Season 1 Episode 13

One Shot, One Kill

Aired Tuesday 8:00 PM Feb 10, 2004 on CBS
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The team investigates when a Marine recruitment officer is found shot to death by a sniper with a grudge, who leaves a white feather behind.

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  • Tony is a Macho Man.

    So in the JAG episodes and at the very start we're forced to believe Gibbs can tell if someone is guilty from the look in their eyes. Him and Tony have been doing this a long time and are both pretty keen investigators, particularly Gibbs. But he needs Kate to nod yes and no to know if someone seemed guilty or not?

    Kate really was an unnecessary addition to this show. Each episode would go the same without her really.

    And not even going to mention the times she was rude and unprofessional here, it's endless.moreless
  • One shot..

    Again, good episode. I really like how they keep that stable level of episodes. It is always exciting. It is always surprising, with tension and usually with unexpected turnouts.

    This time.. I loved the intro.. Some marine giving that "everything is possible" speech and telling that he never got closer to bullet than.. and he gets shot. I did not expected that on the moment.

    And the investigation. Playing FBI again.. Doing their best to solve the case.. and that lead them to play marines. I mean.. Kate getting the uniform and sitting on the office.. and the whole figuring out where to shot and all that. And the real shooter.. totally random people in case sense.moreless
  • Gibbs in uniform, what more can a woman ask for?

    There are times Abby worries me and ripping the heads off a box of dolls and taking their clothes off is very disturbing. Is it wrong that I also think it's cool?

    Gibbs looks seriously good in uniform. Gibbs was also right about Kate – the uniform suited her. Armouring the window was smart and Abby using it to triangulate the shot was very cool.

    The problem with the killer is that he is an exceptional shot – and failed the personality profiling. Taking out recruiters makes perfect sense – they rejected him and he could show how good he was.

    Very cool episode.moreless
  • The best episode from the first season!

    I love this episode so much! It is packed with a very enjoyable case to solve and watch, and the method of finding the killer is awesome, as Caitlin and Jethro go undercover!

    This episode was also increbible because of the great humour and funny scenes. Some of my personal favorite quotes come from this episode, and I also loved the scene where Abby decapitates all the dolls' heads. That was just so funny for me!

    For NCIS fans, I highly recommend this episode. It was just incredible to watch over and over again, and I thoroughly enjoyed every aspect to it! It really is an incredible episode, that I recommend very highly!moreless
  • One of my all time favourite episode of NCIS.

    This episode opens with two boys playing a gun game on a machine when they see a marine playing the other one and he gets the high score. So they go with him to the recruiting office and while they are all sitting there discussing their future as marines, he gets shots in the chest. The team discover that the gun used was a rifle. They discover that the killer is a sniper, who shot from a long distance. They discover that he out from inside of a building by only removing one brick. Their main suspect is a sniper teacher for the marines. But when they go to see him he has an alibi. As Gibbs interviews the suspect another recruiting officer is shoot dead. When the NCIS team turn up so do the FBI. At the scene they find a feather and when they go back to the first scene they find one there. The feather is the killer's calling card. So Gibbs poses as a recruitment officer. & Kate is posing as his CO. Kate watches the body language of the people coming in to see if they fit the profile of the sniper. When Gibbs for a drink of water they notice a feather and as they do a bullet comes into the window which is stopped only due to the windows being bullet proof. Tony goes after him and he turns the gun on Tony and Tony shoots him.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

Michael Gaston

Michael Gaston

Major Dorden

Guest Star

Francesco Quinn

Francesco Quinn

Gunnery Sergeant Freddie Alvarez

Guest Star

Brad Hawkins

Brad Hawkins

Sergeant Aaron Barnes

Guest Star

Pancho Demmings

Pancho Demmings

Asst. M.E. Gerald Jackson

Recurring Role

Sheila Frazier

Sheila Frazier

ZNN Reporter Debra Green

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (6)

    • Goof: When Gibbs finds the loose brick at the snipers location, and he sticks a rifle scope through the hole to confirm the trajectory, there is barely enough room for the scope. The sniper could not have seen the target when the scope was attached to a rifle as either the scope or the rifle could fit in the gap caused by the brick removal, but not both.

