Season 2 Episode 22


Aired Tuesday 8:00 PM May 10, 2005 on CBS



  • Trivia

    • GOOF: When the letter is traced to Hanna Lowell, Gibbs tells Yates to grab a change of clothes and meet him downstairs in five minutes. But when they arrive at Lowell Pharmaceuticals, Yates is still wearing the undercover sexy dress she came to NCIS headquarters in.

    • GOOF: Tony's x-ray does not show pneumonia. The soft tissue shadowing suggests it was a normal x-ray of a female.

    • GOOF: When Gibbs and Cassie enter Lowell pharmaceuticals, you can see quite clearly that there is the signature 'L' logo outside the building but when they walk through the foyer there is no L visible from the inside. It was obviously animated with computer software.

    • TRIVIA: At the beginning of the episode, when Tony is discussing "saki-bombing", he says that he works with " a pair of wankers." The term "wankers" is actually considered a profanity in some European countries, particularly in the UK.

    • GOOF: Although Ducky stops Gibbs from leaving autopsy because he has a 'possible contagium to contain', Kate and Tony are taken away and are led through Bethesda hospital without wearing any protective suits to avoid them from infecting others.

    • TRIVIA: When Tony says that Travolta was the King of Cool, that's a mistake. The actual "King of Cool" is Steve McQueen.

    • TRIVIA: Dr. Brad Pitt: "As a precaution, I'm starting your prophylaxis with streptomycin." Streptomycin stops bacterial growth by damaging cell membranes and inhibiting protein synthesis. It cannot be given orally, but must be administered by regular intramuscular injection. So why are Kate and Tony given pills? A small goof, at that.

    • GOOF: When Tony recites the actors that have played the movie character James Bond from the official movies; he mentions "Sean Connery, George Lazenby, Roger Moore and Pierce Brosnan." He only mentions four people, even though at the time that the episode was made there had been five actors who had portrayed Bond from the official movies (excluding the recent Daniel Craig addition). He had missed Timothy Dalton.

    • TRIVIA: Y. pestis stands for Yersinia pestis, which is the scientific name for the bacterium that causes three forms of plague-- bubonic plague, pneumonic plague, and septicemic plague. In the show, it is referred to as a disease from the Dark Ages, but there actually are a number of contemporary cases that have been identified. In addition, one of those cases involved some mice that escaped from a medical facility that was conducting anti-terrorism research just like what was claimed on the show.

  • Quotes

    • (In the showers.)
      Tony: Who would send me a letter with anthrax?
      Kate: Pick a girl, Tony. Any girl.
      Tony: That's not funny, Kate.
      Kate: Yeah, I know.
      Tony: This is serious.
      Kate: I know, Tony! I'm sorry.
      Tony: At this very instant, someone is incinerating my Ermenegildo Zegna suit, my Armani tie, my Dolce Gabbana shirt and my Gucci shoes!
      McGee: You know, it might not be anthrax.
      Tony: I like the sound of that, Probie!
      McGee: It could be smallpox, bubonic plague, cholera...
      Tony: Probie!
      McGee: ...foot powder, face powder, talcum powder...
      Tony: Honeydust!
      McGee: "Honeydust"?
      Tony: Honeydust. I give it to girls.
      (Kate glares at him but she know Tony can't see it. He knows it.)
      Tony: Women! Sorry, Kate. I give it to "women" at Christmastime. Very sensuous. You apply it with a feather.
      Kate: (Chuckles) You don't use the whole chicken?
      McGee: I never heard of honeydust.
      Kate: Yeah, that's because your mother raised you to respect women, McGee.
      Gibbs: It makes a woman's skin feel silky smooth. When kissed, it tastes like honey.
      (Everybody poke their heads out of their showers and look at Gibbs')
      Gibbs: Got a box of Honeydust last Christmas. No card.
      Tony: Ah...I think the post office screwed up, boss. Somebody else got your bottle of Jack and you got their...
      (Tony is cut of by Kate)
      Kate: Hey! Doesn't the post office irradiate our mail?
      McGee: Yeah, that's right! All federal mail is funneled through the Ion Beam facility at Bridgeport, New Jersey. If it has DNA, it dies.
      Tony: The diseases that you name, they-they have DNA?
      McGee: They do.
      Kate: Oh, you should have let him squirm.
      Tony: Haha! Then, it's no worries!
      Gibbs: Unless the post office screwed up again.

