NCIS

Season 6 Episode 5

Nine Lives

3
Aired Tuesday 8:00 PM Oct 21, 2008 on CBS
8.8
out of 10
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326 votes
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Episode Summary

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While on the hunt after a marine's brutal murderer, the NCIS team and Gibbs find themselves working against FBI Agent Fornell yet again.

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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • A Marine Is Found Tortured In His Garage. The Investigation Leads To An FBI Witness Who Is About To Testify Against A Reputed Mobster.

    8.0
    "NCIS" has once again delivered another interesting and entertaining episode. I was hooked until the end and my interest never wavered. "Nine Lives" marks the return of Tobias Fornell and that is the highlight of this episode. His confrontations with Jethro are well done. The actual murder case was good but at some points it became confusing and slow. This episode certainly has a memorable final scene for the agents and the viewers (The scene in front of the court house). One thing I did not like was Tony's and Ziva's storyline. It did not seem to go anywhere. Overall, this episode isn't particularly memorable but if you are a fan of Tobias Fornell, watch it.moreless
  • Nine Lives

    6.8
    Better than last week's episode, but still not NCIS quality yet. Maybe watching too many episodes back to back during a USA Network marathon is causing them to be diluted in quality, or maybe they genuinely are not that good, but this season needs to start getting better. The chemistry between the cast is still outstanding though, and I figure that is why viewers keep returning as they need their weekly dose of Ziva and DiNozzo. The way the characters connect is reminiscent of the golden days of Law and Order, but these mysteries have to get more interesting and easier to follow.moreless
  • great tiva episode, good plot.

    9.0
    i thought this was a very good episode, i liked how Fornell was keeping a secret from Gibbs (i love how gibbs always knows when someone is lieing!) abbeys mold obsession was great, she and McGees sex talk. haha made me laugh. i also loved tony and ziva in this one, its where you first start to see tony reveiling his feelings for his partner, and i think McGee sort of knows now. i love his face when he finds the picture, he looks so sad, and confused and, suprisinly......not tony like at all. and remember back to the first episode of the season, remember when gibbs called ziva in isrial (sp)? remember the other guy not including ehr father and the look he gave ziva when she metioned tonys name???? remember that my friends. remember.moreless
  • good episode

    8.5
    I love when Tobias is on the show. Gibbs and Tobias's character interactions and history are great to watch. Anyways, a marine was found tortured and the key suspect is under FBI protection. Tobias and Gibbs bud heads over the suspect, which they found out that he didn't even see the crime. I loved the ending. Everyone thinks he'll put down the gun and Tobias and Gibbs will take him in custody and then try the crime boss for murder, but no, the suspect just shoots the crime boss. Oh, the story with Ziva going to Israel was actually cute and interesting. I wonder who she's going to see... Overall, solid episode with a solid story and solid ending. Just another great episode of NCIS!moreless
  • One word! TIVA! TIVA! TIVA!

    9.5
    Ah, the interaction between Tony and Ziva was great and the case was well played out. Great acting from Michael Weatherly and Cote de Pablo. The looks were spot on and the UST (unresolved sexual tension) between the two in this episode was high. The last scene with them was cute and it really revealed to the audience the strength of Tony's feelings. Definitely a very defining episode in the Tiva chapter. I thoroughly enjoyed the scenes between Fornell and Gibbs, especilly the last scene, and Abby solved the case once again with her mould porn. And Probie is all grown up and making fun of Tony. All in all, a good episode.moreless
Mark Harmon

Mark Harmon

Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs

Michael Weatherly

Michael Weatherly

Special Agent Tony DiNozzo

David McCallum

David McCallum

Chief M.E. Ducky Mallard

Pauley Perrette

Pauley Perrette

Forensics Specialist Abby Sciuto

Sean Murray (I)

Sean Murray (I)

Special Agent Tim McGee

Cote de Pablo

Cote de Pablo

Mossad Agent Ziva David

Jon Huertas

Jon Huertas

Jack Kale

Guest Star

Ray Abruzzo

Ray Abruzzo

Rick Azarri

Guest Star

Mercedes Renard

Mercedes Renard

Elizabeth Adler

Guest Star

Brian Dietzen

Brian Dietzen

Asst. M.E. Jimmy Palmer

Recurring Role

Joe Spano

Joe Spano

FBI Agent T.C. Fornell

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (2)

    • GOOF: At the beginning of the episode, Ziva addresses the person over the phone in Hebrew as a male, calling him an ass. However, the voice on the other end is clearly that of a female.

