Season 7 Episode 3

The Inside Man

Aired Tuesday 8:00 PM Oct 06, 2009 on CBS
out of 10
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Episode Summary

When a blogger that accused NCIS of a cover-up turns up dead, the NCIS team has to find out who killed him and take another look at the closed case.

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  • A very interesting, although somewhat predictable case.

    This was definitely an intresting case of NCIS, and the first time we have seen Ziva back working with the team since her sreturn.

    The case was quite interesting and I thoughout that it was certainly quite different to anything we had seen in the past, although not necessarily in a good way.

    While I definitely saw myself injoying the episode, I thought it was still quite predictable and even theough the ending was very, very well done, the culprit was still quite obvious.

    Please keep up the interesting cases, NCIS, and I can't wait till the next episode!moreless
  • When a blogger who has been claiming that NCIS is involved in a cover up is killed the local police start investigating a case that NCIS has investigated in relation to the bloggers murder. Gibbs and team tries to figure out what really happened.moreless

    Another really enjoyable episode of NCIS in general. There were a few things that bother me that dropped the score of the episode down. I really loved the whole piece with McGee and the Polygraph lady. I would say there is a little sexual harassment in the workplace going on there. I don't think McGee would mind though. He really was sweating the fact he was called back in to take the test. I loved how Abby subtly got him with the story of the other Special Agent who very soon after left NCIS.

    This episode had great Abby and Ducky scenes. That part where the body was missing from the casket was creepy. Of course the conclusions they got from that were the clinchers to the case.

    You know DiNozzo can be a real jerk. Usually it's all in good fun but this time it was constant and ceased to be funny. He's always a little crazy at times but it seems that he is going overboard. The pastrami, the dogs barking on the recording, and giving Ben Franklin a hard time when Gibbs was right there just to name a few. They really need to get Ziva back in the field so she can put him in his place or Gibbs needs to put a collar on him.

    I also did not like Detective Jack Sportelli played ably by Jack Conley. He seemed to have an agenda more than just following his leads. I do agree with DiNozzo about Detective Megan Hanley played by Kelly Overton though. Maybe we'll see her again.

    When McGee and DiNozzo got caught in that great piece of stealth DiNozzo called investigating in the police impound lot, I loved how Abby was all upset about McGee and why was Gibbs there and not getting them out etc.. Of course in they walk and Gibbs says he had the Director, someone with a little more pull take care of it. In general a great episode if you take out the little annoying parts. Of course we knew that the crew would never be involved in a cover up and McGee figuring out that Rail Pass thing was brilliant. Very Hitchcockian. Enjoyable story and nice detective work all around. Thanks for reading...moreless
  • I liked where McGee and Tony broke into the police impond lot and downloaded the nav system info and McGee's character appears to be getting a bad boy image. ie. polygraph retake & B&E all illuding to very interesting spin on McGee's character.moreless

    I liked the scene where McGee and Tonybroke into the police impond lot and downloaded the nav system info and got caught by the dogs. McGee's character appears to be getting a bad boy image. ie. polygraph retake, B&E and paint ball champ all illuding to very interesting spin on McGee's character. He's getting attitude. While Ziva and Gibbs still show signs of strain on their relationship. So thick can cut with knife. tony and ziva still might happen although they illude that relationships in work place never work out per tony. He's showing signs of being more like Gibbs.moreless
  • The Inside Man

    I did not think this episode was anything special. It seemed pretty routine to me: generic case, generic banter between Mcgee and DiNozzo. But then one scene changed all that for me; the scene with the dogs just chasing them. Completely unexpected and how long it would last and how hilarious it would be. Outside of a one-liner, I do not think I've laughed at hard at a scene on this show as I did with that one. Bravo NCIS

    I did like the finish too. It was a little more clever in the actual Alfred Hitchcock film that Tony referenced, but I liked the usage of it here as well.moreless
  • You want me to draw you a picture?

    Cooperation between other agencies has never been a strength of team Gibbs; that's why when Metro PD and Gibbs are both involved in the same case things gets messy.

    A Blogger accuses NCIS of covering up the death of a Navy Officer, Metro PD is willing to play its part; that brings Gibbs team to look into many leads before finally getting the truth.

    Nice episode, kind of the old style type; good writing and as usual great portraying. but the main events of this season are still very clear as Ziva is still stuck doing desk work, and her issues will be brought up again.

    by the way, McGee is worth half of the episode, so hilarious!

    Go Probie!moreless
Mark Harmon

Mark Harmon

Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs

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

Sean Murray (I)

Sean Murray (I)

Special Agent Tim McGee

Cote de Pablo

Cote de Pablo

Mossad Agent Ziva David

Jack Conley

Jack Conley

Metro Detective Danny Sportelli

Guest Star

Kelly Overton

Kelly Overton

Metro Detective Megan Hanley

Guest Star

Erin Cahill

Erin Cahill

Navy Lieutenant Jessica Summers

Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (12)

    • GOOF: When Ducky talks about Arnett also being murdered, he uses the term "infer." The correct term in that sentence would be "imply," not "infer."

    • TRIVIA: While in this episode the team investigates the death of a blogger, Michael Weatherly (Tony) played a blogger in the series Dark Angel.

    • GOOF: Tony tells Detective Hanley that she shouldn't wear a scarf at crime scenes, because the fibers could contaminate evidence. However, in Episode 5x11 "Tribes," Ziva wore a scarf to the murder scene (which she put over her head when she and Gibbs then visited the victim's mosque).

    • TRIVIA: We learn that McGee was born in Bethesda, Maryland. Sean Murray, who plays McGee, was also born in Bethesda, Maryland.

