Season 3 Episode 5


Aired Tuesday 8:00 PM Oct 18, 2005 on CBS
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Episode Summary

When a non-commissioned officer is shot to death on the freeway, the NCIS team takes upon the investigation. The first lead, a fact that the victim was leading a double life, takes them to a possible solution of the crime, but the tables are turned when the victim's dying message is discovered and it leads them to a totally different clue.moreless

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  • Switching places

    Mm.. This case did not looked too interesting. I mean, it was very confusing in some moments because of the double identity.. it was very shocking in other moments as you did not expected that.. but the pearl of this episode for me, was the team interaction. McGee playing that man and trying to get the package.. the whole tension with Ziva as Abby does not like her.. I really like that twist with the story as everyone else accepted her quite easily. And then ofcourse the box thing what bomb squad blow to pieces.. it looks like the meat puzzle - storyline what will come back later.moreless
  • I really enjoyed this one. It was very exciting for me.

    Although not the best of episodes, 'Switch' is still a personal favorite, because I really enjoyed the storyline throughout this one.

    I thought that the case was a very difficult one to solve, because at one point, it seemed that nothing fit in place.

    I also enjoyed the reference to my other favorite show, The Amazing Race, which was made in this episode.

    I thought the episode was extremely unpredictable and there was an unexpected twist around every corner.

    All in all, I would recommend this episode really highly. However, the episode lacked comedy, which was perhapd the only down side.

    I also loved the very last scene with Abby and Ziva in the elevator.

    Great episode by NCIS!moreless
  • A man is killed whilst talking to his wife.

    The episode opens with a man on the phone to his wife having an argument. As they talk, he get shoot and the car keeps moving and ends up going down a hill. The team are called in to investigate. The wife is there, who tells the Ziva that she heard a shot, and that she could hear him moaning for a few minutes after. The name of the petty officer killed, is Jerry Smith. When Tony & Ziva go to information his CO, that he is dead, they discover that Jerry Smith is sitting at his desk in the next office. They learn from his CO that he is hardly the brightest petty officer, in the office. Ziva & Gibbs go to visit his wife and have to inform her that her husband was not who he said he was. During the autopsy Ducky discovers that the bullet didn't kill him, the effects of the crash did. When Abby runs his prints she discovers that he actually is Jerry Smith. The one which Tony & Ziva went to see was the real impersonator. The team believe that they had the whole swap thing planned, for a while. The team manage to track down the impersonator, and the team learn that they swapped places as the new CO was the husband of a wife who the real Jerry was caught sleeping with. His CO is their main suspect in the murder, but he has an alibi. The team then turn their attention to his wife and learn that he cheated on her on their wedding day and she confesses to killing him.moreless
  • I enjoyed this episode.

    I quite liked this episode, but it wasn't anything too special in my opinion. I did thought that is was well written and the case was very interested. It kept me guessing throughout the whole episode, which is always a good thing. I really didn't know what was going to happen, and who really was who ect. I liked the part with the monkey, that was funny and made me laugh. I enjoyed the elevator conversation between Gibbs and Ziva. I really like them together in one scene, this is mainly because Ziva isn't intimidated by Gibbs. She dares to speak her mind in front in him and I really admire that in Ziva.moreless
  • good episode...

    The team investigates the death of a marine that was shot while driving. It turned out that he switched places with another. In the end, his wife was the one that killed him. I actually was not expecting the wife to be the culprit, which was interesting. I didn't really like the story line. The whole idea of two people switching lives was just not interesting. I did like the elevator conversation with Gibbs and Ziva; that was more great character development. . . Overall, this episode didn't have an interesting story, but still had good humor and good character development.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

Merritt Wever

Merritt Wever

Wendy Smith

Guest Star

Andrew Caple-Shaw

Andrew Caple-Shaw

P.O. Jerry Smith

Guest Star

Geoffrey Lower

Geoffrey Lower

Navy Cmdr. Robert Morris

Guest Star

Brian Dietzen

Brian Dietzen

Asst. M.E. Jimmy Palmer

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

    • TRIVIA: At the very bottom of McGee's credit statement, you can see "C.W. Murray's" listed with a $112.89 price tag. C.W. Murray is also known as Chad W. Murray, and Sean Murray's (McGee) brother in real life.

