Season 4 Episode 3

Singled Out

Aired Tuesday 8:00 PM Oct 03, 2006 on CBS
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Episode Summary

An abandoned car is found full of blood, registered to a missing Navy lieutenant. The NCIS team learns that the missing lieutenant was profiling men, trying to find a perfect man for herself. When they find out that the woman intended to go to a seminar at a local hotel, Ziva goes undercover to find more information. Ducky is busy going through the profiles of the men. Jenny makes a secret offer to Tony.moreless

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  • Interesting episode.

    Loved Ziva as a geek. So unlike her, it was hysterical. Also liked how hard it was for Tony to step down as leader.
  • "I like computers . . . and that thing you do with yarn"

    Ziva David speed dating may be one of the funniest moments on NCIS.
  • Question?????

    is this the episode where ziva is in morocco undercover if not then what episode and season is it
  • Tony must decide about his future at the team and Ziva goes undercover.

    Gibbs is back but Tony might be on his way out when the director has a job offer for him to lead his own team and Tony must decide about his future and I was glad to see that he didn't leave the team and why would he.The best part of the episode was Ziva going undercover speed dating as a geek to find a killer which brought some really funny parts to the episode but she didn't find the killer but the team managed to get him in the end.moreless
  • This episode was all about Tony DiNozzio and was an interesting character study of him. Michael Weatherly was excellent in this episode.

    I liked the way that this episode still dealt with the return of Agent Gibbs, but did so in a way that focused on other characters and the ramifications his return has on them, especially Tony.

    DiNozzio continues to be a very well written, well acted and well defined character for this series. I have to admit that Abby was a bit annoying in this episode for some reason. I hope they tone that down.

    Ziva was excellent, especially going undercover as the nerdy 'speed dater'. It really showed how she is still uncomfortable being seen as a woman, fearing that it might make her appear weak in some way. Good character study of Ziva who has been an excellent addition to the cast.

    The story was a little weak in places and the 'she gets mixed up with the wrong guy' storyline wasn't the best of the NCIS lot, but as a character study it was a great episode.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

Lauren Holly

Lauren Holly

Director Jenny Shepard

Seamus Dever

Seamus Dever

Graham Thomas

Guest Star

Misha Collins

Misha Collins

Justin Ferris

Guest Star

Daniel Hagen

Daniel Hagen

Calvin Hopper

Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

    • TRIVIA: When Gibbs goes to see Ducky in autopsy he is carrying out a psychological profile of the missing Lieutenant. Laid out on the autopsy table are several of her belongings, and Ducky begins telling Gibbs what he has found. He mentions her taste in movies, and that she likes Under the Tuscan Sun, Sabrina and Fried Green Tomatoes. Sabrina stared Lauren Holly, who plays Jenny Shepard.

    • GOOF: In the scene just after the part of showing Gibbs & Shepard's faux daughter, we see both McGee's info being shown on the TV screen. However, if you watch it frame by frame, the "Pink Highlight" that jumps around do not match one another. It could be "lag", but it jumps several times on the computer monitor before it even moves on the television.

    • TRIVIA: In the previous two episodes of season 4, we see Mark Harmon's section in the opening credits with scenes of him "Retired." After he came back at the end of the second episode, they are gone from the intro in this episode.

    • TRIVIA: Gibbs has been an NCIS agent 16 years.

  • QUOTES (30)

    • (Ziva is undercover dressed as a "geek")
      Tony: Our girl's looking a little nervous, though. I think we found her kryptonite. Our big bad spy doesn't do geek.
      Ziva: Did he just say Greek?
      Gibbs: How about both of you, shut up!

    • Jenny (to Tony): To get here, in this office, especially as a woman? My career has been on the fast track my entire life. And between you and me? Sometimes I wish I had taken it a little slower.

    • Tony: You can't tell me you didn't miss this when you were in Mexico.
      Gibbs: A couple of minutes.
      Tony: That's it?
      Gibbs: That's the difference between putting the Lieutenant in a body bag... or an ambulance.

