Season 1 Episode 8

Minimum Security

Aired Tuesday 8:00 PM Nov 25, 2003 on CBS
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Episode Summary

The NCIS team head to Cuba to investigate a Navy translator's connection to smuggling at a detention center after he suddenly dies at the wheel of his car when returning to the U.S. from Guantanamo Bay.

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  • Not a terrible episode.

    Oh look once again at the start of the episode Kate is back to being rude and condescending. Tony asks a legit question in my mind. Biker DOES include both Cyclists and Motorcyclists. Yes maybe he could've taken a guess, but in my mind I'd rather people ask questions than make assumptions.

    Abby is once again cute here. And people are right, when he bumped into gibbs nothing spilt, you can see nothing on his shirt Yet Gibbs says he spilt it and Tony looks guilty.

    Tony's excitement about the plane! Aw. I'd probably be the same ha.

    Why were Kate and Gibbs judging Tony for being scared of the iguana (even they kept their gun pointed at him for a while). If I woke up with anything on a pillow next to my bed, I'd freak out when I just woke up. And sleeping naked is actually healthy for your body anyway soo. I don't get how it got in though? They said that's why you close the doors.. but his door was closed, and the window. Oh Kate winks at him, so she is allowed to objectify and tease him but he's not allowed to do it to her.. Figures.

    I strongly dislike Paula, especially in this episode. Later episodes she's less annoying and arrogant. I mean she's smart to be worried at their arrival I guess. But I disliked how she was playing Tony. Especially when we knew he actually cared for her.

    I didn't like Abby being able to get the right perfume based on her collection. It was big by my standards but in no way covers ALL perfumes ever made.

    "Women take baths, men take showers" Actually I take showers, most humans in general take showers. I only take baths when you know you have a few hours to be relaxed. Baths aren't an 'in the morning, wash for the day' thing. And Kate really does bring up the woman card every time it applies. She's quite the feminazi.

    I did also strongly dislike Gibbs' quip about "which brain is Tony thinking with". His acting was good at this point. He was quite bullied in this episode by everyone and nobody even cared.moreless
  • A lust game

    Wasn't that keen on the case, and I found Kate quite annoying sometimes because she didn't get the game between Tony and Cassidy but had to interfere in a motherly/sisterly manner. Loved the way Gibbs handled it, as well as the interaction between Tony and Cassidy because they were really playing each other, and it wasn't clear who won in the end. The iguana-joke was fun, and it was nice to learn what the team members wear in bed ...moreless
  • I liked it..

    I most say, I liked this episode.. And mostly for all those char moments we had there. When last episode brought McGee then, this episode brought Cassidy and that was.. I mean.. the way she played Tony while Tony thought he was playing him.. the whole tension of investigating behind her back as they thought she was involved of smuggling or with that killed man. And in the end, the real story was quite a different from the one thought.. so.. that was great twist.. and the ending.. the way we knew that man was going to kill someone but we had no idea who.. we were thinking the man behind him.. but no.. and they.. running there.. little action too.

    But mostly.. all those char moments. Loved those.moreless
  • Interesting but unfocussed.

    I'm so used to Tony being an encyclopedia of movies and at this point he hasn't even seen 'Maltese Falcon'.

    Nice as always to see Jessica Steen. She still looks good, and she has never changed since I was a kid. Hard to get a read on Cassidy, I get the impression that she's a chameleon, it would be hard to know if what she was showing you was real. She seems legit and a good agent but how effortlessly she plays people is disturbing. The chemistry with Tony was nice but nothing spectacular.

    Finally get to see Gitmo and the storyline's pretty interesting, if a little vague.moreless
  • A great episode, which introduces one of my favorite characters in the show.

    This episode is not just memorable for the fact that it introduces Paula Cassidy, one of my personal favorites. It also has a great case, which starts when a dead man with emeralds in his stomach is found and ends up having the team travel to Cuba.

    I really enjoyed the relationship between Cassidy and Tony DiNozzo. I also enjoyed the humour in this episode, especially with the iguana in DiNozzo's bedroom.

    One of my personal favorite scenes was the scene with the perfume that Abby had purchased and her conversation with Gibbs.

    The team handled the case well, and eventually, they left Guantanamo Bay for Washington D.C.

