Tony: Are those Hollander's homemade Christmas cookies from HR?
McGee: Did she make molasses this year?
Ed: She did, and they were good.
Tony: I think I have a way to break our bad Santa!
Ed: With what, cookies? What are you going to do, sugar-board him?
Tony: Family and job. Two different cups.
Gibbs: That's right.
Tony: And... if I couldn't fill both, that was my problem.
Tony: What if I can now?
Gibbs: Then get out of my basement, man up and move on.
Tony: Like you have?
Gibbs: Don't be like me. Learn from it.
Emma: Do you have kids, Agent Gibbs?
Gibbs: Had a daughter.
Emma: Were you there when she was born?
Emma: Well, I guess I kind of have to be there for mine. Not that I'm complaining. It's just... I might be...
Emma: The hell you say?
Gibbs: It's all right if you are.
Emma: Not according to the Corps. That's what I like about being a Marine. The procedures. The code. I like having a measurable set of expectations. I could always tell how good I was doing, but with this... how do I know?
Gibbs: You don't. But you'll be able to tell.
Emma: Listen, everyone, I don't want any special treatment. I'm a Marine first and pregnant second.
Ziva: Well, I will gladly take the special treatment. I like mine with extra marshmallows the little tiny ones, please.
Tony: Who do you think I am, your elf?
Emma: Hand over your weapons.
Gibbs: There's only one way to get a Marine's weapon.
Emma: What do you know about it? You a leatherneck?
Gibbs: Where do you think I got this haircut?
Abby: Oh, thank goodness it's just you. Jimmy and his Grinch-in-law have been stalking the halls spreading ill-will and yuletide yuckness. Hey, did he try to pick a fight with you in the squad room?
Gibbs: No, he's just being a...
Abby: Unseasonably and unreasonably rude.
Gibbs: He's being a father-in-law to be.
Abby: Well, if he knows what's good for him, he's not going to come a-wassailing within at least 20 feet of my leaves of green.
Rocky Carroll is credited but doesn't appear.
Original International Air Dates:
Canada: December 13, 2011 on Global
United Kingdom: March 23, 2012 on FX/FX HD
Finland: March 27, 2012 on Nelonen
Germany: April 1, 2012 on SAT 1
Slovakia: August 23, 2012 on Markiza
Ducky: Don't lie to Mister Ed.
A referral to "Mr. Ed", a talking horse featured in the TV show Mr. Ed from the early 1960's. Mister Ed was a notorious troublemaker, constantly getting his owner, the hapless Wilbur, in trouble.
Tony and Emma both refer to the Maryland policeman at the shopping mall as "Deputy Dawg". "Deputy Dawg" is an early 1960's cartoon character featuring a dog acting as a deputy sheriff in southern Mississippi, with a thick Southern accent.
Abby: Well, he better not come a-wassailing within twenty feet of my leaves of green!
A line from a 12th century English Christmas carol folk song, "The Wassail Song" (author and composer unknown):
"Here we come a'wassailing
Among the leaves so green..."
Tony: No, I think I will relegate that part of my life to 'Christmas Past'.
"Christmas Past" is one of the ghosts in A Christmas Carol (1843) by Charles Dickens. He appears to Ebenezer Scrooge to review his life. In the book, The Ghost of Christmas Past shows Scrooge his painful memories, including when his former fiancee', Belle, broke their engagement in objection to his obsession with his job, and went on to have a happy life married to someone else.
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