Season 4 Episode 10


Aired Tuesday 8:00 PM Nov 28, 2006 on CBS
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Episode Summary

When a burnt and mummified body of a missing and wanted person is found on a Marine base, stuck in a chimney, NCIS must work with FBI. The burnt man turns out to be a suspected serial killer. Then both teams visit the man's family and discover something shocking. Also, the NCIS team must deal with the book McGee wrote about them, using "fictional" characters.moreless

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  • NCIS work with the FBI to catch a serial killer.

    This was a very good episode that you can't fault because it has a good storyline with a twist NCIS find a body that leads them to a serial killer but through the whole episode we presume the dead man was the killer but when it turned out to be the his wife I couldn't believe it Its definitely not the first time NCIS have shocked us like that before.
  • Gibbs's Team Investigates When A Mommified Body Is Found In A Chimney. Soon The Body Is Identified As A Dangerous Serial Killer And The FBI Joins The Case.

    During the run of this show, I have found the serial killer episodes tend to be the best. They are very good since the cases take unpredictable twists. This episode is no excpection. I found myself liking the story very much since the opening scene had just the right amount of suspense to get me interested. I was frightened when the team found the remains of his victims. Ii was scary. What makes this episode work, is the end. The guilty's last look to the officers eyes was by far one of the most scariest moments ever in the series. It was very creepy. The side story about Tim's book is terrific. I laughed so hard at many parts. Do not miss this episode.moreless
  • excellent humorous episode, one of the best

    This is one of my favorite NCIS episodes. It is enjoyable throughout due to the humor and interaction of the characters and the skillful way the director segued the story points. Oddly, the crime solving actually took a back seat to that -- for example, there was no list of suspects, intriguing villain, or clever detective techniques .

    We got to see many enjoyable mile posts in the lives of the characters, many of them first-looks in the series, like:

    (1) Tony working on a secret mission for Jenny and interacting with Kort.

    (2) Tony with new girlfriend Jeanne.

    (3) Palmer's dalliance with Agent Lee.

    (4) Ducky and Gibbs reconciling (I never knew they had a tiff).

    Among the entertaining highlights for me were:

    (1) the crew complaining to McGee about his using them as characters in his "Deep Six" novel.

    (2) Ziva flirting with Tony, telling him he set her on fire their first meeting in a hotel room, and she should have let herself go...... but her father objects when she kills a co-worker!

    (3) Tony's bewilderment that the case was practically solved during his two-hour outside job for Jenny ("when you snooze you lose").

    (4) the whole FBI-Fornell involvement: NCIS' computer's inability to trace their corpse' fingerprints because the FBI put a block on it, fighting over jurisdiction, Gibbs gloating that the FBI didn't know the identity of the serial killer, etc. (One particularly good line: when Gibbs trumps Fornell, he tells Gibbs "You are enjoying this, aren't you?," and smiling Gibbs replies "Only slightly more than a lot.")

    (5) the shocking surprise denouement and the glare in the wife's eyes; and the lingering contradiction/mystery on the case, pointed out by Gibbs at the very end.

    One little complaint: Ducky and Gibbs deduce (for no good reason, I believe) that the smoked stabbing victim had to have been killed by someone he worked with or trusted.moreless
  • Is this a smart show?

    This episode included the usual interaction between the characters, even more hyped because of McGee's book. The usual Tony - Ziva banter were nice as usual, one of the infamous jurisdiction wars was fought. A weird corpse in found, and the team investigates his death and life. I was really disappointed by this episode, obviously it's not a show that is interesting and likeable because of it's intellectual challenge for the viers, still, this was a low point for me. The motive of the killer was not at all explained, it seemed that the creators thought that a defect in one's appearance, will make them turn against others. The husband of the killers might as well have done it, because he was living with the two fingered beast. What a poor depiction of a serial killer, what a poor analysis of the killers psyche! The creators needed to watch some great shows like "Criminal Minds" or even "Profiler" to understand how to portray a serial killer properly.moreless
  • A body is found in a chimnee. The body turns out to be that of a suspected serial killer, wanted especially by FBI-agent Fornell. Gibbs and Fornell join forces and find the bodies of the victims and a widow that\'s hiding something...moreless

