Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs
Chief M.E. Ducky Mallard
Special Agent Tony DiNozzo
Forensics Specialist Abby Sciuto
Special Agent Tim McGee
Special Agent Ziva David
Lee Wuan Kai
NCIS Special Agent Chad Dunham
GOOF: When the team is at the initial crime scene at the Naval Academy, Tony says the victim had a practice "here in DC". But the Academy in located in Annapolis, MD which isn't even in the DC metropolitan area, much less in Washington.
TRIVIA: Director Vance's full name is Leon James Vance, while his address is: 24435 N. Buttonwillow Dr., Arlington, VA. 22210.
Tony: Look at those come-hither eyes, those perfect kiss-me-now lips. No wonder Vance is obsessed. Kai's killing me and I'm just looking at her. You and Kai are probably a lot more alike than you think.
Ziva: I do not follow.
Tony: Really? A couple of pretty ladies, both trained assassins.
Ziva: You annoy me sometimes.
Ziva: Most of the time!
(watching Linda DeMarco through the glass in the interrogation room)
Gibbs: It's not her.
McGee: Boss, she shot at us, with a very big gun.
Gibbs: It happens.
McGee: What happens?
Gibbs: People. They react.
Gibbs: Sometimes. Call Metro, fine her, take away her toys.
McGee: That's it?
Gibbs: Yeah. She didn't do it.
Ziva: Maybe you're the one who needs a little self-help.
Tony: Well... see, that's where you're wrong, Ziva. I'm already enlightened. I know exactly who I am. It may not be pretty, but I am DiNozzo, hear me roar.
Ziva: Like an elephant?
Tony: (to McGee) Think I don't see that little glint in your eye, spring in your step? Spill, probilicious. What's her name? Spill.
Vance: You chase somebody for almost twenty years, you start to think like 'em.
Jackie: I'm not going anywhere without you. You know, Leon, when you took this job, I knew that there was risk involved. I knew I'd be watching over my shoulder every day, but I always felt safe. Until now. And, yeah, [Kai] may have killed your partner. But you're my partner now. And I'm not going anywhere.
McGee: So where's the pilot?
Gibbs: Dead, most likely.
Tony: He was Kai-jacked!
McGee: Did you really just say that?
Tony: I regret it already.
McGee: (V/O) Anyone can achieve their fullest potential, who we are might be predetermined, but the path we follow is always of our own choosing. We should never allow our fears or the expectations of others to set the frontiers of our destiny. Your destiny can't be changed but, it can be challenged. Every man is born as many men and dies as a single one.
Tony (after a nurse fires a shotgun at the door): Who do you think you are; Sarah Palin?
Kelly Hu originated the role of Lee Wuan Kai in the NCIS: Los Angeles episode "Killshot."
Original International Airdates:
Australia: November 17, 2009 on Channel Ten
United Kingdom: November 20, 2009 on FX UK
Norway: December 15, 2009 on TV3
Sweden: January 26, 2010 on TV3
Germany: April 11, 2010 on SAT 1
Spain: April 23, 2010 on LaSexta
Slovakia: July 8, 2010 on Markiza
Finland: October 26, 2010 on Nelonen
Czech Republic: January 3, 2011 on TV Nova
Tony: It's almost as thought Kai's dangling it in his face, like she's saying, 'here I am, Director, I shot another one. Look at me, Ma, Top of the world!'
McGee: Who was that?
Tony: Cagney! In White Heat.
McGee: Oh, that's the one with the ballet dancers?
Tony: That's White Nights, with Gregory Hines and Mikhail Baryshnikov.
First reference is to the 1949 gangster movie classic White Heat, starring James Cagney as a psycho crime lord who is too attached to his overbearing mother. The finale of the movie is Cagney's character standing on top of a gas tank as it explodes in a fiery pyre, as he screams, "Made it, Ma! Top of the world!" The second reference is to the 1985 movie White Nights, with Mikhail Baryshnikov as the Russian dancer who has defected to the West, but finds himself accidentally re-patriated to Russia, and plans an escape with the help of Gregory Hines, an American-turned-Russian, and his Russian wife, Isabella Rosselini.
Tony: (referring to McGee) Look at him – he's oozing a musky, caveman-esque grin of satisfaction --- it's like Heston in Planet of the Apes -- and it didn't matter that that world was ruled by orangutans, Heston went straight for the mute chick in the loin cloth. You pulled a total Heston, didn't you?
Allusion to the 1968 science fiction film Planet of the Apes, staring Charlton Heston. In the film, astronauts wake up from hibernation after crashing on a planet ruled by intelligent apes. By the end of the movie, the astronauts realize that the planet is Earth in the year 3978 A.D. The "mute chick" was Nova, who became Heston's love interest in the movie.
Tony: Stop drinking the motivational Kool-Aid!
Reference to the followers of Jim Jones, the charismatic founder of the People's Temple, 900 of which committed suicide on November 18, 1978 by drinking cyanide-laced Kool-Aid at Jones' command. The suicide is considered one of the largest mass suicides in history.
Tony: Look at you, McDigit, I'm having a Kreskin-like intuition, here: Is she a red-head?
"The Amazing Kreskin" is the stage name for mentalist/magician George Joseph Kresge, Jr., who hosted a popular TV show in the 1970s where he would "read minds" and make predictions.
Tony: That's where you're wrong, Ziva. I'm already enlightened. I know exactly who I am. It may not be pretty, but I am DiNozzo: hear me roar!
Passing reference to a 1972 Helen Reddy song, "I Am Woman." The first line of the song, "I am woman, hear me roar" became a touchstone phrase for the early 70's women's liberation movement, and the phrase has become a iconic catch-phrase for empowerment, and believing in oneself.
Tony: (Listening to McGee's self-help CD) I love this guy -- he's like a poor man's Shatner!
Allusion to William Shatner, a Canadian-born actor famous for his role as Captain Kirk on the 1960s TV series Star Trek, and more recently for his work on Boston Legal. His deep, distinctive voice has lent itself towards a variety of dramatic readings, most recently a send-up of Sarah Palin's farewell address on The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien.
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