Season 3 Episode 11

Model Behavior

Aired Tuesday 8:00 PM Dec 13, 2005 on CBS
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Episode Summary

While filming a reality show on a Marine base, a supermodel dies, and the NCIS team must discover who is the model's murderer. They discover a love triangle between the model and three other men, all suspects. Meanwhile, Jenny is disturbed when Gibbs doesn't attend an award ceremony where he is one of the honorees.moreless

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  • Models on bootcamp

    So.. reality tv and someone gets killed. First of all it looks like suicide and I thought Gibbs had great attitude towards it: they do not investigate suicides but because he keeps investigating, he believes that there is more than first looked. And the story just gets more and more suspicious when dead models ex-boyfriend is found killed. It looks like people around her seems to die.. and that continued even inside NCIS interrogation. The whole thing with Ziva doing it... telling what she did. We all saw that episode where she managed very quickly get information out of that woman.. it looks like having Ziva around has it's advantages.

    But oh.. not the best episodes.. great to watch but..moreless
  • Ridiculous.

    About episode \\\"Model Behavior\\\"--These women are supposed to be attending Marine boot camp? Even if they are supermodels doing a reality show, there\\\'s no way in hell they would be dressed in cut-off tops and shorts. There\\\'s no way they\\\'d have their long hair blowing in the wind. When women are in the military, they wear standard military outfits and pull their hair back in very, extremely, un-sexy fashion. I feel like I\\\'m watching something that was written by someone who is mentally still living in the 1970\\\'s in their attitudes towards women characters on tv.moreless
  • Pretty good but could be better.

    Hated Jen's hair, loved that Tony has a lock box for all of Gibbs' medals. Loved that Abby referred to the episode before last about Chip. I think Ziva was completely stupid to not realize that the staff sergent was having medical issues in the interrogation room. You knew it had to be the girl's dad.
  • did not expect much, and i wasn't exactly let down.

    when i saw the preview i assumed this episode was a filler, or some horrible gimmick.

    i wasn't let down.

    the plot was not too bad, and some great lines were in this episode. but, overall, it was a sham.

    having the team go to a boot camp, aka models in skimpy clothes pretending to care, was disgraceful. the idea that the writers thought we would find this thought provoking is pittiful and i'm horrified.

    on the other hand, it was not as bad as i thought it would be. the murder, while the actual murderer was unexpected, was an intrigueing on. tony was still tony. and mcgee getting the attention was a nice twist.

    overall, not promising for the show's future.moreless
  • It began... Nothing in particular got my attention.. and then the end.

    Well, as a Swede i thought not too much of this episode, more than \"hey, cool Mini Anden is going to perform on my favorite show. Talk about two birds with one stone.

    But, what happened with the intrigues? Where was Abbys moment alone tinkering on? One short zap here, and another zap there, hey presto. All of a sudden we can rule out averything and just blame the drugs.. Nah.. for me to see this as a better ep. there should´ve been more investigastions, more..hmm... what can i say? riveting? As for the ending? To easy.. Why not one of the two you would´ve thought of instead? Some rivalry and tension?

    \"-ok, i did it, but you won´t get me, cause *haha* watch me run...\"

    I feel of this ep. as a filler, but with a filler, there should´ve been more anyway, so i stand by my titleing: \"Nothing... happened\"

    Sad, hopefully the next one will be better.

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

John Pleshette

John Pleshette

Tom Crawley

Guest Star

Jeffrey Pierce

Jeffrey Pierce

Marine Sgt. Michael McMannis

Guest Star

Judi Shekoni

Judi Shekoni

Natalie Vance

Guest Star

Brian Dietzen

Brian Dietzen

Asst. M.E. Jimmy Palmer

Recurring Role

Stephanie Mello

Stephanie Mello

NCIS Tech Cynthia Sumner

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

    • TRIVIA: The NCIS ME vehicle has the same license plate as Ari Haswari's SUV in "Kill Ari (2)" 724-TJA.

    • TRIVIA: A return of the GSM ("Get Some Monthly") Magazine, last seen in Season 3's "Silver War". Tony stated he was a fan of the magazine, and in this episode gets one autographed by the supermodels.

    • TRIVIA: In this episode, Gibbs was honored as the "NCIS Special Agent of the Year". Gibbs didn't attend the ceremony, and DiNozzo accepted the award on his behalf. According to the CBS Character Profile, Gibbs has won the award six times in the past decade -- and has never shown up to accept it. DiNozzo keeps the awards locked in his desk drawer.

    • TRIVIA: In this episode, Tony says that his father disowned him for some reason. In real life, Michael Weatherly's father in fact DID disown him because he wanted to take up acting, and his father was a rich big time trading company manager.

  • QUOTES (18)

    • Ziva: You are aware that I've never performed an interrogation without inflicting some sort of pain.

    • Crawley: This entire reality series was Taylor's idea. I have never seen her happier, she loved it here.
      Ziva: How did she get the drugs?
      Crawley: She didn't. The whole point of the show was to show that she wasn't that girl anymore.
      Ziva: Well let's say it backfired large time.
      Tony: It's big time.

