NCIS

Season 1 Episode 14

The Good Samaritan

7
Aired Tuesday 8:00 PM Feb 17, 2004 on CBS
8.7
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A navy dentist stops near the parked car to help a stranded motorist who pulls out a gun. The team investigates a murder with the help from a local sheriff, Charley, when they find out about similar murders of a Navy civilian employee and a pilot who was going through a nasty divorce.moreless

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  • Similar killings on secluded country roads and, at first glance, no apparent motives. A serial killer? Until the team tries a different approach. Two very valid motives pop up, along with two very valid alibis. Or are they??moreless

    8.9
    The story line starts out strong. With no apparent motives for the killings a serial killer and a copy cat seem to be the only possibilities. The conclusion that there was no copy cat makes for a valid assumption that the third killing may be the one they have to focus on. Then the team finds not only one but two strong motives for two different suspects. In the end the plot turns out to be the fact that an identical twin can provide an alibi and confuse any DNA proof found on the scene. I found this episode to be very humorous, but as far as the plot was concerned somewhat unfulfilling.

    It is stated several times over that both sisters have an airtight alibi. So if Laura Seeger went to DC between 2 and 3 to provide an alibi for Commander Green and Commander Green went to the bank between 2 and 3 to provide Laura Seeger with an alibi, then who killed James Seeger between 2 and 3 ?? The switch could only have worked if one of the 2 alibis had been found to be invalid. Furthermore, James Seeger filed a complaint against Commander Green for sexual harassment. Given the fact that we later learn that he was her brother-in-law, I would have thought it more likely that Laura Seeger would try to frame her sister for the murder of her husband. That way she also wouldn't have to split the money. But the team simply concludes Commander Green killed on behalf of her sister and that's the end of it. I think they should have perfected the plot making the storyline ironclad.moreless
  • No good deed goes unpunished.

    9.0
    This is why you don't stop for hitchhikers etc, who knows what kind of crazy you could run into – in this case, someone who wants to kill you, tie you up, leave you naked in a field.



    Can't blame the sheriff for trying – what woman *wouldn't* hit on Gibbs, he's seriously hot, that smile and those blue eyes are a killer. She's a player though – up for election, cozies up to the investigator who agrees to share jurisdiction and gets the credit.



    Twist on the 'Strangers on a Train' scenario – have your twin help you with the murders and a rock solid alibi.



    Quite a cool episode.moreless
  • Both suspects have alibis so..?

    6.7
    Ok. That was episode I felt was weaker than usual. I cannot say the case was not confusing or mystery enough: it was. But the mystery did not caught me and that sheriff just annoyed me. How more obvious can you make it?



    The woman.. and her twin.. That was a twist but it was not as ground rocking as I was hoping as both of the women had alibis and I was wondering how one forged it. And when Kate said, she has it. I hoped it to be something really shocking. Twin is not shocking.. maybe it even feels like easy way out.



    And the whole way the episode was build. It was not bad, but it was not intriguing too. The only part what I felt was really intriguing was the way the woman took. She was probably huge control freak and she was ready to everything.. until the end.moreless
  • Another incredible episode!

    10
    This episode was almost as good as its predecessor! I absolutely loved watching this one, because the ending was a twist you could never see coming, which is always great to have!



    The team attempt to hunt down a possible serial killer, but their main suspects have valid alibis.



    I thought that this case would be too difficult for the team to solve, but I was proven wrong. I was so surprised at the end, when the killer was unveiled. I was really shocked and surprised!



    This episode is a must-see for NCIS fans. It has a great case with an unexpected twist, which you will never see coming. I thoroughly enjoyed this one, and I think others will too!moreless
  • A very good episode, with a unexpected twist.

    9.4
    This episode opens with a woman broken down in her car by the side of the road and a man stops her help her and when he shows her his ID she pulls a gun on him. The NCIS team are called in and the Sheriff in charge of the scene seems to have a thing for Gibbs. The team discover that the victim had an obsession with collecting lunchboxes.



