Season 7 Episode 13

Jet Lag

Aired Tuesday 8:00 PM Jan 26, 2010 on CBS
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Episode Summary

While on the flight back from Paris, Tony and Ziva realize that their assignment to protect a government witness in an embezzlement case is in great danger when they learn that an assassin is located on the same flight.

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  • Tony and Ziva protect a witness on a plane.

    This was quite an enjoyable episode where Ziva and Tony have to protect a witness on a plane from being killed because it is believed the person who is trying to kill her is on the plane If you like episodes with TIVA this is one of the episodes for you In the end it was the flight attendant that was trying to kill the witness and before it was revealed I thought it would be the man with Tony and Ziva or a flight attendant Now that we are into the second half of the season I think season 7 has been one of the best so far.moreless
  • As Tony And Ziva Escort A Witness From Paris On A Huge Airliner, Gibbs And McGee Discover That A Hired Assassin Is On The Very Same Flight.

    Being as a flight lover myself, I couldn't help enjoying this episode. "Jet Lag" is one of the best episodes in the series. Everything about this episode worked. From the acting, to the writing, to the compelling storyline, things worked well to create a very good episode. I am a huge TIVA fan, so it is no surprise that I enjoyed seeing Tony and Ziva as the stars of this episode. They are great together. I like how the writers have decided to keep their relationship in a status that is not easy to explain to the viewers. The D.C. case was also very entertaining and I was on the edge of my seat. Michael Weatherly and Cote De Pablo have this amazing chemistry that no words can explain. It is awesome. If you have thought of watching this episode, I suggest you do.moreless
  • Just too much to suspend my disbelief.

    I like this show, but this episode just wasn't believable. What kind of security allows sharp metal knitting needles on board a plane?

    How did the female assassin kill the U.S. Marshall without anyone seeing anything? He certainly would be on guard if anyone tried to follow him into the lavatory, and if she killed him elsewhere, how could she get him into the lavatory unseen?

    How did she know about the other hired killer, and how was she able to get him off-guard long enough to break his neck?

    Tony and Ziva were incompetent as bodyguards, as they left the witness alone several times to check out potential problems. One of them should have always been with her.

    Finally, and most importantly, once NCIS knew that there were multiple hired killers after the witness, why did they put her on a commercial flight where the situation was out of their control. Why didn't they simply send over a government plane or charter a private jet?moreless
  • This is a must see episode, very entertaining and well executed performance by the cast of NCIS.

    This episode was a great performance from the cast, especially from Tony and Ziva. The story line was somewhat predictable but still did the job. I enjoyed the episode very much, there were a lot of very funny moments in this episode, I thought that the episode was very well executed and the further development of their relationship and the further teaser of what happened in Paris. It was an amazing episode extremely entertaining and I strongly recommend that you watch this episode. A great team work from Tony and Ziva and of course back up form the rest of the cast.moreless
  • Yet again another tired storyline, recycled and regurgitated, barely watchable, but saved by the ongoing sexual banter of Tony and Ziva

    From the beginning, this episode lacked interest and surprise. Apparently set in Paris (nice CGI effects - NOT!) this seemed like a repeat of the Bones episode where Brennan and Booth had to solve a murder in-flight! Firstly, it became very apparent from the beginning that it had to be the flight attendant - I mean all NCIS episodes attempt to deter us viewers from the real culprit but its usually the 'quiet, friendly' ones at fault.

    Secondly - what is going on between Tony and Ziva? I mean the ending where Tony says to Ziva "You lied too" when McGee asked who slept on the couch in Paris. Also Tony says "this is my fav photo it has someone in it" being Ziva - Are they or aren't they?

    Thirdly, for some insane reason I keep coming back to NCIS - maybe its the mundane-ness that keeps drawing me back. Maybe its the fact that I know who the killer is before the ad break comes on.

    Let's hope one of the main characters die again! RIP Katemoreless
Mark Harmon

Mark Harmon

Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs

Rocky Carroll

Rocky Carroll

Director Leon Vance

Michael Weatherly

Michael Weatherly

Special Agent Tony DiNozzo

Cote de Pablo

Cote de Pablo

Special Agent Ziva David

Pauley Perrette

Pauley Perrette

Forensics Specialist Abby Sciuto

Sean Murray (I)

Sean Murray (I)

Special Agent Tim McGee

Lily Rains

Lily Rains

Nora Williams

Guest Star

Dina Meyer

Dina Meyer

Holly Snow

Guest Star

Ryan Cutrona

Ryan Cutrona

Ray Beringer

Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (5)

    • GOOF: While in Paris, when Tony comes in a scooter to pick Ziva up we see her holding a 200 € bank note (approx. 275 US dollars) which she leaves on the table of a coffee shop to pay for a coffee and a couple of croissants. A rather expensive breakfast unless Ziva is a very generous tipper as we don't see her waiting for the change.

