Season 4 Episode 5

Dead and Unburied

Aired Tuesday 8:00 PM Oct 17, 2006 on CBS



  • Trivia

    • GOOF: When Gibbs enters Shepard's office, we hear the door close behind him. When we see Gibbs pacing, we see the door shut. However, when we see him start to leave, the door is ajar.

    • GOOF: During the fight between the fiances, when they show McGee's phone, you can see in the top right 0:39/1:23. Since McGee is recording the fight, we shouldn't know the length of the video until he stops recording. Not only that, but when he shows it to Abby, the fight is at the beginning when he wasn't recording. The time stamp here is showing 0:37/1:23 during playback, just two seconds prior to the earlier scene when he was recording. As soon as he shows Abby, the time stamp should show 0:00 or close to which is the case for all videos being played from the beginning (no matter the recording).

    • GOOF: In the scene where Palmer and Agent Lee are making out, you can see Jimmy catch his glasses as they are knocked off when he removes his top. In the next shot however, they are back on his face.

    • TRIVIA: When Gibbs tells McGee to get on his hands and knees, and McGee replies, "You're not going to step on me are ya?," he was referring to the time that Gibbs had Agent Cassidy step on him in episode 3x03 "Mind Games."

    • GOOF: When McGee is showing the video on his phone, each time the camera goes to the phone, it's 39.40,41, thus it being fake.

    • GOOF: When McGee is showing Ziva the sunrise on his new phone, Tony is buttoning up his shirt, when he and McGee are walking away, Tony's shirt is unbuttoned fully, then the camera goes on Gibbs who's getting off the elevator, when the camera goes back on Tony & McGee, Tony's shirt is buttoned again.

    • GOOF: McGee shows Abby the chick fight on his camera video from the start of the fight when one of the girls screams "Liar!". During the actual scene, McGee doesn't even know about the fight until Tony yells "Chick fight!"-- well after the fight had started. Then McGee begins recording.

  • Quotes

    • Ziva: (looking on as both Tony and McGee are standing around without a shirt on) It's just like Chippendale's... without the bow ties or the muscles.

    • Ducky: He's speaking softly, but Lance Corporal Finn has more to say.

    • Tony: (after Ziva caught him with her deodorant) I'm not gonna feel bad, those ground radar techs didn't show up til dawn, McGee and I watched the sunrise together... it was very Brokeback Mountain.
      McGee: (pats Tony on the back) He had me at 'howdy'.
      Ziva: How romantic, I'm sorry I missed it.

    • Ziva: McGee. Give me your flashlight.
      McGee: Why? You didn't bring your own?
      Ziva: It's too heavy. It pulls my pants down!

    • Tony: I was lucky to get out of Rebecca's apartment alive. She threw this at my head.
      (holds up a copy of Moby Dick)
      Ziva: Finn was reading Moby Dick?
      Tony: No. She was throwing it. I took it so she couldn't rearm.

    • Ducky: My first impression is that we're dealing with a complete loon.
      Tony: That Masters in psych is starting to pay off Ducky.

    • Gibbs: You sleep with him that night?
      Jody Carvell: No.
      Gibbs: Oh, right, I forgot. You're from a good Catholic family. (pause) You sleep with him the second night??

    • Gibbs: Do you have any idea how many murderers swear to God they didn't do it?
      Jody Carvell: I come from a good Catholic family. When we swear to God, we mean it!

    • Ziva: Shooting someone in broad daylight is just dumb.
      Gibbs: Ahh... you're not thinking like a jealous woman Ziva!

    • Tony: (to Ziva) Why would someone unbury a body? I can answer that. To send a message. Like, Hi. I'm dead!

    • Tony: (to Ziva) Don't you hate it when you leave one black sock at one fiancee's house and other one at the other's house?

    • Abby: I'm sure you find other things beautiful.
      McGee: Like Gibbs breaking up a chick fight?
      Abby: I can't believe I missed that!
      McGee: Well, I've got good news. Guess what's now playing on McGee TV!
      Abby: I hug and kiss technology!

    • Ducky: (to Gibbs) Shaving off your moustache has brought back your usual impatience!

    • Tony: (yells and points) Chick fight!

    • Abby: (to Gibbs on the phone) Wait... did you say fiancees? Like plural? Huh. Kinky!

    • Rebecca Kemp: (describing how she met James) He blocked my path.. said he couldn't keep his eyes off me.
      McGee: And that worked?!

    • Tony: (to McGee) You've been droppin' a lot of cash lately... new phone, new watch, new teeth... what's up?

    • McGee: (showing the team the burial spot) Well.. you know what they say... location, location, location!

    • Ziva: And everything was normal?
      Jody Carvell: There was no rotting corpse in the living room... if that's what you mean.

    • Ducky: (Pointing at an X-Ray) See this fracture?
      Gibbs: Sure, you're pointing right at it.

    • (Ducky is trying to get a beetle into the jar)
      Ducky: Come here, you little monkey! (holding it aloft) A reminder thar Shakespeare got it wrong- we are not food for worms, it's the flies and beetles that feast upon us.

