NCIS

Season 3 Episode 10

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Aired Tuesday 8:00 PM Nov 29, 2005 on CBS
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While on duty, McGee kills a man who is later discovered to be an undercover police officer. When Jenny decides to approve the investigation on McGee, the NCIS team is forced to prove that McGee is not guilty, pushing Gibbs' relationship with Jen to the limit. Meanwhile, Tony is troubled by his past.moreless

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  • Excellent, humorous, fast-faced, good story

    9.5
    Excellent, well-done episode. It is a good example of why the earlier seasons are better than the recent ones. Besides a good plot, it didn't stop with that but added good extras like character development, humor, good acting and delightful little details and dialog. The quips, surprises and clues flew by rapidly. There were a number of cliche-type things that could have been botched, but were not.



    For example, references to Gibbs and the Directors' past romance could have been trite, but avoided much of that. I liked the way Jenny said "don't treat me like a junior agent," and Gibbs replied, "I'm treating you like a junior Director!"



    I doubt that anyone got a letter that his sperm bank contribution of 15 or so years ago was unwanted, but it was funny, not overdone, and Ziva's acting was letter perfect.



    Ducky's conversation with Abby about her growing interest in autopsies was cute.



    A nice story touch was that no one could know if McGee fired the fatal shot, so no completely happy ending.



    The plot was good. Some of you might have missed some stuff about the bullets, so I'll quickly go through it here. ***Spoilers.*** There was a gunshot flash near the cop, and McGee --thinking he was fired on-- fired 3 shots at the cop, killing him. The cop was found with 3 bullets (two damaged) in him, so they naturally all thought they were from McGee's gun. The big problems were (1) they couldn't find the cop's gun anywhere, and (2) he was supposed to have fired at McGee (and missed, of course), but they couldn't find any bullets and bullet holes anywhere near where McGee was standing. As usual in many NCIS episodes, Abby, given enough time, solved the case -- she noticed gunpowder on the cop, indicating that at least one of the 3 bullets in the cop didn't come from McGee, rather from someone near the cop. So if McGee fired 3 bullets, one or more had to have missed the cop, and, surely enough, one bullet was found in the wall near where the cop died. Abby also deduced that the dying cop spun around and flipped his gun into the car, thus explaining its absence at the crime scene.moreless
  • Could have done without the sperm bank storyline.

    9.3
    I liked how McGee kept rethinking his story. I knew at the beginning the gun had fallen into the car. And after meeting the dead cop's partner you knew he was the killer. I'm warming up to Ziva and Abby was her same cute self. Palmer needs to go away, he's very annoying.
  • Goodbye NCIS, you gave it a good run, but I'm tired of these bad writers and the unexpected jump of the shark season your on.

    1.0
    Goodbye NCIS, though really at this point it’s not a big deal. The scripts are ruined; the characters are basically fodder for no reason at all. Not that it matters I wont watch the show any more, apparently according to neilson NCIS is doing well, so they wont miss my viewership. Ziva has to big a role for a newbie, but more importantly, Tony and Gibbs are all but written out of the show. Ziva slapped Tony’s head, whatever the excuse, probie hasn’t even thought about, as he shouldn’t, neither should Ziva. The pecking order that they got us used to is gone, Ziva a new character that replaced an old character is now the beat all end all of, well everything, that’s not why I used to watch the show. Tony and Gibbs are now morons, not their fault, is obvious lack of writing talent. So.. Goodbye NCIS, and good riddance. Have fun with it, maybe we’ll get lucky and they’ll write out Tony and Gibbs soon, so they can go to new projects where they can get better writers, and some that know how to keep a character true to themselves, the storyline, and progression.moreless
  • McGee's shot

    8.8
    McGee is put on situation when he has to kill a man and it comes out that the man was police working undercover and if the shooting did not shake McGee enough, what is coming later, sure does. He starts to doubt himself and gets into bigger mess.. But others do great job and manage to figure out what is going on.. even thought it seems not to be easy and Ziva is again doubting and thinking if things look like someone is guilty, he is.. And the last scene.. Gibbs and McGee going after the dead man's partner.. and he freezing. I think it showed really well the effect it had on McGee but I hope he will be ok.moreless
  • Solid episode

    7.5
    McGee was at the forefront of tonight's episode. While he is not my favorite character on the show, this was a nice little look into his make-up and to see how he behaves and what makes him tick. While this experience will probably not have too much of an effect on the show in the long-run, it is necessary for a show that plans to be on the air for a decade to build a background like this for the cast.



