Season 2 Episode 3


Aired Tuesday 8:00 PM Oct 12, 2004 on CBS



  • Trivia

    • TRIVIA: The photographs on the wall at the West Virginia State Police office are actual photographs of WVSP officers killed in the line of duty. Most visable are Trooper Bruce Brown, Trooper 1st Class Tom Hercules, Trooper Charlie Johnson and Trooper J. D. Harris.

    • TRIVIA: The commander of the Marine unit identifies it as HMLA-167 which is a real unit stationed at Air Station New River, North Carolina and they fly the AH-1W SuperCobra and UH-1N Huey.

    • TRIVIA: Tony mentions he liked the 1953 version of Invaders from Mars but not the 1986 remake. Timothy Bottoms, who plays Ritt Everett in this episode, played George Gardner in the 1986 remake.

    • GOOF: When Abby holds a bag of change, Duck say it's $1.65, but it's actually $1.55.

    • TRIVIA: The helicopter used in this episode is the Army version of the Cobra, a single engine model. The Marine Sea Cobra has two engines as a safety feature due to flights over sea.

    • TRIVIA: The photos of the crop circles that Abby Sciuto has in her lab show distinct circles in the corn with no connecting between them. In the field there are distinct bars connecting the circles.

    • TRIVIA: The bars connecting the circles in the field are paths that have been cleared by the military in order to investigate.

  • Quotes

    • Kate: (watching Gibbs interrogate Barnett) What is Gibbs doing?
      Tony: T.B.I.
      Kate: Excuse me?
      Tony: Truth By Intimidation.

    • (Tony is drumming on every possible surface in the car.)
      Kate: Will you stop that, you're driving me crazy!
      Tony: Sorry. Do I detect a little PMS? I didn't think that was until next week. (Kate glares.) Hey, it's a high stress job, you carry a gun - I need to know when you're not at your best.

    • Abby: I am overworked and not paid enough.
      Gibbs: Quit.

    • Tony: I was scared of my parents for ages after that.
      McGee: I'm sure the feeling was mutual.

    • Tony: We should start checking the back of their necks for little red X's.

    • (Tony and Kate are watching an interrogation)
      Tony: I think Gibbs enjoys this more than sex.
      Kate: That would explain the three wives.

    • McGee: You are searching for microscopic proof of something that doesn't exist.
      Abby: Maybe I should join the CIA.

    • Farmer: I guess his bark is worse than his bite, huh? (referring to Gibbs)
      McGee: The bite is actually much worse.

    • Kate: What's McGee doing out there?
      Tony: Scanning the field with a magnetometer.
      Kate: Let me guess- Abby?
      Tony: Her every wish is his command.
      Kate: She promised to show him her new tattoo. Wait 'til he finds out it's on her ankle.

    • (Tony's clipping his nails at his desk)
      Kate: Most people tend to their personal hygiene at home.
      Tony: This bothers you?
      Kate: No, what bothers me is that it doesn't bother me anymore.
      Tony: (turning to McGee) I'm an acquired taste.
      McGee: Actually, it's more like the Stockholm Syndrome- the emotional attachment to a captor formed by a hostage as a result of continuous stress and a need to cooperate for survival.

    • (After McGee finds alien mask and magnet that Tony hides in the field)
      Kate: You are such a child.
      Tony: C'mon...
      (He takes Kate's water bottle from her and takes off the lid. Kate clears her throat and looks at him)
      Tony: Just taking a sip.
      (drinks from it)
      Kate: It's yours.

    • (Kate's sitting in a helicopter and Tony's standing next to it)
      Tony: I should've been an aviator. These things are chick magnets.
      Kate: I hate helicopters. They're loud, uncomfortable and dangerous. I used to dread getting on Marine One with the president.
      (Tony scratches himself)
      Kate: Ew, Tony!
      Tony: What?
      Kate: You are getting way too comfortable around me. OK, clipping your nails is one thing but that... that is crossing the line.
      Tony: Come on...
      Kate: No, I'm serious! I've had enough of your locker room mentality. I would be upset if someone I was dating, dating took such familiarities.
      Tony: Well we work together, so feel free to scratch or adjust anything you like in front of me.

  • Notes

    • Original International Airdates:
      Croatia: September 15, 2005 on NOVA TV
      Finland: February 24, 2007 on Nelonen
      France: September 02, 2005 on M6
      Germany: September 15, 2005 on SAT.1
      Sweden: April 30, 2005 on TV3
      Denmark: October 26, 2004 on TV3
      Estonia: January 30, 2009 on TV3

  • Allusions

    • Gibbs: He received SERE training, Colonel, he's evading us.

      Marine SERE training stands for Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape. The course teaches Marines techniques to use if they find themselves in a hostile situation separated from their units.

    • Abby: It's very Glastonbury, circa 1980s.

      The myths of Glastonbury center on Joseph of Arimathea, the Holy Grail, and King Arthur.

    • State Police Officer: There's been some kind of feud going on there. It goes back decades.
      Gibbs: Hmm. What, like Hatfield and McCoys?

      The Hatfield-McCoy feud carried on for nearly 30 years, claiming approximately 12 men. Hatfield and McCoy is a metaphor now for rival parties.

    • Tony: We should start checking the back of their necks for little red x's.

      Reference to Invaders from Mars, a 1953 Sci-Fi movie starring Helena Carter, Arthur Franz, and Jimmy Hunt.

    • The same week this episode was shown, another CBS show, Without a Trace, had a UFO/alien abduction theme to the show. This is the second time this season that both shows have had similar, unique themes (both season premieres dealt with a blind girl).

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