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Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs
Special Agent Tony DiNozzo
Mossad Agent Ziva David
Forensics Specialist Abby Sciuto
Special Agent Tim McGee
Director Jenny Shepard
Army Lt. Col. Hollis Mann
GOOF: According to the the episode's timeline, Josh Cooper's 1st day of classes occurs on the 4th day. However, the time-stamp on the Security Video from the convenience store reads October 27, well after any university's Fall Semester begins. (In R/L Princeton's 2006 Fall Semester began Thursday, Sept. 14th.)
GOOF: Near the end of the episode when Gibbs is approaching Abraham in the square, Lt. Col. Mann says to DiNozzo (in reference to Gibbs), "Four marriages. Negotiating's probably not his strong suit." She doesn't actually "discover" that Gibbs has been married four times, but only divorced three until a conversation with Ducky in a future episode.
NITPICK: When the two teams find the bomb in the hideout, Tony makes an oblique reference to it. Surely alerting the team to its presence as efficiently as possible was the highest priority.
TRIVIA: In the scene where Gibbs is painting the name "Kelly" on his boat, he is wearing a T-shirt with a picture of a service flag on the back. The service flag is shown to honor a family member in the armed forces. The gold star indicates the service member died in action.
TRIVIA: It is revealed that the boat Gibbs has been making during the entire series is being named after his dead daughter, Kelly Gibbs.
TRIVIA: If you look closely at the shoulder of Lt. Col. Mann you will see a patch with a circular emblem with two upper case A's. This is the symbol for the 82nd Airbourne Division.
TRIVIA: In this episode Abby and Gibbs both use sign language that is never explained. Abby signs "I thought she didn't know." in reference to Hollis Mann understanding sign language. Gibbs signs back, "Maybe she wanted to surprise you."
TRIVIA: The game Abraham is playing on his cell phone as he sits on the bench at the end of the episode is called "Tetris", originally created by Russian scientist Alexey Pazhitnov in 1985.
Tony: Looks like you've made up your mind.
Josh: Special Agent slash mind-reader.
Tony: Well when you're good, you're good.
Gibbs: Don't apologize.
Hollis: More questions than answers?
Gibbs: Sign of weakness.
Hollis: I thought it took strength to apologize?
Gibbs: So, I got the food, did you solve the case?
Hollis: Well I was about to until you broke my concentration.
Gibbs: That easy to break huh?
Hollis: When I'm hungry.
Hollis: Well... I'm a cheap date.
Gibbs: This is a date?
Hollis: It's a figure of speech Agent Gibbs.
Hollis: Agent Gibbs. I've been ringing your bell for the last three minutes.
Gibbs: I've been meaning to fix that.
Hollis: Well the door was open so...
Gibbs: So this would be trespassing not breaking and entering.
Hollis: Uh huh.
Ziva: I'll update the BOLO.
Tony: What BOLO?
Mann: Well, we've cleared the course and we've added everyone as they left but we don't have any record of this '99 Toyota leaving. The owner's a greenskeeper.
McGee: He must have used a service entrance and snuck out before we covered them all.
Tony: Nice catch McGee!
Mann: Uh, no, it's my catch.
Gibbs: Got a number?
Abby: I thought you'd never ask!
Ziva: You want me to defuse it, because before you said you'd kick my ass...
Gibbs: Do it!
McGee: It's poison ivy and it's spreading ok!
Tony: This is your second tango with the vicious weed McGee. Maybe you ought to learn what that stuff looks like.
Ziva: And avoid it!
Colonel Mann: Do all your people talk to themselves?
Gibbs: Don't yours?
McGee: Whoa.. wait look! Did you see that?!
Ziva: See what?
McGee: Gibbs let her go first! He never lets anyone go first!
Colonel Mann: You're not.. hacking the CIA.
McGee: Oh, no! No. Homeland Security.
(After he catches McGee scratching himself on video)
Tony: And to think people once questioned the need for a video camera on a cellphone.
Tony: (walks to Ziva) Aww.. wait till you see this! Any ideas?
Ziva: He's definitely not making cappuccino!
Jeanne: In the last hour... at least a dozen hot co-eds have walked by... your eyes haven't wondered once.
Tony: Really?! But yours have.
Jeanne: How's a ah... How's a kind.. cute.. definitely charming guy like you.. who does some pretty bad impersonations...
Tony: I don't know... what that means..
Jeanne: Manage to stay.. single for so long?
Tony: Oh.. you're gonna ask a real question.. that's a real question.
Colonel Mann: You could get NCIS intel to do a profile on me if you like.
Gibbs: Oh I could... but I like surprises.
Colonel Mann: Look CID intel did a profile on you for me. I know you flaunt authority, especially in front of a female.
Gibbs: Did a female write that too?
Colonel Mann: Divorced right?
Gibbs: Three times.
Colonel Mann: Only three!
Tony: There was nothing you could have done.
Josh: That's another one of those stupid things people say..
Tony: Well... I've got a million of them.... should ask my co-workers... they'll tell ya.
Josh: Okay, what else ya got?
