Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs
Special Agent Tony DiNozzo
Mossad Agent Ziva David
Forensics Specialist Abby Sciuto
Special Agent Tim McGee
Chief M.E. Ducky Mallard
Marine Major Bradley Raines
Sherriff Tom Barrett
Deputy Tyler Barrett
GOOF: When Ziva is talking to Wasim alone, he asks if she is a Jew, then she tucks her necklace in her top. In some shots the chain is not visible, even though it should be.
TRIVIA: In this episode, McGee says: "If I'd told you guys I was writing a novel, you would have laughed at me." He actually did mention to Tony that he was writing back in "Dead Man Talking" and you can probably guess Tony's reaction to that.
TRIVIA: The combination of ammonium nitrate and fuel oil (in this case diesel fuel) that Ziva finds before it's assembled in Masoud's garage is called ANFO. Among other uses of this highly explosive mixture, it is used by terrorist organization for IED's. A large amount of ANFO was used in the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing.
TRIVIA: Deputy Tyler Barrett: You know, a couple of more inches to your right, and our martyr here could have been living it up with all those vestal vergins.
Extremist Muslim believe that people who die while fighting the "infidels" are martyrs. They base their belief on passages in the Quran that promise martyrs (those who died in the name of Allah) that they will enter heaven (see 55:72, 56:36).
TRIVIA: The Arabic writing that appears at the bottom of the banner in the garage is the Shahada - a profession of the Islamic faith. The translation is "(I testify) There is no God but Allah and Muhammad is the messenger of God". However, the second word is misspelled, so the writing that appears is the paradox: "There is no Allah but Allah."
GOOF: In the beginning, when the man is locked out of his motel room, he is clearly knocking on the door to Room 1. Later, when the team is talking about the crime scene with the sheriff, the sheriff says the murder occured in Room 8.
Deputy: You know... a couple more inches to your right and our "MARTYR" here coulda been livin' it up with all those vestal virgins. Ya know... it truly is a messed up religion when you gotta blow yourself up to just to get lucky!
Ziva: (Grabs his thumb and twists it) When you insult his religion you insult mine and your own! Tell him you're sorry!
Ziva: (twists harder) I don't think he heard you!
Deputy: I'm sorry!
Ziva: (sniffing the deputies neck)
Suspect: Apology accepted!
Ziva: I thought you sent Tony back because of his um... illness.
Gibbs: His illness?
Ziva: He has two cell phones. Makes furtive calls to hospital. Goes missing for hours. Always lies about where he's been. I mean, he doesn't even talk about women anymore. The only logical explanation is that he's receiving outpatient treatment for a serious medical problem.
Gibbs: That's not the only explanation.
McGee: (revealing the incriminating ammunition) Found 'em in Major Raines' garage, Boss. Served the warrant to his wife.
Tony: I hate it when that happens.
Ziva: (to Major Raines) For an intelligence officer you are not very intelligent.
Ziva: (on Tony) You sent him back for other reasons than to question Lt. Shaheen's commmanding officer.
Gibbs: Did I miss the announcement?
Ziva: No, I was not made director of NCIS.
Gibbs: (shakes head) I was thinking more like secretary of the Navy because the director of NCIS would know damn well not to ask me such a stupid question!
Ziva: You bring your own coffee grind on investigations?!
Gibbs: Only on overnighters!
(Tony is setting up a romantic dinner for two in the middle of a parking lot)
Jeanne: This is like a scene from an old movie... wait a second... is this a scene from an old movie?
Tony: Ah... well that really depends.
Tony: Have you ever seen the movie called Strangers in the Night with Cary Grant?
Jeanne: I don't think so.
Tony: Then no, this is a completely original idea that I came up with all by myself!
Tony: (after he finds out some bad news) I hate giving Gibbs bad news.
Tony: How do you live with the mother of all secrets?
