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Advertisement:propertag.cmd.push(function() { proper_display('tvtropes_mobile_ad_1'); })NCIS is an American primetime television series created by Donald P. Bellisario and Don McGill for CBS about Navy criminal investigators. The show is a spinoff of JAG (1995-2005), which in addition to the parent series’ military theme and occasional Spy Drama also leaped on the Forensic Drama bandwagon started by CSI. NCIS stands for "Naval Criminal Investigative Service"; like JAG, it is based on a real organization within the Department of the Navy, and also much less action-packed in real life than the Hollywood-style fictionalized version the show depicts. The organization is the criminal investigative arm of the Navy and Marines, though it is a civilian law enforcement agency, unlike the Army's CIDnote also seen on the show itself, where the investigators are military.NCIS (Navy NCIS for its first season) depicts a team of investigators assigned to deal with criminal activity involving Navy personnel and Marines. That means that the entire gamut of crime—from Serial Killers to fraud to international espionage to Unauthorized Absences—can turn up. This Major Cases Response Team team is led by Leroy Jethro Gibbs (played by Mark Harmon), a retired Marine gunnery sergeant who Always Gets His Man, and contains a rather colorful collection of detectives and lab workers.Advertisement:propertag.cmd.push(function() { proper_display('tvtropes_mobile_ad_2'); })A classic example of a Sleeper Hit, the show was largely ignored at the beginning of its run, but has considerably gained viewers since then (although it is now on a downwards trend in the US). In 2015, ratings-wise it was the number one scripted show on US network television and the most watched show in the world.NCIS debuted in September 2003 and has concluded its 15th season, thus surpassing the already long run of its parent show. Barring doomsdaynote or Mark Harmon getting bored with it, it is expected to run for several more seasons, making it one of the longest-running action/crime series in US TV history. In April 2018, it was renewed for a 16th season, commencing in the fall of 2018.Recent episodes can be viewed free on CBS's site here.It has two spinoff series: NCIS: Los Angeles, which premiered in 2009 starring Chris O'Donnell and LL Cool J, and NCIS: New Orleans, which premiered in 2014 and stars Scott Bakula. Although neither series has (yet) reached the heights of the parent program, they have both become successes in their own right.note  "NCIS: Los Angeles" and "NCIS: New Orleans" were the most watched new shows for the 2009-10 and 2014-15 seasons, respectively.Advertisement:propertag.cmd.push(function() { proper_display('tvtropes_mobile_ad_3'); })Please contribute to the character and recap pages.
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Therapy Is for the Weak: Their initial attitude towards seeing a therapist, though eventually the team gets some long overdue therapy. It . . . seems to help. A little. Very little. See below.
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Fair Cop
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Fair Cop: The entire main cast. Sean Murray as Agent McGee would seem to be the only one to avert this, but then he lost a good amount of weight entering Season 7, and now we can pretty much include the whole crew.
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Anyone Can Die
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Anyone Can Die: Chris Pacci, Kate Todd, Paula Cassidy, Jenny Shepard, Mike Franks, Eli David, Jackie Vance... and three of these were in the opening credits.
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Creator Cameo: Donald P Bellisario's photo used to be on the NCIS Most Wanted wall and the distinct 'phmpht' sound that accompanies the black-and-white bookends to the show's acts was made by Bellisario puffing into a microphone.
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Ominous Hair Loss
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Ominous Hair Loss: "Dead Man Walking" begins with Lt. Roy Sanders arriving at NCIS headquarters to report his own murder, shedding a clump of hair in his hands as he does so; turns out he's been poisoned with thalium-laced cigars. Despite being given immediate medical care, he's been exposed too long to recover, and dies shortly after the episode's end.
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Fake First Kiss
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Fake First Kiss: Tony and Ziva kiss and have a simulated sex sequence while undercover as a couple. The episode was aptly titled Under Covers.
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Heroic BSoD
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Tony gets one of his own in season 7 when Ziva goes missing. Technically the whole team could count, but especially Tony. After learning of her (misreported) death, Tony has a Heroic BSoD. When he comes out of it, he becomes relentless in his hunt for the person responsible. While being held by Saleem and asked why he came, Tony specifically pinpoints revenge as his motivation for being there.
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Nerds Are Sexy
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Nerds Are Sexy: Not an in-universe example, but Michelle Lee definitely felt this way about Jimmy Palmer. Much credit must be given to Abby, and McGee seems to be able to attract a surprisingly large number of women.
