Season 4 Episode 15

Friends & Lovers

Aired Tuesday 8:00 PM Feb 13, 2007 on CBS



  • Trivia

    • Tony: I gotta write a book.
      Gibbs: You should read one first.
      Amusing enough, in episode 4x10 "Smoked" Tony did read a book, and it was none other than McGee's book Deep Six.

    • TRIVIA: McGee went to chess camp as a kid.

    • TRIVIA: Agent Michele Lee went to Harvard Law School.

    • TRIVIA: Ziva's comment about maggots "If you're hungry enough they don't actually taste that bad" to McGee, could mean she was starved or captured and not been given food in some part of her past. Or possibly that she had had to eat them during survival training for Mossad.

    • (In the bar Tony and Jeanne toast each other.)
      Tony: Cheers
      Jeanne: Santé

      Santé is a toast from France which is short for 'à votre santé' which means "to your health".

    • GOOF: In the beginning when Tony throws his knife, he throws it under the middle circle. When he goes to retrieve the knife he grabs it almost at the bottom the target.

  • Quotes

    • (About evidence from the crime scene)
      Tony: I'd say that's creepy.
      Gibbs: You think DiNozzo?

    • (After McGee gets admitted to a cool club because he's Thom E. Gemcity, the famous writer)
      Tony: I gotta write a book.
      Gibbs: You should read one first.

    • Palmer: Not to mention a great source of protein.
      Ducky: Ah, as I was saying, they should prove helpful in determining the time of death unless, of course, my assistant decides to eat them first.

    • Ducky: People who choose to live their lives this way have nobody to blame (shaking finger at dead P.O.) but themselves.

    • Ziva: (to Lee, after her knife barely misses Gibbs' nose) I thought you said you grew up around weapons.
      Lee: I did. I didn't say my father actually let me touch any of them.

    • Tony: (after his knife lands near the center of the target) Five summers at Camp Pokequatic...I was also a pretty mean clogger. (McGee raises his eyebrows.) That doesn't leave this room.
      Ziva: Nobody cares that you spent your summers prancing around in little wooden shoes.
      Tony: The term is dancing.

    • Ziva: (whispering) Lee, can you please pretend you want to be here with us?
      Lee: (whispering) I'm trying! I don't know where your Sig is, but I'm having trouble walking.

    • McGee: Ironic isn't it... serial killer forced to drink his own poison. (he stops and ponders) Could make a good book...

    • Gibbs: We're goin' in.
      Tony: Got a warrant?
      Gibbs: No... we have somebody rich and famous!
      Tony: ... McGeek?!
      Gibbs: No.... A very famous novelist. Thom E. Gemcity.
      John: Who?
      Tony: Don't ask John... I'll vomit explaining.

    • (as Gibbs and JD go into the elevator)
      John: Should we call the paramedics?
      Ziva: No need... if they fight it'll be to the death.

    • Lee: (on Gibbs) He's right director.
      Jenny: He usually is... that's what makes him so damn irritating.

    • Jenny: What's the problem?
      Gibbs: Jurisdiction issues with Metro police.
      Lee: They're insisting on a warrant.
      Gibbs: And this (stops, gesturing to Lee angrily) legal person won't give me one!

    • Gibbs: That's a good job Abby.
      Abby: Oh, but that was just the warm up act!

    • Abby: This is really starting to vex me McGee, okay, normally I love lamination, because it collects fingerprints like you collect royalty checks....

    • Ziva: It's like shooting fish in a pond!
      John: I think you mean a barrel.
      Ziva: Why would a fish be in a barrel?
      John: Uh... I.. It's a good point, I never really thought about it before.
      Ziva: Mh!

    • Abby: Meet Neriin Oleandrin Oleondroside!
      Gibbs: (to McGee) Friends of yours elf lord?

    • McGee: (on Gibbs) Well, I need to tell him something.
      Abby: Tell him you love him McGee! It works for me.
      Gibbs: (walking in) Not all the time!