Abby: You don't. It consumes you, it eats you like a cancer, from the inside. First there's the guilt, and then there's the excruciating urge to blab your secret even though you know it's gonna spell your doom. Have you gotten to that stage yet?
Tony: No! It's a hypothetical situation we're talkin' about!
Abby: Still in the guilt stage huh? And then you know, you can't take it anymore, it drives you insane, so you blab your secret to your best friend, or your mother, or your lover and it sets you free!
Tony: It does?
Abby: Yeah! Of course you lose all your friends, and your family and maybe even your job depending on what the secret is but yeah!
Tony: ... Great.
Abby: When I was eleven years old I had a paper route, and I got sick of it. So I hid all the papers and I only delivered wet ones to people who complained.
Tony: That was you?!
Ziva: It's my Mossad training, they drummed it into us: push, push, push, push, push, push, push, never give up 'till you get the truth.
Gibbs: Or get your ass kicked.
McGee: Deputy, please take off your trousers.
Deputy: You know what? Screw you, McGee!
Gibbs: If you prefer, I can get Officer David to take 'em off for you.
Abby: Not that there's anything wrong with being pregnant; I love kids. Doesn't mean that I'm trying. You know, even if I were trying, it doesn't mean I know anyone I would want to try with. Am I being trying?
Tony: Boondocks, Boss.
Gibbs: Pack a toothbrush.
Ziva: What are boondocks?
McGee: If I'd told you guys I was writing a novel, you would have laughed at me.
(About McGee being secretive)
Tony: Hmm, let's see...wrote a novel...
Ziva: Didn't tell us.
Tony: Got it published...
Ziva: Didn't tell us.
Tony: Made substantial amounts of money from said novel...
Ziva: Didn't tell us.
Tony: Anything else?
Ziva: Bought a Porsche.
Tony: Didn't tell us!
Gibbs: (to Ziva, in response to her questions about Tony) Ah, you two got married and didn't tell me.
Abby: You mean like a MOAS! Like, a mother of all secrets.
Abby: Oh everybody has one, I'm not gonna tell you mine... what's yours?
Tony: Ah ha! Nice try. I'm sittin on my MOAS!
Sheriff: He's an Iraqi.
Deputy: Same as the victim.
Ziva: She's from Kuwait, actually.
Deputy: And where are you from?
Ziva: The city.
Sheriff: Oh, uh, we do have a suspect.
Gibbs: When were you gonna tell me that?
Sheriff: I'm telling you now.
Gibbs: Give me some good news, Abby.
Abby: I'm not pregnant.
Gibbs: Too much information!
(Gibbs and Ziva enter the garage)
Gibbs: Lacking a woman's touch?
Ziva: Wouldn't know.
Tariq: Did you shoot me?
Tariq: Did she?
Tariq: Sheriff Barrett?
Tariq: His brother?
McGee: Did you see their nameplates? Both are Barretts.
Tony: (to McGee) I have a pimple on my right buttock that can write better than you.
Kunal Nayyar appeared in this episode as Youssef Zidan, a terrorist, for which he was not credited.
Original International Airdates:
Denmark: January 16, 2007 on TV3
Sweden: March 4, 2007 on TV3
Australia: April 24, 2007 on Ten
Belgium: May 6, 2007 on VT4
Germany: May 20, 2007 on SAT 1
The Netherlands: May 23, 2007 on Veronica
United Kingdom: June 26, 2007 on FX UK
Spain: July 19, 2007 on La Sexta
Italy: October 7, 2007 on RAI 2
Finland: December 23, 2008 on Nelonen
Slovakia: June 10, 2009 on Markiza
Czech Republic: September 28, 2009 on TV Nova
Lauren Holly is credited but doesn't appear.
The "Dueling Banjos" song that Tony and Tim were singing at the beginning of the episode was used in the movie Deliverance starring Burt Reynolds, Jon Voight and Ned Beatty. It's about four friends that take a canoe trip and are captured and abused by back country men who live in the area. The music is used to set the scene and mood in when the friends arrive in the back country.
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