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Darker and Edgier
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Darker and Edgier: The Season 8 two-part finale was pretty much the darkest episode to date, as it dealt with a serial killer that was the result of Operation Frankenstein, a Navy project to create the ultimate assassin, and none of the usual comic relief exists. Inverted by the fact NCIS in the series evolved from the NIS, Naval Investigative Service, which is depicted as being a covert, CIA/NSA-like entity that is shown conducting assassinations and "red tests" (agents being given assignments with the aim of them committing their first kill), and in one Season 8 episode is shown recruiting Leon Vance in a manner similar to how Sydney Bristow is recruited by SD-6 in Alias. Although modern-day NCIS is shown doing covert operations (particularly Tony's season-long deep undercover op), things like assassinations have so far not been part of the usual mandate. The spin-off, NCIS:Los Angeles, restores some of the NIS trappings, such as having a somewhat secret base of operations.
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Freeze-Frame Ending: This happens not just at the end of each episode, but the end of every segment, as well. The freeze frame is always black and white. Lampshaded in "Jet Lag", when Ziva remarks that Tony's photo of her would look better in black and white. Cue this trope.
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A Wolf in Sheep's Clothing
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A Wolf in Sheep's Clothing: "The Enemy Within": A bunch of American terrorists are on a mission in America and one of them is posing as a volunteer who worked with orphans in Syria who pretended to be kidnapped in order to drum up funds for terrorists (she didn't expect the part where she was rescued by Navy SEALs and became famous). When their plan fails they let out a stream of what sounds like swear words and insults (I recognized this one her target was a peace-preaching imam and it's definitely not a compliment), quite a contrast to their previous behavior.
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Tempting Fate
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Tempting Fate: ...from Season 4, "Witch Hunt". It ends, of course, when the kidnapper and his plan are shot full of holes. Should have listened to McGee. Happens with Special Agent Chris Pacchi back in season 1. Towards the end of one episode, he tries to ask Gibbs for some help on a case he's working, but relents when he realizes how busy he is. "What can one more day hurt?" He's dead at the start of the next episode, which presumably occurs the next day. A sad example. Palmer talks about how the only thing that can go wrong with his and Breena's adoption is the birth mother changing her mind. It's initially played for laughs, but she does change her mind and Jimmy is absolutely devastated.
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You Taste Delicious
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You Taste Delicious: During the aforementioned sexual harassment training, Ziva notices Tony not paying attention, and licks him. He promptly jumps up and draws everyone's attention.
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Badass Adorable: Abby is irresistibly cute and perky but has shown on multiple occasions that she can hold her own in a fight, specifically in the season three episodes "Frame-Up" and "Bloodbath". Ziva counts as well. Yes, she's little and cute but she is also a Mossad trained secret agent. In a few episodes some suspects underestimate her due to her small size and try to lay a hand on her, with predictable results
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Ripped from the Headlines: The episode that introduced Ellie opened with a presentation on the Zumwalt-class destroyer, a real Navy warship class, the first vessel of which completed construction a month before the episode aired. However, the list of companies involved in building it mentioned at the end of the presentation is entirely fictional. TPTB were inspired to write "Seek" after seeing a picture of a military dog sitting at the coffin of his handler. The episode even ends with a nearly identical shot. "Recruited" was written in the wake of the repeal of the "Don't ask, don't tell" law.
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The Commandments
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The Commandments: The fifty-or-so Rules that Gibbs uses to run his team.
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Right Behind Me
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Right Behind Me: Gibbs catches virtually everyone, especially Tony, with this all the time, bordering on Stealth Hi/Bye. Other characters also do it occasionally; Ziva to Tony, and Tony to McGee, especially when he's emulating Gibbs in Gibbs's absence. Vance does it now, too. Even Abby get caught by some of this, thanks to Fornell and Diane. Bishop gets told early on that subverting this trope by warning others about Gibbs being behind them is unauthorized. As more-or-less Distaff Counterparts of Gibbs, Lt. Col. Hollis Mann and CGIS Agent Abigail Borin are nearly as good at this as Gibbs himself and use the trope frequently — often in tandem with Gibbs.
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Cool Old Guy
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Cool Old Guy: Mike Franks, literally. Jackson Gibbs is fairly badass in his own right although he's not really a grandpa anymore. Ducky gets his own moments of this occasionally, like when he faced Ari at gunpoint and told him he would enjoy weighing his liver and had Fornell in a sleeper hold. And the time he was held prisoner and used a scalpel to very precisely cut one of his captor's arteries, giving him the options of surrender or dying within minutes from blood loss. In "Broken Arrow", DiNozzo Senior has a small badass moment himself.
