Season 4 Episode 1


Aired Tuesday 8:00 PM Sep 19, 2006 on CBS



  • Trivia

    • TRIVIA: We learn that Palmer is scheduled to start medical school the following month.

    • TRIVIA: At first glance it seems unlikely that the tape recorder Ziva was wearing would not been detected and/or destroyed in the fight with the Iranian agent, given the fierce punches and kicks in the abdominal area. However, the recorder was taped along her pelvis, which would not have been targeted, since it would not have been an area vulnerable to crippling damage such as her solar plexus was. And if it did survive long enough to get the agent's voice on tape even for a short time before the fight, it would have corroborated her story even if it did not include the final confession of the Iranian agent.

    • GOOF: In the safe house Gibbs and Ziva find the hidden camera in the vent. In the shot where Gibbs moves a chair to get to the vent you can briefly see a crew member of the show standing in the doorway. He quickly moves out of the shot.

    • GOOF: When Ziva shows Namir's Mossad File to Gibbs on her computer, the words are a random collection of Hebrew letters, but don't mean anything.

    • TRIVIA: When Tony joins Ziva and Gibbs in the basement, and Ziva talks about Namir (not an Israeli name, btw), she calls him a "chazir metunaf" - a filthy pig.

    • GOOF: Gibbs and Ziva find the dead body in the safe house. Even though rigor mortis has set in, which takes a few hours, the blood on the face of the body is still red. After that much time the blood should be dried up and black.

    • GOOF: Director Shepard calls Tony and Agent Sacks back up the stairs so she can talk to them. When we see the close up of Tony and Sacks they both reach the top step at the same time. Then the shot switches to a zoomed out shot and you can see that Sacks has to finish climbing the steps and catch up with Tony.

    • TRIVIA: Ziva's father has apparently been promoted from Deputy Director to Director of Mossad.

    • TRIVIA: The game McGee was playing in the beginning of the episode was the same game that Tony was playing in episode 1x20 "Missing."

    • TRIVIA: "Tony: And for Ziva: das lederhosen." --- Apparently Tony did not learn too much German grammar while in Germany. Otherwise he would have said "eine Lederhose" oder "die Lederhose".

    • TRIVIA: BOLO is a police term that means, "Be On the Look-Out."

  • Quotes

    • Tony: Why wasn't I with Ziva? I turned over my responsibility to him without even thinking about it.
      Ducky: Gibbs is one of the most capable agents...
      Tony: Was, Ducky! You didn't see him. I mean, he didn't even look like Gibbs. I think he went native down there.
      Ducky: Uh, Tony?
      Tony: His hair is all long and crazy looking. And he's got this scraggly beard. He looks like a pirate or something. His eyes are all bloodshot, probably from drinking hooch from morning to night with Franks.
      Gibbs: They call it a "redeye" for a reason. (Tony realizes Gibbs has been standing behind him for a while and looks caught) The flight I was on all night to get here.

    • Ducky: Did you manage to get him?
      Tony: Got his (Gibbs) voicemail... and I don't think he ever learned how to use it!

    • Ziva: Ever been tied up by a woman before? (chuckles) Did you like it? Then today's not your lucky day.

    • Tony: What did I tell you about worrying Probie?
      Agent Lee: That it's your job.
      Tony: See... you're learning.

    • (over the phone after Abby gives up Ziva's number)
      Tony: Ziva.
      Ziva: Tell Abby I'm gonna kill her.
      Tony: We love you too.

    • McGee: Tony, isn't that the guy who tried to put you away for murder?
      Tony: Yes it is. Thank you for bringing up a painful memory McGee.

    • Tony: That's not my point! Six months ago you were convinced that I killed a woman and chopped off her legs!
      Sacks: Well, I'm still not convinced that you didn't.
      Tony: Exactly.
      Sacks: So, Ziva David is being framed... by who?
      Tony: Well, that's what I intend to find out.
      Sacks: Hah! Good luck with that.

    • (Tony brought some gifts for the team and he gives the first one to Abby.)
      Tony: For the lovely lady.
      Abby: Oh, Tony! It's beautiful.
      Tony: Not to mention incredibly expensive.

    • (Abby and McGee are sitting and talking, and Tony walks in.)
      Abby: Ha! Oh, yay! You're home! Welcome back! (She hugs him.) I missed you!
      Tony: I missed you too, Abby.

    • (someone is handing him a phone)
      Gibbs: Who is it?
      Mike: Hah! Probably that lady director of yours. About to have a nervous breakdown!

    • (after Tony and McGee catch Abby on the phone to Ziva)
      Tony: Who's that?
      Abby: Where?
      Tony: On the phone.
      Abby: Oh. Uh... (pause) It was the nuns!
      McGee: The nuns?
      Abby: Yeah, the nuns. With the big white hats and the...
      McGee: Habits.
      Abby: Yeah, they called to say bowling practice was cancelled.

    • Jen: Tony. That question you asked me earlier, what would Gibbs do? (pause) Gibbs isn't here... You are.

