Season 8, Ep 20, Aired 4/5/11
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  • Episode Description
  • Much to Gibbs' displeasure, the NCIS team has to investigate a death of a seaman with a lead from Agent E.J. Barrett, leaving the rest of the team concerned that Gibbs may be leaving NCIS yet again. Meanwhile, Ziva introduces her new boyfriend to the team.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Thomas J. Wright

  • Nicole Mirante

  • Reed Steiner

  • Don McGill

  • Donald P. Bellisario

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  • Fan Reviews (17)
  • The episode is so-so but agent B is unpleasant

    By yuritanMB, Apr 07, 2011

  • This was one of the worst NCIS episodes ever. Characters acting out of character; plot elements which make no sense. Did CBS decide to outsource the scriptwriting?

    By jazzman711, Apr 25, 2011

  • Do Not Need the new agent.

    By bms29bms, Apr 12, 2011

  • Too many subplots - this episode is annoying. The writer has loaded the show with confusing, non-linear story lines..and ran out of time to bring them to an end.

    By themightydw, Apr 06, 2011

  • I rate it ! (ONE) since it is the lowest score

    By eytanbrch, Apr 06, 2011

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (19)

    • Agent Barrett: Suspect is a white male anywhere from 25 to 55, never married, no children. Born into money, he is charming, charismatic and very entitled. Ziva: Are you sure we're not looking for Tony?

    • Tony: Bar-keep! Anything old and gold. I might be getting a cold. (The bartender gives him a strange look) Sorry. Scotch on the rocks. Thank you.

    • Gibbs: Are you sleeping with DiNozzo? Barrett: It's not against NCIS policy to date co-workers. Gibbs: It's against my policy. This team operates on respect. Barrett: You don't respect me. Gibbs: No...I don't trust you. Barrett: Really? Gibbs: Really. Except to work the case. Leave my team alone. We clear?

    • (Upon finding Nathan Finnie's body) Tony: Nathan Finnie. With a bad case of freezer burn.

    • Ziva: Gibbs, I gotta talk to you. (She pulls him to one side) I need to tell you something. I cannot tell you how I know this and you cannot ask. Gibbs: Yeah, alright. Tell me what? Ziva: Bryce Leitner is not the Port-to-Port Killer. Gibbs: How sure are you? Ziva: Very. Gibbs: OK.

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    Notes (2)

    • David McCallum (Ducky) provided the high-pitched voice for the doll, "Play With Me!" in the opening sequences.

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Canada: April 5, 2011 on Global
      : May 3, 2011 on Channel Ten
      United Kingdom: May 13, 2011 on FX/FX HD
      The Netherlands
      : May 24, 2011 on SBS 6
      : September 12, 2011 on TV3
      : September 30, 2011 on LaSexta
      Finland: October 4, 2011 on Nelonen
      Germany: October 16, 2011 on SAT 1
      Slovakia: December 15, 2011 on Markiza
      Czech Republic: June 11, 2012 on TV Nova

    Trivia (4)

    • GOOF: When talking to Abby about evidence of infection in the suspects blood, EJ calls Pertussis a virus, but it actually a bacteria.

    • GOOF: Tony makes reference to the Christopher Nolan film The Dark Knight and Christian Bale's character of Batman, but the line he uses to illustrate his point is actually from the movie before it, Batman Begins.

    • TRIVIA: Tony is sleeping with Agent Barrett.

    • TRIVIA: Ray's surname is Cruz and he works for the Central Intelligence Agency.

    Allusions (3)

    • Barrett: A riddle, wrapped in a mystery, wrapped in an enigma. Tony: Joe Pesci. Oliver Stone's JFK. Nice. Barrett: Winston Churchill, Russia, nineteen thirty nine. JFK (1991) is an American film examining the events leading up to the assassination of U.S. President John F. Kennedy. Directed by Oliver Stone, the film stars Joe Pesci as David Ferrie alongside Kevin Costner, Gary Oldman and Tommy Lee Jones. Barrett paraphrases a statement made by Winston Churchill on the Russians, during a 1939 radio broadcast; "I cannot forecast to you the action of Russia. It is a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma; but perhaps there is a key. That key is Russian national interest."

    • Tony: Haven't seen a smile like that since Christian Bale's barely audible Batman in The Dark Knight. The Dark Knight (2008) is the second film of the re-imagined Batman series. Directed by Christopher Nolan, the film starred Christian Bale as the titular character, alongside Michael Caine, Morgan Freeman and the late Heath Ledger.

    • Tony: Of course, the last time she had an out of town visitor, our director ended up in the hospital. Tony is referring to the events of the season eight two-part episodes, "Enemies Foreign" and "Enemies Domestic", in which Vance is injured in an attempt to kill him and Eli David.

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