Season 2 Episode 2

The Good Wives Club

Aired Tuesday 8:00 PM Oct 05, 2004 on CBS
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Episode Summary

The mummified remains of a woman are found in the abandoned compound. The team discovers that the woman was missing for several months, was wearing a wedding dress when she died, and might have been a victim of a serial killer. The search for the murderer leads them to Florida, where they start looking for another woman who mysteriously disappeared after going to work. One of the clues they have is the old manual for good wives.moreless

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  • Pretty good episode. Some quibbles.

    I'm a big fan of the show and liked the episode, as usual, for the characters, camaraderie, banter, humor, etc.

    I'd like to take the opportunity here to list some quibbles, which apply to many other episodes as well:

    ¶ after discovering the first bunker with the dead woman in a wedding dress, it was a big guess for Kate to assume that the murderer was a serial killer who wouldn't stop killing till he found his perfect "wife."

    ¶ it seemed far-fetched to take the whole team down South to a Naval base there, where there is a missing female petty officer, largely because they found a Southern beetle in the first bunker. But again, I guess NCIS has time and money to burn.

    ¶ it seemed wasteful (to me) from a time and expense perspective for Kate to reconstruct the bunker at NCIS headquarters.

    ¶ although there were a few other clues mentioned, one of the main reasons for Gibbs' suspecting the cleric is that he might have worn silk "shawls", and a thread of silk was found in the first bunker. A "thin thread" for an assumption if there ever was one! When Gibbs and Kate approached the cleric the second time, it was foolish for him to shoot himself -- after all, what evidence could they have against him?

    ¶ Gibbs had no good reason to RUSH the expensive full throttle search for the missing woman at the end -- based on his far-fetched assumption that the cleric would turn off the oxygen again, or that he had time to turn it off.

    ¶ finally, I am glad that Gibbs (and the others) have mellowed some since the early seasons. I seem to find a lot of unnecessary, mean, nasty jibes thrown at each other in early seasons. For example, when Gibbs announces he is going to interview the missing woman's roommate, the female NCIS officer comments that she already did this. Gibbs gives her a condescending look, and merely says "yeah" and leaves for his interview. He could have made a more considerate remark to spare the woman's feelings.

    Still, I liked the episode.moreless
  • Playing home

    That episode had quite a different case.. and quite a scary one. The whole concept behind it and that man took his own life instead letting others know where she is. That was something really cruel.. not that what he did was less cruel but.. That disturbed me quite much.

    And I loved the little twist when Tony found her. That she was messed up by that chaplain and attacked Tony. And somehow the whole Tony vs McGee tension and whose name is named first. It was weird to see Tony so unsecured as that was McGee's part. And I felt some moments it went way too far. Maybe that will be their new way of dynamic and I just have to get used?moreless
  • One of my favourite episodes.

    This is easily one of my favourite episode of the series to date and of the series total. It's fascinating, creepy and bizarre. As if the story couldn't get more disturbing, Swain – already obsessed with finding 'the right man' – develops Stockholm Syndrome. Poor Tony, getting cracked over the head just as he 'rescues' her.

    McGee's first day as an official field agent. It's made Tony paranoid. I've noticed before that Gibbs plays with Tony's head sometimes and I actually think the 'name order' thing Tony got so upset about was actually deliberate – witness the psychological effect it had on Tony at the end.

    This is also not a flattering episode for Tony – Tony is even more obnoxious than usual. Strangely enough, his chauvinistic attitude actually *does* help him get in the suspect's head. From a character POV, it's a smart thing to do – a character must have flaws and this episode showcases Tony's.moreless
  • An unusually entertaining episode.

    First off, I felt that this episode was really weird. It was really different to anything they have shown us before, but I thought it was extremely odd.

    Having said that, I thought it was a very funny episode, with two great quotes. I really loved the quote after Gibbs introduced the agents and said DiNozzo's name last. That was hilarious!

    I also enjoyed the quote about Jane's daughter being anorexic. That was just as funny!

    This episode probably contains the best humour to this point, it is also quite interesting, and has a quite weird ending.

    Overall, I recommend this episode to those who enjoy humour. Very funny. Great job, NCIS!moreless
  • Another one of my all time favourites

    When a house is being torn down on a navy base, the construction men discover a dead body. When NCIS are called in they discover that there is a tunnel beneath the house. The body is found in a wedding dress and it tied up within the secret room. When further investigating is done it is discovered that the body belonged to a missing NCIS officer who had disappeared 18 months before. Ducky put hr time of death at about a year ago. The NCIS team then learn that another officer is also discovered missing and that she went missing over 4 months away. Further into the investigation leads the lead to the priest, who is now the main suspect. When they go back to re interview him, he kills himself. When they go to his home to investigate tony discovers a photo album hidden in his vinyl player which has all photos of the murderer with his victims. From the photos they are lead to an abandoned army bunker and it is there that they find his last victim. Tony finds her and as he phones Gibbs to inform him she hits Tony over the head and knocks him out. We then learn that she is suffering from Stockholm syndrome.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

