Season 5 Episode 9

Lost & Found

Aired Tuesday 8:00 PM Nov 20, 2007 on CBS
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Episode Summary

The NCIS team has to babysit a 9-year-old son of a missing man, a survivalist who is somehow connected to a cold case murder. The investigation leads the team into the wilderness, where they discover a shocking truth about the man's past.

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  • Lost And Found

    Great episode. Just a terrific storyline... oh, and loved those moments that made me smile:)
  • An average episode, seemingly written to continue the "Gibbs as a family man" storyline the writers have been pursuing this season.

    While last season was the "Season of Secrets!", this season seems to be the "Season of Gibbs as a Daddy". The majority of EPs, at least recently, seem to revolve around this theme, somewhat to the detriment of the show.

    And in this case, this episode it was a real snorer. I didn't hate the kid actor, but he wasn't instantly likable either. The whole Mini-Tony thing seemed forced, and until Abby or some other character mentioned it, I didn't recognize the Mini-Tony angle. The scene with Tony and Ziva in the kids bedroom wasn't obvious to me either - when Ziva kept saying "What/who does this room remind you of?", I was as clueless about it as Tony. The (one) movie poster on the wall and the skin mags under the mattress could be like 80% to 90% of the boys in the America's bedrooms - why was that so obviously Tony? And while I like Mark Harmon as an actor, there was no "ooh!" moment when he had one-on-one scenes with the kid. The scenes with the kid asking to see Abby's tats wasn't cute, it was kind of creepy.

    A couple of other notes, there's a scene where Jenny is looking at an article in Stars and Stripes that says Col. Mann has taken a job in Hawaii, which I guess means her romance with Gibbs is over. Plus, some of the fan sites said the producers decided to end the Mann/Gibbs romance storyline, but I didn't read anything about them deciding to have him resume it with Jenny. I'm not a Jenny-hater like some others, but I really don't think that's a good storyline, and it seemed in this EP like Jenny was trying to rekindle something with Gibbs. Also, there was no mention of Tim's new wild girlfriend from last week, so I guess we have to wait and see if that was a one-EP throw-away to advance the Tim/Abby relationship, or an ongoing storyline.moreless
  • great episode

    Probie takes a boyscout troop to the NCIS forensics lab for a field trip. Abby demonstrates to the young scouts what their finger printing machine does and how cool it is to catch criminals with it. When Abby scans the prints of one scout, it brings in a hit, their database shows that the scout is a missing person. NCIS keeps the boy scout for awhile before they sort out what's going on with the missing record. This is an action pack episode. It's a really exciting story. The writers came up with a really cool episode. I really enjoyed every minute of it.moreless
  • unusal but great

    This episode was one of my favourite episodes of season 5, it was unique and it was nice to see the chemistry between the team and how they are with children, i saw many different sides to the team which have not been shown/ been shown very little in the past, particually Jenny, i thought she was unusally nice in this episode whereas in other episodes she is very bossy. I was also funny when Tony and Ziva walked into the boys room because he was a mini Dinozzo, i was lovely to see a lot of character development again.moreless
  • You can add this to the list of my favorites!

    In another incredible episode, this one has a very unusual, though incredible start to it and from that point on, it was extremely interesting.

    Also, I thought that the child who knew more about movies than DiNozzo was hilarious, and yet another great concept introduced by the writers.

    I am a big fan of the episodes where the team babysits a child, including "See No Evil" and "Honor Code", and I felt that this was right up there with them.

    The episode wasn't too funny, but I overlooked that, because the case, in my opinion, was sensational.

    I would recommend this episode extremely highly, and it is one of the best I have seen!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

Dominic Scott Kay

Dominic Scott Kay

Carson Taylor

Guest Star

Chris William Martin

Chris William Martin

Brian Matthews/Taylor

Guest Star

Karis Campbell

Karis Campbell

Navy Lt. Elaine Taylor

Guest Star

Brian Dietzen

Brian Dietzen

Asst. M.E. Jimmy Palmer

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (5)

    • TRIVIA: When Gibbs and McGee are questioning Lt. Taylor, she mentions that she stumbled into some poison ivy, whilst in the woods, at which point, McGee looks away and scratches his face. He has been allergic to poison ivy since the second season.

    • TRIVIA: According to the newspaper Jenny is reading ("Stars and Stripes", a US Armed Forces newspaper), Lt. Col. Hollis Mann retired on November 18 and will relocate to Lanai in the Hawaiian Islands. Additionally, when she closes the paper when Gibbs walks in, it seems to be a different publication altogether, but then changes back again in the next shot.

    • TRIVIA: The Magnum P.I. bed and the scene of the original Battlestar Galactica playing on the laptop are both shows that Donald P. Bellisario directed and wrote for.

    • TRIVIA: The writing staff may have been trying to create a fictitious youth organization for the episode when they came up with the name "Youth Rangers", but in fact there exists a national youth organization by that name, only in the United Kingdom.

    • TRIVIA: On the GPS McGee is holding you can read "Valencia, CA" and "No Service". Probably indicating the last position where the GPS was used before shooting the scene.

  • QUOTES (24)

  • NOTES (1)

    • Original International Airdates:
      Denmark: February 5, 2008 on TV3
      Germany: April 27, 2008 on SAT 1
      The Netherlands: May 7, 2008 on Veronica
      Sweden: May 11, 2008 on TV3
      Australia: May 20, 2008 on Ten
      United Kingdom: July 13, 2008 on FX UK
      Italy: October 19, 2008 on RAI 2
      Spain: November 14, 2008 on La Sexta
      Hungary: February 23, 2009 on TV2
      Slovakia: August 27, 2009 on Markiza
      Finland: October 27, 2009 on Nelonen
      Czech Republic: March 1, 2010 on TV Nova

  • ALLUSIONS (10)

    • At the end of the episode Tony says "You mess with the bull you get the horns."

      This is from the movie The Breakfast Club, directed by John Hughes. This line is a direct quote spoken by Paul Gleason's character Principal Vernon.

    • Shrek, from 2001, is an animated movie. It's a fairy tale in which an ogre seeks to regain his swamp.

    • Gladiator, from 2000, is a movie starring Russell Crowe as Maximus a Roman General who comes to seek revenge for the murder of his family.

    • Magnum, P.I., airing from 1980 to 1988, is a television series about a Private Investigator Thomas Magnum played by Tom Selleck, and created by Donald P. Bellisario.

    • Zero Hour!, from 1957, is a movie about a routine flight that turns into a major emergency as passengers and crew succumb to food poisoning, starring Dana Andrews and Linda Darnell.

    • Lifetime Television is an American cable network devoted toward women or feature women in lead roles. The network is owned by The Walt Disney Company and Hearst Corporation.

    • The Deep End of the Ocean, from 1999, is a movie about a family where the youngest son, Ben, was kidnapped and found 9 years later. Michelle Pfeiffer stars as Beth Cappadora, the missing boy's mother.

    • Back to the Future, from 1985, is a movie about Marty McFly, who accidentally uses a time machine developed by Doc Brown to travel back to 1955 and finds himself needing that era's Doc Brown to get back to 1985.

    • Battlestar Galactica, from 1978, plays when Carson is waiting in NCIS, watching the original Battlestar Galactica on his DVD player.

    • "All roads the father."

      This quote is a take off of the old saying, "All roads lead to Rome" which was literally true back in the time when Rome's Empire was at its strongest. All of the Roman roads somehow lead back to the city.