    • Abby: You catch this, you're stuck in the dark ages which, personally, I wouldn't mind until... it killed me.

    • Kate: I am going to make your life hell.
      Tony: How? You can't be worse than plague ... Okay, maybe you can. (turns to nurse Emma) Maybe she can.

    • Tony: So, tell me Doc. What have I got?
      Dr. Brad: (Sighs) Pneumonic plague.
      Tony: Plague? (he chuckles) Plague..
      Kate: That's right Tony. Plague. 'Cause only you would go off and get a disease from the dark ages.
      Tony: I didn't put plague in the letter.
      Kate: You opened it!
      Tony: Yeah. So I opened it. What are you so upset about? It's not like you're lying... (Tony stops talking because he thinks he gave it to her)
      Kate: Yeah. That's right Travolta. I'm infected too.
      Tony: (He is really sincere) Oh Kate, I'm sorry.
      Kate: Well. you're going to be sorrier.
      Tony: (Tony is all serious) No. Don't tell me Gibbs got it.

    • Cassie: Is this the anthrax letter?
      Abby: No, it's not anthrax, it's plague.
      Cassie: Thank God. Anthrax scares the hell out of me.

    • (Kate and Tony are in isolation)
      Kate: You're afraid, aren't you?
      Tony: Kate, Come on. Me afraid? Have you ever seen me afraid?
      Kate: Well not when the danger is something we can confront. But all we can do here is lie around and hope that we're not infected.
      Tony: Now who's afraid?
      Kate: Anyone with half a brain. Wait - I take that back, you're not afraid.

    • (Gibbs is telling Abby about Sara Lowell)
      Gibbs: Are you scanning?
      Abby: Gibbs! I can multi-task! I can listen to you, and can scan the video, I can rub my tummy and...
      (Abby gets cut off by Gibbs.)

    • Ducky: I spoke to a Dr. Brad Pitt.
      Abby: You're kidding.
      Ducky: No that's his name. He made a point to stress that he is not related in anyway to the actor.
      Abby: Hey did you hear when Brad and Jen split up?
      Gibbs: Abby!

    • Gibbs: What was the powder Abby?
      Abby: White... with a hint of tan.
      Gibbs: Abbs!
      Abby: Well, that's all I know until my baby speaks to me.

    • Kate: I'm warning you DiNozzo. I do not feel well.
      Tony: You need to relax. You need a foot massage.
      Kate: I don't want you any where near my feet.
      Tony: You have pretty feet.
      Kate: I don't want you touching my feet.

    • Abby: Gibbs! Patience is not your virtue, is it?

    • (Abby is doing cartwheels in the lab.)
      Gibbs: I didn't take you as the cheerleader type Abby.

    • Gibbs: Kate. Play it safe. Go with Tony.
      Kate: (looks at Tony) That's safe?

    • Abby: You gotta get a life, Gibbs.
      Gibbs: The last thing I need is another wife.
      Abby: (taps protective mask) Life, Gibbs. You gotta get a life.

    • Tony: I work with a pair of wankers.
      Gibbs: And you make three, DiNozzo.

    • Tony: If you were a bug would you attack Gibbs?

    • Kate: Let's hit the showers, Tony.
      Tony: Thought you'd never ask.

    • (Gibbs slaps Tony)
      Tony: If I get anthrax, how will you feel?
      Gibbs: Not as bad as you, DiNozzo.

    • Gibbs: You serve the warrant, I'll shove my Sig in her face.

    • Kate: He's dying, Ducky.
      Gibbs: Ah, the hell he is.

    • Gibbs: You will not die. You got that?! (taps head when Tony doesn't answer him) I said, you will not die.
      Tony: Gotcha boss.

    • Tony: If I catch your cold, I'll be very pissed.

