Season 4 Episode 18


Aired Tuesday 8:00 PM Mar 20, 2007 on CBS
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Episode Summary

When a supposedly frozen to death Marine turns out alive on Ducky's autopsy table, the NCIS team has to find out about the victim's movements last few days to uncover what happened to him and who left him for dead. As the investigation progresses, the team learns about the victim's trip to Baghdad via a private cargo plane and discovers a link to Gibbs' past.moreless

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  • When Ducky Is About To Perform An Autopsy, His Patient Wakes Up On The Table. Gibbs Finds Out An Old Friend Has A Personal Stake In The Matter.

    I was looking forward to this episode because it has a high score and an interesting synopsis. Sadly, I was a little disappointed. The opening scene was great and I thought that the episode will be as great as that. But it is not. The reason why I won't give it a higher score, is that after the opening scene the plot was going on too slowly. The case was good but it could have been better in my opinion. I am not a fan of Mike Franks, but however I am willing to admit that his role in this particular episode was well done. The best scene was when the team stormed the warehouse (I am a fan of action scenes). The conclusion was great and the last scene with Mike and Gibbs was just terrific. I was kind of frightened by the ending scene. Who has been following Jeanne and Tony?moreless
  • Fast Forward, nothing too special about this one, but still, a decent episode. I guess.

    I don't really like this episode much, and it doesn't compare well at all, compared to the episode that precedes it and the episode that follows it, as well as much of this season.

    I thought the first scene was extremely well done, and poor Ducky, having a scare like that at his age is not recommended, lol!

    Also, I thought that the case was a little interesting and it was sad to hear that he was Mike Franks' son, but overall, the case wasn't a terrific one, and at a point, I felt it was a little difficult to follow, which was the major down side.

    However, I still think that at times, the episode was decent and worth watching, so overall, a decent episode.moreless
  • A dead man comes back to life

    This episode opens with Ducky going to the morgue and talking to his newest arrival a marine who was found dead out in the snow. As he is about to begin, when the marine wakes up. The marines name is Liam. The team go out and search were the body was found. They discover that he visited Baghdad and arrived back in the US again only 2 days ago. They discover Frank at the hospital they discover that the marine is in fact his son. They discover that the airline Fast Flight which he flew back with has been smugglings things in, when they go to ask them more questions they discover that three men there and dead and the human cargo is now missing. The team track down on of the silent partners of the company who they believe killed the 3 men. They discover the amine was going to marry a Muslim woman who he had to smuggle into the country and she had a son with the marine. Franks now plans on looking after both of them. At the end we see that someone has been following Tony and his girlfriend.moreless
  • I sure this has been done before (almost)

    Another people smuggling episode? This one has more of a connection to it though (as youll see). The ending DOES provide a good feeling of resonance.

    The plot is strong here, as is the mystery that must be uncovered - as per usual NCIS quality. Im not sure about developing Tony's character. I quite like him being the office goofball however, his relationship takes a hit when we see the issues that they are having. The ending left a good hook, for the next episode that has more of them in it.

    However, this episode seems to be more filler than progression. I think most action shows suffer from these during a season, but to use a plot thread that has been used in another form before just screams laziness.

    This episode is of good quality we depend upon but dont expect anything novel in the dialogue, settings, scenes or drama.

    This is simply NCIS by the numbers!moreless
  • great episode

    A frozen body of a marine that's about to be cut open by Ducky suddenly wakes up. The marine gets transferred to a hospital intensive care unit. NCIS figure out what the marine did in the past few days that lead to his death. Gibbs investigates a private flight company and a lot of facts doesn't add up. This is a good episode. The writers came up with another great story to tell. The scenes lead from one mystery to another until finally ends in mystery being solved. I really enjoyed watching this episode, I can't wait for the next one.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

Navid Negahban

Navid Negahban

Jimmy Shaloub

Guest Star

Stephanie Venditto

Stephanie Venditto

Dr. Jane Leisten

Guest Star

Steven Elder

Steven Elder

Nick Taylor

Guest Star

Muse Watson

Muse Watson

Mike Franks

Recurring Role

Scottie Thompson

Scottie Thompson

Jeanne Benoit

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • TRIVIA: The orange hat that Ziva wears when she comes in to work in the beginning of the episode originally belonged to Navy Lieutenant Sanders who died in episode 4x16 "Dead Man Walking."

