Season 5 Episode 14

Internal Affairs

Aired Tuesday 8:00 PM Apr 22, 2008 on CBS
out of 10
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Episode Summary

The dead body of La Grenouille finally surfaces and the entire NCIS is put under the investigation by the FBI, with Jenny as the prime suspect for his murder.

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  • The Dead Body Of The Team's Biggest Enemy Finally Resurfaces And The Entire Team Is Interrogated By The FBI.

    I have said in my other reviews that I hated the storyline of "La Grenouille". It was not interesting and it was also painfully too predictable. However, this particular episode is not terrible, but it isn't without its flaws. The first problem was that it could have not been more obvious that Jenny's innocent (Did they really think she killed him?). And my second problem is the fact that the killer's identity was predictable. But the scenes where the team was interrogated were superb. They were very enjoyable. The highlight of this episode is the terrific performance by Joe Spano. He was excellent. There are better episodes of "NCIS" than this. I hope there won't be long storylines in the future like "The Frog".moreless
  • I'm not so sure, they are pretty close to jumping the shark in my opinon. (possible spoilers)

    I know the Director has had some interesting dealing with "the Frog" but if she actually murdered him that would be a bit much in my opinon. They made it look like at the end that she got away with murder. If they keep that up it will be hard to keep watching this show. What they could do with that is make her resign and put Gibbs at her job and Dinozo at Gibb's job, but have them still both go out on cases, so Mark Harmon would still be a regular, and they could still have the Director who is retired come on as a guest every now and then. I did like the rest of the episode up until the end it was action packed with some comedy which is why I like this show.moreless
  • I was disappointed...

    I was really looking forward to this episode. I love Tobias and the story looked good; however, the episode failed to deliver. Tobias was great, that FBI guy was annoying and Jenny was even more annoying. The episode was slow and got boring. The CIA turned out to kill the Frog, or so he says. The end of the episode makes it seem that Jenny killed him. I really wanted Jenny to get caught and stuck in jail. She annoys me and needs to go. There wasn't as much funny in this episode that I'm used to seeing. Oh, I have to say, I loved the Gibbs computer part. Halarious. So, overall, boring delivery of the story, promising story, not as funny, and with annoying, bad episode.moreless
  • Gibb's entire team (including Abby and Ducky) are the subject of a FBI investagation after it was discovered that the frog was been murdered.

    Ok, this episode was better than the entire season 4, and is probably the second best (after Corporeal Punishment) episode in season 5. Normally I find flashback episodes annoying but this one was pretty funny. When Gibbs tells MeGee to tell Fornoll the truth and MeGee remembers all of the illegeal hacking he had done the year before, defiently funny; but when Fornell asks MeGee if he and DiNozzo have a professional realitionship and MeGee thinks about all of the times DiNozzo made fun of him and when they fought on stakeouts or whatever - priceless!! It was also pretty funny when Gibs handed a knife to Ziva and told her to "take care of the FBI agents", he then had to specify he meant the tires of their cars, not ther throats! It was kinda (not sad, but...something) when Fornell made Gibbs switch sides in the intoraggation room. After DiNozzo turned over the tarot card thing and it was a hanged man I think everyone totally knew HE was the main suspect, not Jenny. I still can't believe that Jeane would lie like that and accuse him of murder! Maybe she thought that by getting into their life, he caused his death. After I realized that she was the witness, I totally thought that SHE had killed her father and then blamed it on Tony. That would have been a pretty good story line as well (as long as she wasn't convicted). I did not expect the twist at the end when they finally revealed the Frog's true killer. The one reason I didn't give this episode a ten is because Tony lied to Jeane at the end and told her he never loved her. It was very mean but I think it showed DiNozzo is growing up. He realized that their realitionship could never work out and he accepted what Ziva told him at the begginning of this season: like what did he think was going to happen, and was he really ready to give up his entire life for her [Jeane}. I think he realized that he wasn't ready or willing to give up his life and become Tony DiNardo permantly, and this was his way of trying not to hurt her anymore. I thougth it was "strong" of Ziva to be able to put aside her "feelings", whatever those might be, and help Tony.moreless
  • Full marks for this one!

