Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs
Special Agent Tony DiNozzo
Mossad Agent Ziva David
Forensics Specialist Abby Sciuto
Special Agent Tim McGee
Director Jenny Shepard
Navy Cmdr. William Skinner
Navy Lt. Sean Ferris
GOOF: The iPod that is still playing, has a tracklist of 1 song and the repeat function isn't turned on. Which mean that the iPod would have had to been turned on 29 seconds before Tony picks it up, and couldn't have been playing since the crew left the ship.
GOOF: As the team is speeding away from the Chimera in the assault boat, McGee mispronounces the word "nuclear" as "Nukular". It is highly unlikely that someone as technically precise as McGee would make this mistake, unless he is intentionally being humorous, maybe mimicking a certain president.
TRIVIA: Steven Culp had previously appeared on many episodes of JAG as CIA agent Clayton Webb. NCIS is a spin-off from JAG, also created by Donald P. Bellisario. Several other actors have crossed over the two series, but in different roles. It would appear that despite starting in the same universe the two shows have gone their separate ways.
Tony: If you want, Ziva, I can check you for spots.
Ziva: No, thanks.
Tony: I'm sure you've got hot spots and warm spots...
Cmdr Skinner: (referring to the Chimera's mission) We're just trying to get our hands on the next generation of biological weaponry before our enemies do.
Jenny: Do you file that under 'deception' or 'hypocrisy'?
Tony: So you think they named this ship the Chimera because there's a monster on board?
Ziva: They did not name it the Puppy!
Tony: I'm dying, McGee.
McGee: (rolling his eyes) You know, the last time you were dying of a horrible disease, you were a little bit more stoic about the whole thing.
Tony: I was younger then. Carefree.
McGee: It was two years ago.
Tony: Last time I almost died, someone blew up my car! So I've almost died twice and this is the third time. Bad stuff happen in threes and I'm out of 'almosts'! (McGee turns to face him) I'm telling you man, this time I'm dying. I know it!
McGee: Okay, but, until you are actually dead, can you please help me fix this thing?!
Abby: You guys okay?
McGee: Oh yeah, yeah, we're peachy. I am dealing with my boat phobia, Tony is dealing with his rat phobia, and Ziva is dealing with her ghost phobia.
Abby: So, what's Gibbs dealing with?
(Gibbs pushes McGee aside)
(as the lights go out throughout the ship)
Tony: Oh goody, double jeopardy.
McGee: Oh jeez.
Ducky: Oh dear.
Jenny: Oh crap.
(Tony hits Ziva with a spitball)
Ziva: Don't you have paperwork, DiNozzo?
Tony: What do you think I'm doing? I take the paper, and I make it work.
Tony: Just the cook? Yeah that's what Steven Seagal said in Under Siege, and look at the havoc he wreaked. Huh? What about the Hunt for Red October? The saboteur was the cook. (Gibbs looks at him) I'm sorry boss. I'm just saying that, you know, just because he says he's the cook doesn't mean he's less potentially guilty. He could have slipped poison into Takada's food.
McGee: Abby. Abby. Abby.
Abby: McGee, you shouldn't sneak up on people like that.
McGee: What the hell is that noise?
Abby: Brain Matter.
McGee: I love them.
Tony: (singing) Baa Baa black ship have you any wool? Yes sir. Yes sir, but in order to see it you're going to need top secret government clearance.
(after finding a room full of scientific equipment)
Tony: Hmm. I guess you can't judge a black ship by its wool.
Gibbs: The ship was abandoned.
Ducky: In a hurry it would seem.
Gibbs: Too much of a hurry to send a mayday?
Ducky: Now, now Jethro. No questions above your pay level.
Ziva: So this is the highly sophisticated top secret ship.
Tony: Looks more like an old tramp steamer. I suppose they were trying to look inconspicuous, hoping to be left alone.
McGee: Can it get any more alone than this?
Tony: Oh, I get it boss. It's a black ship.
Ziva: Black sheep?
Tony: No. They don't exist.
Ziva: Oh, I've seen black sheep.
Tony: No. I said black ship not sheep. Clearly the U.S. Navy is still intent on pulling the wool over the eyes of the American people.
McGee: Every room is empty.
Ziva: It's like the entire crew disappeared.
Tony: Welcome aboard the U.S. N.S. Houdini.
Jenny: Can we get any closer?
Skinner: I'm sure we can.
Jenny: (to Cmdr. Skinner) You can cut the charm. Higher-ranking, richer, and definitely better-looking men have tried and failed.
Tony: You ever see Run Silent, Run Deep?
Gibbs: The run silent part sounds good.
(Tony is describing how he'd hoped to meet his demise the way one of several movie characters met theirs)
Gibbs: Or like Charlie Chaplin in The Gold Rush.
Tony: How'd he die?
(The team hears a noise above them.)
McGee: Could be a rat.
Ziva: Would have to be an awfully big one.
Tony: Or a ghost.
Gibbs: Are you done?
Tony: Done... searching the ship? We could always search it again.
Ducky: Where's my blood analysis, DiNozzo?
Tony: I'm working on it, Ducky. It may be the last thing I do.