    • GOOF: When Tony and Ziva are in Paris, we see Tony arriving in a scooter to meet Ziva but with no helmet on, then they both get on the scooter, again with no helmets. In most of European countries, France included, it is illegal and punishable by law to drive any motorcycle without a helmet.

    • GOOF: The whole point of having two people on a protection detail is that one person is always available to stay with the protectee. Yet both Tony and Ziva ran up the aisle of the airplane to check on the disturbance leaving the witness unprotected. That is just the type of ploy that would be used to get to someone.

    • GOOF: At the end when the airliner is landing at Dulles International Airport, the footage of the plane appears to be showing Air Force One.

    • GOOF: When Tony uses the EpiPen, he uses it upside down. The black end Tony pressed with his thumb is the tip of the pen and contains the needle and the end with the gray top/plug he removed is the top of the pen. Tony should simply have thrust the black end into the outside of Nora's thigh and the force would have caused the needle to shoot out the black end into her leg. If he had used it the way he did in the episode- pushing on the black end with his thumb- he would have injected the epinephrine into his thumb.

  • QUOTES (6)

    • (when the Air Marshal comes off as suspicious, Ziva goes looking in his bag)
      Air Marshal: I think you got the wrong bag.
      Ziva: You have a good eye.
      (Tony comes from the back)
      Tony: Hey Ziva, I found your book.
      Ziva: Thank you.
      Tony: Still studying American History, huh? (makes snoring sounds) I just finished the Twilight Saga. I've been suggesting it to her. It's very romantic.
      Ziva: Excuse me.
      (Ziva brushes by the Air Marshal and picks his pocket)
      Tony: I just finished book four if you want to borrow it. (points to self) Team Edward.

    • McGee: Hey, in Paris, who got stuck with the couch?
      Tony: Me, we flipped a coin.
      McGee: Tough break. (McGee leaves, leaving Tony and Ziva alone)
      Ziva: Why did you just lie to McGee?
      Tony: Why did you lie to Nora?

    • Tony: (to Ziva) Bogy and Bergman will always have Paris. Now so will we.

    • Nora: You are so direct, so honest, so different from him.
      Ziva: Tony and I have different approaches.
      Nora: You're complementary. You sure you two never...?
      Ziva: No. Positive. Definitely no.

    • Ziva: Why do you keep on asking about Tony and I?
      Nora: You're like me and Daniel. Good fit. Besides, Paris is a romantic city and you guys shared a room, so...
      Ziva: I took the couch. Otherwise Tony would have whined the entire flight about his, (Ziva smiles) his back.

    • (Ziva pretends to want to hold Tony's hand while she is really handing him a mobile phone covertly)
      Ziva: Pss.
      Tony: (takes Ziva's hand) Honey.
      Ziva: Call Abby, ask her to run Neely's incoming and outgoing calls.
      Tony: On it, bossy. (Nora smiles audibly) What?
      Nora: You guys say you don't get along but you make a great team.
      Ziva: It is not always so smooth, believe me.
      Tony: She's usually much snarkier. I think Paris changed her.

  • NOTES (1)

    • Original International Airdates:
      Australia: March 16, 2010 on Channel Ten
      Sweden: March 30, 2010 on TV3
      Germany: May 23, 2010 on SAT 1
      Spain: May 28, 2010 on LaSexta
      Slovakia: August 19, 2010 on Markiza
      Norway: September 14, 2010 on TV3
      Hungary: September 27, 2010 on TV2
      New Zealand: October 3, 2010 on TV3
      Finland: December 7, 2010 on Nelonen
      Czech Republic: February 21, 2011 on TV Nova


    • After Ziva subdues the Flight Attendant Tiffany Chase Tony says: "Talk about Snakes on a Plane, I'll take that hot towel now."

      He is alluding to the 2006 movie Snakes on a Plane. That movie, too, was about Federal Agents escorting a witness being flown from Honolulu to Los Angeles to testify in an upcoming case. In the movie, the plane's bathroom is also used as a crime scene, the plane was also a 747 and a Federal Agent was killed during the flight.

    • Ziva: I once killed a man with a credit card.

      This is an allusion to the second season of 24 where traitor Nina Meyers kills an informant with a plastic card by dragging the jagged edge of the ripped card across the throat of the informant.

    • There are several allusions to the the 1953 movie Roman Holiday with Audrey Hepburn & Gregory Peck that was filmed in Rome. Such as the scene where Tony is on a Scooter and Ziva gets on behind him and puts her arms around Tony, as well as the photograph at the end of the episode with Ziva looking at Tony's photo of her.

      There are also multiple allusions to the 1942 movie Casablanca starring Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman, that starts when Tony says to Ziva, "We've got Paris" and that ends when he once again tells her that "Bogy and Bergman will always have Paris. Now so will we."