Season 1 Episode 20


Aired Tuesday 8:00 PM May 04, 2004 on CBS
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Episode Summary

A marine goes missing after a date with a reporter. During the investigation, the team discovers that three former members of his unit are dead and suspect the unit commander to be a serial killer.

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  • A very enjoyable episode - interesting case and Tony goes missing so everyone worries.

    I have a special fondness for this episode – I have a weakness for Tony and this is a rare episode when Gibbs is openly worried about Tony. For a guy who doesn't show his feelings for the people he cares about, here he's worried sick. He then downplays it with that cute joke to McGee. It's nice to see Kate worried too but it's not nearly as important, Gibbs and Tony have a bond that Kate can't touch.

    Good reason for the disappearances too, right down to the honey bees and the starvation – that's an ugly way to die and scary poetic justice at the same time.moreless
  • Problems with shipping

    Oh.. that story.. It started, as it seems to be the case in many times, just like something else. This time it was marine missing. Soon it became quite a long planed killing of certain unit marines. 8 years.. many dead.. and noone realized it. And what is even more important, noone realized why those men are killed and by who. Like they said in the middle of the episode: the list of suspects is getting shorter and shorter.

    I most say, this episode, somehow again, got Tony in trouble. He have had bad luck for two episodes. That's.. mm.. And this time he is caught by the bad "guy" and the episode have some time of worrying.. will he be ok and all that. But it's Tony and that other guy (whose name I still cannot remember).. cannot get his place.. But it was great "fun" by Gibbs to say he is unreplacable and then say to that other guy: sorry, not yet..moreless
  • A really enjoyable episode! Interesting storyline, with a very interesting ending!

    This episode was also a pretty different one, and I enjoy the variety. This time, the team is looking for a marine who has gone 'missing'.

    I thought this episode had a very deep storyline, which was almost bulletproof. The plot was well laid out and the episode flowed rather well.

    I was quite nervous when Agent DiNozzo was taken captive, and put in with the marine, but it was very interesting watching them escape.

    I really enjoyed the 'chase' at the end of the episode. It was really suspenseful and very entertaining.

    All in all, a very interesting episode with a very exciting end. I recommend this one as one of the better ones from the first season.moreless
  • A great episode, this season keeps getting better and better

    When a marine is reported missing after 4 days, Gibbs & the team are called in. When they go to the club where he was last spotted, they are told that he left with a woman whom they believe he was having an affair with. Gibbs also discovers that he was taken against his will, as his lighter and unsmoked cigarette were found outside the club. When the woman is called in, who is a reporter, she is brought in for questioning. We then see the marine tied up in what looks like an abandoned warehouse. We learn from the reporter that the marine believed that someone was killing off his friends and that he might have been next. So Tony goes to the bar where he went missing from to investigate. When Tony leaves the bar to follow a suspect, he phones Gibbs to let him he isn't feeling so well and collapses. It seems as though he has been drugged. We then see him being dragged off. When he wakes up he is with the missing marine and the marine simply tells him "Welcome to hell".

    When Gibbs & Kate arrive on the scene, McGee is called in to help. We learn from the trapped Marine that over 8 years ago, they shipped their girlfriend's home but the marines all got put onto different ships and so the girls all starved to death. Tony manages to escape with the marine, until the killer comes back in looking for them. As they run, Gibbs & Kate enter the tunnel to try and find them. As the killer approach Tony & the marine he shoot from behind and it is here that we learn that the killer is actually the reporter who was actually in the shipping container over 8 years ago. She was the only one who survived.moreless
  • A Marine sergeant goes missing and the team what they belive to be the work of a serial killer.

    I just saw this episode on dvd. I really liked it. I had some problems with plot holes and logic gaps but overall it was an entertaining, exciting episode.

    When the team discovered that the missing marine had been drugged, wouldn't it be logical to investigate his date, the bartender and the waitress? Once Tony was drugged, it was pretty obvious that the flirty waitress was involved. There was no other way that the drug could have gotten into Tony's drink. I don't understand why Vanessa kidnapped Tony and didn't chain him or tie him up somehow. And how did she get him into the cell without Atlas seeing that it wasn't Sacco who kidnapped them? I don't really understand why she kidnapped Tony in the first place. He didn't suspect her and he wasn't getting close to finding her out, so why would she take the risk of kidnapping one of the investigators? And since he was locked up with Atlas, she surely meant to kill him. So if she meant to kill him, why didn't she just kill him in the parking lot?

    They never explained about the bees in the container with the girls.

    Since when are there rooms like jail cells in the sewer?

