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Split Decision

A Marine is found murdered by an anti-tank weapon, and the investigation leads NCIS to a local militia group.

New Character Development / Insights:
  • Gibbs doesn't like peas. (In the French version, it's spinach)
  • To her surprise, Kate completes her first interrogation of a suspect, rather than Gibbs.
  • Gibbs, again, shows a warmth and bond towards McGee for helping him with tech stuff. (Probably Gibbs' only weakness besides making a marriage work)
  • Kate, as with noting Gibbs' poor eye sight, points out Gibbs' obsession with the unknown terrorist.
  • Tony, once again, is shown to be a sucker for a pretty face.
  • Tony also claims, to Kate, at the end of the episode that he looks for more "complex" things under the surface of women.
  • Abby was making fake ID when she was 15.
Funny Moments:
  • Palmer repeating everything Ducky says into a voice recorder until Ducky suggests he leave it on so he doesn't have to repeat everything.
  • Tony's shocked expression when he sees McGee using Gibbs desk and computer.
  • Gibbs telling Tony he is never allowed to use the computer because his fingers are always greasy from fried chicken and pizza.
  • Abby suggesting Tony's fake crime, for his fake ID file, be a violation of federal obscenity laws.
  • Abby calling the ATF agent "ATF lady"
  • After the stand-off at the pawn shop Tony asks Gibbs if he was really going to let her shoot him. Gibbs replies a sarcastic "No."
  • McGee's insecurity about Gibbs and Tony finding out he dropped the ball while busy updating Gibbs' face recognition software.
  • Kate bruising Tony's ego, once again, about the incident with the pre-operation transexual from an earlier episode.
  • This episode is the first appearance of Ducky's assistant "Palmer."
  • Very few UK universities or schools (if any), produce a US style year book, let alone have an electronic record of year book style photographs.
  • This is the second time in the series that Michael Weatherly's character, Tony has gone undercover with the name "Gus".
  • When Tony was undercover as "Gus," his birthdate on the fake ID was the 8th July (Michael Weatherly's birthday). It wasn't MW's actual year (1972) but 1972 corresponds with Kate's correct guess of Tony's age, which was 32, as of this episode's original air date which showed in 2004.
  • Tony once again dons his James Bond accent in reference to Gibbs' supposed tracker watch.
  • Abby makes a reference to the Six Million Dollar Man : "We can rebuild him, we have the technology".
  • This is really the only time we see Tony and Gibbs working undercover together, which is a shame, because they worked together seamlessly.

Recurring Cast:
    Guest Starring:
        • Erin LeShawn Wiley (Corporal McClain)
        • Laz Alonso (S Sgt. Washington)
        • Sam Witwer (S Sgt. Rafael)
        • Bellamy Young (ATF Agent Melinda Stone)
        • Scott MacDonald (Militia Leader)
        • Michael Graziadei (Chuck)
        • Stuart Stone (Dillon)
        • Adam Hendershott (Josh)
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