    • GOOF: Gibbs says that Carlos Hathcock (The marine legend who wore a white feather; which is a trait the killer mimics in the episode) had 39 confirmed kills in Vietnam. He actually had 93 confirmed kills.

    • GOOF: When Gibbs shows the CO his NCIS badge he is holding it upside down.

    • TRIVIA: The standard operating procedure is that after any law enforcement officer fires his gun, there has to be an investigation as to the shooting. That being the case, even though the FBI wanted credit for solving the crime, why bother telling Tony to leave? Since he was the shooter, no matter what, everyone's going to know that NCIS took care of the problem.

    • Gibbs Rules:
      Rule #9 - Never go anywhere without a knife. (Gibbs to Tony)

    • TRIVIA: In this episode, USMC Gunnery Sergeant Carlos N. Hathcock II "White Feather" is mentioned. However, they said he had 39 kills when he really has 93 confirmed kills with over 300 possible.

  • QUOTES (23)

    • Kate: You really think we're going to get any potential recruits today?
      Gibbs: Yup.
      Kate: A man was murdered here three days ago. Who'd choose today to decide to join up?
      Gibbs: A marine.

    • Tony: Is there a reason why you pulled all of their heads off, Abs?
      Abby: It's so we know that we've checked them.
      Tony: Yeah, but the one with the round was sitting practically on top. You emptied the entire box.
      Abby: Well... It was kinda fun.
      Tony: And they're naked.
      Abby: Shh! I am about to perform my first autopsy. (she cuts the doll head open and extracts the bullet)

    • Abby: You're a macho, macho man, Tony.

    • Gibbs: Why are the dolls naked?
      Tony: I have no idea. It must be a goth thing.

    • Abby: (holding up the bullet) Gerald, to Abby.
      Gibbs: Does Ducky know you do that?

    • Tony: Nice neighborhood. Maybe a couple coats of paint. . . or a bulldozer.

    • Gibbs: Go get 'em, Tony!
      Tony: We'll strip search the roaches, boss.

    • Kate: What's up?
      Tony: This whole sensitivity to women in the workplace thing? Backfired.
      Kate: What are you talking about?
      Tony: I'm talking about the way we divide our tasks. I always get the floor. Up close and personal, floors are scummy.
      Kate: It's no big deal, Tony, I would've done it.
      Tony: Haha. But you didn't.
      Kate: Floors are scummy.
      Tony: My point exactly. You would never volunteer to take the floor, I would have to suggest it. Then I would be met by lots of comments about my chauvinism and insensitivity.
      Kate: Ha. I don't need a floor for that.
      Tony: Cute, but my point is in order for me to be PC, I've got to take the floor.
      (Kate spots a few cockroaches in the cupboard)
      Kate: You want me to take the floor?
      Tony: Ah, you're just saying that to humor me.
      Kate: No, you have a point. And if it bothers you that much, I'll take the floor. I insist.
      Tony: Thanks.
      Kate: No problem.
      (Tony sees the cockroaches)
      Tony: Oh!
      Kate: (smiling) Heh.

    • Freeman: All right, listen, Gibbs, I don't have time for this bull. Will somebody please get me the damn NCIS director on the phone!
      Gibbs: Well, that may be a bit of a problem. See, Thursday's his golf day.
      Freeman: Listen, I'm not fooling around anymore, Gibbs.
      Gibbs: Oh, I'm not either. Man has a mean handicap. (Gibbs' cellphone rings & he answers it) Yeah, Gibbs.
      Tony: Hehe. Kate's got the bullet, boss.
      Gibbs: Yes, sir. Yes, sir. Won't happen again, sir. (to Freeman) Looks like you win this one. Don't get used to it.