    • GOOF: Ziva reveals that she speaks 5 different languages. In future episodes it is confirmed that she in fact speaks 9 different languages; French, German, Italian, Arabic, Russian, Spanish, Turkish, Hebrew and English.

    • GOOF: When Gibbs is in the elevator with Ziva, he flips the switch up to stop the elevator. In previous episodes like "Enigma," Gibbs flips the switch down to stop it.

    • Gibbs Rules:
      Gibbs reveals that there are actually 50 rules and that they are not written down. It is his job to teach them to his agents.

  • QUOTES (19)

    • Abby: (when Ziva joins her in the elevator) Are you going home?
      Ziva: Not yet. I thought I might be able to help you with... (gestures towards a box of metal shards from a blown up briefcase) That.
      Abby: (sarcastically) Do you have a degree in forensic science?
      Ziva: (sighing) No. But I'm very good at jigsaw puzzles.
      Abby: We'll see.

    • Ziva: I should warn you, I'm not very good with women.
      Gibbs: Well that makes two things you're not very good at today.
      Ziva: And the first?
      Gibbs: Being on time.

    • Tony: That's original, McGee, any part of your brain that's your own?
      McGee: Well, at least I have one, Tony.
      Tony: What's that supposed to mean?
      McGee: Nothing.

    • Tony (About John): Look at the guy he's such a...
      Ziva: Pimp.
      Tony and McGee: Wimp.

    • Gibbs: McGee?!
      McGee: Yo!
      Gibbs: Sketch, get close enough without breaking your neck.
      McGee: On it!
      Gibbs: Dinozzo, photos! (pauses) Is there a problem?
      Tony: Well, you didn't say anything about my neck. (Gibbs stares Tony down) Uh... I'll be careful.

    • (Gibbs and Ziva are in the elevator of NCIS HQ.)
      Ziva: You just hung up on Director Shepard.
      Gibbs: Uh huh...
      Ziva: In my country, The officer-in-charges is always...
      (Gibbs stopped the elevator.)
      Gibbs: In my country, in my team, working my cases, my people, don't by-pass chain of command.
      Ziva: Which is...??
      Gibbs: Me. We clear on that, Officer David?
      Ziva: Crystal... Agent Gibbs.
      (Gibbs turned the switch on for the elevator. Then Ziva stopped it again.)
      Ziva: Except she called me. What would you have me do?
      Gibbs: Smile. Talk about the weather. Tell her to call me.
      Ziva: And if that doesn't work?
      Gibbs: You are a smart girl. Think of something.
      (Gibbs turned switch on. Then Ziva stopped it again. Second time.)
      Ziva: I am merely trying to do my job.
      Gibbs: Your job is to follow my instructions.
      Ziva: And I respect that. Is it to much to ask for some in return?
      (They looked each other. Gibbs turned the elevator on.)
      Gibbs: No, it is not.
      Ziva: So... That's it?
      Gibbs: Mm hmm...
      Ziva: Don't even get a slap on the head?
      Gibbs: Don't push it.
      Ziva: Just to be clear, are there any more of those rules I should be aware of?
      Gibbs: About fifty of them.
      Ziva: And I don't suppose they are written anywhere that I can...
      Gibbs: No.
      Ziva: Then how am I supposed to...
      Gibbs: My job is to teach them to you.

    • Ziva: Hinky? What's hinky?
      Tony: You know, like when your gut is telling you something.
      Ziva: I see. In my country we refer to that as gas.

    • Ziva: Once he saw us at Norfolk, he must have taken a kite.
      Tony: Hike. The expression is taking a hike.
      McGee: I think she may have had it confused with go fly a kite.
      Ziva: I speak five languages, forgive me if I get confused... Sometimes. I found his bankbook.
      Tony: Checkbook.
      Ziva: Whatever you call it.

