Special Agent Tony DiNozzo
Special Agent Ziva David
Forensics Specialist Abby Sciuto
Special Agent Tim McGee
Director Leon Vance
Chief M.E. Ducky Mallard
Asst. M.E. Jimmy Palmer
Special Agent EJ Barrett
Tony: You know there are rules against this. (referring to Gibbs' rules)
E.J.: No there's not. (referring to office rules)
Tony: What about you, David? When do you feel like showering?
Ziva: After just about any conversation with you, Tony.
Palmer: Well, usually in the morning, always after work. Then sometimes in the afternoon, depending on what we're working on. I don't know. I guess I'd say I shower about 18, 19 times a week.
McGee: Surprised you have any skin left.
Ziva: (to Leona) You know, it seems unfair, you get to go home for giving us the name of a man who was recently murdered.
Gibbs: A deal's a deal, Ziva.
Leona: (to Gibbs) You ought to muzzle your pups, Gibbs. They all seem to have a problem with barking.
Gibbs: (referring to Ziva) No, this one's problem is definitely her bite.
McGee: (describing the heist of a casino) Using the few clues from the garage murder and the warehouse break-in, I focused on substantial unsolved heists in the area over the past ten years. Here's what I found: Six years ago. Casino cage. Atlantic City. Two man team goes in with hot iron. Three guards get bloody, one gets aced. Stick-up man goes toes-up on the carpet, the other goes out the door with 27 million clams. Get-away driver scoops some curbside, guns blazing, they dump and burn the ride on the Jersey border and then they are Casper.
Tony: Okay, McGemcity. Unless you built a proton pack in your spare time, we can't bust ghosts. So?
McGee: The guy that was left behind had a rap sheet as long as... (pause) As long as... Hmm. What's really long?
Tony: This presentation.
Leona: I'll be late for my pastry class. Martha Stewart started it when she was here.
Leona: And they say money's supposed to buy justice.
McGee: Well, money can't buy class.
Leona: (To Gibbs) Am I talking to you, or your acid-tongued little errand boy?
Gibbs: So, exactly what happened?
Boy: We were at Paul's birthday party at the pizza place, and me and Lauren took a step outside, to get some fresh air. And she's making fun of me because I watch Victorious, on Nickolodeon. I mean, Victoria Justice is hot, right? So I said that, and she got this crinkly face, and I said, 'but not as hot as you' and then she smiled, and I planted one on her, and then there was tongue...
Tony: About the body, kid...
Boy: Oh, her body was slamming!
Gibbs: The dead body?
Boy: Yeah, that kinda sucked. Because that was my first kiss.
Gibbs: They get better.
With Michael Weatherly directing the episode, this is the first time that an episode was directed by a member of the show's cast. It is also Weatherly's directing debut.
Original International Air Dates:
Canada: March 1, 2011 on Global
United Kingdom: April 22, 2011 on FX/FX HD
The Netherlands: May 3, 2011 on SBS 6
Sweden: August 22, 2011 on TV3
Spain: September 9, 2011 on LaSexta
Finland: September 13, 2011 on Nelonen
Germany: September 25, 2011 on SAT 1
Slovakia: November 24, 2011 on Markiza
Czech Republic: May 14, 2012 on TV Nova
McGee: Well, Grand Theft Otto here matches the physical description of the second stick-up man from the cage robbery.
Grand Theft Auto is the name of a computer game first released in 1997 where the player takes on the role of a criminal and is given various missions to complete.
Boy: We were at Paul's birthday part at the pizza place, and me and Lauren took a step outside, to get some fresh air. And she's making fun of me because I watch Victorious, on Nickelodeon. I mean, Victoria Justice is hot, right?
Victorious is a TV show on Nickelodeon that stars Victoria Justice.
"One Last Score" refers to the common theme of heist and criminal-centric movies, like Ocean's Eleven, Layer Cake, etc., in which the criminals must do their last crime so they can fully retire, as DiNozzo and McGee have described.
(Tony is complimenting Gibbs on his car chase)
Tony: Like Doc McCoy in The Getaway.
Gibbs: Yeah? No, not really.
Tony: McQueen had Jewison, he had Yates, he had Peckinpah -- right there, guiding him, navigating him, molding him. You would have made a great director, Boss.
Gibbs: Yeah, well - already got one of those.
Tony: McQueen also had Jacqueline Bisset, Faye Dunaway and Ali McGraw. Did you notice that the new girl likes to shower here before she goes home? (Gibbs delivers a head slap.)
