NCIS

Season 1 Episode 7

Sub Rosa

9
Aired Tuesday 8:00 PM Nov 18, 2003 on CBS
8.9
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A decomposed body is discovered in a tub of acid at a naval base and Ducky and Abby learn that the victim was a submariner. Gibbs discovers that there have been no reports of a sub crewmember missing, so he deduces that one of the subs has an imposter on board. With this new information, the team must find out which sub the man posing as the victim is in and what intentions he may have towards the sub.moreless

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  • Submarine

    8.8
    I loved the story, to be honest. I mean.. carrier last time, now submarine. That's just great. And the whole reason why they are there: some is on that boat who should not be. The idea of something like that even possible! And then Gibbs and Todd trying their best to figure it out.. and the way noone seems to be the one they are looking.. those exercises.. and getting under the sea.. and that emergency rise.. and then when the guy is dead, they realizing that his plan is not over. So, a lot of action, tension, excitement. Liked that.moreless
  • Very cool submarine story.

    9.0
    First intro to McGee. Tony bullied McGee from day one and interestingly, McGee called Tony 'sir' but Tony only made fun of him for it once McGee got reassigned. Tony is insane! Playing 'football' with McGee was hilarious. It's a wonder that McGee ever takes Tony seriously.



    Kate thrown into Gibbs' arms and Gibbs' joke was great. Again playing up the Kate/Gibbs thing but seriously, why bother, there's no chemistry there at all. It's a sad fact there there's more chemistry with Tony/Gibbs than there is with Kate/Gibbs.



    Liked the eco terrorist storyline, someone using their access to further their political aims. 'Drew' was absolutely committed to his plan, even committing suicide to get himself into the freezer, very smart.moreless
  • Another great episode!

    10
    This episode is a great one, but it provides me with bad memories, because as I watched it, I found out that my DVD was faulty, and the episode froze!



    Anyway, after getting my faulty copy replaced, I thoroughly enjoyed this episode! It was a truly great case solved by Gibbs and his team.



    This episode is also the first time that we see Timothy McGee, which was great!



    I enjoyed watching Gibbs and Kate in a submarine. I really personally enjoy seeing the team in various positions, and this really helps character development.



    The episode had a superb ending, in my opinion. The case was pieced together well and this allowed the episode to just flow. And Gibbs and Kate nearly suffered the fate of the weapon, when the guilty party swallowed the capsule!



    Overall, great work! A remarkable episode with twists around every corner! I loved it all the way!moreless
  • this episode is funny and good

    8.0
    hi this episode is very very funny Mcee comes in it for the first time Mcee mets gibbs tony kate for the first time Mcee cannt stand the died body it's funny when kates walks outside when gibbs talks to the guy about taking kate to the sub rosa and gibbs won and it's funny when kate say that i am better then tony and she say why am i not giong cause i shave my legs and not my face and when the sub went up and when kate was on top of gibbs and she said WOW and he said yep that is what they all say that is the funny bitmoreless
  • Say hello to Agent McGee

    9.9
    This episode opens with a body being found inside of a chemical container (tub). In this episode we are introduced to Agent McGee. Before the team leaves, to go to the scene, Kate accidently knocks over Gibbs' coffee and as Tony says. I've never seen Gibbs without his morning coffee; we're in uncharted waters here. Ducky discovers that the victim died from a fracture to the skull. It is discovered that he may have been out into the chemical to prevent him from being identified. The team believe that there maybe someone posing as the dead sailor on boat the ship, as no one has been reported as missing. Kat & Gibbs go on a boat and then a submarine and interview the new recruits, and also take their prints. Abby recreates the face of the victim. It doesn't match of the Gibb's possible suspects and so is hanging round the Navy Base, where the victim was staying before he was killed. Abby & Ducky decide to locate original photos of the possible imposer through independent sources. When Tony & McGee track down someone who may have altered the sheets on the imposter, they discover that both of them are environmental terrorists, and believe that the Navy are killing the whales. They believe that they are going to be using serum gas, as part of their attack. We learn that the victim is Petty Officer Drew. When the Sub get word of who the imposer is, they realises that he has just left to go to the bathroom. Or so he told them.