Tony: Everything happens for a reason.
Josh: Yeah, that really would have pissed me off.
(Tony is listing the things Italy has given the world to Ziva and McGee)
Tony: ...and pasta! In all it's sexy shapes and sizes!
Colonel Mann: (about Gibbs) Four marriages... negotiating's probably not his thing.
Tony: You'd be surprised.
Colonel Mann: Well I have been so far.
Gibbs: You bring anything other than ACU's?
Colonel Mann: Would you like me to wear a dress?
Colonel Mann: Smart and devious. That's a dangerous combination.
Gibbs: You forgot charming.
Colonel Mann: No, I didn't.
Gibbs: Nice job, Ziva. You do anything like that ever again, I'll kick your ass back to Israel.
Tony: Well, I'm looking down your shirt right now.
Ziva: See anything good?
Tony: Yeah. Real good, but I'm not entirely sure it's worth dying over.
Ziva: Not worth dying over... I'll remember that.
Tony: What if I said it was?
Ziva: Now you'll never know.
McGee: (to Abby) I'm not gonna put on acid on my... boys!
Colonel Mann: Of course, we've got a lot of land to cover.
Gibbs: Eighteen holes on a golf course.
Colonel Mann: Yep. You wanna divide them up?
Gibbs: Sure. We'll take the crime scene. You and your people can take the other seventeen holes.
Gibbs: Is there anything I should know about you before we get involved?
Colonel Mann: Involved?
Gibbs: In the case.
Colonel Mann: Anything you'd like to share?
Gibbs: I got some sardines upstairs.
Colonel Mann: I meant about the case.
Colonel Mann: (to Gibbs) If this is going to be a pissing match, you'd better bring an umbrella.
(Ziva is trying to disarm another bomb)
Abraham: (To McGee) What's your name?
Tony: It means 'he who is about to wet his pants.'
Tony: Hot and smart: a female version of me.
Tony: I'd say this guy is a few puppies short of a pet shop.
Josh: An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth.
Tony: Which leaves you with a bunch of toothless blind people.
Tony: We'll find who did this.
Josh: Like you found Bin Laden.
(Tony was bragging about Italia)
Ziva: The Chinese invented pasta!
Tony: Communist-era propaganda!
(Guy sitting on a park bench is playing the game Tetris)
Gibbs: My son Tony plays that all the time.
Gibbs: What, McGee!
McGee: Poison ivy, Boss. I just, I look at this stuff and I break out.
Gibbs: Don't look.
McGee: Plumbing? Uh, everytime I flush I will think of you, Tony. You and your people.
Ziva: I'd ask you to explain that, but I really don't want to know.
Tony: One and a half teaspoons is not sweet, McGee. I've seen my people pour three ounces of sugar into a one ounce expresso.
McGee: You people being "Long Islanders?"
(Ziva is going to disarm the bomb)
Tony: This has to be the stupidest thing a human being has ever done!
Ziva: Then why are you following me Tony?
Tony: I don't freakin' know!
Tony: Did I miss something?
Ziva: Gibbs just found his fourth ex-wife.
Scottie Thompson makes her first appearance as Jeanne Benoit, a recurring character, in this episode.
Original International Airdates:
Denmark: November 28, 2006 on TV3
Sweden: January 28, 2007 on TV3
Australia: March 6, 2007 on TEN
Belgium: March 25, 2007 on VT4
Germany: April 15, 2007 on SAT 1
The Netherlands: April 18, 2007 on Veronica
United Kingdom: May 22, 2007 on FX UK
Spain: July 5, 2007 on La Sexta
Italy: September 23, 2007 on RAI 2
Finland: November 18, 2008 on Nelonen
Slovakia: June 3, 2009 on Markiza
Czech Republic: August 18, 2009 on TV Nova
"Like a Star" by Corinne Bailey Rae (while Tony and his girlfriend are having dinner at the beginning of the episode.)
This episode was originally scheduled to air on October 24, 2006, but it was later replaced by a repeat of episode 3x22, "Jeopardy."
This episode was originally planned to be named Sandblaster.
(After Jeanne points out to Tony that he isn't looking at the other good looking women and Tony comments back that Jeanne is noticing them.)
Jeanne: Don't get your hopes up! I'm a very traditional girl.
Tony: Well... So was Anne Heche.
This was directed to Anne Heche's sexual preference. She announced in the late 90's that she was gay and even dated comedian Ellen DeGeneres, but then turned around and married a man, cameraman Coley Laffoon and they now have a son together.
In this episode, McGee comes in to contact with poison ivy while searching the crime scene. He is hesitant at first, claiming: "I just look at the stuff and I break out."
This is a reference back to episode 2x15 "Caught On Tape," where Tony forces McGee to crawl into an area full of poison ivy looking for a murder weapon, causing him to emerge with a serious rash.
Episode Title: "Sandblast"
The episode title is a reference to a term for the process of shaping, cleaning or smoothing a hard surface. The title alludes to the fact that the Colonel was "blasted" (blown up), while "blasting" out of a sand trap on the golf course.
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