Season 4 Episode 12


Aired Tuesday 8:00 PM Jan 16, 2007 on CBS
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Episode Summary

When a Marine intelligence officer is found murdered in a small town motel room, the NCIS team must find the person who murdered her, even though the local town authorities had already "investigated" the crime three days earlier. Gibbs needs to determine if the crime is related to a terrorist cell.moreless

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  • Showing the Hicks as what they are... "hicks" tends to ruffle some feathers... But sometimes that's what people need to open their eyes!

    This episode has one of my all time favorite scenes... the suspect is in the interrogation room with Zeva and the hick deputy walks in... Deputy: "You know... it really IS a screwed up religion where you have to blow yourself up to get laid!" Zeva immediately pounces and jerks the douchebag's arm around behind his back! Zeva: "When you insult HIS religion you insult YOUR OWN and MINE!" Now apologize!" I have few shows that the characters really impress me... but ZEVA (Even though she is Jewish) defending a Muslim against this stupidity just gave me a thrill! Now if only life would imitate ART! (I don't see it happening though... people letting go of their ignorance too much to ask for sadly!moreless
  • A marine is killed in a "boondock" town.

    This was a pretty boring episode, we learn nothing new about any of the characters except at the end.

    At the end of the episode we see that Tony and his girlfriend Jeanne are being photographed by some unknown party. Personally I think that Jeanne is a terrorist or working for terrorists who is getting close to Tony, or that Jeanne is going to get hurt or killed near the end of the season, or that she is a terrorist and she gets hurt or killed. And if she is in fact a terrorist and does in fact get killed, something tells me that it will be Tony that has to kill her.

    There are too many episodes in this type of show where deaths are being investigated. We need more threats to the whole national security thing, America is at war after all.moreless
  • To sum it up in one word; average.

    This episode was nothing too special, in my opinion, and I really don't think it can compare well with some really great episodes we've had in the last few, therefore, I was disappointed slightly by this one.

    The storyline was, at first, quite interesting, and I liked seeing the 'spark' between McGee and Ruby, but after a little while, the plot became boring, with yet another terrorist cell. Although this is an interesting aspect of the show, in my opinion, it is unoriginal, and should not be used so frequently.

    It wasn't the funniest of episodes, either, but still had its moments.

    I wouldn't recommend this one, and I feel that this was one of my least favorite episodes of all time, but like I said, it did have its moments.moreless
  • The paranoia of the terrorist era we now live in.

    This is a federal investigator's worst nightmare – basic small town investigation with almost no evidence – seriously, *four* baggies of evidence?! The kid did good work though.

    Tony is the cliché womanizer with a heart of gold – meeting the right woman reforms him, even if most of it's a lie. She's obviously his connection to Jenny's obsession – La Grenouille. They're even under surveillance.

    People are now so paranoid about terrorists that an Iraqi moving into the neighbourhood is watched by his neighbours, and the two who weren't suspected and bought their way into the country really are terrorists. I was surprised there wasn't a scene of taking the poor guy home, if I were Gibbs, I would have made a bit of a show of it to show the small town they were wrong about him.moreless
  • A great episode

    This episode opens with a man leaving his motel room in the morning wearing just a towel and going to get a briefcase out of the boot of his car. He gets locked out of his room and so tries to find someone to let him back in. He goes next door and finds himself standing in blood, which is coming out of the room through the front door. It takes 3 days before the victim is discovered to be a marine. She booked in under a false name and NCIS are called in. The police who are already running the investigation have a suspect and s the team head to his house. Ziva believes that they have found a bomb factory. The next day the suspect returns home and makes a run for it. He is shot but survives. Abby and Ducky believe that the victim was killed by 2 different guns and therefore there may be 2 different killers. The suspect was relocated from Bagdad to the United States. The victim was his case worker. He tells them that the explosive stuff in his house was planted. The evidence supports what he says. The team learn that the Deputy had keys to the house and so they ask him to remove his trousers so that they can check for explosive traces. The test comes back positive. He plants the explosives. They discover that it was one of her own bosses who killed her believing that she was about to find out that he got rich Iraq people into the United States. When Gibbs & Ziva head to their house/head out they discover that they were making hate videos put on the internet and also had explosives.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

David McCallum

David McCallum

Chief M.E. Ducky Mallard

Mark Derwin

Mark Derwin

Marine Major Bradley Raines

Guest Star

Brian Howe

Brian Howe

Sherriff Tom Barrett

Guest Star

Jon Curry

Jon Curry

Deputy Tyler Barrett

Guest Star

Scottie Thompson

Scottie Thompson

Jeanne Benoit

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (6)

    • GOOF: When Ziva is talking to Wasim alone, he asks if she is a Jew, then she tucks her necklace in her top. In some shots the chain is not visible, even though it should be.