    They discover him, dead, after killing himself in his bunk. Abby discovers that the canasta the gas is in is activated by the cold. When Gibbs and Kate and given ice cream (after they made room for the body in the freezer), Gibbs realises that the castratos are inside of the dead officer, and it has already started leaking inside of him. So they decided to get him off of the boat the only way they know how, through the tornado tube. As the body is released, they rush to put the ice cream back in the freezer. Back at NCIS headquarters, McGee turns in his final report, before he goes for lunch with Abby.moreless
Mark Harmon

Mark Harmon

Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs

Sasha Alexander

Sasha Alexander

Special Agent Kate Todd

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

Ben Murphy

Ben Murphy

Capt. Veitch

Guest Star

David Monahan

David Monahan

PO Drew

Guest Star

David O'Donnell

David O'Donnell

Jeb

Guest Star

Sean Murray (I)

Sean Murray (I)

Special Agent Tim McGee

Recurring Role

Pancho Demmings

Pancho Demmings

Asst. M.E. Gerald Jackson

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (4)

    • TRIVIA: Whilst interviewing the first Petty Officer, Gibbs and Todd note that he was lying because his eyes looked to his left. This is a famous part of Neuro-Linguisting Programming, but they get it wrong. NLP is based on looking at a person - if their eyes go to their left the observer would see them going to the right, which would mean a truth rather than a lie.

    • TRIVIA: Michael Weatherly, in an interview said that while throwing a rock through the window was scripted, the running and football commentary was just improvising on his part. He claims this was the start of his ad-libbing in the series.

    • TRIVIA: Note McGee's tie. He wears the same tie in every season 1 episode until he gets his 'stripes' in season 2. Also, McGee holds his gun in his right hand this episode, all other episodes, he uses his left.

    • GOOF: McGee asks Tony about what Abby looks like. McGee had seen Abby in the video conference that Abby & Ducky had with Gibbs. He was standing beside Gibbs and had to have seen her.

  • QUOTES (21)

    • Tony: Yeah... Listen, kid... uh, I don't want to hurt your feelings, but you're not exactly Abby's type.
      McGee: I've taken care of that. Remember that urge you were talking about? (pause) I went with 'Mom'. (McGee enters elevator as Tony is frozen in disbelief)

    • Tony: I've never experienced Gibbs without his morning coffee. We're in uncharted waters here, Kate.

    • Tony: Worst case of acid indigestion I ever saw.
      Gibbs: Hey... better get Michael Jackson out of here... before he ralphs.

    • Kate: ...to replace me because I shave my legs and not my face is unconscionable and certainly not in the best interests of the case.
      Gibbs: You claustrophobic?
      Kate: No.
      Gibbs: Good. (walks away)
      Kate: I'm going?!
      Tony: Don't forget to wax.

    • Abby: There's good news and bad news...
      Ducky: (sighs) I hate it when you play this game, Abby.
      Abby: His last meal was a Big Mac and fries.
      Ducky: Probably half the base had that for lunch. I was hoping you'd come up with something a little more exotic. Tandoori perhaps. And the good news?
      Abby: I know what's in the special sauce.

    • Ducky: I have good news and bad news.
      Abby: I hate payback.

    • (Tony throws a rock through the window.)
      McGee: That's breaking and entering.
      Tony: No. That was breaking... (reaches through window and opens door from inside) ... and this is entering.

    • Kate: Wow!
      Gibbs: That's what they all tell me.

    • Tony: Can a guy be cute to you without body art?
      Abby: Sure. I'm not a snob.

    • Abby: So what's Agent McGee like?
      Tony: Ah, like most newbies. Quiet, green, gullible.
      Abby: Bi?
      Tony: ... I don't think so.

    • McGee: I've heard stories about Special Agent Gibbs.
      Tony: Only half of 'em are true. Trick is, figuring out which half.

    • Tony: You look like hell.
      Kate: A woman loves to hear that, Tony.

