Season 5 Episode 5

Leap of Faith

Aired Tuesday 8:00 PM Oct 23, 2007 on CBS
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Episode Summary

The NCIS team is called in to stop a naval officer from committing suicide by jumping off a rooftop, but when the suicide attempt turns into a murder, the NCIS team will have to find out who did it.

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  • A good one.

    I'll always love NCIS but the one thing that just bothers me is the blatant disrespect for authority sometimes. Not every episode, but sometimes Gibbs' attitude to bosses and those higher up is annoying. There's a chain of command, there's things that are classified and you don't have a right to know about them. If just anyone could get this information then we wouldn't need spies and moles!

    And the making fun of Nikki because she dislikes germs? Ziva thinks someone who doesn't wash his hands is the most disgusting man alive, but this girl is extra clean and she too judges?

    Anyway good episode, good storyline, think credit is due where it's due, and Tony solved the case not Abby.moreless
  • Great communication between the team members, after a long time, I felt that the team is again a team with all that1s needed.

    Interesting plot, why kill someone who was trying to kill himself? Somebody must have been waiting fot the suicide attempt and wanted to be sure, that he will all costs. I really liked the begginning and also the whole investigation, even though as I said in the summary, in this episode the crime wasn`t what I liked the most(bu it was one of the best). I liked, when Gibbs himself canceled his own rule "Always work as a team." and game his agents free handds to find profe, that theit theory was the right one. And as we all know, Tonys sense won this time...(well his "wife kills husband for money" theory wasn`t exactlky right, but the hit the person, who they were looking for:) )

    And off course, humour...great, scene at the doctor was great(It`s safe here Timmy:) )

    Well one of the best episodes, but even though, I can`t wait to see Chimera.

    P.S. Wil Tony really do what he said, and never give McGee a hard time again? We will see.moreless
  • Leap of Faith

    "I love you, McGee! I promise never to give you a hard time again!"

    Lol, nice episode of NCIS that started with an agent on top of a 10 story building threatening to commit suicide, and ended with a revelation about his wife that nobody saw coming (or probably did not see coming.)

    The episode saw some nice banter and exchanges between Tony and McGee, but saw very little of Ziva. Abby was featured heavily as it was rumored she had another job offer, but did anybody actually think she was leaving?

    And of course Gibbs going all Gibbs didn't need to be put in. You know you're gonna see that when you watch this show.moreless
  • A very interesting episode!

    To start off, I would like to say that the first scene was amazingly innovative and I thoroughly enjoyed that. I also loved the whole scene of Gibbs trying to get the man off the ledge, and that was quite suspenseful for me, which was terrific!

    I also thought that the addition of Nikki Jardine was an excellent idea, and she seems very interesting so far!

    I thought that this was the funniest episode in Season Five so far, but there is still a lot more to come.

    I also loved the last scene in the chase through the carpark, which was brilliantly done!

    I highly recommend this episode because it had all the features of a great episode and I thoroughly enjoyed it.moreless
  • Another good one

    This episode opens with 2 colleagues meeting in a hotel room on their lunch break. They then spot a man standing on a roof, getting ready to jump. When it is learned that he is a sailor NCIS are called in. They go up to try and talk him down. They manage to ID him. Just as he is about to come down, he is shot and killed. The team all looked shocked at what has just happened. The team learn that he and his wife were having a hard time and she had moved out of their home. They learn he was tracking down an AL-Qaeda operative in the country. They learn that the last phone he received was from inside of NCIS. Throughout the episode there are rumours that Abby will be leaving NCIS, for another job. They learn that he is a double agent. Abby and Ducky learns that he was poisoned through the solution used on his contact lenses. As the rumour swirl about Abby's job offer she tells them that she gets 3 or 4 offers a year but she won't leave. When Abby runs DNA from his wife they discover that she has a record and is the mole (wanted by Interpol). As the team go to arrest her, she has just left the building. Luckily they manage to arrest her, but before she made her great getaway.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

Titus Welliver

Titus Welliver

Navy Capt. Roger Walsh

Guest Star

Robin Thomas

Robin Thomas

Dr. Neil Fleming

Guest Star

Susan Kelechi Watson

Susan Kelechi Watson

NCIS Intel Analyst Nikki Jardine

Guest Star

Brian Dietzen

Brian Dietzen

Asst. M.E. Jimmy Palmer

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (11)

    • TRIVIA: At the beginning of the level where Tim gives Gibbs his iphone to take a picture of the sailor, and says to "point and click", Gibbs doesn't take a photo but actually just presses the iphone's button to get the the "slide to unlock" screen.

    • TRIVIA: This is the first episode where the 3 second teaser being shown at the beginning is NOT for for the end scene before the intro (like in past episodes). Now when the teaser is shown, it's for the scene after the intro leading into the first commercial break.

    • GOOF: When Gibbs arrives, the cop on the scene tells him that the guy on the roof is a sailor. However, there is no explanation how he knows this, and since he won't even tell Gibbs his name, chances are he wouldn't have told that information, either.

    • TRIVIA: Abby wouldn't wear contacts because she is squeamish about sticking her finger in her eye.

    • GOOF: When Abby reads the fortune cookie, she says: "Welcome an invitation to change your financial future." What is actually printed on it is this: "Welcome an invitation that will change your financial future."

    • TRIVIA: McGee has apparently developed a fear of heights which he did not display in season 4, episode "Once a Hero." In that episode, McGee is leaning over the 6th floor railing quite relaxed, looked down at Gibbs and the others.

