Season 6 Episode 4


Aired Tuesday 8:00 PM Oct 14, 2008 on CBS



  • Trivia

    • TRIVIA: Gibbs says he left his hometown Stillwater in '76. He met his future wife Shannon that same day. In episode 3X24 ""Hiatus 2" we learn they were married in '82 and that she died in '92. that means they dated for 6 years and were married for 10.

    • According to episode 2x05 "The Bone Yard," Gibbs' father is dead - he told Jimmy Napolitano that his "father passed years ago", after Napolitano threatened to kill his father in that episode.

    • TRIVIA: We learn that Gibbs was named after his father's business partner, L.J.

    • TRIVIA: We learn that Gibbs left his home town in 1976, and that he hasn't been back since. If we assume he joined the Marines right out of high school and graduated at 18 as is usual, that would make Gibbs about 51 years old.

    • TRIVIA: The role of Young Gibbs in the flashbacks is played by Mark Harmon's son Sean Harmon.

    • TRIVIA: The rules that Gibbs makes is in homage of his late wife Shannon, who whilst being acquainted with Gibbs said that "Either it was Rule number one or Rule number three is never date a lumberjack" and that she tries to have a rule for everything.

    • TRIVIA: Gibbs' late wife, Shannon, lived in Stillwater, Gibb's home town. They met each other on the platform of the train station.

    • TRIVIA: The orientation between people calling Supervisory Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs "Gibbs" is from his late wife, Shannon.

  • Quotes

    • (Ziva and McGee are sifting through garbage when Ziva suddenly stops)
      Ziva: You feel that?
      McGee: What? Week-old bananas?
      Ziva: No, we are being watched. (Emily is shown in the background and Ziva turns and walks up to her)
      McGee: Huh, how do you do that?

    • (Early in episode, Jackson brings Gibbs a bottle of bourbon.)
      Jackson: If you're dead set on going another round with Chuck Winslow, this is the least you can do. You'd be amazed what you can get done with a kind word. I'll show you.
      (Later, the team's car is blown up outside Jackson's store.)
      Jackson: All right, let's do it your way.

    • Ducky: (when Ducky appears at the crime scene, he is wearing a tuxedo and humming a tune) Mozart and mayhem.
      Ziva: A little early for formal attire?
      Ducky: Oh, really?
      Tony: I'd say late. Looks like Ducky got lucky.
      Ducky: Never heard of a night at the opera?
      Tony: Sure, Groucho as Otis B. Driftwood, Marx Brothers at their most hilarious. I love the part where they rip up the contract.
      Ducky (quoting): 'That's no good-a for you, it's no good-a for me.' (makes the motion of ripping up a contract)

    • McGee: So... when was the last time you went home?
      Gibbs: I make it a point to go home every night.

    • Tony: Hey Jack I just gotta learn some things, I have a lot of questions...
      Gibbs: You can have two, DiNozzo.
      (Tony thinks out loud)
      Tony: Hmmm... where do I start...?
      Gibbs: You got one left.
      Tony: Well, that doesn't count cause... okay. The rules. Did he learn them from you? Did you teach him all the rules?
      Jack: I'm sorry, son. I didn't teach him much of anything.

    • (Flashback)
      Shannon: What's your name?
      Gibbs: Leroy Jethro Gibbs.
      Shannon: I'm just gonna call you Gibbs.
      Gibbs: You can call me anything you want!

    • (Flashback)
      Gibbs: Are you waiting for the train too? We could sit together.
      Shannon: I don't know, it's a long ride... But I guess you're not a lumberjack.
      Gibbs: No.
      Shannon: I have a rule, it's either rule number one or number three. Never date a lumberjack.
      Gibbs: You got a rule for everything?
      Shannon: Workin' on it! Everyone needs a code they can live by.

    • Jackson: I know you hate it when I use a hundred words when just a couple will do, but give us a call sometime.
      Gibbs: It's the least I can do.
      Jackson: Goodbye son.
      Gibbs: Bye Dad.

    • McGee: I'm impressed with your internet savvy Tony, where'd you find it?
      Tony: I googled it!
      McGee: Not so impressed... Gibbs could've done that.

    • (McGee and Ziva are telling Tony and Abby about Gibbs in his hometown)
      Ziva: Gibbs is very different around him [Jackson].
      Abby: Different how? Different bad, different good?
      McGee: He's like a teenager, sort of.
      Tony: Okay, I'm coming! (to Abby) I'm going. I'm leaving!
      Abby: Me too!

