Season 5 Episode 4

Identity Crisis

Aired Tuesday 8:00 PM Oct 16, 2007 on CBS
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Episode Summary

When Ducky realizes that one of his cadavers used for research is actually a victim of murder, the NCIS team identifies him as a criminal genius who is capable of deleting the past.

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  • Best quote of the epi

    Agent Courtney to Ziva ''Can we hug now''? lol
  • Great episode with Ducky finally getting the screen time he deserves SPOILERS

    This episode is about Ducky discovering a non-naval murder and asking the team to investigate. It's a great episode and finally allows David McCallam the script he deserves.

    The story was very interesting with the mercury, FBI and it's great to see Fornell return. It was a great case revolving around an "eraser". The interactions between Tony and the FBI agent were good and it's nice to see the old, flirtatious Tony character returning. There are also hints of his new character here and this shows a very well written script.

    What I don't like and I haven't liked in any of the previous episodes is Ziva. She is getting more irritating each episode. She's jealous and goes after everyone Tony talks to. She is herself hugely emotional and her line "must not get emotionally involved" is one of the most hypocritical yet.

    Fornell is a great recurring character and it's great to see him get a good part in this episode as well. David McCallum did a great job in this episode showing that he can hold the show. He executes his script perfectly and his character has real depth.

    This is a fantastic episode for Ducky, Tony and Fornell who gave stand out performances.moreless
  • good episode....

    Ducky finds that a body donated to science was murdered instead of dying of natural causes. The investigation leads to an eraser and eventually turns out to be a delivery boy that wasn't really a delivery boy...Basically, the episode was predictable and the case wasn't that interesting. The lady FBI agent was a little annoying, but it was halarious when she took the delivery boy out. I loved seeing Tobias again; he's my favorite recurring character. Overall, though, this is just not a very good episode. There were a few funny moments and I'd love to see McGee get a dog, but that's about it.moreless
  • Back to the old fashioned NCIS...

    Usually when the FBI is around at NCIS everyone is pissed, Gibbs mostly.

    But this time the inter-agency operation is well leaded by Gibbs and Fornell, and the team efforts to find a criminal capable of completely deleting his past are improved by the collaboration of Courtney Krieger.

    At the beginning Ziva seems to be annoyed by her, a feeling that becomes something really similar to jealousy when Tony is attracted to her.

    Eventually they bond pretty well while the case evolves and finally lead them to arrest the "eraser".

    A lot of good moments between the team and a clever plot make this episode something normal but enjoyable at the same time. Well done!moreless
  • Had its moments, but not the best, by any means.

    Another episode of NCIS provided another quite interesting case, although I didn't feel that this one was impeccable.

    The first scene was fantastic (although disgusting) and I loved the way it was done, but I also thought that they could've done a little better with this sort of plot.

    I did enjoy the latter part of the episode, though, particularly the outcome of the episode, which I felt was really well done.

    I would not recommend this episode over the three that preceeded it, but I still do recommend it quite highly. Interesting, but not the best, and I also felt it lacked humour, but still, a great job by NCIS!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

Dorian Brown

Dorian Brown

FBI Special Agent Courtney Krieger

Guest Star

Torri Higginson

Torri Higginson

Dr. Jordan Hampton

Guest Star

Nikita Ager

Nikita Ager

Shannon O'Hara

Guest Star

Brian Dietzen

Brian Dietzen

Asst. M.E. Jimmy Palmer

Recurring Role

Joe Spano

Joe Spano

Senior FBI Agent T.C. Fornell

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • TRIVIA: Torri Higginson, playing Dr. Jordon Hampton, is the second "Dr Weir" from Stargate SG-1 to appear on NCIS. The first one was Jessica Steen playing Special Agent Paula Cassidy in 6 episodes. Both Torri and Jessica played "Dr Elisabeth Weir" in Stargate SG-1, Jessica first in "Lost City" (7-21 and 22)" and Torri starting in "New Order" (8-01 and 02) and then on Stargate Atlantis for the first 3 seasons.

  • QUOTES (24)

    • Krieger: It was my first field assignment. Never expected him to be killed.
      Ziva: That is what happens to bait.

    • Abby: Of course, mercury is toxic. So you shouldn't let kids break open thermometers and play with it.
      Gibbs: Speaking from personal experience, Abbs?
      McGee: Actually explains a lot.

    • Tony: Looks like a nice place doesn't it honey?
      McGee: (through the ear piece) Sure does sweet cheeks!

    • Krieger: Ziva, can I ask you a question? (Ziva turns) Isn't it hard being the only woman on the team?
      Ziva: No. (starts to walk away)
      Krieger: God I wish I had your confidence!
      Ziva: (turns back) Well, it comes from experience.
      Krieger: The way I'm going that's something I'll never get.
      Ziva: Look Courtney, they obviously saw something valuable in you, otherwise you would not have made it this far.
      Krieger: Thank you
      Ziva: But, stop trying to be perfect! You will mess up and occasionally you will take a beating.
      Krieger: Then what?
      Ziva: You get back on the horse!

    • Ziva: It is very clear what you would like to have against her.
      Tony: Excuse me!
      Ziva: You want to sleep with her!
      Tony: I... well, so what if I do?
      Ziva: Same old Tony. I thought the new Tony wanted something more.. a real relationship.
      Tony: I was pretending to be someone else!
      Ziva: Well, you could've fooled me. I thought you had grown.
      Tony: I'm not particularly interested in outgrowing sex!
      Ziva: Sure it would be nice Tony, but it would be meaningless, empty; it would be wrong for you! She's a pretty girl, but she's just a girl! The man you were becoming needs a woman! Or at least I thought he did.