    First off, I loved the episode, because I love Joe Spano\'s part as Fornell. And I love the puzzling dialog at the end of the episode, between Gibbs and Fornell. But, I do feel the need to warn the producers. It seems that shows that become more and more popular \'dive in\' to the main characters, and their problems and emotions. Somehow - that\'s what I think - producers think that that\'s what viewers want. Personally, I find it an insult to the viewers. Please, give us complicated cases and horrific murders, don\'t spend half an episode on an apology from Ducky to Gibbs, the predictable flirtations between Gibbs and Jenn and the quasi-tragic references to the death of Gibbs\' wife and daughter. Also - what do we care about Tony\'s love life? Why do we have to be bothered by his fear of screwing up relationships, one episode after another? I hope the focus remains on the cases and on NCIS, and isn\'t ruined by exploiting emotions, like Monk was, or by meaningless and annoying quasi-cool one-liners, like the CSI-shows.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

Don Franklin

Don Franklin

FBI Special Agent Ron Sacks

Guest Star

Mandy June Turpin

Mandy June Turpin

Karen Bright

Guest Star

Michael Gilden

Michael Gilden

Marty Pearson

Guest Star

Brian Dietzen

Brian Dietzen

Asst. M.E. Jimmy Palmer

Recurring Role

Joe Spano

Joe Spano

Senior FBI Agent T.C. Fornell

Recurring Role

Liza Lapira

Liza Lapira

NCIS Special Agent Michelle Lee

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (10)

    • TRIVIA: When we see Palmer and Lee head into the vehicle, the license plate being shown is the same one Ari had on his vehicle in episodes 3x01 and 3x02 ("Kill Ari I&II"). However, there are other episodes that keep using the plate.

    • GOOF: Fornell gives Director Shepard a letter from the Department of Justice ordering them to turn the case over to the FBI. But NCIS is in the Department of Defense, and the Justice department wouldn't have the jurisdiction to order that. NCIS would need to get that order from the Pentagon.

    • GOOF: Charles Bright disappeared in April 2001, but his driver's license was issued on July 29, 2005.

    • TRIVIA: McGee's book is titled Deep Six. There is a real book titled Deepsix (no space), by Jack McDevitt. Deep Six is also a thriller by Clive Cussler.

    • TRIVIA: Marty and Abby are discussing a shrub found in the suspected serial killer's back yard, Gaultheria procumbens, which they refer to as a shrub. While it's a woody perennial and native plant of much of eastern Canada and the US, Gaultheria procumbens, or wintergreen, is a groundcovering plant, not a shrub, and doesn't grow any higher than a few inches. Using the plant's roots to prove how long the bodies had been in the yard could still be done, however.

    • TRIVIA: This episode what Ducky said in episode 1x03 "Seadogs," when Ducky talked about pushing a French Officer over a cliff.

    • TRIVIA: When NCIS runs the corpse's facial reconstruction through the database, one of the faces that comes up for matching is that of Abog Galib, who died in the episode 3x24 "Hiatus (2)" after posing as Pinpin Pula.

    • TRIVIA: The school in this episode was named after Lt. General Lewis "Chesty" Puller, the most decorated Marine in U.S. history.

    • TRIVIA: The license plate number of Ducky's truck is 724-TJA. This is the same license plate as Ari's Chevy Suburban from Kill Ari 2.

    • Gibbs's Rule #22: Never, ever bother Gibbs in interrogation.

  • QUOTES (43)

    • Fornell: You're enjoying this, aren't you?
      Gibbs: Just a little more that a lot.

    • Tony: (quoting from McGee's book) "Maybe someday Lisa would find the courage to tell Agent Tommy about her dream - the two of them together, their bodies covered in sweat as they made love on the crystal white sands of her homeland."
      Ziva: I'm going to kill him.
      Gibbs: Kill who?
      Ziva: McGee. Have you read this book?
      Tony: Apparently McGee thinks Ziva's in love with me.
      Gibbs: There's a reason they call it fiction, DiNozzo.

    • Gibbs: I can do you one better than that.
      Fornell: Nah, you can't top that Jethro.
      Gibbs: What was the toe doing in her husband's stomach?

    • Tony: Some days this job really sucks.
      Gibbs: Yeah? Well, it's about to get worse.

    • Fornell: The FBI's invested 12 years in this investigation.
      Jenny: And my people made more progress in just 3 days. Now I could see how that would be embarrassing.
      Fornell: I'll get over it.

    • Fornell: Where's Gibbs?
      Tony: Well, he must have known you were coming because he's not here.

