Season 8 Episode 5

Dead Air

Aired Tuesday 8:00 PM Oct 19, 2010 on CBS



  • Trivia

    • GOOF: The victims in the radio station were hit by five bullets in quick succession -- one for the board operator, one for the Commander, and three for Adam Gator, for a total of five shots. However, the Remington 7400 only holds four rounds, and the gun that was taken out of the back of the SUV did not have a spare magazine attached. However, it could have already had the first round chambered.

    • GOOF: At the end of the episode, Ziva picks up a discarded baseball on the field to toss, presumably dropped during the scramble to escape the explosion. However, it was a girl's softball game that was being played -- the ball should have been softball, not a baseball.

    • GOOF: When Abby brings up the news article about Haskill's wife, the headline reads "Woman Killed In Home Invastion Shooting." That should read "Invasion" instead of "Invastion."

  • Quotes

    • (watching undercover Ziva bait suspect from car)
      Tony: How's Miss America doing? Who's she supposed to be again, anyway?
      McGee: She's playing herself, Tony. From five years ago, before she started at NCIS?
      Tony: Sassy, rogue Mossad agent. Sometimes I miss that little minx...
      McGee: Eh, it's only temporary until we find out what our suburban terrorists are planning.
      Tony: (watching through binoculars) ... she's not doing a very good job. Her body language is all wrong. Classic Ziva would have been more reckless; hair would have been more... wild. She was... very sexual then.
      McGee: You think Ziva's less sexual now?
      Tony: Compared to the Ziva I shared a bed with five years ago... Yeah.
      McGee: Yeah, but you guys were undercover... I mean, you were just putting on a show! (looks to Tony when he does not respond; Tony instead only stares with a yearning, reminiscent sort of look at Ziva) You were putting on a show, right?
      (Tony clears his throat loudly)

    • (Tony gulps down Caf-Pow for his sore throat)
      Abby: Just let the cherry ethol propenate coat your throat... You'll be okay.
      Tony: (grimacing) Wow... I forgot how strong this stuff is!

    • (Ziva tackles Tony to protect him from a bomb, ending up on top a la "Boxed In"-style)
      Tony: This is nice... I miss the old Ziva.
      Ziva: I can tell.
      Tony: Don't flatter yourself... That's just my knee.

    • Ducky: (about his throat, to Tony) However, to prevent further damage, I suggest that you refrain from talking for the next 24 hours. I understand it won't be easy.
      Ziva: But we certainly look forward to seeing you try.
      Ducky: (sarcastically) Yeah, well, let's hope there are no movie references that require your edification. I'd hate for your ego to write a check your body can't cash.

    • McGee: Who needs the radio when you got the internet?
      Gibbs: People who don't have the internet.

    • Ziva: (about Tony and McGee's agreement) I do not know which is more disturbing - the fact that you both agree on something, or that McGee is a fan of a sport.

    • (Tony testing Deter for bomb chemicals)
      Tony: Congratulations, I think you're pregnant!
      Deter: (sarcastically) Awesome.

  • Notes

    • Rocky Carroll is credited but doesn't appear.

    • Original International Airdates:
      Canada: October 19, 2010 on Global
      Australia: November 16, 2010 on Channel Ten
      United Kingdom
      : November 19, 2010 on FX/FX HD
      Sweden: December 14, 2010 on TV3
      Norway: January 4, 2011 on TV3
      Spain: February 11, 2011 on LaSexta
      Germany: March 13, 2011 on SAT 1
      Finland: April 12, 2011 on Nelonen
      Slovakia: August 24, 2011 on Markiza
      Czech Republic: January 30, 2012 on TV Nova

    • Guest star George Newbern previously worked with series regulars Mark Harmon (Gibbs) and Rocky Carroll (Vance) on TV drama Chicago Hope.

  • Allusions

    • Tony: He seemed more like Ward Cleaver than Bin Laden.

      Reference to the genial father character played by Hugh Beaumont in the TV sitcom Leave It To Beaver, from 1957-1963. Bin Laden refers to Osama Bin Laden, the founder of the terrorist group Al-Qaeda.

    • Ziva: I find it hard to believe that anyone would risk this slice of cherry pie to become criminals!
      Tony: (reflecting) Oh, I don't know - Arlington Road, with Tim Robbins. The so-called Harvard militia's in Urban Legend ...
      Gibbs: Urban legends did not murder three people.
      Tony: Urban Legend was a movie with Rebecca Gayheart... rawr!

      References to two movies: Arlington Road is a 1999 movie staring Tim Robbins as a suspected terrorist living in suburbia near Washington, DC; while Urban Legend is a 1998 low-budget film that featured a killer who used urban legends of killings as a blueprint for planning the deaths of his victims. Also, Rebecca Gayheart appeared with Michael Weatherly on the ABC soap Loving.

    • Ducky: (reflectively) I remember as a child listening to my favorite radio program, Dick Barton, Special Agent (chuckling). "The Man In Black -- Mystery, Intrigue and Suspense!"

      References to two radio programs popular in Britain in the late 40s and early 50's. Dick Barton, Special Agent was a serial program that ran from 1946 to 1951. "The Man In Black" was a reference to the host of a British radio program Appointment With Fear, a spooky show that ran from 1943 to 1955.

    • Gibbs: It's like listening to "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida"?
      Abby: Yeah -- wow. Only it's gunshots instead of a drum solo.

      Reference to a 1968 song by Iron Butterfly. The title of the song is often considered to be a muddled version of the originally intended title, "In the Garden of Eden."

    • Tony: If they build it, they will come. Allusion to Field of Dreams, a 1989 movie starring Kevin Costner, who plays a farmer encouraged to build a baseball field in the middle of his corn field by a whispering voice. (Actual quote is "If you build it, HE will come," but it is often misquoted.)

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