Season 1 Episode 4

The Immortals

Aired Tuesday 8:00 PM Oct 14, 2003 on CBS
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The NCIS team investigates when a seaman's body is found at the bottom of the sea in his dress whites, with a ceremonial sword. They discover that he was addicted to a Wizards and Warriors style role-playing game. Now, the team must figure out how involved he was in the game and how far he would go to get revenge on his arch enemy, another sailor.moreless

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  • A bit weird but good

    Good episode with an interesting case, although with some mistakes, sometimes a bit weird, but I didn't mind. I liked that Tony had a little payback on Kate, and she got into some trouble with Gibbs. Made her less perfect and more human. Loved Abby and Ducky in this episode, and it was fine that Tony and Kate worked together in the end without any bitching. Sadly, they didn't show how they solved the problem with the cabin they had to share ... :Dmoreless
  • Sometimes dead make more sense than living people.

    Ok.. fantasy game aboard a navy ships gets out of control as one sailor is found dead and soon it comes out that he has left somekind of legacy of threat behind.

    What I most say.. some parts of the episode, it felt really interesting. Loved Abby's and doctor's moments. They were just great.

    But the things on the ship.. I am not sure. At first it was really exciting but when it came out that it is about game.. it maybe got.. little weird but I think that was the point.

    And the whole thing with trying to find the threat. That was surprising.. specially where it wasmoreless
  • Where's the line between fantasy and reality?

    Online gaming is a big thing these days and it's not surprising that unstable people could take it way too seriously. It does make me wonder – don't the military have to regular psych evals?

    I naturally thought Tony's attitude to telling the guy's mother is odd – then it's very well explained, that Tony never did it before.

    Kate's quite spoiled – she expects a warm welcome on board the ship then is shocked when all three agents have to share a small room. Doesn't she know how cramped military ships are and this isn't a carrier we're talking about.

    A very interesting story – a sailor who becomes so delusional about an online game that he walks off the side of a ship wearing weights around his waist. I did like that it challenge Kate's assumptions about how the guy wouldn't commit suicide just because he's catholic. It's probably a good thing it happened early, jars her out of her entrenched attitudes.

    One of the most interesting and unusual episodes of season 1.moreless
  • Marvellous!

    This episode was another great episode of NCIS, in my opinion. The team enters the world of role playing games and why someone could kill over that.

    Special Agent Anthony DiNozzo ventures to Puerto Rico, in search of the sword that could help crack the case, while Abby attempts to play her way through the game, in order to see if there are any secrets to be found.

    I thought the story in this episode was well structured and carefully planned. We got to see more into the personalities of all the characters. The episode was also very entertaining, and I heard a couple of great quotes that I won't be forgetting anytime soon!

    Great episode!moreless
  • A sailor is found sunk to the bottom of the sea wrapped in weights near the Bahamas. His ship had passed thru recently and Gibbs, Todd, and DiNozzo go aboard to investigate while Mallard and Sciuto work from the lab.moreless

    Sort of a strange episode using the MMORPG rage as it basis. Two sailors are competitors in The Immortals an online role playing game and one of them takes the game a little too far.

    Todd does not believe the sailor committed suicide even though there did not seem to be a struggle in the sailors death. It's almost as if he just stepped off the deck of the ship and sank to the bottom of the sea. Which in the end is exactly what happened.

    The part with the officers swords in Puerto Rico was interesting. There always seems to be someone trying to make a quick buck in this world. In this case it ended up costing a man his life.

    I have played these game sand I believe it is possible to become delusional playing these games for hours at a time. I'm just not sure if I buy the premise of this episode in its entirety. We are suppose to believe that all of this happened on a US Navy Destroyer without any one else noticing either the game playing or the sword fighting. Unless everyone on the ship just turned a blind eye, but it didn't seem that any of the sailors were blind.

    I also wonder how the other sailor who egged the one into jumping would be handled as obviously he is an accessory to the death. It would not be murder though. Just a delusional man causing his own death. Pretty weird episode. Also, trying to blow up his Captain? Reaching! Well acted by the cast just not exactly the story line I would have followed. Thanks for reading...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

Mark Sivertsen

Mark Sivertsen

Commander Rivers

Guest Star

Julian Bailey

Julian Bailey

PO Ronald Zuger

Guest Star

Brooks Almy

Brooks Almy

Mrs. McDonald

Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (8)

    • TRIVIA: We learn that Kate is Catholic.

    • GOOF: Since the victim went overboard from the ship, everything that was attached to his body must have come from the ship, including the weights and chain. So an obvious avenue of investigation would have been to find out if there were weights missing from the ship, who had access to them, when it was noticed they were missing, and if the victim ever used the weights. Yet the team didn't look into any of this.

    • TRIVIA: The text that makes up "Weylin's Diary" that Abby is reading on her screen is actually copied from an online novel, "The Keeper," by Rod Chappell.

    • TRIVIA: When we see Tony take off the ship, the helicopter he's on has the number 406. When we next see the helicopter landing in Puerto Rico, the number is now 420.

    • GOOF: After the final intermission, the scene opens up with the port (left) side of the the Forrest except for the fact that the number showing is now 12 and not 51.

    • TRIVIA: The nurse says that the dead sailor was obsessed with his mysterious friend. Later, she tells Kate that he only talked about him once.

    • GOOF: Super Cell Phones? The agents are constantly talking to each other from inside the ship when out at sea. Ships being made of steel or aluminum wreck havoc on cell phones. Setting next to the pier you'd be lucky to find a spot where a cell phone would work inside a ship. Even only a mile or two off shore you'd have to go topside to talk on a cell-phone.

