Season 6 Episode 18


Aired Tuesday 8:00 PM Mar 17, 2009 on CBS
out of 10
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Episode Summary

The death of a boxer leads Vance to borrow the NCIS team and start investigating his death, while Gibbs digs into Vance's past.

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  • Vance takes Gibbs' team for a personal case.

    It is very rare I write a bad review and I really do like NCIS but I have to agree that this was one of the worst NCIS episodes I do think some of the ratings are a bit harsh but the episode wasn't great I think the episode didn't really work partly because the full team wasn't together because Vance split them up and the storyline didn't really work for me This episode changes nothing about how I feel about NCIS, it is still one of the best shows on TV.moreless
  • What a boring one

    I like Vance. I like his interactions with Gibbs, better than I like the Jenny-Gibbs interactions. But only 15 minutes in, my hand was on my jaw and I was totally bored. What an awful episode. It is only redeemed by the family scene (which was ironically unnecessary) and the last scene noting that the dead guy had a retinal detachment that Vance claimed he had had and was reason for him to discontinue Marine service.

    Come on: dead boxer, Marine or maybe not marine, weak case, cloak and dagger when it could have just been routine, unnecessary, long and heavy-on-the-conversation scenes. Sigh. Just not a good episode.

    Now I fear that the folks who never liked Vance will really hate him now. Trying to write him out NCIS?moreless
  • seriously the most boring and stupid episode of NCIS... Unbelievable, all the characters seemed off, the entire premise of the show is just completely misconstrewed... Don't mess with the format, and don't force characters on your viewers that you shouldmoreless

    seriously the most boring and stupid episode of NCIS...

    Unbelievable, all the characters seemed off, the entire premise of the show is just completely misconstrewed... Don't mess with the format, and don't force characters on your viewers that they don't even want to like... ie; vance.

  • worst episode of ncis if ever seen

    ok, so mabe it was all the talk about the episode with the directord life and all, and the crime didnt even have anything to do with the navy much. Who cares if the director used to box,is that what all this epsiode was about. Cleary, basing the episode around vance is a bad idea. But the Ncis writers dont see this do they, why? Because they go and do it again in the season 7 ep endgame. Sorry but if someone is going at the end of season 7 it should be vance.If they cut someone else this show will become worst than its sister show ncis los angeles.

    Thanks for readingmoreless
  • FDefinitely a contestant for the title of 'worst episode of NCIS, ever'.

    This was an abysmalepisode of NCIS, to say the least. While it definitely did have some decent moments, the episode was, in general, quite boring and very pointless, in all honesty.

    I really hate Director Vance, and this episode strengthened this hatred. While we had some gret episodes scentred around Jenny, Vance is just a waste of time!

    I did like seeing Vance's family, though. His widfe and children were nice, and hopefully there will be more of them!

    Overall, the case was uninteresting. It had no suspense to t, and ther was no action in this episode, at all. Overall, I'm pretty disappointed with this one. 7.5 is a generous rating, and it is definitely a contestant for the wrost episode ever!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

David McCallum

David McCallum

Chief M.E. Ducky Mallard

Sean Murray (I)

Sean Murray (I)

Special Agent Tim McGee

Cote de Pablo

Cote de Pablo

Mossad Agent Ziva David

Obba Babatundé

Obba Babatundé

Joe Banks

Guest Star

Rochelle Aytes

Rochelle Aytes

Tara Kole

Guest Star

Lou Beatty Jr.

Lou Beatty Jr.

Issac Curtis

Guest Star

Brian Dietzen

Brian Dietzen

Asst. M.E. Jimmy Palmer

Recurring Role

Paula Newsome

Paula Newsome

Jackie Vance

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

    • GOOF: Tyra starts to pull out Tony's license from the wallet. On the last frame of the shot (camera over her shoulder on Tony) she is grasping the license, but in the first few frames of the next shot (camera is on her) the wallet is closed. Between the shots there is no way she would have had time to let go of the license and close the wallet.

    • GOOF: Someone obviously mislaid the yellow mail envelope because the second time we see it, the name Vance is written in much smaller print and further to the top of the envelope.

    • TRIVIA: We learn that Director Vance had been an amateur boxer.

    • TRIVIA: Gibbs' yellow 1971 Dodge Challenger RT Hemi is parked outside of Director Vance's home. Gibbs obviously drove this car rather than his usual vehicle to keep Vance from knowing he was there waiting for him.

