NCIS

Season 4 Episode 7

Sandblast

7
Aired Tuesday 8:00 PM Nov 07, 2006 on CBS
8.9
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When a Marine Colonel dies in an explosion at a military golf course, the NCIS team must investigate a suspected terrorist attack with the help from the Army Criminal Investigative Division (CID). The CIA gives them a lead to an abandoned warehouse, but it turns out to be a trap---the warehouse is set to explode. McGee uses his computer skills to break into the secret government files to uncover the terrorist cell.moreless

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  • Again great show as the team must put on thinking caps!

    9.8
    When someone dies on a golf course that is from

    The Army, the team must put aside their differences with

    The Army Criminal Investigation team and help out in this investigation as we get to see Tony's girlfriend with whom he is dating. Don't you just love Tony a lot! I do! But the CIA figures in on this as the team are trapped as McGee works his computer to free them!
  • good episode...

    8.2
    The team investigates an explosion on a golf course. The army CID join in on the case because the golf course was on their base. A man is killed in the explosion and his son is injured, but alive. I really hated the whole victum/Tony thing in this episode. Tony was being all nice and thoughtful and caring and it was really boring. I really liked Gibbs and Mann though. They're really cute together...and she's not a readhead...it's weird. Oh well, it was a good episode. The case wasn't that good, in my opinion, and Tony was annoying, but Gibbs was halarious as usual.moreless
  • A pretty interesting episode, but not a memorable one, in my opinion.

    8.5
    Although I did enjoy parts of this episode, as a whole, I didn't like it too much, because I thought the storyline became confusing and frustrating to understand at a certain point.



    Also, I thought the episode had a few funny moments, such as when the man on the bench was playing Tetris, and when DiNozzo made the joke about McGee's name meaning 'he who is about to pee his pants'! I was laughing hard through this!



    I also enjoyed seeing two new characters, Hollis Mann and particularly, Jeanne Benoit. Their additions gives the show another dimension, in my opinion.



    Overall, a decent episode of NCIS, but nothing too special in this one. I wouldn't recommend it too highly, but it is worthwhile.moreless
  • Very interesting inter-agency squabble.

    9.0
    Army CID – this is the first time we've seen a squabble between them and NCIS. I think it would be an NCIS case since the victim was a marine. Gibbs does seem to like his ferocious females, there's a reason everyone's making jokes about ex-wives. Even Jenny looks worried. She shouldn't be – Mann's not his type, she's a blonde.



    It's meaningful that Gibbs is naming his latest boat after his daughter, his previous ones are usually named after his wives then he burns them. Given that he never mentioned his wife and daughter to *anyone*, I think it's really healthy that he's actually subtly referring to them since the revelation about them in 'Hiatus'.



    Tony's mysterious girlfriend – Tony seems serious but it's probably something about Tony's equally mysterious mission for Jenny, the 'grenouille'. This is several times Jenny's been seen doing this.



    For all Tony's whining, when Ziva goes to disable the bomb, he's right behind her. That's the enigma that is Tony DiNozzo – all fluff on the surface but with fascinating hidden depths.



    First time we've seen Abby and Gibbs sign in a very long time.



    Liked the scene with Abraham, Gibbs does so well when he improvises.moreless
  • Another great episode

    9.5
    This episode opens with a boy and his father paying golf. As the father swings sis club, there is an explosion. NCIS are called in when it is learned that the father was a marine. Homeland security are also informed of the explosion. NCIS are working the case with the Army, as it took place at the Army Navy golf club. The team find (using CCTV tapes) that there was a car there when the attack happened and it's not on their list of checked vehicles. They then find the car empty. McGee get again get poison ivy, all over his body. The team track down a home grown terrorists group. When they go to the warehouse, they find it empty and also find a bomb is there, set to go off at any minute. The building is evacuated and Ziva slips back in to disarm the bomb, Tony goes in with her. They manage to track down the man who tipped them off about the warehouse. He claims he heard about the attack from someone who was in the store the day before the attack.

    They learn that the cell phone found with the bomb, was used before. They track down the user of the cell phone and discover him in a public place with a bomb. Ziva is called into defuse the bomb before it goes off. She manages to do so with only 2 seconds to spare. Before the team can find the man who set up the bomb, he has vanished into thin air.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

Blake Bashoff

Blake Bashoff

Josh Cooper

Guest Star

Arnell Powell

Arnell Powell

Abraham Moussalah

Guest Star

Enzo Cilenti

Enzo Cilenti

Mamoun Sharif

Guest Star

Scottie Thompson

Scottie Thompson

Jeanne Benoit

Recurring Role

Susanna Thompson

Susanna Thompson

Army Lt. Col. Hollis Mann

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (8)

    • GOOF: According to the the episode's timeline, Josh Cooper's 1st day of classes occurs on the 4th day. However, the time-stamp on the Security Video from the convenience store reads October 27, well after any university's Fall Semester begins. (In R/L Princeton's 2006 Fall Semester began Thursday, Sept. 14th.)