    This is another very interesting episode and as a result, I find it to be just as amazing as the last one.

    I really enjoyed the investigation of the Rene Benoit death, but I dislike this episode because it introduces the worst character, in my opinion, Leon Vance.

    I really loved the suspense throughout the episode, and in my opinion, that packed together to create an amazing episode. I was disappointed that the ending was slightly ambiguous.

    I also thought that the episode was quite funny, especially with Abby in interrogation, as that was hilarious for me!

    I hope that there are more episodes along the lines of this one, and I would recommend this one absolutely highly!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

Rob Arbogast

Rob Arbogast

FBI Special Agent Wentworth

Guest Star

Scottie Thompson

Scottie Thompson

Jeanne Benoit

Recurring Role

Joe Spano

Joe Spano

FBI Agent T.C. Fornell

Recurring Role

David Dayan Fisher

David Dayan Fisher

Trent Kort

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (7)

    • GOOF: At the beginning where Tony is pretending to drop the cup full of confetti, when the camera is on Tony "bobbling" the cup, we see McGee move after Tony. In the next shot McGee is back hunched over the computer and then starts to move towards Tony again (Best seen in a frame by frame shot).

    • GOOF: Vance puts $2.42 cents into his hand with the coins spread laying next to each other with the pennies on top. In the next frame during the hand exchange the coins are overlapping in a "Column" formation.

    • TRIVIA: Leon Vance arrives from San Diego to relieve Director Shepard by the order of the Secretary of the Navy, and becomes acting director.

    • TRIVIA: Assistant Director Vance owed Gibbs $2.42 from 9 years ago.

    • TRIVIA: Abby deals a single Tarot card before leaving the room. Tony turns it over and it is "The Hanged Man" card. We later find out Tony is the prime suspect in The Frog's murder.

    • TRIVIA: Ducky tells Ziva that he only lets Gibbs call him "Duck"; however, in Season 3 episode "Hiatus (1)", Tony had called him Duck.

    • GOOF: When McGee and Gibbs find the "link" on the old computer, McGee explains that the line of code indicates an eyewitness statement. But in reality, the line of code shown on screen is just a link declaration used in html to include stylesheets for styling a website.

  • QUOTES (26)

    • Abby: There's a problem with your theory of the crime. Like, a big hole. I could drive a truck through it. Well, I may not be able to drive a truck through it, 'cause I was never that great with a double clutch, but a truck driver could just... (makes gesture with hands to show something passing though something else, nods deeply)
      Fornell: Care to share?

    • Abby: Tony!
      Tony: Hmm?
      Abby: We are about to summon the elusive elements of the cosmos. Concentrate.
      Tony: I'm with ya. Call the spirits. Tell 'em to bring pizza.

    • (After Jeanne walks by Tony and Ziva)
      Ziva: Be a man, Tony.
      Tony: She accused me of murder!
      Ziva: Who is the bad guy? Be a man. Go tell what she needs to hear.

    • (referring to Gibbs)
      Abby: The man is magic; like dark magic. He has eyes and ears everywhere. He appears like a... (whispers) mist. Whenever I get a clue, he just materializes.
      Fornell: Maybe he bugged your lab.
      Abby: No. (With a smiling grin) I checked!

    • Gibbs: Are you the one responsible for this fishing expedition? (referring to the investigation)
      Vance: Bureau doing the fishing. I'm just driving the boat.
      Gibbs: Keep it off the rocks.

    • McGee: Well I need to go to a public site. They quarantined all my...
      Gibbs: Here, use mine. (hands McGee a very old laptop)
      McGee: This doesn't have a wireless signal though. (Gibbs hands him a screwdriver) I'll figure it out.

    • Gibbs: Fairytale ending?
      Jenny: The Frog is dead; and the Jesters have been kicked out of the kingdom.
      Gibbs: The Queen is back on her throne.
      Jenny: You're expecting some sort of knighthood, I'm sorry to say I've misplaced my sword.
      Gibbs: Maybe it's with your gun.
      Jenny: Maybe it is.

    • Tony: I'm sorry you got caught in the middle of all this.
      Jeanne: Was any of it real, Tony?
      Tony: (pauses) No.
      Jeanne: I wish I'd never met you.

