Season 2 Episode 5

The Bone Yard

Aired Tuesday 8:00 PM Oct 26, 2004 on CBS
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Episode Summary


The NCIS team finds a place where the mob has been dumping bodies for a long time, and one of the victims is an undercover FBI agent. The FBI suspect a mole and arrest Fornell. Gibbs sets out to find the real mole and clear Fornell.

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  • A undiscovered dumping ground for dead bodies, what more can the mafia ask for?

    Kate's more than a little scary and has issues – what she did to McGee was like kicking a puppy. It was hilarious when Tony and Kate make McGee walk in front of them, staying well back.

    Fornell being the mole is ridiculous – he's the FBI's version of Gibbs.

    Getting hacked – the computer geniuses don't even think to pull out the power cable.

    Tony and Kate undercover at the clinic were brilliant – it's worrying that they were so convincing as white trash.

    Gibbs is unorthodox but gets the job done. Grabbing the son and faking Fornell's death to expose the mole, he comes off as a renegade yet stays (mostly) within the law.

    Perhaps not a favourite episode but very good.moreless
  • Expect unexpected

    Ok.. that was good episode.. what had unexpected things happening from the start: I mean.. that man waking up in field what is bombed.. Abby getting hacked. Then that FBI agent coming and saying it was him.. that lead even bigger mess as that agent was thought to be mole, he killed himself.. just to walk across the office in the end. What a brilliant twist, specially as Tony and Kate were telling McGee that they got it quite long time ago, who the real mole was.

    So.. it had tension.. it had some great char moments with Gibbs.. loved the scene on the elevator and how it ended.moreless
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  • I don't know, I personally didn't enjoy this one as much as most others, but it is still a fairly decent episode.

    First off, I would like to mention that I found the episode slightly difficult to follow, the first time I watched it. I would recommend watching it at least twice to fully understand the story.

    The case was fairly interesting, but I don't particularly enjoy Tobias Fornell too much, and the episode was centered quite a bit around him.

    The episode did have one great element, which was to "expect the unexpected". Really, absolutely everything in this episode was unpredictable, and this did very well.

    However, I did not understand the ending and how Fornell was still alive.

    Overall, not my favorite episode, but it is still worthwhile. It is interesting, but not overly exciting and it is rather unpredictable. Good episode for me, not a great episode.moreless
  • Another good episode !

    This episode opens with a man waking up in a car, with a dead body next to him. He realises that he is tied up and he manages to escape. We then see that he is on a training base for the army and that a bomb was just dropped on top of where he just was in the car. The NCIS team are called in and then we learn that the victim died in the bomb attack. As Gibbs investigates he discovers the other victim which was all ready dead in the car. As Abby and McGee run the prints through AFIS, their computer gets hacked. When they finally manage to trace it back they find that the FBI were hacking them. Ducky calls the team into the morgue and we learn that the first victim (the one already dead in the car), was a missing man who went missing in 1999, although it appears that he died recently. Ducky then reveals that he was killed and then frozen. The FBI leader is then arrested for being involved with the Mafia, who trapped and killed many victims on the army training base site. We then see him hanging himself in his cell. Gibbs sets up a met with the Mafia to try and find out who they really have on the FBI pay role, and to help clear the FBI leader's name.

    The FBI man on pay role was the one who Gibbs took with him as back up. At the end we see the FBI leader who hanged himself walking out of the NCIS building with Gibbs. The entire team look shocked.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

Sean Murray (I)

Sean Murray (I)

Special Agent Tim McGee

David McCallum

David McCallum

Chief M.E. Ducky Mallard

John Rosenfeld

John Rosenfeld

FBI Agent Charles

Guest Star

Michael Guarnera

Michael Guarnera

Vic Gera

Guest Star

Laird MacIntosh

Laird MacIntosh

Corporal Stinson

Guest Star

Brian Dietzen

Brian Dietzen

Asst. M.E. Jimmy Palmer

Recurring Role

Joe Spano

Joe Spano

FBI Agent T.C. Fornell

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • TRIVIA: Gibbs explains why he slaps people on the back of the head. A slap on the face would be humiliating, but "a slap on the back of the head is a wake-up call."

