NCIS

Recoil

Season 5, Ep 16, Aired 5/6/08
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  • Episode Description
  • While on an undercover mission, Ziva's life is put in grave danger when the serial killer she's been tracking becomes suspicious of her.

  • 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 (20)
  • Great episode, which apparently many fans didn't get!

    By Gimpyelf67, Nov 02, 2013

  • A clever title goes here!

    By JudithThomas, Dec 03, 2012

  • Ziva was not "out of character"

    By BevinChu, Apr 16, 2012

  • Finally! Ziva David has arrived.

    By FragLimiT41, May 07, 2008

  • I enjoyed the episode even though, in my opinion, Ziva was completely out of character.

    By ilhbk923, May 13, 2008

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (17)

    • Ziva: I almost died. Gibbs: But you didn't. You have to trust your judgment, Ziva. Moment you don't, it won't be almost.

    • Tony: Abby calculated the height and the weight of the mystery man on the surveillance video: 6.1, 180. Just like Locke. Ziva: Well, the only thing that proves is that you are jealous. Tony: I'm concerned. Slim built, just like Locke. Of course, with your hands-on experience last night maybe you could elaborate. Saw you two leaving the bar together. Ziva: You followed me? Tony: Don't flatter yourself. You do look good on the surveillance video, though. Adds about ten pounds.

    • Tony: Listen, I wasn't trying to make light of what you went through. Just trying to snap you out of your head space, ya' know? Ziva: I have perfectly good space in my head. Tony: Great, then let's get a drink. You'll talk, I'll listen. Ziva: I don't want a drink. Tony: Okay, one drink. I'll talk, you'll listen.

    • Ziva: (when Michael attempts to pick her up) Have you been telling me the truth about your girlfriend, or are you just taking advantage of my raw, emotional state? Michael: Yes! (pause) And, yes.

    • Ziva: Sheket Bevakasha! Tony: I don't know him. Borscht belt comedian? Ziva: It is Hebrew, for shut up! Tony: Really did affect you, huh? Have you had your mandatory session with the shrink? Ziva: Yes. Tony: Still crazy, then?

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    Notes (3)

    • Original International Airdates: Denmark: May 13, 2008 on TV3 Sweden: July 6, 2008 on TV3 Australia: August 26, 2008 on Channel 10 United Kingdom: August 31, 2008 on FX UK New Zealand: September 28, 2008 on TV 3 Germany: September 28, 2008 on SAT 1 Italy: December 7, 2008 on RAI 2 Spain: January 2, 2009 on La Sexta Norway: January 20, 2009 on TV3 The Netherlands: February 24, 2009 on SBS 6 Slovakia: October 15, 2009 on Markiza Finland: December 15, 2009 on Nelonen Czech Republic: April 19, 2010 on TV Nova

    • The song at the end is "Where I Stood" sung by Missy Higgins.

    • Lauren Holly is credited but doesn't appear.

    Trivia (5)

    • GOOF: We see a closeup shot of Tony's head while he's walking over to Hoffman's house. In the last few frames we hear footsteps as if he's jumping down from a higher elevation, though through the entire scene of his close up no sounds of him walking are heard. It could have been for the next shot showing him jumping down from the brick wall, but he was not only walking on soil, but the jumping off had their own footstep sound.

    • GOOF: At the beginning of the episode before Tony entered Hoffman's house he was talking to Gibbs and McGee on radio through his earpiece. When Tony entered Hoffman's house we can actually see his earpiece in his right ear, afterwards when he had seen the body he used his phone to call Gibbs and report that. Why didn't he just use the radio?

    • TRIVIA: When Ziva is at her desk on the phone trying to find Locke's former girlfriend, there is a shot of one of the buildings that can be seen outside. The building in focus is the actual NCIS headquarters at the Washington Navy Yard.

    • TRIVIA: When Ziva goes to see Hoffmans body in autopsy, the scene is almost exactly like the one in season 2 episode "Heart Break," where Kate also goes to visit somebody in autopsy after she shot them. Hoffman is in the same locker and Ziva stands exactly where Kate stood.

    • TRIVIA: Tony's nametag during the stakeout at the beginning of the episode reads Stan.

    Allusions (5)

    • Tony: Elvis has left the building. This is both a famous saying and a reference to the famous singer Elvis Presley. The saying was used to notify fans who were wanting an encore.

    • When Tony says "Sea of Love, Boss. Remember that movie. Al Pacino played a cop, sleeps with a serial killer, played by Ellen Barkin," In the movie Sea of Love, Ellen Barkin's character is a suspect in a serial killing case, but she turns out to be innocent in the end.

    • When she is undercover at the bar, Ziva uses the alias "Gina." This is ironic since Cote de Pablo played a character named Gina in The Education of Max Bickford.

    • Tony refers to Ziva's assault on the copier as her "raging against the machine." Rage Against the Machine is a Los Angeles based rock band noted for its eclectic blend of hip hop, heavy metal, punk and funk fused with revolutionary politics and lyrics.

    • When Tony is singing the song: "Sea Of Love", he refers to the movie of the same name starring Al Pacino.

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