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Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs
Special Agent Kate Todd
Special Agent Tony DiNozzo
Forensics Specialist Abby Sciuto
Chief M.E. Ducky Mallard
Captain Tom Bradstone
Asst. M.E. Gerald Jackson
FBI Agent T.C. Fornell
NCIS Director Tom Morrow
GOOF: When the map of the blackout pops up on screen it shows the entire shore of Lake Superior as being affected. This was not the case as the no blackouts occurred along the north shores of Lake Superior.
TRIVIA: We learn the Abby knows sign language because her parents were deaf. However, it is not revealed why Gibbs knows sign language.
GOOF: Near the end of the episode, when Kate is showing the areas affected by the August 2003 blackout, The U.S. is in green and Canada is in grey. However, the state of Maine and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan are the wrong color. They should be green but they are grey.
GOOF: Kate says that by the time the power failure of August 15, 2003, reached Buchanan, NY, all the northeast and most of Canada was blacked out. The display on the screen shows clearly that nowhere near "most of Canada" was affected, in fact only the majority of Ontario was affected. Also, the blackout started on August 14th, not the 15th.
TRIVIA: In the elevator, Tony said something to Gibbs in sign language that was never voiced. He signed, "I see."
GOOF: When the reporter is filming her segment about what really happened, right as she is signing off, "This is Diane Fontaine, WXEK News," her microphone is facing so that you can see the logo "WXEK". But in the next shot, they zoom in closer on her, and the microphone shows a big "19".
Gibbs: (seeing the terrorist had gotten six of seven numbers dialed) Lucky he wasn't phone savvy.
Kate: Savvy enough to wire three phones to the same number.
Gibbs: Yep. What if he'd used speed dial?
Tony: Are you sure? I knew a granny in Baltimore hid a kilo of H in a horse's rectum.
Kate: No horse on the boat, Tony.
Tony: Well that gives you a warm fuzzy feeling doesn't it?
Tony: Knowing Gibbs trusts us with a contaminated crime scene.
Tony: (looking at two girls sunbathing) If I only had the time.
Tony: (quickly looking at his watch) Do you have the time?
Gibbs: Going somewhere?
Tony: Yeah, back to work.
Abby: Are we submitting to the Sundance film festival?
Tony: Yeah, Best Terrorist Film Category.
Tony: I feel like I just kissed my sister.
Abby: I didn't know you had a sister Tony.
Tony: I don't. I was fantasizing.
Abby: I need music to do that.
Tony: You do not have the right to remain silent. You do not have the right to an attorney. If you want an attorney, you won't get an appointment to see one. Do you understand these rights you don't have?
Gibbs: Dealers were found with fanny packs stuffed with wads of Franklins.
Kate: Well, I gotta see those bills.
Kate: I did work for the Secret Service. We tend to get all hot and bothered over large sums of hundred dollar bills.
Tony: Is that what does it for ya?
Kate: What does it for me, Tony, is a mystery that you will never solve.
FBI Director: Oh hell, why not? We're all on the same team. But, Tom, if any of our colleagues hear about this I'll pull the plug and NCIS priority will follow the Sandusky Ohio Fire Department.
Director Morrow: Understood.
Tony: What's that?
Fuller: Asset forfeiture notice.
Tony: Don't you have to find drugs first?
Fuller: I used to worry about rules like that... then I met you guys.
Fuller: I'm a federal agent. I know who and what to ask.
Gibbs: I keep forgetting you're not a dog walker.
Fuller: (pats dog) Can Tony sniff for drugs now?
Fuller: Some coincidence, huh?
Tony: Bet he's a real stud.
Fuller: He's neutered.
(Tony tries to say something in sign language to Gibbs)
Gibbs: You should wash your hands with soap for saying that.
Kate: Looks like a heard of elephants went through here.
Gibbs: Nah, just one fat local LEO.
Ducky: The South Pacific has a number of different refreshments. I remember one... where was it? New Guinea or Timor... whatever the case, the natives had this delightfully refreshing drink. It wasn't until years later that I discovered it was made from a mixture of rum punch and water buffalo urine.
Gibbs: You get that reporter's number, or was that just talk?
Tony: Haha. Gibbs.
Gibbs: See if she's available for lunch.
Tony: Love to. Can I expense it?
Gibbs: No, but I will.
Tony: How do you sign I shoulda known?
Tony: Ahh... I heard a rumor about an ecstasy ring at Lejeune.
Gibbs: You heard a rumor?
Kate: Oh, he's been searching for a case, any case, since I came in.
Tony: All agents not working active cases are to attend a sexual harassment seminar at the NCIS Human Resources training center at 0930 hours today.
Gibbs: I cannot sit through another one of those, I will shoot myself.
Kate: You mean they actually train you guys how to harass? Hey, I'm kidding. Except for Tony.
