Season 1 Episode 23


Aired Tuesday 8:00 PM May 25, 2004 on CBS
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Episode Summary

The terrorist who previously held a part of the NCIS team hostage, returns with a plan to attack the President. Gibbs and his team must follow the clues to reveal his identity and find Kate, who was kidnapped by the terrorist.

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  • The 1st Season Ends With Gibbs On The Trail Of The Terrorist, Who Previously Infiltrated NCIS Headquarters And Took Hostages. Kate Is Kidnapped During The Case.

    I was glad to see the character of the terrorist to return to the season finale. The first season has been very good and the finale was too. When I first watched "Bete Noire", I knew it would continue because the storyline was never finished. That aside, I enjoyed this episode. The team finally identified the terrorist. The story took twists and turns that I did not see coming. The scenes with Kate and Ari are very well done. The best scene was when Tony started to run with the Swedish girl. I couldn't help laughing. Mark Harmon was excellent here. There is a reason why I won't rate it as "10". When I finished watching this episode, I was not that satisfied with the conclusion. They got very little info on the terrorist. But this was a very good season finale. The terrorist saga is not over yet, IF you want to see how it concludes, then jump right to the second season finale. It will continue in the first two episodes of the third season. Overall, a very good episode.moreless
  • it was good you began to see Gibbs as a sexual preditor, his word " did you make love to her before you killed her " shows he has feelings but a bit of a voyeurmoreless

    I found it good and different felt for ari, but gibbs always the bastard, the bit where poor kate was hit twice a bit much but then again her lip didn't go up much, as usual tony a bit of a wimp, when is he going to grow up, kate will always be on the outside she was never very NCIS more government
  • basically the story was good but it felt incomplete

    Well i just watched the season 1 finale on DVD last night and frankley i was disappointed with the outcome. Even though the storyline was good and the plot was unique and original the storyline didn't feel complete a little while after Ari shot the swedish women then it showed Ari and Gibbs in autopsy and what i was thinking to myself is where did the part about trying to kill the president come in? it would of been nice to add the bit about the 3 helicopter that would of made it even more exciting. Overall it was a good episode.moreless
  • The terrorist is... Ari Haswari!

    This episode is the very good conclusion to a great first season of the show. It is very well constructed and every little detail of the episode is intertwined with one another, which was great.

    I really enjoyed the scene where Haswari kidnapped Kate and wanted her to identify Air Force One from the other two planes.

    The episode was very suspenseful and you will be on the edge of your seat. It was not the best cliffhanger to finish a season, in my opinion, but it was still a very exciting episode, with the return of the terrorist.

    This episode, in my opinion, is a must see, because it is very entertaining, but it also further develops the storyline of the terrorist, which is very important in the next season.

    A great episode of NCIS, in my opinion!moreless
  • The ever-fascinating Ari returns. Combine that with an interesting storyline and you've got a great episode.

    Gibbs' nightmare – could that be seen as a premonition of Kate's death? Both Ari and the location of the bullet hole both fit… only Gibbs dreamt it a year before it happened. Nice touch.

    Ari is such an interesting character and finding out he's an undercover agent is fascinating. It explains much of his original behaviour – like not killing anyone and only wounding Gerald. He promises to be a future thorn in Gibbs' side and I particularly liked that Gibbs shot him – it was very fitting.

    A great episode, nice character ep with the return of Ari to top it off.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

Josie Davis

Josie Davis


Guest Star

Dan Lundy

Dan Lundy


Guest Star

Robert Cicchini

Robert Cicchini

NCIS Special Agent Daniel Snyder

Guest Star

Brian Dietzen

Brian Dietzen

Asst. M.E. Jimmy Palmer

Recurring Role

Rudolf Martin

Rudolf Martin

Ari Haswari

Recurring Role

Sean Murray (I)

Sean Murray (I)

Special Agent Tim McGee

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (7)

    • Goof: Kate pronounced it as "Baha-rain". It is simply Bahrain.

    • TRIVIA: Gibbs' preferred drink is 125 proof Bourbon.