    • TRIVIA: At the beginning of the episode, Tony is holding his magazine upside down.

  • QUOTES (14)

    • Abby: Come on McGee, say it! We're grown ups. Sex! Say it!
      McGee: Sex.
      Abby: Mold sex. I mean it's practically mold porn.
      McGee: Why are you showing me mold porn?

    • Tony (to McGee): What are you doing McProbie, huh? You writing Fornell's eulogy?

    • Fornell: (after Tony hands him a slip of paper) What's that?
      Tony: My locksmith. He's really good with bathroom windows.

    • Ziva: As you know people go on vacation all the time.
      Tony: Normal people.
      Ziva: I am normal people!
      Tony: You're normal people like the people from Ordinary People are normal people.

    • Tony: I can't believe Fornell lied to Gibbs... again.
      Ziva: Well technically he did not lie. He just simply withheld information.
      Tony: Why would one friend withhold information from another?
      Ziva: Maybe that friend felt it was the best thing for everyone.
      Tony: Best for everyone or best for herself? (Ziva looks at him)
      McGee: Her?
      Tony: Or him.

    • McGee: Think Fornell would lie to Gibbs?
      Ziva: If he felt he must.
      Tony: Says the woman that is evasive to her friends about her vacation to Israel.
      Ziva: I'm intrigued by how intrigued you are about this Tony.
      Tony: And I am curious that you are curious that I am intrigued I am... What's his name?
      Ziva: I don't believe I said I was actually seeing anyone. Although it would be pretty difficult to go to Israel and not see no one at all. It is quite populated you know.
      Tony: That's cute. I don't see why you having trouble admitting to this. You were in Israel for four months. That's plenty of time to hook up with someone.
      McGee: In that amount of time Tony would have hooked up with several someones.
      Tony: Hey!

    • (after Gibbs closes the elevator on them)
      Tony: Probably best if we hang back.
      Ziva: I was thinking the same thing.
      McGee: Couldn't agree more.

    • Gibbs: You made a mistake.
      Fornell: No, a mistake was marrying your ex-wife.

    • Fornell (to Gibbs): I haven't seen you with that look since I proposed to your ex-wife.

    • McGee: (referring to Fornell) For a guy that's about to be handed his head...
      Ziva: He seems to have it firmly on his shoulders.

    • Ziva: What is it you really want to know?
      Tony: Depends, Ziva.
      Ziva: On?
      Tony: On what it is you don't want me to know.

    • Tony: You picked a hell of a time to leave.
      Ziva: I will make it up to you.
      Tony: Oh hey. Almost forgot it's a long flight to Tel Aviv. (opens his drawer and pulls out a neckrest) If you want you can borrow this thing. You know. (making a snoring sound) It helps you sleep on the plane.
      Ziva: I'm flying first class.
      Tony: Oh. (puts away the neckrest) Never mind... Nisiyah tova.
      Ziva (smiles): See you next week.

    • Gibbs: Thanks Abbs... you can go back to your mold now.
      Abby: Oh Gibbs... you say the sweetest things!

    • (referring to Agent Fornell)
      Ziva: No wonder he's keeping his cards so close to his breasts.

  • NOTES (2)

    • Original International Airdates:
      Australia: October 28, 2008 on Ten
      Denmark: November 11, 2008 on TV3
      Norway: March 3, 2009 on TV3
      Sweden: March 17, 2009 on TV3
      Germany: March 29, 2009 on SAT 1
      Spain: June 30, 2009 on La Sexta
      New Zealand: July 19, 2009 on TV3
      Italy: October 11, 2009 on RAI 2
      Slovakia: December 10, 2009 on Markiza
      Finland: February 9, 2010 on Nelonen
      Czech Republic: June 14, 2010 on TV Nova

    • Rocky Carroll is credited but doesn't appear.

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • Tony: You're normal people like the people from Ordinary People are normal people.

      Ordinary People is a movie made in 1980 about a family trying to cope with the accidental death of their oldest son. The movie was directed by Robert Redford and received 4 Academy Awards. The movie was based on the book of the same title by Judith Guest.

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