    This episode had it all! The humour, the great case and the great brand new character! Keep it up NCIS!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

Kevin McCorkle

Kevin McCorkle

Col. Dan McClafferty

Guest Star

Joseph Bey

Joseph Bey

Nasser Al Jazair

Guest Star

Casey McCarthy

Casey McCarthy

Biker Chick

Guest Star

Pancho Demmings

Pancho Demmings

Asst. M.E. Gerald Jackson

Recurring Role

Jessica Steen

Jessica Steen

NCIS Special Agent Paula Cassidy

Recurring Role

Featured Episode Clip

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (6)

    • GOOF: In this episode the bartender is talking to Tony about an actor called Elisha Cook. When he is mentioned Tony appears not to know who this is. But later on it is revealed that Tony is a big Magnum P.I. fan and Elisha Cook was in 13 episodes of this. Being a big fan Tony should have known who Elisha Cook was.

    • GOOF: After Gibbs asks Tony "Which brain is thinking that Dinozzo?", Tony flips the chair around and slams it down and walks away. In the next shot, we see Kate but we hear the chair being slammed again and see Tony walk in front of the camera.

    • GOOF: At the beginning when Tony comes out of the lift suddenly and spills Gibbs' coffee, no coffee is actually spilt. Instead there is a carefully placed sound effect. Tony attempts to clean the coffee off Gibbs' shirt, but of course, there is none there.

    • GOOF: In this episode people make several references to the movie The Maltese Falcon around Tony, but he doesn't get them. However, later in the series, Tony is a movie buff with knowledge of all genre of movies. How would he not know The Maltese Falcon in this episode? He also didn't know who Shane or Allen Ladd was when Gibbs told him to drink sarsaparilla at the bar, and if he was such a movie buff, he would've instantly known Shane. This episode might have marked the turning point in interest for Tony's character. It was never established that Tony was a life-long movie buff, and later in the series he shows all the signs of being a convert to that type. The bartender might very well have sparked this interest, as he always has shown a desire to never appear not to know something. So, when the bartender refused to acknowledge that Tony knew about something, he might have decided to watch the movies references there, and then on to watching everything he could.

    • TRIVIA: After Tony wakes up screaming because there was a large lizard on the pillow next to him, Todd, and Gibbs enter the room in their sleeping clothes. Kate's wearing a USC jersey. This is a little joke on Mark Harmon, since he played football for UCLA, crosstown rival. This explains the little smile she gives to Gibbs when he walks past her. On ET, Sasha admitted she got the jersey as a joke on Mark Harmon.

    • GOOF: When Abby is sending an e-mail to Gibbs, she types in, a navy e-mail would be just (or something preceding it) but no ending .gov, such as

  • QUOTES (25)

    • Gibbs: What the hell are 'Easter Eggs'?
      Abby: 'Easter Eggs' are hidden messages within a computer program. If you don't know to look, you don't know they're there.
      Gibbs: They were hidden in the porn?
      Abby: My cursor has moved across places that would make Tony blush.

    • Gibbs: (after walking in on Tony naked) I need coffee.

    • Gibbs: What brain is thinking that, DiNozzo?

    • Gibbs: How good an actress are you, Agent Cassidy?
      Paula: Ask Tony. He bought my act.

    • Abby: Perfume is the most powerful accessory a woman can wear.
      Gibbs: How much did all this power cost us?
      Abby: Around 1500.
      Gibbs: 1500 dollars?!
      Abby: Well, not including the tax. I stuck to the thirty most popular scents hoping we'd get lucky.
      Gibbs: (chuckling) How fiscally responsible of you, Ab.

    • Gibbs: Why is special agent DiNozzo sorry?
      Paula: He blew his chance to get laid.

    • Kate: She'd say anything to get in that room.
      Tony: It's not a problem; we were both playing a game.
      Gibbs: Yeah? Who won?

    • Paula: You gonna read me my rights?
      Gibbs: You have the right to be reimbursed for postage.

    • Tony: You were the first woman I saw in my endorphin high.
      Kate: We work together, Tony. It's like a brother sister thing.
      Tony: Never had a sister.
      Kate: It's probably a good thing.

    • Tony: Miss me?
      Paula: Like herpes.

