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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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Victor Tillman
Captain James Powell
Vanessa Tillman
Commander Peter Sheridan
Ranger Mina
Ranger Jake (as Brandon Bell)


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 McGee's jet pack video is over, we see that it is a "Thom E. Gemcity" production. This is an anagram for Timothy McGee. See more »


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 »


Special Agent Timothy McGee: Can't believe the Mexican authorities dropped the charges against Colonel Bell. Colonel Bell. Wonder if there's any relationship to Bell Labs. Bell Labs: inventors of the rocket belt. Rocket belt's an amazing model. It's a catalyst that decomposes hydrogen peroxide into pressurized steam and oxygen. You get significant thrust from lightweight rockets for about thirty seconds...
[Gibbs nonchalantly slabs McGee's head]
Special Agent Jethro Gibbs: I got it, McGee. You know a lot about jet packs.
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References Rocky and His Friends (1959) See more »


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Written by Richard Wolf & Brian Wayy
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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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