Sub Rosa

Season 1, Ep 7, Aired 11/18/03
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  • Episode Description
  • A decomposed body is discovered in a tub of acid at a naval base and Ducky and Abby learn that the victim was a submariner. Gibbs discovers that there have been no reports of a sub crewmember missing, so he deduces that one of the subs has an imposter on board. With this new information, the team must find out which sub the man posing as the victim is in and what intentions he may have towards the sub.moreless

  • 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 (24)
  • Good episode, I like the submarine environment. And the ice cream!

    By bbch25, May 31, 2015

  • Funny episode

    By milena73, Sep 18, 2014

  • Submarine

    By Parricida, May 03, 2010

  • Very cool submarine story.

    By whiteraven2005, Jan 20, 2010

  • Another great episode!

    By amazing_race, Dec 18, 2009

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (21)

    • Tony: Yeah... Listen, kid... uh, I don't want to hurt your feelings, but you're not exactly Abby's type.
      McGee: I've taken care of that. Remember that urge you were talking about? (pause) I went with 'Mom'. (McGee enters elevator as Tony is frozen in disbelief)

    • Tony: I've never experienced Gibbs without his morning coffee. We're in uncharted waters here, Kate.

    • Tony: Worst case of acid indigestion I ever saw. Gibbs: Hey... better get Michael Jackson out of here... before he ralphs.

    • Kate: replace me because I shave my legs and not my face is unconscionable and certainly not in the best interests of the case. Gibbs: You claustrophobic? Kate: No. Gibbs: Good. (walks away) Kate: I'm going?! Tony: Don't forget to wax.

    • Abby: There's good news and bad news... Ducky: (sighs) I hate it when you play this game, Abby. Abby: His last meal was a Big Mac and fries. Ducky: Probably half the base had that for lunch. I was hoping you'd come up with something a little more exotic. Tandoori perhaps. And the good news? Abby: I know what's in the special sauce.

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    Notes (3)

    • Original International Airdates: Croatia: August 09, 2005 on NOVA TV Finland: October 14, 2006 on Nelonen France: March 24, 2004 on M6 Germany: May 05, 2005 on SAT.1 Hungary: November 28, 2005 on TV 2 Sweden: August 01, 2004 on TV3 Denmark: November 25, 2003 on TV3

    • The song playing while Abby is telling Tony about the canister is "Euphoria" by Collide.

    • First appearance of Tim McGee, played by Sean Murray, who will become the official cast member in season 2. Previously, Sean had a guest starring role as well as a second recurring role on JAG, but as a totally different character. Sean Murray is the creator Donald P. Bellisario's step son.

    Trivia (4)

    • TRIVIA: Whilst interviewing the first Petty Officer, Gibbs and Todd note that he was lying because his eyes looked to his left. This is a famous part of Neuro-Linguisting Programming, but they get it wrong. NLP is based on looking at a person - if their eyes go to their left the observer would see them going to the right, which would mean a truth rather than a lie.

    • TRIVIA: Michael Weatherly, in an interview said that while throwing a rock through the window was scripted, the running and football commentary was just improvising on his part. He claims this was the start of his ad-libbing in the series.

    • TRIVIA: Note McGee's tie. He wears the same tie in every season 1 episode until he gets his 'stripes' in season 2. Also, McGee holds his gun in his right hand this episode, all other episodes, he uses his left.

    • GOOF: McGee asks Tony about what Abby looks like. McGee had seen Abby in the video conference that Abby & Ducky had with Gibbs. He was standing beside Gibbs and had to have seen her.

    Allusions (2)

    • Tony: I guess "Flying Toasters" was too much to ask for. When McGee was hacking into the eco-terrorists PC, Tony made mention of a famous screen saver on the Macintosh operating system.

    • Episode Title: "Sub Rosa" The episode title is actually a phrase that had its origins in the story of the Greek god Eros' (better known by his Roman name Cupid) bribing the God of Silence, Harpocrates, with a rose to keep the confidence of Eros' mother Aphrodite (also known as Venus). Roman banquet halls would have their ceilings adorned with roses to indicate that whatever is said under wine is under the rose (sub vino, sub rosa).

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