Season 8 Episode 21

Dead Reflection

Aired Tuesday 8:00 PM Apr 12, 2011 on CBS



  • Trivia

  • Quotes

    • (In Gibbs' basement)
      Tony: Hey. What you working on?
      Gibbs: Wood. (Tony places two glasses down on a workbench) What's the occasion?
      Tony: I thought we could talk?
      Gibbs: So talk.
      Tony: You know I look up to you, Boss. Learned a lot from you over the last... ten years. You've been a great teacher.
      Gibbs: You gotta point, DiNozzo?
      Tony: ...I've always though that the headslaps were, er...a sign of affection. Today in the squad room, I was expecting one, and I didn't... I didn't get it... Are you pissed at me?
      Gibbs: Rule number twelve.
      Tony: Never date a co-worker. Yeah... I know. She's pretty great, though. EJ and I have a lot in common. She's easy to be with, you know. It's nice to have somebody to talk to. NCIS doesn't have any... policy against it, you know. There are married agents. And technically, EJ and I, we don't work together, we're on separate teams.
      Gibbs: My team. My rules.

    • Ziva: Did Gibbs say anything to you about Agent Barrett? You know, about dating?
      Tony: Nope.
      Ziva: Are you sure he knows?
      Tony: He's Gibbs. He knows everything. He did read her the Riot Act, though.
      Ziva: Well that's not good, Tony. You should talk to Gibbs. You and him go way back. I mean, it's like the big rhinoceros in the room that no-one wants to talk about.
      Tony: Elephant.
      Ziva: Huh?
      Tony: It's an elephant in the room. It's not a hippopotamus, it's not a rhinoceros. It's an elephant.

    • (In the car on a stakeout)
      Tony: Salads are not stakeout food.
      Ziva: Well, they should be. At least they don't stink up the car!
      Tony: (Holds an onion ring up) Want one?
      Ziva: No!
      Tony: Your loss.

    • (In a security room at the Pentagon)
      McGee: Pentagon, Boss. One of the most secure buildings in the world. There's several rooms just like this one, covering different rooms throughout the building.
      Tony: Why don't you tell him how many sides it has, Tim?

    • (Referring to Gibbs)
      Tony: He's not smiling.
      Ziva: When is he?

    • McGee: It was floating in your gin and tonic?
      Tony: Real eye-opener.
      McGee: It must'a really freaked ya out.
      Tony: Yeah. Thought I needed a drink before. I really needed one after.

    • McGee: Doesn't it bother you to have Barrett's team around?
      Tony: My life was a lot simpler before she got here.
      McGee: How so?
      Tony: Ah, Gibbs is giving me grief about sleeping with her.
      McGee: (surprised) You're sleeping with Special Agent Barrett?
      Tony: Catch up Tim! The whole Navy yard knows about it!

  • Notes

    • Rocky Carroll is credited but doesn't appear.

    • Guest star Alimi Ballard previously co-starred on Dark Angel with Michael Weatherly. Alimi played Michael's girlfriend's best friend, Herbal Thought.

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Canada: April 13, 2011 on Global
      Australia: May 10, 2011 on Channel Ten
      United Kingdom: May 20, 2011 on FX/FX HD
      Sweden: September 19, 2011 on TV3
      Finland: October 11, 2011 on Nelonen
      Spain: October 14, 2011 on LaSexta
      Germany: October 23, 2011 on SAT 1
      Slovakia: January 12, 2012 on Markiza
      Czech Republic: June 18, 2012 on TV Nova

  • Allusions

    • Tony: This mask bears an uncanny resemblance to the Master of Suspense himself. Is this... Alfred Hitchcock?

      Sir Alfred Joseph Hitchcock (13 August 1899 – 29 April 1980) was an English filmmaker, most widely known for his films Strangers on a Train (1951), The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956) and North by Northwest (1959). One of his nicknames was "The Master of Suspense" in reference to his unique style and the "twist endings" he employed in many of his works.

    • Gibbs: So was that twenty year old Chinese kid seeking asylum last October. He got through customs, he got on a plane in Hong Kong, wearing a mask that made him look like a ninety year old Caucasian man.

      Gibbs refers to an incident that took place on 29 October 2010, when a young Asian male boarded a plane from Hong Kong, China to Vancouver, Canada, wearing a mask of an elderly person, in an effort to gain refugee status. Suspicions were raised when passengers noted his apparently young-looking hands. He was eventually arrested after emerging from a restroom sans the disguise.

    • Tony: I love it. Right of Mission Impossible III, ya know, where Cruise pulls off the mask to reveal the evil Dougray Scott.
      Levin: That was M:I II, DiNozzo.
      Tony: I'm sorry, I know my movies. M:I III, directed by John Woo.

      Mission: Impossible II (2000) is an action film and sequel to the earlier film, Mission: Impossible (1996). It is directed by John Woo, and stars Tom Cruise, Richard Roxburgh and Dougray Scott. A second sequel, entitled Mission: Impossible III was released in 2006.

    • Tony: He's like Alec Baldwin in The Shadow.

      The Shadow (1994) is an American superhero film based on the comic book character of the same name. Directed by Russell Mulcahy, the film stars Alec Baldwin as the titular character, The Shadow, alongside John Lone, Penelope Ann Miller and Ian McKellen.

    • Tony: He did read her the Riot Act, though.

      The Riot Act (1714) was an Act of the Parliament of Great Britain that allowed local authorities to disperse any group of twelve or more people on the grounds that they were unlawfully assembled. It came into force in 1715, and it was not until 1973 that it was officially dissolved. A similar law was passed in the United States as part of the Militia Act (1792), which gave the President the power to command that insurgents disperse and leave peacefully within a given timeframe. The phrase "read the Riot Act" comes from the fact that authorities in England and Scotland were required to give an oral warning before using force to disperse a crowd.

    • Tony: Think this guy's the Hulk or what?

      The Hulk is a superhero character who first appeared in the Marvel comic book The Incredible Hulk #1 in 1962. He is the alter-ego of Doctor Bruce Banner who appears after Banner is accidentally exposed to the blast of a test detonation of a gamma bomb he invented. Since 1962, the character has appeared in numerous comic books, movies, video games and television series.

    • Tony: Oh my god, this is ginormous! I haven't seen anything this big since John Candy's jockey shorts in Planes, Trains and Automobiles.

      Planes, Trains and Automobiles (1987) is an American comedy film starring Steve Martin as Neal Page, an advertising executive, and John Candy as a happy, but accident-prone, salesman. The two of them share a two-day journey to get Neal back home to Chicago, from New York, in time for Thanksgiving.