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"Well Done, Son!" Guy: Tony; slightly subverted in that Gibbs has always been proud of him...he just doesn't feel the need to say it. This has lessened in later seasons, after Gibbs left his team to Tony during his Mexican sabbatical. This quote is from season six's "Bounce": On a related note, Anthony means "worthy of praise." McGee; the episode in which his father first appeared had Gibbs and the others react strongly in the negative to the fact that Admiral McGee didn't actually seem to know who Tim was. Gibbs went so far as to make a contemptuous speech about how all the man was was an empty suit that wore medals and made demeaning comments about his estranged son.
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The Worf Effect
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The Worf Effect: Want to show how awesome a new threat is?? Have Ziva be taken down by said threat.
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Memetic Badass
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Memetic Badass: Gibbs is an in-universe example. When asked what the most awesome cage fight opponent for Gibbs would be, McGee and Abby casually discard such foes as Godzilla and Mothra, and decide (however unintentionally) that Gibbs vs. Gibbs would be pretty much impossible to top. At least once, Abby has put forth the theory that Gibbs has magical powers. Tony once compared Gibbs arresting God to The Thing arresting The Hulk. Even diseases know better than to mess with Gibbs, as proven in "S.W.A.K."
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Title Drop
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Title Drop: In an emotional conversation with Ziva, Tony reminds her of a Navy lieutenant she'd fallen for and refers to him by a common phrase, a phrase which happened to be the episode in which he appeared: "Dead Man Walking". Mike's Swan Song. In "Keep Going" Ducky drops the title offhandedly as part of a saying; Jimmy later gives a Meaningful Echo of it in one of his best moments ever.
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Hypocritical Heartwarming: In the episode "Guilty Pleasure" we are introduced to Det. Philip McCadden of Baltimore PD. He was a Flanderized Expy of Tony and the two movie buffs became fast friends. But when Tony saw McCadden disrespecting McGee during an NCIS case (and not caring if he got some movie trivia wrong), Tony effectively ended their friendship, without even telling McCadden why.
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The Sociopath
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The Sociopath: Ellie and McGee are taken aback at Quinn's description of really deep-cover agent Torres' double-agent gig, even Honey Trapping his enemy's daughter; naturally Torres isn't a sociopath (he's actually getting tired of not being able to just be himself), especially compared to his enemy who uses his son as an assassin and plants a bomb under Torres' seat right next to his daughter (he probably assumed that since Torres was such a highly skilled double-agent his daughter wouldn't be in danger since he would've easily spotted the bomb) and naturally blames Torres for his family's destruction.
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Alternate Timeline
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Alternate Time Line: In the 200th episode Gibbs has a near-death experience and while in limbo he's shown glimpses of alternate time lines where he saw Ari in time (Kate and Dinozzo become a couple, get married and have kids, as do Abby and McGee, but Ziva remains hostile and antisocial), didn't shoot the Reynosa siblings' dad (being unable to get revenge eventually turns him into a bitter alcoholic), and if his wife didn't testify against the drug dealers (she and their daughter live but Gibbs is killed shortly thereafter during a tour of duty).
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And This Is for...
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Dex the bomb-sniffing dog does this for Gibbs at the end of "Seek", simultaneously avenging his handler who was killed in the opening sequence.
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Daddy's Girl
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You can actually regard them as an actual family. Gibbs as the father, DiNozzo and McGee as the jock-and-nerd quarrelling brothers who seek Dad's approval, Ziva as the tomboy daughter that likes to play with her brothers, Abby as the young Daddy's Girl, Ducky as the odd uncle who loves to tell stories and Palmer as the weird cousin who is sometimes pushed aside. In the season eleven episode "Bulletproof", Ducky actually refers to the team as a family.
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Underestimating Badassery
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Underestimating Badassery: Eli David has a lot of information on Tony Dinozzo. He knows the Tony's great works and his failures. He still let Tony get under his skin when Tony was the one being interrogated by Eli over Tony's involvement in the death of a Mossad agent. Tony even got his interrogator to admit to something he shouldn't have.
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Fridge Horror
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Fridge Horror: invoked Of the in-universe type. The season 4 episode "Smoked" has the team find the corpse of a cannibal serial killer (identified due to the fact that he still had a victim's toe in his stomach) where he fell into an abandoned chimney. Fornell had been chasing this guy for years, but eventually they realize his wife was the killer, and hadn't stopped at her husband's death.
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The Alibi
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"Alibi" plays this out much, much straighter. It falls apart when a drunken Marine kills an innocent Marine in a hit and run while driving a car belonging to the other killer.