Reference to Steve McQueen, an American actor who (1930-1980) known for his caper-style movies. He often did his own stunt work driving cars in his movies, and was known for his love of race cars and car collecting. Among his movies, he starred as Doc McCoy with Ali McGraw in The Getaway (1972), directed by Sam Peckinpah; The Thomas Crown Affair with Faye Dunaway, directed by Norman Jewison (1968); and with Jacqueline Bisset in Bullitt, directed by Peter Yates, also in 1968.
Ziva: (Referring to desk in warehouse) It belonged to William Faulkner! I love his writing!
Tony: Total genius!
Ziva: Yes! It was worth learning English just for "The Sound and the Fury"! Or that chapter in "As I Lay Dying", you know, the one with the five words, "My mother is a fish!"
Tony: I don't really like his books that much, but I'm a big fan of movies that he made based on other people's books, like The Big Sleep and To Have And Have Not. I mean, he gave us Bogey and Bacall. God bless you, William Faulkner.
"Sound and the Fury" was a book written by Mississippi writer William Faulkner in 1929, and is ranked as #6 on the 100 best English language books of the 20th century. It deals with the Compson family, a family of fading Southern aristocrats. "As I Lay Dying" is another Faulkner book written in 1930 about the death of a woman and the events leading up to her family's struggles to abide by her wishes for burial. William Faulkner spent the 1940's in Hollywood writing for Howard Hawks, including The Big Sleep and To Have and Have Not, starring Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall, who married after To Have and Have Not.
Tony: Paintings coming to life - guy probably thinks he's like Ben Stiller in Night at the Museum, he's playing baseball by himself. I mean, he's a working stiff - no magic there.
Allusion to 2006 movie Night At the Museum, which starred Ben Stiller as an evening security guard at American Museum of Natural History, who is surprised to discover the museum comes alive at night.
McGee: It's one of Tony's movie myths - I've never had a good time in a women's prison! What a horrible woman!
Reference to an earlier NCIS episode, "Caged", where McGee is trapped in a women's prison investigating a murder.
Guard: There's nothing going missing.
Tony: How would you know? This place looks like Xanadu.
Guard: Well, we've never had any of these paintings come to life and jump out of the frame!
Tony: Are you referring to the Olivia Newton-John movie?
Guard: Weren't you?
Tony: Xanadu... Citizen Kane's house.
Guard: Oh. Well -- that's a little embarrassing.
Ziva: Yeah, for both of you. But really, how would you know if someone took Rosebud out to go sledding?
Xanadu is a 1980 film starring Olivia Newton-John as a Muse of dance who emerges from a painting to help an aspiring artist. Citizen Kane was the 1941 drama written, produced, directed and starring Orson Welles, which featured a looming estate "Xanadu". "Rosebud" was the name of Kane's wooden sled and a memory of a simpler childhood that was Kane's last word before he died.
Gibbs: Probably had access to the details.
Ziva: Possibly tried to sell them.
Tony: Like Heat, the Michael Mann movie...
Heat was a 1995 crime drama movie directed by Michael Mann, starring Robert DeNiro, Al Pacino, Val Kilmer and Natalie Portman, about a heist that went wrong.
Ducky: Spleen. Interest?
Jimmy: Aren't they all?
Tony: The movie, Palmer. Disgruntled employee steals from the office on the way out of town, stops for a little while, and winds up dead, just like Marion Crane in Psycho.
Jimmy: Haven't seen it.
Tony: You've had 50 years to catch up on the story of Norman Bates!
Ducky: The character inspired by the exploits of the 'Wisconsin Cannibal', Ed Gein.
Two allusions, one to the 1960 movie Psycho, an Alfred Hitchcock thriller. Norman Bates was the disturbed killer who ran the hotel where Marion Crane stayed and was murdered. The second allusion is to Ed Gein, a serial killer whose extreme exploits in the 40's and 50's have contributed to part of Psycho, The Texas Chainsaw Massacres, and Silence of the Lambs.
Ziva: It's an expression. But hitting things does fix things!
Tony: Only to Gibbs, the Fonz, and the far-too-short-lived Stephen J. Cannell classic, Riptide.
Several allusions: One, to "the Fonz", as in Arthur Fonzarelli, a character in the TV Show Happy Days played by Henry Winkler, for whom broken things would suddenly be fixed if he smacked them. Secondly, Riptide was a 1983-1986 TV detective show written by Stephen J. Cannell, a prolific television writer. The reference to "far-too-short-lived" may be in Cannell's honor since his recent death in September 2010.
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