Season 8 Episode 11

Ships in the Night

Aired Tuesday 8:00 PM Jan 11, 2011 on CBS
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Episode Summary

The NCIS team partners up with the Coast Guard Investigative Service when they have to investigate the murder of a marine on a dinner boat cruise.

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  • After A Marine Lieutenant Is Shot On A Dinner Cruise, The Team Search For His Killer, Discovering A Plot Involving Millionaire Business Magnates.

    This episode was great and better than I expected. The first time we saw the CGIS was in the season 7 and back then I did not like them. However, I am willing to admit that they were excellent here. The twists seemed to work well mainly because they were plausible. Another good thing is how the story was told. It did not have any distractions and it was easy to follow. The team's side-story about the extra hours was quite entertaining but it was not best I have seen. This episode has an excellently written ending scene. Overall, do not miss this great episode. Hopefully we see the CGIS in the future!

  • 1/11

    NCIS returned here tonight and what an episode it was. It featured the return of a character that I know people on here like and it featured a very good premise with a Marine being shot on a boat; a Marine that just happened to be famous. There were a lot of jokes here, but you know what, sometimes they help move the episode along, and I'd be lying if I did not laugh at DiNozzo's "Gossip Guy" comment, or several other times during the broadcast. It was a good mystery, but thankfully there were not too many twists and turns. It was easy to follow and we were rewarded with a good NCIS from start to finish. One of the best episodes from the show in a long time.moreless
  • Nice work, Abbses! Great episode of NCIS!

    I thought that this was yet another really great NCIS episode. I Really enjoyed seeing Abigail Borin back on the show, because she fit in really well in her appearance in the Season 7 episode, "Jurisdiction". She is kind of like a 'Female Gibbs' or an 'Anti-Gibbs' and I really enjoy seeing her einteractions with Gibbs!

    The case that was presented was really good. I thought there were many great suspects, and all of them had varying motives, which made this a tricky one to figure out!

    I also should mention that I enjoyed the first scene of the episode, where Borin was on her failure of a date.

    Lastly, I also really loved the Double-Abby moments when Abby Sciuto and Abigail Borin were working together! Quite funny moments, and Tony was just as hilarious as usual!

    Keep it up NCIS! This was yet another phenomenal episode, and I hope we continue to see more! I'd highly recommend this one, and I hope we see more of Abigail Borin in the future!moreless
  • great entertaining NCIS episode

    I really liked that episode. Strong case, good characters interactions, humour and action.

    First the case, it was a good one. Several credible suspects with interesting backgrounds. I loved Tony and his colonel mustard speach, especially the way people reacted to it lol.

    Then the characters: the Boren/Gibbs dynamic was great, they played it equal and showed themselves as the very good investigators that they are. I liked when he told her she looks good in navy. Boren interacted well with the team and especially with Abby. I loved it when Gibbs got the double bonus (coffee and cafpow) for the two Abbs.

    The team working overdue was fun to watch especially McGee falling asleep and Tony waking him up :)

    We had a lot of Tony/Ziva scenes too, not just Tiva scenes but It's nice to see them back to be confortable with each other on the field. Good to see too that Ziva has not lost any of her ninja skills :))

    I really enjoyed the scene with the pen between Tony and Ziva!

    And the rules ! yes because Boren also has rules and it was fun that McGee mentionned that rule 1 is already used, twice! And the scene where Gibbs and Boren discuss their own rule n°1 was fun.

