Season 3 Episode 22


Aired Tuesday 8:00 PM May 02, 2006 on CBS



  • Trivia

    • GOOF: When Cassie was making phone calls, she found out that there was only one flight that was scheduled to depart from the airport. However, when the team pulls into the hanger, you can clearly see another plane taking off.

    • TRIVIA: Tony mentions to Ziva he is afraid she will use the 'Vulcan death grip' on him. In this same episode, Tim Russ has a guest role, he is known for playing the Vulcan officer Tuvok in Star Trek: Voyager. Tony calls it wrong though, it is a neck pinch, rendering someone unconscious, not dead. In the Star Trek episode "The Enterprise Incident," Kirk engages in espionage against the Romulans. Spock pretends to be a traitor and when Kirk attacks him Spock uses "a defensive technique that leaves Kirk "dead." The Romulan commander asks what he did and Spock tells her that he instinctively used "the Vulcan Death Grip." Later in the episode we learn that is no such thing.

    • GOOF: Tony calls Ziva "Agent David." However, at this point in the series, Ziva is still a Mossad officer, and not an NCIS agent.

    • GOOF: We see James Dempsey cover up his dead partner with a sheet while holding Shepard hostage. Later, in the last scene we see the two dead brothers but no partner in autopsy.

    • TRIVIA: In the previous episode "Bloodbath," when Abby is sitting in the elevator she tells Gibbs the statistics on deaths on elevators. In this episode the suspect Ziva is escorting becomes one of the five people to die in an elevator that Abby spoke of.

    • TRIVIA: As Ziva walks toward the Director's kidnapper, she has her hands raised. As the camera angle changes from front to back, her forearms change from vertical to sloped inward.

    • Gibbs Rules:
      Rule #09 - Always carry a knife. (used in a conversation between Tony and Abby)

  • Quotes

    • Ziva: I wanted to shut his pott-hole two hours ago.

    • Abby: Oh my God. I've turned into my Uncle Larry.

    • Jenny: Gibbs thinks of me as a wife.
      James: See.
      Jenny: He's had three.

    • Ziva: I didn't touch him... Hardly at all.

    • Director Shepard: Are you ever going to say something?
      Gibbs: Have a drink.

    • Tony: I'm afraid you'll put the Vulcan death grip on me.
      Ziva: I'm thinking about it.

    • Ziva: I feel like some sort of leopard!

    • McGee: Are you okay?
      Ziva: I'm doing desk work.
      McGee: Could be worse.
      Ziva: What part of "desk work" do you not understand?

    • Abby: Where's my caff-pow?
      Tony: We're sort of on a time crunch here, Abbs. You're going to have to do this one caffeine free.
      Abby: Bite your tongue.

    • Gibbs: You sure this is the stupidest thing you've ever done DiNozzo?

    • Tony: Look, we all know that Ziva has crazy Ninja skills but I mean, she's got some self control right? Not a lot, but some. Never mind.

    • Jimmy: Yeah, most people don't know this... but financial disputes... second leading cause of divorce...
      Ducky: Really? What's in number one?
      Gibbs: Marriage!

    • Gibbs: (Trying to go around Ducky in the elevator) I zig, you zag!

    • Ducky: (The crime scene being in the elevator inside the NCIS building) I have been traveling to crime scenes for a great many years but I can say with complete confidence: this is the shortest commute I have ever had...
      Jimmy: And one of the first times I didn't get us lost...

    • Ziva: If you put me on hold again I will jump through this phone and strangle you!

    • Abby: Sorry, McGee. Maybe your hat is turning me into some sort of superagent.
      Tony: That's weird 'cuz it never had that effect on McGee.

    • Gibbs: DiNozzo!
      Tony: Hey Boss, I was just...
      Gibbs: Shut up.

    • Tony: This is the second stupidest thing I've ever done.

    • Ziva: Are you trying to make me sick or something, Tony?
      Tony: You know, I can't see out the windshield, I'm driving with my hands, and I still think I'm driving better than you.

    • McGee: The handbook says that we are required to wear this outfit at all active crime scenes.
      Tony: But not in our own building, that's like wearing a nametag in your own apartment.

    • Brian (about Tony): I'm annoying? He is the one rambling on and on about Top Gun... giving me a freaking migraine!

    • Ziva: How long does this take?
      Tony: I don't know, Ziva. It's an autopsy, not an oil change.

    • Abby: Wow, after all these years I finally lost my crime scene virginity.
      Tony: I don't think that's ever been said before.

    • Tony: We should just tape the dead guy's hands to the steering wheel. On it boss. Here we go. It's show time Bernie.

  • Notes

    • Original International Airdates:
      Denmark: May 9, 2006 on TV3
      Sweden: November 12, 2006 on TV3
      Germany: December 10, 2006 on SAT 1
      Italy: January 7, 2007 on RAI 2
      Finland: February 23, 2008 on Nelonen
      Czech Republic: February 11, 2009 on TV Nova
      Slovakia: May 21, 2009 on Markiza

  • Allusions

    • This episode has a number of connections to popular Star Trek series - two of the guest stars (Connor Trinneer, who played chief engineer Charles "Trip" Tucker III on Star Trek: Enterprise, and Tim Russ, who was Lt. Commander Tuvok on Star Trek: Voyager, and a remark by Tony to Ziva in which he quips that she might apply the Vulcan death grip to him.

      Also, the director of this episode (James Whitmore Jr.) directed two Star Trek: Enterprise episodes. There is also a reference to one of Gibbs's Rules. While this is ongoing in the series, it is similar to the Ferengi Rules of Acquisition.

      Also, Ducky had Palmer get him a cup of Earl Grey tea. Earl Grey is Capt. Picard's (Star Trek: The Next Generation) beverage of choice. Another connection is connected to the name of the NCIS Special Agent Cassie Yates: on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine there was a frequently recurring character named Kasidy Yates.

    • DiNozzo teases Ziva with the line from Kung Fu, and snatching a pebble away from the hand of the master, which she does.

    • When James Dempsey orders Ziva to approach her while holding Director Jenny Shepard hostage, Ziva is shown to have her weapon taped to her back. In the 1988 blockbuster Die Hard, John McClane also has his gun taped to his back as he approaches Hans Gruber who is holding his wife hostage.

    • While taping the dead Brian Dempsey's hands to the steering wheel, Tony says "It's show time Bernie." This is a reference to the 1989 movie Weekend at Bernie's where two guys pretend their dead boss is still alive.