Season 3 Episode 1

Kill Ari, Part I

Aired Tuesday 8:00 PM Sep 20, 2005 on CBS
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After the terrorist's attack, the NCIS team is shocked and is trying to cope with Kate's sudden death, each in their own way. Now, their mission is to collect all the possible info on Ari and find a way to stop him before he does any more damage. Meanwhile, while feeling guilty over Kate's death, Gibbs is informed that the NCIS director is leaving, and the replacement is Jenny Shepard, a woman Gibbs worked with in the past and had a romantic history with.


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  • The 3rd Season Begins With Gibbs On The Trail Of Ari Haswari, Who Recently Killed A Member Of His Team. Meanwhile, NCIS Gets A New Director.

    WOW!!! This is one hell of a season opener! Usually this type of episode happens at the end of the season, but I am glad I didn't have to wait that long. The last season ended with a dramatic cliffhanger and we pick up from there. The opening scene was very well done. It was good to see the kill from Ari's view. That aside, "Kill Ari Part 1" introduces us two new characters, Ziva David and the director Jenny Shepard. I do think that they both are a good addition to "NCIS". This episode delivered both on action and suspense. However, the team's visions about Kate were more annoying than entertaining. That is the only reason why I'm not giving it a "10". However, this episode was supported by the strong performances by all cast members regular. "Kill Ari Part 1" ends with a great cliffhanger. Endgame is next.moreless
  • Kill Ari

    Sasha Alexander was a great cast member for NCIS. Yes, she fit the stereotype of the attractive female cop on TV to a tee, but she was an integral part of the early success of the show. While I think the Cote de Pablo era has trumped the Alexander era, you can't discount what she did for the show, and hopefully her new TNT series becomes a hit. Speaking of Cote, who would have thought that based on this guest spot she would go on to become the great character of Ziva David?

    These early episodes were good, but Season 5-6 is when the show really hit its stride (and when the director turned the lights on on the set!) A nice beginning to a two-partner for the JAG spin-off.moreless
  • I'm a big NCIS fan, but was disappointed in this episode.

    Count this as a review of Parts I and II of Kill Ari. I'm a big fan of the show but was disappointed and even embarrassed by these two episodes. Let me also say that I am no prude, I like the sexual innuendo between Tony and Ziva, for example.

    But these episodes were drenched in sexual innuendo -- repeatedly in every situation. Every character in the show had to make sexual references to Kate, even as to how her dead naked body would look. Good grief! It also takes in Gibbs' relationship with Director Jen! I can now appreciate many of the anti-Jen comments on these boards -- that every scene with her has to allude to her past liaisons with Gibbs. Even the first meeting(s) of Ziva and Tony reeked of leering comments.

    Other objections:

    ¶ I couldn't follow a lot of the remarks as to the weapons used and the spent cartridges and their importance, and didn't bother to revisit those scenes.

    ¶ I'm a big Ziva fan. I think of her as glamorous. Here she looked like a peasant.

    ¶ The defeat of Ari could have been more complex and inventive, what with the big buildup.

    ¶ Dead Kate conversing with the team seemed trivial, even disrespectful going for cheap laughs. I like over 90% of the episodes, really.moreless
  • Dealing with grief

    Aftermath of last season's chocking ending. The whole team seems to be in danger as Ari is after them all. He tries to kill Abby.. then he takes Gerald and wants Ducky.. And Gibbs is already feeling guilty enough of losing Kate.. as he thinks that bullet was meant to him.

    So we have quite a tense episode.. much to understand.. much to figure out and all those chars trying to deal with loosing Kate. Abby crying was something heartbreaking.. and Ducky.. he is like he is always..

    And I think the most weird thing with this episode was that Ziva and Sheppard were telling (and quite sure) that Ari did not shot Kate.. but Gibbs does not need proof. he knows.moreless
  • Different grieving reactions from each person; Kate's replacement looks to be ideal and we get to have Ari for a little longer - this episode has something for everyone.

    What a great way to continue from Kate's death – see it from Ari's POV. The only problem I had with it was – when he shot Kate, there was no blood spray. It was Ari who shot McGee's computer.

    The grief-stricken reactions were very well done:

    - Tony - probably Michael's best work in the series, my heart ached when he described the effect the full metal jacket had on Kate's head.

    - Abby – her rant on the bullets was heartbreaking.