    The way that Major Sacco drove up to the place where Tony and Atlas were being held, looking at the drag marks and coming into the place like he was searching for someone, I could tell that he wasn't behind the killings. But I don't understand why he didn't shout that he was there to help.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

Steve Rankin

Steve Rankin

Sgt. Bill Atlas

Guest Star

Dayna Devon

Dayna Devon

Attractive Girl

Guest Star

Jenya Lano

Jenya Lano

Carol Powers

Guest Star

Sean Murray (I)

Sean Murray (I)

Special Agent Tim McGee

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (10)

    • With his appearance here, Derek Webster joins the group of people who have appeared in both of Donald P. Bellisario's JAG and NCIS. He appeared in three episodes of JAG (7x10, 10x5 and 10x18) and two episodes of NCIS (1x20 and 4x5).

    • GOOF: At the beginning of the episode Tony is typing on the keyboard and we find out that he is playing an online game. However, the game he is playing is not played with the keyboard, it is played exclusively with the mouse.

    • GOOF: When Gibbs and DiNozzo are looking after the bar for evidence, DiNozzo finds a cigarette. In the first shot it is a few centimeters from the stairs, but in the close-up shot it is almost next to the stairs.

    • GOOF: When Tony leaves the bar and phones Gibbs, Gibbs has on a full set of latex gloves. He takes off the left one, but keeps the right one on as he answers the phone. For most of the conversation, he has the glove on, then suddenly it's gone, with no indication that he had the time or inclination to take it off.

    • GOOF: The entrance to the sewers says Manassas County, but Manassas is a city in Virginia.

    • Abby: All I drank was Red Bull!
      Kate: How many?
      Abby: 18.

      According to the warning label on the back of Red Bull cans, no more then 2 cans (500mL) should be consumed per day.

      If more then 5 cans are consumed (1.25L) then possible side affects include nausea, diarrhoea, stomach pains, gas, light green urine color, sleeplessness and/or fatigue when caffeine effect wears off.

    • Gibbs Rules:
      Rule #09 - Never go anywhere without a knife. (Used in a conversation between Tony and the Gunny)

    • TRIVIA: During the episode, Gibbs tells Tony to "watch his six" meaning be careful. Six is military slang for tail because aviators refer to their position in reference to the face of a clock. Twelve o'clock is directly infront of you, and six o'clock is directly behind you.

    • GOOF: When Kate and Tony present the results of their all-nighter to Gibbs and Tony tries to convince Gibbs to let him shadow Sacco. First, we see Tony sitting at his desk slightly turned to the side to face Gibbs, then Gibbs steps behind the desk to get himself another slice of pizza and Tony sits straight at his desk. And rolls his eyes at Gibbs, which is a really cute scene, but kind of ruined because in the next shot, he again sits facing Gibbs.

    • TRIVIA: Extra host Dayna Devon popped up in cameos on more than a dozen shows all around the dial in 2004 including this NCIS episode. But wasn't just for fun -- it was also for charity. Dayna has donated all of her acting fees from Dayna TV to the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation, which helps children infected with the AIDS virus. All those zany, short-lived cameos raised $10,000 for the Foundation.

  • QUOTES (29)

    • Tony: Rule nine.
      Gunny: What?
      Tony: You know, those rules they teach you guys in the Marine Corps.
      Gunny: What rules?
      Tony: I always suspected Gibbs was making that stuff up.

    • Gibbs: Tony, if that game's still on your computer in the morning, I'll pierce your ears myself.

    • Tony: Gibbs! What are you doing here?
      Gibbs: What do you think?!

    • Kate: Do we know how big his unit was?
      Abby: We could ask him... but in my experience, most men lie about that point.

    • Abby: Gallipoli Gallipoli Gallipoli Gallipoli...
      Gibbs: Please stop.

    • Gibbs: Tony does his best work without an audience.

    • Gibbs: Good job.
      Tony: Did you say something, boss? Kate did he say something?
      Kate: Don't push it.
      Tony: Pushing it is what I love about this job.

    • Tony: All men lie to some degree, Kate. It's expected of them.
      Kate: Don't confuse your world with reality, Tony.
      Tony: It's like when a woman asks a guy to guess her age. You ever done that?
      (Kate looks at him)
      Tony: You honestly still believe you look twenty five? (walks away)
      Kate: Not anymore.

    • (Gibbs takes Tony's slurpee and throws it out the window)
      Tony: That's littering.
      Gibbs: Fine me!

    • Kate: Thank God, Tony's still alive. Who else can piss people off like that?

    • Gunny: Unless you're a blacksmith, I'm pretty much screwed here.
      Tony: You need to think positive, Gunny.
      Gunny: You're right. I'm positive I'm screwed.

    • Tony: Remember the good old days, Kate?
      Kate: What good old days?
      Tony: When Gibbs would confide in us and treat us like peers?
      Kate: No.
      Tony: Good. I thought I was the only one.

