Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs
Special Agent Tony DiNozzo
Mossad Agent Ziva David
Forensics Specialist Abby Sciuto
Special Agent Tim McGee
Director Jenny Shepard
GOOF: When Ziva and Tony are walking out of the cab company, Tony berates Ziva by saying: "You don't use contractions." Clearly he must have forgotten the following events:
- episode "Witch Hunt" - When they find the little girl, Ziva tells her "We're here." and "We're friends of your mother."
- episode "Silver War" - After Ziva and McGee are pushed into the fountain, she tells McGee "At least I'm clean again."
- episode "Family" - At the opening of the episode, Ziva asks "What's wrong with this picture?"
GOOF: In the teaser when the assassins are checking the bodies of the cab driver and his fare, they are shown wearing black leather gloves in some shots, and bare handed in others. Surely no professional assassin would forgo gloves for that task, since they would risk leaving fingerprints for investigators to find.
TRIVIA: iPhones can not be plugged into a cab's onboard camera. The scene rated a special mention as "blatant iphone abuse" in an article entitled "NCIS features an oddly full-featured iPhone".
GOOF: When the team realizes that the cab dispatcher Bayless may be connected to the murders, Ziva supposedly phones the cab company and finds out that he hadn't shown up to work that day. But only eight seconds elapses between the time that Ziva begins dialing, and her report of his absence- too short a time to dial, ask her question, and get an answer. Also, Ziva cannot be heard speaking on the phone, in spite of the fact that all her previous comments were easily audible to the others.
TRIVIA: The taxi in the opening scene of this episode, is the same taxi as the one used in the Season 4 episode, "Trojan Horse."
TRIVIA: At the Burundi coffee place where Tony and Ziva meet Delphin Abaka the first time, on the wall behind Abaka there's a photo of Nelson Mandela, a former president of South Africa who has no connection to Burundi at all.
TRIVIA: McGee's pet name for his girlfriend is "Brumby": a wild Australian horse. The noise he makes just before hanging up is more like a horse noise than a kiss.
Ziva: Do you ever think about soulmates?
Tony: They were on Decker, right? Big hit, mid-seventies, sort of a disco thing? Sing a few bars, I'll get it.
Ziva: You'll never get it.
Tony: (eating candy) Is this stuck on my teeth?
Ziva: Nothing sticks to you.
Ziva: Why don't you like immigrants?
Tony: What? My great-grandparents came through Ellis Island. Not the first class lounge at El Al.
Ziva: I came here in the jump seat of a C130 with turbulence.
Tony: Whatever. My point is, you're here on a weekend fun pass, I'm the immigrant.
Abby: (looking longingly at Gibbs' coffee, after she switches to decaf) Okay, can I have one little, teeny, tiny, baby booster sip, please?
Abby: Thank you, sir.
Abby: Do you know it's 365 steps from my lab to your desk? (she sighs) I'm trying to get my blood pumping... what's wrong with you?
Tony: (pointing to his head) Is this side of my head bigger?
Ziva: Yes, but so is the other side.
McGee: Abby, what do I do? It's like I'm nuts for this girl you know, and she's just... nuts.
Abby: She stole your heart but she stole your money. Arrest her.
McGee: Do you want me to tell you how...?
McGee: Because I could give you the short... (Gibbs stare) Forget I asked.
Tony: Look at that. It's incredible. Probie's lips are still moving while he's working. He's like one of those Romanian orphans who can't stop rocking.
Ziva: You are so prejudiced.
Tony: I am not. I'm not. By the way, that's a contraction - I'm - you should try it some time.
Tony: This guy is a regular cab coyote.
Ziva: Is that like a wolf in sheep's clothing?
McGee: A coyote is a person that exploits people who come to this country illegally.
Tony (to Ziva): As opposed to outsourcing, which is what you are.
Ziva: What's curb cash?
Tony: Fares: Small denominations, street money.
Tony: Lollipop for McLover boy.
Gibbs: Something wrong McGee?
McGee: Computer glitch.
Gibbs (Hits McGee's monitor): Better?
Tony: How long have you been in this country?
Tony: Well, you never heard of gypsy cabs. You don't use contractions. Assimilate already!
Ziva: What are contraptions?
Tony Ah! Never mind.
McGee: No motive.
Ziva: Every murder has a motive McGee.
Tony: Not this one.
Abby: (About de-caf) I sleep at night! I actually eat food! It is so weird. You've gotta try it!