    • Dr. Brad Pitt: My name is Dr. Brad Pitt. Yes that is my real name and we are not related. I wish we were though. I'd love to meet Angelina Jolie.
      (Kate giggles a little)
      (They all start walking down the hallway)
      Tony: Of course if I had said that you would have...
      (Kate elbows him in the stomach)
      Tony: ...elbowed me.

    • Ducky: Where do you think you are going?
      Gibbs: Find out who sent the note.
      Ducky: Uh, uh, uh, you cannot leave autopsy, it's negative pressure. So airborne pathogens can't contaminate the rest of the building.
      Gibbs: Ducky, I have been scrubbed, sanitized, for all I know sterilized. I have an investigation to open.

    • Gibbs: I thought these tests were fast.
      Abby: It's not a pregnancy test.

    • Kate: Tony's humour has always been sexist, juvenile, raunchy...
      Nurse Emma: Funny!
      Kate: Sometimes.

    • Tony: Why aren't you sick?
      Kate: Because I'm stronger than you Tony.
      Tony: Are not!
      Kate: Am too!
      Tony: Are not!

    • Tony: Kate, did you tell Dr. Brad about the wet t-shirt contest you won?
      Kate: Did you tell Emma about the transexual you tongued?
      Tony: Never happened!

    • Gibbs: The SWAK doesn't mean our bitch can't be a bastard!
      Abby: Your so right Gibbs! I have this friend who is a transvestite and her lips could out-SWAK Angelina Jolie's. Remember McGee, you met her at my birthday party?
      McGee: Oh yeah- the low cut red dress with the built in plastic...
      Gibbs: (smacks McGee over the head)
      Abby: I saw that!
      Gibbs: Work, or you'll feel it!
      Abby: Not while you're down there!
      Gibbs: What?!

    • Ducky: There was a time where every woman of breeding was taught caligraphy. My mother still tries but her hand shakes. So even I have trouble reading her missives.
      Gibbs: Can you read this missive Ducky?
      Ducky: Oh yes it's perfectly legible. (begins reading the letter)
      Abby: I think he means out loud.

    • Tony: Do you know what this feels like?
      Kate: I don't know.... but I feel another movie coming on.
      Tony: The Boy in a Plastic Bubble. Travolta plays this boy with an immune deficiency... this is before AIDS... and he lives in this.. plastic bubble.

    • Abby: This is one smart bitch.
      Cassie: Whoa! Wash your mouth out with purple soap!!

    • Hannah: Took you long enough... I left enough cookie crumbs.
      Gibbs: You left more than cookie crumbs lady!

    • (end of the episode, Kate takes the bed next to Tony. The lights are turned off, just the soft sounds of the machines)
      Tony: This reminds me of the end of Alien.

    • Kate: Tony thinks speaking Italian turns women on.
      Tony: Obviously you never saw Jamie Lee Curtis in A Fish Called Wanda!

    • (Gibbs tells Palmer to requisition new guns and cellphones)
      Palmer: Pistols?
      Gibbs: No, Palmer, crossbows if you think they might work better!

    • Cassie: Gibbs? Is that you playing Teletubby?

    • Tony: I think that is mine. (grabbing the letter)
      McGee: How do you know?
      Tony: I recognise the lips... and the scent...
      Kate: Gummi Bears?

    • Abby: Look who else doesn't have a life. Tony came back about midnight.
      Gibbs: He does his best work at night.
      Abby: So he tells us.

    • Gibbs: SWAK?
      Abby: It's sealed with a kiss, Gibbs. Didn't you ever get a love letter?
      Gibbs: Does a Dear John count?
      Abby: Awww... I feel sorry for you Gibbs.

    • Tony: I'm your pincushion.

    • Gibbs: Good thinking, Abbs.
      Abby: What?
      Gibbs: Good thinking, Abbs!!
      Abby: I can't...what...?
      Gibbs: Ahhh... (signs: good think-i-n-g. *He signed "thinking" in SEE sign; that's why Abby said 'not nice')
      Abby: Not nice, Gibbs. Not nice.

    • Gibbs: It's your new cell. I'd get the number changed. Women keep calling for Spanky.

