Season 5 Episode 18

Judgment Day, Part I

Aired Tuesday 8:00 PM May 20, 2008 on CBS
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When a former NCIS agent is found dead, Director Shepard heads to L.A. for the funeral with Tony and Ziva in tow. But an old assignment that Jenny was on with the deceased, comes back to haunt her, in a big way.

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  • Really???!!!

    I just caught this episode on USA. It is undoubtedly one of the worst written of any episode of NCIS. It was obviously written quickly so Lauren Holly could leave the show with a bang. The fact that Ziva and Tony would let the director to get away with what she does despite their orders and duty to protect her is absolutely ridiculous. When the Director told Ziva that she didn't like her tone, the REAL Ziva would have told her she didn't care what the Director liked, where the hell was she and what was going on? They are afraid to tell GIbbs that they had lost the director but were not afraid that something bad had happened to her? Again, ridiculous. And the ending? The director took out four of five bad guys all by her self. Absolutely ridiculous. What a terrrible episode.moreless
  • It's The Beginning Of The End With Part One Of A Two-Part Finale. Jenny Heads To L.A. For The Funeral Of A Fellow Agent, But Her Past Comes To Haunt Her.moreless

    This season finale is no doubt the best since the excellent season two finale. The first part of "Judgement Day" is one of the strongest episodes to date in the series. I found the story to be quite compelling about Jenny's past. This episode delivered both on action and suspense. The case was entertaining. The best scenes were with Ziva and Tony when they were enjoying their day off. I also liked the appereance of Mike Franks. Mike is a fantastic character. His acting is terrific. However, I found his and Jenny's dialogues a little boring. The ending scene was well written. I did not like the fact that we did not see the firefight. I think you know that this episode marks the final appereance of Lauren Holly. Endgame is next.

  • the whole story ending is a little far fetched. how did they get jenny into her house? where did the russian woman go that gibbs shot? did nobody do an autopsy on who was killed how and where.moreless

    jenny as "cowgirl" is really not credible. to put out all the stops. frank was brought in which prevented this whole thing from being a TOTAL disaster. it was the worst episode in terms of acting by holly and you could feel that even muse was uncomfortable with the rather unlikely ending, the switch of the bodies, resp. the disappearance of the russian woman and no autopsy? please, ncis, you can do better than this.moreless
  • Not out of the ordinary to break up the team.....

    I certainly think that the team will reunite. They made the same type of move with "The Unit" They were broken uo and pitted against each other only to get back together after proving their innocence of war crimes. I am not sure how they will bring Gibbs team back together. With that said, it is understandable why the new director would break up the team. Throughout the episode there were scenes showing the teams loyalty to Gibbs but not to him. If I were a new director or manager I would get rid of those people on my team that I could not trust also.moreless
  • Best season far

    Leading up to the season 5 finale, i only knew one thing for sure, someone from NCIS would die, i had my concerns over whom would be killed, but in the end my guess at who was correct.

    I love this episode for the story and semi-background of Jenny and Gibbs as well as the interaction of Jenny and Franks, Vance and anyone, and of course Ziva and Tony.

    The story of Judgment Day was one of the very best NCIS has put forward period, mystery on who is after the agents and going along with that the background of Gibbs n Jenny.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

Betsy Rue

Betsy Rue

Sasha Gordon

Guest Star

Oleg Taktarov

Oleg Taktarov

Viggo Drantyev

Guest Star

Jeff Witzke

Jeff Witzke


Guest Star

Brian Dietzen

Brian Dietzen

Asst. M.E. Jimmy Palmer

Recurring Role

Muse Watson

Muse Watson

Mike Franks

Recurring Role

Sheila Frazier

Sheila Frazier

ZNN Reporter Debra Green

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (13)

    • Goof: Mike Franks tells Shepherd he learned she was sick after he searched her purse, her cell phone, and her glove box. He couldn't have searched the glove box of her car, because they gave her rental car to Decker's girlfriend right after they met her, and Franks was Shepherd's ride out to the diner.

    • GOOF: Outside the funeral, Tony tells Ziva that the director is always accompanied by two senior agents. If this is the case, Ziva should not have accompanied Jenny, it should have been McGee. Ziva was not and agent, and had less seniority than McGee.

    • TRIVIA: The set of the diner and the gas station are a real set in the Mojave Desert, and the set has the set of a motel at the back of it. This motel was used in the film The Pleasure Drivers which starred Lauren Holly (Jenny Shepard). In the film Lauren's character was shot and killed, therefore Lauren has in fact 'died' at this location twice.

    • TRIVIA: When McGee first arrives at the office, the downstairs staff have adopted the behaviors and mannerisms of the people's desks they are sitting at. Ducky is playing DiNozzo, Abby is impersonating Ziva, and Palmer is channeling Gibbs.

    • TRIVIA: When the director was speaking to Tony and Ziva in the diner she was using a Blackberry 8830 WorldPhone; but when they find her dead there she has a Palm Treo 755p.

    • TRIVIA: The code "Oshimaida" is from a Japanese phrase that means "It's over," or "it'll be over quite soon."

    • TRIVIA: The book Ziva is reading is the Hebrew translation to Jack Kerouac's most notable book On the Road.