    • Kate: Do people react that way because we're NCIS, or do you just have that effect on them?
      Gibbs: I'd like to think it's me.

    • McGee: What's she look like?
      Tony: Who?
      McGee: Abby. Sounds cute.
      Tony: Not your type.
      McGee: Well, how do you know that?
      Tony: Have you ever had the slightest urge to tattoo your buttocks, McGee?
      McGee: I don't...think so.
      Tony: Then we need never speak of her again.

    • McGee: You'll wanna avoid Captain Veech...
      Gibbs: What?
      McGee: Um. Well. I met him once. Before. He can be very...difficult.
      Gibbs: And you don't think that I can be difficult?
      McGee: Ah. I'm sure you can, sir.

    • Kate: Why are you making him stay here?
      Tony: Because I can?
      Kate: That is complete abuse of authority.
      Tony: Lighten up, he's new, he expects to be abused. It goes with the territory.
      Kate: This isn't pledge week at Sigma Chi, Tony.
      Tony: Bet you were a lot of fun in college.
      Kate: I was a lot of fun in college.
      Tony: Really.

    • Kate: Do you think we have enough, steward?
      Steward: Well, there's about forty gallons more in the galley, ma'am. Might as well eat it before it melts.
      Kate: I don't get it.
      Gibbs: They had to make room in the freezer for the body.
      Kate: Nice.

    • Kate: I wonder what he said to make Tony speechless.
      Gibbs: He told him he got a tat on his ass. (Walks away, Kate looks confused.)

    • Gibbs: COB, I don't have to tell you what the next most important thing is?
      COB: Put the ice cream back in the freezer.

    • Gibbs: Drink.
      Kate: What's with all the water?
      Gibbs: Oh, you gotta hydrate on a submarine.
      Kate: All you've had me doing is hydrating...
      Gibbs: Drink it. (Pause) So how's your bladder?
      Kate: What?
      Gibbs: The COB's at the end of the passageway trying to keep an eye on us. You gotta distract him. (Pause) You're gonna need help working the toilet.
      Kate: Gibbs...
      Gibbs: Trust me, Kate, on a submarine it's a very complicated mechanism.
      Kate: Is that why you've been shoving water down my throat for the past hour?
      Gibbs: I want to check out PO Thompson.
      Kate: All right. Well, you didn't have to drown me, all you had to do was ask.
      Gibbs: Come on. Hydrating is good for you. Go on... unhydrate.
      Kate: Never heard it called that before.
      Gibbs: Go on...

    • Tony: If you're coming down with something, don't sit next to me in the truck.
      Kate: There's an upside to getting a cold?
      Tony: Wanna tell the doctor about it? (straightens his tie and grins)

  • NOTES (3)

    • Original International Airdates:
      Croatia: August 09, 2005 on NOVA TV
      Finland: October 14, 2006 on Nelonen
      France: March 24, 2004 on M6
      Germany: May 05, 2005 on SAT.1
      Hungary: November 28, 2005 on TV 2
      Sweden: August 01, 2004 on TV3
      Denmark: November 25, 2003 on TV3

    • The song playing while Abby is telling Tony about the canister is "Euphoria" by Collide.

    • First appearance of Tim McGee, played by Sean Murray, who will become the official cast member in season 2. Previously, Sean had a guest starring role as well as a second recurring role on JAG, but as a totally different character. Sean Murray is the creator Donald P. Bellisario's step son.

  • ALLUSIONS (2)

    • Tony: I guess "Flying Toasters" was too much to ask for.

      When McGee was hacking into the eco-terrorists PC, Tony made mention of a famous screen saver on the Macintosh operating system.

    • Episode Title: "Sub Rosa"
      The episode title is actually a phrase that had its origins in the story of the Greek god Eros' (better known by his Roman name Cupid) bribing the God of Silence, Harpocrates, with a rose to keep the confidence of Eros' mother Aphrodite (also known as Venus). Roman banquet halls would have their ceilings adorned with roses to indicate that whatever is said under wine is under the rose (sub vino, sub rosa).

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