NCIS

Season 4 Episode 17

Skeletons

2
Aired Tuesday 8:00 PM Feb 27, 2007 on CBS
8.9
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When an explosion at a military cemetery mausoleum reveals a crypt full of a mixture of body parts, the NCIS team must inform the families of the victims, hoping to find a connection between the dismembered victims, and narrow down the suspects to find out who is behind the hideous crime. Meanwhile, Abby is dealing with a personal problem, and the only person she can talk to about it is Gibbs.moreless

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  • Really good case with a surprsing ending.

    9.0
    When NCIS find a crypt full of bodies they have to put the pieces together to find this butcher Gibbs gets help from Hollis Mann but nothing could have prepared them for what they found at the end when they thought they had already got the killer but found his girlfriend butchering bodies which was a real shock but reminds me of the episode smoked where the killer turned out to be one of the most unlikeliest people.moreless
  • Skeletons

    7.0
    A skeleton explodes in a wall of bodies and Abby is upset about something.



    This episode delved into the personal life of Abby and while it was interesting, I think it would be best if she was just there as the kooky forensics expert, and not someone sobbing about her personal life (although I did love the line about Gibbs being so good to talk to when he just stood there.)



    The mystery was alright, and I liked the fade to black right after it was revealed the woman was in on it as well, but I'd be hard-pressed to call this the greatest storyline ever.moreless
  • A really interesting episode!

    9.5
    This episode was extremely interesting after the first scene, which, although fabulous, was extremely disgusting. The case the team had to crack was extremely sensational, and was a really interesting case.



    The episode didn't have too much humour, although still had a couple of funny quotes, and I also thought that the episode really lacked any suspense.



    The episode also doesn't really help build any of the character's relationships, except a little between Gibbs and Hollis Mann.



    I thought the ending was predictable, but right after they took the culprit into custody, I didn't see the next part coming, and that was a great way to end the episode, in my opinion.



    I highly recommend this episode. It is a very interesting case, and that is why it was so interesting!moreless
  • Excellent creepy episode.

    9.5
    "Didn't this happen last time?" Another meat puzzle, except this time there's not meat, just more of a stew – yuck. I have to agree with Tony, this is really disgusting.



    Mann again! How awkward. Obviously this was just a fling. Gibbs has gone all cold and distant. Even Jenny starts fishing about why their 'working' relationship has changed. Gibbs probably got chills when his two exes started having a conversation.



    Gibbs is very casual about opening the additional crypts – the last one exploded, giving two men concussions. My expectations would be for the same thing to happen again.



    Abby really liked Marty and he dumped her. Gibbs only has to be there and Abby feels better immediately. I always love the relationship between Gibbs and Abby.



    I knew the girlfriend was the culprit – Len obviously killed his mother but his relieved reaction indicated he didn't kill the others. The only other person had to be the girlfriend – his crazed reaction when he 'confessed' wasn't guilt but trying to protect the woman he loved.moreless
  • Another good one

    9.0
    This episode opens with a funeral of a marine and someone walking into a mozalem. As two men try to open one of the funeral boxes, it explodes and out pours all human body parts. NCIS are called in, after the bomb squad said that it wasn't a bomb. When they investigate further they discover 4 bodies were inside. They believe that they are dealing with a serial killer. The team have a prime suspect who is linked to two of the victims inside (one of them his mother). They arrest him and search his house. They realise that he is working with a butcher and track down a store which they believe is where his partner works. The owner of the store also had a relative buried in the Mozalem. We discover that she and the prime suspect are having a relationship. When she tries to frame him, he confesses to the murders. We learn that he moved the bodies as he needed the space as he has already killed again. They let the girlfriend go as they believe she is innocent. They follow her after she leaves NCIS and they find her in her boyfriends van carving up a dead body.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

Corin Nemec

Corin Nemec

Len Grady

Guest Star

Alexandra Lydon

Alexandra Lydon

Natalie Dalton

Guest Star

Philip Anthony-Rodriguez

Philip Anthony-Rodriguez

Former Marine LCPL Lloyd Jackson

Guest Star

Brian Dietzen

Brian Dietzen

Asst. M.E. Jimmy Palmer

Recurring Role

Susanna Thompson

Susanna Thompson

Army Lt. Col. Hollis Mann

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (4)

    • TRIVIA: During the conversation between Abby and Ziva, we learn that Lt. Roy Sanders, who was still alive at the end of "Dead Man Walking," did, in fact, pass away from radiation poisoning. Ziva wears his orange hat to work during the next few episodes, apparently as part of her mourning process.

