Season 7 Episode 6

Outlaws and In-Laws

Aired Tuesday 8:00 PM Nov 03, 2009 on CBS
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Episode Summary

When one of Gibbs' boats is found with two murdered soldiers, Gibbs is forced to investigate the involvement of his mentor Mike Franks, and prevent a possible international confrontation.

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  • Mike Franks Shows Up With His Daughter-In-Law And Granddaughter In Tow. Could Their Visit Have Something To Do With The Bodies That Were Found On Jethro's Boat?

    This episode is very interesting but also very disappointing. It's good to see the boat that Gibbs has been building is ready. That is the high point. But that's all there is. I am not a fan of Mike Franks and I did not care about him here. Another troublesome aspect is how the story concluded. From the minute I saw Mike's daughter-in-law I knew she was involved. The only good thing in this episode is the action scene in Gibbs's house. When a case is not predictable you'll get a great hour of entertainment. That can't be said here because this was too predictable for my tastes. Let's hope things get better! Disappointment.moreless
  • Mike Franks' familia!

    This was a very interesting episode focussed around Mike Franks, who has been while sometimes annoying, but genearlly an interesting character from time-to-time. The storyline, I must say, was excellent, and we saw a very interesting set of events, involving a face from the past aw ewell, that being Damon Werth!

    Aside from all of this, I definitely enjoyed the end of the episode too, which I won't spoil for you, but I definitely think that so far, Season Seven has exceeded expectations and started in epic fashion!

    Keep it up, NCIS! Six episode in, this season seesm like a surefire success, and I hope that is to continue!moreless
  • 706

    Really mediocre episode of NCIS tonight. It is NCIS, so it will not be all bad. Ziva and Tony will give you a few good quotes worth laughing at, but this episode was far from being memorable. The main storyline was fairly average and was actually at times hard to follow. Why they brought in a great actor like Robert Patrick and used him in a lame role like this baffles me.

    Whenever Gibbs' has his friends or buddies visit, the episode is rarely among the best that season. This episode just continued that trend of friends leading to mediocrity.moreless
  • Didn't like the show as much as the others. Seemed slow moving. Liked the interrogation scene and the scene with Damon(hot). Tony is weird this year (cold, immature). Put Ziva and Damon together. Some great storylines with those 2.moreless

    Wasn't my favorite episode. Thought it was slow moving. Liked that guy Damon. Nice match Damon and Ziva. Liked him in Corporal Punishment. Liked the interrogation scene with Franks and the scene with Damon the best. I'm just having trouble with Tony this year. He was terrific in the first show and weird in the shows after. I'm not sure I know where the directors are going with his character this year. Robert Wagner was a perfect fit as his father. Tony's been a little over the top this year. Bring it down 2 notches (keep the ribbing and the humor) just occasionally show a soft side like when Tony rescued Ziva and said he couldn't live without her. What heat. Boy did that relationship get cold.moreless
  • Ziva knows the darndest men, doesn't she??!! Thank goodness...

    Okay, I am still in "how did they do that" shock since the mystery of the boat in the basement is still a mystery. Even Abby couldn't, or wasn't allowed time to, figure it out.

    But the story line was terrific and the twists and turns were believable enough to cause couch sickness. Back in that episode when the daughter-in-law first appeared I wondered if she would be left alone or if there would be retribution. Seems Momma Bear is just defending her territory, and between that fact, the daughter actually shooting the thugs, and Ziva "sitting on the child", well, the ladies saved the day in this ep!

    Except for Abby: she didn't solve the mystery of the boat for me... :o{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

Robert Patrick

Robert Patrick

Colonel Merton Bell

Guest Star

Diane Venora

Diane Venora

Shada Shakarki

Guest Star

Tehima Sunny

Tehima Sunny

Leyla Shakarji

Guest Star

Muse Watson

Muse Watson

Mike Franks

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (6)

    • GOOF: At the end of episode 4x18, it shows that Mike Franks' grandchild is a white boy. However in this episode, it's a girl with brown skin.

    • GOOF: When McGee explains Little Orphan Annie to Ziva, he says she has "curly red hair, no eyeballs". Little Orphan Annie did have eyeballs, what she didn't have were pupils drawn in her eyeballs.

    • TRIVIA: When the break-in occurs at Gibbs' house, one of the intruders recognizes Ziva and Tony questions how those two know each other. When he says his name is Damon Werth, Tony puts his finger to his nose and says "Oh Yeah." This small conversation is a reference to an earlier NCIS episode "Corporal Punishment" (5x10) where Werth was out of control due to a drug overdose. During the scene Werth dislocates McGee's shoulder, gives Ziva a black eye and Tony a busted nose.

    • GOOF: We see both Vance and Cortez enter Frank's house while Gibbs goes around back. Few moments later, the camera is on Gibbs and shows only Vance walking out closing the door behind him (at the left edge of the shot a picnic table). The camera then focuses on a side view of Gibbs then back to over his shoulder, but this time Cortez is standing there in front of the picnic table. In that short amount of time she couldn't have arrived out back unless she was right behind Vance and she closed the door which makes it the most logical.