    • Tony (Reading the card on the flowers from Abby): Get well soon.
      Abby: They didn't have a card that said "sorry-I-almost-sent-you-to-prison" at the flowershop.
      Tony: Almost? You actually did send me to prison.
      Abby: Well not for good.

    • Hanna (To Ziva): We're supermodels, honey, we don't have to get along.

    • (Seeing the press)
      McGee: This is bad.
      Tony: Gibbs is going to go completely and utterly ape.

    • Tony: Boss, the Director's new hair- you like the way she cut it short?
      Gibbs: She cut her hair?
      Tony: Never mind.

    • Gibbs: You writing a gossip column, Palmer?
      Palmer: (stammering) I was just informing Dr. Mallard that, that...that he...we...I... (walks off)

    • Gibbs: Hey, Abbs! Got some good news for ya. Just talked to the director and your new assistant starts Monday.
      Abby: No, Gibbs! No! I can't go through that again! (notices Gibbs' smile) That is so not funny!
      Gibbs: No?
      Abby: No!
      Gibbs: It was to me!

    • Gibbs: You wanna help fix this? Then get me that reporter's number!
      Jenny: You're going to apologize?
      Gibbs: No, ask her to dinner!

    • Gibbs: Accidental overdose, Duck?
      Ducky: I doubt it, she had enough PCP in her system to kill a small... water buffalo.
      Gibbs: Water buffalo?
      Ducky: I tire of saying small horse.

    • Ziva: (to Tony) What?
      Tony: Just trying to picture Paris and you together.
      Ziva: Don't get your hopes up. I'm not attracted to blondes.

    • Ziva: Isn't your family weathy?
      Tony: That's different.
      Ziva: Why?
      Tony: My dad cut me off when I was twelve. I had to earn all my dates the old fashioned way.
      Ziva: Begging?

    • Abby: (after giving Tony the black roses) Now, don't forget to water them, or they'll die.
      Tony (under his breath): I thought they already were...

    • McGee: She planted herself on a barbwire fence what could possibly be worse?
      Abby: My top three are falling in the wood chipper, drowning in lava, and being eaten by a shark.

    • Tony: I don't think anyone could ever hate you.
      Abby: Ooh! You don't know Billy Bob.
      Tony: You gave him black roses?
      Abby: No! I gave him two black eyes. He tried to run over me with a Harley Fat Boy when I was sleeping in the living room.
      Tony: A guy ran a motorcycle through your living room?
      Abby: Yeah. No. It was his living room, my Harley. (short pause) Billy Bob had uhm, intimacy issues.

    • (Ziva to Tony as they walk away from the models)
      Ziva: Do you really find her attractive, because I want to shoot her.

    • McGee: You know I read somewhere you're more likely to be struck by lightning then you are eaten by a shark.
      Abby: Not if you're a seal.

    • Gibbs (to McGee): Are you waiting for me to guess, Elf Lord? ((Elf Lord being a reference to McGee's character in a yet-unnamed MMORPG)

  • NOTES (4)

    • Original International Airdates:
      Denmark: January 17, 2006 on TV3
      Australia: May 17, 2006 on Channel 10
      Sweden: June 18, 2006 on TV3
      Germany: September 10, 2006 on SAT 1
      France: October 20, 2006 on M6
      Italy: November 26, 2006 on RAI 2
      Croatia: November 30, 2006 on NOVA TV
      Finland: December 8, 2007 on Nelonen
      Slovakia: May 5, 2009 on Markiza

    • This episode is actually a take-off of The Simple Life.

    • This episode was taped on November 15, on Sean Murray's birthday.

    • This episode was previously known under the title Artificial Reality.


    • Tony tells one of the models they have her fingerprints on record from her arrest on charges of beating up her assistant with her cell phone.

      This is possibly a quiet reference to real-life supermodel, Naomi Campbell, who has had charges filed against her numerous times for assaulting her paid staff, including her personal assistant. On more than one occasion, the assaults involved either a regular telephone, a cell phone, or a BlackBerry.

    • McGee compares the reality show that the models are filming to The Simple Life. The Simple Life is a reality show starring Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie that originally aired on Fox. Each season, the girls take on "challenges" that they otherwise wouldn't encounter. These have included living on a farm, working as interns, and even spending time with families as a temporary wife/mother.

    • Gibbs: Sounds like Mr. Wizard.

      Watch Mr. Wizard was a TV show for kids in the 1950's that gave a scientific explanation for everyday occurrences. Don Herbert starred as the original Mr. Wizard. It was revived in 1971 and again in the 1980s.

    • Abby: It reminds me of Bill Nye.

      Bill Nye is the name of the host of the Emmy Award-winning TV program Bill Nye the Science Guy. Airing from 1992 to 1998, the program was targeted to preteens and attempted to explain various scientific topics. In addition to being a scientist, he is also a mechanical engineer.

    • Tony: We were talking about Cagney and Lacy...

      Cagney and Lacy is the name of 1980s crime drama about two female NYPD detectives starring Tyne Daly as Lacy and Sharon Gless as Cagney.

    • Tony: I don't think anyone could ever hate you.
      Abby: Ooh! You don't know Billy Bob.

      This seems to foreshadow episode 3x21, "Bloodbath." Someone tries to kill Abby. In that episode, Abby says "But who'd want to kill me? I mean, DiNozzo I could understand..."