NCIS

Blowback

Season 4, Ep 14, Aired 2/6/07
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  • Episode Description
  • After catching an international arms dealer, the NCIS team learns that Navy's highly classified weapons system will be sold to "La Grenouille," an important arms dealer. To stop the transaction, the team will send Ducky undercover. Meanwhile, another government agency appears to be working on the same case, with different plans.

  • 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 (18)
  • When fiction meets reality...

    By CaptainKebek, Mar 29, 2010

  • Well done, this was a terrific episode!

    By amazing_race, Jan 22, 2010

  • Jenny's obsession is causing problems.

    By whiteraven2005, Jan 20, 2010

  • Ducky goes undercover

    By vicky24c, Jan 08, 2009

  • great episode

    By sfviewer, Jan 18, 2008

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (18)

    • Goliath: (talking about having information to save his life) ARES. Tony: Cancer. Gibbs: Virgo. Ziva: Scorpio.

    • McGee: Boss, we got a problem. Gibbs: Just one, McGee? McGee: Grenouille is sure to have someone there to vet ARES. You know, if he asks Ducky to explain something, his duck is cooked. No pun intended.

    • McGee: Aeroport de Sherbrooke, southeastern Quebec. It's 30 miles across the border from New Hampshire. Puts La Grenouille right in our backyard. Gibbs: Did I miss Quebec becoming the 51st state?

    • (Talking about La Grenouille) Ziva: Why don't we snatch him when he lands, toss him in the back of the trunk, and drive over the border. McGee: That might work where you grew up Ziva, but not here. Jenny: Why not? (The team stares at Jenny)

    • Director Shepard: I will get him, another time, another deal. I will be there and I will get him. Gibbs: Are you sure you want to? Shepard: Of course I want to! Gibbs: Some people need to have someone to hate. Shepard: Not me. Gibbs: Then you should have let Ziva take the shot...

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    Notes (2)

    • Original International Airdates: Denmark: February 13, 2007 on TV3 Sweden: March 18, 2007 on TV3 Australia: May 8, 2007 on TEN Belgium: May 20, 2007 on VT4 Germany: June 3, 2007 on SAT 1 United Kingdom: July 10, 2007 on FX UK Spain: July 26, 2007 on La Sexta The Netherlands: September 5, 2007 on Veronica Italy: October 14, 2007 on RAI 2 Finland: January 6, 2009 on Nelonen Slovakia: June 12, 2009 on Markiza Czech Republic: October 12, 2009 on TV Nova

    • The outcome of this episode, the software for sale having a "safety flaw" built in, is similar to the outcome of a season 1 episode of JAG, titled "Smoked," where the targeting software of a downed F-14 Tomcat has a virus that will activate if it is used by Iran against the US.

    Trivia (13)

    • TRIVIA: Shepard says that the name of the man who first meets Ducky in Quebec is "Quinn Martin." This play on words is most likely a homage of sorts to Quinn Martin, the man who was the American television producer responsible for several successful crime dramas during the 1960s and 1970s, including the FBI, the Fugitive, the Untouchables, and The Streets of San Francisco.

    • GOOF: The line "Napoleon was the first to drink this cognac at his coronation in 1802" is incorrect since Napoleon was crowned in 1804.

    • GOOF: At the end of the scene before the intro, we see the camera on Tony with Ziva turning her head to face him. Then in the next shot, the camera is on Ziva, but she's starting to move her hair before turning her head to face Tony.

    • TRIVIA: It is revealed that Shepard has been chasing La Grenouille for over a decade.

    • GOOF: A real arms dealer wouldn't go to meet a buyer alone and unarmed as Ducky did undercover. Otherwise, chances are that the buyer would merely rob him of his goods, rather than paying. Also, since the payment was to be in diamonds, he would have needed to have an expert with him to verify that the diamonds were real, and that they were the correct weight and worth the agreed upon price.

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    Allusions (10)

    • When La Grenouille opens the cognac, he mentions to Ducky that Napoleon was the first person to receive a bottle of that brand. Armand Assante played Napoleon in the 1987 television miniseries Napoleon and Josephine: A Love Story.

    • Abby: Hey, maybe it has the original Donkey Kong on it. Donkey Kong is an arcade game made in 1981 video game created by famous Japanese Shigeru Miyamoto.

    • Tony (to Gibbs): Here's the deal... We jump into Casablanca, hit Rick's Cafe for a little cocktail. I could tickle the ivories... Here's looking at you kid. This is a reference to a classic 1942 movie Casablanca starring Ingrid Bergman (Lisa) and Humphrey Bogart (Rick). "Here's looking at you kid." is the last line Rick says to Lisa.

    • Right before Ducky embarks on his mission, he says "tallyho." David McCallum co-starred in the film The Great Escape as a POW, in which "tallyho" was a code used by the prisoners.

    • Tony's question to Goliath on the Ares system, "Did you find that in Jane's?" was an allusion to the publications (such as Jane's Defence Weekly) of the Jane's Information Group. Jane's provides open source information on defence, security, transport, public safety and law enforcement in the form of books, periodicals, electronic services, consultancy and computer simulators.

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