Season 2 Episode 4

Lt. Jane Doe

Aired Tuesday 8:00 PM Oct 19, 2004 on CBS
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Episode Summary

A body of a woman in a Navy uniform is found by two sailors. Ducky links the murder to an unsolved case 10 years ago, and starts behaving strangely. A serial murderer leaves a note on the body, promising to return.

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  • Ducky takes it personally

    A old case from Ducky's past seems to be returned when similar murder happens. Ducky has always had quite special way of dealing with dead people but this time it is even more out of the usual. That scene when the girl wakes up and tells him to give closer to her family. It's probably how Ducky sees his dead bodies on morgue.

    But also.. the way they met the murderer so early on the episode and she looked so sweet and innocent and you would expect anyone else but not her. That was quite a shock.. as McGee had stunning expression when he realized. Poor him..moreless
  • Go on, amaze me. Over and over and over and over...



    Don't you hate when in a wuddunnit is blatantly obvious who actually did it ?

    There are many ways to completely botch up this kind of plot. One of the most common of those, expecially when almost every thriller nowadays tries to be "clever" giving the audience the "big shock" of the "most unexpected", is to give in to a big temptation. "Let's make a friendly character the culprit!", the writer thinks. Sounds good on paper, but it is not so good in reality when said character is introduced so abruptly and gratuitously that the first thing an experienced viewer has to think is: "Ok, and what has this guy to do with the case?".

    Same things happens here; the identity of the killer is obvious from the first scene where appears, an overused cliche, not a genuine shock like, for instance, in the first episode of this season. And when the main plot device is so painfully obvious, all that is left for the viewer is counting the minutes towards the end... Well, not really and not necessarily. After all, when the mistery doesn't deliver, you can always enjoy the ride, watching the investigation unfold. Well, what can I say about that... I liked the first part, when the coroner character got to show a more serious, intense side of his personality. Almost every other thing about the sleuthing process, gotta "love" how those big forensics geniuses managed to botch completely their case, failing to analyze correctly sperm and/or being completely unaware of the basic background of suspects...a plot device that Agatha Christie (over)used, justa bit unlikely nowadays.

    And as for the humour, which seems to play such a big part in this series' success... Well, I laughed out loud at the "CSI" jab: nice and clever, good writing!

    Whiiiiich I'm not sure I can say of the gazillion o' slapstick comedy this episode was filled of. Jeez.

    In short: didn't like the plot at all, and the execution in general wasn't my cup of tea. Most important, I hate when in a movie/book/episode they make the "do-not-pay-attention-to-me-I-am-no-suspect-no-really" person the bad guy. It's the king of cliches, the thing that cementes the idea that every single bit of casual information featured is obviously part of a case's solution. It's third rate writing, really. This is not the only episode of this series that pulls this stunt on the viewer (duh, just watch the NEXT episode to see this lame trick exploited once again!), but this installment seemed very poor to me, much worse than other efforts seen right on this season.moreless
  • Very interesting old murder which has Ducky all hot and bothered.

    Very interesting case, an old murder and a personal case for Ducky.

    Clarkson is very impressive, makes you wonder about her training – it's very rare to find a non-cop who is that thorough and careful. Gibbs was unreasonable. She's enthusiastic and Abby as just rude, jealousy's not a good look on her.

    It was a perfect crime and what revealed the truth was something Clarkson never could have anticipated – the original killer died before Santos was killed. That's just very bad luck.

    David Marciano – The only time I've seen him since 'Due South'. Such a shame, always loved him, I'm still sentimentally attached to him.

    Wonderful episode.moreless
  • An interesting case!

    This episode provided a few different elements to the show, while also providing us with a great case.

    I enjoyed seeing a different side to Ducky, and this episode gave us a further insight into his personality.

    The case was a thoroughly interesting one, and it was also rather different to the things that we have seen prior to this.

    Another great element for me was the fact that the ending was rather unpredictable. I personally did not see it coming, and that helped turn the episode into a really memorable one for me.

    This episode was very well constructed and I think it is very enjoyable. I recommend it as the second best episode from this season, so far.moreless
  • Very interesting case.

    A pretty emotional episode, and really shows what a great actor David McCallum, who plays Ducky on the show, actually is. This was in my eyes a very good episode, and wow I did not see that ending happening. The end really came as a shock to me, though I'm still not actually sure why she did it. I mean Gibbs said that she rejected her, but there was never really a response to that. So even though I think Gibbs was right, I am not completely sure.

    Love McGee in this episode, but then again I always love McGee. I think that he really showed that he is an important member of this team.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

Sean Murray (I)

Sean Murray (I)

Special Agent Tim McGee

David McCallum

David McCallum

Chief M.E. Ducky Mallard

Chris Heuisler

Chris Heuisler

Navy Seaman Joe Wilkins

Guest Star

Don Jeffcoat

Don Jeffcoat

Navy Seaman Tom Jennings

Guest Star

Kent Faulcon

Kent Faulcon

Cmdr. Reynolds

Guest Star

Brian Dietzen

Brian Dietzen

Asst. M.E. Jimmy Palmer

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (7)

    • GOOF: When we first see Ducky working on Jane Doe on the table, there is a metal clamp attached to the right side of her chest, but when Ducky says "You're back, aren't you?" the camera goes to a wide shot with the clamp no longer there.

    • GOOF: When the team arrived on the scene, the officer on duty informed them that the sailors who found the body had just come back from deployment on the USS George Washington. Later, Kate told Gibbs that their person of interest was a chief on the the same ship as the sailors who discovered the body & she said it was the USS Abraham Lincoln. Both are Nimitz class carriers (CVN) and both are named after presidents but the USS Abraham Lincoln was based on the West Coast at that time, plus they'd already established that the sailors were from the USS George Washington.

    • TRIVIA: This is one of the only episodes of NCIS in which you can hear the voice on the other end of Gibbs' telephone call - in this case the call being from Dispatch informing him of a body.

    • TRIVIA: The latest Jane Doe is described as having been raped and murdered. Yet the only indication of any sexual activity is the presence of sperm. An autopsy would have shown that there was no enforced sex, so the insertion of sperm should have been obvious - or at least suggested consensual sex.

    • TRIVIA: When the bartender is looking at the picture and thinks the dead woman is meditating because her eyes are shut, that would make some kind of sense. Except that the photo also clearly shows the Y incision from the autopsy, and there's no way he wouldn't have noticed that, however stoned he was.

    • TRIVIA: This is the first episode with the black and white 3 second teasers when first returns from commercial breaks that shows the last 3 second of the segment.

    • GOOF: Clever plot, one question, semen recovered from one body and stored for 10 years, then stolen and inserted in another, wouldn't it be pretty obvious that the sperm was pretty damaged after so long? They weren't cryogenically stored, they were refrigerated, the sperm would be long dead.

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  • NOTES (1)

    • Original International Airdates:
      Croatia: September 22, 2005 on NOVA TV
      Finland: March 3, 2007 on Nelonen
      France: September 09, 2005 on M6
      Germany: September 22, 2005 on SAT.1
      Sweden: May 28, 2005 on TV3
      Denmark: November 2, 2004 on TV3
      Estonia: February 6, 2009 on TV3


    • Abby (to McGee fixing the computer): Trust me Mr. Goodwrench, I'm smiling.
      Giibs (to McGee): Special Agent Goodwrench.

      Mr. Goodwrench is a fictional character for the business Goodwrench which their profession is fixing cars.