    • TRIVIA: About 41 1/2 minutes into the show, while the NCIS team is packing up, you can hear "RM2 Thomas report to the ?? Galley" passed over the 1MC (shipboard general announcement system). The Navy did away with RMs about 3 years ago.

  • QUOTES (20)

    • Tony: Did you have any contact with Seaman MacDonald?
      Master Chief: Can't say I did, sir. He pretty much kept to himself.
      Gibbs: Seems to be the general consensus...or the party line.

    • Ducky: Well if you'll excuse me, I'll get our poor seaman out of his wet clothes.
      Tony: You're not going to say, and into a dry martini, are you?
      Ducky: No. No, we'll save that for later.

    • Tony: The best IT guy in our office is 22, Harvard. When he gets stuck, he calls his 14 year old nephew.

    • Tony: You might want to warn us about what you're working on after lunch, Ducky.
      Ducky: Yes. I suppose gazing into a digestive system doesn't assist the actual process.
      Tony: Not after the meal we just had.

    • Tony: (to Gibbs) When you're a computer geek invading dungeons and fighting ogres, Jethro doesn't cut it. (gets a look from Gibbs)... Neither does Tony.

    • Gibbs: Abby, have fun with your MMROPG.
      (Tony looks at him)
      Gibbs: What?
      Tony: MMOR..PG.
      Gibbs: Thank you.
      Tony: You're welcome
      Gibbs: Can I talk to Ducky, now?

    • Gibbs: What is that?
      Tony: It's music, Gibbs. Don't be so paranoid. You know I'm a professional.

    • Abby: (playing the RPG on her computer) Oh...kicked their asses! (Ducky walks in) I already surpassed the third level of the fortress and made it into the dungeon corridor of the castle's inner stronghold... after of course slaying two gnomes, a drunken dwarf and a frenzied ogre.
      Ducky: Of course.

    • Gibbs: You gonna help me out here, Petty Officer Carnahan?
      Carnahan: I've been downloading a lot of...stuff off the Internet onto my PC.
      Gibbs: Porn.
      Carnahan: I was pretty sure my CO was suspicious, so I hired Zeuger. He cleaned out the hard drive.
      Gibbs: A considerable amount to clean out.
      Carnahan: I have a lot of free time on my hands, sir.

    • Kate: You've got to be kidding.
      Tony: It's a bikini. Two piece.
      Kate: A bottom. And a hat?
      Tony: Puerto Rican?
      Gibbs: Any chance you're gonna try that on?
      Kate: You first!
      Gibbs: Trust me. Not gonna fit.
      Kate: Pigs. I work with pigs.

    • Tony: It's a fantasy RPG book. Complete with character books and steps, Gibbs. Baby steps.
      Gibbs: It's in Spanish.
      Tony: There's just no pleasing you, is there?

    • Ducky: You know Abby, sometimes the dead make more sense to me than the living.
      Abby: Me too.

    • Kate: Stop the boat.
      Gibbs: It's a ship!

    • Kate: Reynolds says there's no known material missing, but the intel's soft. They'll continue to check.
      Gibbs: Stay on it every five minutes.
      Kate: He expressly told me to wait for his call.
      Gibbs: Well, I expressly don't give a damn. Ride his ass.

    • Kate: We're not all sleeping here, are we? Together?
      Gibbs: I'll take the couch.

    • Kate: Now, why didn't that sound sincere?
      Gibbs: Ah, you get used to it. They either stonewall or kiss ass. To them, we're the Internal Affairs of the Navy.
      Kate: So, basically, they hate us?
      Tony: No! ...pretty much.

    • Kate: This was your first?
      Tony: Yeah.
      Kate: Why did you assume I had no idea how bad it was gonna be?
      Tony: I didn't think you would.
      Kate: That is so presumptuous!
      Tony Kate?
      Kate: What?
      Tony: Breathe.

    • Gibbs: That's why Kate is going with you.
      Kate: I'm sure Tony can handle this alone.
      Gibbs: When did an order turn into a debate?

    • Gibbs: Seaman Russell McDonald. 19. Assigned to the USS Foster.
      Kate: Destroyer. Spruance Class.
      Gibbs: Hey, look at that, the new kid on the block's been doin' her homework.

    • Tony: No boss, you don't understand. I love Puerto Rico.
      Kate: Been there a lot?
      Tony: (excited at the beginning... trailing off at the end) No that's just it, I've never been there... I mean I'm so wanting to go. Ever since I was a kid I was wanting...sorry...I just always...
      Gibbs: (deadpan) Wanted to be there.
      Tony: Yeah.

  • NOTES (3)

    • This episode is also known under the title The Highlander.

    • Guest star Chad W. Murray is the brother of future series regular Sean Murray, which means he is also related to series co-creator and executive producer Donald P. Bellisario.

    • Original International Airdates:
      Croatia: August 04, 2005 on NOVA TV
      Finland: September 23, 2006 on Nelonen
      France: March 10, 2004 on M6
      Germany: April 14, 2005 on SAT.1
      Hungary: November 07, 2005 on TV 2
      Sweden: July 11, 2004 on TV3
      Denmark: November 4, 2003 on TV3


    • The episode title, The Immortals, comes from the online computer game that the victim plays.

    • In the MMORPG listing of gamer's personal websites there is a name three below the "Immortal Tales of Weylin" that reads "Count Belisarius"; it is ninth down from the top of the list. Belisarius is the name of Donald P. Bellisario's production company. Count Bellisarius is also the name of one of the greatest generals of the Byzantine Empire, serving under the Emperor Justinian, leading his armies against the Vandals and the Ostrogoths.

    • After Tony manages to buy a sword at the Puerto Rican military base that is forbidden to crewmen, he references Lucy and Ricky Ricardo with his remark, "you've got some 'splaining to do!" to the clerk.