    • GOOF: When Ducky and Jimmy are sorting out the bodies, Ducky is talking about various burial techniques: 21 gun salute, African tribes, etc. He then says "humerus", to which Jimmy replies "depends on what you find funny". Ducky was referring to the bone "humerus" even though he was not yet at the table to have picked it up.

    • GOOF: While Mann and Gibbs are bickering about their relationship in the past, we see Gibbs with his hands unscrewing the bottom right screw near his waist. In the next shot, his hands are by his face.

    • TRIVIA: In this episode we find out Marty (who played in the previous episodes "Once A Hero" and "Smoked") has broken up with Abby because she is too "big" since he is a dwarf. The original story line was that Abby and Marty were secretly seeing each other and at the end of the season it was meant to be revealed. The change in story line came about because Michael Gilden, who played Marty, died on the 5th December 2006.

  • QUOTES (25)

    • Ziva: Last one to the party.
      Tony: It's not really a party till the bomb squad says it is.

    • Abby: You know how sometimes a guy can get you all tied up inside?
      Ziva: Yes.
      Abby: And you can't get the knots out?
      Ziva: Yes.
      Abby: Well, it just really helped me to talk things out with Gibbs. Because even if you don't let it show, people can still tell. So if you ever want to talk about--
      Ziva: I liked him, he died, and um, what else is there to say?

    • Abby: Look, it's not something you can fix in your classic Gibbs hit and run style, okay...
      Gibbs: I've got time Abbs.
      Abby: It's stupid, it's just a guy. (pause) I'm not gonna start spilling my guts just because you keeping standing here. (Gibbs remains standing there) Alright. Apparently I am, "too much" for him. Can you imagine that? Me? And it's not what you think. It's not all (gestures to herself) this. He likes, he likes small women. I got dumped because I'm too, too big. Don't even bother with the 'No, it's him he's too small' or 'He can't accept you for who you are then it's his problem' thing. He just, doesn't think that we could make it work and I've done everything I can to try to convince him that he's wrong. So I guess I'm just going to have to accept it then. And let go. (She smiles and hugs him) Thanks Gibbs. You always know what to say.

    • Jenny: Drink bourbon?
      Colonel Mann: Not during the day.
      Jenny: Spend enough time with Gibbs and you'll learn. Believe me, it's an acquired taste.
      Colonel Mann: And when did you first acquire it?
      Jenny: It's been awhile, but it stays with you.

    • Jenny: It's not too early for a cocktail is it?
      Colonel Mann: Well, the sun must be down somewhere.

    • Tony: Royalty checks burning a hole in your pocket McGee?

    • Ziva: Lilies. They're feminine, like the kind you give to a woman.
      McGee: Like your mother! (Tony and Ziva turn and look at him) Grady's mother. I-I don't know your, mother.

    • Tony: Enough gossip, McGee!
      McGee: Oh come on, you like to talk about everyone's personal lives.
      Tony: At least I don't write entire books about them!

    • Ziva: You didn't flirt with her.
      Tony: That would have been unprofessional.
      McGee: I don't know... It would have gotten her to sign the authorization.
      Ziva: Then we would not have needed the warrant.
      McGee: Then Colonel Mann wouldn't have been here.
      Ziva: And we would be inside, doing our jobs like professionals.
      McGee: All because, you don't flirt anymore. Why is that?

    • (talking about Colonel Mann)
      Tony: Gibbs did not look happy to see her.
      Ziva: Ha! His body language suggested he was not comfortable at all.
      McGee: Nothing makes Gibbs uncomfortable.
      Tony: Nothing job related.
      McGee: Do you think he ended it with her? Assuming that he started something.
      Tony: I don't buy it.
      McGee: Why not?
      Tony: For one, she's not a red head.
      Ziva: People change.
      McGee: It's true, even you have a girlfriend.
      Tony: I haven't changed!

