Special Agent Tony DiNozzo
Special Agent Ziva David
Forensics Specialist Abby Sciuto
Special Agent Tim McGee
Director Leon Vance
Chief M.E. Ducky Mallard
NCIS Special Agent Simon Cade
NCIS Special Agent Gayne Levin
Navy Lieutenant Jonas Cobb
Asst. M.E. Jimmy Palmer
Special Agent EJ Barrett
GOOF/Continuity error: When the team is in the squad room, E.J.'s hair is down around her face. At the crime scene, it is suddenly in a very tight French braid. Then later that day, back at the squad room it is back to being down, and perfectly straight, no waves from being braided. It is very unlikely that she would braid her hair in the car on the way to the crime scene, just to take it down a little while later.
GOOF: Early on the episode Cade mentions "Virginia PD". There is no Virginia Police Department, but there is Virginia State Police.
TRIVIA: Agent Barrett and her team were in Hawaii following up on a lead on the Port-to-Port Killer, who tried to kill a Sergeant Kevin Jerico. Until that point, "P2P" had only targeted naval personnel.
Gibbs: And you promote that rookie over me?
Vance: That wasn't my decision.
Gibbs: Promotions. He hates them.
Vance: Who? Cobb or you?
Gibbs: He thinks we have that in common. He-he stole a souvenir from my desk. He was at my house.
Vance: But he uses bait to attract his targets. He has never baited you.
Gibbs: No, not me. He feels a kinship with me, because I got skipped over.
Vance: In favor of Barrett.
Gibbs: There is no witness. He videoed himself. He is using it.
Vance: Yeah, to bait the trap.
Gibbs: I study you, Leon.
Vance: I know you do. I study you back, Gibbs.
Gibbs: It feels wrong... digging into your life like that. But I do it because sometimes I can't understand why you make the god-awful decisions that you do.
Vance: I feel the same way. The only difference is, you're not responsible for my actions, Gibbs, but I am for yours.
Gibbs: I should'a been on this case from the beginning.
Vance: I'm sorry about Mike Franks.
Gibbs: Thank you.
Vance: But you called him in. Figured I'd see him and I'd bend.
Gibbs: You always do, whatever he's got on ya.
Vance: There's nothing on me! I'm your boss, Gibbs. And we've been tight, sometimes tight like a damn noose. So, if I backed off on our friendship, maybe I had to step back take a deep breath, and do my job. I have other people I have to answer to.
Gibbs: Maybe, maybe, when bodies were showing up in Europe. But when it's in my own backyard, and you promote that... rookie over me?
Vance: That wasn't my decision.
(In the elevator. Ziva is crying)
Ziva: There is always another monster.
Tony: (Pauses) Yep.
Ziva: I mean, we pursue them, but we just keep making targets of ourselves.
Tony: Better us than someone who didn't sign up for it.
Ziva: I don't think I can take anymore. (Tony hugs Ziva)
Tony: Hey, we're gonna get him. OK? (The elevator door opens to reveal McGee and Abby hugging each other) Bring it in.
Kort: Of course, we maintain a pipeline of information within all our sister agencies.
Tony: You referring to Ray Cruz?
Franks: Great. Another name.
Tony: The CIA agent who's been dating Ziva? Is he your "pipeline?"
(After he unzips Franks' body bag)
Gibbs: Bye, Mike.
(Gibbs and Franks enter MTAC, where Vance and Barrett are talking with Trent Kort)
Vance: Barrett, Kort. Meet NCIS legend, Mike Franks.
Franks: Director. Alright if I stay for this educational briefing?
Kort: (To Vance) This is, er, sensitive agency information.
Vance: And this is my agency. I can't think of a better reason for him to stay, other than that it makes you so uncomfortable.
Franks: (To Kort) I'll take this to my grave.
(Gibbs and Tony are walking with Trent Kort, who has lost his left eye.)
Kort: Can you walk on this side, DiNozzo? Still getting used to the limited peripheral vision.
Tony: You know, flounders only have eyes on one side of their head? I think that's typical of most bottom feeding mud suckers.
Gibbs: No coincidence you were in Hawaii with the Port-to-Port Killer.
Kort: I wasn't with him. I was pursuing him.
Tony: (Sarcastically) Bang up job you did there, Kort.
(Gibbs is telling the ghost of Mike Franks about the case. He imagines McGee, Tony and Ziva giving him a report on Agent Barrett's findings.)
