Season 3 Episode 4

Silver War

Aired Tuesday 8:00 PM Oct 11, 2005 on CBS
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Episode Summary

When a corpse of a man is found inside a cast iron coffin that comes from the Civil War, the team discovers that the victim, a Staff Sergeant, was buried alive. During the investigation, Abby processes the cell phone he was buried with for clues. Meanwhile, Gibbs is informed by his new boss, Jenny Sheppard, that Ziva David is now on his team as a Mossad liaison officer.moreless

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  • Great!

    I loved this episode. Ziva is much more interesting than Kate. Loved the scene when Tony and McGee experience driving with Ziva for the first time. And of course one of my favorite lines "They called me the little poo boy". LOL!
  • Great episode... again! And Ziva David can stay... wow... excellent chemistry with Tony and Gibbs.

    Yes, it looks like I'll keep repeating myself, but this was a grade A episode. I cannot understand why a lot of people dislike Ziva... is it the character? Is it the actress? Or is it the fact that people refuse to get used to the fact that Kate is gone?

    I was severely ticked off by the lack of our Mossad agent in the last episode, though it was good episode still. Seeing Cote de Pablo during the credits made me all happy! I like the way how she spars with Tony. And I loved how Abby was all hostile with her, which of course we all know will just last a few episodes.

    The episode itself was okay, the story about the Civil War Re-enactment was interesting, but you could guess the bad guys from a mile away. A bit predictable for my taste, but then again... if I want clever twists I'll watch CSI or something. The way Ziva handles the bad guys in the end is nicely done, and I expected no less from her, I mean she is a Mossad agent.

    So, I'm just hoping NCIS will keep up the good work. And dare I say... Kate who?moreless
  • Kate will be missed, but I think Ziva can hold her own and this episode proves it.

    Honestly, I didn't like the character Ziva David in the Kill Ari episodes. Even though she did kill Ari, I thought she was way to pushy. Then in the next episode Agent Cassidy returned and I thought she did real well and I hope she returns for more episodes. However, after watching Silver-War and the return of Ziva David, I believe she will be a good addition to the cast. She has good chemistry with Tony, McGee seems to be ok with her and I believe Abby will eventually come around. With Gibbs, he trusts her but how long are they going to keep what actually happened with Ari a secret.

    Keep up the good work.moreless
  • Musket bullets and old graves

    I think the whole reactment thing have been used in quite many series but I still loved the whole episode.

    First of all: Ziva. The way she just acted.. the whole way of trying to understand how to work on that environment were noone wants to want her.. I know.. it is so soon after Kate.. and in so many things, it feels like she is replacing Kate... but I like that even if they have bring another strong female char, there is so much about Ziva what makes her different.. the whole weapon scene with Gibbs and that they have secret with Gibbs.. that looks interesting..

    But.. the case.. I loved Ducky in situation he did not memorized that woman.. I loved how they had to give over the map.. the whole dynamic of the episode. Greatmoreless
  • Great episode – a treasure map, a mummified body and a grisly hand holding a treasure map.

    One of the more unusual episodes - a good old fashioned treasure hunt.

    Tony really looks terrible – hair unbrushed and ungelled, unshaven and probably unwashed. Yet another less-than-favourable first impression on Ziva.

    Gibbs suppressed the fact that Ziva killed Ari. He trusts and likes her but publicly treats her like everyone else. How sweet, Tony gave Ziva his old hat, the one with the bullet hole.

    Not only badly hurt, bleeding, buried alive and suffocating but the sadist gives him a working cell phone which can't send or receive.

    The mystery redhead again.

    What a fantastic case – a great era, a exotic crime and an anthropologist using her expertise to commit grave robbery!moreless
Mark Harmon

Mark Harmon

Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs

Michael Weatherly

Michael Weatherly

Special Agent Tony DiNozzo

Cote de Pablo

Cote de Pablo

Mossad Agent Ziva David

Pauley Perrette

Pauley Perrette

Forensics Specialist Abby Sciuto

Sean Murray (I)

Sean Murray (I)

Special Agent Tim McGee

David McCallum

David McCallum

Chief M.E. Ducky Mallard

Barbara Niven

Barbara Niven

Dr. Elaine Burns

Guest Star

Robert Blanche

Robert Blanche

Brett Willis

Guest Star

Larry Clarke

Larry Clarke


Guest Star

Brian Dietzen

Brian Dietzen

Asst. M.E. Jimmy Palmer

Recurring Role

Vivienne Bellisario

Vivienne Bellisario

Mysterious Redhead

Recurring Role

Lauren Holly

Lauren Holly

NCIS Director Jenny Shepard

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (9)

    • TRIVIA: McGee and Ziva are asked the location of Kelleher Avenue by one of the robbers. This is presumably a reference to Tim Kelleher, the actor who played Special Agent Chris Pacci on several NCIS episodes.