    • GOOF: Near the end of the episode when Gibbs is approaching Abraham in the square, Lt. Col. Mann says to DiNozzo (in reference to Gibbs), "Four marriages. Negotiating's probably not his strong suit." She doesn't actually "discover" that Gibbs has been married four times, but only divorced three until a conversation with Ducky in a future episode.

    • NITPICK: When the two teams find the bomb in the hideout, Tony makes an oblique reference to it. Surely alerting the team to its presence as efficiently as possible was the highest priority.

    • TRIVIA: In the scene where Gibbs is painting the name "Kelly" on his boat, he is wearing a T-shirt with a picture of a service flag on the back. The service flag is shown to honor a family member in the armed forces. The gold star indicates the service member died in action.

    • TRIVIA: It is revealed that the boat Gibbs has been making during the entire series is being named after his dead daughter, Kelly Gibbs.

    • TRIVIA: If you look closely at the shoulder of Lt. Col. Mann you will see a patch with a circular emblem with two upper case A's. This is the symbol for the 82nd Airbourne Division.

    • TRIVIA: In this episode Abby and Gibbs both use sign language that is never explained. Abby signs "I thought she didn't know." in reference to Hollis Mann understanding sign language. Gibbs signs back, "Maybe she wanted to surprise you."

    • TRIVIA: The game Abraham is playing on his cell phone as he sits on the bench at the end of the episode is called "Tetris", originally created by Russian scientist Alexey Pazhitnov in 1985.

  • QUOTES (42)

    • Tony: Looks like you've made up your mind.
      Josh: Special Agent slash mind-reader.
      Tony: Well when you're good, you're good.

    • Hollis: Sorry.
      Gibbs: Don't apologize.
      Hollis: More questions than answers?
      Gibbs: Sign of weakness.
      Hollis: I thought it took strength to apologize?

    • Gibbs: So, I got the food, did you solve the case?
      Hollis: Well I was about to until you broke my concentration.
      Gibbs: That easy to break huh?
      Hollis: When I'm hungry.

    • Hollis: Well... I'm a cheap date.
      Gibbs: This is a date?
      Hollis: It's a figure of speech Agent Gibbs.

    • Hollis: Agent Gibbs. I've been ringing your bell for the last three minutes.
      Gibbs: I've been meaning to fix that.
      Hollis: Well the door was open so...
      Gibbs: So this would be trespassing not breaking and entering.
      Hollis: Uh huh.

    • Ziva: I'll update the BOLO.
      Tony: What BOLO?
      Mann: Well, we've cleared the course and we've added everyone as they left but we don't have any record of this '99 Toyota leaving. The owner's a greenskeeper.
      McGee: He must have used a service entrance and snuck out before we covered them all.
      Tony: Nice catch McGee!
      Mann: Uh, no, it's my catch.

    • Gibbs: Got a number?
      Abby: I thought you'd never ask!

    • Ziva: You want me to defuse it, because before you said you'd kick my ass...
      Gibbs: Do it!

    • McGee: It's poison ivy and it's spreading ok!
      Tony: This is your second tango with the vicious weed McGee. Maybe you ought to learn what that stuff looks like.
      Ziva: And avoid it!

    • Colonel Mann: Do all your people talk to themselves?
      Gibbs: Don't yours?

    • McGee: Whoa.. wait look! Did you see that?!
      Ziva: See what?
      McGee: Gibbs let her go first! He never lets anyone go first!

    • Colonel Mann: You're not.. hacking the CIA.
      McGee: Oh, no! No. Homeland Security.

    • (After he catches McGee scratching himself on video)
      Tony: And to think people once questioned the need for a video camera on a cellphone.
      McGee: Tony...
      Tony: (walks to Ziva) Aww.. wait till you see this! Any ideas?
      Ziva: He's definitely not making cappuccino!

    • Jeanne: In the last hour... at least a dozen hot co-eds have walked by... your eyes haven't wondered once.
      Tony: Really?! But yours have.

    • Jeanne: How's a ah... How's a kind.. cute.. definitely charming guy like you.. who does some pretty bad impersonations...
      Tony: I don't know... what that means..
      Jeanne: Manage to stay.. single for so long?
      Tony: Oh.. you're gonna ask a real question.. that's a real question.

    • Colonel Mann: You could get NCIS intel to do a profile on me if you like.
      Gibbs: Oh I could... but I like surprises.

    • Colonel Mann: Look CID intel did a profile on you for me. I know you flaunt authority, especially in front of a female.
      Gibbs: Did a female write that too?

