Season 2 Episode 16

Pop Life

Aired Tuesday 8:00 PM Mar 01, 2005 on CBS
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Episode Summary

NCIS starts the investigation after petty officer Manda King is found dead in the bartender's bed. The suspect is the owner of the competing club where Manda's sister sings.

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  • Bit torn about this episode – some bits I liked, some bits I didn't.

    The case stinks from the first – despite the drugs, he had sex with her, supposedly killed her and went to sleep, after remembering to clean the knife?!

    Asking Ducky to counsel Tony and Kate is a good idea, Ducky's quite the people-person and he's worked with them for almost two years. 'Latent brother-sister rivalry' – not so latent but I'm not so sure about the sexual tension but Ducky's on the nose about the 'need to please a father figure'.

    Samantha's got a great routine and a great voice. Pity she's such a cow, she plotted the murder of her own sister and framed an innocent man, then killed Hitch to get out of her contract. Gibbs was right – her father should die in peace, not having to know that one of his daughters killed the other.moreless
  • Someone's nightmare..

    One man wakes up and his nightmare starts: beside her is a dead body of not the girl he went to bed with. And that is just a start of the puzzle. Soon a man who everyone fear start to be main suspect but noone talks and those who they question, starts to get killed: so the victim's sister looks like possible next victim and they have to help her. And Kate gets into some dangerous moments.. and she really starts to worry about that girl.. and even more shocking the end therefore is.. You did not expect that.. But those cases where the end is unexpected, better they are..moreless
  • Not an interesting episode, but it was unpredictable.

    This episode did not really entertain me too much, and I found the storyline to be weak and relatively boring. However, it still had an interesting element to it, and it was rather unpredictable with the ending, which was a plus.

    I thought that the episode was quite funny, especially the 'Call Me Jimmy' quote by Palmer.

    I felt that the storyline wasn't the best and it wasn't too well written either, but I did enjoy the ending. However, I do not recommend this episode and it is one of my least favorite ones from the Second Season.

    Not a good episode and I wouldn't recommend this one at all.moreless
  • Another good one!

    A man wakes up to find his girlfriend next to him, dead. As he runs out of the apartment to get help, he opens the door to 2 police officers. NCIS are called in when they earn that the female victim was a petty officer. They find used condoms in the bin near the bed and when Abby runs tests on them, they discover that they do not match their suspect. He was in fact set up. He claims that the woman he went to bed with was not the woman he woke up with. And with the new evidence, that seems to be the case. Tony & Kate go undercover where the man picked up the girl he went home with. So they go and manage to get photos of all of the girls. And whilst there they discover that the petty officer's sister works there as a singer. The team believe that Bulldog the owner of the club where the petty officer's sister works, is involved in her murder although they have no evidence. In the end the team discover that her own sister killed her in rage, and framed the man she herself had slept with that night.moreless
  • Evil Sister!

    This episode was slightly disturbing, but still very entertaining to watch. I didn't see the ending coming at all, and I completely mean that. It's just not right. I mean killing your own sister, and then also framing somebody else for her murder, just so she could inherit some money. Wow talk about being greedy. I mean who does that, and just so she could use the money to be famous, cause yeah being famous is more important than your own Sister, who practically raised her. There are no words for how disturbing I find this and how evil evil this sister was.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

Sean Murray (I)

Sean Murray (I)

Special Agent Tim McGee

David McCallum

David McCallum

Chief M.E. Ducky Mallard



Samantha 'Jade' King

Guest Star

Daya Vaidya

Daya Vaidya

Keisha 'Summer Diamond' Scott

Guest Star

Scott Alan Smith

Scott Alan Smith

Detective Mark Mauceri

Guest Star

Brian Dietzen

Brian Dietzen

Asst. M.E. Jimmy Palmer

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (32)

    • Abby: We'll figure it out together, Jimmy.
      Palmer: Oh please, call me Jimmy.
      Abby: I just did.

    • McGee (walks in on Abby and Palmer superglued together): Palmer, what the hell are you doing?!

    • Abby: You know, you didn't have to yell at him. Jimmy is terrified of you now.
      McGee: He is? Cool.

    • Ducky: The knife missed her vital organs so the wound, in and of itself, was not fatal.
      Gibbs: She didn't bleed to death.
      Ducky: Exactly. Her body contained four liters of blood, so there was no exsanguination.
      Gibbs: Ducky...
      Ducky: I'm sorry, it's such a lovely word, exsanguination, I can't help saying it. (laughs nervously as Gibbs just looks at him) Moving on...

    • Tony: Twinkle Toes, Candy Pants, stay behind your mom here.

    • Tony: I knew this girl once. She squeaked. She made this little squeaking...
      Kate: Tony! You want to tell Ducky that story?
      Gibbs: He's heard it. We all have.

    • Jade: Who are you?
      Tony: Same as Kate. Well not exactly.

    • Tony: (focusing on strippers behind) How's that?
      Abby: Well it's art but we kinda need a shot of her face.

    • Tony: Boss, I don't know if you want to see this but you probably should...