    • GOOF: When Gibbs takes away Ziva's weapons, she hands him the gun only from her ankle holster. When he gives them back, he hands her gun and holster. When Kearns takes the map, he takes away McGee's weapon. How does he know Ziva is unarmed?

    • GOOF: At the beginning of the scene where Ducky opens the door to autopsy, in the last few frames of the door, you can see the camera and the cameraman mirrored off the edge (in between the door handles).

    • TRIVIA: It is revealed in this episode that only Gibbs and Ziva know that she killed Ari to protect Gibbs; that Gibbs wrote his report to say that he had killed Ari. Therefore, they're establishing that Gibbs and Ziva have a secret, special relationship.

    • TRIVIA: It's revealed in this episode that DiNozzo's father was a Civil War Re-enactor.

    • TRIVIA: The hat that Ziva is wearing with a 9 mm hole in it got that way when Tony shot it by accident in episode 1.9 ("Marine Down"). In the same range exercise (hostage rescue shooting) Kate put a round through her beloved PDA.

    • Gibbs Rules:
      Rule #18 - It's better to seek forgiveness than ask permission. (used in a conversation between Director Shepard and Gibbs)

    • TRIVIA: When DiNozzo lists what his specialties are to Gibbs, he lists multiple homicides, gang-related crimes and defenestration. Defenestration is the act of throwing someone or something out a window. It should also be noted that the close-captions said "Decapitation" instead of "Defenestration."

    • GOOF: While Ducky and Palmer are removing the musket ball from the soldier's body, a reflection of a crew member walking across the room can be seen in the morgue drawers.

  • QUOTES (26)

    • (After Gibbs has slapped Tony on the back of his head)
      Tony: That's an American custom. A form of affection.
      Ziva: It seems like "Shloshet haStooges" to me.
      Tony: (surprised) Like what?
      Ziva: Larry, Moe, Curly, yes?

    • Ziva: A Marine dressed as a Civil War soldier is shot by a musket and then buried alive in a one hundred and forty year old antique iron casket. And you're telling me this isn't your strangest case? (She turns around to see Tony and McGee eating fast food)
      Tony: Yep.
      McGee: Pretty much.
      Ziva: I don't know what I find more disturbing? Your eating habits or the fact that I believe you.
      Tony: I'm sorry, do our strange American foods frighten you?
      Ziva: Not at all. I was referring to your manners. You should have bought me one.

    • (Ziva is standing above two dead bodies, gun in her hands)
      Tony: Remind me not to piss her off.
      Gibbs: Oh, DiNozzo, you have no idea.

    • Ziva: (about Gibbs) He's a tough one to read.
      Tony: You'll find most NCIS agents are like that. It's our training.
      Ziva: Is that a fact?
      Tony: Mm-hmm. We never let other people know what we're thinking.
      Ziva: Right now you're thinking of doing page fifty seven with me.

    • Tony: You want something to read?
      Ziva: What do you have?
      Tony: G.S.M. It's a men's magazine. Most women find it objectifies them.
      Ziva: (taking out a copy of the same magazine in Hebrew) I read it on the plane. I especially like the article on page fifty-seven. In my experience, it works every time.
      Tony: I... I always thought that was urban legend. (Gibbs throws a crumpled-up coffee cup at Tony) Ow!

    • McGee: Bring back memories for you, Tony [Seeing the civil war reenactment]?
      Ziva: It looks like fun.
      Tony: Do you know what little Anthony DiNozzo's job was during these reenactments, Ziva?
      Ziva: Little drummer boy?
      Tony: No, I would carry around a bucket so this guy could take a dump in it. The called me their little poo-boy.
      (Ziva and McGee start laughing.)

    • Gibbs: You're coming along, strictly as an observer. Hand over all your weapons.
      Ziva: Is that really necessary? (Gibbs holds out his hand, waiting) Right. (pulls the gun from the holster at the small of her back and hands it to him)
      Gibbs: And your backup.
      Ziva: What backup?
      Gibbs: Left leg.
      Ziva: Oh. That one. (propping her foot on the desk, removes a revolver from an ankle holster and hands it over)
      Gibbs: And the knife concealed at your waist.
      (Ziva just looks at him, blinking, then pulls the knife and hands it to him, hilt first. Gibbs reverses the hilt and offers it back to her)
      Gibbs: You can keep this. I just wanted you to know that I know.

