Season 8 Episode 14

A Man Walks Into a Bar...

Aired Tuesday 8:00 PM Feb 08, 2011 on CBS



  • Trivia

    • GOOF: It's stated that Tony's mother died when he was eight, but in the third season episode "Frame-Up," he tells Gibbs that his mother dressed him in a sailor suit until he was 10.

    • GOOF: About 10 minutes into the ep, McGee says that the dead Commander was 18 months from retirement. Then, about 50 minutes into the ep, Gibbs says the Commander was 9 months from mandatory retirement.

    • TRIVIA: Tony's mother died when he was eight years old.

    • TRIVIA: In the background of the last scene where Kate is talking to her sister on the phone, McGee can be seen sitting down at a computer and Tony is looking out of a window. This is from the season one episode, "Dead Man Talking", where the three of them are on a stakeout. In the same episode, she receives a call from a "Dwayne" and answers it in the same way, showing McGee and Tony in the background.

    • TRIVIA: Among the weapons in Seaman Leonard's gun room is a pair of duelling pistols, several Katanas, a Colt .357 Magnum, a Colt M1911 and an M1A1 Thompson submachine gun.

    • TRIVIA: It is revealed that Kate has a sister called Rachel.

  • Quotes

    • McGee: Didn't I tell you to wait outside?!
      Dr Cranston: Psychiatrists never listen.

    • Dr. Cranston: The-the-the thing that puzzles me, with all this change of allegiance to country, of the type of men you're drawn to, what is it that you're looking for? What is it that you want?
      Ziva: I want... something... permanent. Something that can't be taken away. Is that too much to ask?

    • McGee: What are we supposed to talk about?
      Dr. Cranston: Well, believe it or not, most people talk about their sex lives.
      Tony: That rules Tim out.

    • (Dr. Cranston's letter to Director Vance)
      Dr. Cranston: Director Vance, spending time with your team has been... enlightening, to say the least. In clinical terms, they're a disaster. But their selfless dysfunction is ultimately why it works. It's clear to me we all react to life's challenges in different ways. Your people are no exception. Some fight death and some embrace its sorrows. Some recognize their fate, and others do whatever is necessary to alter it. Sometimes we defy other's expectations and occasionally we rise to meet them. But the constant is being true to ourselves. We do what we have to when we have to. We react for better or worse. It's why your team succeeds. But be careful. Eventually, it might catch up to you. A man walks into a bar and asks the bartender for a glass of water. The bartender pulls out a shotgun...

    • (Gibbs takes Dr. Cranston to his basement, the site of Ari's death)
      Gibbs: You feel that, right there?
      Dr. Cranston: What?
      Gibbs: This is where the guy who murdered Kate died. This is where Ziva shot her own brother. That, Doc, is closure. Now the rest is just memories. Nothing wrong with memories.

    • (McGee and Dr. Cranston stumble upon Seaman Leonard's gun room)
      McGee: Care to analyze this, Doctor? What you think? Gun nut?
      Dr. Cranston: Well, I was thinking something more clinical but "gun nut" works.
      McGee: Yeah...

    • (Tony is in Autopsy discussing the Commander's death with Ducky when Dr. Cranston walks in)
      Dr. Cranston: Oh, sorry. I didn't mean to interrupt. Just came to say hello. (To the corpse) Hello!
      Tony: Goodbye.
      (Tony starts walking out the door)
      Dr. Cranston: You don't have to leave, Agent DiNozzo.
      Tony: I do if you stay.

    • Abby: (To Dr. Cranston) Trust me, honey. You don't have enough hours in the day.
      Dr. Cranston: We'll find the time, Ms Sciuto. Don't you worry.

    • (Tony is doing a horse impression as Director Vance and Dr Cranston walk down the stairs behind him)
      McGee: Tony, you may want to stop acting like a jackass.
      Tony: That's not an ass, it's a hor- (McGee nods, indicating someone is behind him) I can explain, sir!
      Director Vance: (To Cranston) Settle in, Doctor. This should be good.

    • (Tony is fanning some money in front of Ziva)
      Ziva: Where did you get that money?
      Tony: Ever heard of a trifecta?
      Ziva: I do not want to hear about your threesomes.

  • Notes

    • This episode features clips from (in order of appearance) the episodes "Aliyah", "Silver War", "Legend, Part II", "Kill Ari, Part II", "Singled Out", "Hometown Hero", "Reveille", "Cloak", "Enemies Domestic", "An Eye for an Eye", "SWAK", "Yankee White", "Twilight", "Recruited", "Rule Fifty-One" and "Truth or Consequences." Among the clips used is also a lost scene that never aired, where Kate and Tony are talking on the rooftop. This is from the episode "An Eye for an Eye."

    • Original International Air Dates:
      : February 9, 2011 on Global
      : March 8, 2011 on Channel Ten
      : March 8, 2011 on TV3
      United Kingdom: April 1, 2011 on FX/FX HD
      : April 12, 2011 on TV3
      The Netherlands
      : April 12, 2011 on SBS 6
      Finland: June 14, 2011 on Nelonen
      : June 17, 2011 on LaSexta
      Germany: September 4, 2011 on SAT 1
      Slovakia: October 26, 2011 on Markiza
      Czech Republic: April 2, 2012 on TV Nova

    • Guest star Scott Lawrence previously played the role of Cmdr. Sturgis Turner on JAG.

  • Allusions

    • Dr. Cranston: Two roads diverged in a yellow wood. And sorry I could not travel both.

      Dr. Cranston reads the first two lines from Robert Frost's poem, The Road Not Taken, published in 1916.

    • Abby: Well, it's too late for that, Sigmund.

      Abby refers to Sigmund Freud (1856-1939), a famous Austrian psychologist best known for his theories on the unconscious mind and psychological repression.

    • Tony: I went to the track. Pimlico.

      Pimlico Race Course is a horse racetrack in Baltimore, Maryland, most famous for hosting the Preakness Stakes, that is, a thoroughbred horse race for three year-old horses.

    • Dr. Cranston: I thought it was Secreteriat?

      Secreteriat was an American Thoroughbred racehorse, that, in 1973, became the first U.S. Triple Crown champion in twenty-five years, earning $1,316,808.

    • Tony: Listen, Doc, about my Man O' War impression...

      Man O' War was a thoroughbred racehorse considered to be the greatest in the world at the time (post-World War I), winning 20 out of it's 21 races and netting a total of $249,465 in winnings for it's owner, Samuel Riddle.

    • Title: A Man Walks Into a Bar...

      The title is a reference to the popular joke format, where the punch line differs each time, similar to the "Knock knock" jokes.

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