Season 1 Episode 18


Aired Tuesday 8:00 PM Apr 06, 2004 on CBS
out of 10
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Episode Summary

The team is looking for an ex-SEAL who escaped from prison in search of revenge. He is determined to find the real murderer of his wife.

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  • I just saw this episode, for the first time, during an all-morning marathon on USA Network.

    And, I can easily see why this show has run for nearly six years. I had previously boycotted it out of the belief that it was just a JAG/CSI hybrid, trying to cash in on the popularity of those two series. But, to my pleasant surprise, it turns out to have been surprisingly well-done! It turns out they're after Curtin, an ex-Navy SEAL who escaped from Leavenworth Federal Pen, where he was incarcerated for murdering his unfaithful wife and her cable-TV installing lover. Just like Richard Kimball, however, he turns out to have been framed. It seems that Curtin's wife was having a lesbian love affair with the bisexual wife of Curtin's commanding officer! And, the c.o.'s wife wound up giving her husband and her lover the std called herpes!!! And, Curtin (somehow discovering all this from prison) broke out to get revenge on both his c.o. and the lesbian. But, Gibbs and Company thwart this scheme, of course. This episode gets a near-perfect score because it shows just how self-deluding and hypocritical the human race can be. Curtin's c.o. kills Curtin's wife because his _own_ wife claimed to have gotten the herpes from her. Yet, he has the nerve to let his best SEAL team member unjustly go to prison, despite (or, perhaps, because of) appearing as a character witness for the defense. And, Curtin's female former prosecutor says Curtin should have just kept proclaiming his innocence until someone listened, rather than engineer a break-out. That he, like all other NAVY Seals (and all men, in general), didn't think with his cranial head. Yet, when taunted by Curtins's male former defense attorney that she might be changing her mind about Curtin's guilt, she says: "Innocent or not, I still kicked your ass!" The male attorney should have replied : "Bragging about a courtroom victory at the expense of an innocent man's life isn't thinking with _your_ cranial head, sweetheart." [But, he didn't. That, and Gibbs' statement that everyone owns a cellphone--I certainly don't; and never will--are why I deducted three-tenths of a point.] Last, but not least? Curtin was so obsessed with revenge, it even overshadowed love for his son. I mean; he was unjustly convicted. So, he should have turned himself in to the NCIS, and given them the evidence he had uncovered. But, now? Instead of a happy reunion with his son, he'll probably go back to prison for two counts of conspiracy to commit murder.moreless
  • Feels quite "usual"

    So.. another of those episodes, that do not feel something very special, but they have good storytelling.. something unexpected and surprising end of the case.

    This time I think the best thing was, that they first thought they are after a murderer and then they started to put together the puzzle and realize that he might be innocent and now they have to figure out why is he still running.. and the pieces they put together.. it becomes more and more shocking with minutes.

    And I loved that they are still keeping that terrorist substoryline going.. I am sure it will come back on them. Probably on season ending? Maybe?moreless
  • Cool case with a twist.

    I've seen this horror movie – the husband goes to check on the noise and never comes back. Rather stay in bed and phone 911.

    What's with Tony wearing the shoulder holster? He doesn't usually wear it in the office or when questioning people. Not that I'm objecting, it's a *really* hot look on him.

    McGee's back. Looking forward to him becoming a regular. He's adorable and so cute when he's with Tony. McGee is very impressive for a junior agent, it's obvious why Gibbs recruits him.

    This is the first mention of Pacci's cold case. That was too deliberate to not be important.

    This just confirms what I already knew – children are evil. Little brat distracts Kate so his father can get Kate's gun then spends time with him while Kate's tied up in the living room. Kate was very cool with the shotgun though, the rest of her performance was sub par which sadly is becoming a normal thing. For a secret service agent, I would expect far better.

    Loved Tony's 'Fugitive' imitation, not bad at all. It's always been a favourite movie scene of mine.moreless
  • A good addition to the NCIS saga.

    This episode was a rather different one. It was quite interesting for me, but not as good as some of the earlier episodes in the season, in my opinion.