    • GOOF: During the close-up shots of the team on the rooftop the first parked car in sight is a silver station wagon in parking space 5 or 6. But when Ducky sees them in the long-distance shot on TV there is a blue sedan parked in space 1 or 2 right next to the rooftop building. In the next (closer) shot the blue car is gone again.

    • TRIVIA: Gibbs cell phone number: +1 (202) 345-6905 (nice departure from the 555-xxxx fake phone numbers), as saw when he received a text message.

    • TRIVIA: McGee went to a psychiatrist once when he was younger.

    • Gibbs' Rule # 15: Always work as a team.

    • TRIVIA: Abby gets three or four job offers a year.

  • QUOTES (18)

    • (Dr. Fleming sees Tony and McGee scuffling in his waiting room.)
      Dr. Fleming: Hey, hey. You two have deeper issues than you discussed on the phone.
      Tony: On the phone?
      Dr. Fleming: Aren't you the couple that called up about marriage counseling?

    • (Jardine, Tony, McGee, and Ziva all argue loudly about who murdered Lt. Arnett)
      Gibbs: (whistles to get everyone's attention) Hey! Break up the dog pile! This is a murder investigation, and I am hearing alot of theories here and not much else. Get on it!

    • Gibbs: Arnett's computer?
      Abby: Scrubbed clean, like the day it was born in Taiwan.

    • (Abby walks into the deserted bull pen with evidence. She sits down at Gibbs desk and puts on his glasses, picks up his phone and says angrily)
      Abby: Special Agent Gibbs! (Abby takes off glasses as she realizes Gibbs is behind her) You're standing behind me aren't you?
      Gibbs: Yep. (Abby puts the phone down) You feeling secure about your job, are you Abbs?
      Abby: Umm, not so much anymore.

    • Tony: Colour back, now that you're on terra firma there, Probalicious?
      McGee: I would've done it!
      Tony: Only, ah, you didn't.
      Ziva: I think he's more afraid of heights then you are.
      Tony: Please, I rock climbed!
      Ziva: (laughing): Yeah, twenty feet, with a harness, to impress a girl.
      Tony: Well it worked.

    • Ziva: Good marriage needs good communication.

    • McGee: You've never been to a therapist before?
      Tony: Me? No. You?
      McGee: Yeah. Once when I was young.
      Tony: For your acrophobia?
      McGee: You're blowing that all outta proportion, Tony.
      Tony: Well, you showed a pathological fear of heights earlier today.
      McGee: I was staring down ten stories, being a little disoriented, it's a little understandable.
      Tony: Disoriented? You had your panties in a twist, tears in your eyes. Oh wait, I couldn't see your eyes, cause they were shut so tight. You were hysterical like a little girl.
      McGee: I was not.
      Tony: You were huggin the ladder. Ladder hugger. And I've got the photographic evidence.
      (Tony pulls out his phone, on which he had recorded McGee from earlier)
      Tony: Let technology show you the truth.
      McGee: My eyes are not closed. I was blinking.
      Tony: Oh. Oh is that what you're doing? Let's let the people decide.
      McGee: You're not gonna post that on YouTube.
      Tony: Might.
      McGee: You give me that thing or I'm gonna...
      (The two of them scuffle, as McGee tries to get the phone from Tony)

    • Tony: I can't believe Abby would think of leaving without saying anything.
      Ziva: Get over it, Tony!
      Tony: I mean I understand her not telling you, but me, I mean I've known her for a long time.

    • Tony: I love you McGee. I promise never to give you a hard time again.
      McGee: Yeah, right.

    • Jenny: I see McGee has your mad act down.
      Gibbs: Almost.

    • Ziva: (Nudges Tony) Down Tony.

    • Gibbs: Lieutenant Arnett's file? I could have gotten more from the Washington Post.

    • Ziva: But would you... (suggestively hand gestures)
      Tony: What, in a HazMat suit?

    • McGee: We're Special Agents Tony DiNozzo and Timothy McGee.
      Tony: Very Special Agents.

    • McGee: Couple? Us? No, no.
      Tony: It's okay, Timmy. Timmy, we're in a safe place. We can be ourselves here.

    • Tony: Here's another reason he'd want to end it all - rejuvenator. Arnett was losing his hair.

    • McGee: Oh that's a long way up.
      Tony: It's a long way down.

    • (After Abby yells at the team, they are in the elevator, and Abby shouts after them)
      Abby: DiNozzo get back in here!
      Tony: Anybody wanna come with me?
      (McGee pushes him forward)

  • NOTES (2)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Denmark: November 27, 2007 on TV3
      Germany: March 30, 2008 on SAT 1
      The Netherlands: April 9, 2008 on Veronica
      Sweden: April 13, 2008 on TV3
      Australia: April 22, 2008 on Ten
      United Kingdom: June 15, 2008 on FX UK
      Italy: September 28, 2008 on RAI 2
      Spain: October 24, 2008 on La Sexta
      The Middle East: November 19, 2008 on MBC action
      Hungary: December 22, 2008 on TV2
      Finland: April 28, 2009 on Nelonen
      Slovakia: July 30, 2009 on Markiza
      Czech Republic: February 1, 2010 on TV Nova

    • Mark Harmon and guest star Robin Thomas previously worked together on Chicago Hope and in Summer School.


    • Jardine not shaking hands and eventually bumping fists with Tony is an allusion to comedian Howie Mandel who has OCD and doesn't shake hands but bumps fists.