Frame-Up is the fifty-fifth episode of NCIS, and the ninth episode of Season Three. It is also the first-ever episode in which Lauren Holly (Jennifer Shepard) appears in the opening credits, having been previously credited as a guest star. From this episode on-wards, Holly becomes a member of the cast and also a series regular. In addition, this episode also marks the final appearance of Charles Sterling.
When a pair of legs belonging to an unidentified woman are discovered on a Marine base, the team are left stunned when the evidence points towards Tony as the one responsible for the death. This revelation forces the case to be turned over to the FBI with Tobias Fornell leading the investigation. In the meantime, the team go through a long list of people with grudges against Tony as they attempt to clear his name, only to discover that an unlikely target is responsible.
The scene opens with a group of teenagers having an illegal night-time party which involves kissing and drinking. As this goes on, Mina Campbell and her boyfriend, Grant Bridges emerge with Grant talking about mushrooms. They soon sit down and join the others in kissing, only for the party to be interrupted by a group of Marines led by Brooks who tells the group that they're not supposed to be lighting fires out here in the forest. Brooks then tells them that it's against base rules and breaks up the party, sending the teenagers home.
As the group heads off, Brooks then sees someone lying underneath and tells her to go home too but when he attempts to grab the supposed women, he soon discovers that there are actually two female legs underneath the bush. This causes Brooks to scramble in shock.
An overhead view then shows Brooks staring at the legs in disbelief while the campfire continues to burn.
- It's shown that Ducky can speak Hebrew.
- FBI Agent Ron Sacks is introduced for the first time.
- It is revealed that Abby's lab assistant, Chip, is responsible for framing DiNozzo for murder. He had a long-standing grudge against DiNozzo and took the job at NCIS for the sole purpose of getting his revenge.
- George Stewart, one of DiNozzos's enemies is later found guilty of having the body that the Jane Doe's legs came from and is arrested.
- Chip attempts to kill Abby, only for her to subdue him and then hog-tie him with duct tape.
- When Ziva, Gibbs, & McGee are running down the list of possibles and crossing them off you can see all of the possibles on a plasma. On the bottom right is an employee card for Mr. Yee - Security Officer for C.W. Murray Security Service. C.W. Murray is Chad W. Murray, Sean Murray's (McGees) real life brother and Don Bellisario's step son. He is listed as a post-production coordinator on NCIS for 2003-2004 and is currently a Producer for the NCIS spin-off, NCIS Los Angeles.
- The jail cell that Tony is sent to, is the same jail cell that FBI Agent Fornell is sent to in the Season 2 episode, The Bone Yard (episode).
- During the episode, McGee and Ziva make a reference to the events in the Season 2 episode, Forced Entry (episode).
- In the commentary for this episode featured in the Season Three DVDs, Michael Weatherly, who plays Tony revealed that his lines were hidden on the back of his camera in the scene where the team first find the glove in the forest.
- Gibbs and Ducky mention the serial killer Theodore Bundy (Ted Bundy) in where he bit his victims and was later identified by his crooked lower teeth. The movie The Deliberate Stranger from 1986 was based on Ted Bundy. The part of Ted Bundy was played by none other than the same man who plays Gibbs, namely Mark Harmon.
Behind the ScenesEdit
The episode features a cameo appearance by David L. Brant, who was at that time the real-life director of NCIS. Just after Leroy Jethro Gibbs meets with Jenny Shepard about having FBI Agent Tobias Fornell take over investigating the murder, Gibbs and Brant end up walking down the same hallway. Gibbs addresses Brant by name and teases him about his quitting the agency, which Brant jokingly describes as "a lateral move into the recreational sector." Brant did in fact retire in December 2005, not long after the episode's original airdate.
|Leroy Jethro Gibbs||Mark Harmon||Special Agent in charge of the Major Case Response Team, NCIS.|
|Anthony DiNozzo||Michael Weatherly||Senior Special Agent, MCRT, NCIS.|
|Ziva David||Cote de Pablo||Mossad Liaison to the NCIS.|
|Abigail Sciuto||Pauley Perrette||Chief Forensic Specialist, NCIS.|
|Timothy McGee||Sean Murray||Junior Special Agent, MCRT, NCIS.|
|Donald Mallard||David McCallum||Chief Medical Examiner, NCIS.|
|Jennifer Shepard||Lauren Holly||Director of NCIS.|
|James Palmer||Brian Dietzen||The new Assistant Medical Examiner, permanently replacing Gerald Jackson who previously held the position.|
|Charles Sterling||Michael Bellisario||Abby's lab assistant. Later exposed as the one responsible for framing Tony for murder.|
|Tobias Fornell||Joe Spano||An agent with the FBI.|
|Ron Sacks||Don Franklin||An agent with the FBI.|
|George Stewart||Matt Malloy||A former Medical Examiner who goes by the surname, "Petri" and who has something of a grudge against DiNozzo.|
|Pam Kim||Lindsay Price||A Navy Lt. who first appeared in Forced Entry (episode), she is brought into Interrogation as a possible suspect who has motive to frame DiNozzo for murder.|
|Carla Johnson||Elizabeth Ann Bennett||A nurse at a local hospital.|
|Brooks||Jarrod Crawford||A Marine M.P and Sergeant stationed at Quantico Marine Base.|
|Grant Bridges||Randy Wayne||Mina Campbell's boyfriend.|
|Mina Campbell||Casey Weiant||Grant Bridges's girlfriend.|
|David Brant||David Brant||David Brant was the real-life NCIS Director who retired shortly after this episode was aired.|
|NCIS Season Three|
|Kill Ari Part 1 ♦ Kill Ari Part 2 ♦ Mind Games ♦ Silver War ♦ Switch ♦ The Voyeur's Web ♦ Honor Code ♦ Under Covers ♦ Frame-Up ♦ Probie ♦ Model Behavior ♦ Boxed In ♦ Deception ♦ Light Sleeper ♦ Head Case ♦ Family Secret ♦ Ravenous ♦ Bait ♦ Iced ♦ Untouchable ♦ Bloodbath ♦ Jeopardy ♦ Hiatus Part 1 ♦ Hiatus Part 2|