Season 1 Episode 10

Left for Dead

Aired Tuesday 8:00 PM Jan 06, 2004 on CBS
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Episode Summary

After being buried alive, a woman comes out of the grave with amnesia and the only thing she remembers is that there is a bomb aboard a Navy ship. While trying to help Jane Doe recover her identity, the team finds out that not everything is what it seemed at first.moreless

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  • Interesting, but Kate was annoying.

    Yeah I have to agree with others about the Amnesia.. l don't feel it was done well. Personally am not an expert on it but it just wasn't convincing. She remembered things conveniently, and the whole bomb thing at the start.

    I actually felt sorry for DiNozzo.. Why everyone was completely against him staying the night, and it's hardly his fault that the boiler blew up. Some friends. Especially since Gibbs does sleep in his basement mostly. Ducky lives in basically a mansion (but I suppose - his mother). Kate definitely not, I think she'd just make him feel like worse of a person. But naturally Kate lets a complete stranger with ties to bombs stay, but won't even be nice to Tony. I am glad Gibbs gives in eventually though.

    Kate's automatic 'sister bond' with her was a bit annoying. I suppose it may be realistic, she felt very sorry for her. But how much worse she got throughout the entire episode was annoying. And before they had even spoken "the look in her eyes". And when Tony says things, Kate defending her with death stares and saying "she's not the type" - you don't even know her type! She's a horrible profiler. If she's so sure of her innocence from 'the look of her' and kate just KNOWS. Then the moment Suzanne remembers she's a murderer, Kate should be able to tell right. Then she becomes a double murderer and suicide bomber.

    Ahh the two MEs, and Ducky b*tch talking with Digger. That was funny.

    She's a psychopath, and that explosion was so big it should've done more damage to them. The flames reached them.moreless
  • One of my all-time favourite episodes!

    The two teams - Gibbs, Tony, Ducky, and Abby on one side, and Kate on the other side - gave this episode a JAG-feeling. From a todays' point of view it proved that they don't need a female field agent at all. But I liked Kate a lot in this episode because her interactions with Suzzanne were great. It was a fine counterbalance to Gibbs and Tony who were amazing as a team, real father-and-son-stuff. I love the final scene when Gibbs tells Tony that his door was unlocked. Hilarious scene when they met Ducky at the place where Suzzanne was buried, and sent Ducky to search for a body he could work with.

    As a native speaker the German parts were hilarious, too. (Probably as funny as my reviews in English might be to a native speaker. :D) As it is mentioned in the trivia there were some mistakes in the translation and in the spelling because none of the actors who supposed to be Germans were native speakers.

    A strange bit was that Tony was wearing glasses from JAG onwards now and then but clearly never needed them - and now he was the one who spotted "The Apartment" on the key. Sometimes the writers really messed up their storylines, and the characters' backgrounds. But never mind in this case.moreless
  • Good unusual episode. "No one dumps me, Stephen."

    Good unusual episode. "No one dumps me, Stephen."

    This was like many other NCIS episodes in that what looks to be a major foreign intrigue or secrets-selling case turns out to be a mere personal domestic issue. The episode is unusual in that there was nothing NCIS could have done that would have changed the outcome of the case. Still it was fun to see the imaginative mystery unfold. Lots of viewers criticize Kate for being taken in by the "amnesiac," but how could Kate know she was crazy?

    For those who missed some details (**spoilers**): an employee (Fenn) has an affair with her married boss. Fenn insists on the boss divorcing his wife and marrying her. But he has his subordinate fire Fenn and give her 6 months severance pay. Crazy Fenn kills the subordinate, and then attacks the boss, who fends her off, accidentally knocking her unconscious. Thinking her dead, he quickly buries her. Later she comes to, with amnesia. Kate looks after/befriends Fenn, who slowly regains her memory, and then kills the boss!

    One good part was Tony waking Gibbs with the news that began the case and then pestering his teammates to allow him to stay at their place for a month while his apartment could be repaired.moreless
  • A woman climbs out of shallow grave with no memories of who she is or why she got there. Bit of a strange episode all round.

    I don't hate this episode, but it's not amongst my all time favourites. There are going to be some SPOILERS in here by the way.

    Sherilyn Fenn does quite a good job as the amnesiac and Sasha Alexander as always does a great job as the team member who befriends her, only to be ultimately betrayed.