    • TRIVIA: Gibbs has no brothers or uncles. Gibbs' father is also dead. In the season 6 episode "Heartland", Gibbs goes back to his hometown, and sees his very much alive father. He would have likely said he had no family in order to "keep them safe", or possibly just to keep from having to talk about them.

  • QUOTES (29)

    • Kate: So if he was beaten, you know, (turns to Tony) kind of like the way you were yesterday, by Gibbs, it could be the killer's.
      Tony: Kate, Kate, Kate, when I let Gibbs win, we all win. And if I beat the crap out of him, who do you think he's gonna take it out on? (Gibbs arrives behind Tony's back) Oh, that's right, all of us!
      McGee: So you took a dive for the team?
      Tony: Of course McGee.
      Kate: It's good to know.
      Gibbs: It sure is. Turn around.
      Tony: Waiting for you to slap the back of my head, boss.
      Gibbs: I'm not gonna slap your head. (Tony turns around smiling)
      Tony: You're not?
      Gibbs: What, you don't think I have a sense of humor?

    • Gibbs: Agent Charles, can you get me the Bureau file on Fornell?
      Agent Charles: I haven't even seen it. (Gibbs stares at him) If I get caught, I'm finished as a Federal Agent.
      Gibbs: Don't get caught.

    • McGee: Oh my God.
      Abby: Gibbs is gonna kill you.
      McGee: Kill me? Why?
      Abby: I'm not gonna tell him.

    • Gibbs: McGee, what's the connection between small-time hood and super computer?
      McGee: Well, I have no idea, boss.
      Gibbs: Wrong answer.
      McGee: I'll go look for the right one now.

    • Gibbs: (when Abby IDs their subject) Mafia?
      McGee: With names like Vic Gera and Guido Valentino, what else?
      Tony: Probie! In case you forget, my name is Tony DiNozzo- Italiano. Doesn't make me Mafia, now does it?
      McGee: No, of course not. I'm sorry.
      Tony: Prego. (slaps McGee on the back of the head)

    • Gunnery Sgt. Deluca: (grabbing a finger bone before it's blown up) Well, at least I get to give Gibbs the finger.

    • Tony: (to McGee, doubled up after Kate kicks him in the groin) Aw, she had three older brothers growing up. I think there's some unresolved issues there.
      McGee: You think?!

    • Fornell: I realize how sad this than sounds, but you're the closest thing I have to a friend, Gibbs.
      Gibbs: You dying or something? Okay, not dying, just some part of a twelve step program?
      Fornell: Are you gonna help me or not?
      Gibbs: Thinking about it.

    • Tony: Italian shoes. The pair I got cost 500 bucks. (Gibbs looks at him) Not everyone shops at Walmart. I'm not saying you shop at Walmart, or even that it's a bad thing...

    • Tony: What about Mr. Potato Head?
      Gibbs: No. He stays. With luck he'll spit on my boots.
      Kate: Looking for a reason to whack him in the head Gibbs?
      Gibbs: No... To shoot him.

    • (when McGee wouldn't go all out during a sparring match with Kate)
      Kate: Tony, do I look like a girl to you?
      Tony: All I see is two NCIS Special Agents.

    • Kate: NCIS.
      Ricky: Meat inspectors?

    • Fornell: Anyone ever tell you you're an insufferable bastard?
      Gibbs: Yeah.

    • Tony (to McGee): Do you think anyone's gonna believe that you slept with Kate?

    • Tony: They teach you to box in the Marines?
      Gibbs: No.
      Tony: Your loss.
      Gibbs: (after flooring Tony) They teach us fighting.

    • (Tony slaps McGee after Gibbs slapped him)
      McGee: What was that for?
      Tony: 'Cuz you ate my sandwich!

