Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs
Special Agent Tony DiNozzo
Mossad Agent Ziva David
Forensics Specialist Abby Sciuto
Special Agent Tim McGee
Chief M.E. Ducky Mallard
TRIVIA: The photo of the woman in Bikini in the house where DiNozzo is admiring Ferris Bueller's Day Off poster is also used as the one in the Medical examiners poster in season six episode "Agent Afloat" where DiNozzo has a "hunch" about why the ME would prefer talking to Ziva.
GOOF: When McGee realizes that the killer had access to the carbon ribbon tapes from his typewriter and he places the tapes of Ziva's desk; you can see that they only really contain jargon letters which quickly give the impression of what McGee has written. In Actuality, the carbon ribbon tape includes phrases like, "GLmglSHo5xHJTEOWThyCORT..."
TRIVIA: McGee's typewriter is an antique manual which used a multi-use cloth carbon ribbon. This ribbon ran back and forth until no longer producing a sufficiently black image. The single use carbon film ribbon shown in this episode and capable of clear impressions of the typed words was only available with more modern, electric typewriters, such as the IBM Selectric.
TRIVIA: Ziva tells Tony that McGee got her character of Lisa all wrong in his book, mentioning that Lisa always carried a memento of a past lover of hers who died. This is either Ziva's way of trying to make light of her continuing to wear the orange cap of Lt. Roy Sanders, who she had feelings for before he died so she can maintain her tough assassin persona around Tony, or else she psychologically does not realize how often she has been wearing the cap.
GOOF: The address on Adrian Corbett's driver's license is exactly the same as Marilyn Torrance's in the episode "Skeletons." The same font was used to create both signatures as well.
TRIVIA: Pauley Perrette, playing Abby got to re-live her bar-tending days during a scene in this episode that had her mixing drinks, throwing bottles in the air causing the reference to Coyote Ugly. Edit: However, in the DVD commentary, Pauley has never spun bottles while she bartended, citing that it existed only between "rival gangs." In fact, she has a trainer to teach her how to spin bottles.
TRIVIA: The cafe in the beginning of the episode that McGee refers to as "his" cafe where he works on ideas for his book is the same cafe from season 1 when Gibbs grilled Kate Todd about creating a profile about Ari.
TRIVIA: The drink that was present at the first murder scene (that was created by McGee for his new book) is made of: Jägermeister, cherry soda, vanilla vodka, lemon juice, and a splash of Tabasco sauce.
TRIVIA: When McGee is typing on the typewriter with Tony trying to find the killer, he types "He loomed ove me like a grotesque clown of..." when he clearly meant to spell 'over'.
Landon: You set a wedding date yet?
Tony: The guest list is full.
Ziva: Maybe we should spitball ideas and see what sticks. (McGee and Tony stare.) What? Did I get it wrong?
Tony: No, you got that one right.
Gibbs: Nice of you to join us, DiNozzo.
Tony: I thought I was gaining ground. He had a very unorthodox running style.
Tony: What makes you think we're looking for a psychopath?
Crawshaw: Don't you read crime novels? There's always a psychopath.
(McGee puts on an old record)
McGee: It's jazz, it helps me clear my mind.
(Tony shakes his head)
Tony: Coltrane is jazz, McGee, this is the soundtrack to a bad 70's porno shot in the San Fernando Valley.
McGee: I'm just trying to re-enact every detail of my writing process here, okay?
Tony: (holding his ears) I'm sorry did you say something, my ears are bleeding and I can't.. I can't... (McGee turns the record off) Thank you.
(Ziva sniffs a cocktail she found in the kitchen)
Ziva: Urgh, if smells could kill, I think we just found our murder weapon.
Ziva: Well, McGee feels bad enough.
Tony: Only makes it worse that he admitted it.
Ziva: Was no secret he was writing about us.
Tony: Oh, come on, it's not about us. I mean the whole part about Lisa and her broken heart?
Ziva: And the memento she keeps from a relationship that never had a chance to happen?
Tony: Yeah. Where's he gettin' that? Or the scene between Lisa and Tommy where they pour out their hearts to each other and spill their secrets?
Ziva: (laughs) When he tries to explain the profound nature of his identity crisis?
Tony: Yeah, I mean the hidden struggle between who he is and what he's becoming? I don't even know what that is.
Ziva: Yeah, totally unrealistic.