    • TRIVIA: The case number on the front of the manilla envelope that Agent Fornell sends Gibbs is "8675309". This is the same number, actually a phone number, from a Tommy Tutone song named 8675309/Jenny, which was released in 1982. It was very popular and caused many people, in different area codes, to call that number and ask for Jenny.

    • TRIVIA: The car that Tony and Ziva rent in LA is a Ford Mustang GT 500.

    • GOOF: When the director's cell phone rings for the second time, she says "It's Ziva... again", but, even though Ziva called her the first time, she used Tony's cell phone and it was Tony that ended up speaking to the director.

    • TRIVIA: Gibbs refers to a goddaughter he has in Mexico who probably is Mike Franks granddaughter from the season 4 episode "Iceman."

    • TRIVIA: Abby's cell phone ringtone is a shrieking raven with a tolling bell in the background. The outside of the phone is adorned with Gothic elements including a winged logo over the Motorola logo and "ABBY" stenciled on it.

    • TRIVIA: Gibbs speaks Russian.

  • QUOTES (17)

    • (at the gas station)
      Tony: Why don't you make yourself useful?
      Ziva: What?
      Tony: I said, why don't you make yourself useful.
      Ziva: What do you want me to do... hold your nozzle?

    • Ziva: We could have made it.
      Tony: The needle is below E. E stands for empty; we have less than empty.

    • Ziva (to Tony): It will be like Chinatown. I will even let you do your Jack.
      Tony (in a bad accent): Well, how do you like your apples?

    • Mike: I thought you knew where this insurance policy was.
      (Jenny is squatting on the floor, searching through a box.)
      Jenny: I never said I knew. Decker said I did. And stop looking at my ass.
      Mike: Not much else to look at. Of course, it might help if you were to tell me what I was looking for.

    • Mike: (after Jenny conceals her identity to Sasha) Forget your name?
      Jenny: It's better she doesn't know.
      Mike: Better for who? (Jenny gives him a look) So, when we find who did this...?
      Jenny: It'll be just the way you like it: no paperwork.

    • Mike: (after Jenny picks a lock) Gibbs teach you that?
      Jenny: Gibbs doesn't teach. You watch, you learn.
      Mike: You learn. I taught.

    • Ziva: (Speaking to McGee on the phone) We did not lose the director we just... just don't know where she is.

    • Gibbs: (Talking to Palmer who is pretending to perform a CPR on a dummy) New girlfriend?

    • Tony: (talking about a dead body on the beach) There's no obvious signs of foul play.
      Ziva: Depends on what you mean by obvious, she is dead.

    • Ducky: (talking to McGee) Thanks for the hospitality, Probie.

    • (McGee answers the phone)
      McGee: Agent McGee.
      Tony: What took you so long? Were you sitting at my desk?
      (McGee looks at Tony's desk which he just left)
      McGee: No.

    • Ziva: (after she gets into the car Tony rented, she hears Tony talk about the car) First movie quote I hear and I'm driving.

    • Ducky: (after talking about Gibbs while sitting at Tony's desk) He's behind me, isn't he?

    • Ziva: You still believe the Director is on one of your booty calls?
      Tony: Well, if there's a sock on the doorknob, you're knocking.

    • Mike: Jenny Shepherd, Director NCIS.
      Sasha: Do you know her?
      Mike: Unfortunately.

    • Abby: Haircut, McGee?
      McGee: No.
      Ducky: I believe it was a suggestion, not an observation.

    • Tony: Sorry, Ziva, I'm going to have to cut you loose. (turns to see Ziva walking away) Hey, wait up!

  • NOTES (3)

    • Lauren Holly last appears as Director Jenny Shepard. She will, however, be credited for the second part of this two-part finale.

    • When Tony and Ziva are stuck in traffic, "I Get Around" by the Beach Boys plays in the background.

    • Original International Airdates:
      Denmark: May 27, 2008 on TV3
      Sweden: July 20, 2008 on TV3
      Australia: September 9, 2008 on Channel 10
      United Kingdom: September 14, 2008 on FX UK
      New Zealand: October 12, 2008 on TV3
      Germany: October 12, 2008 on SAT 1
      Italy: December 21, 2008 on RAI 2
      Spain: January 16, 2009 on La Sexta
      Norway: January 27, 2009 on TV3
      The Netherlands: March 10, 2009 on SBS 6
      Slovakia: October 29, 2009 on Markiza
      Finland: December 29, 2009 on Nelonen
      Czech Republic: May 3, 2010 on TV Nova


    • Abby: Viggo as in Mortensen.

      Viggo Mortensen has played the role of Aragorn in The Lord of the Rings trilogy.

    • Tony: You deserve a Probie Snack.

      This is a reference to the popular children's animated TV show, Scooby Doo, in which the main character was a dog of the same name. His favorite food was Scooby Snacks.

    • Tony: The great McOz has spoken!

      This is a reference to the fairytale, The Wizard of Oz, from 1925, which was first made into a film in 1939. Since then there have been many incarnations of the story. Also, most of Tony's nicknames for McGee start with "Mc."

    • Ziva: Is that why we're here? So you can google the girls?!

      Another one of Ziva's inaccurate slang terms references the major internet search engine, Google.

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