Season 1 Episode 12

My Other Left Foot

Aired Tuesday 8:00 PM Feb 03, 2004 on CBS
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The NCIS team is called in when a severed leg bearing a marine tattoo is found in a trash bin, leading them to a small town where a murder scheme is afoot.

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  • An episode with a very good twist at the end.

    A vagrant is going through the trash in a dumpster and discovers a severed leg. The foot has a plate in it, and Ducky hopes to be able to trace down who the victim is with the code on it. They track down where the operation took place and according to his records he died 2 years ago. They track down the doctor who declared him dead. His sister had the body cremated and so they can't get the body to Ducky, like Gibbs told them too. When she is shown a picture of the dead marine, she doesn't recognise him. They track down his half-sister and Gibbs and Kate go to see her. The marine had a life insurance policy on himself for $750,000 and his half sister (being only living relative) was the beneficiary who would get it when he died. They get a warrant and go back to her house and search for evidence that he was there recently. We learn that he didn't know that they were brother and sister. Tony discovers that someone else is in the house. And so he and Gibbs go in search of the mystery person. Who they discover was the doctor. She is Melissa's mother. They were both in on it.moreless
  • My Other Left Foot

    Man, NCIS has come a long way since Season 1; a long way. Tony DiNozzo has gone from a wooden character to one of TV's most beloved and hilarious personalities. Abby's screen time has been diminished (not that I hate her, but it's better this way) and the awesome Ziva arrived.

    Who would have thought based on this that NCIS would become the awesome show it is today? I mean, this episode was not all bad, but nowadays this show sets the trends, whereas before it was just another generic cop show on CBS, the home of generic (but entertaining) cop shows.moreless
  • I highly recommend this episode!

    'My Other Left Foot' is a very interesting episode, and one of my favorites from the first season. What do you do when you find a foot with a 'Semper Fi' tattoo? Call NCIS - the best team in town!

    So this episode featured one of my favorite cases. I thought the case was innovative and original, which really helped it a lot! The episode also featured a lot of great humour, with some of my favorite quotes, including one of my favorite ones ever, when Agent DiNozzo attempts the crossword puzzle!

    To conclude, this episode was jam-packed with a great case and great humour. The storyline was really great, in my opinion, and that made for a great episode! Keep it up, NCIS!moreless
  • Great mess

    What a case. I mean. It was murder but soon as they started to investigate it became real mess: the man murdered died two years ago in little down. His body got cremated and there is no evidence left. And then there becomes that half sister who is quite a puzzle. And it looked really messy at that point, but it got even messier when Tony discovers that there were insurance policy and the question remains: when that marine was killed few days ago, then who died two years ago?

    I totally loved the mess the case was. And the ending was even more surprising. I did not saw that coming. You were quite sure that half sister did it.. but no.. she was involved but.. Loved the end sequence on the house. They realizing there is someone else too.. and when they saw who that is..

    So.. good episode.. great and messy case.. very interesting to follow how it shapes up.moreless
  • Fraud, murder and dismemberment.

    We have never seen Gibbs *this* charming, he seriously pours it on. Then again, we know Gibbs has a thing for redheads and Stacey is gorgeous.

    Gotta love how the mother tries to frame Melissa for all of it. Her mistake was that Melissa loved Tommy so she cracked when Gibbs pushed about him. If Gibbs leans some more, chances are Melissa will spill everything and probably even testify against her mother.

    Kate has a rose tattoo on her butt, at least that's her story – Gibbs disagrees. Tony will never leave that alone.

    Josh Holloway and I like the accent here. Very small part unfortunately.

    Interesting episode.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

Stacy Haiduk

Stacy Haiduk

Melissa Dorn

Guest Star

Dean Norris

Dean Norris

Gunnery Sergeant Vestman

Guest Star

Kim Wimmer

Kim Wimmer


Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

    • GOOF: When Tony accesses records on his computer, checking doctors' hospital privileges to try to find who may have treated the deceased, that word is misspelled "priveledges" on the computer system he's reviewing.

    • TRIVIA: The location used for the discovery of the foot is the Newhall Ice Company, located at 22502 5th St., Newhall, California.

    • TRIVIA: When talking to Gunnery Sgt. Vester, he mentions that at one time Gibbs was an MP at Camp Lejeune.

    • TRIVIA: Somehow Gibbs goes from rubbing his head like he has a headache to leaning on his hand in less than a second. You see it in the scene where he's talking to Ducky in the bullpen.