Kendall Clement

Kendall Clement


Guest Star

Betsy Brandt

Betsy Brandt

P.O. Barbara Swain

Guest Star

Matthew Carmody

Matthew Carmody

Lt. J.G. Chaplain Brett Evans

Guest Star

Brian Dietzen

Brian Dietzen

Asst. M.E. Jimmy Palmer

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • The investigation takes them to Jacksonville Naval Base in of course Jacksonville, FL but all the cars that are shown being driven by Gibbs and the rest of the military, they are all shown with license plates on both the front and the back. This doesn't happen in FL. Cars in FL only have license plates on the back of the car.

    • GOOF: A few scenes after the Chaplain's suicide, when Commander Spencer, Kate and Gibbs are looking at a map of the Naval Base, Gibbs tells Commander Spencer that P.O. Swain only has a few hours left, if the Chaplain treats her like he treated the others (note the plural). Not until the next scene do we see McGee, DiNozzo and Melankovich at the Chaplain's home where they find the wedding album revealing that P.O. Figgis was the third victim, and P.O. Swain the fourth.

    • TRIVIA: Near the end of the episode, Tony is seen watching a portion of the episode "The Bachelor" from The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet. Mark Harmon was the brother-in-law to Rick Nelson who grew up on the show for 14 years. Mark's sister, Kris married Rick and was also on the show.

  • QUOTES (14)

    • Tony: I know it can be confusing sometimes.
      McGee: I'm actually not confused.
      Tony: You just think you're not confused. In reality, you're very confused. And that contradiction is what makes the whole situation seem more...
      McGee: Confusing?
      Tony: Exactly.

    • Kate: You finally met the perfect 50s woman and she almost kills you, DiNozzo.
      Tony: She was so obedient.
      Kate: Scary how impressed you are by that.

    • Tony: Question for you Probie. Redbook, why?
      McGee: Redbook was, and still is, the definitive magazine for today's young woman.
      Tony: Planning a sex change?
      McGee: No. Since I've always been interested in women I figured the best way to know about them is to, you know, know about them.
      Tony: McGee- the best way to know about them is to know them.

    • Tony: Let me guess, you never inhaled.
      McGee: I inhaled.
      Tony: Yeah.
      McGee: Once. A little bit.
      Tony: How was it?
      McGee: Didn't like it.
      Kate: You didn't like it?
      McGee: No...
      Tony and Kate: He didn't inhale.

    • Abby: Very Silence of the Lambs, don't cha think?

    • Gibbs: This is going to be useful Abby why?
      Abby: Gibbs, I know you know that I need a good wind up before I deliver my knock out.
      Gibbs: Just hit me with it baby.

    • Gibbs: Put someone in a wedding dress.
      Kate: Tony would look cute.
      Gibbs: No. He's off interviewing the victim's parents.
      Kate: Well, McGee then.
      Gibbs: No, he's with Tony.
      Kate: Abby.
      Gibbs: No, up to her tats in forensic tests.
      Kate: Well, what about you? (Gibbs gives her a look) You won't have to wear the dress.

    • Gibbs: He's cautious.
      Abby: So am I... When I chain guys up.

    • Gibbs: What d'ya have Abby?
      Abby: What don't I have?!

    • Ducky: This actually reminds me of my days at Edinburgh Medical College.
      Tony: You took a tunnel to school Ducky?

    • Gibbs: A little more left. (McGee moves to the right) Your other left McGee!

    • McGee: I didn't say anything.
      Tony: It's what you're thinking Probie.

    • Tony: When Gibbs introduced us, he introduced you, then McGee, then me. Why did he mention me last?
      Kate: You are kidding?

    • Abby: Hit me with it, baby.

  • NOTES (1)

    • Original International Airdates:
      Croatia: September 08, 2005 on NOVA TV
      Finland: February 17, 2007 on Nelonen
      France: September 02, 2005 on M6
      Germany: September 08, 2005 on SAT.1
      Sweden: April 23, 2005 on TV3
      Denmark: October 19, 2004 on TV3


    • Abby: Very Silence of the Lambs, don't cha think.

      A reference to a 1991 thriller movie starring Jodie Foster & Anthony Hopkins.

    • Tony: This is really sick. Stephen King'd love it.

      Stephen King is perhaps the most successful and widely read author in the world. He has written over fifty novels, as well as several non-fiction books such as Danse Macabre (a study of horror in literature and film) and On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft.

    • Episode Title: "The Good Wives Club"
      The episode title is named after the movie The First Wives Club where three women get back at their husbands for leaving them for younger women.