    • Ducky: Have you ever wondered why perfectly healthy individuals suddenly and occasionally keel over and die, Mr. Palmer?

    • Ziva: You afraid of bugs McGee?
      McGee: Bugs, no. Wriggling, faceless, blob creatures crawling inside human flesh; yes.
      Ziva: Believe it or not I used to feel the same way.
      McGee: How'd you get over it?
      Ziva: ... I found, that if you're hungry enough, they actually don't taste that bad!

    • Tony: Nothing better says 'I love you' than a rotting corpse in an abandoned crap hole!

    • Tony: (after McGee misses) Math camp?
      McGee: Chess. But at least I didn't wear man clogs!

    • Tony: Watch and learn Probie-sans!

    • Ziva: Why haven't you breasted them?
      Tony: She means busted.
      Ziva: Yes! Busted...

    • Ziva: Where are we going?
      Tony: We are not going anywhere.
      Ziva: Who are you taking? McGee?!

    • McGee: I just don't like maggots.
      Ziva: Why?
      McGee: Much like the concept of a men's room - it's personal.

    • Ziva: In Mossad we have a saying, "Knives don't run out of bullets."

    • (standing in front of her mass spectrometer)
      Abby: I hereby accept your challenge. We will meet on the field at dawn. Weapons, caffeine-fueled intellect versus cold silicate based intelligence. Until then I bid you a good day sir. (turns to see Ziva and McGee staring at her) Hi.
      Ziva: Hi. You talk to your mass spectrometer?
      Abby: Yeah, sometimes. Why?
      McGee: You challenged it to a duel.
      Abby: Well, it spit out a chemical composition that I'm not familiar with! There has to be some sense of decorum around here.

    • Ducky: However women normally hide poison in food not drinks.
      Gibbs: That would explain why my last ex wife spent so much time in the kitchen.

    • Tony: What are my eyes saying now?
      Jeanne: That you'd like to skip dinner.
      Tony: Wow, you are amazing.
      Jeanne: You always want to skip dinner.

    • McGee: Our Petty Officer didn't OD.
      Gibbs: He was murdered.

    • Ziva: Any questions?
      Tony: Yeah I got one, ever kill anyone with a spoon?
      Ziva: (slams knife down) No, but I'm seriously considering it.

  • Notes

    • Original International Airdates:
      Denmark: February 20, 2007 on TV3
      Sweden: March 25, 2007 on TV3
      Australia: May 15, 2007 on Ten
      Belgium: May 27, 2007 on VT4
      United Kingdom: July 17, 2007 on FX UK
      Spain: August 2, 2007 on La Sexta
      The Netherlands: September 12, 2007 on Veronica
      Germany: September 16, 2007 on SAT 1
      Italy: October 21, 2007 on RAI 2
      Brazil: November 30, 2007 on AXN
      Finland: January 13, 2009 on Nelonen
      Slovakia: June 15, 2009 on Markiza
      Czech Republic: October 19, 2009 on TV Nova

    • This episode was previously named Burn Out.

  • Allusions

    • The detective was named John Carson: Johnny Carson was a famous US talk show host most notably of The Tonight Show.

    • Palmer: I saw it in a survival documentary on the Discovery Channel.

      The Discovery Channel is a popular cable channel that provides programing on many educational subjects.

    • Abby: No Gibbs, they're not Lord of the Rings characters!
      This is a reference to the Lord of the Rings novels which were later turned into the Lord of the Rings trilogy in the movies.

    • Ziva: Shakira! That's whose this police sketch reminds me of.

      Ziva is referring to the Colombian singer Shakira, who recently made her cross over to the English speaking market and is famous for her belly dancing.

    • MAD Magazine is a kids magazine that was extremely popular in the 70s and 80s. It satirized movies, TV shows, almost any pop culture icon imaginable. On the back cover there was always a picture that was drawn so that when you folded it a certain way another picture was revealed.