    • Palmer: I got the phones but they wouldn't trust me with the weapons.
      Gibbs: I wouldn't either, Jimmy.

    • McGee: Can't think logically around Abby. Her mind works like a pachinko machine. (A pachinko machine is a pinball-gambling machine popular in Japan.)

    • Gibbs: The blood tests came back negative.
      McGee: (taking off his bio hazard helmet) Sweet.
      Gibbs: Not for DiNozzo.
      McGee: Positive? ... Is he going to be okay?
      Gibbs: If he isn't, he answers to me.

    • Ducky: (looking at the screen of the Autopsy room) I cannot believe that Gibbs broke protocol.
      Abby: (chuckles) No he didn't.
      Ducky: He left autopsy.
      Abby: But not isolation. (Gibbs and McGee enter wearing biohazard suits)

  • Notes

    • Original International Airdates:
      Australia: September 14, 2005 on Channel 10
      Croatia: January 26, 2006 on NOVA TV
      Finland: September 15, 2007 on Nelonen
      France: December 16, 2005 on M6
      Germany: March 02, 2006 on SAT.1
      Sweden: July 30, 2005 on TV3
      Denmark: May 10, 2005 on TV3

    • Donald P. Bellisario (series creator and writer of this episode) made a cameo appearance at the beginning of the scene of Gibbs talking with Sarah. He also had a small appearance in previous episode.

  • Allusions

    • Ducky: She was more famous than "Hanoi Jane."
      In 1972, when the US was at war in Vietnam, actress Jane Fonda visited North Vietnam. While there she was photographed while seated on NV anti-aircraft guns, and then she visited American POWs, but when they were later allowed to return home and told stories of being tortured by the Vietnamese, Fonda called them "hypocrites and liars". She also stated publically to the people of North Vietnam that she believed US military had intentionally attacked civilian targets, such as the dike system on the Red River. All this earned Fonda the epithet "Hanoi Jane" by her critics.

    • Anthrax Letters

      In 2001, a number of letters laced with anthrax spores were sent to various politicians and media members, including Senators Daschle and Leahy, and the offices of ABC, CBS, and NBC News. 22 people were infected by these letters; 5 eventually died of the disease. In 2008, a suspect, a scientist of a US biodefense lab named Bruce Ivins was identified as the culprit, but Ivins committed suicide before he could be officially charged.

    • In this episode, Steven Eckholdt is playing a doctor named Brad Pitt. Back when Steven had a recurring role on Friends, he was in scenes with with Jennifer Aniston, Brad Pitt's ex wife.

    • Tony: This reminds me of the end of Alien.

      Alien, from 1979, is a science fiction film about a mining ship that lands on a planet, investigating an SOS call, only to find some strange alien creatures. It starred Sigourney Weaver and was directed by Ridley Scott.

    • Tony: Plague movies... Flesh and Blood.

      Flesh+Blood, from 1985, stars Rutger Hauer and Jennifer Jason Leigh. Set in 1501, it tells the story of a mercenary army led by Hauer battling his former employer in plague-ravished Europe.

    • Gibbs: Does a 'Dear John' letter count?

      A 'Dear John' letter refers to a letter written by a woman informing her husband/boyfriend that she wants to end their relationship. It is believed to have its origin during World War II as women sent letters to their men overseas to break up with them and move on with someone else.

    • Tony: Obviously you never saw Jamie Lee Curtis in A Fish Called Wanda!

      A Fish Called Wanda is a movie - a quick outline... Sexy American diamonds lover Wanda and her boyfriend Otto are in England to plot alongside George and Ken the robbery of a diamond collection. Wanda and Otto want the stolen diamonds for themselves, and inform the police about George not knowing that he has already moved the diamonds to another secret place. Wanda thinks the best way to find out is by getting close to George's lawyer - Archie Leach. Tony is referring to a scene in the movie when Jamie Lee gets all hot and bothered when Archie talks to her in Italian.

    • Gibbs: SWAK?

      SWAK stands for Sealed With A Kiss, which is nothing more than using a lipstick impression as a seal, like on the letter Tony opened.