About Face

Season 5, Ep 17, Aired 5/13/08
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  • Episode Description
  • Palmer is put in grave danger after he gets shot at while at a crime scene. However, while he's the only one to have seen the shooter, a mental block prevents him from being able to describe the shooter's face, leaving Tim and Abby to try to help him work through it.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Mark Harmon

    Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs

  • Michael Weatherly

    Special Agent Tony DiNozzo

  • Cote de Pablo

    Mossad Agent Ziva David

  • Pauley Perrette

    Forensics Specialist Abby Sciuto

  • Sean Murray (I)

    Special Agent Tim McGee

  • Fan Reviews (16)
  • A good one.

    By bbch25, Jan 12, 2016

  • A Mysterious Killer Is After The Only One Who Can Recognize Him, Ducky's Assistant Jimmy Palmer.

    By Matt16020-FIN, Jun 15, 2012

  • A Palmer-centered episode, where all but one character proved they are a great bunch of people...

    By her68, May 14, 2008

  • A good episode, and we see more of Palmer!

    By amazing_race, Feb 21, 2010

  • Palmer's life is put in danger

    By vicky24c, Jan 13, 2009

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (12)

    • Jimmy: I took a wilderness survival course, spent two weeks alone, even encountered a bear. A ten second encounter with a bad guy and I go blank. I do not understand. McGee: Well, was that bear in the woods packing heat? Jimmy: (laughing a little) No. McGee: There you go.

    • Tony: Got to figure out what he was doing here. Ziva: And with whom he was doing it. Tony: Doing what with? Ziva: Whatever it was he was doing when he was undone. Tony: Done, what? Ziva: Done. Ducky: In, my dear fellow. Done in. Don't you understand the Queen's English? Tony: Not this Queen.

    • Abby: (to Jimmy) You chased a crazy guy with a gun! You're a studmuffin! You're an iron fist with a velvet glove... you're baby Gibbs!

    • Leon: Sounds like he's got a serious case of brain freeze. Gibbs: Well, freeze can always thaw, Leon.

    • Tony: (referring to an empty parking space previously occupied by a camping-car) Looks like we missed the twister.

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    Notes (3)

    • Original International Airdates: Denmark: May 20, 2008 on TV3 Sweden: July 13, 2008 on TV3 United Kingdom: September 7, 2008 on FX UK Germany: October 5, 2008 on SAT 1 Italy: December 14, 2008 on RAI 2 Spain: January 9, 2009 on La Sexta Norway: January 20, 2009 on TV3 The Netherlands: March 3, 2009 on SBS 6 Slovakia: October 22, 2009 on Markiza Finland: December 22, 2009 on Nelonen Czech Republic: April 26, 2010 on TV Nova

    • Lauren Holly is credited but doesn't appear.

    • The episode was previously titled Demolition.

    Trivia (8)

    • GOOF: When Palmer opens the passport; it has all the dates in Middle Endian format (date of birth 11.14.1974) only used in America (and a few other countries) instead of the correct (14.11.1974) that is used in the country of its issue.

    • TRIVIA: At the beginning where they show the Scrabble board, every letter of the alphabet but "Q" are represented on the board. However, the letter "Q" is shown on the rack.

    • GOOF: When the passport drops, it lands face down, with no insignia visible, but when Palmer picks it up, it's facing upwards, with the insignia showing.

    • TRIVIA: McGee still hasn't gotten over his fear of heights.

    • TRIVIA: Palmer's mother is named Eunice.

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    Allusions (4)

    • McGee: These boots are made for walkin'. These boots are made for walkin' is the title of an old and famous song by Nancy Sinatra released in 1966 and recently brought back into the charts thanks to Jessica Simpson's remake in 2005. The original version was previously chosen as a soundtrack in the film Full Metal Jacket.

    • Tony's "mini-Mallard" comment refers to the Austin Powers character Mini-Me, who was a clone of Dr. Evil in the two sequels.

    • Tony: So real driver's license, phony address and fake passport - it's like Jason Bourne. Shall we put out a BOLO for Matt Damon?! Jason Bourne is the main character in several of Robert Ludlum's novels, and subsequent films. Matt Damon is most noted for playing him in the Bourne Trilogy of films, the first of which was released in 2002.

    • Tony: You should have seen that one coming, Probie-Wan Kenobi. Obi-Wan Kenobi is a character in the Star Wars films, created by George Lucas. Tony used the same nick-name in episode "Dog Tags."

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