    • Colonel Mann: Divorced right?
      Gibbs: Three times.
      Colonel Mann: Only three!

    • Tony: There was nothing you could have done.
      Josh: That's another one of those stupid things people say..
      Tony: Well... I've got a million of them.... should ask my co-workers... they'll tell ya.
      Josh: Okay, what else ya got?
      Tony: Everything happens for a reason.
      Josh: Yeah, that really would have pissed me off.

    • (Tony is listing the things Italy has given the world to Ziva and McGee)
      Tony: ...and pasta! In all it's sexy shapes and sizes!

    • Colonel Mann: (about Gibbs) Four marriages... negotiating's probably not his thing.
      Tony: You'd be surprised.
      Colonel Mann: Well I have been so far.

    • Gibbs: You bring anything other than ACU's?
      Colonel Mann: Would you like me to wear a dress?

    • Colonel Mann: Smart and devious. That's a dangerous combination.
      Gibbs: You forgot charming.
      Colonel Mann: No, I didn't.

    • Gibbs: Nice job, Ziva. You do anything like that ever again, I'll kick your ass back to Israel.

    • Tony: Well, I'm looking down your shirt right now.
      Ziva: See anything good?
      Tony: Yeah. Real good, but I'm not entirely sure it's worth dying over.
      Ziva: Not worth dying over... I'll remember that.
      Tony: What if I said it was?
      Ziva: Now you'll never know.

    • McGee: (to Abby) I'm not gonna put on acid on my... boys!

    • Colonel Mann: Of course, we've got a lot of land to cover.
      Gibbs: Eighteen holes on a golf course.
      Colonel Mann: Yep. You wanna divide them up?
      Gibbs: Sure. We'll take the crime scene. You and your people can take the other seventeen holes.

    • Gibbs: Is there anything I should know about you before we get involved?
      Colonel Mann: Involved?
      Gibbs: In the case.

    • Colonel Mann: Anything you'd like to share?
      Gibbs: I got some sardines upstairs.
      Colonel Mann: I meant about the case.

    • Colonel Mann: (to Gibbs) If this is going to be a pissing match, you'd better bring an umbrella.

    • (Ziva is trying to disarm another bomb)
      Abraham: (To McGee) What's your name?
      McGee: Tim...
      Tony: It means 'he who is about to wet his pants.'

    • Tony: Hot and smart: a female version of me.

    • Tony: I'd say this guy is a few puppies short of a pet shop.

    • Josh: An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth.
      Tony: Which leaves you with a bunch of toothless blind people.

    • Tony: We'll find who did this.
      Josh: Like you found Bin Laden.

    • (Tony was bragging about Italia)
      Ziva: The Chinese invented pasta!
      Tony: Communist-era propaganda!

    • (Guy sitting on a park bench is playing the game Tetris)
      Gibbs: My son Tony plays that all the time.

    • Gibbs: What, McGee!
      McGee: Poison ivy, Boss. I just, I look at this stuff and I break out.
      Gibbs: Don't look.

    • McGee: Plumbing? Uh, everytime I flush I will think of you, Tony. You and your people.
      Ziva: I'd ask you to explain that, but I really don't want to know.

    • Tony: One and a half teaspoons is not sweet, McGee. I've seen my people pour three ounces of sugar into a one ounce expresso.
      McGee: You people being "Long Islanders?"
      Tony: Romans.

    • (Ziva is going to disarm the bomb)
      Tony: This has to be the stupidest thing a human being has ever done!
      Ziva: Then why are you following me Tony?
      Tony: I don't freakin' know!

    • Tony: Did I miss something?
      Ziva: Gibbs just found his fourth ex-wife.

  • NOTES (6)

  • ALLUSIONS (3)

    • (After Jeanne points out to Tony that he isn't looking at the other good looking women and Tony comments back that Jeanne is noticing them.)
      Jeanne: Don't get your hopes up! I'm a very traditional girl.
      Tony: Well... So was Anne Heche.

      This was directed to Anne Heche's sexual preference. She announced in the late 90's that she was gay and even dated comedian Ellen DeGeneres, but then turned around and married a man, cameraman Coley Laffoon and they now have a son together.

    • In this episode, McGee comes in to contact with poison ivy while searching the crime scene. He is hesitant at first, claiming: "I just look at the stuff and I break out."

      This is a reference back to episode 2x15 "Caught On Tape," where Tony forces McGee to crawl into an area full of poison ivy looking for a murder weapon, causing him to emerge with a serious rash.

    • Episode Title: "Sandblast"
      The episode title is a reference to a term for the process of shaping, cleaning or smoothing a hard surface. The title alludes to the fact that the Colonel was "blasted" (blown up), while "blasting" out of a sand trap on the golf course.

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