NCIS

Season 5 Episode 7

Requiem

7
Aired Tuesday 8:00 PM Nov 06, 2007 on CBS
8.9
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Gibbs finds himself emotionally challenged when he agrees to investigate a crime connected to a friend of his daughter, who was killed years ago, and the investigation leads to a shocking conclusion.

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  • 2nd worst episode of the season!

    2.0
    I don't understand the high reviews for this episode. I was bored out of my skull. This episode is one of the few I've only watched once, even though I have the DVD set it was that bad. Chimera was much better, yet has a lower score.
  • Gibbs Finds Himself At The Center Of An Emotional Journey Into His Past After He Agrees To Help The Childhood Friend Of His Late Daughter.

    10
    When I first read the synopsis of this episode, I knew it would be special. I'm glad to say that it was. This episode even has the material to be a season finale. "Requiem" starts with heavily breathing Tony killing two suspects and then dives in the water in the order to save Gibbs and a woman, who are trapped in a car. This opening scene was just epic. Gibbs is the only character who has a dark past so that is the main reason why this episode worked well. His family has stayed as a mystery to the viewers so I was glad to see more of them. The case was very entertaining with an interesting side story. The flashbacks were well done. Mark Harmon and Michael Weatherly were at top form here. I really loved their acting. The ending scene was very good and heart-breaking. Overall, a very good Gibbs-episode that you can't just simply miss. Excellent.moreless
  • Best nail biter yet!

    10
    Oh my Goodness!! I don't really know what to say about this one except WOW. I really liked this one. It was definately a definative one for Gibbs. I am sooo glad that they are digging into his past. This episode finally marks the beginning, I think of a new direction with the series. I loved the photo shot at the very end where they put kelly gibbs and maddie, kind of a symbol for what would have happened. There were still funny moments though, but not too many to offset the drama filled episode. Tony's part was really good too. He always tries to play off his worry or serious side, but when you need him, he's there. Overall I am putting this up there with one of my favorites. (I still haven't seen them top SWAK or UNDER COVERS yet, but this one I think is on par)moreless
  • Gibbs become's attached to the one living thing connected to his late daughter.

    9.9
    I believe this episode in particular was a major one in the history of NCIS. Undoubtedly it had most people in tears as they watched Jethro Gibbs fight for something connected to his daughter.



    Normally, I wouldn't revel in an episode mostly based on one particular character but the writers, directors and dare I say it, even the actors performed at their peak to ensure that whilst Gibbs was in no haste the main character, the team dynamics were still spot on. For that I congratulate them.



    This episode demonstrates why this program is a favourite of so many. Laughter and real heart tugging emotion was delivered perfectly and effectively and succeeded where so many other shows have failed.



    I also thought it was quite fitting to have Tony DiNozzo save them. Whether or not, one agrees with the statement,Tony could be seen a makeshift son to Gibbs and with Maddy present, the closest person connected to her daughter, it just seemed right.



    It just shows that shows can develop the right way as the series move on. If this is the standard of this season, I can hardly wait for the next.moreless
  • This is exactly why I like NCIS and the character that is Supervisory Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs. Spoilers are included in this review.

    9.8
    This episode was powerful from the get-go, with Gibbs' appearing to drown.



    After the credits, the scene is set 24 hour earlier, and Gibbs is faced with reaquainting himself with his daughter, Kelly's best friend, Maddie, who has fast grown up, approaching Gibbs with a personal problem - a recently returned-from-service Marine Sergeant is stalking her, and had assaulted her.



    In true Gibbs fashion, he dealt with the problem, letting the Sergeant know exactly where he stands and where he shouldn't go in life, and Maddie is grateful for Gibb's effort, and invites him in for a coffee, where he looks at a photo of Kelly and Maddie in the Gibbs family backyard sandbox. Gibbs comments that he never found out why they were laughing when he took the photo of them both, and Maddie divulges that Kelly and her placed a "time capsule" in the sandbox and buried it.



    Gibbs returns home, where he discovers the time capsule. He is torn between opening it and finding more of Kelly's trinkets, and leaving it alone, to return to the former sandbox. It is ever so evident that Gibbs misses his family so much by the raw emotion that Mark Harmon portrays in his character, and the flashbacks that are played in this episode.