  • QUOTES (23)

    • Ducky: That brings me to Christy Brown the Irish poet and painter. Yes he suffered from cerebral palsy. Learned to pain with his foot, quite remarkable. He wrote an autobiography, "My Left Foot" which became an exceptional film staring Daniel Day Lewis.
      Gibbs: That's the right foot.
      Ducky: Oh so it is, ah well.

    • Kate: You should have seen Gibbs with Melissa.
      Tony: He threatened to shoot her?
      Kate: Just the opposite, he was flirting with her. I didn't think he had it in him.
      Tony: Well he had it in him at some point. He has been married three times. All red heads!
      Kate: But Melissa is a red head.
      Tony: That explains it.
      Kate: So is that women who picks him up now and then. Who is she?
      Tony: Not a clue.

    • (looking at a tree outside Melissa Dorn's house)
      Kate: What's wrong?
      Gibbs: Do you know what kind of tree this is?
      Kate: Botany was my weakest subject.
      Gibbs: Sycamore.

    • Gibbs: (to Tony and Kate) Got humpty dumpty back together again?

    • Kate: Still no head or left leg.
      Abby: Did you check Hooterville?
      Tony: Where's Hooterville?
      Abby: You guys. Petticoat Junction, Green Acres. Hooterville.
      Tony: I prefer TV shows from this century.

    • Kate: (about Gibbs) Three redheaded ex-wives shows his judgment is a little questionable.
      Tony: None of them were murder suspects. Although... I don't know about the redhead who picks him up now and then.

    • Receptionist: Can I help you?
      Tony: (pouring on the charm) I'm sure you can. I'm Special Agent Anthony DiNozzo, NCIS. You can call me Tony. We'd like to talk to Dr. Chalmers, uh... (leans in very close to read her name tag) Darlene.
      Receptionist: (melting) Okay.
      Kate: Why don't you just give her a breast exam?
      Tony: In good time.

    • Tony: You really like small towns?
      Kate: Peace and quiet. A place where people know you by name. No Blockbuster and Starbucks on every corner. What's not to like?
      Tony: Too quiet, everybody knows your name, there's no Blockbuster and Starbucks on every corner.
      Kate: Big cities just can't give you what small towns can, Tony. It's a simpler way of life, a slice of Americana.
      Tony: One that doesn't include fifty yard line seats to the Redskins or women with full sets of teeth.
      Kate: Yeah it always comes back to that doesn't it?
      Tony: See, you do get me.

    • Tony: I do believe the die is cast however. Your parents, grandparents live to be old so will you.
      Gibbs: I had an aunt who died at seven.
      Tony: Just a theory.

    • Melissa: Do you like cats?
      Gibbs: They don't like me.
      Melissa: How can you know?
      Gibbs: At the way the look at me.

    • Gibbs: Time of death?
      Ducky: From a leg? I tell you what, Gibbs - you find me a liver in that leg and I'll estimate you a time of death.

    • Melissa: You know Chinese. Any other hidden talents I should know about?
      Gibbs: I can sample the frosting on a cake without leaving a fingerprint.

    • Abby: Cremation! That's a dead end!
      (Tony, Kate and Gibbs look at her)
      Abby: What?!

    • Tony: Six-letter word for a reason to commit a crime? Come on, don't tense up. Starts with "M."
      Kate: Murder.
      Tony: No. "Motive".
      Kate: Murder is a motive.
      Gibbs: What do you have?
      Tony: A six-letter word for a reason to commit a crime.
      Gibbs: DiNozzo!
      Tony: That's seven letters.
      Gibbs: Works for me. What have you got?

    • Gibbs: Keys.
      Tony: What? I can't drive because Kate's chicken?
      Kate: I'm not a chicken.
      Gibbs: You can't drive because you're not going.
      Tony: Oh. That's different. Why aren't I going?
      Gibbs: Because you're going to be doing a background check on Melissa Dorn. Kate, you coming?
      (Kate leaves)
      Tony: Abbs, do you know where Kate has her tat?
      Abby: Yep.

    • Tony: That's it, isn't it? The tattoo's a heart.
      Kate: We're back on that again.
      Tony: I just can't imagine you getting a tattoo, that's all.
      Kate: I was drunk.
      Tony: I can't imagine you drunk either. So...
      Kate: It is not a heart. It's a rose on my butt. Can we move on now?
      Tony: Sure.
      Kate: So we are done with this then.
      Tony: We are done. So, which cheek is it on?

