NCIS

Season 8 Episode 17

One Last Score

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Aired Tuesday 8:00 PM Mar 01, 2011 on CBS
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When the NCIS team learns of a shocking murder of one of their former investigative assistants, they soon find out that the victim has been selling information on how to rob a warehouse full of expensive possessions. Meanwhile, a new special agent is added to the team.moreless

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  • faux paus or no?

    5.5
    did anyone catch... tony & ziva talking when she says "yeah, i heard director vance offered U your own team." it was director shepard [jenny], not vance, who made the offer that tony refused. the episode was not their best but chemistry can - & does - go a long way to fix episode ills. have to watch it again to check the... faux paus, right?!
  • The Team Is Joined By Special Agent E.J. Barrett As They Investigate The Murder Of A Former Colleague. The Trail Leads To A High-Profile Fraud Case.

    6.0
    This episode is disappointing and uninteresting for several reasons. The case was boring and it was too predictable. Did they really think that Leona Phelps was going to act differently after she would be released from prison? Another troublesome aspect is E.J. Barrett. I just do not like when the producers decide to introduce a new character for us. She is a contrivance. Although I liked the final chase between Gibbs and the "bad guy": I also liked the scene where Gibbs infiltrates the warehouse under the watch of Tony and Ziva. Overall, skip this episode, there are much better ones in this season. Let's hope things get better from here.moreless
  • What's with a 'new' agent.

    9.0
    What's with a 'new' agent. Definitely won't work AND definitely NOT needed. Kinda messed up the whole show!

    - Would have given a 10 if not for the 'new' agent.

    Does not make me look forward to the next show and usually I do. - But the show was still good even when they kept having the newbee in certain areas - so not needed.I guess they are trying to make the show better but having this newbee won't work! -Any changes need to be new plots and new actions for the Current players - not try to bring in a newbee that won't work.moreless
  • E.J Barret?? whatever happened to TIVA??

    9.0
    One would think that with Ziva's new boyfriend 'Ray', Tony would eventually get too jealous, and well something would happen. THE SOMETHING that we've all been waiting for, especially after Jeanne and Michael. But with the addition of E.J Barret to the NCIS headqauters and the last scene between her and Tony, that seems more and more unlikely. I am eagerly waiting for the episode where we finally get to see Ray. How will Tony react?? Other than that, I wasn't really interested in the actual story, which was a bit hard to follow anyway. TIVA till the end :Dmoreless
  • A very mediocre episode. The usual unbelievable detective plot.

    7.0
    A very mediocre episode.



    First, the only good thing about introducing new team leader TJ is that it was brief. It is astounding that a new agent appears but just walks in and adjusted the position of her desk -- without a how-do-you-do or any introduction.



    Second, it was very trashy to have Tony hook up with EJ sexually in the shower scene, on her first day on the job (or second day)!



    Third, I am getting sick and tired of Tony's stupid movie references, and so many of them. I notice that Gibbs and the other characters ignore/don't comment on the references! Fourth and worst is the detective procedures and criminal motivations in the story -- most of it very preposterous, so typical on many NCIS episodes. The trick of the producers seems to be to hide the criminal and the crime and the motivations till the very end so the audience doesn't realize how stupid the episode is till the show is over in the big reveal at the end.



    The show starts out well enough the way the NCIS team determines that plans of the NCIS warehouse were sold to bad guys to steal valuables from the place.



    After that nothing makes sense:

    ¶ Gibbs interviews the Bernard Madoff-like lady felon, and notices that she takes particular interest in one of the inventory pages. There happened to be many items on the page, including a desk. Since she knows the desk is empty, it is hard to see why the woman would care about it and stare at the page of the entry.

    ¶ Gibbs goes to the warehouse and, for no good reason, picks out the desk which is covered by a drop cloth. He removes the drop cloth and looks under the desk and discovers a secret compartment, which is empty!

    ¶ the desk is brought to Abby, and she discovers some leather skin material, which she miraculously deduces is from the leather cover of the con woman's ledger which contained the secret bank accounts for the loot the woman gathered.

    ¶ for no good reason, Tim decides that the proceeds of a particular casino robbery was given by the robbers to the con woman to invest, but was diverted to her accounts.

    ¶ anyone could be trying to get to the con woman's accounts and merchandise, but Gibbs has her released from minimum security prison (where she was for the minor crimes they could pin on her) to house arrest if she names the bad guy who killed the NCIS agent (in the introduction). She assumes that a particular person was in on the warehouse break-in because long ago he showed an interest in her desk (?!?!). And why would she want to be released from prison to be alone in an empty house with those murderous criminals running around after her and her ledger? And the ledger was safely hidden in her house anyway!

