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Season 4 Episode 23

Trojan Horse

Aired Tuesday 8:00 PM May 08, 2007 on CBS
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Episode Summary

When Jenny has to attend an overseas conference, Gibbs is made acting director, but he prefers to ignore his duties and lead the investigation of the murder of a man, who was found dead in a taxi headed to the NCIS headquarters.

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  • This was written remarkable well, and they gave it the perfect title, as well!

    I absolutely loved this episode, which I felt had all the good features of an excellent episode - the great case, good amount of humour and the excellent suspense and unforseeable occurances.

    The storyline was just impeccable and thoroughly entertaining to watch and I thought that the acting by the taxi man was great!

    Also, I thought that Gibbs as the acting director was a marvellous touch, and I loved seeing Cynthia pressurise him! Also, that 'pool' was hilarious, in my opinion!

    Overall, I think this episode contains all of the necessities of a great episode, and I highly recommend it! Absolutely marvellous, if you ask me!moreless
  • A man brought to NCIS in a taxi, is dead on arrival

    This episode of NCIS opens with a taxi taking a fare to NCIS headquarters. Their sitting in the queue waiting to enter the grounds. As they try to get the fare to open the window he doesn't answer. It is then that we learn that the fare has died. Gibbs is acting director of NCIS whilst Jenny is out of town. The team have a pool on him as to how time it will take him to work on a case. They keep in cabbie there after taking his statement. They check the can and found that it was recently cleaned and when Tony runs down the list of names found on the victims, they discover that quite a few of them have died. They discover that he was poisoned. As everyone leaves the NCIS garage for the night, we see someone climbing out of the seat in the cab. He breaks into the part of the garage were all of the evidence is kept. Just as he is about to switch evidence, Abby returns. As she collects the evidence and is about to go back into the elevator she spots something on the floor. She picks it up and leaves. The team believe that the name found on the piece of paper were picked out of the obituaries. As he is about to get realise the cabbie gets a phone call from the man inside of his cab. As he attempts to leave the grounds of NCIS he is stopped. They ask him what seat he is hidden under. They are both arrest.moreless
  • Barely good enough

    At least for this show. A two pronged plot - Jenni in Paris on some convention and Gibbs doing her job at the base.

    The main plot though is interesting if mostly because we have the victim die enroute to base. Nice idea to have Gibbs move upstairs for the day. Also the hidden thief in the car was good, if alittle obvious. As to was why Abbey would have missed the false compartment or why they dont have security cameras watched by base security or the command room with all the sat feeds! Moreso as that area is sensitive and can be left unmanned!

    Add to that the loss of conflict in the team dynamic and plot isnt strong enough to keep this show at its usually high rating.

    The only really worthwhile aspect if Jenni's rendezvous to find out more about her arch-enemy The Frog. Though that too could have been much of a stronger element if actually on Gibbs and not her. She just doesnt convince me enough.

    Overall, this is just a filler episode with a throw away crime of little import. We dont learn anything new about the team other than security at NCIS is lax once you get in. The setup for a final confrontation between Jenni and the Frog is the only piece of redemption.

    Only essential if you want to know what Jenni said to the ex-Soviet General on his deathbed and whats comming potentially with the Frog.

    However, must do alot better.moreless
  • great episode

    Jenny attends a conference in france. She makes Gibbs as acting director for a few days while she's out of the country. But sitting inside the office makes him neglect his duties as director. When a dead man ends up at the gate of the navy yard, gibbs handles the investigation personally and forgets that he is director with a different set of responsibilities. This episode is not as serious as the other episodes, but it's still a very exciting story. the writers came up with a story that's exciting to watch. I really had a good time watching this episode.moreless
  • i didnt like this ep as much as boxed in but it was alright. gibbs was pretty funny in this ep...especially on the phone. lol

    this ep was pretty average if you ask me. there wasnt much of tony and zeva in it compared to boxed in...then again, boxed in was pretty much based around them. (i love that ep) back to the subject... my favourite bits in this ep was when giibs was on the phone.

    Jenny: Is there any serious business I should know about?

    Gibbs: Well, the American toilet paper doesn't fit the metric fixture and we...

    (phone line disconnects)

    Gibbs: She hung up on me.

    Cynthia: Shocking.

    that bit was hilarious. i ended up on the floor in laughter.

    another favourite part of mine was when zeva kept on getting corrected on her english...that was funny...and then of course there was the bet that ducky won. tony was so bummed, and then there was the fact that he wasnt doing anything until gibbs came into the room...but then again, he does that every week!

    an alright ep.moreless
Mark Harmon

Mark Harmon

Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs

Michael Weatherly

Michael Weatherly

Special Agent Tony DiNozzo

Cote de Pablo

Cote de Pablo

Mossad Agent Ziva David

Pauley Perrette

Pauley Perrette

Forensics Specialist Abby Sciuto

Sean Murray (I)

Sean Murray (I)

Special Agent Tim McGee

Lauren Holly

Lauren Holly

Director Jenny Shepard

Sandra Hess

Sandra Hess

Regine Smidt

Guest Star

Brian George

Brian George

Dr. Ameen Temani

Guest Star

Marcy Harriell

Marcy Harriell

Nurse Carly Marcano

Guest Star

Brian Dietzen

Brian Dietzen

Asst. M.E. Jimmy Palmer

Recurring Role

Scottie Thompson

Scottie Thompson

Jeanne Benoit

Recurring Role

Stephanie Mello

Stephanie Mello

NCIS Tech Cynthia Sumner

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • GOOF: At the end of the episode when Director Sheppard is visiting her father's accomplice in the hospital the Marlboro package in her hand changes color from red to green to red.