    • TRIVIA: In this episode, McGee says: "If I'd told you guys I was writing a novel, you would have laughed at me." He actually did mention to Tony that he was writing back in "Dead Man Talking" and you can probably guess Tony's reaction to that.

    • TRIVIA: The combination of ammonium nitrate and fuel oil (in this case diesel fuel) that Ziva finds before it's assembled in Masoud's garage is called ANFO. Among other uses of this highly explosive mixture, it is used by terrorist organization for IED's. A large amount of ANFO was used in the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing.

    • TRIVIA: Deputy Tyler Barrett: You know, a couple of more inches to your right, and our martyr here could have been living it up with all those vestal vergins.

      Extremist Muslim believe that people who die while fighting the "infidels" are martyrs. They base their belief on passages in the Quran that promise martyrs (those who died in the name of Allah) that they will enter heaven (see 55:72, 56:36).

    • TRIVIA: The Arabic writing that appears at the bottom of the banner in the garage is the Shahada - a profession of the Islamic faith. The translation is "(I testify) There is no God but Allah and Muhammad is the messenger of God". However, the second word is misspelled, so the writing that appears is the paradox: "There is no Allah but Allah."

    • GOOF: In the beginning, when the man is locked out of his motel room, he is clearly knocking on the door to Room 1. Later, when the team is talking about the crime scene with the sheriff, the sheriff says the murder occured in Room 8.

  • QUOTES (25)

    • Deputy: You know... a couple more inches to your right and our "MARTYR" here coulda been livin' it up with all those vestal virgins. Ya know... it truly is a messed up religion when you gotta blow yourself up to just to get lucky!
      Ziva: (Grabs his thumb and twists it) When you insult his religion you insult mine and your own! Tell him you're sorry!
      Deputy: S-s-sorry.
      Ziva: (twists harder) I don't think he heard you!
      Deputy: I'm sorry!
      Ziva: (sniffing the deputies neck)
      Suspect: Apology accepted!

    • Ziva: I thought you sent Tony back because of his um... illness.
      Gibbs: His illness?
      Ziva: He has two cell phones. Makes furtive calls to hospital. Goes missing for hours. Always lies about where he's been. I mean, he doesn't even talk about women anymore. The only logical explanation is that he's receiving outpatient treatment for a serious medical problem.
      Gibbs: That's not the only explanation.

    • McGee: (revealing the incriminating ammunition) Found 'em in Major Raines' garage, Boss. Served the warrant to his wife.
      Tony: I hate it when that happens.

    • Ziva: (to Major Raines) For an intelligence officer you are not very intelligent.

    • Ziva: (on Tony) You sent him back for other reasons than to question Lt. Shaheen's commmanding officer.
      Gibbs: Did I miss the announcement?
      Ziva: No, I was not made director of NCIS.
      Gibbs: (shakes head) I was thinking more like secretary of the Navy because the director of NCIS would know damn well not to ask me such a stupid question!

    • Ziva: You bring your own coffee grind on investigations?!
      Gibbs: Only on overnighters!

    • (Tony is setting up a romantic dinner for two in the middle of a parking lot)
      Jeanne: This is like a scene from an old movie... wait a second... is this a scene from an old movie?
      Tony: Ah... well that really depends.
      Jeanne: On?
      Tony: Have you ever seen the movie called Strangers in the Night with Cary Grant?
      Jeanne: I don't think so.
      Tony: Then no, this is a completely original idea that I came up with all by myself!

    • Tony: (after he finds out some bad news) I hate giving Gibbs bad news.

    • Tony: How do you live with the mother of all secrets?
      Abby: You don't. It consumes you, it eats you like a cancer, from the inside. First there's the guilt, and then there's the excruciating urge to blab your secret even though you know it's gonna spell your doom. Have you gotten to that stage yet?
      Tony: No! It's a hypothetical situation we're talkin' about!
      Abby: Still in the guilt stage huh? And then you know, you can't take it anymore, it drives you insane, so you blab your secret to your best friend, or your mother, or your lover and it sets you free!
      Tony: It does?
      Abby: Yeah! Of course you lose all your friends, and your family and maybe even your job depending on what the secret is but yeah!
      Tony: ... Great.

