|When Jenny returns from her European trip, the entire NCIS team will be forced to take a Homeland Security polygraph test, and the deepest secrets of each agent are about to be revealed. Plus, an unarmed Tony and Jeanne are held hostage by a ruthless drug dealer.|
| Outside Dulles Airport
A young blond, curly-haired girl (not unlike Shirley Temple) carrying a toy angel crosses paths with that of a young man entering a text message to "Bernie" on his Blackberry. Not paying attention the young man steps out into traffic and is hit by a cab. His Blackberry lands on the sidewalk in front of the girl, and as it slowly spins around we see the text message announcing his safe arrival.
Having just returned from Paris, Director Shepard is met by her driver and Cynthia ,who updates her on the status of the Agency with Gibbs having been in charge for a week. Cynthia reports that both survived the encounter…barely.
Inside the Director's home
Gibbs enters and asks why Abby is torturing McGee. When she mentions its for the polygraph test Gibbs asks who ordered it.
McGee says it was Homeland Security, and that all NCIS agents are scheduled to take it. "Check your emails," he says.
As one the team looks at their Blackberries. "Monday. Oh-nine hundred." "Tuesday, thirteen hundred." "Boss, what time is yours?…"
Is it any surprise that Gibbs is already gone.
Dr. Jeanne Benoit's hospital ward
Their conversation is interrupted by the arrival of Devon, the young man we saw in the opening credits. Apparently Devon survived his run in with the cab, and despite having suffered a compound fracture (an injury where the broken bone protrudes through the skin) he's very angry at being kept in the hospital, in fact he seems angry about everything. He refused to let the staff do a blood test, getting an X-Ray was a fight, then there's the case of his missing backpack, his stolen phone, and the sister he needs to call.
Although having been heavily sedated Devon is very hyper, and Jeanne suspects he might be a drug user, but Devon refuses to answer her questions and insists on calling his sister. As she orders the staff to take him to his room Jeanne jokes, "Keep your eye out for Miss Puerto Rico."
Outside Gibbs' & Fornell's ex-wife's house
Back in the Director's home
Gibbs notes that while the bottle is Scotch, Jenny drinks Bourbon (and yes, there's a difference . Jenny makes the same observation about Gibbs. Again he asks her what she was doing during those 21 hours, and again she is evasive. Gibbs remarks that when she lies her right eye twitches…and always has. He takes his leave (Good night, Gracie.)
Inside a Bar, somewhere
Ducky and Palmer arrive together, and Palmer smoothly takes a spot by Lee's side, where the two begin surreptitiously groping each other. Palmer asks where the bathrooms are, and of course it's Lee who offers to show him. They're stopped en route by Ducky who first wants to recite a traditional Scottish toast, but he's barely finished when both Abby and McGee receive paged summons, leaving Ducky and Ziva alone (because Palmer and Lee will probably be gone awhile. Wink, wink
Bernie comments that she'd have pressed it anyway, "to watch it light up". She then giggles and quickly presses the button for every floor.
Tony says to Nick, "Why don't you get her some help. ER's on one."
Nick slowly turns to look at Tony and says "Are you talking to me?" resulting in Mr. Movie replying, "Yeah, I'm talking to you, Bobby" (a nod to Robert De Niro's famous scene in "Taxi Driver").
This confuses Bernie (which probably isn't hard to do) and she replies that Nick's name is not Bobby. Bernie talks enough for both Nick and herself (and probably Tony, to boot), which makes Nick very uncomfortable. As they leave the elevator Nick chastises her for talking to Tony. "Can't you see he's a cop?"
Jeanne lets them have 10 minutes with Devon, and as she goes on break with Tony she tells Carly to clock the 10 minutes.
Devon's hospital room
"You're not leaking," replies Nick.
"I've got to tell somebody," insists Devon. (Big mistake)
"You're not going to tell anybody nothing!" says Nick, clamping his hand over Devon's face.
And that's when the conversation Jeanne and Tony were having about houses, leaky roofs, bats, and women in masks with strange headgear (Tony's input, of course) gets interrupted with a Code Blue.
Devon has, understandably, gone into shock. He's got an elevated heart rate and his blood pressure is dropping. The team gives it their all but despite Dr. Benoit's best efforts she cannot save Devon.
Nurse Carly is a little freaked (and so was I, to tell you the truth) when she sees a little, blond-haired girl standing in the doorway watching the proceedings. It's only the same little girl from the opening scene at the airport when Devon got hit.
Tony has searched Devon's backpack, and finding his boarding pass from Caracas makes the observation that he was probably body-packing heroin. Dr. Benoit is quick to blame Nick for not telling her that Devon was a mule.
Nick claims to have no knowledge of what's in Devon's gut, "and neither do you," he says to her. "Now, where do we pick up his body."
She tells him he can pick up Devon's body from the Morgue after the autopsy. This makes Nick even more unhappy.
As Nick and Bernie leave for the elevator an angry Dr. Benoit is taking Devon's death pretty hard; she wants to do something. Now it's her turn to not be happy when neither Annie nor Tony seem willing to support her or join her crusade. She wants more than just the coroner finding the drugs and notifying Narcotics, and she storms off.