    - Gibbs – becomes nice, using McGee and Tony's first names, holding Abby after the shooting.

    - Ducky – always talking to his patients and the difference is for the first time, one of them talks back.

    It was really a unique and quite charming way to show the reactions of the team members through 'talking' to Kate, complete with different outfits. I really liked that, especially Abby's. Kate looks surprisingly good as a goth and wearing Tim's fantasy Trinity and dominatrix outfits. Tony seeing Kate in a catholic schoolgirl outfit is just so Tony and yet – as is often the case with Tony – simultaneously endearing and quite sweet too. It's a good move for the writers to keep everyone in character even as they are grieving.

    Tony makes a very-Tony first impression on Ziva. She's quite the profiler in her own right – she nails him immediately as a former-rich kid. Ziva is close with Ari, convinced of his innocence and her arguments are compelling, Ari's planned all of this well, allowing the doubt of his guilt.

    Ari goes after the women Gibbs works, an interestingly chauvinistic reaction while knowing how badly it would hurt Gibbs – Ari's a sadist - with and his choice of weapon (a 'Kate') and ammunition is terrifyingly meaningful. Knowing Gibbs will protect his people after trying to shoot Abby, he uses Gerald to lure Ducky out. It was hysterical when Gerald tried to 'go for help' in Ducky's car, which is gorgeous.

    It's wonderful to see Lauren Holly again but that hairstyle is horrible, completely unflattering. The first encounter with Gibbs was well written, establishing the complex relationship in less than a minute. The chemistry is excellent and the dialogue is superb. Jenny and Ziva know each other.

    Great continuation from Kate's death, superb all round.moreless
Mark Harmon

Mark Harmon

Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs

Michael Weatherly

Michael Weatherly

Special Agent Tony DiNozzo

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

Sasha Maxime

Sasha Maxime

Virginia State Police Officer

Guest Star

AJ Tannen

AJ Tannen

Mossad Agent

Guest Star

Cote de Pablo

Cote de Pablo

Mossad Agent Ziva David

Guest Star

Pancho Demmings

Pancho Demmings

Gerald Jackson

Recurring Role

Rudolf Martin

Rudolf Martin

Ari Haswari

Recurring Role

Alan Dale

Alan Dale

NCIS Director Tom Morrow

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (11)

    • TRIVIA: When former director Morrow introduces the new director to Gibbs, Jenny asks if Gibbs has any problems taking orders from her. He points out that it (meaning their relationship) happened six years ago back in 1999. In 1999, Mark Harmon and Lauren Holly starred together in Chicago Hope, which was the last time they had worked together before NCIS.

    • GOOF: We see Abby looking at a picture of herself as a bat that Kate sketched, however in episode 1x09 "Marine Down" we see a different sketched version her as a bat. The one in this episode doesn't even reflect on Kate's thoughts about Abby, since in 1x09 she didn't see her as a well endowed person.

    • GOOF: When Gibbs refer to Mossad killing the wrong man in Norway he claims that it was a Palestinian waiter that Mossad killed, in fact, he was Moroccan. Mossad mistook him for Ali Hassan Salameh, one of the leaders of Black September, the Palestinian group responsible for the massacre of Israeli athletes at the Olympic Game in Münich 1972.

    • TRIVIA: McGee says Abby is from New Orleans. The actress that plays her, Pauley Perrette, is also from New Orleans.

    • GOOF: Gibbs tells Abby that snipers call their Bravo 51s a "Kate", but this isn't true. There is a particular sniper who named his personal Bravo 51 "Kate 2" (his army issue M-24 was his original "Kate"), but most snipers call their weapons JARs, as in "Just Another Rifle".

    • TRIVIA: One of Gibbs's ex-wives is named Diane.

    • TRIVIA: Gibbs is the new NCIS director's former partner, and it has been six years since they've seen each other.

    • GOOF: Abby tells DiNozzo she will determine, among other things, the percentage of nickel and copper in the brass of Ari's cartridges. Brass is an alloy of copper and zinc, not nickel. What's more, virtually all brass cartridges are a standard 30% zinc brass alloy.

    • GOOF: The subtitles read "acquiring target" but the actual words (in Hebrew) are "authorization for action." Also, subtitles read "confirming target hit." The actual Hebrew words spoken are "Full hit of target. Thank you very much."