    • Abby: This, is why I love you guys. You bring me hair, you bring me blood, you bring me fluids, and you bring me mercury! Predictable, yet constantly surprising!
      Gibbs: We try.

    • Gibbs: Check out the brunette at the table.
      Tony: Good find boss! I'll tell you, my radar is totally shot. She's smoking! ..that's not what you meant.. you were suggesting that she seems interested in our investigation. A little too interested and I should question her... not a problem!

    • Ducky: I hope your opinion of me doesn't waver after I've given this fellow a piece of my mind.
      Gibbs: Never!
      Ducky: I warn you... this might get ugly!

    • Ducky: Every body has a story to tell.

    • (The team watches the FBI on the screen in MTAC)
      Tony: An NCIS production. Brought to you by Leroy Jethro Gibbs. Starring as usual the FBI and the illusive Kamal Konkani.

    • Krieger: The boss looks mad.
      Ziva: He's gonna chew you up.
      Tony: Out. Chew you out.

    • McGee: Ziva, no hair pulling.

    • Fornell: The world is on my shoulders Gibbs.
      Gibbs: A world made of paper.

    • McGee: Tony I think it's time you get back on that horse.
      Ziva: Are you getting a pony?
      Tony: It's an adage.
      Ziva: I'm not familiar with that breed.
      Tony: (slight pause) Yeah, well they are quite rare, it's sort of a cross between a Pegasus and a unicorn.

    • Tony: People really like boats that much?
      Gibbs: You work for the navy, DiNozzo.

    • Krieger: (After disabling Graves) Can we hug now?
      (Ziva laughs)

    • McGee: Good thing we didn't put the mike in his pants.

    • Tony: No trace, no face, this ought to be easy.

    • Ziva: Ooo, fluids, lots of them.
      Tony: No surprise there.
      McGee: 6 years in prison.

    • Gibbs: (As he and Ducky are leaving the morgue) Yeah, I hope she recovers from that tongue lashing.

    • Tony: Tell me you aren't looking for a man for Ziva.
      Ziva: Not for me.
      Tony: Something you want to tell me, McGoo?

    • Gibbs: Sit (Teams sits down slowly). Stay! (Walks off, smirking) Roll over.

    • Lieutenant: What the hell is it?
      Ducky: This, my dear lieutenant, is murder.

    • Ziva: (In a British accent) Did you get her number?
      Tony: Who Courtney? No.
      Ziva: I did, she wants to learn how to fight.
      (Gibbs and Tony stare at her.)

  • NOTES (1)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Denmark: November 20, 2007 on TV3
      Germany: March 23, 2008 on SAT 1
      The Netherlands: April 2, 2008 on Veronica
      Sweden: April 6, 2008 on TV3
      Australia: April 15, 2008 on TEN
      United Kingdom: June 8, 2008 on FX UK
      Italy: September 28, 2008 on RAI 2
      Spain: October 17, 2008 on La Sexta
      The Middle East: November 5, 2008 on MBC ACTION
      Hungary: December 15, 2008 on TV2
      Finland: April 21, 2009 on Nelonen
      Slovakia: July 23, 2009 on Markiza
      Czech Republic: January 25, 2010 on TV Nova


    • The age of the deliveryman, Robert Graves, is given as 25. 2007, the year this episode originally aired was the 25th Anniversary year of the G.I. Joe vs Cobra toyline that some guest characters took their names from.

    • Ducky: It's elementary my dear Jethro.

      "Elementary, my dear Watson" was the usually believed catch phrase of the fictional detective Sherlock Holmes, invented by Scottish author and physician Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

    • Tony: Ever see The Sunshine Boys?
      The Sunshine Boys is a play by Neil Simon that was produced on Broadway in 1972 and later adapted for film (1975 and 1995) and television (1975). It focuses on a one-time vaudevillian team known as "Lewis and Clark" who, over the course of forty-odd years, not only grew to hate each other but never spoke to each other off-stage throughout the final year of their act.

    • Tony: Not if he's the new Dread Pirate Roberts.
      Abby : Ah, I love the Princess Bride.

      The Princess Bride is a humorous fairy tale novel by William Goldman. In 1987 it was made into a movie starring Cary Elwes as Westley/the Dread Pirate Roberts. The "Dread Pirate Roberts" is only a nom de guerre, since every time the current pirate named Roberts went into retirement he passed the name on to his heir, who then became the next "Dread Pirate Roberts".

    • Tony: The Eraser!
      McGee: What movie is that from?
      Tony: I don't know! Flashdance?!

      A thriller called Eraser from 1996 starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, James Caan and Vanessa Williams was about a guy who would erase people's past in order to protect their future. The movie Flashdance was a drama from 1983 was about a woman with two jobs, a welder and exotic dance who wanted to get into a ballet school.

    • The names of several characters in this episode are the same or close to the file names of characters from the GI Joe action figure line:

      Courtney Krieger - Cover Girl
      Shannon O'Hara (Shanna O'Hara) - Scarlet
      Robert Graves - Grunt
      Carl Greer - Doc
      Marvin Hinton - Roadblock
      Frederick LeClaire (Daniel LeClaire) - Recondo
      George Barney (James Barney) - Grand Slam
      Blaine Parker - Mainframe