    • Ziva (Sees Gibbs with a woman): Who's the woman with Gibbs?
      Tony: Yeah, once you're here long enough you'll figure it out.
      Ziva: Is that his girlfriend?
      Tony: I have no idea.
      Ziva: You just told me...
      Tony: Well, you'll figure out there are some things you don't ask about.

    • Gibbs: I trust you, you know that. But when we leave this elevator...
      Ziva: You start kicking my butt.
      Gibbs: I don't kick butt.
      (Ziva smiles and Gibbs smacks her head.)

    • Tony (Talking to himself at his desk): I shouldn't have come in to work today. If Gibbs sees me like this...
      Ziva: He'll probably be as horrified as I am, Agent DiNozzo. Working undercover as a hobo?

    • Jenny: Before we get into this, I need a refill. (Gibbs flips the lid off her coffee cup and then pours some of his coffee into her cup) Well that was sweet, not necessarily sanitary.

    • Ziva: You know what this reminds me of McGee?
      McGee: Mossad case?
      Ziva: No, the Harry Potter novel.
      McGee: You read those too? (Ziva looks away) Yeah me either.

    • (Gibbs and Jenny watching Tony and Ziva from above squad room)
      Jenny: She seems to be fitting in well.
      Gibbs: She almost killed my entire team yesterday.
      Jenny: How?
      Gibbs: Driving home from a crime scene.

    • Ziva: You might want to do something about your hair... it's sticking up like a porcuswine... oh, wrong words... a porcu... pig? (Tony gives her a funny look as McGee comes in) The little animal with the spiky tips!?
      McGee: Porcupine?
      Ziva: Porcupine! Thank you, Special Agent McGee.

    • Ziva: ...I feel like a donkey's butt.
      McGee: Donkey's butt?
      Tony: I think she meant 'Horse's Ass', McGee.
      Ziva: Yes, that, too.

    • McGee (after getting pushed in the fountain by the thief): Gibbs is going to kill me!
      Ziva: Look on the bright side, McGee!
      (McGee looks at her)
      Ziva: I'm clean again!

    • Abby: McGee, sometimes I think I love you!

    • Ziva: Is there somewhere I can clean up?
      Gibbs: Yeah. Sure. Tonight, when you go home.
      (Abby smiles scornfully at Ziva)

    • Gibbs: And you... keep observing.
      Ziva: What exactly, Gibbs?
      Gibbs: Anything, just do it quietly.
      Ziva (after Gibbs went away): Now I know why he took all my weapons away.

    • (Gibbs checking up on progress)
      Gibbs: Ziva?
      Ziva: I'm wondering why I have 9 mm hole in my cap?
      Gibbs: (Pause) Ventilation.
      Ziva: (satisfied) Ahh...

    • Tony/McGee: (when Ziva drives) Ziva! Car! CAR!
      Ziva: (after Tony threw up) I said was sorry!

    • Tony: Ziva?
      Ziva: Yes?
      Tony: For the first: Don't do it again! And for the second: What are you doing?
      Ziva: I'm observing you Tony.
      Tony: Can you do it in a less creepy manner?

    • Abby: I think I look like...
      Tony: Career Girl Barbie!
      Abby: (upset) I do.

    • McGee: Abby, Ziva was amazing, I mean... she's got a photographic memory.
      (Abby looks offended)
      McGee: What?
      Abby: Why don't you two just get a room, McGee.
      McGee: What... you think she likes me?
      Abby: McGee, never forget... I am one of the few people in the world, who can murder you and... leave no forensic evidence.

    • (after McGee sees Abby changing into her normal clothes and Abby spots McGee)
      Abby: See something you like, McGee?
      McGee (embarrassed): No! ... I mean, yes?
      Abby: Better!

    • Ducky: You ever spent an evening with a young lady and failed to remember it, Mr. Palmer? (looks at Palmer) Ohhhh, what was I thinking. Of course not.
      Palmer: But I wouldn't mind...
      Ducky: Well, it's not something to be admired, Mr. Palmer.

  • NOTES (2)

    • Original International Airdates:
      Denmark: October 25, 2005 on TV3
      Sweden: January 8, 2006 on TV3
      Australia: March 1, 2006 on Channel 10
      Germany: April 6, 2006 on SAT 1
      France: September 8, 2006 on M6
      Croatia: October 9, 2006 on NOVA TV
      Italy: November 5, 2006 on RAI 2
      Brazil: March 2, 2007 on AXN
      Finland: October 20, 2007 on Nelonen
      Slovakia: April 23, 2009 on Markiza

    • Cote de Pablo is added to the opening credits as Mossad Officer Ziva David. She had previously guest starred in the two-part season premiere.