    • TRIVIA: Director Morrow leaves NCIS to join Homeland Security and a new director, Jenny Shepard, takes his position.

    • TRIVIA: From Anacostia State Park to South side of NCIS building is approximately 515 meters (1688 feet).

  • QUOTES (26)

    • (Abby is sitting in her lab looking at a picture Kate drew of her. Kate appears in gothic clothing)
      Kate: You're a mess, girl. Red eyes, no makeup. If ever there was a time for black lipstick, it's now.
      (Abby begins applying lipstick)
      Kate: Remember when we first met? I couldn't believe you were a Forensic Scientist! I always thought goths had bats for pets, and vise-versa.
      Abby: I really liked you, Kate. A lot.
      Kate: Don't start that again. Wear your pigtails, I love your pigtails!
      (Abby pulls her hair back into pigtails)
      Kate: That's better. You were persistent, Abbs. First the black lipstick, then the black nail-polish. Next thing you know, I have a tat on my bum.
      (Abby giggles)
      Kate: Oh God... Ducky's gonna see it! I'm dead, and I'm embarrassed!
      (Both laugh, Kate's voice fades away, Abby continues laughing.)

    • Kate: I'm dead now, Ducky. Shouldn't be. Could have killed Ari right here in autopsy.
      Ducky: Why did you hesitate?
      Kate: His eyes. There was something in his eyes that made me not want to kill him.
      Ducky: His eyes were ice to me.

    • Gibbs: Sniping Abby means he's after my people, women first!

    • Jen: Jethro... I know it has been a difficult day for both of us...
      Gibbs: That's what my DI used to say. Never believed him.

    • Tony: I don't want you to get pissed...
      Gibbs: I thought you wanted me pissed.
      Tony: I did...It was kind of weird when you were being nice, not that you're not nice... I mean, ah...

    • (Gibbs and Tony are in the elevator. Gibbs wants Tony to follow Ziva)
      Gibbs: I want you on Ziva's ass.
      Tony: She's not really my type, boss.
      (Gibbs slaps Tony upside the head)
      Gibbs: To tail her!
      Tony: I knew that...

    • (McGee was just having the vision of Kate in the revealing cop outfit)
      McGee: Oh wow!
      (Abby walks in)
      Abby: 'Wow' what, McGee?
      McGee: Ah... I... um... I... I... I...
      Abby: Stop 'ah, um-ing' McGee. Spit it out!

    • Ziva: You're from a wealthy family.
      Tony: (un-interested) Really.
      Ziva: Born and raised on the East Coast, New England boarding school, spent sometime in the Mid-West and Philadelphia.
      Tony: How would you know that?

    • McGee: What is with this music?
      Abby: I am playing it out of respect for Kate.
      McGee: Well, I thought you were from New Orleans.
      Abby: So?
      McGee: Well don't they play Jazz at funerals?
      Abby: Coming from the cemetery, after the body has been buried. On the way to the cemetery we play a dirge. Do you know what a dirge is, Timmy?
      McGee: Creepy music?
      Abby: Can you go back to the squad room and let me do my job?
      McGee: I can't.
      Abby: Why?
      McGee: Gibbs...Gibbs told me to watch over you.
      Abby: Ohhh... (It looks like Abby is mad) That is so sweet!

    • Gibbs: I can't believe you would give up field work for rubber chicken dinners.
      Jen: I don't think they serve that dish at Palena's.
      Gibbs: Never heard of it.
      Jen: Why would you? It isn't take out.
      Gibbs: So which of the tight sphincters is taking you out to dinner? Please tell me it isn't Fornell.

    • Ziva: You can't help because I am here to stop Agent Gibbs from killing a Mossad Officer.
      Tony: Ari Haswari?
      Ziva; Yes.
      (Tony motions for Ziva to come closer)
      Tony: I'd wish you luck, but I want the bastard dead too.

    • (Ziva just came in and Tony told her he was playing charades)
      Tony: We got off to a bad start. I'm special agent Tony DiNozzo. I wasn't playing charades, I was remembering my partner.
      Ziva: Naked?
      Tony: No... (Tony gets uncomfortable) Yes. I... I was just... look, I'm not the only man who does it.
      Ziva: Oh, women do it too. (Ziva starts looking at him from feet to head) With handsome men.
      (Tony starts walking back to his desk)
      Ziva: And even an occasional woman.
      Tony: Now you're teasing me.
      Ziva: Didn't your partner tease you?
      Tony: Not about sex. Kate was kind of puritanical.
      Ziva: Sorry.
      Tony: Well It didn't matter, I wasn't interested in her... we were partners.
      Ziva: She wasn't attractive?
      Tony: She was... not to me...
      Ziva: Then why did you imagine her naked?

