NCIS: Season 8, Episode 7

Broken Arrow (9 Nov. 2010)
"NCIS: Naval Criminal Investigative Service" Broken Arrow (original title)

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At Annapolis naval academy, retired Marine Commander Woodrow Iverson's corps is found in a dumpster by his puzzled friend Vice Admiral C. Clifford Chase, deputy director of the Joint Chiefs... See full summary »



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Episode credited cast:
Vice Admiral C. Clifford Chase
Dan Mayfield
Kal Weber ...
Theo Gaston
Julie Merriweather
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At Annapolis naval academy, retired Marine Commander Woodrow Iverson's corps is found in a dumpster by his puzzled friend Vice Admiral C. Clifford Chase, deputy director of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, who claims to ignore why he was asked to meet 'Woody' there. Woody arrived from billionaire Joanthan Royce's Swiss home to a Washington trade conference on the same plane as Tony's slick dad, who is presumably ruined. The team needs Anrthony Senior's help to investigate Royce's possible involvement with a 'broken arrow', a missing hydrogen bomb. Written by KGF Vissers

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The serial number of the missing Mark 15 hydrogen bomb, 47787, is very close to the serial number of the so-called "Tybee bomb", an actual Mark 15 hydrogen bomb lost off the coast of Georgia, USA in 1958 following a mid-air collision between a B-47 bomber and an F-86 fighter. Following the collision, the B-47 jettisoned the bomb, serial number 47782, to avoid the danger of the bomb detonating if the damaged aircraft crashed while attempting to land. Despite numerous searches, the missing bomb has never been found. See more »


Technically, 3.4 megatons is not "100 times" more powerful than Hiroshima but between 189 to 260 times more powerful. On the other hand, after more than 50 years, even if the bomb was not damaged in the crash, it would not achieve its design yield. The fusion stage contains Tritium, which has a half life of only 12.3 years and needs to be replaced on a regular basis. After more than 50 years, less than 1/16th of the Tritium would be left. The rest of it would have decayed into Helium-3, which would not only not undergo fusion but even steal neutrons from the fission primary during ignition. So with any luck, the bomb would 'fizzle' (=no nuclear explosion, or at least 'only' a 'small' one). It would however still pose a very significant security threat because you could use its fissile material to make a functional nuke, reverse-engineer H-bomb design secrets etc. See more »


Special Agent Jethro Gibbs: What's your assignment, Admiral Chase?
Vice Admiral C. Clifford Chase: Are you asking me because you want to know if Iverson was coming to see me about something personal or my job?
Special Agent Jethro Gibbs: I asked you what your assignment was, sir.
Vice Admiral C. Clifford Chase: I don't think this is the place for this discussion. I'm overdue at the Pentagon. I'll get in touch with NCIS this afternoon.
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Father and Son
12 May 2011 | by (Finland) – See all my reviews

As foreshadowed in the season opener, Anthony DiNozzo Sr. makes his return to the series. Naturally, Robert Wagner delivers in the role. Equally naturally, much hilarity ensues because of Tony's uneasy relationship with his father. As an added bonus, we get Bruce Boxleitner of Babylon 5 fame in a solid if not especially memorable "Navy Person Involved in the Case of the Week" role.

This is an assured, good, 7/10 episode, that doesn't quite earn that 8th star because, while it was about time for Ziva to don an evening gown again so that the title sequence makers can finally let go of *that* image from season 5 premiere, there really is nothing new here. The plot offers little surprise and the "One Night in Paris" mystery just keeps dragging on. It has been made clear time and time again that Tony and Ziva care about each other, but *conclusive* proof of whether they are protective of each other out of friendship or love has not been presented.

Character development between a show regular and a character for whom this is just the second appearance ever can hardly be considered significant. That said, the viewer is served enough humor, tension and action to be left feeling satisfied.

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