Season 7 Episode 20


Aired Tuesday 8:00 PM Apr 27, 2010 on CBS
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Episode Summary

When a murder occurs during an NCIS polygraph specialist's night job, the NCIS team has to find out what really happened.

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  • moonlighting

    Filler episode of NCIS tonight. That is all you can really call this. When the commercials sell Gibbs taking a polygraph for the first time and not an actual case you know that you are not watching a very good episode of TV.

    Now for NCIS junkies they probably loved this. A random character from the past was brought back and it was the first new episode in weeks, but for me, someone who holds the show in high regard but is not afraid to criticize it, it was just sub-par.

    I expected more from this episode, but this was a dud.moreless
  • She was either totally brave or she was totally stupid!...

    ...but just the thought of someone actually even giving a moment's nod to wiring Gibbs' sphincter, even for due process, was worth the price of admission! Even Fornell had to crack (pardon the pun) a smile on that one. I am quite certain I will not stop laughing until I sleep and then I'll dream of...or not...

    Abby's jealousy was also entertaining, but I've had enough URST with Bones...I don't want to see it here too. Let's have some action, Abby...

    The case was moving along in a fairly orderly and seemingly predictable manner, until it wasn't. I must admit, I did not think of the judge, but in my defense, I was still back at the sphincter thing...

    And wasn't "the judge" the same actress who played Adm. Chegwidden's almost-wife on JAG?

    I liked it. It was fun, and a good time for a much needed escape. I needed the laugh.moreless
  • Abby gets jealous

    In this episode of NCIS, the following happens. When a petty officer is found murdered the team are called in to investigate. But they quickly discover another body there, and realise that the petty officer, may have stumbled not a hit, which is what got him killed. There is a link between the hit and NCIS in the form of the polygraph specialist, who still has a thing for McGee. When an explosion happens at her second job, she is put into protective custody at NCIS. Gibbs following his gut, manages to work out who planted the explosion and why. Overall a good episode, the end part with Jimmy was my favourite part. I also loved the way that Abby got jealous, proving she still loves McGee.moreless
  • I would!

    Gotta love polygraphs!

    Gibbs' team shares an investigation with the FBi when the murder of a petty officer is linked to a open case of Fornell's team.

    An old aquaintance of McGee, aka the "polygraph lady", plays a vital role in the case; much to McGee's disappointment.

    Not a bad episode, kind of a filler, but with some good scenes. as usual the thing that makes this episode enjoyable is the character interaction; even though I would personally like to see more of Tony and Ziva's old behaviour around each other.

    Let's hope they're saving the best episodes for the last part of the season!moreless
  • A hilarious episode, but a relatively uninteresting case.

    This was another terrific episode in my opinion, but this time round, it was the characters who were hilarious, and the case was not very interesting.

    I thought Palmer was used very well in this episode, and it was great to see a little bit more of him! Formell was quite funny, too, in his conversation about cameras in the elevator!

    I thought the case was not too interesting, There were many moments which confused me, but really, there was certainly some great moments as well! Grady was hilarious!

    Overall, a fairly interesting episode. If you like humour, I would certainly recommend it, but for a case-lover, it is not that great, honestly.moreless
Mark Harmon

Mark Harmon

Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs

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

Sean Murray (I)

Sean Murray (I)

Special Agent Tim McGee

Cote de Pablo

Cote de Pablo

Special Agent Ziva David

Isabella Hofmann

Isabella Hofmann

Judge Evelyn Wallace

Guest Star

Jackie Geary

Jackie Geary

NCIS Agent Susan Grady

Guest Star

Daniel Sauli

Daniel Sauli

Gus Templeton

Guest Star

Joe Spano

Joe Spano

Senior FBI Agent T.C. Fornell

Recurring Role

Brian Dietzen

Brian Dietzen

Asst. M.E. Jimmy Palmer

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

  • QUOTES (4)

    • Tony: Reminds me of middle school, when you get the smart kids to check the dumb kids' homework.
      McGee: Yeah, which one were you?

    • (Jimmy's back is itching, possibly from sand)
      Ducky: Oh, it wasn't the sand, Mr. Palmer, but the sand mite.
      Jimmy: The sand might what?
      Ducky: The sand mite bit you.
      Jimmy: Sand bites?
      Ducky: The sand mite might.
      Jimmy: I'm grammatically lost.

    • Ziva: We have hit a shamu.
      Susan: Does she mean snafu?
      Tony: Roll with it.

    • Tony: Can I give you some lady advice?
      McGee: I'd rather get a lap dance from a nun, Tony.

  • NOTES (2)

    • Featured Music:
      "Missing You" by Black Eyed Peas (Beginning of episode)

    • Original International Airdates:
      Canada: April 27, 2010 on Global
      United Kingdom: May 14, 2010 on FX
      Australia: May 18, 2010 on Channel Ten
      Germany: October 3, 2010 on SAT 1
      Spain: October 8, 2010 on LaSexta
      Sweden: October 12, 2010 on TV3
      Norway: November 2, 2010 on TV3
      The Netherlands: November 23, 2010 on SBS 6
      Finland: January 25, 2011 on Nelonen
      Czech Republic: April 11, 2011 on TV Nova
      Slovakia: July 12, 2011 on Markiza


    • The episode title takes it's name from the 1980's television series of the same name that starred Bruce Willis and Cybill Shepherd which ran from 1985 to 1989.

    • Fornell: Saves me a trip to the roof, to flash 'The Gibbs-Signal'.

      Fornell is comparing Gibbs to the Dark Knight of Gotham City: Batman, of DC Comic book fame. Whenever the Gotham City Police needed the aid of Batman, they went up to the roof top and lit a spotlight with a bat logo over it onto the neighboring skyscrapers to summon him, since they had no means of contacting the secretive superhero directly. This device was commonly referred to as 'The Bat-Signal'.

    • Palmer: No good deed goes unpunished.

      It is a phrase that has been variously credited to Clare Boothe Luce, Andrew Mellon, Oscar Wilde and Biily Wilder.

    • (referring to Palmer being called an autopsy gremlin)
      Tony: You know what happens if the direct sunlight touches your skin.
      Gibbs: Don't get him wet.
      Tony: Dear God; someone fed him after midnight.

      Allusion to the 1984 movie Gremlins. In the movie, a young man is given a cute little creature called a Mogwai, but disregards the warnings in caring for him: 1. Never get him wet (because it will cause the creature to reproduce); 2. Never feed him after midnight (because the cute little Mogwai will then turn into a vicious, evil Gremlin.) and 3. Never let the sunlight touch him (because he will catch fire)