Tony: Sergeant Kevin Jerico was walking to his quarters at Pearl when a strange noise drew him to an alley way.
McGee: It was a wind up teddy bear playing a drum. When Jerico examined it, he was attacked from behind.
Ziva: He struggled, suffered lacerations to his hands and neck. As he lost consciousness, he saw a bald man drop into the ally.
Franks: Much better!
Tony: Crowd responded to the screams. Must have scared off the attacker or the bald man was admitted to the hospital minus an eyeball.
Ziva: Admission forms give him name as Gavin O'Ryan. He disappeared without being discharged.
McGee: There are no records of a Gavin O'Ryan residing in Hawaii. There are also no records of a Gavin O'Ryan on any flight, in or out of Hawaii, surrounding the date in question. I will go enlist Abby's help to pursue this further.
Tony: I will pursue the same mystery using "archaic" and "old school" techniques.
Ziva: While pretending to have a question for Ducky, I will follow Agent Barrett, and accidently overhear details in her investigation.
(The three of them leave. Gibbs gets up, Franks follows)
Gibbs: If only, huh?
Franks: And what did you find so interesting in all of that?
Gibbs: Well, the teddy bear. That was new.
Franks: They're reading!
Gibbs: Barrett's report.
Franks: You just wait for them to finish?
Gibbs: Yeah... excrutiating.
Franks: Skip this part!
(Discussing the Port-to-Port Killer's failed attempt to kill Sergeant Kevin Jerico in Hawaii.)
Barrett: Jerico had just been transferred from Norfolk to Pearl Harbor.
Tony: So he tracked him down and failed to kill him?
Barrett: Someone intervened. Saved Sergeant Jerico's life, but lost his own eyeball for the trouble.
Tony: You should tell the good Samaritan we're holding onto his eyeball for him.
Barrett: Would if I could, but only Jerico was there when we got to the hospital.
Tony: Failure for P2P. First sign this guy's human.
Barrett: He's not human, Tony.
Original International Air Dates:
Canada: May 11, 2011 on Global
Australia: May 24, 2011 on Channel Ten
United Kingdom: June 3, 2011 on FX/FX HD
Sweden: October 3, 2011 on TV3
Finland: October 25, 2011 on Nelonen
Spain: October 28, 2011 on LaSexta
Germany: November 6, 2011 on SAT 1
Slovakia: January 26, 2012 on Markiza
Czech Republic: July 2, 2012 on TV Nova
Kort: You ever read that file I gave you on Vance once upon a time?
Kort refers to the season six episode "Broken Bird", in which he gives Gibbs two CIA files; one on Ducky, and one on Director Vance. Gibbs uses the file on Ducky to prove his innocence when he is framed for murder, while keeping the file on Vance locked up out of respect for his superior.
Tony: If we can get her to come out of hiding. She probably thinks the killer's gonna turn on her, just like-
Levin: Jimmy Stewart in Rear Window.
Rear Window (1954) is an American suspense film directed by Alfred Hitchcock, based on Cornell Woolrich's 1942 short story "It Had to Be Murder." The film stars James Stewart, Grace Kelly and Thelma Ritter.
(Mike Franks walks into the NCIS squad room. Tony shakes his hand)
Tony: Hey, Mike! How are ya, Mr Franks? Ooh, that's a little weird, huh?
Franks: Yeah, that nub kinda tickles a bit, don't it?
Tony: Just a little.
In the season seven finale "Rule Fifty-One", it is revealed that Mike Franks had his finger shot off during a gunfight with Paloma Reynosa's men.
Tony: Out of curiosity, your eyeball - we're holding onto your eyeball for ya, by the way - how come it opens up restricted areas at NCIS?
Kort: If I recall, you once slammed one of those doors in my face.
Kort refers to the season six episode "Dead Reckoning", in which Tony denies him access to MTAC because he is only a visitor to NCIS.
Tony: Did you tell the good samaritan we're holding onto his eyeball for him?
The tale of the Good Samaritan is a parable that tells the story of a Jewish traveler who is beaten, robbed, and left half dead along the road. First a priest and then a Levite come by, but both avoid the man. Finally, a Samaritan comes by. Samaritans and Jews generally despised each other, but the Samaritan helps the injured Jew. The parable teaches to be kind to those in need, even if they are your enemy.
The Amazing Spiderman
McGee is seen reading a copy of The Amazing Spiderman, a comic book series first published by Marvel Comics in 1963.
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