    My problem is really with the story, because you follow it along, but it's not quite clear to what extent the amnesia is real and not. She keeps having flashbacks to events that fill in what appear to be blanks, but then at the end, she seems to know exactly what she's doing. If she were really an amnesiac then even filling in the blanks would hardly lead to the terrible act at the end, especially as it revolved only around a love triangle. Plus she has the bomb in her hand seemingly before she gets the full flashbacks about her lover's refusal to leave his wife.

    It's an interesting episode and it's good to see Kate going through a range of emotions as she befriends Jane Doe then suddenly realises towards the end, she's not the innocent she thought she was.

    Just somehow unsatisfying despite everything.moreless
  • terrible episode...

    Wow, where to start. I hated this episode. A lady is buried alive and eventually gets out but has amnesia. Kate grows attached to her and tries to help her. In the end, the girl blows herself up. It was so pointless. Granted, it had a little bit of character development with Kate, but other than that, it was so boreing. Overall, I think it was pointless. The episode was predictable and had a lot of talking and more talking...and it was just boreing. Honestly, I will never watch it again and I am ashamed to classify this as an NCIS episode.moreless
Mark Harmon

Mark Harmon

Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs

Sasha Alexander

Sasha Alexander

Special Agent Kate Todd

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

Asante Jones

Asante Jones

Detective Andy Kochifis

Guest Star

Derek de Lint

Derek de Lint

Dr. Stephen Brauer

Guest Star

Phil Abrams

Phil Abrams

Hotel Manager

Guest Star

Pancho Demmings

Pancho Demmings

Asst. M.E. Gerald Jackson

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (5)

    • GOOF: When discussing what type of naval vessel the bomb was planted on, Ms. McNeil rules out carriers and subs, so Kate says it must be a cruiser or destroyer. But there is another class of ship in the navy called a frigate which should be considered. As a smaller vessel it might not be as juicy a target as a cruiser, but cannot be ruled out as a potential objective for a terrorist attack.

    • GOOF: The key that Gibbs found, contains the words 'The Apartment'. Why didn't Abby notice that when she was researching the key earlier? If Tony can see it, she certainly should have seen it with her equipment.

    • TRIVIA: Although the character of 'Dr. Stephen Bauer' is supposed to be German the actor who portrays him speaks German with a strong Dutch accent.

    • TRIVIA: The German translation of explosive maker Suzzanna McNeil uses makes no sense: In "explosiver Hersteller" explosiver translates to the adjective explosive. The correct translation would be "Sprengstoff Hersteller".

    • TRIVIA: When Tony recites the contents of the liquor cabinet at The Jackson Hotel, he imitates Sean Connery for the first time when saying Bombay Sapphire.

  • QUOTES (20)

    • Tony: You remember when I stayed with you that time, when it didn't really go so well?
      Gibbs: Yeah. I remember, DiNozzo.
      Tony: Well, listen. I was younger then. Immature, a little unfocused...
      Gibbs: It was six months ago, Tony.

    • Tony: Did you get contact lenses?
      Gibbs: Nope. (on the phone) Can I talk to your manager please?
      Tony: Laser surgery?
      Gibbs: No, DiNozzo, put a sock in it!

    • Tony: We gotta do something boss.
      Gibbs: You ever been wrong Tony?
      Tony: According to you or me?
      Gibbs: You.
      Tony: Yeah.
      Gibbs: Did anyone make you feel better?
      Tony: No.

    • Tony: Kate willing to give her spare bedroom to Jane Doe but not me.
      Abby: Shocking.

    • Abby: The numbers are invisible to the naked eye.
      Tony: (looking smug) Not mine.

    • Ducky: I don't have a body.
      Gibbs: Well go find one Ducky.
      Ducky: Here?
      Gibbs: Sure. How many times have we had multiple victims?

    • Abby: Like when photocopiers first came out people were copying everything from C-notes to their butts.
      Tony: You sat your naked butt on a photocopier didn't you Abby?
      Abby: Yep.

    • Tony: She woke up taking a dirt nap in Rock Creek Park and did a Dracula.
      Detective: Oh. That's a new one.

    • Detective: What. I did it once, I'm a whore?
      Gibbs: A courtesan, maybe. (they both laugh)

    • Tony: What is it with Germans and the alphabet thing? BMW, BMG, BASF, and they're all B's.
      Gibbs: I'm resisting the urge to say cut the B.S.