    • TRIVIA: We find out the terrorist's name in this episode. It's Ari Haswari.

    • GOOF: When Ducky and Palmer are piecing together the bodies in autopsy, Ducky pulls out one fragment and says that it's the distal phalange. This is incorrect terminology. Collectively, the bones of the fingers or toes are referred to as the phalanges, but the term phalanx is used to refer to a single bone from the fingers or toes. Distal refers to the location of the bone in the toe or finger-- in this case it's the bone at the tip. In addition, to be specific, Ducky would need to designate which distal phalanx he had identified by using a Roman numeral between I and V, identify it as a phalanx from a finger or a toe, and include which side of the body it was from.

    • Gibbs Rules:
      Rule #7 - Always be specific when you lie. (Gibbs to Kate)

    • TRIVIA: In this episode, Gibbs has a vision of uncovering Kate's body with a bullet hole in her forehead - this could be a foreshadow of Kate's death exactly a season later because her character dies in the season two finale "Twilight." However, when writing this episode, Sasha Alexander had no intention to leave the show, so this was an accidental foreshadow.

    • TRIVIA: Ducky has lightning hands. In the lunch scene when Kate gets up he is attacking his salad with knife and fork. When Kate kisses him a split second later, his right hand is already holding his glass to his lips.

  • QUOTES (25)

    • Gibbs: Two op failures in a row. I'd ax your ass if you worked for me.

    • Fornell: Who drinks bourbon anymore?
      Gibbs: I do.
      Fornell: Got a glass?
      Gibbs: Use my coffee mug.
      (Fornell pours the drink)
      Fornell: What about you?
      (Fornell starts to drink and Gibbs take away the mug)
      Gibbs: I use my coffee mug. You go upstairs and get a glass or drink out of the bottle.

    • Fornell: This guy's been a sleeper his entire life.
      Gibbs: Well, I'd love to put him in a coma.

    • Ari Haswari: How is Gerald?
      Kate: Still in rehab. Asks every day if you're dead yet.

    • Tony: Kate, Gibbs is like a dog- he'll gnaw on an old bone 'til you throw him a steak. When he's done with the steak, he goes back to the old bone. The terrorist is his old bone.
      Kate: Let's hope he doesn't choke on it.

    • Kate: His eyes. I was looking into his eyes and they looked... kind.
      Gibbs: Did they look kind when he blew out Gerald's shoulder?
      Kate: You asked me why I couldn't stab him and I told you!
      Gibbs: Contrary to conventional wisdom, Kate, eyes can lie. You meet him again, don't forget that.

    • Ari Haswari: Oh, many women find me charming.
      Kate: You must pay them well.

    • Kate: Gibbs surprised me at DC Beans this morning. He brought me coffee and then probed me about that terrorist, like it happened yesterday, not months ago.
      Tony: Wow, that is serious. He's never bought me coffee.

    • Tony: (To Gibbs) Hey boss, McGee said you wanted to see me...Actually he said I was under house arrest but I figured that was just your way of making a point.
      Gibbs: Do I have to give you the name of the creek you're up without a paddle?...or how deep it is?
      Tony: Up to my knees?
      Gibbs: Ahhh, so you're familiar with this creek.
      Tony: Boss I'm sorry I took a long lunch but I was workin' a hot case...
      Gibbs: What case would that be? Shadowing a tight ass?
      Tony: Now that's not fair boss...
      Gibbs: War is not fair, and we are at war. Until I relieve you which may be any moment now, you will fight that war 24/7, that includes eating, sleeping, taking a crap. You got that?

    • Tony: (To Gibbs) What's wrong with you, besides not catching the Hamas guy?
      Gibbs: 'The Hamas guy?!?!' 'The Terrorist?!' 'The Bastard?!?!' 'The Ass?!?!' We call him everything but his name. Do you know why?
      Tony: Because we don't know his name...?
      Gibbs: Because you're out working a hot case. I want his name!!! I want it today!!!

    • Ari: Women should never get involved in politics; it's a waste of beauty.

