NCIS: Season 3 (2005 - 2006)

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Air date: Sep 20, 2005

Part 1 of two. Kate's shocking murder is on the minds of the NCIS team, especially Gibbs, who comes to the horrifying realization that Ari is trying to kill all of his crew and sets out to take the terrorist down. But Gibbs has two more challenges: getting the higher-ups to agree with him that Ari is the shooter; and working with a new director (Lauren Holly), with whom he's had a previous relationship.

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Air date: Sep 27, 2005

Conclusion. Ari (Rudolf Martin) lures Ducky away from headquarters and kidnaps him, sending Gibbs into a frantic search for his colleague and friend. Ziva: Cote de Pablo. Jenny Shepard: Lauren Holly. Kate: Sasha Alexander. Abby: Pauley Perrette.

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Air date: Oct 4, 2005

Gibbs is ordered to interrogate a serial killer (Christopher Shyer) he captured years ago, in the hope that the man, scheduled to be executed in a few days, will reveal where he buried his victims and give some closure to their families. Paula Cassidy: Jessica Steen. Adam O'Neill: Lawrence Monoson. John Briggs: Chad Donella.

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Air date: Oct 11, 2005

Ziva (Cote de Palo) is permanently assigned to Gibbs's team, and her first case with her new colleagues is to solve the mystery of modern remains found in a Civil War casket. Jenny Shepard: Lauren Holly. Ducky: David McCallum. Abby: Pauley Perrette. McGee: Sean Murray.

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Air date: Oct 18, 2005

A Navy petty officer (Andrew Caple-Shaw) is shot and killed on the highway, but the team's real mystery is figuring out why a man with the same name, rank and job is very much alive. Wendy Smith: Merritt Wever. PO John Kirby: Wil Bethel. Ziva: Cote de Pablo. McGee: Sean Murray.

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Air date: Oct 25, 2005

The team searches for the missing wife of a marine stationed in Iraq and discover that the woman performed on a pornographic Web-cam site operated from her home, and that she may have been murdered live on the Internet. Meanwhile, Tony discovers that Ziva's views on sexuality are similar to his own. Ziva: Cote de Pablo. Tony: Michael Weatherly.

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Air date: Nov 1, 2005

The team searches for a Navy commander (Paul Webster) who disappeared the same day a breach in security occurred at a defense contractor that holds software for which the missing man has a security code. While the investigation is under way, Gibbs watches over the man's young son (Joseph Castanon), whose mannerisms are similar to Gibbs'. Laura Osgood: Susse Budde. Ziva: Cote de Pablo.

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Air date: Nov 8, 2005

Tony and Ziva pose as husband-and-wife assassins in order to make contact with a terrorist cell believed to be planning a hit at a ball filled with top military officials.

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Air date: Nov 22, 2005

When a woman's severed legs are found at Quantico, the forensic evidence makes Tony a suspect, and the team races to find out who's framing him.

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Air date: Nov 29, 2005

The team rallies to defend McGee after he shoots a man he claims had drawn a weapon, and it's discovered the man was an undercover cop. Sgt. Archer: William Gregory Lee. Capt. Karzin: Christopher Allport. McGee: Sean Murray. Ziva: Cote de Pablo

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Series 3 of NCIS opens on a melancholy note, as the Naval Criminal Investigate Service team headed by the iconoclastic Leroy Jethro Gibbs (Mark Harmon) mourns the death of team member Caitlin "Kate" Todd (Shana Alexander) at the hands of ruthless terrorist Ari (Rudolf Martin). Gibbs' response to this tragic loss is encapsulated in the title of the two-part opener, "Kill Ari", which introduces Cote de Pablo as new NCI member Ziva David, a former Mossad officer who also has a score to settle with Ari. Another new regular is introduced in the episode "Silver War": Lauren Holly as NCIS director Jenny Shepard, who replaces former director Tom Morrow (Alan Dale) when the latter joins the Homeland Security department. Jenny's arrival adds a whole new dimension to the series, inasmuch as she had previously been the partner, and lover, of Leroy Gibbs. The third series also marks the debut appearances of recurring characters Stephanie Mello as Cynthia Summer and Muse Watson as Michael Franks. Throughout the series, the viewer is offered brief flashbacks to the guarded past of NCI team head Gibbs, culminating in the revelation that the first of his three wives was murdered, along with his daughter.

Critic Reviews for NCIS Season 3

All Critics (3) | Top Critics (1)

Yes, NCIS, you too can make toss-off pop culture references. But are you really in a position to be snarky about Scott Baio? Just a thought.

Nov 22, 2005 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

Three years in, it still remains one of the most consistently enjoyable hours on TV, period.

Jan 17, 2020 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…

The real beauty of NCIS is that it has fun with its format.

May 9, 2006 | Rating: 7/10 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for NCIS: Season 3

  • Dec 29, 2017
    The writing this season becomes uneven for the first time as what could be an emotional intro is squandered for uncharacteristic, cheap, and sometimes disturbing sexual humor that occasionally shows throughout the season, but is offset by Cote de Pablo's fantastic Ziva David that improves upon the already outstanding cast, providing some of the best episodes of the show.

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