NCIS: Season 7, Episode 15

Jack Knife (9 Feb. 2010)
"NCIS: Naval Criminal Investigative Service" Jack Knife (original title)

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The death of a Marine veteran gets the attention of Gibbs, Fornell, and the gang. Damon reappears, then he and Ziva pose as truckers. McGee and others figure out everything, then Gibbs, Fornell, Damon, and Ziva round up the bad guys.

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McGee drives Gibbs home (because of Gibbs's wounded shoulder), then inside his pad he finds an intruder, one whom he knows, Damon, who tells him about the death of a fellow Marine. Gibbs calls McGee, who returns and picks up Gibbs and Damon, then they find the body (with a slit throat), and McGee calls the Metro PD. Damon tells about the involvement of the victim with a suspicious trucking operation. They pick up Fornell and meet Tony, Ziva, and Ducky at the scene. Gibbs agrees for Damon to infiltrate the trucking firm; Damon and Ziva pose as truckers, and they start a trip; Gibbs and Fornell tail in Gibbs's car, and Tony and McGee try to do so in a van. Along the way the gang put the pieces together. Gibbs and Fornell meet a man who provides answers, then they rendezvous with not only Damon and Ziva but also two of the bad guys. Later, back in the evidence garage, Gibbs and Fornell pinch the third bad guy. Damon heads out to meet the widow. Written by DocRushing

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Gibbs' rule no. 27: There are 2 ways to follow - 1st way they never notice you, 2nd way they only notice you. See more »

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Fornell, a senior special agent of the FBI, comments that, in a recent case, an interstate commercial truck driver with a gun drew no flak from the cops after a shooting during an attempted hijacking. However, in the real world of commercial trucking, it's well known and thoroughly understood that state laws uniformly forbid truckers and others to carry handguns across state lines, even if a particular weapon is properly registered in one state. Doing so is a felony. State authorities vigorously prosecute such cases and heavily penalize the violators. A real FBI agent, even a rookie, would know that well. See more »

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Senior FBI Agent T.C. Fornell: Well, Werth was... very convincing. What exactly are the skeletons in this guy's closet you didn't want to tell me about?
Special Agent Jethro Gibbs: Small bout of steroid-induced psychosis.
Senior FBI Agent T.C. Fornell: Oh, great.
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11 January 2011 | by (Finland) – See all my reviews

With #7.13 having established that Tony and Ziva *did* share a bed in Paris (but refusing to tell anything "incriminating") and #7.14 ending just *before* Gibbs locked lips with Rena Sofer's hot lawyer (sorry, I *forgot* the character's name and rather admit it than open another tab to check it out), NCIS seems *finally* interested in developing the characters' lives. Funnily enough, in a DVD extra on Season 6 box, Weatherly and the mesmerizingly radiant de Pablo insisted that their characters would *never* deliver what the fans have been asking since season 3: Will they or won't they? Obviously, the show-runners are now having fun teasing the audience. The scene where Tony and Ziva are watching McGee sleep at his desk creates a feel that the two are now more of a couple than ever. Plus, Ziva with a finger between her lips is a fantastic visual present for her fans. Ssssexy!

The fact that Tony is jealous when Damon (from #5.10 and #7.6) reappears just adds fuel to the speculation. Taking into account that Tony *killed* the man Ziva loved, it would seem beyond far-fetched that they would end up together, but NCIS really has created a remarkably complex situation where not only Ziva ending up with Tony would not be unheard of, but also highly plausible. One could write an intricate study on the Ziva - Tony relationship, but it needs only to be summarized thusly: The people Ziva thought she could trust betrayed her, but Tony *never* will.

Gibbs on the other hand, seems headed for yet another short relationship that ends when the passion runs out (remember the army woman?) although I'm willing to bet the fans would like to see him stick with Sofer's character. They actually *do* make a great on-screen couple, in addition to the fact that Sofer's easily the most striking actress that has ever played Gibb's love interest.

The great Joe Spano recurs again, which is nice. It's almost a running joke now how his credit keeps getting longer and longer with each passing year - it actually now reads on-screen, "Senior Special FBI Agent Tobias Fornell"! The Gibbs - Fornell male bond is just delightful. Their long-time friendship is a really convincing one.

As a one-off, it's also great to see Peter Woodward, who makes a lasting impression from just *one* appearance, like he did in Fringe (though they brought him back in flashbacks). This man deserves more work!

After all these things going for the episode, it's a bit disappointing that the plot is so straightforward and the "twist" can be seen coming a good ten minutes before. Still, a reliable 7/10, which beats an average hour of TV easily.


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