    The ending was slightly weird, though, I have to add. I thought that was great, because you don't see it coming, which, in my opinion, always makes for a great episode.

    The episode was decent, but certainly not the best. I would not recommend this one too highly, but it is still a pretty good episode.

    I do love variety in this show, and this episode gave me a little slice of that, at the end, so I thoroughly enjoyed that!

    Keep it up, NCIS!moreless
  • Kate, Tony, and McGee group up to solve another case. They have to find an escapee from Levinworth, who might be after his child.

    *****This Review Contains Spoilers******

    When working another case with McGee, Kate is put inside the house of an escapee's son. The team is pretty positive that he will come there to try and find his son before he attempts to run from NCIS. Once the excapee does show up he ties up Kate and spends some time with his son while McGee sits outside and waits. McGee is in this episode to play surveilence for Kate. After much research and looking for loose ends, the team figures out that the escapee is actually innocent and that his wife and another were killed by her lover. The Lover turns out to be someone who is very unlikely. This episode will keep you on the edge of your seat as usual but the ending is a little unorthadox.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

Tim Abell

Tim Abell

P.O. Jack D. Curtin

Guest Star

Al Sapienza

Al Sapienza

Cmdr. William Foley

Guest Star

Leon Russom

Leon Russom


Guest Star

Sean Murray (I)

Sean Murray (I)

Special Agent Tim McGee

Recurring Role

Tim Kelleher

Tim Kelleher

NCIS Special Agent Chris Pacci

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (6)

    • GOOF: It is interesting that Gibbs said that coming home from war to find our old life gone doesn't justify murder when Gibbs committed murder when he came home after he found out his first wife and daughter were killed.

    • TRIVIA: This is the first episode which Gibbs is wearing glasses.

    • TRIVIA: This is the first episode in which Gibbs fully uses a PDA (in the episode "The Truth is Out There" he uses a PDA one time in interrogation to get info from Kate). But he still writes down information from interviews with a pencil, while Kate notes everything in her PDA.

    • TRIVIA: The episode, with the The Fugitive and US Marshals theme portraying the manhunt for an innocent man, never bothered to show any physical evidence to suggest that anyone else had done the crime, only that Curtain was hellbent to exact revenge on her wife's lover, though the NCIS team seemed pretty convinced he was innocent.

    • GOOF: Victims died from broken necks supposedly administered by strong skilled "man" yet perp was slight women not likely to have done it. If it was her husband that was not clear and if so why?

    • GOOF: Tony says the phone records are from but the paper he hands Gibbs says "Easyphone dot com" at the top in the close-up shot.

  • QUOTES (23)

  • NOTES (3)


    • Kate: You were a boy scout?
      Tony: Cub.
      Kate: What'd they kick you out for?
      Tony: Trying to score Brownie points.

      Boy and Cub Scouts are two of the age groups withing the scouting movement for boys. The Movement focuses on teaching youths how to be constructive members of society by participating in outdoor activities and informal education. A Brownie is the female equivalent to a Cub Scout. They are typically 7-10 yrs old.

    • When Gibbs is questioning the SEAL's ex-commander, at the end of the conversation the commander says, "That's very Jack Webb of you". Jack Webb was the actor that played the character of Joe Friday in the 1960's hit police drama Dragnet.

    • Tony: What I want from each and every one of you is a hard-target search of every gas station, residence, warehouse, farmhouse, henhouse, outhouse and doghouse in that area.

      There Tony is quoting the Harrison Ford movie, The Fugitive. Also, references to looking for a one-armed man and other parallels are also in reference to that movie. In the movie a mysterious one-armed man was the killer who the cops didn't think existed; the woman's murder was blamed on her husband who escaped prison to find the real killer.

    • When Tony beams an address from his PDA to Gibbs' he says, "It's a brave new world." This references the book, Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley about a technologically advanced society.

    • Kate: And you didn't even have to use a lifeline.

      Contestants on the quiz show Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? are given three opportunities to ask for help in answering the 15 questions between them and the top prize. In this case, Kate makes this jab at Tony after he guesses what Gibbs wants without help from either Kate or Gibbs.