Dead and Unburied

Season 4, Ep 5, Aired 10/17/06
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  • Episode Description
  • When a missing Lance Corporal is found dead in a vacant house, the NCIS team discovers that he was buried in the backyard and then exhumed. They learn about his identity and that he was to be deployed to Iraq, but he never showed up for duty. The investigation leads them to a new clue---he had two fiancĂ©es. Abby runs the DNA samples from the two women to find out if the DNA is a match to the soil found on the dead man's body.moreless

  • 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 (19)
  • Not the NCIS office's quietest day - catfight in the bullpen; and Jimmy & Lee apparently having sex in every room in the building.

    By whiteraven2005, Jan 20, 2010

  • Intense storyline!

    By amazing_race, Jan 17, 2010

  • When you go to view a house, you dont expect to see a dead body in the living room

    By vicky24c, Dec 07, 2008

  • McGee Tv.

    By emeraldmile, Feb 25, 2008

  • great episode

    By sfviewer, Jan 13, 2008

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (35)

    • Ziva: (looking on as both Tony and McGee are standing around without a shirt on) It's just like Chippendale's... without the bow ties or the muscles.

    • Ducky: He's speaking softly, but Lance Corporal Finn has more to say.

    • Tony: (after Ziva caught him with her deodorant) I'm not gonna feel bad, those ground radar techs didn't show up til dawn, McGee and I watched the sunrise together... it was very Brokeback Mountain.
      McGee: (pats Tony on the back) He had me at 'howdy'.
      Ziva: How romantic, I'm sorry I missed it.

    • Ziva: McGee. Give me your flashlight. McGee: Why? You didn't bring your own? Ziva: It's too heavy. It pulls my pants down!

    • Tony: I was lucky to get out of Rebecca's apartment alive. She threw this at my head. (holds up a copy of Moby Dick) Ziva: Finn was reading Moby Dick? Tony: No. She was throwing it. I took it so she couldn't rearm.

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    Notes (2)

    • Matt Winston is the third Star Trek actor to appear on NCIS and the second Star Trek: Enterprise actor to appear on the show. Tim Russ and Conner Trineer appeared in the season three episode, "Jeopardy."

    • Original International Airdates: Denmark: November 14, 2006 on TV3 Sweden: January 14, 2007 on TV3 Australia: February 20, 2007 on TEN Belgium: March 18, 2007 on VT4 Germany: April 1, 2007 on SAT 1 The Netherlands: April 4, 2007 on Veronica United Kingdom: May 8, 2007 on FX UK Spain: June 28, 2007 on La Sexta Italy: September 17, 2007 on RAI 2 Finland: November 4, 2008 on Nelonen Slovakia: June 1, 2009 on Markiza Czech Republic: August 4, 2009 on TV Nova

    Trivia (7)

    • GOOF: When Gibbs enters Shepard's office, we hear the door close behind him. When we see Gibbs pacing, we see the door shut. However, when we see him start to leave, the door is ajar.

    • GOOF: During the fight between the fiances, when they show McGee's phone, you can see in the top right 0:39/1:23. Since McGee is recording the fight, we shouldn't know the length of the video until he stops recording. Not only that, but when he shows it to Abby, the fight is at the beginning when he wasn't recording. The time stamp here is showing 0:37/1:23 during playback, just two seconds prior to the earlier scene when he was recording. As soon as he shows Abby, the time stamp should show 0:00 or close to which is the case for all videos being played from the beginning (no matter the recording).

    • GOOF: In the scene where Palmer and Agent Lee are making out, you can see Jimmy catch his glasses as they are knocked off when he removes his top. In the next shot however, they are back on his face.

    • TRIVIA: When Gibbs tells McGee to get on his hands and knees, and McGee replies, "You're not going to step on me are ya?," he was referring to the time that Gibbs had Agent Cassidy step on him in episode 3x03 "Mind Games."

    • GOOF: When McGee is showing the video on his phone, each time the camera goes to the phone, it's 39.40,41, thus it being fake.

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    Allusions (6)

    • Tony: That's like The Thing trying to bring in The Hulk. The Thing is one member of Marvel Comics superhero team The Fantastic Four. The Fantastic Four was the original superhero team created by Marvel Comics. The Thing has superhuman strength and cracky skin that resembles rocks. The Hulk is also a Marvel Comics character whose alter ego is Dr. Robert Bruce Banner. Dr. Banner became The Hulk after he was exposed to a gamma bomb he created. Like The Thing, The Hulk also possesses superhuman strength.

    • Tony: Who is Darkman? Darkman is actually the name of the movie that Tony is referring to in this scene. This 1990 horror/sci-fi film is about a disfigured, insane man who goes after the group of scientists responsible for his condition. Liam Neeson plays the main character, referred to as Darkman, whose real name is Peyton Westlake. Sam Raimi wrote the story and the screenplay, as well as directed this film.

    • (In answer to Tony's comment about Brokeback Mountain) McGee: You had me at "Howdy." This is an obvious play on the line from the movie Jerry Maguire when Renee Zellweger's character said, "You had me at Hello".

    • (Talking about Tony and McGee waiting for the techs and watching the sunrise together.) Tony: It was very Brokeback Mountain. This refers to the 2005 hit movie, Brokeback Mountain, starring Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal that is the story of two gay cowboys.

    • Episode Title: "Dead and Unburied" Refers to 1981 movie Dead & Buried, which also involves bodies leaving the grave.

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