Season 8 Episode 4

Royals & Loyals

Aired Tuesday 8:00 PM Oct 12, 2010 on CBS
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The team is involved in an international incident as they investigate the murder of an American petty officer whose body was found aboard a British ship.

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  • flawed

    Agree with a lot of the other negative reviews. Fairly simplistic plot which was highty flawed. Can't comment on the Marine uniform, but it probably would have been a redcap i.e military police and not a Royal Marine officer that would have been sent to liase with NCIS, and that's who the MI6 agent would have posed as (since he wasn't ACTUALLY a Royal Marine in the end). The biggest holes were the webley handgun which no British person could legitimately own - at least not a working one. Handguns are outlawed and whilst I suppose an MI6 agent may be given an official weapon and allowed to keep it wouldn't be an old fashioned handgun like that. The big laugh-out-loud moment was where he was commenting on Ziva's accent and showing off that he could place exactly where she was from, and she said he was "North-London" to prove she was as good. The New Zealand born actor was doing a plummy public school type accent (which I suppose would be appropriate for an officer/MI6 agent) and if you want to know how that compares with a North London accent then listen to an interview with the singer Adele....quite different. Plus there's the stupid plot devices where Gibbs is apparently allowed to wander around into clearly vital parts of the ship in order to disable it. Whilst I recognise that all episodes are going ot play fast and loose with reality to some extent this one went too far for me.moreless
  • Royal Marine Uniform and the man- who researched this?

    Why this uniform - he is not on parade. US medal ribbens - too narrow for British plus no Major would have 3 rows of medals. The Major's crown is not the Queen's Crown, and should be metal. The lapels badges are not plain blazer buttons but RM badges. No RM flash on shoulders and why is he wearing a Sam Brown belt? No British Officer would call anyone Mate and gun laws in the UK would not allow him to keep a Webley in his flat. Why can't the US actually research the British Armed Forces rather than producing the stereotype. I thought he would have a mockney accent - I suppose he would if he was the baddie. If anyone needs me to check a script in the future - just ask or even just Google it - it's all there!moreless
  • If you haven't notivced, I rate the episodes I don't like 9/10. That says a lot about this show, but also says a lot about this episode - while it was promising, it didn't live up to my expectations!moreless

    This was certainly not a persaonal favorite of mine. The previews initially made me think that we were going to be in for a spectacular episode! Didn't turn out that way...

    I thought the case was not very unique, and the constant petty moments with the 'British' guy were quite annoying in my book.

    That isn't to say that the episode didn't have its good moments. I certainly think that it was funny, as this show usually is. However, it didn't have the magic touch which I have come to associate with this show, which is why I don't rate it highly.

    For a die-hard NCIS fan, I would recommend this episode, but for a casual viewer, hthere are much better ones, that better reflect the quality and calibre of this show.

    I hope NCIS will up the ante and return to its former ways within the next epiosde.moreless
  • 804

    So, Tony meets someone who shares his knowledge and interest in films? It was kind of funny, but they've done this already.

    The case of the week was good though, as anytime we are talking about jurisdiction on this show or NCIS: Los Angeles you know that you are in for a treat.

    While the mystery is always good, I am loving the Ziva and DiNozzo scenes as of late, and hopefully we get to meet the boyfriend of Ziva as I have a feeling Tony will be hilarious in front of him. Good episode, not great, but just good NCIS like usual.moreless
  • This was a bad One.

    Gibbs was totally over the top in this episode which to me is not a good thing.Gibbs is like any boss at any job expecting every one else to find the culprit while all he does is arrest the person at the end.

    The plot as usual was so simple a five year old could guess the killer but thats what we get with all these shows as they never bother with a good story its always about the characters but i watch a show for the story and to guess the killer thats the fun.

    Lets hope the next episode is better???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

Daniel Gillies

Daniel Gillies

Royal Marine Major Peter Malloy

Guest Star

Kristen Ariza

Kristen Ariza

CIA Operations Officer Loretta Tennison

Guest Star

Tracy Middendorf

Tracy Middendorf

Tara Bick

Guest Star

Brian Dietzen

Brian Dietzen

Asst. M.E. Jimmy Palmer

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

  • QUOTES (4)

    • Tony: What is it with chicks and Brits? Jagger, Bono, Beatles, Bond...
      Ziva: I'm not into bondage. I can assure you.

    • Ziva: What?!
      Tony: Oh, I'm just watching the pheromones oozing from your body.
      Ziva: I don't see anything
      Tony: That's because they are invisible. It's just a musky scent given off to attract the opposite sex.
      Ziva: You're being ridiculous.
      Tony: It's true. First your Miami Vice, and now your Prince Albert In A Can. Oh, they can't help it – you're just a walking Israeli love machine.

    • Gibbs: (To Malloy) You have ten seconds before I accidentally shoot you for trespassing.

    • Ziva: If – and when – you meet my friend – and I emphasize 'if' – what will you say?
      Tony: 'Be careful. Handle with care. Contents – priceless.'

  • NOTES (2)

    • GOOF: It's very unbelievable that anyone, even Gibbs, would have Tim get into the hot tub instead of the Hazmat unit. Mosquito larva is very dangerous and could have made Tim fatally sick.

    • Original International Airdates:
      Canada: October 13, 2010 on Global
      United Kingdom: November 12, 2010 on FX/FX HD
      Australia: November 8, 2010 on Channel Ten
      Sweden: December 7, 2010 on TV3
      Norway: December 28, 2010 on TV3
      The Netherlands: January 25, 2011 on SBS 6
      Spain: February 4, 2011 on LaSexta
      Germany: March 6, 2011 on SAT 1
      Finland: March 29, 2011 on Nelonen
      Slovakia: August 17, 2011 on Markiza
      Czech Republic: January 23, 2012 on TV Nova


    • Tony: What is it with chicks and Brits? Jagger, Bono, Beatles, Bond... Tony is referring to Mick Jagger and Bono (lead vocalists of The Rolling Stones and U2 respectively); 1960s rock band, The Beatles; and the fictional spy character, James Bond - all of them are British.