    • (Gibbs just went to talk with Tony and left the building with Jen)
      Kate: Your mother should have washed your mind out with soap! Gibbs leaves with a women and your only thought is: Nooner.
      Tony: Was not.
      Kate: Was too. I've always known what you're thinking, Tony.
      (Tony looks at Kate in her Catholic girl's outfit)
      Kate: What? What are you up to?
      (Kate looks down at her outfit and makes a shocked little noise)
      Kate: Tony! I just died and you're having a sexual fantasy?!
      Tony: Can't help it.
      (Kate's skirt flies up revealing her underwear)
      Kate: (Trying to push the skirt down) DiNozzo!
      Tony: Sometimes I used to imagine you naked.
      (Kate screams)

    • (Tom and Gibbs are in MTAC, talking about bringing Ari in)
      Gibbs: I won't be bringing him in.
      Tom: Anyway, you're not my problem anymore, Jethro.
      Gibbs: You firing me, sir?
      Tom: I have been offered a Deputy Director's position at Homeland Security.
      Gibbs: You'd leave NCIS, sir?
      Tom: The agency could use some younger blood.
      Gibbs: Well, who would be replacing you, sir?
      (The Director just looks at him for a moment)
      Gibbs: Not me!
      Tom: No... as much as I like you Jethro, I would not shoot NCIS in the head.
      (Gibbs looks relieved)

    • (Abby is digging in the trunk to find the bullets)
      Abby: Hey McGee, take a look at this! I think it's a 308.
      (McGee comes behind Abby and starts looking at her butt)
      Abby: Stop staring at my butt and get me an evidence jar!

    • (Gibbs just finds out that Jen is the new director and he is talking to her)
      Jen: Jethro...
      Gibbs: Madame Director.

    • (Gibbs and Ducky are in autopsy talking about Ari)
      Ducky: One has to wonder what made him such a sadist.
      Gibbs: I don't give a damn! I just want to kill the bastard!

    • Gibbs: You were a great agent, Jen.
      Jen: Were?

    • Jen: Leroy Jethro Gibbs, you're a strange man.
      Gibbs (laughing): Ha! Me?

    • Ziva: Just having phone-sex?
      Tony: (Laughs) Phone sex?!

    • Gibbs: You first.
      Tony: Ziva David. Mossad. Here to stop you from whacking Ari, yours?
      Gibbs: Director Jenny Shepard. Same mission.

    • Gibbs: I'm going to buy coffee, you want something, boys?
      McGee/Tony (look a little bit shocked):, thanks
      McGee (after when Gibbs went away): He called me Tim.
      Tony: He patted my back.

    • Tony (lying on top of Abby): Are you hit?
      Abby (gasping): No... You're heavy!
      Tony: Sorry.
      Abby (feeling his leg): My god, no wonder you're so heavy, Tony, you're all muscle!
      Tony: Abby, shhh!!
      Abby: You're packing a nice booty too!
      Tony: Hey! Is this how you deal with getting shot at?
      Abby: I don't know, it's my first time.

    • Ducky (to Ari): I'll be glad to give you a free autopsy!

    • Abby: Why are you baiting Gibbs?
      Tony: Trying to get him to stop being nice.
      Tim: I like him nice.
      (Abby and Tony look at each other, then both smack Tim on the head)

    • Tony: If Ziva leads me to Ari?
      Gibbs: Shadow him and call me.
      Tony: So you can bring him in?
      Gibbs: Yeah, so I can bring him -- to autopsy.

  • NOTES (7)


    • Episode Title: "Kill Ari"
      The episode title appears to be a reference to Quentin Tarantino's Kill Bill movies. The fact that this is a two-part episode (as is the Kill Bill saga), along with the episode's revenge theme, further supports this.

    • When the various team members are picturing the Kate's "ghost", McGee pictures Kate in an outfit like out of the Matrix movies, but then changes it to a more comic book dominatrix.