    • Gibbs: What's with his name? Ari is Israeli; Haswari is Arab.
      Abby: Maybe his folks were working on some sort of Middle East peace plan.

    • (Gibbs holds up a pair of red, men's bikini briefs.)
      Abby: Oooh, Gibbs! I dig 'em!
      Gibbs: Tell DiNozzo.

    • Abby: Wake him up!
      McGee: I don't know; maybe he needs the rest.
      Abby: He's not resting; look at him! Those eyeballs are disco dancing under those lids.
      McGee: Disco dancing- is that back?
      Abby: It's Gibbs; it never left.
      Gibbs: McGee should have, hours ago. Norfolk office opens in 24 minutes.

    • Computer: (in creepy female voice) You have mail.
      Tony: Let's see who misses me today!

    • Kate: Gibbs... what is it with your hair?
      Gibbs: What's wrong with my hair?
      Kate: ...Nothing... it's... you!

    • Kate: Gibbs you're making me nervous. Scary scenarios are popping into my you're here to fire me...or to tell me that I'm going undercover as DiNozzo's wife.

    • Kate: Just what NCIS do you think I'm from?

    • Gibbs: He sleep over your place?
      Abby: Yep.
      Gibbs: You sleep in the coffin McGee?!
      McGee: Coffin?! You said it was a boxed sofa-bed.
      Abby: Well it is. Sort of.
      McGee: That's why you wouldn't turn the lights on. (Sighs) Oh, I can't believe I slept in a coffin.
      Abby: Not just slept.

    • Gibbs: What are you doing?
      Abby: Nothing.
      Gibbs: Then do nothing at your desk.

    • Tony: He's determined. Like Tommy Lee Jones in The Fugitive, The Duke in The Searchers, Mel Gibson in Payback.

    • Gibbs: Rule #7: Always be specific when you lie.

    • Kate: (to Gibbs) Why are you bringing me coffee from your caffeine dealer two blocks away? And don't use rule #7.

    • Abby: Would you be less grumpy if you slept in a bed?

    • Kate: Why am I here?

  • NOTES (1)

    • Original International Airdates:
      Croatia: September 01, 2005 on NOVA TV
      Hungary: May 08, 2006 on TV 2
      Sweden: November 21, 2004 on TV3
      Finland: February 3, 2007 on Nelonen
      France: October 14, 2004 on M6
      Germany: August 25, 2005 on SAT.1
      Denmark: May 25, 2004 on TV3


    • Episode title: "Reveille"
      Reveille refers to the traditional military bugle call sounded to wake up soldiers. It also means "wake up" in French. This is a reference to the other French titled episode in which Ari Haswari also appeared, "Bête Noire" (which meant nightmare in French), one can therefore make the inference that the NCIS team upon finding out Ari's identity is waking up from the nightmare. Correction from a French: "bête noir" means "pet peeve", not "nightmare". Also, "Reveille" as a word used alone looks weird, it is not a correct form in French. It would be either "Réveil" (awakening), or "Réveille-toi" (wake up, informal second person). The military term "reveille" is an English word coming from the French, but not a French word. (The translation of "Reveille" in French would be "Réveil en fanfare" if you really want to know...)

    • Tony: Boss, you really need to see Moby Dick.

      Moby Dick is a piece of classic literature by Herman Melville in which the title character is a white whale. A sea captain by the name of Ahab makes it his life mission to capture and kill this whale, a mission which eventually leads to the captain's demise. Tony uses this as a warning to Gibbs about the dangers of a relentless pursuit.

    • Tony: That's like worrying about Jim Bowie in a knife fight.

      Jim Bowie was a famous knife fighter who was known for carrying a knife with a particularly long blade. Later, that type of knife was named after him. The Bowie knife is ten and a half inches long and two inches wide (or 26 1/2 cm x 5 cm).

    • Gibbs: Don't apologize, it's a sign of weakness.

      Gibbs makes another reference to "The Duke" when he tells McGee "don't apologize, it's a sign of weakness." John Wayne character said this in one of his movies.