    • Jenny: (to Tony and Sacks) You two up here, now!
      Tony: Director, would you please tell agent Slacks...
      Sacks: Sacks, it's Sacks!
      Tony: Would you please tell agent Slacks that we're gonna be handling this one in house?
      Jenny: I just assured your director that the FBI will be getting NCIS's complete cooperation in this matter.
      Sacks: Thank you, ma'am.
      Jenny: If Ziva attempts to contact your or anyone on your team, I want you to notify both myself and agent Sacks, immediately!
      Tony: This is a complete...
      Jenny: This is an order from your Director, agent DiNozzo... Is that clear enough for you?
      Tony: Almost crystal, ma'am.

    • (Abby is talking to herself in the lab and phone rings.)
      Abby: Gibbs?!
      Ziva: Abby, it's Ziva.
      Abby: Ziva? Are you alright?
      Ziva: No, and don't say my name so loud.
      Abby: Sorry. Where are you?
      Ziva: At a safe place, at the moment.

    • Special Agent Lee: Officer David was here for a year, who knows how badly she compromised our security?
      McGee: What did you say, Probie?
      Special Agent Lee: Oh, come on, McGee. You think we don't spy on our allies? It happens all the time.
      (Tony shows up behind Special Agent Lee.)
      Tony: Agent Lee!
      Special Agent Lee: Sir!
      Tony: Shut up and keep an eye on the Feds. McGee, you're with me. We have places to be.

    • Tony: Agent Lee! (pause) My favorite probie slash hall monitor!

    • Tony: McGee! Look at you! All grown up!

    • Ziva: (to Gibbs) I've been at NCIS a year. I'm not just a killer anymore. I'm an investigator.

    • Tony: But you do remember...
      Gibbs: That I left you in charge? Yeah, I remember that I left you in charge DiNozzo. What I forgot, is your taste in coffee. It stinks.

    • Tony: (to Gibbs) Hey! My team now. My rules. DiNozzo's rule number one, I don't sit on the sidelines while one of my people are in trouble.

    • Gibbs: Do I still look like your boss?
      Tony: Well, maybe if you shaved. Haircut wouldn't hurt either. (Gibbs laughs) Yeah, the smile thing's definitely throwing me off too!

    • Tony: Federal authorities! They mean us. Four stinkin' letters -- NCIS!
      Jenny: It's either that story, Tony, or the FBI charges you with interfering in their investigation.
      Tony: I can live with "Federal Authorities."

    • Gibbs: (seeing Jen's back as she looks out the window) I really miss that view. Harbor isn't bad, either.

    • Tony: Palmer, how's "Black Lung" sound?
      Palmer: Like a horrible and painful way to die.
      Tony: I mean as your codename.
      Palmer: Oh, I like it! Yeah...

    • Palmer: Um, I'm not exactly the type that would do well in prison, guys.
      Tony: No one's gonna think any less of you if you want out, Palmer.
      Palmer: Really?
      Tony: Well, no. They probably would; at least I know, I would!
      Palmer: All right then, I want a codename. Something cool sounding.

    • Ducky: Danger, intrigue, a damsel in distress... I'm actually looking forward to it!

    • Palmer: By serious, uh, you mean we could, like, get fired?
      Ducky: He means, Mr. Palmer, instead of attending medical school next month, you'll most likely be in prison.
      Palmer: Oh.

    • Tony: Okay, there is only one thing you need to know about Officer David.
      Agent Lee: Don't make her angry.
      Tony: So, technically, there's two things. The other is... she can take care of herself.

    • McGee: 'The Very Best of David Hasselhoff.'
      (looks unimpressed)
      Tony: You don't like it?
      McGee: I repeat -- 'The Very Best of David Hasselhoff.'
      (Tony slaps the back of McGee's head)
      McGee: What was that for?
      Tony: You listen to Yanni, and you have an unauthorized game on your computer.
      McGee: Okay... it's your game, Tony.
      Tony: You shouldn't have beaten my high score.

    • Abby: A-team needs a leader! He's our glue, our spine! Without him, we're like Phylum Cnidaria!
      McGee: Jellyfish.
      Abby: Exactly.
      McGee: You saying I'm spineless?

    • Namir Eschel: I heard you retired.
      Gibbs: Yeah? I heard you were dead.

    • Tony: (about Gibbs) He looks like a pirate or something!

    • Mossad Officer Michael Bashan: (To Ziva) Officer David, what did I tell you about terrorizing my men?

    • (Gibbs hits Tony on the back of the head with an open cell phone)
      Tony: You know I could arrest you for striking a federal agent.
      Gibbs: I know that. (Amused smile)

    • (Ziva and Tony are talking on the phone)
      Ziva: Your phone could be tapped, Tony.
      Tony: Well, I'll come to you then. I'm also trying to get hold of Gibbs, but I'm not having any luck.
      Ziva: Gibbs? Why didn't you say so? (she hands the phone to Gibbs who is just by her side)
      Gibbs: DiNozzo, you have 10 seconds to tell me why I am not building a teak hot tub in Mexico... (Tony is shocked) 9...