    • Tony: Give me a few minutes with this girl. (Gibbs hits him over the head.)

    • Gibbs: No you will not put her picture on TV.
      Kate: (on phone, we can't see her) I really think...
      Gibbs: (interrupts) I want whoever did this to think she's still dead.
      Kate: You didn't see her eyes.
      Gibbs: No Kate, no.
      Kate: But listen.
      Gibbs: Our priority is finding the bomb.
      Kate: Right but... (Gibbs hangs up)
      Gibbs: She's bonded.
      Tony: Kate and Jane Doe?
      Gibbs: Oh yeah. She hasn't even questioned her yet. (imitates Kate) 'Her eyes they just pleaded her help.'
      Tony: Love that look in a woman.
      Ducky: (coming up to them) I couldn't find a body.
      Tony: Sorry.

    • Gibbs: I've got a couple of ideas.
      Kate: Well, wanna share? (Gibbs hangs up the phone) I guess not.

    • Tony: And kinda sexy too.
      Mr Brauer: I think you find all women that way Agent DiNozzo.
      Tony: Oh come on you gotta admit she's pretty sexy.

    • Kate: That would shake me up.
      Doctor: It's one of our oldest fears, next to being eaten by a wild animal.
      Kate: Hadn't considered that one.
      Doctor: Well perhaps not consciously. (starts rambling about primedial fears)
      Kate: (interrupts) Are you by any chance related to a Doctor Mallard?
      Doctor: Mallard. No, I don't think so.
      Kate: Just wondering.

    • Abby: So I suppose you want me to find out what chastity belt this opens.
      Gibbs: Do I look like DiNozzo?
      Tony: Not funny, boss. Besides, I could open a chastity belt.
      Abby: Have you ever seen one? Mine's awesome. It's 18th century French.
      Tony: You have a chastity belt? (Abby smiles at Tony)
      Gibbs: So much more information than I need to know about, Abby.

    • Gibbs: Whatdya got DiNozzo?
      Tony: Motorists picked up a Jane Doe in Rock Creek Park. Claimed she dug herself out of a grave. No I.D. and guess what?
      Gibbs: She can't remember her name.
      Tony: Yeah, how'd you know that?
      Gibbs: Well, uh, she's alive and you're calling her Jane Doe. What was my first clue?
      Tony: Oh yeah, you're right.
      Gibbs: Well it's also obvious seeing that she has no I.D. so she was probably wearing her uniform.
      Tony: Ahaha! She wasn't. So why did the cops call NCIS? Tell me that. (Gibbs stays silent) She told 'em there was a bomb on the Navy ship.

    • Ducky: Do you know why graves are six feet deep Gibbs?
      Gibbs: I do.
      Ducky: Six feet is the minimum depth... (starts rambling.)
      Gibbs: Duck, I said I do.

    • Tony: So Jane Doe uses low carb sweetener, wears polyester, puts her own anti-freeze in her car, and has a heart condition.
      Abby: Or she's mixing up a brew to go boom big time. All these chemicals are used in high grade explosives.

    • Tony: How'd she know where her office was?
      Kate: It's called directory, Tony.

  • NOTES (3)

    • TRIVIA: The ship on display in Stephen Brauer's office is the USS Bulkeley (DDG-84) a Burke class destroyer.

    • Original International Airdates:
      Croatia: August 12, 2005 on NOVA TV
      Finland: November 4, 2006 on Nelonen
      France: June 06, 2004 on M6
      Germany: May 26, 2005 on SAT.1
      Hungary: December 19, 2005 on TV 2
      Sweden: August 22, 2004 on TV3
      Denmark: January 13, 2004 on TV3

    • Featured Music:
      "Rivet Head" performed by TL5.


    • Gibbs: You ever see that Jack Lemmon movie The Apartment?

      Gibbs and the victim have obviously both seen this movie, since the plot here echoes that of the old film.

    • Tony: 20/10, same as Ted Williams. He could see the seams on a fastball coming at him.

      Ted Williams was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1966. His accomplishments include a .406 season in 1941, two Triple Crowns, two MVPs, six American League batting championships, 521 home runs, a lifetime average of .344, 17 All-Star Game selections, and universal reverence.