Season 3, Ep 20, Aired 4/18/06
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  • Episode Description
  • When a Pentagon cryptographer is found dead, the NCIS team has to discover whether the person was or wasn't a Pentagon mole, and if the person committed suicide. As the investigation continues, the team discovers that the person wasn't alone when she died, so someone must have murdered her. So, the team has to find the person, a mole, who murdered the cryptographer.

  • 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 (22)
  • Loved the part with the cat!

    By Gimpyelf67, Nov 04, 2013

  • Tiva <3

    By MissJess, Mar 29, 2012

  • Comedy in all its glory.

    By mcabbyforever, Mar 08, 2012

  • Full marks for comedy!

    By amazing_race, Jan 14, 2010

  • Mrs Mallad is in the house!!!!

    By dalilone, Sep 17, 2006

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (30)

    • Tony: You were not planning on sleeping, were you? Ziva: Not unless you're planning on taking a shower anytime soon.

    • Tony: When you said you were a screamer, you did mean... Ziva: I did.

    • (After Ziva tells Tony she's a screamer) Tony (phone rings): Answer it. Ziva: Well what do you want me to say? Tony: I don't know, scream something.

    • Tony: I wish I had a neighbor like that. The old bat that lives next to me complains every time I bring a date home. Wanna know why? Ziva: Shouting out "no means no!" Tony: Hah, that was a good one but not even close. Ziva: I was actually kidding. (acting coyly) I have the same problem at my place, Tony. Tony: Really? You have a surround sound system, too? Ziva: No. I'm what you Americans like to call a screamer, yes? (Tony just stares at her speechlessly)

    • Abby: Mrs. Mallard would you like to see my mass spectrometer? Mrs. Mallard: What a charming young lady. Of course I would, my dear. What is a mass speedometer? Does it move very fast?

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    Notes (3)

    • In her previous appearance in "Meat Puzzle", Ducky's mother was listed as Mrs. Vanessa Mallard. But she's listed as Mrs. Victoria Mallard in this episode.

    • Lauren Holly (NCIS Director Jenny Shepard) does not appear in this episode, but is credited in the opening credits.

    • Original International Airdates: Denmark: April 18, 2006 on TV3 Australia: September 6, 2006 on Channel 10 Sweden: October 29, 2006 on TV3 Germany: November 26, 2006 on SAT 1 Italy: December 18, 2006 on RAI 2 Finland: February 9, 2008 on Nelonen Czech Republic: January 28, 2009 on TV Nova Slovakia: May 19, 2009 on Markiza

    Trivia (8)

    • TRIVIA: When we see the team looking for the missing USB device, one shot shows of a cat with green eyes. This is an anime character from Trigun named Kuroneko. Kuroneko means "Black Cat" in English.

    • GOOF: We see a woman punching a few keys on the keyboard, this in turn shows a multi-color highlight over the letters. In this shot we see it go next to a small box ending on "F". In the very next frame, we see it not only ending on the "G", but the box is overlapping the highlight.

    • GOOF: At first, McGee improbably didn't know, as a federal agent, that foreign diplomats couldn't be questioned; but later knew the minutia that a car with diplomatic plates is considered foreign soil, just like the embassy.

    • TRIVIA: We learn from Ducky's mother that he has no children.

    • GOOF: When Gibbs shows where the bullet has impacted, the book he indicates is in a normal position on the bookshelf; however, when he pulls it out it is upside down (see the position of the ISBN bar code and the highlighted initial on the back of the book). When he starts to browse looking for the bullet, he holds it in a normal position again (again see the highlighted initial which is now where it should be: top left).

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    Allusions (4)

    • Gibbs: Looks like they're putting Decoder Rings in cereal boxes again. This is a reference to a very popular toy in the early to mid 20th century that was a prize in every box of certain cereals. The Decoder Ring would allow you to decipher codes given to them from radio programs.

    • (after Ziva sums up the plot) Tony: You could just rent No Way Out. This is a reference to a 1987 movie staring Kevin Costner and Gene Hackman. In the movie, a navy officer, posted at the Pentagon, begins an affair with the Secretary Of Defense's mistress. When she is found dead, he is assigned to the case of finding the killer, believed to be a KGB mole.

    • Tony: Relax Ziva David. We're dealing with a Naval Officer, not Doctor Evil. This is a reference to a popular comedy movie Austin Powers starring Mike Myers. Doctor Evil is one of many characters that Myers plays in that movie.

    • Tony (to Ziva): I suppose you'd rather be with Webelos McGee. As an insult, this cuts two ways. On the one hand, Webelos is the highest rank in the Cub Scouts, which puts McGee at the top of the junior ranks. On the other, a Webelos is still short of joining the "real" Boy Scouts, and thus subordinate to the lowest Scout rank, Tenderfoot. Originally, the consonants in Webelos stood for the original Cub Scout rank progression of Wolf, Bear, Lion, Scout. When the Lion rank was discontinued in 1967, a new "bacronym" was created: We Be Loyal Scouts. The rank is rather obscure, indicating that DiNozzo (and the writer doing his dialogue) were probably longtime Scouts.

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