Abby: Abby-ka da brah!
Abby: Would I have you down here to watch me fail?
Gibbs: Does anyone have any answers?!
Tony: Ziva doesn't have any answers, boss!
Gibbs: Is that lipstick on your collar, McGee?
Gibbs: Good for you, Tim. Good for you! Just don't ever get married.
(McGee walks in wearing sunglasses)
Tony: Wait a second. I know that look. You had sex, and I am guessing it was with a girl.
Tony: No it wasn't a girl?
McGee: No- it's none of your business.
Tony: If the Probie was probing last night, I demand details.
McGee: Just push the buttons I tell you to push monkey.
Tony: Love is not treating you well my friend.
McGee: Yeah, no kidding.
Ziva: You're xenophobic!
Tony: I am not xenophobic, that's one of my favorite shows! Leather skirts, lesbian sword fighting, female empowerment. Maybe I am little Ziva-phobic.
Ziva: Do you see what I see?
Tony: Crazy Israeli chick with impulse issues?
Gibbs: DiNozzo, check out the cab company.
Tony: Go to, Boss. (Gibbs stares) Go to, it's the new on it. New catch phrase just came up with it. You like it?
Gibbs: No. Cab company?
Tony: On it, Boss.
Gibbs: (to Ziva) Go too!
Tony: You know repeated head trauma causes brain damage.
McGee: Explains a lot.
Ziva: (talking on her cell phone) No, no, no, it's not you, it's just... Well, you know, these things run their course, and well, ah, you, you must accept...
Tony: Personal call, David?
Ziva: (covering the phone) Yes! Go away!
Tony: Somebody being dumped?
Ziva: Oh. How do you tell someone you no longer want to see them?
Tony: Easy. (grabs her cell phone) Listen dirt bag, this is Ziva's husband. I have your phone number now, I can find your address. If you ever try to contact her again I will reach down your throat, grab your intestines, rip them out and drive over your head! Lose this number or lose your life! (snaps the phone shut and hands it back to Ziva) You're welcome.
Ziva:That was my Aunt Neddi, from Tel Aviv. She was trying to stop seeing her 86 year old mahjongg partner.
Tony: Why didn't you stop me?
Ziva: Too stunned!
Tony: Where do I send flowers?
Ziva: If you communicate with her again, I will kill you!
Abby: Love is never having to read her her Miranda rights, but she's going to do this to someone else. Throw her psycho ass in the brig. I love you McGee, that should be enough.
Original International Air Dates:
Denmark: January 29, 2008 on TV3
Germany: April 20, 2008 on SAT 1
The Netherlands: April 30, 2008 on Veronica
Sweden: May 4, 2008 on TV3
Australia: May 13, 2008 on Ten
United Kingdom: June 6, 2008 on FX UK
Italy: October 12, 2008 on RAI 2
Spain: November 7, 2008 on La Sexta
Hungary: February 16, 2009 on TV2
Slovakia: August 20, 2009 on Markiza
Finland: October 20, 2009 on Nelonen
Czech Republic: February 22, 2010 on TV Nova
Tony's comment about "Romanian orphans who can't stop rocking" refers to the behavior problem observed by Canadian adopters of Romanian children in the 1990's. In Romania the children were subjected to severe deprivation and neglect which led to disorders of eating, sleeping, social behavior.
When Ziva accuses Tony of being xenophobic, a fear or contempt of foreigners or strangers and people, he makes a joke and says that it's one of his favorite shows. Tony of course means Xena: The Warrior Princess, a TV show which aired from 1995 to 2001 starring Lucy Lawless as Xena.
Bonnie and Clyde is a movie made in 1967 about a bank robbing couple and their gang. It stars Warren Beatty as Clyde Barrow and Faye Dunaway as Bonnie Parker.
Tony: Thank you Obi-Wan.
Ben Obi-Wan Kenobi is a fictional character from the six Star Wars films. He becomes a Jedi Master. The character is played in the original trilogy by Sir Alec Guinness and in the prequel trilogy by Ewan McGregor.
Taxi, airing from 1978 to 1983, is a television series starring Danny DeVito as Louie De Palma, a New York City cab dispatcher who bullies the taxi drivers that work for him.
Taxi Driver, from 1976, is a movie starring Robert De Niro as Vietnam vet, New York cab driver, Travis Bickle who becomes alienated by society.
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