    • Ziva: Can Gibbs arrest God?
      Tony: I don't know. It's like The Thing trying to bring in The Hulk.
      Ducky: She's telling the truth.
      (Ducky begins to walk away.)
      Tony: Where are you going?
      Ducky: To tell Gibbs.
      Ziva: (to Tony) What do you think?
      Tony: I'm glad the glass is bulletproof.

    • Abby: (After witnessing the showdown between the husband and wife) Wow! I gotta come up here more often!

    • Ziva: It was an interview, not an interrogation, and excuse me if my brain didn't go to the sex place.
      Tony: Mine would.
      Ziva: I'm sure that's why you have a leg up on other investigators.
      Tony: See? You say "leg up"- I instantly went to the sex place.

    • Tony: One black mesh T-shirt. Do women really like these?
      Ziva: Depends on who's wearing it.
      Tony: So, if I'm...
      Ziva: No!

    • Jenny: Two fiancees... that a Marine thing?
      Gibbs: Oh, that's need to know, too, Director.

    • Gibbs: McGee, how long does it take to put on a clean shirt?
      McGee: Ten seconds. With buttons, a little longer... (Gibbs turns away.)... rhetorical question.

    • Ziva: What are you doing at my desk?
      Tony: Couldn't find my deodorant, so I used yours.
      Ziva: No, you didn't!
      Tony: Yeah! We're partners! What's the big deal?
      Ziva: A hair!
      Tony: Come on! You attach electrodes to men's testicles; you're getting squeamish about a hair?

    • Tony: It's an odd decorating choice. Although, the corpse does give it a certain "lived-in" look.

    • Ducky: (referring to the carpet) Personally, I prefer a good shag. (Palmer gives him a grinning look.) From a criminal investigative standpoint.

    • Abby: (to Gibbs) And his underwear are boxer briefs, like you wear, Gibbs.
      Gibbs: You're fishing, Abbs.
      Abby: So are they regular boxers? (Gibbs walks out) Trunks? Bikinis? Nothing?

    • Tony: (talking to Gibbs) You look happy to see me. (Sees him glance at his coffee) Oh, it's the coffee.

    • Ziva: Tony just put his hand down another man's pocket and it made him very happy.

    • Abby: Aww, you shaved your moustache! I liked you with a little hair on your face.
      Gibbs: I still have my eyebrows.
      Abby: Good point.

    • Ziva: (to Tony) You shouldn't have licked your chops like a hungry wolf.

  • Notes

    • Matt Winston is the third Star Trek actor to appear on NCIS and the second Star Trek: Enterprise actor to appear on the show. Tim Russ and Conner Trineer appeared in the season three episode, "Jeopardy."

    • Original International Airdates:
      Denmark: November 14, 2006 on TV3
      Sweden: January 14, 2007 on TV3
      Australia: February 20, 2007 on TEN
      Belgium: March 18, 2007 on VT4
      Germany: April 1, 2007 on SAT 1
      The Netherlands: April 4, 2007 on Veronica
      United Kingdom: May 8, 2007 on FX UK
      Spain: June 28, 2007 on La Sexta
      Italy: September 17, 2007 on RAI 2
      Finland: November 4, 2008 on Nelonen
      Slovakia: June 1, 2009 on Markiza
      Czech Republic: August 4, 2009 on TV Nova

  • Allusions

    • Tony: That's like The Thing trying to bring in The Hulk.

      The Thing is one member of Marvel Comics superhero team The Fantastic Four. The Fantastic Four was the original superhero team created by Marvel Comics. The Thing has superhuman strength and cracky skin that resembles rocks. The Hulk is also a Marvel Comics character whose alter ego is Dr. Robert Bruce Banner. Dr. Banner became The Hulk after he was exposed to a gamma bomb he created. Like The Thing, The Hulk also possesses superhuman strength.

    • Tony: Who is Darkman?

      Darkman is actually the name of the movie that Tony is referring to in this scene. This 1990 horror/sci-fi film is about a disfigured, insane man who goes after the group of scientists responsible for his condition. Liam Neeson plays the main character, referred to as Darkman, whose real name is Peyton Westlake. Sam Raimi wrote the story and the screenplay, as well as directed this film.

    • (In answer to Tony's comment about Brokeback Mountain)
      McGee: You had me at "Howdy."

      This is an obvious play on the line from the movie Jerry Maguire when Renee Zellweger's character said, "You had me at Hello".

    • (Talking about Tony and McGee waiting for the techs and watching the sunrise together.)
      Tony: It was very Brokeback Mountain.

      This refers to the 2005 hit movie, Brokeback Mountain, starring Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal that is the story of two gay cowboys.

    • Episode Title: "Dead and Unburied"
      Refers to 1981 movie Dead & Buried, which also involves bodies leaving the grave.

    • (After Tony gives his shirt to McGee)
      Ziva: Wow, it's like Chippendales... without the bowties and muscles.

      Chippendale dancers are a group of men who provocatively dance for a primarily female audience. They are best known as being shirtless, muscular and wearing little else but bow ties, white cuffs and black leather pants.