NCIS: Season 7, Episode 11

Ignition (5 Jan. 2010)
"NCIS: Naval Criminal Investigative Service" Ignition (original title)

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Two park rangers find the burned body of a Navy test pilot on leave in a forest in the Appalachian Mountains; Gibbs and company investigate; McGee sees evidence that the pilot tried to fly a jetpack. The gang figure out what truly happened.

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Two park rangers find the burned body of LCdr. Brad Sayers, a Navy test pilot on leave, on the site of a recent fire in a forest in the Appalachian Mountains in West Virginia; Gibbs and company investigate; McGee sees evidence that Brad tried to fly a jetpack, and that it exploded. Gibbs places McGeek in charge. Palmer finds clues inside a dead squirrel, and Abby confirms them. Tony and Ziva interview a builder of jetpacks, and Ziva snaps a portrait; McGee learns about the builder's ex-wife, who's also the builder's top competitor; McGee questions the builder, then the builder's high-power lawyer shows up, starts talking, and keeps on talking. Ducky suggests an interesting alternate explanation, then Gibbs shows a piece of paper. The gang put the pieces together, and Tony brings in the bad guy by remote control. Gibbs notices the left hand of the lady lawyer; he concludes that someone else sent her there. Written by DocRushing

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When the NCIS team is looking at the "mug shot" for lawyer Allison Hart, it says in the fine print she works for a firm called "Wolfram, Hart", an in-joke by the writer no doubt. Jesse Stern, who used to be David Greenwalt's assistant on the series ANGEL, which featured an evil law firm of the same name, wrote this episode. See more »

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In the elevator, McGee intimates to Gibbs that the jet pack was made by Bell Labs. That's the wrong "Bell". Bell Aerosystems was the developer. See more »

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Special Agent Timothy McGee: All right, gonna need to get a look at Tillman's financials. I'm gonna stay here.
[to DiNozzo and Ziva]
Special Agent Timothy McGee: You two - go out and talk to him.
Ziva David: So McGee is not coming to the jet pack factory?
Special Agent Anthony DiNozzo: Ok, well, you get your homework done, and - and then you can go out an play with the neighbor kids.
[DiNozzo chuckles slightly]
Special Agent Anthony DiNozzo: Good boy.
Special Agent Jethro Gibbs: [DiNozzo and Ziva leave. To McGee] The price of being in charge.
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*** Spoiler Alert ***

"Truth or Consequences" was a stretch: what if Gibbs couldn't see the bad guy to shoot him? It worked because the pathos was focused on Ziva. However, in "Ignition," the classic NCIS working formula, patter, relationships, expressions, personalities, even camera angles have lost the formula. It felt like walking with a rock in my shoe.

Show us, don't tell us: Bellisario didn't have to explain catapults on a flight deck in "Agent Afloat." Going hyper-geek with the dinosaur theory on top of the benefits of forest fires, soon to be followed by more monologues about the history of jet packs, only to explain it away with the "we got it" apology, was tedious. The technology is usually very well handled: Abby always has a point to her drawn-out explanations, but it's a bore if it's just monologue and doesn't add to the plot of the story. (Bellisarius knows how to explain technology by weaving it in without boring the audience and how characters should react to the explanation.)

Gibbs was too patient with the McGee short and seemed to be lost throughout the episode, instead of pushing harder for answers. He's usually the tension in the room that elicits critical thinking, sometimes by just staring. Here, Gibbs continually pauses and is confused, even just smiling. Gibbs doesn't pause to be Gibbs; for the first time in the NCIS series, I saw Mark Harmon instead of Gibbs.


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