    Plus, there was some great stuff with Ziva and Tony about donating sperm, so the comedy was there as well tonight.moreless
Mark Harmon

Mark Harmon

Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs

Michael Weatherly

Michael Weatherly

Special Agent Tony DiNozzo

Cote de Pablo

Cote de Pablo

Mossad Agent Ziva David

Pauley Perrette

Pauley Perrette

Forensics Specialist Abby Sciuto

Sean Murray (I)

Sean Murray (I)

Special Agent Tim McGee

Lauren Holly

Lauren Holly

Director Jenny Shepard

William Gregory Lee

William Gregory Lee

Metro Police Sgt. Keith Archer

Guest Star

Christopher Allport

Christopher Allport

Metro Police Cpt. Dan Karzin

Guest Star

Gary Sommers

Gary Sommers

John Benedict

Guest Star

Brian Dietzen

Brian Dietzen

Asst. M.E. Jimmy Palmer

Recurring Role

Stephanie Mello

Stephanie Mello

NCIS Tech Cynthia Sumner

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (4)

    • Gibbs: First, Abby's lab nerd frames DiNozzo for murder, and then McGee kills a cop! Did somebody break a mirror?

      This is a superstition. There are about 10 superstitions about mirror. This is probably the oldest one. Actually, it says that if you break a mirror, next seven years won't be lucky for you.

    • Ziva: Leazazel!

      This is Hebrew curse. In English, this actually means: hell. As in other cases, Ziva mispronounces the Hebrew.

    • Gibbs Rules:
      Rule #8 - Never take anything for granted. (Abby to McGee)

    • TRIVIA: When Tony is on the phone with the sperm bank and Gibbs is coming by, he doesn't want Gibbs to know about his problems with the sperm bank, so he pretends that he is talking with another agent. The agent is referred to as Agent Vandelay, this could be a reference to the fake character used by George Costanza many times, in the series Seinfeld, sometimes for the same reason.

  • QUOTES (27)

    • Tony: You miss the spy game? Must have been exciting.
      Ziva: You've seen too many James Bond movies. It's not all about car chases and sex.
      Tony: It wasn't?
      Ziva: Well, there was a lot of sex...

    • (When McGee is getting ready to get interrogated)
      Ziva: May I give you some advice?
      McGee: Please!
      Ziva: Be confident when they interrogate you. If you don't believe what you're saying, how can they?
      McGee: Every time I think about it, it comes out a little different.
      Ziva: For God's sake, don't tell that to Metro!

    • Ziva: You've been on hold for fifteen minutes. Must be important.
      Tony: Yeah.
      Ziva: Sperm bank?
      Tony: Yeah.
      Ziva: Why did you do it? You didn't need the money.
      Tony: It was easier than giving blood.
      Ziva: You enjoyed making those deposits. Was there a penalty for early withdraw?
      Tony: You're a sick chick David!

    • Gibbs: You have to learn to say "No".
      Jenny: I did Jethro... or have you forgotten?

    • Gibbs: Can somebody tell me what the hell is going on here? First Abby's lab nerd frames DiNozzo for murder and then McGee kills a cop. Did SOMEBODY break a mirror?!

    • Gibbs: (Angrily to McGee) You ever hesitate again because you second guessed yourself, I'll take your badge.

    • Gibbs: (to Ziva) McGee isn't your father and he isn't Ari. (pause) He doesn't know how to lie.