    • Paula: Are you here to check me out?
      Tony: Define checking out.

    • William Gamal: You might want to think about keeping that door shut. Iguanas have been known to wander inside.

    • Abby: Perfume is expensive, Gibbs. I can't just hang out at the Macy's tester tray with my lab kit. They frown on that sort of behavior.

    • Tony: Why does the woman thing come up when a ship is sinking or there's only one bedroom with a bath?

    • Tony: (laughs) I love priority rides. Boss, this is the best.
      Gibbs: I miss canvas seats.

    • Tony: Normally I hate priority rides but if it's going to...
      Gibbs: What's wrong with priority rides?
      Tony: C'mon boss. You telling me you like sitting on canvas seats slung between cargo pallets?
      Gibbs: Yeah, it makes me feel like I'm back in the Corps.

    • Abby: I've got a gemologist coming to look at the rocks.
      Gibbs: Does he know his stuff?
      Abby: I went out with him like once and didn't get very far.

    • Biker: You stupid bastard. When I get through with you you're gonna wish you were dead. (Pause) He's... dead.

    • Ducky: What are you looking at, Abby?
      Abby: Just sex, Ducky.
      Ducky: Just sex?
      Abby: Yeah. Y'know, the biological act between creatures within a species in response to neurological and physiological stimuli?
      Ducky: Between creatures within a species?
      Abby: Usually.
      Ducky: This isn't yours, I hope.
      Abby: No. It's off Said's hard drive. But something's wrong. The files are too big.
      Ducky: Not just the files.

    • Kate: You know, Gibbs, sometimes you can be a real -
      Gibbs: Bastard?
      Kate: Yeah.
      Gibbs: Yeah, well, my gut is telling me Agent Cassidy's telling the truth.
      Kate: So then what's the problem?
      Gibbs: Romance between agents, Kate, it never works.
      Kate: You speaking from experience?

    • Abby: Our boy deleted twenty gigs of porn before he turned his hard drive in. He was trading with a porn pal on a Hotmail account that doesn't exist anymore.
      Gibbs: Anything good on it?
      Abby: Nothing with sawdust yet.

    • Ducky: I don't see Chanel No. 5.
      Abby: Does anyone wear that anymore?
      Ducky: My mother does.
      Abby: Really.
      Ducky: Ever since Marilyn Monroe confessed that Chanel No. 5 was all she wore to bed.
      Abby: So...does your mother...
      Ducky: Unfortunately, yes. Makes for terribly awkward slumber parties.

    • Cassidy: It's just that, ah, all my transcripts have been pulled, my interrogations have been cancelled, and then you all arrive on a Navy Gulfstream. How would you connect the dots?
      Gibbs: I wouldn't.
      Cassidy: O-kay. Enjoy your stay.

    • Gibbs: Try and brand the cologne.
      Abby: Why, you want some?
      Gibbs: Nope, don't use cologne. Women I date think the smell of sawdust is sexy. That's probably why I don' many women.

    • Gibbs: Why is it that women always wanna fix what doesn't need fixing?
      Kate: It makes us feel all warm inside.
      Gibbs: So does Scotch, but it doesn't cost you a house.

  • NOTES (3)

    • The song playing in Abby's lab when she's talking to Gibbs about the contents of Sa'id's car is "Follow" by Android Lust.

    • Original International Airdates:
      Croatia: August 10, 2005 on NOVA TV
      Finland: October 21, 2006 on Nelonen
      France: March 24, 2004 on M6
      Germany: May 12, 2005 on SAT.1
      Hungary: December 05, 2005 on TV 2
      Sweden: August 08, 2004 on TV3
      Denmark: December 30, 2003 on TV3

    • First appearance of recurring character Paula Cassidy, played by Jessica Steen.


    • When Gibbs states that you should never get involved with a co-worker, Kate asks if he stating that from his own experience. Gibbs becomes quiet and doesn't answer. This could possibly be a quiet reference to his involvement with Jenny Shepherd, his former partner. Their relationship isn't revealed until episode 3.01: "Kill Ari 1" when she comes on as the new director.

    • When Tony questions Gibbs concerning who drinks sarsaparilla, Gibbs answers, "Shane." This is a reference to the movie Shane, a 1953 classic Western starring Alan Ladd as the title character.