    • Ziva: If you let me drive, we would have been here a half hour ago!
      Tony: Yeah, our bodies could be in a twisted wreck, awaiting the 'jaws of life'.
      Ziva: Gibbs lets me drive.
      Tony: I have more to live for.

    • Jenny: Your performance these last four months has been exemplary. You've earned it.
      Tony: What about La Grenouille? It took months getting in.
      Jenny: You're not getting too involved, are you?
      Tony: Only in the mission. If we put another agent undercover La Grenouille will smell it.
      Jenny: So you're passing on a promotion that any other agent in this building would kill for all because you're worried about some long shot mission? I don't think so.

    • Gibbs: Any questions?
      Ziva: Yeah, just one. Can anyone please explain what speed dating is?

    • Jenny: You should be proud of him.
      Gibbs: DiNozzo?
      Jenny: When you left there were some rocky moments. He really held the team together.
      Gibbs: It's what I trained him to do.
      Jenny: I just think you should know he excelled at it.
      Gibbs: Then give him his own team, Jen.
      Jenny: You think he's ready?
      Gibbs: I wouldn't have quit if he wasn't.
      Jenny: You should tell him that.
      Gibbs: Oh trust me, when DiNozzo thinks he's ready for his own team, you'll know about it. Hell, the whole world will know about it!

    • Tony: I'm worried about Jethro.
      Jenny: Jethro is fine.
      Tony: Then how do you explain that thing on his upper lip?

    • Gibbs: Good job.
      (he leaves)
      Abby: (to Bert) Those are two words I will never take for granted again, Bert.

    • Ziva: (doing stretches) We could be missing something. (bends over)
      Tony: (Checking out Ziva's butt) Believe me---not from this angle.

    • Gibbs: (referring to Larry) He's clean, Ziva.
      Ziva: Yeah, well, you didn't have to smell him, Gibbs!

    • Ziva: (trying to be coy) There's something about your eyes.
      Larry: I get that a lot. It's allergies.

    • Ziva: Ninety-second dates? I thought you were kidding me, Gibbs.
      Gibbs: You'll do fine, Ziva. I had marriages shorter than that.
      Ziva: Ha! I'm beginning to understand why.

    • Ziva: I look like a dork.
      Tony: Yeah, that's the point!

    • McGee: (referring to the speed dating service) Okay, you know what? I thought about going to one, one time.
      Tony: (horrified) After this is over, you and I are going to have a little talk!

    • Abby: Aw, you and the director make nice Gibblets, Gibbs!

    • Tony: (referring to the picture created of Gibbs' and Jenny's daughter) Even with Gibbs as the father, I'd date her.
      Gibbs: Never more than once, DiNozzo.

    • Gibbs: Don't apologize, DiNozzo.
      Tony: Right. Sign of weakness.
      Ziva: Not to mention annoying.

    • Abby: Is it just me, or does he seem a little...
      Ziva: Snitchy?
      Abby: Well, that's close enough. It's gotta be that damn mustache.

    • McGee: (referring to Gibbs) Is it just me, or does he seem a little more...
      Tony: Human?
      McGee: Well, I was gonna say mellow, but... yeah.
      Tony: Yeah. I think it's the mustache... lulling us into a false sense of security.

    • Tony: So I got used to being in charge, sue me. (Both Tony and Ziva go for the driver's seat)
      Ziva: Is there a reason why you always have to drive?
      Tony: I could say it's because I'm the senior field agent, but mostly because I want to live.
      Ziva: Then I recommend getting un-used to being in charge before Gibbs decides to kill you.

    • McGee: (referring to Tony predicting a new incoming case) How did you know?
      Tony: Well, it's a gift, McGee; I choose not to question it.
      McGee: Where we goin', Boss?
      Gibbs: Ask DiNozzo. All I got was a wrong number.
      (Tony winces)

    • (Tony is on the phone)
      Tony: (About Gibbs) Yes, his mustache is real...