    • Ziva: I understand... I'd be embarrassed too. (Tony stares at her.) I shouldn't done it. But your phone kept on ringing this morning, and I knew this call was important, so I answered it.
      Tony: You... ta.. talked to the...
      Ziva: To the woman at the sperm bank. The director of a... (pause)... critical issues, yes. I'm sorry, Tony.
      Tony: Huh... She had no right to tell that no one wants my sperm!
      Ziva Hah! Yes! Hahaha!
      Tony: (shocked) You didn't talk to her...
      Ziva: So,um, no little DiNozzos anywhere?

    • Tony: If you ever Gibbs-slap me again David, I'll slap you back harder!
      Ziva: I was following orders!

    • Abby: Rule number eight is going to save you McGee!
      Tony: Never date a co-worker?
      Ziva: Never go anywhere without your knife?
      Tony: I thought that was nine.
      Gibbs: Never take anything for granted.

    • Abby: I thought you would be out celebrating.
      McGee: No.
      Abby: Did you come down for a hug?

    • (Tony knocks on McGee's door.)
      Tony: Haha! Open up, McGee.
      McGee: Tony, I'm really not in the mood.
      Tony: Let me in...
      (McGee opens the door and lets him in.)
      McGee: OK, you're in, what do you want?
      Tony: We're going out.

    • Abby: I think I'm ready for the next big step.
      Ducky: And what's that?
      Abby: Assisting in an autopsy.
      Palmer: Oh, yeah, right!

    • Ziva: Huh...There are little teenage DiNozzos running around somewhere? (Tony stares at her) Hah! That's frightening!
      Tony: I never thought about it until this morning. I got a registered letter from the sperm bank telling me to contact them as soon as possible.
      Ziva: Why?!
      Tony: I don't know!

    • Jen: Your eyesight's weak, not your hearing.

    • McGee: I'm not like you guys. You were trained as a cop, Gibbs was a Marine sniper, Kate protected the President of the United States. (pause) God only knows what Ziva did in Mossad.

    • Gibbs: You may know how to kiss ass, but you don't know how to protect it.

    • Ziva: His goose is cooked.
      Tony: You would get that one right.

    • Tony: First time I shot at someone I wet my pants.
      McGee: Really?
      Tony: If you tell anyone, I'll slap you silly.

    • Gibbs: He must've shot him from behind the wheel.
      DiNozzo: WRONG, BOSS!
      Gibbs: Slap him, Ziva. (Ziva slaps the back of Tony's head)

    • (to Tony, about donating organs for his kids)
      Ziva: You, who would not give up a Krispy Kreme donut, would give up a kidney?
      Tony: You wouldn't understand, you're not a parent.

    • Ziva: Tony, McGee stumbled across something. Misread it and overreacted...
      Tony: Not McGee. His brain is like a computer. It's scary. I'm sure procedures and regs warp sped through his processor before he pulls the trigger.

    • Tony: When the going gets tough, the tough go clubbing.

    • Tony: You got any party clothes McGeek?
      McGee: Tony.
      Tony: Baby, you aren't going to be scoring in any of this stuff.

    • Jenny: I am not a Junior Agent.
      Gibbs: No you're a Junior Director.

    • DiNozzo: (referring to McGee) We're talking about a guy who has protocols and checklists for flossing and brushing his teeth.

    • DiNozzo: (on the phone to the sperm bank; spelling his surname) Big 'D', little 'i', big 'N', little 'ozzo'.

  • NOTES (3)

    • Original International Airdates:
      Denmark: January 10, 2006 on TV3
      Australia: May 10, 2006 on Channel 10
      Sweden: June 11, 2006 on TV3
      Germany: September 3, 2006 on SAT 1
      France: October 13, 2006 on M6
      Italy: November 20, 2006 on RAI 2
      Croatia: November 23, 2006 on NOVA TV
      Finland: December 1, 2007 on Nelonen
      Slovakia: May 4, 2009 on Markiza

    • Though they aren't on screen together, William Gregory Lee (Sgt. Archer) had a recurring role on Dark Angel with Michael Weatherly (Special Agent Tony DiNozzo), who was a regular on the show.

    • This episode was previously known under the title The Second Man.

  • ALLUSIONS (2)

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