Season 10 Episode 9

Devil's Trifecta

Aired Tuesday 8:00 PM Dec 11, 2012 on CBS



  • Trivia

    • At the bar when Gibbs and Fornell first bump into Diane, Gibbs is standing to Diane's right. After the commercial break, Gibbs and Fornell have switched places.

    • TRIVIA: On Diane Sterling's "Diane Gibbs" drivers licence, the address is listed as 505 E. Laurel Street, Alexandria, VA. There is a 505 E. Laurel in Alexandria, VA, but it's Drive, not Street.;

  • Quotes

    • McGee: (McGee and DiNozzo are arguing about what happened with Diane at McGee's apartment.) Wait...what rumours?
      Palmer: The kind that would make a grown man blush, McGee.
      Ducky: Even our latest victim turned a light shade of pink when he heard one, and he's dead!

    • (Diane puts a badge on Vance's table)
      Gibbs: Wow.
      Fornell: My breakfast burrito is about to say 'hello'.
      Vance: The IRS Deputy Commissioner called when he heard we had... one of their Agents.
      Fornell: Agents?!
      Gibbs: Wow.
      Fornell: "And the Lord wept".
      Diane: Yes, "Agent". And I was undercover when you two bumbled into the bar.
      Gibbs: Undercover on what?
      Diane: Big tax fraud case. Somebody's stealing identities, filing fake returns and making off with a boatload in fraudulent refund cheques.
      Vance: Costs the IRS billions each year.
      Diane: We had traced several identity thefts to the bar. My plan was to ID the thief and follow him back to the ring leader. I was posing as a buyer so I could interview the employees on the DL.
      Gibbs: You were posing as "Mrs. Fornell".
      Diane: Budget cuts. Fake ID is expensive. I was improvising.
      Fornell: Improvising?! Your "improvising" almost got me killed! You must've ruffled the wrong feathers Agent Fornell, and those feathers thought I was part of your op and put a hit out on me!
      Diane: Sorry?
      Fornell: Sorry??!!

    • Diane: How do you know everything?
      Gibbs: I don't. I don't. I-I just learned how to listen.

    • Vance: (To Gibbs, Fornell and Diane) Truth is, I'm proud of the way you pulled this off.
      Diane: At least I didn't kill them.
      Fornell: I've had root canals that went better.

    • Fornell: Speaking of the Spawn of Unholiness, I did some checking with a buddy of mine at the IRS. Know what I heard?
      Gibbs: That's she's not leaving Victor, it's Victor thinking about leaving her?
      Fornell: How did you know that? Can't say I'm surprised, either. You ever notice how she never gets sick? Even germs don't like her.

    • McGee: Diane and I fell asleep on the couch, talking, that's all.
      Ducky: Well, given Agent Gibbs' and Fornell's propensity for violence, that's the story I would stick to if I were you.

    • (Gibbs, Fornell and Diane are heading to the squad room together.)
      DiNozzo: (whispering) Here she comes.
      McGee: Here I go.
      David: Gibbs told us to stay put.
      Fornell: Better you should run for the hills.
      Diane: You know, I am not any happier about this than you are, so can we please make it as painless as possible?
      Fornell: So says the Queen of Pain.

    • Diane: I'm working.
      Fornell: That what you call pushing papers all day?
      Diane: I am an auditor, not a paper pusher. After Emily graduated eighth grade, I went back to the IRS.
      Fornell: Fitting, isn't it? A cheater going after tax cheats.

    • McGee: You receive any threats lately?
      Fornell: Just from my ex-wife. But then, she lives on my bad side.

  • Notes

    • Series star Rocky Carroll and guest start Danny Nucci are reunited in this episode after working together in 1995 submarine military drama Crimson Tide.

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Canada: December 11, 2012 on Global
      Germany: March 3, 2013 on Sat.1
      United Kingdom: March 08, 2013 on Fox
      Finland: June 4, 2013 on Nelonen

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