"They're all like that the first year," says Annie to Tony, "at least the good ones. It takes a little while to get calluses."
"I don't know if Jeanne ever will, Annie," replies Tony.
Jenny arrives and hands Abby the bottle and glass from her study, which she's brought in plastic evidence bags. As Abby picks up a marker to begin noting the log Director Shepherd tells her that chain-of-evidence isn't important.
Back upstairs McGee announces to Gibbs that he's followed the email around the world and back to the CIA's Section for Arms Control and Weapons Proliferation.
"The Frog!" says Gibbs.
Speaking of the Frog…
"Have you not noticed, Kort," says La Grenouille, "I like white hats." And he picks up a white hat from beside him and dons it.
Back at the Hospital
Jeanne says she's a little girl whose grandfather had a stroke, and that her family has just flown in from Paris to see him. Jeanne says she wandered away from ICU and Security have been searching the hospital for her for over an hour. "If you see the Angel of Death again, her name is Sarah. It's just a lost little girl, Carly."
"If you say so, Doctor," says Carly (but she doesn't sound too convinced).
As Tony leaves for the night Bill the Orderly arrives on the scene. He tells Jeanne of his earlier encounter with Bernie and Nick in the elevator, and that he has a feeling they might still try to get into the Morgue.
Jeanne tells Annie to call Security and have them meet her in the Morgue. (Why didn't Bill notify Security himself? And why doesn't he accompany Jeanne to the Morgue? Why was she going to go down there by herself when she had an Orderly handy? I love the writing on this show, but I guess sometimes plot holes are necessary to further the story.)
Nick responds, "You want a fix? Find your brother." And she does.
Not that we needed more proof of how cold hearted (unintentional pun) he is, but when Bernie comments that Devon is still warm Nick replies, "That's cause he hasn't had time to cool. Have you, Dee?"
"Why?" she asks him.
And in a similar tone to when Director Shepard stopped Gibbs in his tracks earlier that evening Tony replies, "Because I tell you to." And Jeanne complies.
Tony pulls back his jacket and pats his right hip. It's conspicuously empty. (Nod to Indiana Jones?) He and Jeanne exchange a look as he says to her "Haven't got a weapon on you by any chance, have you?"
The Morgue door opens and Nick steps out. Unlike Tony, Nick does have a gun, and he's pointing it right at them.
Back at the Bar
Inside the Morgue
She makes the call then tries to help Tony but Nick blocks her way. "Surgery first, doc," he says.
"I called off Security," she replies, "I help him, then I help you."
Nick relents and lets her go to Tony's aid.
Gibbs replies that it's just like trying to catch a dirt bag. "You stake out his house. You put out a BOLO. You keep tabs on the girl." He then tells McGee to start a new search, one for the girlfriend of the arms dealer…Jenny Shepherd, Director of NCIS.
(Alleged GF, right boss? Right? Boss?)
The threat of a head slap is all it takes to get McGee moving.
"Retired?" asks the Director.
"Covered them, too," replies Abby.
"Dead?" asks the Director. "Expand the search to include all servicemen alive prior to '95."
A confused Abby nevertheless acquiesces with the Director's strange demand.
Inside the Morgue
"I've been hit harder by my sister," he says to Jeanne.
"You don't have a sister."
"I don't?" (Aah, Tony. You always get the best lines.)
But Jeanne has stalled long enough and Nick forces her to return to the task at hand. Taking up a scalpel she insists Bernie turn away before she'll begin cutting. (Ahh, Jeanne. Still concerned about our little drug addict's state of mind.)
Slicing into Devon's abdomen and rummaging around she pulls out a length of intestine then holds it up for Nick to see, and as he watches, she slices down the side and white powder spews forth, covering Devon's torso.
Nick leaps forward in despair and Jeanne plunges her scalpel into his shoulder. He drops the gun and Tony dives for it. Nick pulls the scalpel from his shoulder and starts towards Jeanne but is stopped by a gun shot striking the ceiling above him.
"Next one's in your ear," Tony snarls at him. "Now drop it."
A defeated Nick drops the scalpel when a strange, snuffling noise attracts everyone's attention. They turn to look and see Bernie is finally getting her fix, snorting the powder off her dead brother's bloody torso.
"Who's this?" asks McGee.
"It's the Director's father," replies Gibbs. "Colonel Jasper Shepard.
(Is that our missing link? That question will have to wait for another episode…)
Outside the Hospital
"What's this?" asks Tony.
"My surprise," replies Jeanne.
Tony and Jeanne enter the limo and we hear a French male accent speaking, "This must be Tony DiNardo." (DiNardo?)
Our speaker leans forward and Tony is abruptly kissed on both cheeks in the European fashion as we hear Jeanne's voice confirm Tony's identity. We see the back of the head of the older man doing the kissing, who continues to speak, "Welcome to the family, Professor." (Professor???)
The older gentleman sits back down in his seat, next to Jeanne, and both are smiling at Tony as he stares back the man sitting next to Jeanne, her father…La Grenouille.
Thus ends Season Four.
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