seriously. In my opinion, there's absolutely nothing gay about it. Not that there's anything wrong with... with that.
      McGee: I've heard.

    • Ziva: I think Tony was jerking your brain.
      McGee: Jerking my chain? Chain.

    • McGee: The manicure was only once and it was because I tore a cutical.
      Tony: You just set the gaydar off of the whole Atlantic ocean.

    • McGee: Something wrong, boss?
      Gibbs: Just admiring your feminine glow.

    • Gibbs: McGee, you're trying too hard.
      (hands him a can of shaving cream)
      McGee: Right. On it, boss.

    • Tony: My name's Anthony. People call me Tony. Of course, backwards it spells Y-Not.

  • NOTES (1)

    • Original International Airdates:
      Denmark: March 28, 2006 on TV3
      Australia: August 16, 2006 on Channel 10
      Sweden: October 22, 2006 on TV3
      Germany: November 18, 2006 on SAT 1
      Italy: December 18, 2006 on RAI 2
      Finland: February 2, 2008 on Nelonen
      Czech Republic: January 21, 2009 on TV Nova
      Slovakia: May 18, 2009 on Markiza


    • (about McGee using lotions)
      Ducky: I don't think there's absolutely anything gay about it! (nervously) Not that there's anything wrong... with... with that...

      Ducky makes the comment "Not that there's anything wrong with that" in regards to the possibility that McGee is gay which references the Seinfeld episode "The Outing" when Jerry and George were "outed" by a reporter and Jerry says, "We're not gay not that there's anything wrong with that."

    • Tony: You just set off Gaydar across the entire Atlantic seaboard.

      A taunt at McGee and a reference to Gaydar (obviously a play on the word radar), whereby gay men are supposed to be able to recognize their fellow homosexuals just by the way they look, act or speak.

    • Tony clicks his fingers and mentions the Sharks, which he references to the musical and film West Side Story. The finger clicking is an allusion to the beginning of the film when the rival gangs, the Jets and the Sharks are singing the song 'Cool'. The use of the clicks is part of the at the time very innovative choreography by Jerome Robbins.