Season 5 Episode 10

Corporal Punishment

Aired Tuesday 8:00 PM Nov 27, 2007 on CBS



  • Trivia

    • GOOF: When Cpl Werth starts to go into cardiac arrest, the doctor hands Ziva a needle with adrenalin and tells her to administer it to him. Why would the doctor ask a layman to perform this life or death task when he's there himself? Also, it seems strange that he had such a needle filled with the required drug on him, when he said that the Corporal's distress was completely unexpected. A nurse should have responded when Werth's monitor began showing his critical condition, and should have either brought the necessary drug with her, or been ordered by the doctor to retrieve it, and then administer it, if the doctor couldn't.

    • TRIVIA: Silver Star is the fourth highest military decoration that can be awarded to a member of any branch of the United States Armed Forces. It is also the third highest award given for Valor (in the face of the enemy).

  • Quotes

    • Tony: (Tony and McGee watch Ziva give Werth adrenaline) She's pulling a Pulp Fiction!
      McGee: Or the Hulk!

    • Tony: Ziva says she had a feeling. Tell us about that feeling. What was this feeling?
      Ziva: I felt... overwhelmed. Temporarily. Which does not often happen to me. When we were wrestling with Werth. (Tony and McGee look knowingly at each other) What? What is this look?
      McGee: Nothing.
      Tony: You like him.
      Ziva: I thought he was powerful.
      McGee: You really like him.
      Ziva: No, I am saying he's stronger than any man I have ever encountered. But, strength should not decide a battle. There is a weapon for every fight.
      McGee: You itching for a re-match?
      Tony: Wanna roll around on the ground with him some more?
      Ziva: I am trying to describe something... complicated.
      Tony: It's not complicated, Ziva. It's Conan.
      Ziva: It only lasted a moment.
      Tony: You had a moment. A moment! And a feeling and a smack to the head. (Points to himself and then to McGee) A broken nose and a dislocated shoulder. It's been a banner day!
      Gibbs: Easy on the pain killers, DiNozzo.

    • Tony (Talking about his abs): Hard as wood.
      McGee: To match your head.

    • Tony: I've been working on my six pack, you know abs.
      Ziva: Have you and Abby been drinking?

    • McGee: Maybe he's accused of a crime he didn't commit and is trying to promptly escape to the Los Angeles underground.
      Tony: He's not The A-Team, McGee.

    • Tony: If she's [Ziva] got a fault, it's that she cares too much.

    • Tony: What were you having feelings about? You just said you were having feelings.
      Ziva: I said I have feelings, not that I am having feelings.
      McGee: That is a pretty sophisticated grammatical differentiation.
      Tony: Don't change the subject with your big words McNerd.

    • Abby: Oh Tony, I'm so glad you... (Abby steps away from Tony, wincing at the smell) You smell like garbage.
      Tony: Yeah. I know. I was going through Karen Sutherland's trash.
      Ziva: Find anything?
      Tony: She recycles, and composts... Who composts?!

    • Tony: All right listen up people. Our fugitive has been on the run for 90 minutes.
      Ziva: It has been three hours, Tony.
      Tony: Average foot speed over uneven ground, barring injuries, is 4 miles per hour.
      Ziva: He is not on foot, he is in a car.
      Tony: What I need, from each and every one of you, is a hard target search, of every gas station, residence, warehouse, farmhouse, henhouse, outhouse, and doghouse in the area. Our fugitive has a name, and it is...
      (Gibbs and McGee walk up behind Tony)
      Gibbs: Corporal Damon Werth.
      McGee: Hey, the Tommy Lee Jones speech, every time we have a fugitive, really?

    • McGee: They gave him painkillers.
      Ziva: Oh...
      Tony: My fingers are fing-ing...

    • McGee: No, I'm good. I got the one arm. Thank you.
      Tony: (on meds) Maybe it was you McGee, the one armed man.

    • Tony: When you're dealing with a guy on the run you got to climb inside his head, think his thoughts. What would he do? Where would he go?
      McGee: Did a one armed man murder his wife?

    • McGee: You know that's how Houdini died.
      Tony: Ziva, did you kill Houdini?
      Ziva: It is possible. I do not remember all their names.

    • Tony: (hyped on meds) I thought it was one of those vets we met at the Walter Reed Hospital.
      McGee: Wrong case Tony.
      Tony: Do we even have a case? We already got the guy! What are we doing? (raises fingers to temples) What did we miss? (pause) What's happening?
      (Ziva looks at McGee questionably)
      McGee: They gave him painkillers.
      Ziva: Oh.

    • Gibbs: There is no such thing as an ex-Marine.

    • Gibbs: All you care about is selling the war.
      Vincent: You don't support the war?
      Gibbs: I support the men fighting it.

    • Sutherland: You could have just asked nicely.
      Gibbs: This is nicely!

    • Ziva: Do any of your ideas come from reality?
      Tony: Sure, just not your reality.

    • Vincent: You need to work faster, this could be a PR disaster.
      Gibbs: (Sarcastically) That's always my primary concern.

    • Gibbs: Escaped mental patient.
      McGee: Exactly what I'm thinking Boss.

