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

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NCIS: Season 7: Episode 15 -- When a Marine is found dead, Gibbs, Fornell and the team hit the open road to bust an illegal trucking operation.


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TV Series:
Original Air Date:
9 February 2010 (Season 7, Episode 15)
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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 (Episode Cast) (in credits order)

Episode Crew
Directed by
Dennis Smith 
Writing credits
Donald P. Bellisario (created by) &
Don McGill (created by)

Jesse Stern (written by)

Produced by
Donald P. Bellisario .... executive producer
Steven D. Binder .... co-executive producer
Shane Brennan .... executive producer
Frank Cardea .... co-executive producer
Avery C. Drewe .... supervising producer
Gary Glasberg .... co-executive producer
Mark Harmon .... producer
Mark Horowitz .... executive producer
Chas. Floyd Johnson .... executive producer
Chad W. Murray .... associate producer
David J. North .... producer
Richie Owens .... associate producer
Joshua Rexon .... co-producer
George Schenck .... co-executive producer
Mark R. Schilz .... supervising producer
Reed Steiner .... consulting producer
Jesse Stern .... co-executive producer
Original Music by
Brian Kirk 
Cinematography by
William Webb (director of photography)
Film Editing by
M. Edward Salier  (as Edward Salier)
Casting by
Susan Bluestein 
Jason Kennedy 
Production Design by
Robert J. Bacon 
Art Direction by
Chas. Butcher 
Set Decoration by
Lynn Wolverton-Parker 
Makeup Department
Dylan Boeddeker .... special makeup effects artist
June Bracken .... makeup artist
Carla Dean .... hair stylist
Joe Hailey .... makeup artist
Tina Hoffman .... special makeup effects artist
Koji Ohmura .... special makeup effects: W.M. Creations
Production Management
Susan Hollander .... pre-production supervisor
David Schiller .... production supervisor
Mark R. Schilz .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Steven Hacker .... second second assistant director
José Clemente Hernandez .... second assistant director
Marc Newland .... additional second assistant director
Paul Snider .... first assistant director
Art Department
Mike Cunningham .... property master (as Michael L. Cunningham)
Thom Schaefer .... construction coordinator
Sound Department
David Baldwin .... sound effects editor
Steve Bowerman .... production sound mixer
Ross Davis .... sound re-recording mixer
Aaron L. King .... foley mixer
Aaron Levy .... sound re-recording mixer
Greg Schorer .... supervising sound editor
Special Effects by
Larry L. Fuentes .... special effects coordinator (as Larry Fuentes)
Visual Effects by
Paul Le Blanc .... computer graphics playback
Doug Spilatro .... visual effects
Jon Rhinehardt .... digital compositor (uncredited)
Courtney Farnsworth .... stunt performer
Courtney Farnsworth .... stunts
Diamond Farnsworth .... stunt coordinator
Tom McComas .... stunt double: Michael Weatherly (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Christos Bitsakos .... camera operator: "b" camera (as Christos C. Bitsakos)
George Loomis .... camera operator: "a" camera
Jens Piotrowski .... steadicam operator/camera operator: additional
Casting Department
Meredith Fordney .... casting assistant
Costume and Wardrobe Department
L. Paul Dafelmair .... costume supervisor (as Paul Dafelmair)
Rachel Good .... costume supervisor
Gregory B. Peña .... key costumer
Editorial Department
George Delaney .... final colorist
Trish Hadley .... post-production coordinator
James Hightower .... assistant editor
Music Department
Greg Burns .... composer: additional music
Jeff Burns .... composer: additional music
Matt Hawkins .... composer: theme music
Maurice Jackson .... composer: theme music
Neil Martin .... composer: theme music
Stephen M. Rowe .... music editor
Transportation Department
Greg Nutt .... transportation coordinator
Other crew
Leon Carroll Jr. .... technical advisor
Sara Chaiken .... production coordinator
Craig Harvey .... technical advisor
Emily Kirylo .... key assistant location manager
Anastasia Kousakis .... assistant to executive producer
Jaime Lykins .... production assistant (as Jaime Killion)
Harriet Margulies .... assistant to producer
Ted Martinez .... production accountant
Jim McClafferty .... location manager
Erica McIntosh .... assistant to executive producer
Suzanne McRobert .... script supervisor
Richard M. Newkirk .... extras coordinator
Catherine Pittman .... animal coordinator
Chalis Romero .... assistant to executive producer
Matt Sigloch .... military advisor
Joel Sinderman .... key assistant location manager
Michael L. Smith .... special thanks (as Lieutenant Michael Smith)

Series Crew
These people are regular crew members. Were they in this episode?
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Donald P. Bellisario  created by
Don McGill  created by

