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Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs
Special Agent Kate Todd
Special Agent Tony DiNozzo
Forensics Specialist Abby Sciuto
Special Agent Tim McGee
Chief M.E. Ducky Mallard
ZNN Reporter Cindy Ames
Asst. M.E. Jimmy Palmer
TRIVIA: This episode marks McGee completing a trifecta of breaking into a house with the third and final partner of the original cast, this time with Gibbs. The first time was with Tony, who threw a rock through the window (Season 1, Episode 7), and the second was with Kate who climbed into a second story window (Season 2, Episode 1). This time, Gibbs is using lock picking tools to get into the house.
GOOF: When Ducky notices the "evidence of a hairline fracture on the frontal lobe of the skull" and says that it's consistant with most vehicle accidents, and possibly from contact with the steering column. There are a couple problems. The BRAIN has lobes, the skull does not. Rather it has a frontal BONE.
TRIVIA: The studio shown when DiNozzo and Gibbs go to visit the set of the psychic, Saleena Lockheart, is actually the NCIS studio itself.
TRIVIA: When Monroe Cooper is signing the book for McGee, the picture of the author inside the book jacket is that of NCIS creator Donald P. Bellisario.
Gibbs: Never believe what you see on TV.
Gibbs: Your speakers are broken.
Abby: Oh Gibbs. That was my favorite part of the song!
Gibbs: Correction. Your ears are broken.
Palmer: Did you meet any of his wives?
Ducky: I introduced him to the last one.
Palmer: Really? What went wrong?
Ducky: Well, it's difficult to say, Mr. Palmer. She doesn't talk to me anymore.
Gibbs: (to Saleena the psychic after he saves her from being shot) Didn't see that one coming, did you?
Cooper: I have a policy, Agent Gibbs. You share information with me, and I share it with you. Have a deal?
Gibbs: That kind of goes against my policy, Cooper.
Cooper: Which is?
Gibbs: Throw people in jail who obstruct my investigations.
Tony: Why don't we just drag McAllister in for questioning, boss?
Gibbs: Because his lawyers make more in one hour than you make all week.
Tony: Ah, that's an excellent point. So, you're saying that I deserve a raise.
Tony: I wouldn't have believed it if I hadn't seen it myself.
Kate: Seen what?
Tony: Kate Todd acting like a high school girl with a crush.
Kate: Oh, he's not a murderer, Tony.
Tony: I'm sorry, were you using a new NCIS magical murderer detector back there?
Kate: My gut!
Tony: Heh, if you were a guy I'd say you were using...
Kate: Don't even say it if you want to live.
Abby: Hey Kate, I got something for ya! (Comes out from under car, holding a fish). I think it's one of your old boyfriends. (Kate laughs and takes a photo)
Tony: (Laughs) Haha! You get it? It's a cold fish...(Kate glares)
Tony: So because I grew up with money, that somehow makes me bad. Very deep.
Kate: Well, it's better than having to work every day, like I had to.
Tony: Listen, you think money makes life easier, huh? Everything was just a big old cakewalk for little Anthony DiNozzo? Tell me, Kate, 'cause I really want to know.
Kate: I'm sorry, Tony. I didn't mean anything by it.
Tony: 'Cause you want to know the answer to your question? Yes, money makes a huge difference, huge. I miss it every single day of my life, so much it makes me want to cry.
Kate: You're pathetic.
Tony: It's part of my charm.
Abby: The bullet entry into the side of the door is as obvious as Anna Nicole's implants.
Abby: You know married that old guy, had a TV show, got fat, got thin, got fat, got thin, fat, thin.
Tony: Kind of like Anna Nicole.
Gibbs: That's what I said.
Cooper: (to Kate) OK to smoke in here, sweetheart?
Kate: Do you always work on your own planes, Mr. McAllister?
Tom McAllister: Whenever I can find time in my busy social schedule down at the club, Agent Todd.
(looking at the book McGee is holding)
Tony: Celebrity P.I. Never heard of it. No.
McGee: I'm not surprised you never heard of it, there's no pictures in it.
Ducky: Do you suspect foul play?
Gibbs: Well, you know me, Ducky... I suspect everything.
Ducky: That's an admirable trait in an investigator. And also the reason your three marriages ended in divorce.
Gibbs: Oh yeah? All these years I thought it was because I was a bastard.
Ducky: Well, of course that didn't help.
Tony (when McAllister said about to have a dinner with Kate in New York): New York? I love New York!
Kate: It's a small plane, Tony.
McCallister: Maybe next time.
(Tony looks a little bit sad)
McGee (trying to open the door): Boss, it's locked.
Gibbs: Yeah, McGee, it's kind of a point to have a door.
Kate: So, how do I look?
Kate: What do you mean "Ah"?
Tony: Ah, you look fine!
Cooper: Heard about me?
Gibbs: No, it's on your card.
(About Tony and herself to one of Tony's ex's)
Kate: Yeah... we've been married for a few years now.
Cooper: The McAllister family has more skeletons than a North Korean prison camp.
(The car hits a bump and McGee falls back)
Kate: You know we really should get a seatbelt back there.
(Tony reaches between Kate's legs)
Kate: Hey! What the hell are you doing?
Tony: Looking for my fork.
Kate: (Hits him) Well, I can guarantee you won't find it there.
Tony: Ha-ha, you know what movie this reminds me of Kate?
Kate: The Wizard of Oz?
Abby: I'll get you my pretty.
Tony: No, I meant the one they make you watch in high school, thirty minutes of cops pulling dead teenagers out of car wrecks.
Abby: Oh my God! I love those: Blood on the Highway, Drink, Drive, Die. I keep hoping they're going to release them on DVD.
Gibbs: Special Agents...
Saleena: Gibbs and DiNozzo from...uh... NCIS. How may I help you?
Gibbs: You're the psychic, you tell me?
Saleena: Brian McAllister, you found his remains in Black Lake.
Tony: Wow she's good, Boss.
Gibbs: It's on the news DiNozzo.
Gibbs: Well good, call him. You're having dinner with him tonight.
Kate: What if he says no?
Tony: Oh the way he was looking at you, I think you're gonna be the one saying no.
Kate: Is he even here or should we stop at a country club or something?
Original International Airdates:
Croatia: November 10, 2005 on NOVA TV
Finland: April 21, 2007 on Nelonen
France: September 30, 2005 on M6
Germany: November 10, 2005 on SAT.1
Sweden: June 19, 2005 on TV3
Denmark: January 25, 2005 on TV3
This episode is also known under the title The Deserter.
McGee: He's a cross between Columbo and Sherlock Holmes.
Columbo and Sherlock Holmes are two famous fictional detectives. The first one is the main character of a popular TV series played by Peter Falk, while the other is the main character of a popular novel series that has transcended into radio, TV and movies, having been portrayed by numerous actors, with the most famous being Basil Rathbone and Robert Downey Jr. Though both characters are detectives, Columbo is a modern day detective that works for the LA police, where Sherlock is more of a private detective, living in England during the late Victorian era. As a result the two have different personalities, appearances and methods to solving their cases. The character Monroe Cooper also appears to resemble Columbo in appearance.
Ducky: (holding up McAllister's skull) Alas, poor Yorick.
This is a famous quote from Shakespeare's play Hamlet, in which Prince Hamlet holds aloft the skull of the jester Yorick who had been his close friend when he was a boy.
Tony: Whatever you say, Spongebob.
Said to McGee as he walks away wearing hip waders. This is a reference to the children TV show Spongebob Squarepants, the main character of which wears square, brown pants much like the hip waders.
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