Season 3 Episode 8

Under Covers

Aired Tuesday 8:00 PM Nov 08, 2005 on CBS



  • Trivia

    • GOOF: At 26:00, Abby and Chip look at Mrs. Ranier's blood test and realize she was pregnant. However, Ducky had already finished the autopsy and he should have seen that she was.

    • GOOF: Tony knocks out the assassin with his chair and the assassin falls to the front of the bed. In the next scene, when the rest of the team breaks into the room, the assassin is between the two beds. Tony is tied to the chair and would not have been able to move him there.

    • TRIVIA: We see Jethro holding a pristine canister that reads: "Jethro, For Good Luck Love, Shannon and Kelly." We see what appears to be a bullet next to "Love." While in episode 1x15 "Enigma," we see the same, yet very battered canister reading: "(Smudge)ro For Good Luck Your Loving" with the bullet after "Loving" and there is no mention of names on this one. Best guess is that the word "Wife" is being blocked by the bullet after "Loving."

    • TRIVIA: This is the first mention of Shannon and Kelly, although the relationship with Gibbs is not mentioned until season 3 finale.

    • GOOF: In the beginning scene where Tony and Ziva are in the hotel room (before intro) Ziva is leading Tony backwards towards the bed, and her hair is in front of her shoulders, except a small strand. The next shot when Ziva is still leading Tony back and all her hair is behind her shoulders.

    • GOOF: When Ducky unzips the body bag off of the female assassin her eyelids flutter.

    • GOOF: When Director Shepard, Gibbs and Fornell are in MTAC, Director Shepherd twists her headset microphone down to a 90 degree angle. She has just reached 90 degrees when the camera angle changes and you see her twisting the microphone downwards again.

    • GOOF: Near the end of the episode when Tony almost falls and he is helped to his feet again, McGee leaves walking in front of Chip. The next shot you see McGee moving behind Chip.

    • GOOF: Near the end of the episode, when the villain, Marcos Siesan, is walking Ziva back to her hotel room supposedly to get the disk, the camera flashes to him from the front, and then multiple times looking over his shoulder at her. In one of the takes looking over his shoulder at her, he has his coat on while in all the others his coat is off. Since he's using his coat to hide his weapon, it is correct to show the coat as off.

    • TRIVIA: Near the end of the episode, Ducky is dressed in formal dinner suit with medals. The medals are on his left breast which means that he earned them, over his right breast would mean that they were his Father's. The medals shown are British and primarily WW2 and include The Atlantic Star, The Africa Star, and the 1939-1945 War Medal however, there is also a WW1 Victory Medal on the second row. This would make Ducky not just in his late 70s but much older!

  • Quotes

    • Jenny: My Director side is telling me to flood that hotel with security, and notify the FBI of a possible terrorist attack. My agent side- if I do that, we lose the chance to take down an enemy cell operating inside the capitol. They'll scatter. Of course, you'd stay the course, trust your people to get the job done.
      Gibbs: You telling me what I'd do?
      Jenny: Asking.
      Gibbs: If I was Director, I'd give my people another twenty-four. They can't get the job done, I'd notify the FBI.
      Jenny: You'd really do that?
      Gibbs: Nah, but that's why I'll never be Director.

    • Gibbs: You're not the only one around here who knows how to play politics.
      Jen: (laughing) You're not serious. Your idea of politics usually involves some form of physical violence.
      Gibbs: Well, you know what they say, Jen - you can't make an omelette unless you break a few eggs.

    • (Ducky's examining Tony)
      Ducky: There doesn't seem to be any permanent damage. How many times did he hit you?
      Tony: I wasn't counting.
      Ziva: 7 times.
      Tony: She was of course.
      Ziva: It was hard not to.

    • Ziva: Good plan... except for one minor drawback.
      Tony: What?
      Ziva: When I leave, they'll most likely put a bullet through your head.
      Tony: Oh. Well, I didn't say it was a perfect plan.

    • Ziva: There is a big chance that this is a set-up, Tony.
      Tony: Are you scared?
      Ziva: No... excited.

    • (About the pregnancy of Ziva's undercover character)
      Tony: Maybe she didn't know.
      Ziva: Oh, she knew.
      Tony: Then why do this job risking to lose the baby?
      Ziva: Maybe she needed the money.
      Tony: Yeah, kids are expensive...
      Ziva: And bullets are cheap.

    • (Sees Ziva cleaning her gun)
      Tony: You haven't fired your weapon so it's already clean.
      Ziva: It calms my mind, forces me to stay focused on the job in my hand.
      Tony: The term is job at hand.
      Ziva: Same difference... Something wrong?
      Tony: Just trying to picture you pregnant.
      Ziva: Don't!
      Tony: I have to, I'm gonna be a father!

    • Jenny: He made contact?!
      Gibbs: Yeah...
      Jenny: Did you trace the call?
      Gibbs: Gee... why didn't I think of that?

    • Tony: (Ziva pours water over his head to wake him up) I'm in position, Boss!

    • McGee: You're up?
      Ziva: Since 0500. He snores.

    • Ziva: Think they bought it?
      Tony: I did.
      Ziva: That's fairly obvious.
      Tony: For your information, that's my knee.
      Ziva: Whatever. You can get off me now.
      Tony: It's only been ten minutes. I have a reputation to protect.
      Ziva: We not even sure if we're under surveillance yet Tony.
      Tony: You can't be too careful when you're under cover. Let's give it another forty minutes just to be realistic!

    • Abby: (about Tony) He always gives new people grief. He learned that from Gibbs.