    • Tony: (gives his sandwhich to McGee) You want some?
      (McGee takes a bite of it; Tony looks a little bit disgusted and throws the sandwich away)

    • John De Luca: Are you deaf or nuts?
      Gibbs: A little of both.

    • Abby: Hear Kate kicked your butt this morning, McGee.
      McGee: Oh. You heard wrong. Wasn't my butt...
      Abby: So she kicked you in the...?
      McGee: I thought I was joining a Federal Agency, not reliving my junior year in high school.
      Abby: Just remember, they torture you because they care.
      McGee: So, if I make them dislike me...?
      Abby: It'll get worse.

    • Gibbs: Training's over. We're headed to Quantico. Guy tried to outrun a 500 pound bomb.
      Kate: And?
      Gibbs: He lost.

    • Gibbs: You lied to me, Jimmy.
      Jimmy: Oh... I wasn't expecting it. Now what? I just saved all our lives!
      Gibbs: Ciao!

    • Jimmy: You know, you remind me of somebody Special Agent Gibbs, some ahh... who's that guy that's always talking trash- that fed...
      Mafia guy: Fornell!

    • Tony: Got a warrant for your arrest little Dicky.
      Ricky: It's Ricky.
      Tony: It's murder! Dicky.

    • Tony: We make a good couple, Kate.
      Kate: Yeah... for The Jerry Springer Show.

    • Gunnery Sgt. John Deluca: Is there a secret to getting on his [Gibbs's] good side?
      Tony: No secret...
      Kate: (grins) He doesn't have a good side.

    • Kate: You writin' my name right?
      Tony: What! I just wanna know if it's mine. (to receptionist) She kinda sleeps around a lot if you know what I mean.
      Kate If I did, it's cuz he ain't any good in bed.
      Tony: Least I didn't sleep with my cousin.
      Kate: You slept with my sista!
      Tony: I thought it was you!
      Kate: She weighs 300 lbs.
      Tony: She was wearing your earrings!!
      Receptionist: That's enough! If you two can't be civil, I'm gonna have to ask you to leave.
      Kate: Look, is there anywhere I can wait away from him, please, I'm beggin' you.
      Receptionist: There's an empty exam room behind you two doors on the right.
      Kate: Thank you. (throws gum at Tony as she leaves)
      Tony: I'm sorry, she slept with my brother ... and my best friend ... at the same time.

    • McGee: Wow, she's pretty flexible.
      Tony: Just don't let her catch you looking at her, Probie.
      McGee: I think she saw me. She gave me that look.
      Tony: What look?
      McGee: The look she's always giving you.
      (Tony looks at Kate, and sees her smiling)
      Tony: Yep, she saw you. Hope you wore a cup.

    • Kate: Wow, I thought you were the only one who could piss him off like that.
      Tony: You never met his second wife.

    • Jimmy Napalitano: I'll kill your brothers, your uncles, your father, and then I'll kill you.
      Gibbs: No brothers. No uncles. My father passed away years ago. But I have three ex-wives I would gladly give you their names and addresses.... (Jimmy puts phone down) Huh! He hung up!

  • NOTES (1)

    • Original International Airdates:
      Croatia: September 29, 2005 on NOVA TV
      Finland: March 10, 2007 on Nelonen
      France: September 09, 2005 on M6
      Germany: September 29, 2005 on SAT.1
      Sweden: May 29, 2005 on TV3
      Denmark: November 9, 2004 on TV3


    • FBI Agent Charles: Jimmy Nap's version of The Ice Man.

      This quote is referring to Richard Kuklinski, who was a Mafia contract killer and supposedly killed about 200 people. One of the people he killed was dumped in a well full of ice cold water, which was then filled with a layer of concrete to hide the body. After quite a few years, Kuklinski was aware that his luck was wearing thin and in an attempt to not get caught, he removed the perfectly preserved body and disposed of it another way.