    Maddie calls Gibbs again to inform him that the good Sergeant has returned, and she was under threat in her own home. Gibbs rushes to her house in his Chrysler 300C in again, true Gibbs fashion, only to find the house ransacked and looking out the window and hearing Maddie scream, Gibbs headed to get her, but failed to get to the vehicle to stop it in time, and not risking the shot and potentially injuring or killing Maddie.



    After tracking down the whereabouts of the Marine Sergeant, he was found brutally tortured and murdered, and being dead before the abduction of Maddie took place, removing him from suspicion. The hunt was on to find the real perps, and locating a GPS Tracking device, it was easy to expand that lead, evidently ending up in providing two very real suspects.



    Gibbs, again, in true fashion, disappears out of sight with his weapon, but without his badge and identification, and sets up a deal with the abductors to free Maddie. A fight ensures, shots are fired, Maddie and Gibbs make it to the abductor's car, and Gibbs reverses it off a dock, and it cuts to the entrance scene, where DiNozo, using his detective skills to track Gibbs, sees and hears Gibbs roll off the dock and into the harbour, and runs to save him and Maddie. On racing towards the rapidly sinking car, DiNozo shoots both abductors and races full-force and jumps into the harbour.



    The doors were jammed, and so DiNozo began ripping at the windscreen successfully. He helped Maddie out and raced her to the surface, while Gibbs tried to fend for himself, only to be caught by the steering column of the car, and preventing his escape. DiNozo went back down to rescue his boss, finding him appearing to be drowned. DiNozo got him out, swam him to shore and began CPR on him, only to appear to fail. DiNozo then went to work on Maddie, and she came through. Another flashback scene of Kelly telling her dad that it was okay to go back appears, and Maddie reaches over to clutch Jethro's hand, and it appears tha Gibbs is alive, turning his head to look at Maddie.



    On return home, Gibbs takes the "time capsule", contemplates one last time in opening it, but dismisses it, returning it to its resting place.



    Throughout the episode, it is noteworthy that Gibbs shows a family-like attachment to Maddie, as he is deeply reminded of Kelly by her. When Maddie has Jethro for coffee, Maddie tells Gibbs that she often wonders what Kelly would have been like now. Twice during the episode, Gibbs says that, "She'd be a lot like you." He now brandishes the photo of Kelly and Maddie together, and in the final cut-scene, you can see that Gibbs leaves the photo of him, Kelly and Maddie intricately placed to show them in a family-like pose.



    I will as always, continue to be a proud and loyal fan of NCIS, simply because the episodes keep getting better and better.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

Cameron Goodman

Cameron Goodman

Maddie Tyler

Guest Star

Anne-Marie Johnson

Anne-Marie Johnson

Marine Col. Stacey Radcliffe

Guest Star

Mark Totty

Mark Totty

Army Major Max Bourdais, Ret

Guest Star

Darby Stanchfield

Darby Stanchfield

Shannon Gibbs

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (8)

    • GOOF: Maddie's name is spelled Mattie on her telephone record.

    • TRIVIA: Time Capsules Content

      1. Best buddies drawing - Kelly and Maddie often spent their afternoons colouring together. Maddie drew this picture for Kelly right before the time capsule was buried.
      2. A pink and yellow Polly Pocket toy belonging to Kelly.
      3. Push-up Pop Candy - Maddie's favourite candy.
      4. A summer picture of Kelly and Maddie while the two friends hung out in front of Kelly's house.
      5. Baby sized dog tags labeled Kelly and Daddy as a gift from Gibbs when she was four years old.
      6. A letter Kelly wrote to Gibbs before his deployment to Kuwait.
      7. A yellow ribbon.
      8. A horse painted by Kelly when she was six years old.
      9. A paper fortune teller containing the names of boys Maddie and Kelly liked from their school.
      10. A hand drawing traced in crayon dated 1992, the time Kelly and Maddie are in kindergarten.
      11. Bracelets - Kelly and Maddie exchanged these bracelets when they were in second grade.

    • GOOF: When Abby took picture of Gibbs & Maddie, they were walking side-by-side. However, in the photo that Abby gave him, Maddie was in front of and closer to Gibbs.