    • GOOF: In this episode Tony has trouble with Jeanne because he cannot say he loves her, however in a previous episode Tony has already told Jeanne he loves her on the phone, making the entire argument redundant.

    • GOOF: When Tony calls the hospital looking for Jeanne, he immediately asks for Dr. Jeanne Benoit. The woman on the other end of the phone never says "XXX Hospital." We only hear her respond to him after he asks about Jeanne.

  • QUOTES (11)

    • Tony: Well, well. Look who's finally here.
      Ziva: Oh, like you've never been late, left early, or gone mysteriously missing.
      Tony: Oh no, that's my point exactly. Tardiness is my middle name. In fact, it's expected of me. You, on the other hand, have become the poster girl for punctuality.

    • Gibbs: Any tattoos Ducky?
      Ducky: Ahh, a direct query, demanding a direct response, which in this case is a direct no.

    • Mike: (to Gibbs) We're getting more alike you and me, Probie. Even feeling the same pain. I don't know how you didn't go crazy when you lost your little girl, maybe you did for awhile; maybe you still are. But I just know I've got to do what's right for my boy... I owe him that.

    • Tony: Ever tell your dad what you were up to Probie?
      McGee: Everyday!
      Tony: ... wrong person to ask.

    • Abby: (her eyes are closed) Do you think it's ESP? (Gibbs walks out) I mean, that you always know when I find something, and if it is ESP, are you reading my mind, or am I sending you some sort of brain thoughts out of my head and into yours? (she turns around, opens her eyes, realising he's not here and shuts them again) Come back Gibbs. Come back Gibbs.

    • Tony: There is nothing lucky about waking up at your own autopsy Probie.
      McGee: Well... at least you know you're not dead!

    • Ducky: (about the morgue) This is the place, where death rejoices in teaching the living!

    • (Ducky taps the dead man's face with his scalpel)
      Ducky: Just making sure.

    • Abby: Just think it. (closes eyes, hands near her head.)
      (Gibbs smiles and leaves)
      Abby: (Moment later, Abby opens her eyes) I'll take that as a no.

    • Ziva: Did she give you the cold elbow?
      Tony: Cold shoulder, and no.

    • Abby:: I found this, in his left trouser pocket. It's organic.
      Gibbs: Illegal?
      Abby: We could smoke it and find out.

  • NOTES (2)

    • Original International Airdates:
      Denmark: March 27, 2007 on TV3
      Australia: June 12, 2007 on TEN
      United Kingdom: August 7, 2007 on FX UK
      Spain: August 9, 2007 on La Sexta
      The Netherlands: October 3, 2007 on Veronica
      Germany: October 7, 2007 on SAT 1
      Italy: October 28, 2007 on RAI 2
      Brazil: December 14, 2007 on AXN
      Hungary: September 29, 2008 on TV2
      Finland: February 3, 2009 on Nelonen
      Slovakia: June 18, 2009 on Markiza
      Czech Republic: November 9, 2009 on TV Nova

    • Lauren Holly is credited but doesn't appear.


    • Ducky: You know, there's an old paramedic's saying: "They're not dead until they're warm and dead."

      This is the same thing Palmer said in episode 3x19 "Iced."

    • Tony: He woke up from the dead just like Lazarus.

      Lazarus was the man that Jesus restored to life after he had been dead four days. The story is in chapter 11 of the Book of John in the New Testament of the Bible.

    • Ziva: I've had enough of dead men walking.

      This is a reference to NCIS episode 4x16 "Dead Man Walking" in which Ziva falls in love with a man who is killed by radiation poisoning.