    • Tony: Boss, is there a reason why you always take these back roads?
      Kate: Or do you just hate us?
      Gibbs: I hate traffic more!
      Tony: I think I'm going to puke.
      Gibbs: Roll down a window!
      (phone rings)
      Gibbs: (hands phone to Kate) Here, answer this.
      Abby: Hey, Gibbs, it's me, Abby. I got a...
      Kate: It's Kate.
      Abby: Hey Kate, where's the boss man?
      Kate: He's driving. We should be back soon.
      Abby: Is he taking you on one of his special short cuts?
      Kate: If that's what you want to call it. What's up?
      Abby: Well, Gibbs asked me to do some background on Atlas and Sacco, and I found something interesting.
      Kate: You're gonna have to speak up. Gibbs is apparently trying to kill us!

    • Tony: Rush hour. Kinda a misnomer if you ask me.
      Gibbs: I didn't.
      Tony: I mean it's not like anybody's really rushing anywhere and it always takes more than an hour. They should call it, like...
      Gibbs: Shut up and sit there before I shoot you hour!
      Tony: I was thinking of something a little shorter.

    • Tony: (softly) Kate? (he gets no response) KATE!!!
      Kate: (Jumping up from under her desk with a start) What?
      Tony: (Looking pouty) Time to wake up.

    • Kate: Look, just don't take any chances, okay? If we're right about Sacco, he's got more than a screw loose.
      Tony: Aw, and here I was thinking you didn't care.
      Kate: It's not about caring. If anything happens to you, I'm gonna get stuck here working with Gibbs alone.
      Tony: Aw, he's not that bad.
      Gibbs: Hey! DiNozzo! You still here?
      Tony: Then again, you may be on to something.

    • Tony: It's my lunch break.
      Kate: It's 9.30 in the morning.
      Tony: I'm on Greenwich Mean Time.
      Kate: Well, you're gonna be on unemployment if Gibbs catches you doing that.
      Gibbs: Doing what, Kate?

    • Kate: Tony, you are so lucky you didn't have sisters growing up.
      Tony: Why's that?
      Kate: Because you'd never have reached puberty. Of course, one could argue you still haven't reached it.

    • Kate: You were pretty tough with her.
      Gibbs: She reminds me of my ex-wife.
      Tony: Which one?
      Gibbs: All of them!

    • Tony: My dad was right, I'm gonna end up in the gutter.

    • Atlas: You got a plan?
      Tony: Of course I do. I found you, didn't I?

    • Abby: I've got a weird feeling.
      Gibbs: Abbs, you always have weird feelings.

    • Kate: I feel like hell.
      Tony: You don't look too good either.

    • Gibbs: DiNozzo. Hey! Get your butt over here.
      Vanessa: Is he always like that?
      Tony: Ah, only when he's awake.

    • Gibbs: By the way, Gallipoli? Was an amphibious operation.
      Abby: Oh. Oooh. Well, it's on it'll float.

    • Abby: What do you think, Kate?
      Kate: Oh, I think you're just suffering from the aftereffects of your party last night.
      Abby: All I drank was Red Bull.
      Kate: How many?
      Abby: Eighteen.

    • Kate: Oh, he was just thinking about getting both of his ears pierced.
      Gibbs: That right, DiNozzo?
      Tony: I think Kate misunderstood, boss. What I was really talking about was elongating the lobe, which is a surgery...
      Gibbs: Hey, you wanna look like a gay pirate, that's your call.

    • Kate: I thought you couldn't type.
      Tony: I've decided to improve myself.
      Kate: Well, in that case, you might wanna lose that shirt. It went out of style three years ago.
      Tony: This from a girl who keeps a puka shell necklace in her purse.
      Kate: My grandma gave me those. Wait, you looked in my purse?
      Tony: Sorry, did I say that out loud?

    • Tony: Admit it, you were worried about me, right? You don't have to say anything, I know. Okay, I want you to say it, you care, right? (no response from Gibbs or Kate) ...So, you're saying you don't care?
      Gibbs: Tony as far as I'm concerned you are... irreplaceable.
      Tony: I knew it. I knew behind the whole marine thing you had a heart...
      Gibbs: (Turns to McGee who is at Tony's desk) Forget about it, McGee, he's still alive.
      (Off Tony looking stunned at seeing McGee at his desk)

  • NOTES (2)

    • Original International Airdates:
      Croatia: August 29, 2005 on NOVA TV
      France: October 01, 2004 on M6
      Germany: August 04, 2005 on SAT.1
      Hungary: March 27, 2006 on TV 2
      Sweden: October 31, 2004 on TV3
      Finland: January 13, 2007 on Nelonen
      Denmark: May 11, 2004 on TV3

    • The song playing when Abby gives Gibbs and Kate the info about the one marine they couldn't find anything on is "Wings of Steel" by Collide.


    • Maj. Sacco: Way to go, MacGyver!

      The TV show MacGyver, starring Richard Dean Anderson, was famous for having the lead character perform seemingly impossible tasks using jury rigged devices made out of raw materials like paper clips, chewing gum, and other common, everyday items.

    • Episode Title: "Missing"
      Missing is LIFETIME's one-hour fantasy/crime/drama show starring Caterina Scorsone.