    • Ziva: (seeing Tony being extremely happy) Are you on medication?
      Tony: Just had a good night last night.
      Ziva: Doing what?
      Tony: The usual.
      Ziva: The usual what?
      Tony: Night.
      Ziva: You had sex, didn't you?
      Tony: What?
      Ziva: It's okay to admit it. We're all adults here.
      Fornell: (walking in on their conversation) That's a subject I'd be willing to debate, Officer David.

    • Tony: (asking Jeanne about her day) How about you?
      Jeanne: Kind of like a cross between Planes, Trains, and Automobiles and The Muppets Take Manhattan.
      Tony: That is a heady, heady brew of strange cinematic references, and I don't know what to make of it!

    • Tony: Why exactly are we letting the FBI dig for more?
      Gibbs: They're doing our manual labor.

    • Fornell: Is there anything else I can do for you, while you're grinding the knife in?
      Gibbs: I'm gonna need a sample of that hair. And copies of all your files. Few bottles of bourbon would be a nice gesture...

    • Ducky: Did I ever tell you about the time I shoved a French Policemen off a cliff?
      Tony: There was a lake below.
      Ducky: Yes. The man was all right but they still issued a warrant for my arrest. Gibbs and I managed to keep two steps ahead of them. Eventually we escaped across the English Channel in a sailboat.
      Palmer: You and Agent Gibbs were fugitives?
      Ducky: Yes, for a short while. Until a young, upcoming NCIS Agent had the charges dropped.
      Tony: Jenny. (everyone gives him a look) I mean, Director Shepard.
      Ducky: Yes, she was the one who commandeered the boat.
      McGee: Director Shepard stole a boat!?!?
      Ducky: She wasn't the Director of NCIS at the time, McGee!

    • Fornell: I was on the team that nailed Bundy, Gibbs, and I'm familiar with sick, charming bastards.
      Gibbs: That's probably why we get along so well.

    • Tony: (to Agent Sacks) Do you mind? Your breath is taking the starch out of my shirt.

    • Construction Man: Alright, anyone who doesn't want to make an ash of themselves back up!

    • Ziva: What would you do.. if one day you woke up and realised you were married to a monster?
      Tony: Happened to my father all the time... we usually just moved.
      Ziva: Hah! That explains it!

    • Abby: Wow! My mom always told me that big things come in small packages.
      Marty: What a coincidence - mine always warned me about tattoed girls bearing... samples.
      Abby: I'm talking about your lab! I love it!
      Marty: Yeah? Pretty sweet, huh?
      Abby: Sweet? I'd kill for half this equipment!
      Marty: (grinning) Really. What would you do for all of it?

    • McGee: Marty. Who is he?
      Abby: He's... just a friend.
      McGee: (reads off Marty's card) Being with you, makes me believe size truly doesn't matter, Abby.
      Abby: Okay... he's a really good, friend.

    • Gibbs: Running a little late today, Tobias? (smiles)
      Fornell: You're enjoying this, aren't you?
      Gibbs: Oh, only slightly more than a lot.

    • Jenny: (to Fornell about the Justice papers) Who'd you have to sleep with to get these?!

    • Gibbs: You know how I feel about apologies right?
      Ducky: Yeah, they're a sign of weakness.
      Gibbs: Not between friends. I'm sorry, Ducky, I should have told you.

    • Ducky: (referring to Autopsy) It won't be lonely in the Mallard Inn tonight!

    • Tony: Our serial killer spent the last five years getting smoked and tenderised in the high school chimney.... only to fall out in the installation of the new furnace!

    • Gibbs: A loving husband, murdering and eating women that look like his wife... it'll probably be McGee's next best seller!

    • Gibbs: You snooze you lose DiNozzo!

    • Tony: (referring to Agent Sacks) Why is the spawn of the FBI sitting at my desk?!

    • Abby: Gibbs Gibbs Gibbs Gibbs!! I did it!
      McGee: I? You mean we!
      Abby: There is no "we" in "McGee."

    • McGee: Deep Six is a work of pure fiction!
      Abby: You described everything in my bedroom!
      McGee: Not everything. You still have those...
      (computer beeps)
      Abby: Fantalater, Hemingway.

    • Tony: (to Ziva) What's your crazy Ninja sense telling ya?

    • Ziva: You got to cut the man some slacks.
      Tony: I agree. Except the term is slack.