Tony: Would never happen.
Gibbs: You figure it out McGee. You write the ending to this or the killer will.
McGee: I like my typewriter.
Tony: But it doesn't like you. It's a classic tale of an unrequited love between a boy and his machine.
McGee: The blood starts at the ping pong table.
Tony: Beer pong.
Tony: Oh, this is tragic. Don't tell me you've never played beer pong before, Probie.
McGee: Nope. Never.
Tony: What did you do at MIT?
Tony: That figures.
Tony: What d'ya call that?
Gibbs: Running. I think.
Tony: What d'ya have Abbs?
Abby: Three hours sleep.
Gibbs: How many more characters did you base on real people? (McGee doesn't answer) Hey! How many! (the team stares at him)
McGee: ... Just the team. You, Tony, Ziva, everybody. (he turns to Tony) You happy Tony, I finally admitted it. I based both my novels on you guys.
Ducky: From what I hear Timothy, in your next novel, LJ Tibbs has a love interest, (Gibbs turns and stares at McGee) yes, I hear that it's an Army-
McGee: Ducky I don't think we need to talk about that-
Gibbs: Army what... McGee?
McGee: Uh, Lieutenant. (Gibbs stares at him disbelievingly).. Colonel. Lieutenant Colonel. (Gibbs grins)
McGee: Okay, I've told you before, the book is not about you guys.
Tony: No, of course not! It's about Special Agent... Tommy.
Ziva: And, Officer Lisa.
Tony: And... L.J. Tibbs!
Tony: No you may not use me to get over your writer's block.
Ziva: McGee has writer's block?
McGee: No, McGee does not!
Ziva: Just do what you did last time... write about us!
(Tony is reading the draft of McGee's third novel)
Tony: (holds up one finger while reading) .....nnnnnnn... Done!
Tony: I am confused.
Abby: Forensic specialist Amy, she fell in love with a gay guy, Gibbs.
Gibbs: Is that why I'm here?
Gibbs: Then Amy is on her own.
Abby: Did you know it's a bad idea to flush voodoo dolls down the toilet?
Tony: I do now.
Gibbs: Are you okay, Abbs?
Abby: With all the bad guys after me, I feel like I'm dating Spiderman.
Tony: Ah! I am using muscles I didn't even know I had! No wonder you're stuck at chapter six.
Tony: Ziva's right, Probie, it's not your fault, but if you even think about writing a third novel, I'll kill you.
Ziva: When Abby finds out who her character really fell in love with, you will already be dead.
Abby: Where's Gibbs?
Ziva: Chomping out McGee.
Tony: You mean chewing.
Ziva: McGee, you look like you saw a goat.
McGee: Huh? Oh, you mean ghost.
McGee: Works to live and lives to party. Ahem, his CO's words.
McGee: I don't think it's the reason for my... (pauses)
Tony: Were you going to say 'writer's block'?
Donald P. Bellisario; the creator of NCIS is featured in the portrait to the left of Tom E. Gemcity in the Publishers office.
Original International Airdates:
Denmark: April 24, 2007 on TV3
Australia: July 3, 2007 on TEN
United Kingdom: August 21, 2007 on FX UK
Spain: August 23, 2007 on La Sexta
The Netherlands: October 17, 2007 on Veronica
Germany: October 21, 2007 on SAT 1
Italy: November 4, 2007 on RAI 2
Brazil: January 11, 2008 on AXN
Hungary: October 13, 2008 on TV2
Finland: February 17, 2009 on Nelonen
Slovakia: June 22, 2009 on Markiza
Czech Republic: November 23, 2009 on TV Nova
Lauren Holly is credited but doesn't appear.
Mark Harmon, Lauren Holly, and Jayne Brook all starred in Chicago Hope. Jayne Brook appeared on CH from the first to the fifth season. Mark Harmon joined the show from the third season to the sixth season, Lauren Holly in the sixth.
When criticizing McGee's choice of jazz, Tony says, "...Coltrane is jazz." John Coltrane is a legend in the world of Jazz. He was an innovative saxophone player c. 1940-60.
When the team witnesses Abby's bartending skills, Tony says, "Coyote Ugly, Piper Perabo..." Coyote Ugly was a movie released in 2000 about a bar in New York City in which the ladies who tend bar use a similar technique. Piper Perabo is the name of the actress who played Violet Sanford, the lead character in the movie.
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