Season 7 Episode 3

The Inside Man

Aired Tuesday 8:00 PM Oct 06, 2009 on CBS



  • Trivia

    • GOOF: When Ducky talks about Arnett also being murdered, he uses the term "infer." The correct term in that sentence would be "imply," not "infer."

    • TRIVIA: While in this episode the team investigates the death of a blogger, Michael Weatherly (Tony) played a blogger in the series Dark Angel.

    • GOOF: Tony tells Detective Hanley that she shouldn't wear a scarf at crime scenes, because the fibers could contaminate evidence. However, in Episode 5x11 "Tribes," Ziva wore a scarf to the murder scene (which she put over her head when she and Gibbs then visited the victim's mosque).

    • TRIVIA: We learn that McGee was born in Bethesda, Maryland. Sean Murray, who plays McGee, was also born in Bethesda, Maryland.

    • GOOF: When Tony interviews the judge that the blogger had smeared, he is told about how went from being a federal judge nominated for the Supreme Court to teaching in a community college because of him. However, federal judges have lifetime appointments. So even if his Supreme Court nomination had to be withdrawn, he could have continued to be a judge despite the scandal.

    • GOOF: Tony speculates that the reason McGee has to re-take his polygraph is because he is in trouble under "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," and advises him to not come out when they ask him about it. However, "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" doesn't apply to civilians. It only applies to the uniformed military. And even if it did apply to McGee, the law prohibits asking someone if they're gay as part of an official inquiry.

    • GOOF: Dinozzo's description of Alfred Hitchcock's classic film Strangers on a Train is inaccurate. Dinozzo says that the two characters played by Farley Granger and Robert Walker "meet in a club car, plot to exchange murders... They believe that no one will be able to connect them to each other." In the actual film, the plot is all in the mind of the psychotic Bruno Anthony, played by Robert Walker. Tennis star Guy Haines (Granger) believes that Anthony is just joking. After Anthony actually murders Haines' wife and Haines refuses to kill Anthony's father, Anthony threatens to plant evidence to make it appear that Haines is his wife's murderer.

    • GOOF: Abby said that the barbell weights were cleaned with acetate. She likely meant acetone, an organic solvent used as a degreaser, in fingernail polish remover and paint thinners.

    • TRIVIA: The name of the sandwich shop operator is named Will Sutton - also the name of a famous bank robber in the 30s and 40s who was on the FBI's Most Wanted List, who was the first to be nicknamed "Slick Willie."

    • GOOF: At times, NCIS episodes use a reference from some prior episodes. In this episode, the dead victim was a blogger, who accused NCIS of covering up the death of a Navy Lieutenant Ron Arnett, who died on a car crash. However, when the team huddled for their usual brain storming session and on the plasma appeared a picture of Ron Arnette; it was the picture of who was known as Michael Arnett from episode 5x05 "Leap of Faith." Navy Seal Michael Arnett was shot dead while threatening to jump off a roof.

    • TRIVIA: The dogs in the impound lot were Belgian Malinois, a favorite police breed, but most often used for drug sniffing and similar jobs.

    • GOOF: In the previous episode Tony and McGee say that they are the same height. However, in this episode, their mugshots say that Tony is 6'2" and McGee 6'1". In real life these are the respective actors real heights. Mark Harmon (Gibbs) is also 6'1".

  • Quotes

    • Ducky: That coffin looks expensive.
      Abby: It is! It's top of the line. But it's new -- factory made -- it has no personality. Mine, on the other hand, is like a Stradivarius -- handcrafted by Bavarian artists in 1870.
      Ducky: (musing) It doesn't make sense to spend a fortune on something that is going to be viewed for a couple of hours and then stuck in the ground to rot!
      Abby: MINE has, and will continue to provide me, with hours of restful sleep and pleasure!

    • (While observing Summer's interrogation)
      Tony: No way, honey-bunny, he's not through with you!
      Ziva: She knows more than she's telling.
      McGee: So, what do you think – how is he going to break her down? What's his style?
      Tony: He's leading with the Creepy Uncle, but I think he's going to go with the Father Figure You Can Trust.
      McGee: Nope. I think he's going to go with the Classic In-Your-Face Gibbs. The Intimidator.

    • McGee: Boss, I'd better go down and reschedule that polygraph test.
      Gibbs: Don't bother McGee, nothing wrong with the first one.
      McGee: What do you mean?
      Gibbs: I think you made an impression on the examiner. (McGee looks very confused) I think she made an excuse to see you again. (McGee still looks confused, Gibbs gets frustrated) You want me to draw you a picture?!
      McGee: (finally getting it) No. I'm gonna handle it boss.

    • Abby: I only take orders from one person; Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs. Unless he asks me to do it, it doesn't get done.
      Detective Sportelli: I think that's gonna change honey.
      (Gibbs walks in)
      Abby: Gibbs! Make this awful man go away.

    • (McGee hangs up the phone)
      McGee: That's strange.
      Tony: (While playing with a pen at his desk) Is that for our benefit McGee? Are we supposed to ask what's wrong?
      McGee: That was polygraph, I have to take another test.
      (Tony gets up and walks to McGee)
      Ziva: You took your annual last week.
      McGee: They want me to re-take it.
      Tony: You failed your polygraph? That's not good.
      McGee: No, I didn't fail it. They said I have to take it again.
      Tony: Why would you have to TAKE it again? (McGee glares at Tony) Don't ask, don't tell. You didn't make the mistake of coming out did you?
      McGee: I don't have anything to come out about.
      Tony: Stick to that story McQueen.

  • Notes

    • Rocky Carroll is credited but doesn't appear.

    • Original International Airdates:
      Australia: October 13, 2009 on Channel Ten
      Norway: November 17, 2009 on TV3
      Sweden: November 24, 2009 on TV3
      Germany: March 14, 2010 on SAT 1
      Spain: April 2, 2010 on LaSexta
      Slovakia: June 3, 2010 on Markiza
      Finland: September 28, 2010 on Nelonen
      Czech Republic: November 29, 2010 on TV Nova

  • Allusions

    • McGee figured out that Arnett and Sutton met when they took the same train everyday. The same thing happened in the CSI:NY episode "Commuted Sentences" when two assault victims decided to go after the people who assaulted them.

    • When confronting Sutton at the end, Tony refers to Alfred Hitchcocks' 1951 classic Strangers On A Train, with Farley Granger and Robert Walker.

    • Tony: He's [Sportelli] the police detective that made the mistake of tugging on Superman's [Gibbs'] cape.

      This alludes to Mark Harmon's upcoming role as the voice of Superman in the animated feature Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths. This is also a reference to the Jim Croce song, "You Don't Mess Around with Jim"