Produced by
Stephanie Antosca .... producer: Washington DC
Mike Fountain .... producer: Washington, DC
Costume Design by
Bruce Gareth Chen 
L. Paul Dafelmair 
Makeup Department
Ozzy Alvarez .... special makeup effects artist
Rocky Faulkner .... special makeup effects artist
Frank Fontaine .... hair stylist
Matthew Jorgensen .... painter/makeup lab technician
Rich Knight .... life casting
Heather Mages .... special makeup effects artist
Timothy A. Miguel .... makeup artist
Matthew W. Mungle .... special makeup effects artist (seasons 1-2)
Norman Page .... makeup artist
Glenn Pulliam .... special makeup effects lab technician
Thea Samuels .... assistant makeup artist
Steven R. Soussanna .... personal makeup artist
Tegan Taylor .... makeup artist
Yesim 'Shimmy' Osman .... additional hair stylist (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Kate Marie Boyle .... DGA trainee day player
Nick Candy .... dga trainee day player
Aaron Critchlow .... dga trainee
Ime Etuk .... first assistant director: second unit
Yor-El Francis .... dga trainee
Marla Hudnall .... dga trainee
Matthew Janssen .... dga trainee
Joann Matsuo .... dga trainee
Andrew N. Miller .... dga trainee day player
Shawn Pipkin .... dga trainee
Molly Rodriguez .... dayplayer second second assistant director
Kurt Uebersax .... second assistant director: Washington DC
Kea Watson .... DGA trainee day player (2004)
Art Department
Dan Begakis .... leadman
Robert Bernard .... graphic designer
Wren Boney .... fixtures
Maike Both .... buyer
Colleen Broderick .... set decoration buyer
Kirk Essiambre .... set dresser
Geoffrey Mandel .... graphic designer
Eric Rood .... assistant property master
Eric Rood .... greens (2003)
Penny Smartt-Juday .... art coordinator
Sound Department
Mark Agostino .... audio playback operator
Marty Church .... adr mixer
Bob Costanza .... sound effects editor
Mark DeSimone .... adr mixer: New York (multiple episodes)
Jesse Dodd .... foley mixer (as Jesse K-D. Dodd)
Tommy Goodwin .... foley mixer
Carrie Lisonbee .... assistant sound editor
Timothy Pearson .... foley artist
Dean St. John .... adr mixer (season 2-)
Richard S. Steele .... sound editor
Tom Thoms .... boom operator
Visual Effects by
Trey Freeman .... digital compositor
John F. Gross .... visual effects supervisor: Eden FX
Craig Kuehne .... digital compositor
Steve Kullback .... visual effects producer: MFX
Kurt McKeever .... digital effects artist
Sean Mullen .... digital compositor
Sean M. Scott .... digital effects artist
Matt von Brock .... digital artist
Eric Hance .... visual effects (uncredited)
Brian Avery .... stunts (4 episodes)
Joni Avery .... stunt performer
Sophia Crawford .... stunt double
Donna Evans .... stunt driver
Dennis Fitzgerald .... stunts
Michael Hilow .... stunt double (2010)
Fred Lerner .... stunts
Eric Matuschek .... stunts
Jeff Podgurski .... stunts
J.P. Romano .... stunts
Ray Siegle .... stunts
Paul Sklar .... stunts
Justin Sundquist .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Brian Bartolini .... electrician (pilot episode)
John S. Campbell .... night light operator
Porfirio Dominguez .... best boy grip: second unit
Adam Glick .... set lighting technician
Matt Gulbin .... grip
Mitch Gulbin .... key grip: second unit
Jon L. Kunkel .... camera operator
Jon L. Kunkel .... director of photography: second unit
David Leite .... grip
Gary Lowrance .... electrician
Jim Marquette .... camera operator
Michael R. Marquette .... assistant camera
Conor Murphy .... camera production assistant (2005)
Tony Olivieri .... first assistant camera
Michael Piekutowski .... rigging electrician
Kurt E. Soderling .... aerial director of photography
Charles A. Vogeler .... 24 frame video operator
Mark Walpole .... assistant camera: Washington D.C.
Editorial Department
John C. Robinson .... colorist
Transportation Department
Bruce Callahan .... driver
Kelsey Kimes .... driver
Charlie Ping .... driver
Larry Stelling .... transportation captain
Other crew
Anthony Batarse .... adr voice
Ted Bayard .... assistant location manager
Ralph 'Sonny' Berger .... production executive
Gil Boyne .... technical advisor: military (2004-)
Tammy Brooks .... hand double
Tammy Brooks .... stand-in
Guin Dill .... animal trainer
Conrade Gamble .... technical advisor: military
Natalie Hartman .... victim photo
Susan Hollander .... pre-production supervisor (2004-)
Margery Kimbrough .... script supervisor: second unit
Alex Knowles .... production assistant (early episodes)
John Latenser V .... location manager
Erica McIntosh .... assistant production coordinator (pilot episode)
Dauv McNeely .... computer and video playback technician
Larry Potoker .... computer/video playback operator
Stephanie A. Purdy .... animal trainer
Jenny Rettig .... publicist
John Trujillo .... layout board
Troy Waters .... marine coordinator
Katie Watson .... publicist
Marie Whitaker .... assistant: Michael Weatherly
Jonathan Zurer .... producer: Washington D.C.
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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"NCIS: Naval Criminal Investigative Service: Jack Knife (#7.15)" - USA (original title)
41 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.78 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:

Did You Know?

The two tractor trucks in this episode are Freightliner FLBs; Damon and Ziva "drive" one without nameplates (with nameplates removed from the grille and the skirts).See more »
Revealing mistakes: When Gibbs orders Fornell to turn around after passing the rendezvous point and Fornell does a screeching U-turn, you can see there is only one person in the car.See more »
Abby Sciuto:[to a suspect about his prized car] You want to bet I find traces of blood and hair, when I start taking this whole thing apart piece by piece?See more »
Movie Connections:
References First Blood (1982)See more »


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4 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
Loser, 11 January 2011
Author: ttapola from Finland

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

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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