    ¶ Bingo, she tells Gibbs the name, but lucky that the murderer comes upon her just as she removes the book from a secret compartment in her home and is about to burn the book. How lucky! Why she kept such an incriminating book around, knowing she was going to a pleasant prison for a minor crime, we are never told. Great timing that Gibbs and Ziva were staking out her home while this was going on.moreless
Michael Weatherly

Michael Weatherly

Special Agent Tony DiNozzo

Cote de Pablo

Cote de Pablo

Special Agent Ziva David

Pauley Perrette

Pauley Perrette

Forensics Specialist Abby Sciuto

Sean Murray (I)

Sean Murray (I)

Special Agent Tim McGee

Rocky Carroll

Rocky Carroll

Director Leon Vance

David McCallum

David McCallum

Chief M.E. Ducky Mallard

JoBeth Williams

JoBeth Williams

Leona Phelps

Guest Star

Enrique Castillo

Enrique Castillo

Ruleo Medilla

Guest Star

K Callen

K Callen

Grace Mullen

Guest Star

Brian Dietzen

Brian Dietzen

Asst. M.E. Jimmy Palmer

Recurring Role

Sarah Jane Morris

Sarah Jane Morris

Special Agent EJ Barrett

Recurring Role

Featured Episode Clip

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (8)

    • Tony: You know there are rules against this. (referring to Gibbs' rules)
      E.J.: No there's not. (referring to office rules)

    • Tony: What about you, David? When do you feel like showering?
      Ziva: After just about any conversation with you, Tony.

    • Palmer: Well, usually in the morning, always after work. Then sometimes in the afternoon, depending on what we're working on. I don't know. I guess I'd say I shower about 18, 19 times a week.
      McGee: Surprised you have any skin left.

    • Ziva: (to Leona) You know, it seems unfair, you get to go home for giving us the name of a man who was recently murdered.
      Gibbs: A deal's a deal, Ziva.
      Leona: (to Gibbs) You ought to muzzle your pups, Gibbs. They all seem to have a problem with barking.
      Gibbs: (referring to Ziva) No, this one's problem is definitely her bite.

    • McGee: (describing the heist of a casino) Using the few clues from the garage murder and the warehouse break-in, I focused on substantial unsolved heists in the area over the past ten years. Here's what I found: Six years ago. Casino cage. Atlantic City. Two man team goes in with hot iron. Three guards get bloody, one gets aced. Stick-up man goes toes-up on the carpet, the other goes out the door with 27 million clams. Get-away driver scoops some curbside, guns blazing, they dump and burn the ride on the Jersey border and then they are Casper.
      Tony: Okay, McGemcity. Unless you built a proton pack in your spare time, we can't bust ghosts. So?
      McGee: The guy that was left behind had a rap sheet as long as... (pause) As long as... Hmm. What's really long?
      Tony: This presentation.

    • Leona: I'll be late for my pastry class. Martha Stewart started it when she was here.

    • Leona: And they say money's supposed to buy justice.
      McGee: Well, money can't buy class.
      Leona: (To Gibbs) Am I talking to you, or your acid-tongued little errand boy?

    • Gibbs: So, exactly what happened?
      Boy: We were at Paul's birthday party at the pizza place, and me and Lauren took a step outside, to get some fresh air. And she's making fun of me because I watch Victorious, on Nickolodeon. I mean, Victoria Justice is hot, right? So I said that, and she got this crinkly face, and I said, 'but not as hot as you' and then she smiled, and I planted one on her, and then there was tongue...
      Tony: About the body, kid...
      Boy: Oh, her body was slamming!
      Gibbs: The dead body?
      Boy: Yeah, that kinda sucked. Because that was my first kiss.
      Gibbs: They get better.

  • NOTES (2)

    • With Michael Weatherly directing the episode, this is the first time that an episode was directed by a member of the show's cast. It is also Weatherly's directing debut.

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Canada: March 1, 2011 on Global
      United Kingdom: April 22, 2011 on FX/FX HD
      The Netherlands
      : May 3, 2011 on SBS 6
      Sweden
      : August 22, 2011 on TV3
      Spain
      : September 9, 2011 on LaSexta
      Finland: September 13, 2011 on Nelonen
      Germany: September 25, 2011 on SAT 1
      Slovakia: November 24, 2011 on Markiza
      Czech Republic: May 14, 2012 on TV Nova

  • ALLUSIONS (11)

    • McGee: Well, Grand Theft Otto here matches the physical description of the second stick-up man from the cage robbery.

      Grand Theft Auto is the name of a computer game first released in 1997 where the player takes on the role of a criminal and is given various missions to complete.

    • Boy: We were at Paul's birthday part at the pizza place, and me and Lauren took a step outside, to get some fresh air. And she's making fun of me because I watch Victorious, on Nickelodeon. I mean, Victoria Justice is hot, right?

      Victorious is a TV show on Nickelodeon that stars Victoria Justice.

    • "One Last Score" refers to the common theme of heist and criminal-centric movies, like Ocean's Eleven, Layer Cake, etc., in which the criminals must do their last crime so they can fully retire, as DiNozzo and McGee have described.