    • Tony: (To Witness) Look, there is always something you remember about every woman, something you'll remember in twenty years time... something small and subtle... a piece of jewelry, a laugh... a smell.
      Kate: Ugh, I feel like I've died and woke up in a Calvin Klein ad.

    • Ducky: (To Kate and Tony) We need to look a little deeper. There is clearly a latent sibling rivalry here, being expressed by your adolescent and sexually-charged bickering. It all stems from a desperate desire to please a father figure, and I think we all know who that is!
      Kate: What has this got to do with my tuna fish sandwich?

    • Kate: We need a mediator Ducky or I'm going to have to go to Employee Relations.
      Tony: Which would be tattling!
      Kate: No, Employee Relations is not tattling!
      Tony: It's the adult version of I'm telling mummy.
      Kate: You're so juvenile!
      Tony: Am not.
      Kate: Are so!
      Tony: Am not!
      Kate: We need an unofficial mediator Ducky.
      Ducky: Well, did you try Gibbs?
      Kate: Ugh...
      Ducky: Good point.
      Kate: We thought of McGee.
      Tony: But, we have no respect for him.
      Kate: And then we thought of you!
      Ducky: I see, third on the short list. Well, at least I beat out Abby.
      Tony: Well, we just came from there.
      Kate: She turned us down.
      Ducky: Oh.

    • Tony: I didn't think you would notice!
      Kate: Oh stealing food is okay if no one notices!
      Tony: It wasn't stealing, it was sharing.
      Kate: It was my lunch! I don't want to share my lunch!
      Tony: See you just said it was sharing!
      Ducky: Excuse me. Show a little respect, this is a place of peace and dignity.
      Tony: That was before Kate got here.

    • Tony: Suspect claims he went to bed with one woman and woke up with another.
      Abby: That happens to girls, too. At night, some guy seems all dark and gnarly, and then you wake up and his tattoos are fake and he works at a bank.
      McGee: I used to work at a bank.
      Abby: Your tat is real and you don't disappoint me.

    • Tony: Little miss tighty pants here blows it out of proportion.

    • Gibbs: (to suspect) You went home with one woman and woke up with another.
      Tony: I hate it when that happens...

    • Gibbs: I need the condoms tested.
      Abby: Not what you want to hear first thing in the morning....

    • Kate: Why bulldog?
      McGee: I don't know.
      Tony: Bulldog bites you in the ass and never lets go.

    • Abby: (about stripper) Wow Kate! How'd you get her to do that?

    • (talking about the bouncers at the club)
      Tony: Gosh, those guys were big. Big, big, big, big!

    • Gibbs: Paranoid.
      Tony: Sounds like someone I know.

    • Tony: Are you done yet? (Standing over McGee, eating a cookie. Wipes crumbs off of McGee's head)

    • Gibbs: McGee!
      McGee: Yeah boss.
      Gibbs: Locals think it was a hit-and-run, what about you?
      McGee: Me? Um... Me... Uh...
      Tony: Answer the man, probie!

    • Tony: (after Gibbs takes the last cookie) That's so not right.

    • (After Abby gets the picture and Tony keeps staring at the stripper.)
      Gibbs: I'm watching you DiNozzo.
      Tony: Just being thorough boss.

    • (Tony watching a singer/dancer at the club, nodding his head up and down with the music)
      Gibbs: Tony stop jumping up and down. We can't see.

    • Willie: I dunno about you, but I've slept with a lot of women.
      Tony: I wouldn't know anything about that Willy, I'm a Mormon.

    • Ducky: I'm flattered that you would entrust your relationship to me. It will be rather like.... marriage counselling. (smiles, Tony and Kate give a look)
      Tony: Oh, let's not use those words.

    • Tony: Maybe she has a funky side. We all have a funky side. Except Kate. (Kate elbows him) And you boss. You don't have a funky side, I'm sure.

    • Gibbs: Are you done?
      Tony: Almost.
      Gibbs: Done or fired. Those are your options.
      Tony: Done.

    • Ducky: It's prohibitively expensive and rarely works.
      Gibbs: So is marriage.

    • Gibbs: DiNozzo!
      (Tony is snoring)
      Kate: I'll wake him up.
      Gibbs: No. I got a better idea. (Speeds up then slams on the brakes. Tony is now awake)
      Kate: Bad dream, DiNozzo?!
      Tony: I... wha... uh... wha...

  • NOTES (2)

    • The song "Sophisticated Lady", performed by Mya Harrison in her role of Samantha King/Jade, is from her third album Mood Ring, released in 2003.

    • Original International Airdates:
      Croatia: December 15, 2005 on NOVA TV
      Finland: May 26, 2007 on Nelonen
      France: November 04, 2005 on M6
      Germany: December 15, 2005 on SAT.1
      Sweden: July 09, 2005 on TV3
      Denmark: March 15, 2005 on TV3


    • Tony: With a voice like that Samantha could have been the next Brandy.

      Brandy Norwood, aka Brandy, is a young pop R&B singer/actress whose career peaked in the late 90s. Mya Harrison, aka Mya, portrayed Samantha and is also a popular pop R&B singer/actress of a similar ilk, but whose sexuality in her music eventually pushed the likes of Brandy into the sidelines.