    Two county's over another victim is found dead, and his death is the exact same as the first one. The prime suspect is one of the victim's soon to be ex-wife, but she has an alibi. They also have another suspect who is the bases doctor, who also has an alibi for the time of the last murder. They follow the soon to be ex-wife and discover that despite her alibi she was the killer and when she gets into the car her twin sister is there. The twins had been killing people for each other.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

Kirk B.R. Woller

Kirk B.R. Woller

Lt. Commander Wayne Julius

Guest Star

Kate McNeil

Kate McNeil

Commander Margaret Green

Guest Star

Heidi Dippold

Heidi Dippold

Laura/Linda Seeger

Guest Star

Pancho Demmings

Pancho Demmings

Asst. M.E. Gerald Jackson

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (6)

    • GOOF: When Tony accesses the eBay account of the first victim to look for negative feedback that could indicate a murder motive, "(1)" displays next to the username, indicating but a single lifetime eBay transaction. However, when Tony then accesses the feedback history, it indicates 87 transactions.

    • GOOF: Gibbs uses OnStar to track the location of Laura Seeger's twin, but she drives a Jeep Cherokee, a model which has never been equipped with OnStar.

    • TRIVIA: When Kate is amazed at Tony's over the shoulder shot at the trash can and wonders how he did it, he states that he was first team varsity at Ohio State.

    • TRIVIA: When the team is inspecting the very first victim, the sheriff says he was found with no clothes on. When pictures are taken of his backside, this appears to be the case. However, when they roll the body over to look at the front, you can see the nude-colored underwear on the body that would be necessary for modesty's sake.

    • TRIVIA: Among the lunch boxes show in the home of the victim, you can see ones for Magnum P.I., Airwolf and Quantum Leap; all shows created by Donald P. Bellisario.

    • TRIVIA: One character mentions another character had a very sucessful grandfather who made his fortune importing the first Swiss Army Knives in to the US. In real life, it was series costar Michael Weatherly's father, Michael Weatherly Sr., who made a fortune bringing the first Swiss Army Knives in to the US.

  • QUOTES (30)

    • Charlie: Surprised to see me?
      Gibbs: Oh yeah... yeah... surprise is one word that does come to mind.

    • Kate: I wonder who Commander Julius' decorator was?
      Tony: Siegfried and Roy?

    • Charlie: I want to thank a group of people who are the unsung heroes.
      Kate: We won't be once you start singing.
      Charlie: The voters of Grayson County...
      (Kate and Tony are speechless)
      Gibbs: It's an election year.

    • Abby: Are either of you guys Libras?
      Tony & Kate: No.
      Abby: Good thing, 'cause they are so screwed this week.

    • (Tony tosses paper over his shoulder and it lands in trash basket)
      Kate: How do you do that?
      Tony: First string varsity Ohio State.

    • Charlie: What's that cologne you're wearing?
      Gibbs: I'm not wearing any.
      Charlie: Oh that's me. It's a new perfume. Do you like it?

    • Tony: Hey Boss, don't you have some weird thing about women and sawdust? I don't think it's weird.

    • Gibbs: You're particularly feisty today, Abby.
      Abby: Thank you for noticing.

    • Abby: I had a boyfriend who snuck up on me once. He was walking funny for a week. Or I should say funnier.

    • Gerald: I actually find that interesting.
      Ducky: As opposed to what?

    • Tony: Look on the bright side.
      Kate: What bright side?
      Tony: It's just an expression.

    • Abby: Gibbs, didn't your momma teach you not to sneak up on people?

    • Charlie: Now Jethro. We are going to have a tough time working together if you don't call me Charlie.

    • Tony: So you're saying that someone stole your urine while you weren't looking?
      Laura Seeger: Yes!
      Tony: How, exactly, would they do that?

    • Kate: Can I ask you a question, Gibbs?
      Gibbs: Is this one of those questions where it's not going to matter if I say no?

    • Gibbs: How hard is it for an attractive woman to get a man to do what she wants?
      Kate and Charlie: (speaking at same time) That's easy. Happens every day.
      Tony: Ladies! I think that was a rhetorical question.

    • Gibbs: Did you run...
      Abby: Run it through AFIS?
      Gibbs: Feisty and psychic.
      Abby: It's a killer combination.