    • Ziva: I'll drive, Tony.
      Tony: No, no, no. Not gonna make that mistake again.
      Ziva: Did you really think my driving was that terrible? Aside from the high speed and near misses?
      Tony: Let's just say it's an acquired taste. Like regurgitated lunch.

    • Ziva: All of these people are in the military?
      Tony: Yeah, the uniforms are kind of a dead giveaway.

    • McGee: (when the crime scene is down a steep hill) Well, as you've pointed out many times, I'm...I'm just a junior field agent.
      Tony: All the more reason you need the experience, Probie.
      McGee: How about I follow in your footsteps as you lead the way?
      Tony: How about you kiss my experienced buttocks?

    • Gibbs: I'd hate to start slapping you like I do to DiNozzo.
      Abby: You wouldn't. (Gibbs gives her a stern look) You would?
      Gibbs: And it won't be on the head.

    • McGee: I read on a Snapple cap that the most popular name for pets is Max.
      Tony: I thought it was Tim.

    • Tony: He works in a supply office, who's he gonna asassinate, Mr. Clean?

    • Tony: We're not going anywhere.
      McGee: What, until I apologize?
      Tony: No, not until you apologize. (gets out of the car) We're in the wrong damn car.

    • Tony: If it's any consolation, Probie, I had my identity stolen once.
      McGee: Really?
      Tony: They charged my Visa for a vintage Barbie Doll,...Career Girl outfit.
      McGee: Ooo, with the matching briefcase and pumps?
      (Tony looks at Mcgee in disgust)
      McGee:,...I had a,...a girlfriend who collected once. We used to line them up on...
      Tony: I lost respect for you at the word pumps.

    • (looking at the steep ravine and then at Palmer's loafers)
      Ducky: I hope you brought more appropriate footwear, Mr. Palmer. The journey to our Petty Officer looks rather challenging.
      Palmer: Don't worry, Doctor. I have a merit badge in hiking.
      Ducky: I have a driver's license, Mr. Palmer. It doesn't mean I turn up at Indianapolis in my Morgan.
      (Then next scene Palmer is seen hurtling uncontrollably down the ravine)

    • (about Gibbs)
      Ziva: Takes awhile for him to warm up to people, doesn't it.
      Tony: Do you want to know the secret to getting on his good side?
      Ziva: Yes.
      Tony: Me too.

    • Tony: (sarcastically) Good job McGee.
      Ziva: Is he always this juvenile?
      McGee: Only every day of the week that ends in day.

  • NOTES (1)

    • Original International Airdates:
      Denmark: November 1, 2005 on TV3
      Sweden: January 15, 2006 on TV3
      Australia: March 8, 2006 on Channel 10
      Germany: April 13, 2006 on SAT 1
      France: September 15, 2006 on M6
      Croatia: October 16, 2006 on NOVA TV
      Italy: November 12, 2006 on RAI 2
      Brazil: March 9, 2007 on AXN
      Finland: October 27, 2007 on Nelonen
      Slovakia: April 24, 2009 on Markiza


    • Gibbs (to McGee): Green Acres, gas the truck.

      Green Acres is a TV show from the mid 1960s that took place on a farm. Tony mentions the "John Deere" on McGee's credit report.

    • Tony: Kind of like: "The pellet with the poison is in the vessel with the pestle; the chalice from the palace has the brew that is true!" The Court Jester? Danny Kaye? C'mon it's a classic!

      The Court Jester is a 1956 comedy about a medieval vigilante who poses as a court jester to save an infant king from an usurper, while Danny Kaye was a Golden Era vaudeville-style actor, who was renowned for being able to recite tongue-twisting songs and monologues.

    • Forrest Hump, the porn film being charged to Probie's credit card, is one of the most generic porn title in cinema. Is it also the name of an actual porn film.

    • Tony talks about one of the Hawaiian shirts being like the one from Magnum, P.I., a popular show in the 80s, created by the same person who created NCIS, Donald P. Bellisario.