    • Tony: So, uh, anything to talk about?
      Abby: Why would there be?
      Tony: Yeah ah, it's just that McGee said that you weren't really acting like yourself so I thought-
      Abby: Oh, so you guys have been talking about me?
      Tony: Yeah, ah no. We were wondering if there was anything bothering you-
      Abby: You wanna know what bothers me? What bothers me, when people gossip about other people behind their backs. Do you really think that that is okay?
      Tony: Yeah; because, I mean, it's the only way, to gossip. Because if we talked about you in front of your face then it wouldn't be gossip, it would just be talking about you. (Abby stomps off) You know what; we're just not gonna talk about you anymore.

    • Abby: There isn't much blood, the bodies were probably drained.
      Tony: So, you think we're looking for a vampire?

    • (talking about Abby)
      Tony: I'll talk to her when I can.
      McGee: Wait, why you?
      Tony: Because dealing with an angry woman requires a great deal of sensitivity, clearly not an area of expertise for you.
      McGee: Well, I don't doubt that you have more experience with angry women....

    • Ducky: Never forget, Mr. Palmer, experience is the ultimate teacher.

    • Ziva: What is nougat?
      Tony: It's whipped dolphin fat!

    • Abby: (holding out a dollar bill and a candy bar) Give me a dollar.
      McGee: Okay... What's wrong with that one?
      Abby: The machine wouldn't take it, and I want a candy bar!
      McGee: What's wrong with that candy bar?
      Abby: It has nougat in it.
      McGee: But, you hate nougat.
      Abby: I know! It was a mistake, McGee! Do you have a dollar?!

    • Tony: (to Gibbs) Er, we ran down IDs on the remains. Got a hit on the woman.
      Ziva: Hmmm! Classic DiNozzo.

    • Mann: The last thing I recall you saying as you were slinking out---
      Gibbs: I don't slink.

    • Abby: Sample tissue... you'd rather talk about sample tissue than shoes?
      Ziva: Sure.

    • (Tony discovers a parcel of meat in a suspect's fridge, and Ziva is shocked.)
      Ziva: What is it?
      McGee: A pork chop.

    • McGee: She definitely seemed very un-Abby.
      Ziva: Who?
      Tony: Abby.
      Ziva: Abby's un-happy?
      Tony: No, Abby's un-Abby.

    • (Abby is smacking the boot against the counter)
      Ziva: Um, breaking in a new pair?

    • McGee: What did I do?
      Tony: Don't sweat it, Probie, I'm sure you'll think of something.

    • Ducky: Right hand. (They pause, look at each other, then the bodies)
      Palmer: Didn't this happen before?
      Ducky and Palmer, in unison: Looks like we're going to need another table!

    • McGee: Did anyone else see what just happened with Abby?
      Tony: Yeah, she stole my dollar.

  • NOTES (1)

    • Original International Airdates:
      Denmark: March 13, 2007 on TV3
      Sweden: April 15, 2007 on TV3
      Australia: May 29, 2007 on TEN
      Belgium: June 10, 2007 on VT4
      United Kingdom: July 31, 2007 on FX UK
      Spain: August 9, 2007 on La Sexta
      The Netherlands: September 26, 2007 on Veronica
      Germany: September 30, 2007 on SAT 1
      Italy: October 28, 2007 on RAI 2
      Brazil: December 7, 2007 on AXN
      Hungary: September 22, 2008 on TV2
      Finland: January 27, 2009 on Nelonen
      Slovakia: June 17, 2009 on Markiza
      Czech Republic: November 2, 2009 on TV Nova

  • ALLUSIONS (4)

    • Ducky: Let's put Adam on the left and Eve on the right.

      According to the Holy Bible, in the book of Genesis, Adam and Eve were the first human beings created by God on the planet.

    • Ducky: Right hand. (Pauses and looks at Palmer)
      Palmer: Didn't this happen the last time?

      The same thing happens in the episode 2x01 "See No Evil," in which they think they have two bodies until they find an extra ear, belonging to a third victim.

    • McGee: His parents believed he was Jack Kerouacing around the country.

      Jack Kerouac was a famous American writer and poet who spent much of his time traveling around the country and is credited with having a strong influence in the 60s counterculture.

    • Palmer: One Wetvac for the Soylent Green coming up.

      This refers to the 1973 movie titled Soylent Green in which dead people are used as food on a futuristic earth. The movie, in turn, was based on the Harry Harrison novel Make Room! Make Room!. The classic line from the movie, uttered by star Charlton Heston is "Soylent Green...is...people!"

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