    • Gibbs: How we doing on the DNA sample?
      Abby: I just got it two hours ago!
      Gibbs: And?
      Abby: You can't rush science, Gibbs. You can yell at it and scream at it, but you can't rush it.

    • Kate: I know, you're going to ask me to call the LEOs in the other county and have them send over the evidence.
      Gibbs: I wasn't going to ask.

    • Tony: Hey what do you make of this? (looks at post-it note, pronounces one long word slowly) eeegotooomaaaaaneeee
      Kate: I got too many.
      Tony: Oh, yeah. Thanks.

    • Sheriff: You got a first name?
      Gibbs: Jethro.
      Sheriff: Your parents had a sense of humor.

    • Ducky: I thought I was going mad. The two autopsies were nearly identical. It was deja vu all over again.
      Tony: Hey, that's a Yogi Berra quote!
      Kate: The cartoon character?
      Tony: Not Yogi Bear, Yogi Berr-a.
      Kate: Well, judging by your reaction he's either a sports person or a bouncer at a strip club.
      Tony: Gentleman's club.

    • Tony: Twins. The Holy Grail of dating.
      Kate: Where do you come up with this stuff?
      Tony: (ignoring her) Although twins that kill... not good.

    • Tony: This reminds me of a case I worked once. Guy hated mailmen -
      Kate: Letter carrier.
      Tony: What?
      Kate: They're called letter carriers, not mailmen.
      Tony: Since when?
      Kate: I don't think there was a specific date, Tony, it just kind of evolved.

    • Tony: I'll be your emergency contact.
      Kate: Thanks, I'll...get somebody else.
      Tony: Yeah, what's wrong with me?
      Kate: Where do I start?

    • Abby: Is that a guess, or do you actually know where I'm going with this?
      Gibbs: What do you think?
      Abby: Well, I don't know, that's why I asked you.
      Gibbs: Why don't you just tell me?
      Abby: So you don't know.
      Gibbs: I want to make sure you know.
      Abby: Hm.
      Gibbs: Hm.
      Abby: We should play poker sometime.
      Gibbs: Yeah, we should.

    • Gibbs: Don't say anything Dinozzo.
      Tony: I wasn't going to.
      Gibbs: Don't even think it.
      Tony: Too late.

    • Kate: Why does Gibbs have two coffees?
      Tony: I don't know, but it's a good bet it has something to do with one of his ex-wives.

    • Abby: Ready to have your world rocked again?
      Gibbs: I'm barely over the last time.

    • Kate: I wouldn't kill for my sister.
      Tony: You barely even return her phone calls.

  • NOTES (1)

    • Original International Airdates:
      Croatia: August 19, 2005 on NOVA TV
      Finland: December 2, 2006 on Nelonen
      France: September 08, 2004 on M6
      Germany: June 23, 2005 on SAT.1
      Hungary: January 30, 2006 on TV 2
      Sweden: September 19, 2004 on TV3
      Denmark: February 24, 2004 on TV3

  • ALLUSIONS (5)

    • Sheriff Charlie: I got Sleepless in Seattle.

      Charlie continues her romantic pursuit of Gibbs with a copy of the 1993 love story Sleepless in Seattle, which stars Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan.

    • Gibbs: Same thing Deep Throat told Woodward and Bernstein - follow the money.

      A reference to the famous Watergate scandal, revealed to the world through the journalism of Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward, who were helped in their investigations by a man known, at that time, only as 'Deep Throat', but later revealed as William Felt, deputy director of the FBI.

    • The Username IGOTTOOMANY is a login for Ebay. Ebay is an online bidding website where you can purchase hard to find items.

    • Ducky uses a quote of Yogi Berra's, "It's deja vu all over again", which Tony catches. Kate thinks he meant Yogi Bear, the cartoon, not Yogi Berra, the sports legend.

    • Episode Title: "The Good Samaritan"
      This is a reference to the parable of the Good Samaritan in the Bible in which an injured Jewish man on the side of the road was helped out by a Samaritan. Since the victims in the show were "chosen" when they stopped to help a woman in distress, the title accurately describes the episode.

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