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'NCIS' - 'Jack Knife' Recap

by Allison Waldman, posted Feb 10th 2010 12:06AM
NCIS; Mark Harmon; Jethro; CBS
Interesting episode of 'NCIS,' one that was somewhat fun, somewhat lighthearted, and even a little playful. Of course, there was still a dead body, and a chance for Gibbs to interact with an old adversary. We're a few weeks out from the Paris trip, but Tony and Ziva remain as cagey as ever about what happened... if anything happened at all in that hotel room. More on that and the 1971 Plymouth Barricuda hemi after the jump.

Gibbs was still on the mend from getting hit by a car saving McGee's life. And McGee was in dire need of rest from trying to keep up with the 'boss.' He even tried coffee with extra sugar, but caffeine only made McGee geekier.

There were a couple of strange connections on display, Jethro and Werth was one. Ducky suggested Gibbs felt responsible for Damon, like he owed him something. Perhaps it was more of an identification thing, with Gibbs seeing something of himself in the ex-Marine, Rambo type. Whatever, it put a potential dangerous animal -- McGee compared him to a bear -- in the midst. Damon Werth -- super Marine who washed out as a psyched out steroid case. Was he going to explode or remain true to the mission?

The other weird relationship is Gibbs and Tobias. It was fun to watch the push-pull between the two, but clearly they can work well together. They like each other, but they don't necessarily trust each other. Maybe a little. Joe Spano is always a welcomed return on 'NCIS.'

The scene when they pretended to run into Werth and Ziva at the gas station was priceless. Gibbs and Fornell were squabbling about the car -- a 1971 Dodge Charger that's actually one of Jethro's prized possessions -- and the bitching made them sound like an old gay couple. A very butch gay couple.

The cross-country truck business wasn't about contraband at all. It was transporting collectible cars as part of a wager between a couple of rich guys, and one was the killer. Abby, Gibbs and Fornell sussed out the truth, confirming it with the help of a magnet. Yes, old school forensics.

Other points of interest

-- Tobias: "This is a big deal, you letting me drive your car."
Gibbs: "Whatever, you already slept with my wife."

-- Tony referenced 'Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves' and 'World's Greatest Athlete,' the latter with a 'young Jan Michael Vincent.' Only DiNozzo would remember 'Air Wolf' and the character Stringfellow Hawke. He's right; a very cool name for a character.

-- McGee responding to Gibbs' request to call Tony and Ziva: "Oh, you want me to get them out of bed. Their individual beds." What does McGee know?

-- In the end, Ziva's "see you later" to Werth got under Tony's skin. Again, we wonder, what's up with Tony and Ziva? Was he curious or jealous?

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Gibbs' car is a CHALLENGER!!!! NOT a Charger!

April 20 2011 at 11:48 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
P. Cornwell

The car that Gibbs' father gave to him was a 1970 Hemi Challenger R/T, when Fornell was talking to the highjackers he got the year of the Challenger wrong. The 1970 Challengers had an oval shaped grill, the 1971 thru 1974 Challengers had an arched grill. The new Dodge Challengers are cosmetically based on the 1970, but use the Charger, 300, and Magnum underpinnings.

February 11 2010 at 9:35 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

My wife and I are huge fans of NCIS. However, last night left something to be desired. Hard to follow, disjointed, just did not have the "flow" of the previous episodes. Worst episode ever. Hope it's not a sign of things to come.

February 10 2010 at 5:15 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Charles Coleman

Did anyone notice that Gibb's 1971 Dodge Challenger R/T (as mentioned by FBI Agent Fornel) was played by a 1970 Dodge Challenger R/T? I wonder what happened to the original!

February 10 2010 at 11:42 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I guess there is a blance here. The bad guys are always mean which balances Tony and McGee and Ducky. The women are generally OK (Abby) or non commital (Ziva) with mean women (lawyer) balancing. I like th front door lock idea because it seems silly in any city to not lock your doors. A nice episode for stand-alone rebroadcast on the multiple replay channels

February 10 2010 at 9:33 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Were we supposed to forget about last episode and the near kiss with that lawyer and Gibbs??

February 10 2010 at 6:45 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Jan Crump

Didn't you pick up on the changed front door lock, where Gibbs said he wanted to keep unwanteds out? He was referring to the lawyer being there when he got home, and when he questioned how she got in, she said the door was unlocked. That's how I took it anyway. They'll get around to what happened. They don't rush anything on this show which is why it is sooooo good! Another wonderful show as usual.

February 10 2010 at 8:26 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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