Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs
Chief M.E. Ducky Mallard
Special Agent Ziva David
Special Agent Tim McGee
Forensics Specialist Abby Sciuto
Special Agent Tony DiNozzo
Detective Danny Price
NCIS Special Agent Chris Pacci
GOOF: No mention is made of NCIS Agent Stan Burley who appeared in episode 1x06 as someone who had worked for Gibbs for 5 years before Tony, which means Burley would still have been with Gibbs at this time.
TRIVIA: Tony was engaged when he joined NCIS. His fiancée's name was Wendy. Wendy was Tony's High School music teacher.
TRIVIA: Gibbs' rule #5 is "You don't waste good", while rule #35 is "Always watch the watchers."
TRIVIA: Tony received his Mighty Mouse stapler from his former boss, Police Major Frank Raimey, as a prize for winning the Baltimore Police Department Pool Championship.
(Ducky and Abby come to the team to explain the mystery behind the typo)
Ducky: Congratulations on catching the copycat killer. However, we have another problem. Remember I told you about that e-mail from Abby concerning the typo in my report?
Abby: I didn't send Ducky that e-mail Gibbs.
Ziva: Then who was it from?
Ducky: Presumably someone who wanted us to know we were chasing a copycat killer.
Abby: And there's only one person that could have been.
McGee: The real one.
Gibbs: Show me.
(Ziva and McGee are watching Gibbs and Tony bring in Tony's former boss in handcuffs)
McGee: Can you imagine having to arrest Gibbs?
Ziva: Hah! I would rather arrest my father. And I still might have to, one day, for that matter.
(Discussion between Ziva and McGee regarding Tony's feelings as they head to the fortune cookie shop)
McGee: Look, I'm just saying that I think Tony is more upset than he's letting on.
Ziva: Yes, but he and his partner had not spoken in years.
McGee: Okay, let's say you and I hadn't spoken in years, and I get my throat slit by a serial killer.
Ziva: I would hunt him down, and make him regret the day he was born. You're not just any partner, McGee!
McGee: Neither is Tony.
(During the chase when Tony tackles Gibbs and meets him for the first time)
Tony: Freeze, dirtbag! You can't outrun me; I'm wearing tube socks!
Tony: D.A. says we got enough to get a murder conviction against Lieutenant Floyd.
Price: You came all this way to tell me that?
Tony: Actually, I came all the way here because of what I saw in Floyd's eyes, when you got the drop on him. Something that, I spent the last two days trying to pretend I didn't see.
Price: And what's that?
(Tony is chasing a suspect during a flashback to his Baltimore P.D. days)
Tony: I have a degree in physical education, I played Varsity Basketball at Ohio State! This isn't going to end well for you! Your money laundering days... (Tony gets hit by a car, but climbs back to his feet) ...are over!
Tony: Sears' alibi checks out. He's an IT consultant, but he works part-time as a birthday clown. He was twisting balloon animals for twenty kids when Price was killed.
Ziva: Well that is disturbing.
(During a flashback, Tony is talking to Gibbs over the phone. Gibbs' cell phone rings in the background for the second time)
Gibbs: Ah, I gotta get this one.
Tony: Is that your wife again?
Gibbs: Divorce lawyer.
(In a flashback, Tony is talking to Gibbs over the phone. Gibbs' phone rings in the background)
Tony: You need to get that?
Gibbs: No. My wife.
(At Dao Huang's, McGee and Ziva are surprised to learn that Mr Huang doesn't appear to be of Chinese descent.)
McGee: I'm Agent McGee from NCIS. And this is my partner, Agent David.
McGee: We're looking for Dao Huang.
Huang: Well, you found him.
McGee: Your name is Dao Huang?
Huang: Try looking at a map sometimes, OK? China is right next to Russia. My parents immigrated from Beijing. I was adopted in Kiev. We moved to D.C.
Huang: Is it any stranger than an American with an Irish name? Have you ever been to Ireland?
McGee: I...I have not. It's a very good point, I'm sorry.
(During a flashback to Tony's days as a Baltimore Detective)
Raimey: Alright, now that you kiddies have had your fun, we got some business. First up, we finished the tally and we got this year's winner of the Station House Pool Championship.
Tony: Let me guess, that would be me?
Raimey: As a matter of fact, it is, Anthony.
(Raimey hands him a paper bag)
Tony: Thank you very much! Thank you! Thank you, Major. It is my second year in a row, and it's a, it's a great honor. You're my Lombardi. I thank you.
(Tony looks in the bag)
Tony: Wow. A stapler. Wha, what is that?
Raimey: Mighty Mouse.
Tony: Mighty Mouse?
Raimey: Found it in a garage sale. It's all I can afford on my salary.
Tony: Very sweet of you, sir.
Raimey: Yeah, don't mention it.