    • Ducky: Abby!
      Abby: Ducky!
      Ducky: Find anything?
      Abby: Nothing yet. I'll tell you one thing, though. This guy had huge feet. I could wear this sock as a leg warmer.
      Ducky: What are you implying, Abby?
      Abby: I'm not implying anything. But you know what they say about guys with big hands and big feet, right?
      Ducky: What?
      Abby: They're clowns.

    • Abby: I liked that commercial where the guy put super glue on his hard hat and then glued his head to the beam and hung there. I tried that with my little brother.
      Ducky: I sense this anecdote doesn't have a storybook ending.
      Abby: It does if you like your stories to end with bald seven year olds. He still gets mad when I call him Kojak.

    • Gibbs: What's wrong?
      Abby: Look at it.
      Gibbs: Looks like a match.
      Abby: Precisely.
      Gibbs: Good work, Abby.
      Abby: No, it's not! You gave me 2 samples form the same tree. B matched and A didn't. I screwed up.
      Gibbs: Sycamore A was from a tree down the street.
      Abby: What?!
      Gibbs: The idea of matching plant DNA was a bit...hinky for me!
      Abby: Oh, ye of little faith!
      Gibbs: Abby, c'mon! All I did was give you a blind test!
      Abby: Well, you could've done that by not telling me which sample was from the suspect's sycamore!
      Gibbs: I didn't think of that.
      (Abby whacks him)

    • Tony: It's perfectly normal.
      Kate: On a race track, maybe.
      Tony: Women will never understand taking a little car ride and trying to beat your best time.
      Abby: I hate it when men do that.
      Tony: See, this is a woman thing.
      Gibbs: How did you do?
      Tony: Pretty good. Beat my time by four minutes, including construction detours.
      Gibbs: In HARMONY.

    • Tony: C'mon, Kate, you're only going ten miles over the limit!
      Kate: And that's pushing it!
      Tony: What's the point of being an armed federal agent if you can't drive fast?
      Kate: You get to shoot bad guys.
      Tony: True.

    • Tony: I don't get the whole tattoo thing.
      Kate: Let me add that to the ever growing list of things you don't get.
      Tony: Being stuck with a needle a thousand times for a piece of artwork? No, thank you.
      Kate: It's more than artwork, Tony.
      Tony: On a woman, maybe.
      Kate: What?!
      Tony: You know, on a woman. Means she's up for anything.
      Kate: Abby's got tattoos.
      Tony: No comment.
      Kate: Okay, what about me? You think I'm up for anything?
      Tony: You don't have a tat.
      Kate: And if I did, that would just blow your theory to h-ll now, wouldn't it.
      Tony: Okay, say for a minute, I believe you got one. Where is it?
      Kate: Nowhere you will ever see.

    • Gibbs: Any more tattoos?
      Tony: Just the rose on Kate's butt.
      Gibbs: It's not a rose...
      Kate: He doesn't know. He's lying, just like he did about the digitalis!
      (everyone keeps staring at Kate)
      Kate: (to Gibbs) Okay, tell them.
      (Gibbs doesn't respond)
      Kate: Gibbs?

  • NOTES (3)

    • The night this episode was first aired, February 3, 2004, was the night of the Mini-Tuesday US Presidential Primary. Senator Joe Lieberman resigned from the race on this date. This information was run on-screen during the episode.

    • Bonnie Bartlett co-starred with Mark Harmon on the 80s medical drama St. Elsewhere. Mark Harmon played Dr. Bobby Caldwell and Bonnie Bartlett played Ellen Craig. Bartlett also played Ted Bundy's mother in "The Deliberate Stranger," starring Harmon as the serial killer.

    • Original International Airdates:
      Croatia: August 17, 2005 on NOVA TV
      Finland: November 18, 2006 on Nelonen
      France: September 01, 2004 on M6
      Germany: June 09, 2005 on SAT.1
      Hungary: January 09, 2006 on TV 2
      Sweden: September 05, 2004 on TV3
      Denmark: January 27, 2004 on TV3


    • Episode Title: "My Other Left Foot"
      The title of this episode is taken from a military term used in Drill and Ceremony where the direction of right is sometimes referred to as a service member's other left. The title is also a take on the motion picture My Left Foot, which starred Daniel Day Lewis as a man with Cerebral Palsy who could only move his left foot.

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