NCIS (2003– )
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Dead Man Talking 

A guard finds the disemboweled body of an NCIS agent in an elevator; the gang investigate. Gibbs feels responsibility. The victim has pursued a cold case involving a theft of $12M+ from the Navy. NCIS finds the thief and the killer.


Dennis Smith


Donald P. Bellisario (created by), Don McGill (created by) | 2 more credits »




Episode cast overview:
Mark Harmon ... Leroy Jethro Gibbs
Sasha Alexander ... Caitlin Todd
Michael Weatherly ... Anthony DiNozzo
Pauley Perrette ... Abby Sciuto
David McCallum ... Donald Mallard
Jamie Luner ... Amanda Reed / Lt. Cmdr. Hamilton Voss
Sean Murray ... Timothy McGee
Fredric Lehne ... Captain Graves (as Fredric Lane)
Cristine Rose ... Pat Stone
John Marshall Jones ... Detective Hanley
Tim Kelleher ... Agent Christopher Pacci
Edmund L. Shaff Edmund L. Shaff ... Norm
Loren Lazerine Loren Lazerine ... George
Nick Jaine ... Jason Patel
Richard Augustine Richard Augustine ... Janitor


A security guard finds the disemboweled body of an NCIS special agent, Chris Pacci, in an elevator; the Metro PD calls the NCIS to take the lead. Gibbs and the gang investigate; Gibbs feels much personal responsibility, for he had deferred giving the agent some help he had sought with a cold case (one involving a theft of more than $12M from the Navy). Ducky says that the killer first shot the victim in the neck and then cut him open inside the elevator. Co-workers shows irritability due to the involvement and the relationships, but they pick up where Chris left off; Tony uses a new technique for personal surveillance, and he gets a surprise. The gang find the thief and the killer. Written by DocRushing

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Release Date:

27 April 2004 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Clarita, California, USA

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital (Dolby 2.0)



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Did You Know?


Special Agent Gibbs drops the title of the episode, (i.e. Dead Man Talking) after Ducky discovers a memory card in the body of Special Agent Pacci during the autopsy. See more »


As Abby is telling Gibbs about the probable gun used to kill Agent Pacci the camera points back at Gibbs as he is leaving the room, a crewman is seen standing next to the door but in the next close up of Gibbs standing in the doorway the crewman is not there. See more »


Agent Caitlin 'Kate' Todd: [as they're going through Pacci's house] Yeah, but you knew him doesn't it feel like you're...
Special Agent Anthony DiNozzo: What?
Agent Caitlin 'Kate' Todd: I don't know. Like you're invading his privacy?
Special Agent Anthony DiNozzo: Well he's dead, Kate, with his guts slashed open! I'd say Chris's privacy is about as invaded as it's gonna get!
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References Airwolf (1984) See more »


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25 January 2018 | by cole-10363See all my reviews

A few previously transphobic jokes in the series, but this whole episode left trans people at the butt of a joke. For a TV show written in 2004 this is ridiculous.

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