    • Abby: When I was eleven years old I had a paper route, and I got sick of it. So I hid all the papers and I only delivered wet ones to people who complained.
      Tony: That was you?!

    • Ziva: It's my Mossad training, they drummed it into us: push, push, push, push, push, push, push, never give up 'till you get the truth.
      Gibbs: Or get your ass kicked.

    • McGee: Deputy, please take off your trousers.
      Deputy: You know what? Screw you, McGee!
      Sheriff: Tyler.
      Gibbs: If you prefer, I can get Officer David to take 'em off for you.

    • Abby: Not that there's anything wrong with being pregnant; I love kids. Doesn't mean that I'm trying. You know, even if I were trying, it doesn't mean I know anyone I would want to try with. Am I being trying?
      Gibbs: Affirmative.

    • Tony: Boondocks, Boss.
      Gibbs: Pack a toothbrush.
      Ziva: What are boondocks?

    • McGee: If I'd told you guys I was writing a novel, you would have laughed at me.
      Tony: True.
      Ziva: True.

    • (About McGee being secretive)
      Tony: Hmm, let's see...wrote a novel...
      Ziva: Didn't tell us.
      Tony: Got it published...
      Ziva: Didn't tell us.
      Tony: Made substantial amounts of money from said novel...
      Ziva: Didn't tell us.
      Tony: Anything else?
      Ziva: Bought a Porsche.
      Tony: Didn't tell us!

    • Gibbs: (to Ziva, in response to her questions about Tony) Ah, you two got married and didn't tell me.

    • Abby: You mean like a MOAS! Like, a mother of all secrets.
      Tony: Yeah.
      Abby: Oh everybody has one, I'm not gonna tell you mine... what's yours?
      Tony: Ah ha! Nice try. I'm sittin on my MOAS!

    • Sheriff: He's an Iraqi.
      Deputy: Same as the victim.
      Ziva: She's from Kuwait, actually.
      Deputy: And where are you from?
      Ziva: The city.

    • Sheriff: Oh, uh, we do have a suspect.
      Gibbs: When were you gonna tell me that?
      Sheriff: I'm telling you now.

    • Gibbs: Give me some good news, Abby.
      Abby: I'm not pregnant.
      Gibbs: Too much information!

    • (Gibbs and Ziva enter the garage)
      Gibbs: Lacking a woman's touch?
      Ziva: Wouldn't know.

    • Tariq: Did you shoot me?
      Gibbs: No.
      Tariq: Did she?
      Ziva: No.
      Tariq: Sheriff Barrett?
      Gibbs: Possibly.
      Tariq: His brother?
      Ziva: Probably.

    • McGee: Did you see their nameplates? Both are Barretts.
      Ziva: Brothers?
      McGee: Cousins?
      Tony: Boondocks.

    • Tony: (to McGee) I have a pimple on my right buttock that can write better than you.

  • NOTES (3)

    • Kunal Nayyar appeared in this episode as Youssef Zidan, a terrorist, for which he was not credited.

    • Original International Airdates:
      Denmark: January 16, 2007 on TV3
      Sweden: March 4, 2007 on TV3
      Australia: April 24, 2007 on Ten
      Belgium: May 6, 2007 on VT4
      Germany: May 20, 2007 on SAT 1
      The Netherlands: May 23, 2007 on Veronica
      United Kingdom: June 26, 2007 on FX UK
      Spain: July 19, 2007 on La Sexta
      Italy: October 7, 2007 on RAI 2
      Finland: December 23, 2008 on Nelonen
      Slovakia: June 10, 2009 on Markiza
      Czech Republic: September 28, 2009 on TV Nova

    • Lauren Holly is credited but doesn't appear.


    • The "Dueling Banjos" song that Tony and Tim were singing at the beginning of the episode was used in the movie Deliverance starring Burt Reynolds, Jon Voight and Ned Beatty. It's about four friends that take a canoe trip and are captured and abused by back country men who live in the area. The music is used to set the scene and mood in when the friends arrive in the back country.

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