  • QUOTES (24)

    • Kelly: (to Ziva) Enough with the eyes; you remind me of my mother.
      Ziva: You're comparing me to your mother?
      Kelly: Just the eyes, maybe a little around the mouth.
      Ziva: Permission to shoot?!

    • Kelly: (to Ziva) Thelma looks like you when she's pissed, only she doesn't have a gun, thank God.

    • Abby: Gibbs, Gibbs, Gibbs! Unless this foam grew legs, something weird is going on...not that polyurethane foam growing legs isn't weird enough.

    • Kelly: (his phone rings) It's my wife. I'm going to answer this because she scares me more than you guys do.

    • McGee: (referring to Gibbs) He's been a little off his game since taking over as director.
      Gibbs: (on the intercom) Is that so, McGee?

    • Kelly: You know how women are. They don't trust you farther than they can kick you.
      Gibbs: Wouldn't know. Never married.
      Kelly: How'd you get away?
      Gibbs: After a while, most women just don't like me.

    • Abby: (referring to her cabbie boyfriend) It was his first time, too.
      Gibbs: First time for what?
      Abby: Seeing a curling match, Gibbs.

    • Ziva: My first time was on a weapons carrier.
      McGee and Abby: Of course it was.

    • McGee: Wonder what Gibbs did wrong?
      Tony: Slipped into Jenny's heels.

    • McGee: You said you were never in the Boy Scouts.
      Tony: I was an Alpha Chi Delta Wet T-shirt Talent Scout. Does that count?

    • Ducky: Hey, I win the pool!
      Tony: Wait a minute. How do you figure that?
      Ducky: I predicted that Gibbs would last four days as Director before reverting to working a case. This is Thursday...four days!
      Tony: He's not working a case, he's just...curious.

    • Gibbs: Did you call back to apologize?
      Tony: Uuuuhhh...I don't know what you heard, Boss, but I was not the one who started that pool.
      Gibbs: What pool is that, DiNozzo?
      Tony: On the case.
      Gibbs: What case?
      Tony: There's a dead body in a taxi at the main gate case.

    • Gibbs: I always suspect murder when a healthy young man dies with no apparent cause.

    • Ziva: May have been a natural death Gibbs, no I know he was healthy and young but it does happen, sads...
      McGee: No, sad. There's no .. no "s".
      Ziva: No, it is SADS, Sudden Arrhythmia Death Syndrome. It can leave the heart looking perfectly normal.

    • (Jenny's calling from Paris)
      Jenny: Put Cynthia on.
      Gibbs: Hey, how is the frog? .... legs. You always enjoyed them sauteed in butter.
      Jenny: Cynthia. NOW!

    • Jenny: Is there any serious business I should know about?
      Gibbs: Well, the American toilet paper doesn't fit the metric fixture and we...
      (phone line disconnects)
      Gibbs: She hung up on me.
      Cynthia: Shocking.

    • Gibbs: I had a wife like you once, Cynthia. I divorced her.
      Cynthia: Beat her to it, did you?

    • Trent Kort: Friend in the DRU informs me that NCIS Naples is quietly trying to locate a former Colonel-General Dimitri Borov.
      La Grenouille: (mutters in French)... She is relentless.
      Trent Kort: Does that surprise you? She is the first female Director of an armed federal agency.
      La Grenouille: Have they located... Colonel-General Dimitri Borov?
      Trent Kort: Not yet.
      La Grenouille: Perhaps we should.

    • Jen: Is the agency intact?
      Gibbs: I cut it up into small bitsy pieces and sold it to the three letter boys.
      Jen: I take it walking in my heels has presented a challenge.

    • Ducky: (about Tony) It's about time that boy fell in love!

    • Joey: What are you gonna do, lock me in here?
      Ziva: No, but there going to be an escort out the door.
      Joey: Is that another way of saying guard?
      (Ziva smiles and leaves.)

    • Ziva: No buzzers.
      McGee: Bells.

    • Cynthia: The case files?
      Jethro: Leave 'em on my desk.
      Cynthia: They are on your desk!

    • Jenny: Hello, Cynthia. (Silence) Cynthia?
      Jethro: Noooo.
      Jenny: Ah, Jethro, I should have recognized the heavy breathing.

  • NOTES (1)

    • Original International Airdates:
      Denmark: May 15, 2007 on TV3
      Australia: August 7, 2007 on TEN
      Spain: August 30, 2007 on La Sexta
      United Kingdom: September 11, 2007 on FX UK
      The Netherlands: November 7, 2007 on Veronica
      Germany: November 11, 2007 on SAT 1
      Italy: November 18, 2007 on RAI 2
      New Zealand: December 18, 2007 on TV3
      Brazil: February 1, 2008 on AXN
      Hungary: November 10, 2008 on TV2
      Finland: March 17, 2009 on Nelonen
      Slovakia: June 25, 2009 on Markiza
      Czech Republic: December 14, 2009 on TV Nova


    • Tony: I love playing House with you.

      House is a popular FOX's medical show. However, he could also have been referring to a childhood game where two kids pretend to be husband and wife. It is called "playing house."

    • When Tony is talking to Robert Smith on the phone, Smith takes a first and last name of two people Tony mentions, putting them together as "Adam West." Robert Smith goes on to say that Burt Ward is a close friend of his. Adam West and Burt Ward starred as Batman and Robin in the 1960's television series on ABC.

    • Mentioned in this episode, Pulp Fiction is 1994 movie about four related stories, not in chronological order, starring John Travolta, Samuel L. Jackson and many more.