NCIS: Season 8, Episode 5

Dead Air (19 Oct. 2010)
"NCIS: Naval Criminal Investigative Service" Dead Air (original title)

TV Episode  |  TV-14  |   |  Action, Comedy, Crime
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A shooter kills three people, including a Navy commander, on live talk radio; Gibbs and company investigate; they believe that the host was the main target. The gang pursue clues to a bomb at a baseball diamond, where they nab the bad guy.

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Radio listeners report gunshots during a live talk show; the Virginia State Police responds and finds three bodies, including that of the guest speaker, who was a Navy commander; Gibbs and company investigate; they believe that the host was the primary target; Tony finds a tape with a reference about the motive of the shooter. The widow of the host provides a carton of clues, which enable the gang to meet a mailman and a bunch of sociable suburbanites in a gated community. Ziva poses as a potential seller, and money starts moving, then a neighbor sustains an injury. The neighbor's daughter lends a hand, then the father does, then the gang collar the bad guy, find the bomb, and prevent casualties; Ziva winds up on top of Tony, who says that he had missed the old Ziva. Finally, Gibbs and Ziva play catch under the lights. Written by DocRushing

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The money to pay for the trigger was said to be wired from an Al Qaeda account by George Newbern, a stock broker. US stock brokerages (and foreign brokerages operating in the US) may not hold accounts that can be traced to known terrorist groups. In addition, McGee says that the money has been red flagged. Money itself cannot be red-flagged. See more »

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Dr. Donald Mallard: [to DiNozzo] However to prevent further damage, I suggest you refrain from talking for the next 24 hours.
[Ziva laughs]
Dr. Donald Mallard: I understand it won't be easy.
Ziva David: We certainly look forward to seeing you try.
Dr. Donald Mallard: Let's hope that there are no movie references that require your edification. I'd hate for your ego to write a check that your body can't cash.
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23 April 2011 | by (Finland) – See all my reviews

Another quality episode, but not without its problems. While the series rarely delivers a Format Breaker, the show-runners really know how to keep the series alive by concentrating on differing plots. NCIS has the luxury of not being limited to investigating only deaths, like some other successful Crime Procedural shows and this time the writers take advantage of that.

There are no Special Guest Stars to steal the viewers' attention - the plot is the star here, with a genuinely surprising amount of twists, and a *really* funny subplot that I would be foolish to spoil. In the end, this is not a radical, special episode enough to warrant more than 8/10, but this early in the season the series does not need them. It's during the Sweeps and the Season Finale that the show-runners are under pressure to deliver something *major*.

The problem with this episode is the very same that plagues the whole series. There is one scene that once *again* hints at the undisclosed events in Paris on 26 January 2010 (Season 7, Episode 13). The scene seems rather telling, but since the show has been teasing the viewers with the Paris mystery for almost a year now, it comes off only as really frustrating for long-time viewers. But this is a minor complaint in an otherwise *great* episode.


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