    • (via a video phonecall)
      McGee and Ziva: Gibbs has a father!
      Tony and Abby: Tell me everything!

    • Jackson: (about Gibbs) Tell a kid he can't touch a rifle; and he grows up to be a sniper.

    • Jackson: Me and LJ opened it, after too many close calls in the mines.
      McGee: LJ?
      Jackson: Leroy Jethro!

    • Jackson: Does he ever talk about me? My boy?
      McGee: I think I heard him refer to you once as dead.
      Ziva: Uh, you probably misheard him, McGee.
      McGee: Think she's right... I think he probably said Dad.

    • Gibbs: Word travels fast.
      Jackson: That it does! When people actually open their mouths and speak with one another. You don't call, you don't write, were you going to come by and say hi?
      Gibbs: Hi, Jack.
      Jackson: Hi, Leroy.
      Gibbs: Ziva, McGee; Jackson Gibbs. My father.

    • Jackson Gibbs: (to Ziva) Listen I bet back in uh, Israel you were considered a pretty girl. You step one foot into my country, and instantly; you're an exotic beauty.

    • Sheriff: (to Gibbs) You know, if you had a little tennis ball buzz cut, instead of that salt and pepper, you'd remind me of this skinny little wise-ass I used to know.

    • Tony: So many questions! My mind is spinning with questions! I mean, have you ever thought about it? He actually came from somewhere! He didn't just appear, y'know; he didn't just start Gibbs, he was a boy, and then he grew!
      Ziva: I thought he was molded from clay, had life breathed into him by a group of mystics!
      McGee: That's funny, I thought he fell to Earth in a capsule, after his home planet exploded!
      Ziva: (laughs) No, he burst forth- full grown, from the mind of Zeus!
      McGee: Nice.
      Tony: He is the avatar of Vishnu. He was sent to be the left hand of Yahweh! He was grown in a cabbage patch. I'm trying to pose a serious metaphysical question here!

    • Tony: (looking at the Corporal's class ring) Stillwater High School!
      McGee: That supposed to mean something to us?
      Tony: Stillwater High School! In all the time you two spend staring at computer screens you never once peeked in the man's file? C'mon!
      Abby: Whose file?
      Tony: Stillwater is a small town in Pennsylvania, coal country. Primarily known for the mine, but only slightly less well know as the birth place of one Leroy Jethro Gibbs!

    • Tony: You want to be clever; I can be clever.
      Gibbs: Just a matter of time, DiNozzo.

  • Notes

    • According to the call sheets, the Stillwater scenes were filmed in Piru, California.

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Australia: October 21, 2008 on Channel 10
      Denmark: November 4, 2008 on TV3
      Norway: February 24, 2009 on TV3
      Sweden: March 10, 2009 on TV3
      Germany: March 22, 2009 on SAT 1
      Spain: June 25, 2009 on La Sexta
      Brazil: August 7, 2009 on AXN
      Slovakia: December 3, 2009 on Markiza
      Finland: February 2, 2010 on Nelonen
      Czech Republic: June 7, 2010 on TV Nova

    • Featured Music: "Lost" by Michael Buble

    • Rocky Carroll is credited but doesn't appear.

  • Allusions

    • Tony makes several references to the TV show, The Dukes of Hazzard. The series takes place in fictional Hazzard County in the state of Georgia, a small country town where everyone knows everyone, very similar to the town of Stillwater.

    • Ziva: No, he burst forth full grown from the mind of Zeus...

      Ziva is describing the story of the birth of the Greek Goddess Athena. One day Zeus, King of the Gods, had a terrible headache, so he asked Hephaestus to hit him, and when he did, Athena leaped out of his skull fully grown, wearing armor and carrying her spear. Athena is the Goddess of Wisdom and War, which makes the allusion particularly apt.

    • McGee: That's funny, I thought he fell to earth in a capsule, after his home planet exploded!

      A reference to Superman.

    • McGee: I think I heard him refer to you once as dead.
      In episode 2x05, "The Bone Yard", Gibbs tells Jimmy Napalitano that his father died a few years ago.

    • (Team talking about origin of Gibbs)
      Ziva: I thought he was molded from clay, had life breathed into him by a group of mystics.

      Ziva is talking about Golem from Jewish folklore. An animated being created entirely from inanimate matter. In order to bring it to life one must write on its hand the Hebrew word for "truth" and to shut it down one just needs to erase the first letter from that word and thus to create a new word which means "dead."

    • Home is the sailor, home from the sea.

      This line is from a poem called "Requiem" by Robert Lewis Stevenson.