Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs
Special Agent Tony DiNozzo
Forensics Specialist Abby Sciuto
Chief M.E. Ducky Mallard
Special Agent Tim McGee
Mossad Agent Ziva David
Sheriff Clay Boyd
GOOF: In standard viewing, Zell swings his right elbow and it appears to have hit Tony. However, if you watch it frame by frame, Zell's right elbow passes the contact point without Tony's face even moving a muscle.
TRIVIA: The Commander punches in a five number code to the Dry Storage Bay, with the last few numbers of the code being "4-5-2". Later in the show when Tony goes down to punch in the code we see him press "9-3-5-6". Later, the third time in the show when Tony and McGee are pretending to be painters, Zell punches in a four digit code, though we only see the last two numbers "5-6." This might mean that the Commander gave Tony a sub-code to the door, especially since most 9-digit touchpad door locks have a master code (for the boss/owner or in this case, Commander), and several sub-codes for certain employees.
GOOF: When Abby pulls the credit receipt out and flips it over, it's in a vertical position. In the next shot, the closeup shows it's being held horizontal.
GOOF: At the beginning of the show prior to the theme song, the killer tucks the gun under the midway point of the helix. After the intro during the camera flashes, it shows the gunshot by the earlobe.
GOOF: Artist Dina Risi is said to have a secluded cabin somewhere on Mt Piños near Yuma, Az. But the terrain near Yuma is mostly flat, and there is definitely no Mt Piños in Arizona, though there is one in California. Mt Piños is also not located in the Vasquez Rocks Natural Area Parks where the episode was actually shot, but rather in the Los Padres National Forest.
TRIVIA: It seems strange that Gibbs says that he notified Director Vance about Agent's Patterson's death, but that he didn't reach him personally because it was after midnight in Singapore, where the Director presumably was. The time difference between the eastern United States and Singapore is twelve hours, which would mean that it was early afternoon while they are at the scene of the assassination. But they were called to the scene just after McGee arrives at work. Even though he was said to be late due to traffic problems, it would still seem that it should be morning there.
TRIVIA: The location standing in for the Arizona desert in the final scenes is actually Vasquez Rocks Natural Area Park in northern Los Angeles County. Named for bandit Tiburon Vasquez, the park has been used for countless tv and movie productions, one of the most notable is the battle between Captain James T. Kirk and the Gorn in the Star Trek episode "Arena."
GOOF: When Agent Patterson was shot at the beginning of the episode we can clearly see that the four shots that he received in his chest were in very close small pattern, all four on the left side of his chest, approximately where the heart is. Later when his body was lying on Ducky's table we can see that he received 2 bullets in his right chest and 2 in his left in very symmetrical and equal spread pattern.
GOOF: At the beginning of the episode, when DiNozzo is on the phone trying to reach Mr. Hubbard (his great-uncle's solicitor), the phone he is holding switches between his cell and his desk phone between shots.
TRIVIA: The helicopter that was used at the end of the episode was a Eurocopter AStar 350 B2 (N67TV) and is currently used by Helinet Aviation.
Tony: A law firm in London wants me to call them. Says it's important.
Ziva: What could they want?
Tony: I don't know. Maybe it's about my Uncle Clive. You remember that funeral I went to last month?
Ziva: Your uncle really died? I thought you were making that up to get some time off.
Sheriff Boyd: You know, you might want to let go of that horn, junior. Riding a horse is like making love, you got to relax and enjoy it.
Tony: Sheriff, I have a strong feeling that you and I enjoy both of those activities in really different ways. No disrespect.
Tony: (after riding a horse all day) Ohhh, can you get nerve damage in your buttocks?
Gibbs: You're gonna feel worse in the morning.
Gibbs: Any word on Dina Risi?
Sheriff Boyd: No. We tried all our sources. No one seems to know where she went.
Gibbs: You know her?
Sheriff Boyd: Well, I met her. She was chained to a tree, I was the one with the bolt cutters and handcuffs.
Ziva: You're counting your eggs before they're laid.
Tony: Operative word is 'laid'.
(Tony has trouble controlling his horse; it's turning in circles)
Tony: Uh oh, sheriff, I think he lost a contact.
Rocky Carroll is credited but doesn't appear.
Original International Air Dates:
Denmark: March 8, 2009 on TV3
Australia: March 31, 2009 on Channel Ten
Norway: August 4, 2009 on TV3
Sweden: August 25, 2009 on TV3
Spain: September 3, 2009 on La Sexta
Germany: September 20, 2009 on SAT 1
The Netherlands: September 29, 2009 on SBS6
Slovakia: March 18, 2010 on Markiza
Finland: May 11, 2010 on Nelonen
Czech Republic: September 13, 2010 on TV Nova
"Tomorrow Still Comes" by Will Dailey (when Tony and Gibbs arrive in Arizona)
McGee's comment that Dina Risi is the "woman who knew too much" is a reference to The Man Who Knew Too Much, a film originally directed by Alfred Hitchcock in 1934 and then remade by the Master of Suspense in 1956 with a difference cast. The comment, like the title of the episode, "South by Southwest," is a takeoff on Hitchcock's movies.
Tony: Kinda like Al Pacino and Chris O'Donnell in Scent of a Woman.
Scent of a Woman is a 1992 remake of a 1974 film of the same name that stars Al Pacino and Chris O'Donnell. Chris O'Donnell will soon guest star as G. Callen in this season's "Legend" two-parter and this show's spinoff, NCIS: Los Angeles.
The title to this episode, South by Southwest, is a play on the title of the Alfred Hitchcock film North by Northwest that starred Cary Grant.
It also shares the same name as the annual South by Southwest (SXSW) music/interactive/film festival that is held in in Austin, Texas each year. The festival began in 1987 and is held in downtown Austin, at the Austin Convention Center.
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