Season 7 Episode 8

Power Down

Aired Tuesday 8:00 PM Nov 17, 2009 on CBS
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The team needs to use other resources when an attempted robbery leads to the death of a Lieutenant and the entire city suffers a major blackout.

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Mark Harmon

Mark Harmon

Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs

Michael Weatherly

Michael Weatherly

Special Agent Tony DiNozzo

Pauley Perrette

Pauley Perrette

Forensics Specialist Abby Sciuto

David McCallum

David McCallum

Chief M.E. Ducky Mallard

Sean Murray (I)

Sean Murray (I)

Special Agent Tim McGee

Cote de Pablo

Cote de Pablo

Special Agent Ziva David

Cara Buono

Cara Buono

Navy Commander Sarah Resnik

Guest Star

Corey Sorenson

Corey Sorenson

Anthony Paxton

Guest Star

Ryan Honey

Ryan Honey

Colin Stone

Guest Star

Brian Dietzen

Brian Dietzen

Asst. M.E. Jimmy Palmer

Recurring Role

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (6)

    • TRIVIA: The credits sequence ends with the usual Washington view and a car, but with a difference, we see the power supply cut in the credits (hinting what is going to happen in the episode).

    • GOOF: The "'99 Impala" the team finds after hearing about it on police band is really a '95-'96.

    • GOOF: The abdomen of the filleted body on the autopsy table is moving up and down, as the body was breathing. It was a bit unnerving considering Ducky had her heart in his hand. It airs about 17 minutes into the episode.

    • Nitpick: When Gibbs shows them how to use the old mimeograph machine that had been found in storage, the machine works perfectly the first time in spite of no maintenance or fluids added for countless years, which is extremely unlikely. However, this was in storage for presumably this very purpose, and it stands to reason there would be an unopened can of fluids with it. Whether someone other than Gibbs would know to grab the can, is up for debate.

    • GOOF: It was established that the time elapsed from the shooting was well over nine hours by the amount of time McGee and David were stuck in the elevator to when they arrived at the crime scene. And yet the EMT was first tending to the shot guard, bandaging his wound. It is inconceivable that a gunshot victim would have to wait that long to be treated.

    • GOOF: In the opening scene the power to the White House and many other federal buildings is seen going out, however the White House and other essential buildings work off their own power supplies.

  • QUOTES (6)

    • (Ziva and McGee are stuck in the elevator)
      McGee: Do you see this? Nine hours, 21 minutes! (shoves his watch in Ziva's face)
      Ziva: Has it been that long? (takes the watch away and breaks it)
      McGee: Why did you do that?
      Ziva: Because it was either you or the watch!
      McGee: It's just, what's taking so long, you know?
      Ziva: Look, I'm sure we're not the only ones that need to be rescued. Plus, things could be a lot worse.
      McGee: Yeah, how's that?
      Ziva: We could be stuck here with Tony.
      Tony: (from outside the elevator) I heard that! I find it very interesting that the two of you left together late last night!
      Ziva: Just ignore him. He's like an annoying bug. Eventually he'll just go away.
      McGee: Ziva, it's been five years. Trust me, he's not going anywhere.

    • Gibbs: (talking about the case) So, basically we got nothing?
      Tony: Do blisters count?
      Ziva: Then we have nothing.

    • Tony: Is it possible for feet to actually die when they're still connected to your body?

    • Abby: I don't understand! Why does autopsy get back up power and I don't? MTAC I get that, but what does Ducky have that I don't?
      Gibbs: Corpses.
      Abby: I'll get some corpses!

    • Tony: High-tech case - low-tech ass-kickin'...

    • Gibbs: Book 'em, Dan-nozzo.
      Tony: Nice Hawaii-Five-O reference, Boss.

  • NOTES (2)

    • Rocky Carroll is credited but doesn't appear.

    • Original International Airdates:
      Norway: December 22, 2009 on TV3
      Sweden: February 2, 2010 on TV3
      Australia: February 9, 2010 on Ten
      Germany: April 18, 2010 on SAT 1
      Spain: April 30, 2010 on LaSexta
      Slovakia: July 15, 2010 on Markiza
      Finland: November 2, 2010 on Nelonen
      Czech Republic: January 10, 2011 on TV Nova


    • Tony: Husband's not gonna like hearing he was married to Mata Hari.

      This is a reference to a Dutch exotic dancer and courtesan Mata Hari (Stage name of Margaretha Geertruida "Grietje" Zelle). In the midst of While World War I, she was executed by a firing squad for espionage.

    • References are made to several old school police shows during this episode, but the most references are made to Dragnet. This is most likely due to the fact that Jack Webb, the creator of Dragnet, Adam-12 and Emergency, gave a young Mark Harmon his start by having him guest star in episodes of Emergency and Adam-12, then headlining him the 1978 television series, Sam.

    • When the USO girl Tony is interviewing gets off on a tangent he replies "just the facts Ma'am" referring to a line often used by Sgt. Joe Friday in the TV show Dragnet, played by Jack Webb.

    • Tony: That's a regular Jason Bourne identa-kit.

      Jason Bourne is a fictional character in the Bourne trilogy of books. There are also three films starring Matt Damon as Bourne.

    • McGee: Wow, this is like the TARDIS.

      The TARDIS, standing for Time and Relative Dimensions In Space, is the time and space travel device used by the main character on the BBC show Doctor Who.