    • Kate: Did you have fun last night?
      Tony: Oh, yeah. Got in around 4am and ah, filed evidence for another hour.
      Kate: Really. Was Gibbs with you?
      Tony: Oh, God, thanks for reminding me. I'd better call him, make sure he's up.
      Gibbs: Hey. You're late.
      Tony: And a good morning to you, sir.

    • Gibbs: DiNozzo, where's my bullet?
      Tony: Hopefully in this box or the wall behind it. Got your knife on you, boss?
      Gibbs: Rule number nine.
      Gibbs & Kate: Never go anywhere without a knife.
      Tony: You sure about that? I thought nine was never ask a girl her weight on the first date.
      Kate: Well, that depends entirely on whether you want a second one or not, Tony.

    • Tony: So what was it like? ... Being his superior officer.
      Kate: You mean, did I get to boss him around? Make him salute me? Call me ma'am?
      Tony: Basically.
      Kate: It was great.
      Tony: Nah, you're lying.
      Kate: Am I? You know, Abby said you looked really good in your uniform too.
      Tony: Did she.
      Kate: Yeah. She said you'd fit right in with the biker boy, and the Indian chief, and the cowboy and all the other macho, macho men. (Walks away laughing)

    • Tony: Gibbs gets Dress Blue Charlies, I look like one of the Village People.
      Abby: Haha. Maybe you could find a local cop and get a dance routine going.

    • Gibbs: Hey, DiNozzo, kinda reminds me of your apartment - except for that minty fresh urine smell.
      Tony: For your information, I have a maid now.
      Gibbs: You can afford a maid?
      Tony: It's amazing what you can do when you don't have to pay three alimonies.

    • Kate: Next time drive a little faster, Tony; I think my glands still have an ounce of adrenaline left.
      Tony: Responsible crime scene investigation demands a timely arrival, Kate.
      Kate: Yeah, well, it would help if the investigators didn't puke all over it.
      Gibbs: Ah...brings back memories...
      Kate: Memories of what?
      Gibbs: Marriage.

    • Tony: (to Kate in her uniform) Don't take this wrong...but you actually make that look good.

    • Tony: Kate, I need you over here on your knees. It's time to get dirty.
      Kate: WHAT?!
      Tony: We need to sweep the floor for marks.
      Kate: I knew that.
      (Kate gets down on the floor)
      Carl: That's not how they do it on CSI.
      Kate: You really have to get off that couch more, Carl.

    • Tony: You know, if this works Abbs, you're a genius.
      Abby: Oh Tony. Tell me something I don't know.
      Tony: I once dated my high school music teacher.
      Abby: Really. What was his name?
      Tony: Cute.

    • Kate: Are you sure you know where you're going?
      Gibbs: I used to do this for a living.
      Tony: They had maps back then?

    • Tony: Did you have any of that shrimp last night?
      Kate: How could I? You shoved it all in your mouth.
      Tony: Count yourself lucky.

    • Kate: Relax your hand or you're never gonna get it in your mouth.
      Tony: I'm trying but this thing's too damn slippery.

    • Tony: Did you ever play with one of these when you were a kid?
      Kate: Do I look like the doll type Tony?
      Tony: Thought maybe if you smiled more and did something with your hair.

    • Tony: Do you think he'd let me borrow his uniform for the weekend?
      Kate: I don't know. I just hope I'm there when you ask him.

  • NOTES (1)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Croatia: August 18, 2005 on NOVA TV
      Finland: November 25, 2006 on Nelonen
      France: September 08, 2004 on M6
      Germany: June 16, 2005 on SAT.1
      Hungary: January 16, 2006 on TV 2
      Sweden: September 12, 2004 on TV3
      Denmark: February 3, 2004 on TV3


    • The White Feather Signiture Left at the crime scene by the sniper is an allusion to Carlos Norman Hathcock II a USMC Sniper during the Vietnam War with 93 confirmed kills. The Viet Cong and NVA called Hathcock "Long Tra'ng du'Kich", translated as "White Feather Sniper", because of the white feather he kept in a band on his bush hat.

    • Episode Title: "One Shot, One Kill"
      This is a reference to a 1995 documentary about American Marines.