NCIS

Season 7 Episode 14

Masquerade

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Aired Tuesday 8:00 PM Feb 02, 2010 on CBS
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The NCIS team has to thwart an attempt by a group of terrorists to detonate a bomb before it's too late.

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  • Finally some mention of Somalia!

    9.0
    The episode was pretty good. I especially like the fact that someone besides Ducky finally asked Ziva about what happened in Somalia. While she didn't answer the question, She did allow Tony to see how she felt about what happened , if only briefly. I still think GG blew it by not exploring what happened to Ziva in Somalia and by having her be so normal afterward (PTSD would have been more realistic).moreless
  • the lawyer is kick-ass

    10
    this episode was pretty rocking, i love the plot and i was really glad to see Alice in it again watching her and Gibbs deck it out is AWESOME! This episode had comedy, action and of course mystery and it ruled.



    The ending kiss was a huge shock I didn't think it was going to turn into a relationship between them, but then again bang two rocks together and you're bound to get a spark.moreless
  • A mediocre episode which does nothing special and has a confusing, lazy plot.

    5.0
    It's funny that my first review of an NCIS episode should be a negative one, as I generally really like the show. I'm writing this review because, in what I believe is an overall decent season, this episode stood out. In a bad way.



    Let me begin by saying that the plot was mediocre at best. It was difficult to follow and leaves a few holes, too. So first there are these two guys, brothers, who are involved in... what actually? Oh, yeah, his car exploded. But he wasn't really in the car because... I don't know, but the car was being driven by a guy whose goal was... I don't know that one either. And I guess that one guy recorded some video's for... someone, an intelligence contractor or something? And he was tricked by... who, the contractors employees who we never see? That's only briefly explained. But they were somehow in danger? From what or who? And why should I care? It didn't help that the two of them had maybe a total of 30 seconds of screen-time.



    So then about the intelligence contractor. He's on-screen for maybe 10 seconds total. He's a guy who supplied false intel about a fake terrorist group to get the city to panic and the senate to vote for a bill or something. It all seems a bit far-fetched. It doesn't help that I never once felt worried about the bomb threat. It was a bomb thread to a city. An anonymous, faceless city. There were never any specific people in danger that I should care about. There was no emotional involvement and therefor no tension or drama. The threat never felt real. Who even made the bomb? The contractor guy himself? Or his employees (again: who we never see)? But it was a fairly amateuristic bomb, wasn't it? It didn't even go off. So am I now expected to believe that an intelligence contractor for the US government cannot successfully produce one simple bomb from somewhere? Did you see the bomb at the end? It looked rather simple to me. And why the hell go through all the trouble of sending some guy around the city to raid dentist's offices for radioactive material (ah, so THAT's what that guy was doing!)? Wasn't the intention just to scare people? Wasn't a 'regular' bomb up to the task? I guess the only reason it was radioactive was so that McGee could find it with his Geiger-counter. What, did a kindergartner write this episode?



    Overall the plot felt very uninspired and weak. The twist ending was as predictable as it was lazy. Cherry on the bad-writing-pie was the dentist guy who out of nowhere committed suicide and was somehow being shoehorned in there to take the fall for the whole thing, or something? Why? How? The whole thing literally made no sense.



    There was, however, one redeeming element in this whole mess of an episode: Margaret Allison Hart. I personally hate Ms. Hart's guts, and therefor like having her on the show. She's makes a good antagonist to Gibbs and someone for the audience to get worked up over. And then comes the final scene in this episode and it throws the whole thing overboard. The writers had a good, interesting, mysterious regular character to work with but in their over-excitement they dove right off the deep end by making her a potential love interest for Gibbs. The only thing I'm going to say here is that the last scene in this episode was a stupid mistake and felt completely out of character for both parties. It also made me yell at the screen in shock/anger, something I've never done before.moreless
  • Lacked the quality to deserve a ten. but there were some positive aspects.

    9.0
    I foud this episode to have a really great start, and that car scene on the TV was an awesome idea. The first scene after the episode titles was also awesome, in which McGee is at a virtual wedding, lol!



    It certainly was an episode that was relativelt funny and I enjoyed that aspect of it, but the case was below par, in my opinion, and that disappointed me.



    I did, however, enjoy having Margaret Allison Hart back, as I am enjoying that character quite a lot. However, she wasn't as awesome as last time.



    Overall, an excellent episode if you look at the humour aspect, but in terms of the case, you won't be missing much if you decide not to watch this episode.moreless
  • The pop corn! I burned the first batch but...

    8.5
    radioactive materials are the best toys around if you're a terrorist with a soft spot for fireworks. Or a manager willing to do anything to earn government funds. Team Gibbs is on the look out for a dirty bomb in the DC area, a task furtherly complicated by a lawyer who seems to awlways be around when Gibss is investigating. But in the end, no matter who your opponent is, the biggest fear is fear itself.