(During a flashback to Tony's days as a Baltimore Detective. After a prisoner tries to escape but Tony stops him)
Tony: Everybody, I just want you to know I'm a little disappointed. PCP addicts are Friday night. It's Saturday night, which is hooker night! Where are the hookers?!
(Two prostitutes are brought in)
Sapphire: Hi, Tony!
Tony: I mean the call girls. Hi Sapphire.
Sapphire: When's the big day?
Tony: Er...thanks for those Christmas decorations.
Sapphire: No problem, babe!
(In the squad room, Gibbs holds up a report McGee wrote on the eye ball the Port-to-Port Killer left)
Gibbs: McGee, you write this?
McGee: Er, I did. Why? Is something wrong?
Gibbs: (Reading from the report) 'Retinal scanner uses wave front sensing reflection points.'
Gibbs: 'Correlates the data using a point-spread function.'
Gibbs: 'Rasterizes the pupil'... 'conjugate geometry.'
McGee: Was I too technical?
(Gibbs throws the report in the trash can)
Rocky Carroll is credited but doesn't appear.
Original International Air Dates:
Canada: May 4, 2011 on Global
Australia: May 17, 2011 on Channel Ten
United Kingdom: May 27, 2011 on FX/FX HD
Sweden: September 26, 2011 on TV3
Finland: October 18, 2011 on Nelonen
Spain: October 21, 2011 on LaSexta
Germany: October 30, 2011 on SAT 1
Slovakia: January 19, 2012 on Markiza
Czech Republic: June 25, 2012 on TV Nova
During a flashback, when Tony is quizzing Gibbs about his undercover op, he compliments Gibbs as being very "Donnie Brasco."
Donnie Brasco was the alias for a man named Joseph D. Pistone, an FBI agent who worked undercover for six years to infiltrate the Mafia. In 1997, Johnny Depp played the title role in a movie loosely based on the agent's time undercover.
When Tony's old partner Danny is sitting in the car, opening a fortune cookie, the radio is playing a sports commentary regarding the Orioles shortstop Cal Ripken, Jr. and his retirement that year (2001). The commentators discussed whether or not he'd get into the Hall of Fame based on his streaks or on his stats. Ripken didn't actually get inducted until 2007.
Gibbs: Boy, I got vision and the rest of the world is wearing bifocals.
Tony: Butch Cassidy. Nice!
Butch Cassidy is the titular character in the film Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969). Directed by George Roy Hill, the film tells the story of Wild West outlaws Robert LeRoy Parker, known to history as Butch Cassidy (played by Paul Newman) and his partner Harry Longabaugh, the "Sundance Kid" (played by Robert Redford).
Tony: Where's the PreCrime Unit when you need it? Remember that? In Minority Report? Colin Farrell and Tom Cruise.
Tony refers to the film Minority Report (2002), starring Tom Cruise as a "PreCrime" officer who, with the help of three psychics called "precogs", investigates crimes before they happen. When the precogs supposedly show him committing a crime, he goes on the run, chased by Department of Justice Agent Danny Witwer (played by Colin Farrell), in an attempt to change his future.
Tony: You're my Lombardi. I thank you.
Vince Lombardi (1913-1970) was an American football coach, best known for being the head coach of the Green Bay Packers during the 1960s. The National Football League's Super Bowl trophy is named in his honor.
Tony: Oh, that looks painful. Very Robert Mitchum, 1955, Night of the Hunter.
Robert Mitchum (1917-1997) was an American film actor, largely remembered for his work in film noir. The Night of the Hunter (1955) is a thriller film, based on the novel of the same name, and directed by Charles Laughton, starring Shelley Winters and Lillian Gish. The film draws on the true story of Harry Powers, hanged in 1932 for the murders of two widows and three children in Clarksburg, West Virginia.
Tony: Who'd wanna be a navy cop? I'd rather have the plague.
Tony obviously became an NCIS Agent later, and got the plague in episode 2x22 "SWAK."
Tony: Maybe being a cop isn't for me.
(Gibbs smacks Tony on the head) Did you just physically assault me?
Gibbs: I don't have a lot of rules, but rule number five is 'you don't waste good.' You're good.
With Tony's headslap and Gibbs' rules, this foreshadows what will become a recurring experience for the Tony and the rest of the team.
Pacci: Anything else? I'm going to head to the infirmary. My ulcer's killing me again. I'm telling ya, this stomach's going to be the death of me.
Pacci foreshadows the season one episode "Dead Man Talking", in which he is killed and gutted by a former Commander who was looking for an SD card containing evidence he embezzeled money.
The closing scene in which Tony goes to talk to the NCIS personnel manager, discovers she's an extremely attractive woman, and smiles alludes to the season 1 episode "Hung Out To Dry". In it, Kate asked Tony how he got hired at NCIS and he replied, "I smiled."
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