The cross-over that aired few weeks after the show's premiere, was aired as a JAG episode, but also a pilot titled "Navy NCIS: The Beginning". The episode is a 1-hour combination of two episodes that aired as JAG, "Ice Queen (1)" and "Meltdown (2)".
A murdered JAG officer teams up the JAG staff with agents of the Naval Criminal Investigative Services (NCIS).
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Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs
Special Agent Tony DiNozzo
Forensics Specialist Abby Sciuto
Chief M.E. Ducky Mallard
Cmdr. Harmon Rabb, Jr.
Lt. Col. Sarah MacKenzie
Lt. Bud J. Roberts, Jr.
NCIS Director Tom Morrow
GOOF: On Abby's first scene, when she grabs her lab coat, her hands are glove less, on the next pan, as she adjusts the coat, you can see a blue glove on her right hand, the next shot has her without gloves, again, as she reaches for one in the glove box.
GOOF: When Gibbs is interrogating Rabb, there is a camera shot through the viewing glass that shows Tony, Viv and Abby in the mirror reflection off the glass. However, Abby hasn't entered the room yet as evident by her entering the room about 10 seconds later.
TRIVIA: About Tony's identity when he goes undercover: in real life, Michael Weatherly has a son named August, nicknamed "Gus."
TRIVIA: The pilot for this series aired as a two-part episode of JAG in the spring of 2003. Two major changes were made for the series. A gimmick in which Ducky is shown talking to corpses - from the corpse's point of view - was dropped, and a character named Viv Blackadder (played by Robyn Lively) was replaced by the character played by Sasha Alexander.
Ducky: On her left buttock, I found a tattoo of a stalking leopard. Majestic, brilliant. I've only seen one other like it on a tango dancer in Buenos Aires who died from dehydration. I was on sabbatical...
Prosecutor: Doctor, I was asking about Lieutenant Singer.
Ducky: She wasn't in Buenos Aires.
Tony: How fast can you run them?
Abby: Usually takes about 12 hours. But for a dinner...
Tony: Get me a ID in two and I'll make it Café Atlántico.
Admiral: What the hell were going on between you and Lieutenant Singer?
Rabb: Nothing, sir.
Admiral: Nothing my ass! After that performance in the conference room, you'd be my prime suspect.
Rabb: I didn't kill Lieutenant Singer, Admiral.
Admiral: I know you didn't kill her. But you're involved and I wanna know how.
Rabb: I'd rather not say, sir.
Admiral: Good God, did you get her pregnant?!
Tony: I remember we found this old guy, died watching TV. We found him sitting stiff as a board with a Bud in his hand.
Viv: No, please, not another Baltimore-homicide story.
Tony: It looks like a natural death, but we gotta wait for the M.E. to confirm, right? So it's dinnertime, my partner and I are starving. So we tell the rookie to keep an eye on the stiff. Rookie's never been alone with a body. Well, suddenly, the body goes out of rigour, slumps, the air in the lungs is forced through the voice box, and the corpse moans.
Viv: Stop it!
Tony: Rookie freaks, empties his revolver into the body.
Gibbs: You know what I think, DiNozzo?
Tony: Don't say it's an urban myth, man, because I was there.
Gibbs: I think you were the rookie.
Tony: That's funny, Gibbs. Funny. Wrong but funny.
Rabb: Look, there are enough holes in this case to raise reasonable doubt.
Counselor: There is also enough evidence to tie you to the murder and a string of witnesses, your colleagues, who will testify to angry words between you and Lt. Singer right up to the time of her death.
Rabb: Well, it could be worse I guess.
Rabb: I could not have an alibi
Counselor: You have an alibi??
Harm Rabb: How long you been doing this, Gibbs?
Gibbs: Nineteen years.
Rabb: Can you tell if someone's guilty, by looking in their eyes?
Gibbs: I can.
Harm Rabb: Yeah, well look in mine. Ask me. Ask me!
Gibbs: Would you kill for your brother?
Gibbs: I'm not smart enough to play risky games with a lawyer of your caliber, Rabb.
Harm Rabb: That's Commander Rabb. Or Commander. Or sir, "Gunny." I believe as a reservist you're still technically in the Marine Corps.
Gibbs: I am an NCIS Special Agent, and I don't have to salute you, or sir you, or give you any military courtesy, but you know that. So who's playing the games here?
Major McBurney: Nice lab you got here. Interesting Martha Stewart on LSD touches around the place too.
Patrick (Bud Roberts Jr.) and Mark (Gibbs) stared together in the 1987 movie Summer School. Mark plays a gym teacher that has to teach remedial English to failing students over the summer holidays.
When Tony gives Abby the blood, i.e. the first time we see Abby, the song playing is "Transfer" by Collide, and when the lawyer dude is in the lab talking to Abby, the song playing is "Frozen" by Collide, and the song playing when both the JAG lawyers come to the lab with Gibbs to get the results from the tag in the hat is "Monochrome" by Collide.
Sasha Alexander is the only one of the original NCIS cast members that does not appear in this episode.
This episode is actually not a NCIS episode. It has the title JAG, but it's considered a one-hour pilot episode for NCIS.
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