    Well on the whole a very good NCIS episode well balanced between the case, the fun and characters interaction !moreless
Mark Harmon

Mark Harmon

Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs

Cote de Pablo

Cote de Pablo

Special Agent Ziva David

Sean Murray (I)

Sean Murray (I)

Special Agent Tim McGee

David McCallum

David McCallum

Chief M.E. Ducky Mallard

Pauley Perrette

Pauley Perrette

Forensics Specialist Abby Sciuto

Michael Weatherly

Michael Weatherly

Special Agent Tony DiNozzo

Roark Critchlow

Roark Critchlow

Wayne Grossman

Guest Star

Tiffany DuPont

Tiffany DuPont

Kimberly Nolan

Guest Star

Patch Darragh

Patch Darragh

Tom Adams

Guest Star

Diane Neal

Diane Neal

CGIS Special Agent Abigail Borin

Recurring Role

Featured Episode Clip

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • GOOF: When Ziva arrests Lodge for sex with a minor, it may not have been a valid charge, depending on which state he was in when he was with the senator's 17 year old daughter. The age for consent in Maryland and D.C. is 16; in Virginia it is 18.

  • QUOTES (7)

    • Tony: I wonder how the private sector benefits package compares to ours.
      Ziva: Can we discuss your package another time, Tony?

    • (Tony sees Ziva nodding off at her desk, and throws a pen at her, which she catches)
      Tony: That's crazy! Did you catch that in your sleep?! D'you use sonar?
      Ziva: That is why it's called a 'bat nap'.

    • Gibbs: DiNozzo!
      Tony: Checking into the paparazzi, boss.
      Ziva: For being everywhere, they're surprisingly difficult to track down.
      Agent Borin: Kind of like termites or roaches.

    • Borin: Well, he seemed like a nice guy. Guess it's true what they say, all the good ones are taken.
      Gibbs: Or dead.
      Borin: Well, that's what I meant, you know... taken.

    • (at the crime scene)
      Borin: Agent Gibbs.
      Gibbs: Agent Borin. We gotta stop meeting like this.
      Borin: You mean when NCIS takes over one of my cases. My call was a courtesy, not an invitation.
      Gibbs: Body trumps boat.

    • Abigail Borin: "Never make excuses." That's Rule Number One. You should write that down, McGee.
      McGee: I would but that number's already been taken - twice.

    • Ducky: (Reflecting on the nature of celebrity over the ages) We've gone from Socrates to Snooki.

  • NOTES (3)

    • Featured Music:
      "We R Who We R" by Ke$ha (In The Nightclub The First Visit)
      "That's What I Said" by Norah Jones (At the beginning of the episode, on the boat)

    • Rocky Carroll is credited but doesn't appear.

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Canada: January 11, 2011 on Global
      Australia: February 14, 2011 on Channel Ten
      United Kingdom: March 11, 2011 on FX/FX HD
      Sweden: March 22, 2011 on TV3
      Germany: May 1, 2011 on SAT 1
      Finland: May 24, 2011 on Nelonen
      Spain: May 27, 2011 on LaSexta
      Slovakia: October 5, 2011 on Markiza
      Czech Republic: March 12, 2012 on TV Nova


    • Borin: "Never make excuses." That's Rule Number One. You should write that down, McGee.
      McGee: I would but that number's already been taken - twice.

      Refers to the fact that number one has been used for two rules in two different episodes: In episode 1x01 "Yankee White", rule number one is "Never let suspects stay together." In episode 4x14 "Blowback", rule number one is "Never screw over your partner."

    • Tony: I just realized I have three weeks of comp time coming to me. I can't take that much time off!
      McGee: Why not?
      Tony: Because – someone else would be temporarily assigned to my desk!
      Ziva: Afraid your replacement will outshine you?
      Tony: No, but you know, Bledsoe goes down, and all of a sudden, there's Tom Brady and now he's got Giselle Bundchen.
      Gibbs: DiNozzo, the game's never over.

      Tony is alluding to Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, who took over for quarterback Drew Bledsoe when Bledsoe was injured and ended up being extremely successful in the position. Brady also went on to marry the most successful supermodel in the world, Giselle Bundchen.

    • Lodge: She told me she was 18!
      Tony: That's what Fatty Arbuckle said.

      Allusion to the trial of silent-movie star Fatty Arbuckle, whose trial for the alleged rape of a movie starlet and her subsequent death ended up being a major scandal of the 1920's. His career came screeching to a standstill and he was ruined and divorced because of the scandal, even though he was found not guilty and even received a written apology from the jury.