    • Tony: Yeah, she was in love with me. We were in love... what else do you want to know?
      Fornell: How was it supposed to end?

    • Fornell: Come on Tony... you're a better liar than that!

    • Fornell: You developed feelings for her! That wasn't very professional... how'd it happen?
      Tony: (smiles) Gradually.

    • Fornell: How did you get so close to La Grenouille's daughter?
      Tony: I see where you're going with this. You like to know a few pick-up trick, huh? I wish I could tell ya, but kind of a family secret and I took an oath. Sorry.

    • Abby: Oh! Tarot cards! Wanna see what happens next?
      Tony: I am dying with anticipation!

    • Ducky: Reminds me of- (Gibbs stares at him) ... a part of my life that I will share with you later!

    • Gibbs: Duck, your friend, in the Maryland ME's office?
      Ducky: Doctor Hamton?
      Gibbs: Need that autopsy report.
      Ducky: I'll have to be charming...
      Gibbs: Don't strain yourself.

    • Tony: Gibbs gave you a mission, everybody's counting on you. Just do what you do best!
      Abby: Dance?
      Tony: Talk!

    • Ducky: I would like to see the body-
      Fornell: No.
      Ducky: Four eyes are better than two.

    • Fornell: Gibbs doesn't get curious, he gets suspicious.

    • Abby: This is ridiculous! We're prisoners in our own evidence lock-up!
      Ziva: We're not prisoners-
      Tony: We're evidence! So we're locked up.

    • Gibbs: Questions?
      McGee: Yeah, how do you get the boat out? (of Gibbs' basement)
      Gibbs: Just break the bottle.

    • McGee: Backing up three years of case files, the bulk of our lives is in these cables right now flying back and forth in zeros and ones.
      Tony: You do understand that I'm the ones and you're the zeros?

    • Gibbs: (instructing Ziva to take care of a couple of FBI agents in a car) Their tires, not their throats.

    • Fornell: You killed La Grenouille!
      Tony: I did what?

    • Tony: This is more like a therapy session than an interrogation. Why are you so interested in my feelings?
      Fornell: Because you had them.

    • Ziva: I would hate to be misunderstood.
      Fornell: Does that happen often?
      Ziva: Once in a blue lagoon.

    • Abby: You are being very guarded about whether or not we're being guarded.

  • NOTES (2)

    • Original International Airdates:
      Denmark: April 29, 2008 on TV3
      Sweden: June 22, 2008 on TV3
      Australia: June 24, 2008 on Channel 10
      United Kingdom: August 17, 2008 on FX UK
      New Zealand: September 14, 2008 on TV3
      Germany: September 14, 2008 on SAT 1
      Belgium: September 14, 2008 on VT4
      Italy: November 23, 2008 on RAI 2
      Spain: December 19, 2008 on La Sexta
      Norway: January 13, 2009 on TV3
      The Netherlands: February 10, 2009 on SBS 6
      Hungary: March 30, 2009 on TV2
      Slovakia: October 1, 2009 on Markiza
      Finland: December 1, 2009 on Nelonen
      Czech Republic: April 5, 2010 on TV Nova

    • Rocky Carroll previously worked together with Lauren Holly and Mark Harmon on Chicago Hope.


    • Vance pays Gibbs $2.42 and says "it's for the danish." You can see in episode 8x09, when Vance ruins the danish and says, "I'll pay you back," what they were talking about.

    • McGee: Brings back memories of playing Zork.

      Zork is a 1980 text based video game by Infocom. It is the first of a three part series, as well as other spin-offs.

    • Gibbs: Any questions?
      McGee: Yeah, how you get the boat out?
      Gibbs: Just break the bottle.

      This is a reference to the art of miniature ships inside glass bottles.

    • Ziva (To Fornell): Once in a Blue Lagoon.

      She meant to say "Once in a Blue Moon." Blue Lagoon, however, is a famous coming of age movie from 1980 which tells the story of two children who grow up together on a desert island and fall in love upon reaching puberty.

    • Tony mentions George "Meadowlark" Lemon and Fred "Curly" Neal, both members of the Harlem Globetrotters, the touring basketball team that entertains people all over the world with their combination of athleticism and comedy.