    Nice episode, one of those who manages to surprise you; with many good moments between the characters and a good balance of serious and lighthearted moments.

    and while you're watching this, make sure Ziva doesn't take care of the pop corn...moreless
Michael Weatherly

Michael Weatherly

Special Agent Tony DiNozzo

Sean Murray (I)

Sean Murray (I)

Special Agent Tim McGee

David McCallum

David McCallum

Chief M.E. Ducky Mallard

Cote de Pablo

Cote de Pablo

Special Agent Ziva David

Rocky Carroll

Rocky Carroll

Director Leon Vance

Mark Harmon

Mark Harmon

Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs

John Getz

John Getz

Walter Kane

Guest Star

Brad Greenquist

Brad Greenquist

Dr. Damon Shore

Guest Star

Jeremy Ray Valdez

Jeremy Ray Valdez

Alfonso Vega

Guest Star

Brian Dietzen

Brian Dietzen

Asst. M.E. Jimmy Palmer

Recurring Role

Rena Sofer

Rena Sofer

Margaret Allison Hart

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (1)

    • GOOF: When Gibbs is at the crime scene at the beginning of the episode half the shots show him with the evidence markers draped over his injured arm and half with them attached to his waist but it changes with every camera angle.

  • QUOTES (12)

    • (Gibbs and McGee go searching for the bomb at the bus station)
      Tony: Don't make me say it, McGee.
      McGee: I'll be careful, Tony.

    • Vance: Well, I guess we've got better nerds!

    • Tony: (looking at a photo of LCpl Vega's gorgeous girlfriend) There's no way he's our guy- not a suicide bomber in the world who'd have a girlfriend looks like that. (Gibbs gives him a look) Unless, you know, your gut says otherwise.

    • Tony: Why do I get a funny feeling Gibbs planned on using this guy as bait from the beginning?
      Ziva: Because he is Gibbs.
      (Ziva gets out of their car)
      Tony: Well, I sure hope I'm not around when Miss Hart finds out he used her client as bait. (he thinks about it) Or maybe I do...

    • Tony: (freaking out about the radiation exposure) This isn't about me! It's about my little DiNozzo makers! They've been nuked!
      McGee: I know!
      Tony: Do you? I mean, sure, Tim, your kids are going to be smart. Mine had a shot at being really beautiful!

    • (Dr. Shore is looking at a picture of Cook)
      Dr. Shore: Oh yes, I remember him. A walk in. Showed up, wanted his teeth cleaned, then he left.
      McGee: Did you notice anything unusual?
      Dr. Shore: Only that he had about the most perfect teeth I'd ever seen.
      Ziva: We heard from the last two dentists we've visited.
      Dr. Shore: Yeah, well...working on him was almost orgasmic.
      McGee: Didn't really need to hear that.
      Dr. Shore: His retro molar pad was shaped just like a renaissance's bosom.
      McGee: Okay uh, we're gonna go.

    • (McGee and Abby walk into the lab)
      Abby: It's definitely the dirty kind. I found traces of cobalt-60 on all the evidence Tony and Ziva brought in.
      (McGee looks at her yellow hazmat suit she's wearing)
      McGee: Is it safe?
      Abby: Oh! Yeah, totally. This was just way too cool to take off. And I like the sound it makes when I move.
      (Abby starts to do the robot)

    • Gibbs: DiNozzo, take Ziva and check out that warehouse.
      Tony (grabbing Ziva): Taking Ziva. Checking out that warehouse.
      (Ms. Hart comes down the hallway)
      Ms. Hart (to Gibbs): Well, I'm sure you're feeling pretty satisfied.
      (McGee looks at Gibbs than Ms. Hart)
      McGee (awkwardly): I am... going to go get a haircut.
      (McGee leaves)

    • Abby: Okay, so there are only two things on the laptop: an encrypted video file and solitaire. I guess terrorists get bored too.

    • Tony: Things aren't so black and white when the walls are all splattered with red, are they?
      Ziva: Or when your way of life is threatened?
      Tony: Exactly. Wait a second - are you mocking me?
      Ziva: No, Tony, I was not mocking you. It's just that... when I was held hostage in Somalia Saleem used similar justifications for his actions.
      Tony: Saleem. Caf-Pow-swallowing sociopath was a terrorist, Ziva.
      Ziva: I am sure he would say he was just protecting his way of life.
      Tony: You're not seriously defending him, are you?
      Ziva: No, Tony. His actions were indefensible regardless of his reasons. That is my point. This country holds itself to a higher standard, it is a nation of laws which are to be followed not only when it is convenient or easy. I have seen first-hand what happens when convenience wins out.
      Tony: You never talk about it.
      Ziva: What is there to talk about?
      Tony: Come on, Ziva.
      Ziva: (after a long pause) What Saleem did was bad enough, becoming like him would be worse.

    • Ziva: What do you think Corporal Vega was doing in an empty warehouse?
      Tony: I don't know. Why don't you pick the lock and find out?
      Ziva: We do not have a warrant!
      Tony: This building is foreclosed, which means it's owned by the banks and since the people own the banks I think technically we own the building.
      Ziva: (stunned and speechless) Wow. I am sure our lawyer friend would not agree.

    • Ziva: Acetone hydroxide.
      Tony: Bless you.
      Ziva: It is an explosive, Tony.

  • NOTES (1)

    • Original International Airdates:
      Canada: February 2, 2010 on Global
      Australia: March 23, 2010 on Channel Ten
      Sweden: April 6, 2010 on TV3
      Germany: May 30, 2010 on SAT 1
      Spain: June 4, 2010 on LaSexta
      Slovakia: August 26, 2010 on Markiza
      Norway: September 21, 2010 on TV3
      Finland: December 14, 2010 on Nelonen
      Czech Republic: February 28, 2011 on TV Nova

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

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