Season 8 Episode 20


Aired Tuesday 8:00 PM Apr 05, 2011 on CBS



  • Trivia

    • GOOF: When talking to Abby about evidence of infection in the suspects blood, EJ calls Pertussis a virus, but it actually a bacteria.

    • GOOF: Tony makes reference to the Christopher Nolan film The Dark Knight and Christian Bale's character of Batman, but the line he uses to illustrate his point is actually from the movie before it, Batman Begins.

    • TRIVIA: Tony is sleeping with Agent Barrett.

    • TRIVIA: Ray's surname is Cruz and he works for the Central Intelligence Agency.

  • Quotes

    • Agent Barrett: Suspect is a white male anywhere from 25 to 55, never married, no children. Born into money, he is charming, charismatic and very entitled.
      Ziva: Are you sure we're not looking for Tony?

    • Tony: Bar-keep! Anything old and gold. I might be getting a cold. (The bartender gives him a strange look) Sorry. Scotch on the rocks. Thank you.

    • Gibbs: Are you sleeping with DiNozzo?
      Barrett: It's not against NCIS policy to date co-workers.
      Gibbs: It's against my policy. This team operates on respect.
      Barrett: You don't respect me.
      Gibbs: No...I don't trust you.
      Barrett: Really?
      Gibbs: Really. Except to work the case. Leave my team alone. We clear?

    • (Upon finding Nathan Finnie's body)
      Tony: Nathan Finnie. With a bad case of freezer burn.

    • Ziva: Gibbs, I gotta talk to you. (She pulls him to one side) I need to tell you something. I cannot tell you how I know this and you cannot ask.
      Gibbs: Yeah, alright. Tell me what?
      Ziva: Bryce Leitner is not the Port-to-Port Killer.
      Gibbs: How sure are you?
      Ziva: Very.
      Gibbs: OK.

    • (Tony and Barrett are in the elevator. No-one is talking. Tony hits the emergency stop.)
      Tony: I'm telling ya. You mess with the great white, ya gonna get eaten.
      Barrett: I'm not afraid of him.
      Tony: That's your first mistake.
      Barrett: Look, there's a pretty good chance I just caught the Port-to-Port Killer. Besides, Gibbs isn't exactly in Vance's good graces these days.
      Tony: There's your second mistake.
      Barrett: I get the feeling they're not on the best of terms, and Vance outranks him.
      Tony: (Laughs) OK...I've seen a few directors come and go, and there's only been one Leroy Jethro Gibbs. Do the math.
      Barrett: (Moving closer to DiNozzo) Yeah, and there's only one Anthony DiNozzo.
      Tony: Actually, there are two.

    • Barrett: Are you questioning whether I know what I'm doing, Agent Gibbs?
      Gibbs: No, ma'am. I'm questioning the way you do it!

    • (After interrogating Bryce Leitner)
      Gibbs: There are standards in there. Rules.
      Barrett: I can interrogate him however I want. Different strokes, Gibbs. You weren't getting anywhere with him and he's my suspect.
      Gibbs: That's my room.
      Barrett: Vance put me in charge.
      Gibbs: Vance isn't here.
      Barrett: I'm trying to establish that he was in all four cities at the same time of the murders.
      Gibbs: Focus on Balfour. That's our body. That's our evidence. That's our case.
      Barrett: This is a multiple murder case!
      Gibbs: Start by pinning one murder on him and then connect the others. That's how it's done.
      Barrett: Maybe that's the old school way.
      Gibbs: It's my way.

    • (Agent Barrett is interrogating Bryce Leitner when Gibbs walks in)
      Gibbs: Starting without me, Special Agent Barrett?
      Barrett: Oh, we're just getting settled in.
      (Gibbs leans in close to Barrett)
      Gibbs: You're in my chair.

    • Gibbs: you need a doctor?
      Abby:'s just...change, Gibbs. Change makes me...itch. It always has. It''s Agent Barrett. I'm...not a fan. Er...I mean of change. Her...I don't mind. She's feisty for someone so...small. Erm...and I like that...not that I like her, because I...I don't really.
      Gibbs: Abby.
      Abby: Not that I like you.
      Gibbs: Abbs.
      Abby: I just, I like our family just the way it is.
      Gibbs: Abbs. (Hugs Abby) Nothing's gonna change.

    • Barrett: I don't think this is gonna work out. Not with us on the same case. We should stop.
      Tony: OK.
      Barrett: OK. Best we end it. (The two of them look at each other) Or...not.
      Tony: Dinner, my place?
      Barrett: (Smiling) I'll bring wine.

    • Tony: So it's not "Renaissance Ray", it's "CIA-Ray." He's "CI-Ray!"
      McGee: You really should get that checked out. It's like a bad tick or something.
      Tony: (To Gibbs) There's something about this guy, Boss. His smile is disturbing. Haven't seen a smile like that since Christian Bale's barely audible Batman in the Dark Knight.
      Gibbs: DiNozzo.
      Tony: Right, right. Back to work.