    • McGee: How many times do I have to tell you that it's not real?
      Ziva: I'm driving.

    • Ducky: Since your return I've been acting like...
      Gibbs: An ass...
      Ducky: Yeah, something like that.
      Gibbs: I didn't notice.

    • Gibbs: I've got to show you something first.
      Fornell: You got that mustache in a box, don'tcha?

    • Gibbs: McGee, less talk more of the computer chip doo-da.
      McGee: Making with the doo-da boss!
      Fornell: Doo-da?
      Gibbs: Yeah, it's a technical term Tobias... you wouldn't understand.

    • Tony: Two hours. Gibbs is gonna murder me.

    • Tony: You're behind me again, aren't you.
      Ziva: Lucky guess. You know, I think McGee's right...
      Tony: He was, was he?
      Ziva: It takes almost all of my willpower to resist the urges I have when I'm around you, Tony. Maybe, it's about time I just...give in, yes?
      Tony: And by give in you mean...
      Ziva: Letting loose. Doing what comes naturally to me.
      Tony: Hmm hmm. Yeah, I thought I was picking up that vibe the first time we went undercover together.
      Ziva: You were? In fact, I almost did it the first night in the hotel room.
      Tony: Hmm. Really?
      Ziva: But my father wouldn't approve.
      Tony: Because I'm not Jewish.
      Ziva: Because he gets very angry when I kill a co-worker!
      Tony: Like I believed you for even a second.
      Ziva: I'm sure you didn't. (slaps Tony)
      Gibbs: You two done playing grabass?
      Ziva: Oh, he started it.
      Gibbs: I'm ending it. (grabs Tony's copy of Deep Six) Next person who mentions this book will be deep-sixed by me!

    • Tony: (reading from McGee's book) Stakeouts - long endless hours fueled by cheap food and even cheaper coffee.

    • Jimmy: I read your book. And for your information I've never had sexual relations with a corpse!
      McGee: That character was not based on you...
      Jimmy: His name was Pimmy Jalmer, McGee!

    • (McGee walks in, a little banged up after Ziva's driving)
      Gibbs: What happened to you?
      McGee: Ah... creative differences with my co-workers, boss.

    • Construction Worker: Reminds me of that urban legend.
      Gibbs: Which ones that?
      Construction Worker: Guy dresses up as Santa, ya know... for Christmas eve to surprise his girlfriend... but he never shows, she's convinced that the bastard dumped her, bad mouths him all over town...
      Ducky: Until they find the poor soul's body months later... still clutching the little box, with her shiny new engagement ring. And the moral of course is...
      Gibbs: Never a good idea to get married!

    • McGee: For the last time, Deep Six is fiction.
      Ziva: Fiction based on us?!

    • McGee: It is all fiction. Didn't you read the disclaimer in the beginning?
      Tony: You buying this... Lisa?

    • Tony: Shutting up, boss.

    • Tony: (talking about the body) So he really is a beef jerky!

  • NOTES (2)

    • Featured Music: The song that is playing is Corinne Bailey Rae's "Trouble Sleeping" when Tony and his girlfriend are standing at her door and he had just woke her up and they had both had a bad day.

    • Original International Airdates:
      Denmark: January 2, 2007 on TV3
      Sweden: February 18, 2007 on TV3
      Australia: March 27, 2007 on TEN
      Belgium: April 22, 2007 on VT4
      Germany: May 6, 2007 on SAT 1
      The Netherlands: May 9, 2007 on Veronica
      United Kingdom: June 12, 2007 on FX UK
      Spain: July 12, 2007 on La Sexta
      Italy: September 30, 2007 on RAI 2
      Ireland: September 4, 2008 on RTE2
      Finland: December 9, 2008 on Nelonen
      Slovakia: June 8, 2009 on Markiza
      Czech Republic: September 14, 2009 on TV Nova


    • Abby: I've been rehydrating Smokey the Bear's head since yesterday.

      Smokey the Bear is a mascot of the US Forest Service created to warn the public about the dangers of forest fires.

    • At one point Abby refers to the corpse as "Slim Jim". Slim Jims are a jerky-like treat that comes in the form of sticks and can be purchased in almost any convenience store in the U.S.

    • Fornell makes a reference to working on the team that captured Ted Bundy in a conversation with Gibbs. Mark Harmon portrayed the serial killer in the TV movie The Deliberate Stranger.