  • Notes

    • Original International Airdates:
      Denmark: February 19, 2008 on TV3
      Germany: May 4, 2008 on SAT 1
      The Netherlands: May 14, 2008 on Veronica
      Sweden: May 18, 2008 on TV3
      Australia: May 27, 2008 on TEN
      United Kingdom: July 20, 2008 on FX UK
      New Zealand: August 17, 2008 on TV3
      Italy: October 26, 2008 on RAI 2
      Spain: November 21, 2008 on La Sexta
      Hungary: March 2, 2009 on TV2
      Slovakia: September 3, 2009 on Markiza
      Finland: November 3, 2009 on Nelonen
      Czech Republic: March 8, 2010 on TV Nova

  • Allusions

    • The last name of the doctor in the episode is De La Casa. Since the doctor is Hispanic, and "casa" is Spanish for "house," the doctor's name is evidently an allusion to the character played by Hugh Laurie on Fox's TV drama House, a well as a play on the phrase "is there a doctor in the house."

    • The title, "Corporal Punishment", is the purposeful disciplining of someone with pain for any wrong doings, bad behavior or attitude. The expression commonly alludes to hitting them with an instrument in judicial, educational or domestic settings.

    • McGee (To Tony): You know that's how Houdini died.

      Harry Houdini (1874-1926) was a famous magician known for escaping handcuffs and a tank full of water while hanging upside-down. It's commonly believed that Houdini died from being punched in the stomach before he could prepare for the stunt. He did give permission to a McGill University student (J. Gordon Whitehead) to punch him in the stomach (claiming he could take blows above the waist without any injuries), but the student started to punch him before Houdini had time to make preparations by tightening his stomach muscles. However, this is not actually why he died. Days before this stunt even occurred, he was diagnosed with appendicitis though he refused medical treatment. It's been stated that even if the stunt never took place he would have died anyway due to the lack of medical treatment.

    • Tony: Werth goes off the reservation, the cops are circling the hospital and then someone amps his machine up to eleven?

      This is an allusion to This Is Spinal Tap, from 1984, in which a rock band has special amps made with an extra eleventh volume level.

    • Tony refers to McGee as "the one armed man." In the movie The Fugitive, Dr. Richard Kimble's wife was murdered by a one armed man.

    • Tony: He's not The A-Team, McGee.

      The A-Team, airing from 1983 to 1987, is a TV show starring four Vietnam vets who were framed for a crime they didn't commit, so they helped the innocent while on the run from the military. Starring George Peppard, Dwight Schultz, Mr. T and Dirk Benedict.

    • Tony: Would he dress up like a clown and join the circus like Jimmy Stewart in The Greatest Show on Earth?

      The Greatest Show on Earth, from 1952, is a movie about dramatic lives of trapeze artists, a clown, and an elephant trainer against a background of circus spectacle. It starred Charlton Heston and James Stewart.

    • McGee: ...this is number fourteen it's the first appearance of the Sabretooth.

      Sabretooth is a comic book character in the Marvel Comics universe. Created by writer Chris Claremont and artist/co-writer John Byrne, he first appeared in Iron Fist #14 (Aug. 1977). He's an arch-enemy of the X-Men's Wolverine. His alter ego is Sr. Graydon "Victor" Creed. His abilities are regenerative healing factor, superhuman senses, strength, stamina, speed, agility, reflexes, coordination, balance, and endurance, psychic resistance to telepathic detection and manipulation.

    • Tony: Come on, Iron Fist, hit me with your best shot.

      Iron Fist is a comic book superhero in the Marvel Comics universe. Created by Roy Thomas and Gil Kane, he first appeared in Marvel Premiere #15 (May 1974). His Alter ego is Daniel Thomas Rand-K'ai. He is a member of the group New Avengers, his abilities are The Iron Fist, a concentration of his chi in his fist, healing ability, master martial artist.

    • Tony: All right listen up people. Our fugitive has been on the run for 90 minutes... Average foot speed over uneven ground, barring injuries, is 4 miles per hour... What I need, from each and every one of you, is a hard target search, of every gas station, residence, warehouse, farmhouse, henhouse, outhouse, and doghouse in the area. Our fugitive has a name, and it is...

      This is the speech that Tommy Lee Jones gives in the 1993 movie The Fugitive. Tony also quoted it in the first season episode "UnSEALed." References to a One-Armed Man also allude to this film.

    • DiNozzo: Werth's swiss-cheesed brain means he can't name the mad scientist.

      Reference to the TV series Quantum Leap in which the protagonist Sam Beckett (Scott Bakula) leads an experiment in which he received severe amnesia often referred to as "having a swiss-cheesed brain". Quantum Leap was also created by the NCIS creator Donald P. Bellisario.

    • DiNozzo: She's pulling a Pulp Fiction.

      Reference to the scene from, the 1994 Quentin Tarantino movie, Pulp Fiction in which Vincent Vega (John Travolta) administers an adrenaline shot to Mia's (Uma Thurman) heart, after she has taken an overdose.

    • McGee: Someone turned Damon Werth into Captain America.

      Captain America is a fictional comic book superhero published by Marvel Comics. Captain America is the alter ego of Steve Rogers, a sickly young man who was given enhanced strength and reflexes by an experimental serum in order to aid the United States war effort.

    • Ziva: She's worked for Doctors without Borders...

      Doctors Without Borders (official name: Médecins Sans Frontières) is a secular humanitarian-aid non-governmental organization best known for its projects in war-torn regions and developing countries facing endemic disease.

    • Tony: I feel like James Bond walking through Q's laboratory.

      James Bond is a British agent created by Ian Fleming. Q is a fictional character in the James Bond novels and films. Q (standing for Quartermaster), like M, is a job title rather than a name. He is the head of Q Branch (or later Q Division), the fictional research and development division of the British Secret Service.

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