    • (Tony is complimenting Gibbs on his car chase)
      Tony: Like Doc McCoy in The Getaway.
      Gibbs: Yeah? No, not really.
      Tony: McQueen had Jewison, he had Yates, he had Peckinpah -- right there, guiding him, navigating him, molding him. You would have made a great director, Boss.
      Gibbs: Yeah, well - already got one of those.
      Tony: McQueen also had Jacqueline Bisset, Faye Dunaway and Ali McGraw. Did you notice that the new girl likes to shower here before she goes home? (Gibbs delivers a head slap.)

      Reference to Steve McQueen, an American actor who (1930-1980) known for his caper-style movies. He often did his own stunt work driving cars in his movies, and was known for his love of race cars and car collecting. Among his movies, he starred as Doc McCoy with Ali McGraw in The Getaway (1972), directed by Sam Peckinpah; The Thomas Crown Affair with Faye Dunaway, directed by Norman Jewison (1968); and with Jacqueline Bisset in Bullitt, directed by Peter Yates, also in 1968.

    • Ziva: (Referring to desk in warehouse) It belonged to William Faulkner! I love his writing!
      Tony: Total genius!
      Ziva: Yes! It was worth learning English just for "The Sound and the Fury"! Or that chapter in "As I Lay Dying", you know, the one with the five words, "My mother is a fish!"
      Tony: I don't really like his books that much, but I'm a big fan of movies that he made based on other people's books, like The Big Sleep and To Have And Have Not. I mean, he gave us Bogey and Bacall. God bless you, William Faulkner.

      "Sound and the Fury" was a book written by Mississippi writer William Faulkner in 1929, and is ranked as #6 on the 100 best English language books of the 20th century. It deals with the Compson family, a family of fading Southern aristocrats. "As I Lay Dying" is another Faulkner book written in 1930 about the death of a woman and the events leading up to her family's struggles to abide by her wishes for burial. William Faulkner spent the 1940's in Hollywood writing for Howard Hawks, including The Big Sleep and To Have and Have Not, starring Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall, who married after To Have and Have Not.

    • Tony: Paintings coming to life - guy probably thinks he's like Ben Stiller in Night at the Museum, he's playing baseball by himself. I mean, he's a working stiff - no magic there.

      Allusion to 2006 movie Night At the Museum, which starred Ben Stiller as an evening security guard at American Museum of Natural History, who is surprised to discover the museum comes alive at night.

    • McGee: It's one of Tony's movie myths - I've never had a good time in a women's prison! What a horrible woman!

      Reference to an earlier NCIS episode, "Caged", where McGee is trapped in a women's prison investigating a murder.

    • Guard: There's nothing going missing.
      Tony: How would you know? This place looks like Xanadu.
      Guard: Well, we've never had any of these paintings come to life and jump out of the frame!
      Tony: Are you referring to the Olivia Newton-John movie?
      Guard: Weren't you?
      Tony: Xanadu... Citizen Kane's house.
      Guard: Oh. Well -- that's a little embarrassing.
      Ziva: Yeah, for both of you. But really, how would you know if someone took Rosebud out to go sledding?
      Tony: Nice!

      Xanadu is a 1980 film starring Olivia Newton-John as a Muse of dance who emerges from a painting to help an aspiring artist. Citizen Kane was the 1941 drama written, produced, directed and starring Orson Welles, which featured a looming estate "Xanadu". "Rosebud" was the name of Kane's wooden sled and a memory of a simpler childhood that was Kane's last word before he died.

    • Gibbs: Probably had access to the details.
      Ziva: Possibly tried to sell them.
      Tony: Like Heat, the Michael Mann movie...

      Heat was a 1995 crime drama movie directed by Michael Mann, starring Robert DeNiro, Al Pacino, Val Kilmer and Natalie Portman, about a heist that went wrong.

    • Tony: Liver?
      Ducky: Spleen. Interest?
      Tony: Psycho.
      Jimmy: Aren't they all?
      Tony: The movie, Palmer. Disgruntled employee steals from the office on the way out of town, stops for a little while, and winds up dead, just like Marion Crane in Psycho.
      Jimmy: Haven't seen it.
      Tony: You've had 50 years to catch up on the story of Norman Bates!
      Ducky: The character inspired by the exploits of the 'Wisconsin Cannibal', Ed Gein.

      Two allusions, one to the 1960 movie Psycho, an Alfred Hitchcock thriller. Norman Bates was the disturbed killer who ran the hotel where Marion Crane stayed and was murdered. The second allusion is to Ed Gein, a serial killer whose extreme exploits in the 40's and 50's have contributed to part of Psycho, The Texas Chainsaw Massacres, and Silence of the Lambs.

    • Ziva: It's an expression. But hitting things does fix things!
      Tony: Only to Gibbs, the Fonz, and the far-too-short-lived Stephen J. Cannell classic, Riptide.

      Several allusions: One, to "the Fonz", as in Arthur Fonzarelli, a character in the TV Show Happy Days played by Henry Winkler, for whom broken things would suddenly be fixed if he smacked them. Secondly, Riptide was a 1983-1986 TV detective show written by Stephen J. Cannell, a prolific television writer. The reference to "far-too-short-lived" may be in Cannell's honor since his recent death in September 2010.

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