    • Gibbs: (to Tony) It's good to see you again, McGee.
      Tony: DiNozzo.
      Gibbs: What did I say?
      Ziva: (To Gibbs) You called him "McGee."
      Gibbs: (To Ziva) Hmmmm... That's probably because if I had left him in charge you wouldn't be on the FBI's Ten Most Wanted list right now.

    • Abby: I talked to Ziva yesterday.
      Tony: You don't bowl with nuns. I should have seen this coming.
      Abby: I do. Ziva made me promise not to tell.
      Ducky: Why would Ziva care we knew that you bowled with nuns?

    • Gibbs: Yeah, Gibbs.
      Ziva: Hola... How is Mexico?
      Gibbs: Ziva, how did you get this number?
      Ziva: From Abby. And if it helps I forced it out of her.
      Gibbs: No, it doesn't. What's wrong?
      Ziva: Why does something always have to be wrong? Can't I just speak with an old friend? Do a little catching up?
      Gibbs: Today, Ziva.
      Ziva: Okay. I may be in a little bit of trouble.
      Gibbs: Yeah, define "little."
      Ziva: I am currently on the run from the FBI, NCIS, Mossad and my Father.
      Gibbs: Jeez, what did you do?
      Ziva: I did nothing Gibbs, I swear, I did nothing.
      Gibbs: Where's DiNozzo?
      Ziva: He can't help me.
      Gibbs: Well, you should talk to Jenny. Jenny can help you.
      Ziva: I can't...
      Gibbs: Ziva, look, I'm retired. I'm 3,000 miles away. what do you think I can do that they can't do?
      Ziva: (crying) Honestly, I don't know. I was hoping maybe... Save me.

    • McGee: My point is, Abby, you're really, really overdoing the sugar thing again.
      Abby: I'm eating for two. (McGee gives her a really puzzled look.) Relax, I was referring to health food freak over there. Every time I walk past her desk, I get this irresistible urge to shove a cheeseburger down her throat.
      McGee: I think she's kinda hot.
      Abby: You think she's hot?
      McGee: Well, for a probie.
      Agent Lee: You two do realize that I can hear you?!
      Abby: We do now very special agent Lee.

    • Tim: Tony, what if we lied?
      Tony: Sacks is a self-centered, egotistical jack hole, but he's not an idiot. He'd know.
      Tim: No, I mean lie on the BOLO. Instead of looking for a spy wanted for murder, we put out a BOLO for a wife beater.
      Tony: It's underhanded, devious...
      Abby ...and it's completely getting me hot.

  • Notes

    • In the opening scene, Ziva is driving to work listening to the song called, "Mas" from the Latin alternative band called Kinky.

    • Original International Airdates:
      Denmark: October 17, 2006 on TV3
      Sweden: December 3, 2006 on TV3
      Australia: January 23, 2007 on TEN
      Belgium: February 18, 2007 on VT4
      Germany: March 4, 2007 on SAT 1
      United Kingdom: April 10, 2007 on FX UK
      Spain: June 14, 2007 on La Sexta
      Italy: September 2, 2007 on RAI 2
      Finland: October 7, 2008 on Nelonen
      Slovakia: May 26, 2009 on Markiza
      Czech Republic: July 7, 2009 on TV Nova

    • This episode features the first appearance of Liza Lapira as a recurring character, NCIS Special Agent Michelle Lee.

    • Filming this episode began on July 18th, 2006.

  • Allusions

    • Gibbs: (Regarding Ziva's former Mossad partner) He's supposed to be dead.
      Ziva: Apparently, he's gotten better.

      The assertion that a character is dead, dying or badly injured with the response I'm/he's getting better is a running gag that appears throughout the 1975 film Monty Python and the Holy Grail.

    • Tony: (to Sacks) Six months ago you were convinced that I killed a woman and chopped off her legs.

      This is a reference to the episode 3x09 "Frame Up" when Tony was framed for murder and agent Sacks was questioning him.

    • Tony buys McGee a CD entitled "The Very Best of David Hasselhoff." David Hasselhoff is an American actor, singer, and songwriter. His most well-known television appearances were on Knight Rider and more popular Baywatch. His music career is most recognized in Europe.

    • Tony accuses McGee of listening to Yanni. Yanni is a Greek pianist and composer with perfect pitch. His music is often classified as New Age and therefore has received little airplay.

    • Agent Sacks mentions The Fantasy World of Narnia. This is a reference to a 2005 fantasy movie titled The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, filmed after a series of seven fantasy novels for children, written between 1949 and 1954.

    • Episode Title: "Shalom"
      The episode title is a Hebrew word meaning peace. It is usually used in Modern Israeli Hebrew to both greet and farewell. It refers to either peace between two different sides, or a safety of one individual. And, if you remember, Gibbs said Shalom to Ari the Terrorist in the first season finale, "Reveille."

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