    • (Tony's robe isn't covering everything)
      Gibbs: Comfortable Dinozzo?
      Tony: Well yeah. I'm working on it.
      Jenny: We're looking at you Agent Dinozzo. All of you.

    • Tony: (to Ziva) Oh wow! And to think, my mother thought I was too good for you!

    • Gibbs: Hey Abbs, what have you got?
      Abby: I have a whoopee and I have a but.
      Gibbs: Abby!
      Abby: Whoopee, I got a photo of the man that Tony and Ziva are going to assassinate...
      Gibbs: (Impatiently) But?
      Abby: But, I have no idea which of these 32 photos is him.

    • (Gibbs, Ducky and Director Shepard are discussing two corpses in autopsy)
      Gibbs: Tony and Ziva have taken their room reservations at the Berkeley. They're there now, pretending to be these two. They're working blind, Duck.
      Director Shepard: We're counting on you to fill them in on some of the more personal details of our couple.
      Ducky: Though it may be common knowledge that I talk to my patients, unfortunately to date, none of them have ever answered me back.
      Gibbs: Listen harder.

    • Tony: We should take you to see the doctor, Sweet Cheeks.
      Ziva: Why?
      Tony: Because you snore like a drunken sailor with emphysema.
      Ziva: Look who's calling the pot black.
      Tony: Kettle. The pot is calling the kettle black.

    • Ziva: I'd really like some music. Something with a little... beat. Dear.
      Tony: What do we got?
      Ziva: Sneaky people.

    • (Tony and Ziva are at dinner. They are in contact with the rest of the team through earwigs)
      Ziva: This is nice, isn't it?
      Tony: Yeah. (laughs) Quiet little dinner, just the six of us!

    • Tony: What do you think?
      Ziva: Not bad, I suppose.
      Tony: Not bad, she says as she walks in from the outdoor patio past the fax machine and the mini-bar. Complimentary basket of fruit! This is a perfect way to spend a weekend! Come on, big-screen TV! (continues)

    • Tony: All right... (Tony starts to stand up) Good night, Boss. (Tony starts to fall over. Abby and Ziva help steady him) All right... I'm good.. .

    • Ducky: I suggest a couple of aspirin.
      (Ducky touches a cut above Tony's eye)
      Tony: (In a high pitched squeal) Oww..
      Ducky: Yes, and perhaps some scotch...
      (Gibbs walks up)
      Gibbs: I thought doctors weren't suppose to prescribe alcohol any more, Duck?
      Ducky: Well it always seems to work for you.

    • Ziva: And I am driving you home. (Holds up Tony's keys)
      Tony: Probie?!
      McGee: Uh, Ziva. Actually I should probably drive him home tonight.
      Ziva: Why is that?
      Abby: Maybe he wants to live?

    • Chip: Why don't you like Agent David?
      Abby: Why do you think that I don't like her?
      (Chip holds up a picture of Ziva that has clown drawings on her face; hair, nose, lips and eyebrows)
      Abby: Oh. That.

    • (To Gibbs and the rest of the team)
      Tony: I want a divorce.

    • (Gibbs and Fornell discuss how to solve the case without the directors getting into a territory fight)
      Fornell: The directors get to save face, and we...
      Gibbs:...get the job done.
      Fornell: And people say we're bastards?
      Gibbs: Only because they know us.

    • Spivey: Trust me, I know when someone's acting when they're having sex.
      Maya: It's true...I've met his wife.

    • (Ziva walks into the room as Tony is talking to Maya pretending to be the maid.)
      Ziva: Tony, I'm pregnant.

    • (Ziva tells Tony she's pregnant to get the FBI girl away)
      Ziva: She wasn't your type anyway.
      Tony: Hot and in a maid's outfit? They don't get any more my type.

    • Tony: Sweetheart? You know what I could really use right now?
      Ziva: Some deodorant?

    • (Ziva knees Tony in the groin while straddling him on the bed)
      Tony: What was that for?
      Ziva: Because that was definitely not your knee.

    • Tony: See anyone you know, Sweet Cheeks?
      Ziva: Not yet. But the night's just getting started, my little Hairy Butt.

  • Notes

    • This episode first aired November 8, 2005, two days before the Marine Corps birthday, November 10, hence the note at the end of the episode: "Semper Fi To Marines Everywhere."

    • Original International Airdates:
      Denmark: November 29, 2005 on TV3
      Australia: April 26, 2006 on Channel 10
      Sweden: May 28, 2006 on TV3
      Germany: August 20, 2006 on SAT 1
      France: September 29, 2006 on M6
      Croatia: November 6, 2006 on NOVA TV
      Italy: November 19, 2006 on RAI 2
      South Africa: June 9, 2007 on SABC2
      Finland: November 17, 2007 on Nelonen
      Slovakia: April 29, 2009 on Markiza

    • This episode is also known under the title Keeping Up With the Joneses.

  • Allusions

    • The United States Marine Corps Birthday Ball is an annual event that celebrates that on November 10th, 1775 the Second Continental Congress resolved to raise two battalions of Continental Marines marking the birth of the United States Marine Corps. The first "formal" Birthday Ball took place on Philadelphia in 1925.

    • The dead assassins, Sophie and Jean-Paul Ranier, have property in Gilead, Maine. Episode writer Lee David Zlotoff also wrote and directed the film The Spitfire Grill, which is set in Gilead, Maine.

    • Episode Title: "Under Covers"
      A reference to a 1923 silent B&W movie starring Cliff Bowes & Virginia Vance.

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