Dead Man Talking

Season 1, Ep 19, Aired 4/27/04
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  • Episode Description
  • An NCIS agent has been murdered while investigating a case and the team's job is to find out what happened.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Mark Harmon

    Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs

  • Sasha Alexander

    Special Agent Kate Todd

  • Michael Weatherly

    Special Agent Tony DiNozzo

  • Pauley Perrette

    Forensics Specialist Abby Sciuto

  • David McCallum

    Chief M.E. Ducky Mallard

  • Fan Reviews (18)
  • Be ready for another terrific episode!

    By chinadollM9, Jan 05, 2008

  • A favorite among the early episodes

    By CConway1982, Dec 10, 2008

  • Maybe Tony's NOT a 0 on the Kinsey scale.

    By whiteraven2005, Jan 20, 2010

  • Dead Man Talking

    By thefanof, Feb 25, 2010

  • Emotional

    By Parricida, May 16, 2010

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (19)

    • Tony: (to McGee, as he leaves to be "bait" with Amanda) Okay, cover my back. McGee: Got it. Tony! (draws his gun) How do, how do I take the safety off? Tony: (exasperated) You take the safety off... (McGee holsters his weapon as Tony realizes he's been had)

    • Kate: I'm warning you DiNozzo, don't even go there. (Kate leaves) Tony: We've gotta go there. Any ideas, McGee? McGee: No. Tony: Well, don't worry. I've got plenty. McGee: You realize that any prank we play on Kate we'll also be pulling on Gibbs? Tony: That's a problem. McGee: Unless...nah. Tony: What? McGee: Well, I was thinking. Since she is expecting something, maybe we should do nothing. Tony: ...That's brilliant. It'll drive her nuts trying to figure out what we did, that we didn't do. You're all right McGee.

    • Tony: (answering Kate's phone) Special Agent Todd's desk. I'm sorry she's stepped away.
      Kate: (returning to her desk) DiNozzo!
      Tony: May I ask who's calling? Um, one moment. (Kate grabs the phone) Dwayne?
      Kate: I do have voice mail.
      Tony: What fun is that?

    • Abby: Reminds me of The Crying Game.
      McGee: Don't know it.
      Abby: It was such a cool flick.
      Tony: Abby, could you pick some other movie, please?
      Abby: Oh um, Victor Victoria?
      Tony: That was a girl pretending to be a guy pretending to be a girl?
      Abby: Right.
      Tony: Yeah. That one's okay.

    • Kate: You really need to get a social life of your own. Tony: Oh I have a social life. Kate: What's tonight? Celebrity Mole? Tony: No, best of Jackass.

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    Notes (1)

    • Original International Airdates: Croatia: August 26, 2005 on NOVA TV France: October 01, 2004 on M6 Germany: July 28, 2005 on SAT.1 Hungary: March 13, 2006 on TV 2 Sweden: October 24, 2004 on TV3 Finland: January 06, 2007 on TV4 Denmark: May 4, 2004 on TV3

    Trivia (6)

    • TRIVIA: Tony tells Amanda that he was in the Final Four with Ohio State, but lost to UCLA. Ohio State was never in the Final Four the same year as Ohio State as far back as 1980. Ohio State was in the Final Four in 1999 and lost the the eventual Champions UConn, and UCLA was in the Final Four in 1995, where they defeated Oklahoma State.

    • TRIVIA: The flashbacks of Pacci talking to Gibbs is from the previous episode "UnSEALed."

    • GOOF: When Ducky walks back to Pacci's body after talking to Gibbs about the foreign object in the x-ray and says, "That would be my guess, Jethro," you can see the abdomen rise as the actor inhales.

    • TRIVIA: McGee discovers an oak tree of a specific type is planted outside Amanda's house. He refers to it as Quercus virginia. The actual name should be Quercus virginiana.

    • TRIVIA: During the autopsy, Ducky finds a memory card that was swallowed by the deceased. The memory card that is shown is an SD Digital type card, very small and can be swallowed. However, we see in the next scene that NCIS issue cameras are Nikon D100's. The D100 accepts only the professional-grade and higher capacity compact flash or Microdrives which are too big to be swallowed. The memory card found could not have been used in an NCIS camera.

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    Allusions (4)

    • At the end of the episode, Abby mentions two movies. The first, The Crying Game, is a movie about a British soldier who is kidnapped by the IRA. He escapes their custody, and tracks down his captor's girlfriend. He falls in love with her only to find out she is really a man. In the other movie, Victor/Victoria, Julie Andrews portrays an out-of-work opera singer who finds a job in a nightclub by pretending to be a female impersonator.

    • Kate: Martin Sheen is not a Sheen. Martin Sheen's birth name is Ramon Estevez, since we are on the subject, Charlie Sheen's birth name is Carlos Irwin Estevez.

    • During the stakeout, Tony used an alias of "Stringfellow." That is of course the name of the main character in another of Bellisario's shows Airwolf.

    • Abby: She's my daughter! My sister! My daughter, my sister, my daughter... The original quote goes: "She's my daughter! She's my sister! She's my daughter! My sister, my daughter. She's my sister and my daughter." This is spoken by Evelyn Cross Mulwray (Faye Dunaway) in Chinatown.

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