Season 7 Episode 1

Truth or Consequences

Aired Tuesday 8:00 PM Sep 22, 2009 on CBS



  • Trivia

    • GOOF: Just after Abby tightly hugs and wraps her chin around Ziva's neck, the scene changes to Tony walking by Ducky. If you watch the right side of the screen as he starts to walk by you can see Abby standing up straight just about to hug Ziva again.

    • GOOF: In episode "Legend, Part 2," Ziva clearly tells Tony that beverages are strictly not allowed in MTAC. In this episode, Abby is seen holding up her Caf-Pow proudly in MTAC when she says they located Saleem through it. However, in several episodes with Jenny, she and Gibbs were drinking coffee in MTAC.

    • TRIVIA: When Abby hugs Ziva, a shot of Abby's back can be seen. She has a new tattoo: a flower on her upper back.

    • GOOF: In the flashbacks McGee seems to have lost a lot of weight even though it's right after Ziva left.

    • GOOF: When Becky Hastings and Tony are in observation, in the reflection of the mirror you can see a crew member on the bottom left of the mirror.

    • GOOF: While explaining to Ziva a possible escape plan Tony mentions the (aircraft) carrier group will send in F22 Raptors. The Navy does not operate F22 nor can this fitted for carrier take off or landings.

    • GOOF: At the end of episode 6x24 "Semper Fidelis" (in which the day continues in 6x25 "Aliyah") Tony hurts his arm in the fight against Michael Rivkin. At the end of "Aliyah," Tony still wears his arm in the sling. Since the episode aired on May 19th it is safe to assume, based on a principal that shows like to use air dates as current time, that this is the date in this episode. In episode 7x01 "Truth or Consquences," the flashback to May shows Tony and McGee fighting a Petty Officer. Tony is missing is sling and doesn't seem to be pain. Seeing as the fight in which he injured his arm was a fight to the death (Michael's) and required a sling, it seems unreasonable that it is magically healed in the twelve remaining days of the month.

    • TRIVIA: The pattern of the cup that Gibbs is drinking water out of when he is waiting outside of Vance's office, is the same design which contained coffee that DiNozzo was drinking in the season four episode "Stakeout." Coincidentally, Abby is wearing the same star shaped necklace in MTAC that she was wearing in her lab in "Stakeout."

    • TRIVIA: As Saleem is heading into the interrogation you can see that the pants he is wearing are the U.S. Army's ACU pattern. Although NCIS primarily deals with Navy & Marines, it's pretty likely that Tony recognizes them.

  • Quotes

    • Tony: Listen, can you walk while you talk?
      Heather: You know, I've actually never attempted something so complex before, but I'm a quick learner.
      Tony: Sarcasm.
      Heather: Mh-mm.
      Tony: I like sarcasm.
      Heather: Who doesn't?
      Tony: Not that much.

    • Saleem: I got my BS from Yale University.
      Tony: I got my BS from the streets.

    • Tony: (to Gibbs) You know, in Arabic, the word for 'desert' is 'Sahara' so Sahara Desert is actually Desert Desert. A lot of sand.

    • Tony: (to McGee) But, it's computers? It's your thing! If I had a thing, I'd show it off all the time.
      Gibbs (entering): There are rules against that, DiNozzo.

    • (About Claire Connel from the DEA as she's being interviewed by Gibbs)
      Tony: You know it's all about chemistry. The zing, the 'sss', the pah!
      McGee: What is pah?
      Tony: Pah? You know? Gotta know how to zig when I zag. Bob when you weave. (referring to Gibbs) Rock when he rolls. That's the pah of it all. Pah!
      McGee: She's unflappable.
      Tony: She's unflappable.
      (door opens and a crying Claire rushes out. Gibbs follows her out.)
      Gibbs: Strike one.

    • Tony: You can't trust me to be professional?
      Gibbs: No casting couch.

    • Tony: Ziva's not replaceable.
      Saleem: No, the one you lost, then why aren't you looking for her?
      Tony: If I could drag her back I'd do it in a heartbeat, but that's impossible. Ziva David is dead.

    • Tony: Well, I told you about the, the Brains, I told you about the Guts, I told you about the Muscle, the Scientist, the Politician, the Leader, I told you about every member of the Team, except myself, the part I play.
      Saleem: Which is?
      Tony: I'm the Wild Card. I'm the guy who looks at the reality in front of him and refuses to accept it. Like right now, I should be terrified, right? But I'm not, 'cause I just can't stop thinking about the movie True Lies, you know where Arnie's strapped to the chair and shot full of truth serum, and picks his cuffs and kills everybody? You have 30 seconds to live, Saleem.
      Saleem: You're still bound, you're lying.
      Tony: I can't lie, and I didn't say I was gonna be the one to kill you. Remember when I told you my boss was a sniper?

    • (Tony speaking on the phone)
      Heather: Tony.
      Tony: (Startled, quickly shoves phone headset into his drawer) Nothing!
      Heather: Sorry, I didn't mean to startle you. Are you Special Agent DiNozzo?
      Tony: No, I am.

    • Abby: I can't believe you were going to leave me out.
      Tony: It wasn't personal.
      McGee: Abby, it was for your own benefit.
      Abby: So which was it?
      Tony: (Voice over with Tony explaining who Abby is to Saleem) Abby Sciuto, NCIS resident forensic scientist, heart and soul. A paradox wrapped in an oxymoron smothered in contradictions and terms. Sleeps in a coffin. Really the happiest goth you'll ever meet.