    • (After Ziva has introduced Ray to the team.)
      Tony: Special Agent Anthony DiNozzo. It's a pleasure.
      Ray: Special Agent, heard good things.
      Gibbs: Yeah, likewise. Tony: A friend of Ziva's is a friend of ours. Of course, the last time she had an out of town visitor, our director ended up in the hospital.
      Ray: Well, I come in peace. Promise. And despite the injuries your director sustained, the Agency thinks that you navigated that situation very well.
      Gibbs: You CIA?
      Ray: Just celebrated my thirteenth year, sir.
      Tony: It's funny. Ziva failed to mention your line of work.
      Ray: Well, it's what I do. It's not what I am.
      Tony: That's a very Zen-new agey kind of attitude for someone who installs puppet regimes for a living.

    • (At the first crime scene)
      Palmer: I had a pet gerbil when I was a kid. I, er, buried him in my mother's vegetable garden after he died. That year, her plum tomatoes were better than ever. I used to think of them every time I bit into one and...(Gibbs looks at him)...he, he was talking about the fertilizer,'re right, I'm sorry. Sorry.

    • (At the first crime scene)
      Tony: Might wanna move a little faster. Looks like the locals wanna get back to work.
      Ducky: Well, they probably didn't expect him to be part of their spring crop. Although, human remains would make a...excellent fertilizer.
      Palmer: (Holding his nose) Oh, that is stinky!
      Tony: Oh... yeah, just a little!

    • (At the first crime scene)
      Gibbs: Hey Duck, think we can get a better look at this?
      Ducky: Hmm... he's wrapped up tighter than a Thanksgiving turkey.

    • Tony: (As Gibbs enters the squad room) I'm not the one you should be worried about, right? I've seen men of steel melt from a mere glance from Leroy Jethro Gibbs. That flinty steel-eyed stare, that makes those men turn into sniveling little girls. Oh! I'm so scared...(Realizes Gibbs is standing behind him)... Morning, Boss!
      Gibbs: Grab you gear. We got a dead naval officer in Virginia.

    • Ziva: Ha... well someone's keeping secrets.
      Tony: (Laughs) That's pretty classic coming from the woman who's kept her "boyfriend" hidden from us for months.
      Ziva: I'm not hiding anything. Ray knows all about you.
      Tony: Again, why haven't we met him?
      Ziva: Because Ray knows all about you.

    • (Ziva has just been speaking on the phone to Ray)
      McGee: Sounds like you're getting pretty serious?
      Ziva: I am happy, Ray is happy. We are meeting in New York next weekend. He is taking me to the opera.
      Tony: (with slight sarcasm) The opera! Wow! Does his boyfriend know about you?
      Ziva: No, but his mom does.

  • Notes

    • David McCallum (Ducky) provided the high-pitched voice for the doll, "Play With Me!" in the opening sequences.

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Canada: April 5, 2011 on Global
      : May 3, 2011 on Channel Ten
      United Kingdom: May 13, 2011 on FX/FX HD
      The Netherlands
      : May 24, 2011 on SBS 6
      : September 12, 2011 on TV3
      : September 30, 2011 on LaSexta
      Finland: October 4, 2011 on Nelonen
      Germany: October 16, 2011 on SAT 1
      Slovakia: December 15, 2011 on Markiza
      Czech Republic: June 11, 2012 on TV Nova

  • Allusions

    • Barrett: A riddle, wrapped in a mystery, wrapped in an enigma.
      Tony: Joe Pesci. Oliver Stone's JFK. Nice.
      Barrett: Winston Churchill, Russia, nineteen thirty nine.

      JFK (1991) is an American film examining the events leading up to the assassination of U.S. President John F. Kennedy. Directed by Oliver Stone, the film stars Joe Pesci as David Ferrie alongside Kevin Costner, Gary Oldman and Tommy Lee Jones.

      Barrett paraphrases a statement made by Winston Churchill on the Russians, during a 1939 radio broadcast; "I cannot forecast to you the action of Russia. It is a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma; but perhaps there is a key. That key is Russian national interest."

    • Tony: Haven't seen a smile like that since Christian Bale's barely audible Batman in The Dark Knight.

      The Dark Knight (2008) is the second film of the re-imagined Batman series. Directed by Christopher Nolan, the film starred Christian Bale as the titular character, alongside Michael Caine, Morgan Freeman and the late Heath Ledger.

    • Tony: Of course, the last time she had an out of town visitor, our director ended up in the hospital.

      Tony is referring to the events of the season eight two-part episodes, "Enemies Foreign" and "Enemies Domestic", in which Vance is injured in an attempt to kill him and Eli David.