    • GOOF: When Tony interviews the judge that the blogger had smeared, he is told about how went from being a federal judge nominated for the Supreme Court to teaching in a community college because of him. However, federal judges have lifetime appointments. So even if his Supreme Court nomination had to be withdrawn, he could have continued to be a judge despite the scandal.

    • GOOF: Tony speculates that the reason McGee has to re-take his polygraph is because he is in trouble under "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," and advises him to not come out when they ask him about it. However, "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" doesn't apply to civilians. It only applies to the uniformed military. And even if it did apply to McGee, the law prohibits asking someone if they're gay as part of an official inquiry.

    • GOOF: Dinozzo's description of Alfred Hitchcock's classic film Strangers on a Train is inaccurate. Dinozzo says that the two characters played by Farley Granger and Robert Walker "meet in a club car, plot to exchange murders... They believe that no one will be able to connect them to each other." In the actual film, the plot is all in the mind of the psychotic Bruno Anthony, played by Robert Walker. Tennis star Guy Haines (Granger) believes that Anthony is just joking. After Anthony actually murders Haines' wife and Haines refuses to kill Anthony's father, Anthony threatens to plant evidence to make it appear that Haines is his wife's murderer.

    • GOOF: Abby said that the barbell weights were cleaned with acetate. She likely meant acetone, an organic solvent used as a degreaser, in fingernail polish remover and paint thinners.

    • TRIVIA: The name of the sandwich shop operator is named Will Sutton - also the name of a famous bank robber in the 30s and 40s who was on the FBI's Most Wanted List, who was the first to be nicknamed "Slick Willie."

    • GOOF: At times, NCIS episodes use a reference from some prior episodes. In this episode, the dead victim was a blogger, who accused NCIS of covering up the death of a Navy Lieutenant Ron Arnett, who died on a car crash. However, when the team huddled for their usual brain storming session and on the plasma appeared a picture of Ron Arnette; it was the picture of who was known as Michael Arnett from episode 5x05 "Leap of Faith." Navy Seal Michael Arnett was shot dead while threatening to jump off a roof.

    • TRIVIA: The dogs in the impound lot were Belgian Malinois, a favorite police breed, but most often used for drug sniffing and similar jobs.

    • GOOF: In the previous episode Tony and McGee say that they are the same height. However, in this episode, their mugshots say that Tony is 6'2" and McGee 6'1". In real life these are the respective actors real heights. Mark Harmon (Gibbs) is also 6'1".

  • QUOTES (5)

    • Ducky: That coffin looks expensive.
      Abby: It is! It's top of the line. But it's new -- factory made -- it has no personality. Mine, on the other hand, is like a Stradivarius -- handcrafted by Bavarian artists in 1870.
      Ducky: (musing) It doesn't make sense to spend a fortune on something that is going to be viewed for a couple of hours and then stuck in the ground to rot!
      Abby: MINE has, and will continue to provide me, with hours of restful sleep and pleasure!

    • (While observing Summer's interrogation)
      Tony: No way, honey-bunny, he's not through with you!
      Ziva: She knows more than she's telling.
      McGee: So, what do you think – how is he going to break her down? What's his style?
      Tony: He's leading with the Creepy Uncle, but I think he's going to go with the Father Figure You Can Trust.
      McGee: Nope. I think he's going to go with the Classic In-Your-Face Gibbs. The Intimidator.

    • McGee: Boss, I'd better go down and reschedule that polygraph test.
      Gibbs: Don't bother McGee, nothing wrong with the first one.
      McGee: What do you mean?
      Gibbs: I think you made an impression on the examiner. (McGee looks very confused) I think she made an excuse to see you again. (McGee still looks confused, Gibbs gets frustrated) You want me to draw you a picture?!
      McGee: (finally getting it) No. I'm gonna handle it boss.

    • Abby: I only take orders from one person; Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs. Unless he asks me to do it, it doesn't get done.
      Detective Sportelli: I think that's gonna change honey.
      (Gibbs walks in)
      Abby: Gibbs! Make this awful man go away.

    • (McGee hangs up the phone)
      McGee: That's strange.
      Tony: (While playing with a pen at his desk) Is that for our benefit McGee? Are we supposed to ask what's wrong?
      McGee: That was polygraph, I have to take another test.
      (Tony gets up and walks to McGee)
      Ziva: You took your annual last week.
      McGee: They want me to re-take it.
      Tony: You failed your polygraph? That's not good.
      McGee: No, I didn't fail it. They said I have to take it again.
      Tony: Why would you have to TAKE it again? (McGee glares at Tony) Don't ask, don't tell. You didn't make the mistake of coming out did you?
      McGee: I don't have anything to come out about.
      Tony: Stick to that story McQueen.

  • NOTES (2)

    • Rocky Carroll is credited but doesn't appear.

    • Original International Airdates:
      Australia: October 13, 2009 on Channel Ten
      Norway: November 17, 2009 on TV3
      Sweden: November 24, 2009 on TV3
      Germany: March 14, 2010 on SAT 1
      Spain: April 2, 2010 on LaSexta
      Slovakia: June 3, 2010 on Markiza
      Finland: September 28, 2010 on Nelonen
      Czech Republic: November 29, 2010 on TV Nova


    • McGee figured out that Arnett and Sutton met when they took the same train everyday. The same thing happened in the CSI:NY episode "Commuted Sentences" when two assault victims decided to go after the people who assaulted them.

    • When confronting Sutton at the end, Tony refers to Alfred Hitchcocks' 1951 classic Strangers On A Train, with Farley Granger and Robert Walker.

    • Tony: He's [Sportelli] the police detective that made the mistake of tugging on Superman's [Gibbs'] cape.

      This alludes to Mark Harmon's upcoming role as the voice of Superman in the animated feature Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths. This is also a reference to the Jim Croce song, "You Don't Mess Around with Jim"