  • QUOTES (9)

    • (Tony and Tara inside the elevator)
      Tony: For some reason you can see right through my disguise.
      Tara: How bad's the dry spell?
      Tony: Saharan.
      Tara: Never been a problem before?
      Tony: You kidding me? Not since Lisa Mullen taught me to play doctor in the second grade.
      Tara: What's changed?
      Tony: Real doctor, real love, real bad breakup.
      Tara: Messed you up pretty bad, huh?
      Tony: Kicked off a slump with women that's unprecedented in my adult life. I've tried everything. I mean, I'm dating constantly, but I can't seem to get it right. I'm not closing the deal, you know? Like there's a saboteur in my head. I'm making every rookie mistake. I'm talking about myself too much at dinner. I mean, I'm talking about my ex, I'm talking about my feelings, I...I scare 'em off.
      Tara: Crying?
      Tony: Ha! DiNozzo men don't cry.
      Tara: You'd be surprised how many of my clients just want a shoulder to cry on. Opening up is the first step.
      Tony: Let's skip to the last step.
      Tara: That's easy. Pick the right woman. (At that very moment Tara flips the switch to open the elevator doors and to reveal Ziva behind them)

    • Tara: Thank you, Anthony, you're very sweet- my patron saint.
      Tony: Actually, Saint Nicholas is the patron saint of hook...(stops himself from saying hookers) Saint Anthony is who you turn to when you've lost something.
      Tara: So, who does Anthony turn to when he's lost something?
      Tony: How do you know I've lost something?
      Tara: (laughing) I may not know my saints, but I definitely know my sinners.

    • Gibbs: Abbs, what do you got?
      Abby: I am not at liberty to discuss the details of Director Vance's case with you. And I would certainly hope that you wouldn't try to bribe me.
      Gibbs: I wouldn't do that.
      (he sets a Caf-pow next to her)
      Abby: Because I can't say a word about the five slugs that Ducky pulled out of Owens' body. Not that there's a word to say, 'cause I don't even know of these .45 cal S&Ws are a match to the weapon that was found in the deceased's pocket. Not that I would tell you if they are. I'm assuming that your curiosity is for educational purposes. After Ducky does the autopsy we should be able to calculate how long the accumulated post mortem gases took to counteract the weight that kept Owens submerged.

    • Abby: Great, now I have to build a freaking coffin!

    • Vance: Whaddaya say David? Wanna go a few rounds?
      Ziva: I think that would violate my primary assignment.
      Vance: Only if you manage to lay a glove on me.

    • Tony (standing up on desk, yelling): Excuse me. 'Kay, listen up everybody, I need your full attention here. Lenny, Squiggy, Q-Tip, Q-Bert, Bungo Straight, Vertical Bill, can you hear me back there? (says to hot girl) Oh hi Natalie, hi. You look very nice today. (resumes yelling) I have lost my wallet. So, if you've seen it, please return it to me. There will be no judgment, maybe even a small reward.
      (everyone looks annoyed as they turn back to work, Tony sees Gibbs standing next to the desk he is on)
      Tony: Hi boss, I lost my... (jumps down from desk) You're going to say mind or marbles...
      Gibbs: Job.

    • Vance: And the sawdust?
      Abby: I am taking up woodworking.
      Palmer: Really? (Abby glares at him)
      Abby: I'm gonna build a coffin.
      Palmer: She is.
      Vance: Did you actually get any real work done, or just woodwork?

    • Abby: It's a bird feather, there were some stuck in his belt buckle as well. Maybe it got lodged when he was in the water. (shrugs shoulders)
      Palmer: It's not likely he was shot by a bird.
      (Abby and Vance just glare at him)

    • Ziva: You can't make an omelet without breaking some legs.
      Tony: You're never making me breakfast!
      Ziva: That is the truth!
      Tony: It's supposed to be "eggs".
      Ziva: Cook them yourself!

  • NOTES (3)


    • Tony: Joe Banks... That name sounds so familiar. Must be from a movie maybe.

      Tony is referring to the 1990 movie Joe Versus the Volcano starring Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan.

    • Boxer: He was the black Miyagi.
      Owens is being likened to the sensei who trained the young hero in the 1984 movie The Karate Kid and its sequels.

    • Tony: They send one of ours to the hospital, we send one of theirs to the morgue!

      Tony quotes a famous line from the movie The Untouchables, starring Sean Connery and Kevin Costner.