    • Tony: You hit him high, I'll hit him low!
      McGee: I don't like the sound of that.
      Tony: You hit him low, I'll hit him high!

    • Tony: Our team leader is the fearless Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs. Former Gunnery Sergeant Marine sniper, Coffee aficionado, and functional mute.

    • Gibbs: Some idiot smuggled a koala on a submarine.

    • Tony: Say, could I get a glass of Chardonnay or something?

    • Abby: I've tried to reach her several different ways.
      Tony: Psychics, crystals or telepathy?
      (points at Tony)
      Abby: No jokes! Okay? (Tony shrugs, smiling) Ziva is absent universally, it's freaking me out.

    • Ziva: These men are killers, Tony.
      Tony: I know, that's why we have to stay alive long enough to not get dead.

    • Ziva: You try to save yourselves, I am ready to die.
      McGee: That's not how it works.
      Ziva: How what works?
      Tony: The plan.
      (Ziva not believing this)
      Ziva: You have an escape plan? (Tony winks and nods at her) Tony, they have 30 men, heavily armed. They have anti-tank, anti-aircraft weapons. What do you have?
      (Tony shrugs)
      Tony: Well that's where things get a little tricky.

    • Ziva: You thought I was dead.
      Tony: Oh yeah.
      Ziva: Then why are you here?
      Tony: McGee, McGee didn't think you were dead.
      Ziva: Tony! Why are you here?
      Tony: Couldn't live without ya, I guess.
      Ziva: So you will die with me.You should have left me alone.
      Tony: Look... Tried... couldn't... listen, you should know I've taken some sort of truth serum, so if there's any questions you don't want to know the answer to...

    • Ziva: You should not have come.
      Tony: Alright then, good catching up. I'm going now. (he tries standing up in chair tied to him and sits back down) Oh yeah, I forgot. (he chuckles) Taken prisoner.

    • Tony: Thank you, pant-suit girl.

    • (Saleem brings Ziva into the interrogation room and leaves)
      Tony: Well, how was your summer?

    • Saleem: Where is the rest of your team?
      Tony: I don't know. I don't care about your team and I don't care about my team.
      Saleem: Okay, you were driving in the desert without backup. So what are you doing here?
      Tony: Well, Saleem, there's only one force on earth that can short circuit a man's better instincts, put fire in his veins, makes him dive headlong into danger with no regard for his own wellbeing. Vengeance, Saleem. I'm here to kill you.

    • (Tony and McGee exit elevator with Tony laughing)
      McGee: Tony, I'm not your home theater guy.
      Tony: Don't be ridonculous, of course you're my home theater guy.
      McGee: Alright, you're getting a picture?
      Tony: Yeah, it's just not crisp, you know, it's not rich.
      McGee: Well what's your source? Blu-ray or satellite?
      Tony: Neither. It's the streaming HD thing from that films account. Greens are blue, the blues are green, the oranges are pink and the reds are sort of egg-planty.

  • Notes

    • Original International Airdates:
      Australia: September 29, 2009 on Channel Ten
      Norway: November 3, 2009 on TV3
      Sweden: November 10, 2009 on TV3
      Denmark: December 1, 2009 on TV3
      Germany: February 28, 2010 on SAT 1
      Latin America: February 5, 2010 on AXN
      The Netherlands: March 2, 2010 on SBS6
      Spain: March 26, 2010 on La Sexta
      Slovakia: May 20, 2010 on Markiza
      Taiwan: May 28, 2010 on PTS
      Finland: September 14, 2010 on Nelonen
      Czech Republic: November 15, 2010 on TV Nova

  • Allusions

    • Tony: Not only are you wrong, but you're wrong at the top of your voice.

      Spencer Tracy says these same words to Ernest Borgnine in the movie Bad Day at Black Rock, which Tony then references by wondering what Jack Nicholson would be like in the movie as well as mentioning the film to McGee prior to the two of them going on the mission to rescue Ziva.

    • Tony: Might be a little easier finding a drummer for Spinal Tap.

      Spinal Tap is a parody rock band who has had many drummers out of which 22 are presumed dead.

    • Tony: (in reference to the officer getting the idea that someone dosed his orange juice from 90210) I never really liked that show. Not my cup of tea.

      90210 is a 21st century update of the 1990s TV series, Beverly Hills 90210. In the US, First-run episodes air at 8p EST on Tuesdays on the CW, opposite NCIS on CBS.

    • Tony: Can you imagine Nicholson in Bad Day at Black Rock? I would have like to have seen that...

      Referring to 1955 movie starring Spencer Tracy, which is also referenced again when Tony offers McGee a copy of the movie in exchange for fixing his home entertainment system.

    • Tony: I can't stop thinking about the movie True Lies, you know -- when Arnie's strapped to the chair, shot full of truth serum, and he picks his cuffs and he kills everybody?

      This is an accurate description of a scene in the action comedy movie True Lies, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jamie Lee Curtis.

    • Tony: I believe that a man is as big as what he is seeking. I believe you're a big man, Mr. Macreedy.

      Mr. Macreedy is the character played by Spencer Tracy in Bad Day at Black Rock, the movie Tony refers to several times.

    • Ziva: Out of everyone in the world that could have found me, it had to be you.

      A slight nod to Casablanca, when Rick bemoans Ilsa's appearance with "Of all the gin joints in all the towns in all the world, she walks into mine."