Ducky: Let's hope not.
Abby: Of course, blood that's passed through so much GI tract has very a particular smell. (Tony takes a big whiff) But since this guy may have died from a highly contagious virus, whatever you do, don't inhale it.
Tony: We're not good.
Gibbs: Hey, you okay, DiNozzo?
Tony: Not for long.
Tony: Abby, where's the gas chromata-thinga?
Abby: It's the box looking thing, with the circular door-like thing on the front.
Ziva: We've been through almost every room on this ship.
Gibbs: Almost only counts in hand grenades and horseshoes.
McGee: Please don't say that again.
Tony: What... tossed?
McGee: No... creamed corn.
Ducky: You were right, Ziva. There is someone on board.
Ziva: Not him. There's someone alive. I can feel it.
Tony: A lion-headed dragon goat?
McGee: Scared much, DiNozzo?
Tony: Stuff it, McBarfbag.
Gibbs: Where's McGee?
Tony: (standing outside the head) Calling Earl... shouting groceries... making street pizza... technicolor yawn...
Ziva: Deck lights are on.
Gibbs: Nobody's home.
Ziva: How did they know that we were off the ship?
Gibbs: I don't think they did.
Tony: Well, this moment's perfect, all we need now is a storm (Ship suddenly lurches).
McGee: And, ah, I, I've got...
Abby: (Shows McGee her bracelet) Some people wear these spikey things just for show. I don't.
McGee: I've got nothing better to do than, than, to see...
Gibbs: A dead body McGee?
McGee: You read my mind boss.
Tony: It's a quick read.
McGee: (to Abby) Take a brain check? Sorry.
Tony: Yes Alex, I'll take horror films that take place on ships for five hundred. (Lights go out) Oh goody, double jeopardy.
Tony: Steady probie.
McGee: Tell that to my stomach.
(Tony bends down to height of McGee's stomach)
Tony: Steady probie's stomach.
(McGee has just thrown up)
McGee: Found something.
Tony: Lost something too.
Original International Air Dates:
Denmark: January 8, 2008 on TV3
Germany: April 6, 2008 on SAT 1
The Netherlands: April 16, 2008 on Veronica
Sweden: April 20, 2008 on TV3
Australia: April 29, 2008 on Ten
United Kingdom: June 22, 2008 on FX UK
Italy: October 5, 2008 on RAI 2
Spain: October 24, 2008 on La Sexta
The Middle East: November 26, 2008 on MBC action
Hungary: February 2, 2009 on TV2
Finland: May 5, 2009 on Nelonen
Slovakia: August 6, 2009 on Markiza
Czech Republic: February 8, 2010 on TV Nova
Tony: Baa baa black ship, have you any wool?
Tony: It's just me, boss, and Ben.
This could be an allusion to the Michael Jackson song "Ben." Ben was Michael Jackson's very special rat.
Tony: This is the third time and bad stuff happens in threes and I'm out of almosts. I'm telling you man, this time I'm dying. I know it.
There are two other times that Tony almost dies that he alludes to in this quote. The first time was when he contracted pnuemonic plague in episode 2x22 "SWAK." The second time was in episode 5x01 "Bury Your Dead" when his car blew up and the team thought he was in it. The exploding car, however, could be referring to episode 2x23, "Twilight," where he's caught in an explosion from a car shortly after recovering from the plague.
Run Silent Run Deep, from 1958, stars Clark Gable and Burt Lancaster in an epic fight between two submarines and their crews.
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, from 1969, is a movie about two bank/train robbers that flee to Bolivia to escape the law. Paul Newman stars as Butch Cassidy and Robert Redford stars as the Sundance Kid.
The Hunt for Red October, from 1990, stars Sean Connery as Captain Ramius, a Russian who tries to defect to the USA with a nuclear submarine in an attempt to prevent a nuclear war on the USA.
Under Siege, from 1992, is a movie staring Steven Seagal as a former SEAL, turned cook, who is the only one who can stop a group of terrorists when they take control of a US Navy battleship.
Tony: I always figured I go out like Cagney in White Heat, a firey explosion...
White Heat, from 1949, is a movie starring James Cagney as Cody Jarrett, a psychopathic criminal with a mommy complex who escapes from jail.
Tony: Yes Alex: I'll take horror films that take place on ships for five hundred. Thank you. (the lights turn off) Oh Goody! Double Jeopardy!
Jeopardy is a game show where you are given the answer and you have to come up with the question. Alex Trebek is the host of the television game show. It was created by Merv Griffin.
Tony: I used to love rats, before the plague. I was a regular Willard.
When Tony mentions the plague he is referencing NCIS episode 2x22 "SWAK" where Tony gets the plague after opening an envelope. The second reference is to the character Willard Stiles from the movie Willard. Willard (1971, 2003) was about a social misfit who used his connection with rats to take revenge on the people who made fun of him.
Tony: Welcome aboard the U.S. N.S. Houdini.
This is a reference to Harry Houdini (1874-1926), one of the most famous magicians. The reference most likely refers to Houdini's vanishing elephant trick. Houdini starred in movies, and has had countless biographies written about him.
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