TRIVIA: We learn that Kate is Catholic.
GOOF: Since the victim went overboard from the ship, everything that was attached to his body must have come from the ship, including the weights and chain. So an obvious avenue of investigation would have been to find out if there were weights missing from the ship, who had access to them, when it was noticed they were missing, and if the victim ever used the weights. Yet the team didn't look into any of this.
TRIVIA: The text that makes up "Weylin's Diary" that Abby is reading on her screen is actually copied from an online novel, "The Keeper," by Rod Chappell.
TRIVIA: When we see Tony take off the ship, the helicopter he's on has the number 406. When we next see the helicopter landing in Puerto Rico, the number is now 420.
GOOF: After the final intermission, the scene opens up with the port (left) side of the the Forrest except for the fact that the number showing is now 12 and not 51.
TRIVIA: The nurse says that the dead sailor was obsessed with his mysterious friend. Later, she tells Kate that he only talked about him once.
GOOF: Super Cell Phones? The agents are constantly talking to each other from inside the ship when out at sea. Ships being made of steel or aluminum wreck havoc on cell phones. Setting next to the pier you'd be lucky to find a spot where a cell phone would work inside a ship. Even only a mile or two off shore you'd have to go topside to talk on a cell-phone.
TRIVIA: About 41 1/2 minutes into the show, while the NCIS team is packing up, you can hear "RM2 Thomas report to the ?? Galley" passed over the 1MC (shipboard general announcement system). The Navy did away with RMs about 3 years ago.
Tony: Did you have any contact with Seaman MacDonald?
Master Chief: Can't say I did, sir. He pretty much kept to himself.
Gibbs: Seems to be the general consensus...or the party line.
Ducky: Well if you'll excuse me, I'll get our poor seaman out of his wet clothes.
Tony: You're not going to say, and into a dry martini, are you?
Ducky: No. No, we'll save that for later.
Tony: The best IT guy in our office is 22, Harvard. When he gets stuck, he calls his 14 year old nephew.
Tony: You might want to warn us about what you're working on after lunch, Ducky.
Ducky: Yes. I suppose gazing into a digestive system doesn't assist the actual process.
Tony: Not after the meal we just had.
Tony: (to Gibbs) When you're a computer geek invading dungeons and fighting ogres, Jethro doesn't cut it. (gets a look from Gibbs)... Neither does Tony.
Gibbs: Abby, have fun with your MMROPG.
(Tony looks at him)
Gibbs: Thank you.
Tony: You're welcome
Gibbs: Can I talk to Ducky, now?
Gibbs: What is that?
Tony: It's music, Gibbs. Don't be so paranoid. You know I'm a professional.
Abby: (playing the RPG on her computer) Oh...kicked their asses! (Ducky walks in) I already surpassed the third level of the fortress and made it into the dungeon corridor of the castle's inner stronghold... after of course slaying two gnomes, a drunken dwarf and a frenzied ogre.
Ducky: Of course.
Gibbs: You gonna help me out here, Petty Officer Carnahan?
Carnahan: I've been downloading a lot of...stuff off the Internet onto my PC.
Carnahan: I was pretty sure my CO was suspicious, so I hired Zeuger. He cleaned out the hard drive.
Gibbs: A considerable amount to clean out.
Carnahan: I have a lot of free time on my hands, sir.
Kate: You've got to be kidding.
Tony: It's a bikini. Two piece.
Kate: A bottom. And a hat?
Tony: Puerto Rican?
Gibbs: Any chance you're gonna try that on?
Kate: You first!
Gibbs: Trust me. Not gonna fit.
Kate: Pigs. I work with pigs.
Tony: It's a fantasy RPG book. Complete with character books and dice...baby steps, Gibbs. Baby steps.
Gibbs: It's in Spanish.
Tony: There's just no pleasing you, is there?
Ducky: You know Abby, sometimes the dead make more sense to me than the living.
Abby: Me too.
Kate: Stop the boat.
Gibbs: It's a ship!
Kate: Reynolds says there's no known material missing, but the intel's soft. They'll continue to check.
Gibbs: Stay on it every five minutes.
Kate: He expressly told me to wait for his call.
Gibbs: Well, I expressly don't give a damn. Ride his ass.
Kate: We're not all sleeping here, are we? Together?
Gibbs: I'll take the couch.
Kate: Now, why didn't that sound sincere?
Gibbs: Ah, you get used to it. They either stonewall or kiss ass. To them, we're the Internal Affairs of the Navy.
Kate: So, basically, they hate us?
Tony: No! ...pretty much.
Kate: This was your first?
Kate: Why did you assume I had no idea how bad it was gonna be?
Tony: I didn't think you would.
Kate: That is so presumptuous!
Gibbs: That's why Kate is going with you.
Kate: I'm sure Tony can handle this alone.
Gibbs: When did an order turn into a debate?
Gibbs: Seaman Russell McDonald. 19. Assigned to the USS Foster.
Kate: Destroyer. Spruance Class.
Gibbs: Hey, look at that, the new kid on the block's been doin' her homework.
Tony: No boss, you don't understand. I love Puerto Rico.
Kate: Been there a lot?
Tony: (excited at the beginning... trailing off at the end) No that's just it, I've never been there... I mean I'm so wanting to go. Ever since I was a kid I was just...so wanting...sorry...I just always...
Gibbs: (deadpan) Wanted to be there.
This episode is also known under the title The Highlander.
Guest star Chad W. Murray is the brother of future series regular Sean Murray, which means he is also related to series co-creator and executive producer Donald P. Bellisario.
Original International Airdates:
Croatia: August 04, 2005 on NOVA TV
Finland: September 23, 2006 on Nelonen
France: March 10, 2004 on M6
Germany: April 14, 2005 on SAT.1
Hungary: November 07, 2005 on TV 2
Sweden: July 11, 2004 on TV3
Denmark: November 4, 2003 on TV3
The episode title, The Immortals, comes from the online computer game that the victim plays.
In the MMORPG listing of gamer's personal websites there is a name three below the "Immortal Tales of Weylin" that reads "Count Belisarius"; it is ninth down from the top of the list. Belisarius is the name of Donald P. Bellisario's production company. Count Bellisarius is also the name of one of the greatest generals of the Byzantine Empire, serving under the Emperor Justinian, leading his armies against the Vandals and the Ostrogoths.
After Tony manages to buy a sword at the Puerto Rican military base that is forbidden to crewmen, he references Lucy and Ricky Ricardo with his remark, "you've got some 'splaining to do!" to the clerk.
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