    • Ziva: (Pretending to be a nerd) I like computers, and the thing you do with the yarn.

    • Ziva: You've been whining like a little snitch all week!
      Tony: The term is bitch.
      Ziva: I know. I was being polite!

    • Tony: What's my motto, McGee?
      McGee: You'll never date a woman who eats more than you do?
      Tony: Hah, well that's true.

    • (Calvin Hopper grabs Ziva's ass.)
      Ziva: Remove your hand or I will rip off your arm and beat you to death with it.

    • Ziva: I've seen software like this before, Abby. Mossad used earlier versions of it to age Nazi war criminals. It was a great asset to hunting them down.
      Gibbs: (to Abby) So basically what you're saying to me is, we have nothing.
      Abby: Gibbs, Ziva's talking about Nazis! I wouldn't exactly call Nazis nothing. (Gibbs looks at her) We have nothing.

    • Ziva: Drop your weapon. Or if you prefer I could shoot you in the spine. Would you rather be a para- or a quadriplegic?

    • Gibbs: Abby, your computer's on fire.
      (Abby and McGee jolt awake.)
      Abby: McGee, my baby's french fried!
      McGee: Checking internal core temperature!
      (They look at Gibbs.)
      Abby: That is so not funny, Gibbs.

  • NOTES (3)

    • The song playing in the opening is "Strict Machine" by Gold Frapp.

    • Original International Airdates:
      Denmark: October 31, 2006 on TV3
      Sweden: December 17, 2006 on TV3
      Australia: February 6, 2007 on TEN
      Belgium: March 4, 2007 on VT4
      Germany: March 18, 2007 on SAT 1
      The Netherlands: March 21, 2007 on Veronica
      United Kingdom: April 24, 2007 on FX UK
      Spain: June 21, 2007 on La Sexta
      New Zealand: July 31, 2007 on TV3
      Italy: September 10, 2007 on RAI 2
      Finland: October 21, 2008 one Nelonen
      Slovakia: May 28, 2009 on Markiza
      Czech Republic: July 21, 2009 on TV Nova

    • The opening credits now feature a new font. Also, Gibbs receives new stills (when Gibbs retired, his still were changed to the ones where he is enjoying his retirement---now that he returned to NCIS, he got new, regular stills).


    • Tony (about Gibbs): He looks like Wilford Brimley Jr.

      Wilford Brimley is a famous actor that has been in movies, TV and commercials. He's been in The Firm from 1993, and commercials for products of Quaker Oats, and Liberty Medical.

    • Tony: Our big bad spy doesn't do "geek."
      Ziva: Did he just say "Greek"?

      "Doing Greek" is a euphemism for anal sex.

    • Tony: (to McGee and Ziva) The Batsignal may fly at any moment.

      The Batsignal is a large spotlight, with a bat emblem on its face, that is used by Commissioner Gordon to signal Batman in both the comic books and motion pictures.

    • Kryptonite
      When Tony refered to trying to be a geek as being Ziva's Kryptonite he was refering to the only substance that could hurt Superman. A piece of his own planet, Krypton.

    • Saving Private Ryan
      When they discovered morphpro on the LT's hard drive and the test run that morphed her into an older version of herself, Tony compared it to the end of the Steven Spielberg movie, Saving Private Ryan, when Matt Damon's character is morphed into an older version of himself.

    • Rosetta Stone
      In referring to the missing profile Tony says that it could be "our Rosetta Stone". The Rosetta Stone was a tablet inscribed in two Egyptian languages and in Greek that was found in Egypt and help decipher previously incomprehensible hieroglyphics.

    • Spanish Rose
      Lt. Sullivan's password, Spanish Rose, is the lead female character in the musical Bye Bye Birdie.

    • Episode Title: "Singled Out"
      The episode title is a reference to a popular MTV game show Singled Out that ran from 1995 to 1998; 50 men and 50 women competed for a date with the opposite sex. "Singled Out" is also a song performed by Diecast from 2001; and by Diesel from 1996.