    • GOOF: When Tony is performing CPR it should be at a rate of 30 compressions and 2 breaths, which he was not doing.

    • TRIVIA: Abby has a Razr cell phone.

    • GOOF: When DiNozzo is performing CPR on Gibbs, Gibbs's eyes are open in some shots and closed in others.

    • GOOF: The ending scene shows Gibbs with the picture of Kelly and Maddie. But, this is impossible because he put the picture in the pocket of his suit jacket before going to save Maddie, in which he reversed into the water, which would have damaged the picture.

    • TRIVIA: Tony has subscribed to National Geographic since 1981.

  • QUOTES (10)

    • Ducky: Not quite a stairway to Heaven, perhaps an elevator to a less compelling place.

    • Tony: Calling Gibbs?
      Ziva: He did not pick up.
      Tony: Worried about him?
      Ziva: Are you?
      Tony: You be worried about him. I'll be tentatively troubled, privately perturbed, fleetingly flustered.
      Ziva: Have you called him?
      Tony: I would have to be deeply discombobulated to even think of calling him.

    • Tony: Okay. McTim you win. What are we looking at?
      McGee: What do you see?
      Tony: It's an iceberg and we're headed right for it.
      Mcgee: More like the 4 million dollar tip of an 8 billion dollar iceberg.

    • Tony: This is ground control to Major McTom. This is ground control to Major Tom. Is anybody out there?
      McGee: What?
      Tony: Oh. I was just checking. You've been staring into space for the last hour. Even on the McGeekle scale that is cause for concern.

    • Tony: Soldier of fortune is about to become a soldier of misfortune.
      Ziva: The dogs of war are about to taste the hair of the dogs.

    • Abby: Okay. I need all of you to get out of my lab. Let me do my thing. I have all of these samples to test, and Major mass spec is going to blow up in protest if I don't blow up first. (Silence and then Abby looks around autopsy) Sorry. This isn't my lab. I'm going to go.

    • McGee (to Gibbs): Boss, there's a young lady here to see you. I sent her to the lounge.
      Gibbs: About?
      McGee: 22...23 (Gibbs gives McGee a questioning look) I mean it's personal, she wouldn't say.

    • Kelly's voice: (Gibbs is lying on the dock) Go back daddy... It's okay, go back.

    • Ziva: She knew.
      McGee: Reads Gibbs like a book.
      Tony: Short read, not a lot of dialogue.
      Ziva: Your kind of book.
      Tony: You suggesting I don't read?
      McGee: I think she's suggesting you only look at the pictures, Tony.
      Tony: Picture paints a thousand words, McGee.
      Ziva: And in your case, most are the names of female body parts.

    • Tony: (Giving CPR to Gibbs) C'mon boss, don't make me kiss you.

  • NOTES (6)

    • This episode was the only submission on the Emmy Awards 'For Your Consideration' DVD for this season.

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Denmark: January 15, 2008 on TV3
      Germany: April 13, 2008 on SAT 1
      The Netherlands: April 23, 2008 on Veronica
      Sweden: April 27, 2008 on TV3
      Australia: May 6, 2008 on Channel 10
      United Kingdom: June 29, 2008 on FX UK
      Italy: October 5, 2008 on RAI 2
      Spain: October 31, 2008 on La Sexta
      Hungary: February 2, 2009 on TV2
      Slovakia: August 13, 2009 on Markiza
      Finland: October 13, 2009 on Nelonen
      Czech Republic: February 15, 2010 on TV Nova

    • As of this episode, the black & white teaser, just before the opening credits, has been removed. Instead, the teaser shows what happens after the opening credits.

    • Anne-Marie Johnson had previously played the role of Congresswoman Bobbi Latham on JAG.

    • Featured Music:
      "Big River" by Johnny Cash (in the background on the tape recorder while the team is looking for Haas)
      "All I Need" by Mat Kearney (in the background when Gibbs was with Maddie)

    • The role of Kelly Gibbs was previously portrayed by Mary Matilyn Mouser in 4 episodes, but is now played by Brenna Radding.

  • ALLUSIONS (5)

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