Tony: For the last time, Kate, I was only trying to get my seatbelt on.
Kate: Right. Seatbelt.
Kate: For the 1990-96 series, Treasury introduced microprinting as a counter-measure against computer printers and copiers. Good enough to stop high school kids, but not rogue countries and a few of the world's top forgers. It's got one tiny flaw.
Gibbs: I'll be damned.
Kate: You'd think a man who could find heroin in a horse's ass could find this.
Fuller: You reached into a horse's ass?
Tony: I had a glove on. United States, what's wrong with that?
Kate: Read it again.
Tony: Untied States. Ah. So the forger was dyslexic.
Kate: Not just the forger.
Kate: Oh, that's really smart, Tony.
Tony: Any guy coulda done it.
Kate: Guy? Learn to shut up when you're ahead.
Fornell: I see where you cowboys get your chutzpah.
Gibbs: Hey. Get anything from your friend?
Gibbs: You disappoint me, Kate.
Fornell: Me too, Gibbs. I thought she knew better than to trade down. Oh. Is this yours?
Gibbs: You need to seriously rethink your definition of the word 'friend.'
Kate: If I were in Marcy's shoes I would've done the same thing.
Fornell: Careful, Agent Todd. You're running out of job options.
Kate: Glad you could make it, Marcy. I didn't go over to the dark side.
Marcy: Sorry. So how's it feel not wearing a suit?
Kate: I think a bit like mom felt when she burned her bra.
Fuller: Your bluff worked. Trujillo wants to talk. He really believed you'd ship him off to Gitmo.
Gibbs: The secret of a good bluff, Agent Fuller, is not to bluff.
Kate: Tony told me what to do.
Gibbs: Tony doesn't tell you what to do. I do.
Tony: Kinda like sex but without all the work.
Kate: Everything's like sex to you Tony.
Gibbs: Why do I feel like a high school principal?
Kate: He could be a power company doing his job (Guy opens fire at them).
Gibbs: No, I don't think so.
Kate: Thanks for waiting, guys.
Gibbs: Chain of custody, Kate. You had to stay with the boat.
Kate: I'm not stupid, Gibbs.
Gibbs: Never said you were.
Kate: I didn't have to ride in the tow truck with that boat, now did I? You do this to all the newbies, or just the females?
Tony: Do we look like sexists?
Kate: Ask me who's buried in Grant's tomb. It's a tougher question.
Tony: It's when a pilot is so fixated on a target he flys right into it.
Kate: Like you and women?
Tony: Gun fire.
Kate: Good guess Tony.
Dobbs: You shoved a French cop off a cliff?
Ducky: There was a lake below.
Gibbs: Sixty feet below.
Dobbs: Do you think he was shot or drowned?
Tony: Well, either way he's dead.
The song playing in the teaser is "What I Like About You" by The Romantics.
Original International Airdates:
Croatia: August 03, 2005 on NOVA TV
Finland: September 16, 2006 on Nelonen
France: March 10, 2004 on M6
Germany: April 07, 2005 on SAT.1
Hungary: October 31, 2005 on TV 2
Sweden: July 04, 2004 on TV3
Denmark: October 21, 2003 on TV3
This episode is also known under the title Dirty Little Secret.
Kate: I think I feel like mom felt when she burned her bra.
An allusion to the famous myth that feminists in the 60s burned their bras. Whilst some certainly threw them in the trash as a gesture of freedom from restriction, there is no proof that there were actually any big bra burning ceremonies.
Kate: About fifteen seconds later, the Mary Celeste came roaring out of the dark and onto the beach.
The boat that hits the beach has nobody on it. Kate's reference to the famous case of the Mary Celeste is an allusion to the ship of the same name, which was discovered in 1872 sailing into Gibraltar, but with no sign of anyone on board, despite it having had a crew of seven and the master, his wife and young daughter when it set out. It has since passed into legend as a complete mystery, though there are many theories about what may have happened.
Ducky: Where did you learn crime scene procedure? Watching Kojak reruns?
Kojak was a popular television series that aired from 1973 to 1978, starring Telly Savalas as a police lieutenant in the NYPD.
Local LEO references the teens on the beach playing Beach Blanket Bingo. This was a movie released in 1965 with Frankie Avalon and Annette Funicello. A gang of kids are surfing and partying on the beach and wind up fighting bikers who are intent to kidnap one of their own. The most famous of the beach movies of the sixties.
Kate: I didn't go over to the dark side.
This is a Star Wars reference, as Anakin Skywalker was seduced by the dark side of the force and became Darth Vader. Later, he attempted to persuade his son Luke to join him on the dark side. Kate left the Secret Service and joined NCIS. For those of you who don't know, Star Wars is a very popular SF movie.
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