    • TRIVIA: This is the first time in the series that we've ever seen any other part of Gibbs's house other than the basement.

    • GOOF: When Gibbs arrests Bell, you can see as he walks away past Cpl. Werth, that he is in-fact HOLDING the handcuffs, rather than wearing them.

  • QUOTES (9)

    • Franks: Never underestimate a mama bear when her cub's in danger.
      Shada Shakarji: That I believe.

    • Ducky: Ah, Jethro, you know we have enormous respect for you and the loyalty you exhibit to your friends.
      Abby: (Puts a hand on Gibbs shoulder) Gibbs, we love you very very much.
      Gibbs: What the hell is this?
      Abby: This is an intervention.

    • McGee: Are you studying to become a naturalized American citizen?
      Ziva: I have to if I want to become an agent.
      McGee: Good for you, Ziva.
      Tony: Wait a second. Who says we want her as an American?
      Ziva: Who says you have a say?
      Tony: A little thing called the costitution.
      Ziva: Oh, really? Where?
      Tony: It's in there and it talks about dangerous foreign aliens stealing our precious bodily fluids.
      McGee: That's Dr. Strangelove.

    • Tony: Hello.
      Franks (standing by the door with a gun): DiNozzo, you should've told me you were coming.
      Tony: I called and you didn't pick up.
      Franks: I'm not gonna answer the phone. I'm a fugitive!
      Tony: What do you want me to do?
      Franks: Knock.
      Tony: Why would I knock? There's no lock on that door.
      Franks: Someone may be on the other side with a gun.
      Tony: Why would somebody be standing on the other side with a gun?
      Franks: Because there's no lock on the door.
      Ziva: This has been very educational gentlemen.

    • Vance: What are we going to hold her on, Franks? She hasn't committed a crime.
      Franks: Conspiracy to be a b*tch?

    • McGee: Do you have any idea what you're talking about?
      Tony: You bet your ass I do. I'm talking about the American dream!
      Ziva: What do you know about the American dream?
      Tony: Well, lets see -- I'm a white male, between the age of 18 and 49, with a loud mouth and a gun. I am the American dream!

    • Bell: I tell my men, you take a swing, make sure you connect hard enough to put the other guy down.
      Gibbs: Good advice. Put your hands behind your back. (Walks by Werth) You should also tell them to get a hair cut.

    • Tony: That's...
      Abby: Uh huh.
      McGee: Its no longer in...
      Abby: Uh huh.
      Ziva: This is Gibbs' boat.
      Abby: This is the crime scene. It was flown here on a C 130 cargo plane along with two bodies and all the evidence and now it is mine. It is aaaaaaaaaaall mine! So I can figure out the mystery.
      McGee: What mystery? Who the dead guys were?
      Ziva: Or who killed them?
      Tony: Or how they ended up on the boat?
      Abby: Sure, you guys should work on that. While I figure out how he got it out of the basement.

    • Franks: Lady Ziva, glad you're here! Gibbs send ya?
      Ziva: We have been instructed to sit on the baby.

  • NOTES (3)

    • Featured Music:
      "California" by Bob Dylan (Last scene of the episode)

    • Guest star Diane Venora like cast regulars Mark Harmon and Rocky Carroll was part of the cast of Chicago Hope, but was not on the show when they were.

    • Original International Airdates:
      Australia: November 10, 2009 on Channel Ten
      Norway: December 8, 2009 on TV3
      Sweden: December 15, 2009 on TV3
      Latin America: March 12, 2010 on AXN
      Germany: April 4, 2010 on SAT 1
      Spain: April 16, 2010 on LaSexta
      Slovakia: July 1, 2010 on Markiza
      Finland: October 19, 2010 on Nelonen
      Czech Republic: December 20, 2010 on TV Nova


    • Tony: Actually, I think Colonel Hogan may have a radio in the coffeepot, but the tunnel may have been filled in.

      A reference to items found in Hogan's Heroes, a TV comedy about a group of POWs wreaking havoc under the nose of oblivious Germans while held in a German prison camp during World War II. The show ran from 1965 to 1971. Colonel Hogan was the American fighter pilot who was leader of the prisoners as they used the prison as their center of operations for causing problems for the Germans with disruptions, etc.

    • Tony: Ah, new homes... 'give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.'
      McGee: Well, the 'wretched refuse' ended up working on this 'teaming shore'...

      A reference to the poem "The New Colossus", by Emma Lazarus, engraved on the Statue of Liberty.

    • Tony: But tomorrow... tomorrow, you might win the lottery. You might slip on the right driveway, tomorrow – just like Annie song.

      Refers to the song "Tomorrow" from the musical Annie, based on the comic strip Little Orphan Annie. Other references to Daddy Warbucks, the short red dress, etc. are trademarks of the comic strip, the Broadway musical and ensuing movie.