Season 5 Episode 17

About Face

Aired Tuesday 8:00 PM May 13, 2008 on CBS



  • Trivia

    • GOOF: When Palmer opens the passport; it has all the dates in Middle Endian format (date of birth 11.14.1974) only used in America (and a few other countries) instead of the correct (14.11.1974) that is used in the country of its issue.

    • TRIVIA: At the beginning where they show the Scrabble board, every letter of the alphabet but "Q" are represented on the board. However, the letter "Q" is shown on the rack.

    • GOOF: When the passport drops, it lands face down, with no insignia visible, but when Palmer picks it up, it's facing upwards, with the insignia showing.

    • TRIVIA: McGee still hasn't gotten over his fear of heights.

    • TRIVIA: Palmer's mother is named Eunice.

    • TRIVIA: Before Ducky decided on medical school, he used to volunteer summers at a Tanzanian dig site. He planned on becoming an archaeologist, but it was not "in his bones".

    • TRIVIA: Palmer has a shoe fetish, as he was able to vividly recall Ziva and Abby's shoes during hypnosis.

    • GOOF: Tony credits Ducky with seeing the passport, but only Palmer saw it, not Ducky.

  • Quotes

    • Jimmy: I took a wilderness survival course, spent two weeks alone, even encountered a bear. A ten second encounter with a bad guy and I go blank. I do not understand.
      McGee: Well, was that bear in the woods packing heat?
      Jimmy: (laughing a little) No.
      McGee: There you go.

    • Tony: Got to figure out what he was doing here.
      Ziva: And with whom he was doing it.
      Tony: Doing what with?
      Ziva: Whatever it was he was doing when he was undone.
      Tony: Done, what?
      Ziva: Done.
      Ducky: In, my dear fellow. Done in. Don't you understand the Queen's English?
      Tony: Not this Queen.

    • Abby: (to Jimmy) You chased a crazy guy with a gun! You're a studmuffin! You're an iron fist with a velvet glove... you're baby Gibbs!

    • Leon: Sounds like he's got a serious case of brain freeze.
      Gibbs: Well, freeze can always thaw, Leon.

    • Tony: (referring to an empty parking space previously occupied by a camping-car) Looks like we missed the twister.

    • (referring to her facial recognition software)
      Abby: It didn't ding. My dinger didn't ding. My dinger must be broken again.

    • Palmer: How do you do it? Block out fear?
      Gibbs: You don't. It's what you do with it.

    • Abby: One time I got my lip stuck in a vacuum cleaner display at the department store. I lost like a quart of saliva before my cousin pulled the plug. Still have nightmares about it. Can't be alone with a HEPA filter.
      Palmer: How old were you?
      Abby: Twenty-two. It was like Fat Tuesday or Arbor Day.

    • McGee: It's funny until someone plunges to their death.
      Tony: Oh, c'mon. Still with the height thing. You gotta get over that, man.
      McGee: You don't just get over irrational fears, Tony. They're irrational!

    • Tony: I hope there's no tornadoes. You know what they say about tornadoes and trailer...
      Gibbs: (slapping Tony on the head) Gear, go, get back!
      Tony: (shaking his head) Wow, should have seen that coming!

    • Tony: Maybe mini-Mallard made a mistake.

    • McGee: That was a language exercise, Boss. We weren't actually playing.
      Tony: So McGee didn't actually lose.
      McGee: Correct.
      Gibbs: So he's not actually humiliated.

  • Notes

    • Original International Airdates:
      Denmark: May 20, 2008 on TV3
      Sweden: July 13, 2008 on TV3
      United Kingdom: September 7, 2008 on FX UK
      Germany: October 5, 2008 on SAT 1
      Italy: December 14, 2008 on RAI 2
      Spain: January 9, 2009 on La Sexta
      Norway: January 20, 2009 on TV3
      The Netherlands: March 3, 2009 on SBS 6
      Slovakia: October 22, 2009 on Markiza
      Finland: December 22, 2009 on Nelonen
      Czech Republic: April 26, 2010 on TV Nova

    • Lauren Holly is credited but doesn't appear.

    • The episode was previously titled Demolition.

  • Allusions

    • McGee: These boots are made for walkin'.

      These boots are made for walkin' is the title of an old and famous song by Nancy Sinatra released in 1966 and recently brought back into the charts thanks to Jessica Simpson's remake in 2005. The original version was previously chosen as a soundtrack in the film Full Metal Jacket.

    • Tony's "mini-Mallard" comment refers to the Austin Powers character Mini-Me, who was a clone of Dr. Evil in the two sequels.

    • Tony: So real driver's license, phony address and fake passport - it's like Jason Bourne. Shall we put out a BOLO for Matt Damon?!

      Jason Bourne is the main character in several of Robert Ludlum's novels, and subsequent films. Matt Damon is most noted for playing him in the Bourne Trilogy of films, the first of which was released in 2002.

    • Tony: You should have seen that one coming, Probie-Wan Kenobi.

      Obi-Wan Kenobi is a character in the Star Wars films, created by George Lucas. Tony used the same nick-name in episode "Dog Tags."

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