NCIS (2003– )

The Meat Puzzle 

Ducky faces the "meat puzzle" of concurrently reconstructing three cadavers dissected into many small pieces. Ducky IDs one body, and the gang ID the others and a fourth. Ducky is the fifth target, which causes the NCIS team to act.


Thomas J. Wright


Donald P. Bellisario (created by), Don McGill (created by) | 1 more credit »




Episode cast overview:
Mark Harmon ... Leroy Jethro Gibbs
Sasha Alexander ... Caitlin Todd
Michael Weatherly ... Anthony DiNozzo
Pauley Perrette ... Abby Sciuto
Sean Murray ... Timothy McGee
David McCallum ... Donald Mallard
Pat Healy ... Jonathan Hanlan
Lee Garlington ... Mary Hanlan
Holmes Osborne ... Fred Hanlan
Brian Dietzen ... Jimmy Palmer
Morgan Weisser ... Vincent Hanlan
Jesse D. Goins ... Jeffrey Wilson
Nina Foch ... Mrs. Victoria Mallard
Dave Shalansky ... Delivery Man


Ducky and Jimmy face the challenge of the "meat puzzle" of concurrently reconstructing three cadavers dissected into many small pieces left in a barrel of alcohol in Bethesda; Ducky quickly identifies one body. More clues turn up, but the prime suspect is said to have died more than a year ago. The bodies are those of a DA, a judge, and a jury foreman in a macabre rape-murder case eight years ago. The suspect was a wannabe medical examiner, both his parents are morticians, and his brother is a taxidermist. While Tony sits with Ducky's mother, a delivery arrives; while Kate protects Ducky, he takes a ride. Eventually the team find not only Ducky but also lots of answers. Written by DocRushing

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Plot Keywords:

male nudity | nudity | corgi | knife | See All (4) »


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Release Date:

8 February 2005 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Clarita, California, USA

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital (Dolby 2.0)



Aspect Ratio:

16 : 9
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Did You Know?


As the opening credits roll, Anthony DiNozzo and Caitlin Todd discuss Filomena Restaurant. This is a very famous Georgetown destination, popular with Movie Stars, Musicians and Presidents. They are most famous for their Pasta Mamas...who make handmade fresh pasta in the restaurant window on Wisconsin Avenue, 15 feet from the C&O Canal. Filomena's menu offers fresh Italian food, wine and dessert, however they do not serve ice cream. See more »


(at around 30 mins) During an establishing shot of Dr. Mallard's home when DiNozzo arrives to watch Mrs. Mallard a large lighting fixture can be seen on the upper balcony with a diffusion screen attached in front. See more »


[Ducky has discovered that the identity of butchered bodies are people associated with a trial he was also associated with]
Jimmy Palmer: Are you scared, Dr. Mallard?
Dr. Donald 'Ducky' Mallard: Madame Curie, one of the world's most brilliant thinkers, once said, "There is nothing in life to be feared, it is only to be understood." I think it safe to say that Madame Curie never set her eyes on a meat puzzle. Yes I'm scared... scared as hell.
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References The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (1964) See more »


Flight of Night
Written by Dominic Kelly
Performed by Dominic Kelly
Courtesy of Addax Music Company
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