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Recap / JAGS 08 E 20 Ice Queen

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Season 8, Episode 20

Ice Queen
A Boy Scout Finds the decomposing body of Lieutenant Singer in a tree, and Harm becomes the prime suspect. Part 1 of the NCIS Backdoor Pilot.

During an innocent outing in the woods, Boy Scouts are practicing their archery. One misses the target and goes to retrieve his arrow in the woods... but much to his and his troop leader's horror, he finds it embedded in a corpse, taking away all pretense of innocence.

Naval Criminal Investigative Services (NCIS) is called in to investigate the death, discovering that the victim has lost both her face and her unborn child, meaning two lives have been silenced. Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs and his team work to uncover the mystery behind the death of Loren Singer, and find themselves entangled with JAG Headquarters.

  • And There Was Much Rejoicing: Nobody felt particularly sorry for Lt. Singer's passing.
  • Armor-Piercing Question: Harm dares Gibbs to ask him a question to determine if he's lying.
    Harm: If you can tell when a person's lying, ask me!
    Gibbs: Would you kill for your brother?
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  • Early Installment Weirdness: Vivian Blackadder is the Special Agent set up as a main character, Tony has his hair dyed black, and Abby's trademark pigtails are very small and unremarkable and her gothic qualities are low-key- all things which do not carry over to the spin-off. Also, the autopsy lab looks a lot less advanced than it does in NCIS proper.
  • Friend to All Children: After Tommy panics from finding the dead body in the Cold Open, Gibbs demonstrates this by giving him his NCIS hat.
  • Miranda Rights: Rather, Article 31 rights. Gibbs reads them to Rabb as he's declared a suspect.
  • Perky Goth: Abby.
  • Real Men Take It Black: While interrogating Rabb, Gibbs asks for black coffee, and offers Rabb some, which he accepts.
  • Rule of Three: As he's being interrogated, Gibbs addresses Rabb by his last name. He retorts by giving him three different titles to address him by.
    Harm: That's Commander Rabb, Commander, or Sir, Gunny!
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  • Special Edition Title: The starring roles are in a different font and gray filling rather than yellow.
  • They Call Me Mr Tibbs: Rabb insists he be addressed by his rank.

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