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The Cutie
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The Cutie: Abby, occasionally.
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The Ghost
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Speaking of Tony, since his departure, he's mentioned often enough that he may as well be The Ghost rather than truly gone.
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The Glomp
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The Glomp: Abby, usually to Tony and McGee (especially if they're injured, which seems to be a minor Running Gag).
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The Medic
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To a lesser extent Ducky, who is now The Medic, performs autopsies, and generates psychological profiles when not working undercover. Though, to be fair, he is shown in several consecutive episodes studying for his psychology exams with Palmer.
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Sweater Girl
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At times, Director Shepard, especially after wardrobe started putting her in tight skirts and sweaters.
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NCIS / int_1c0ad158
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Brother–Sister Team
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The Reynosas, a Mexican Brother–Sister Team that declared a feud on Gibbs. They are actually among the series' most sympathetic villains.
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NCIS / int_1c1d243c
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The Tease
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The Tease: Ziva takes immense pleasure in short-circuiting Tony's brain.
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NCIS / int_1c571556
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Badass Israeli
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Quite obvious in season 8 episode 5, "Dead Air" in which the resident Badass Israeli Action Girl jumps on an oblivious Tony to save him from a bomb blast.
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NCIS / int_1c785368
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Green-Eyed Monster
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The entire Season Four has Ziva showing some jealousy at Tony's conversations with Jeanne (even if she tries to hide it as something else).
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NCIS / int_1d2400e9
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Reality Ensues
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Reality Ensues: In season 4, the team discovers that McGee wrote a crime 'fiction' book using all of them as characters with the names changed, but little else- and he never asked any of them for permission or warned them that he was writing about them. Unsurprisingly, everyone is pissed at him.
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NCIS / int_1d9a2764
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Heterosexual Life-Partners
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Heterosexual Life-Partners: For just being former NCIS partners, Franks and Gibbs seem awfully close together. When Gibbs was retired, he actually went to live with Franks in Mexico, and they bickered like a married couple. The place that Franks has is one they used to stay at when they would go fishing in Mexico — so they even went on vacation together at one point, apparently. Gibbs and Ducky Gibbs and Fornell. They also share a common ex-wife.
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NCIS / int_1dfbbf31
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Papa Wolf
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Papa Wolf: Gibbs. Mike Franks can be considered a Grandpa Wolf.
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1.0
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NCIS / int_1dfd19f9
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Neat Freak
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Neat Freak: Agent Jardine
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NCIS / int_1ea248b4
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Obstructive Bureaucrat
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Obstructive Bureaucrat: Tony deals with one at the end of season 10 in the form of his insurance company. After his third car is destroyed, by the villain of the season, they call him and say because this was the third car destroyednote The first was stolen and totaled by the thief trying to evade police and the second one was blown up by a car bomb they plan on dropping him, despite none of those being his fault. Also, two of those were in the process of doing his job, and shouldn't be held against him.
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NCIS / int_1f799027
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Second Episode Introduction
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Second Episode Introduction: Caitlin Todd doesn't appear in the Poorly Disguised Pilot; she gets introduced in the first actual episode as a secret service agent who transfers to NCIS for episode 2.
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NCIS / int_20c11a5c
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This Bear Was Framed
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This Bear Was Framed: Happens in an episode, with a serial killer masking his murders in a natural park as accidents — including a grizzly attack. The bear sure did partially eat the corpse, but during the autopsy Ducky finds a stab wound in the heart that is too neat to have been done by bear claws. In another episode "Dog Tags", Abby clears the name of a German Shepherd she has named Jethro.
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NCIS / int_21304649
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The Scottish Trope
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The Scottish Trope: After a stressful episode where Bishop thought her husband had been killed she starts the next one hoping for a quiet workday. Tony and McGee immediately point out she's basically jinxed it by saying "quiet" and that episode includes: Tony getting two giant splinters, Ducky being forced to admit he's a member of a secret cold case squad who are not happy with him revealing their existence to NCIS (one member quickly becomes an Abhorrent Admirer of Gibbs), and Abby freaking out because a now-discredited test she did on hair samples sent an innocent man to prison for 16 years. After Gibbs slices the second splinter out of Tony's finger because he realized it's evidence Bishop makes amends by standing on her desk and loudly begging the powers that be for a horribly busy day. The whole squad room claps in approval.
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NCIS / int_216c045b
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Black Comedy
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Black Comedy: ...including having the team cracking jokes while examining a body.
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NCIS / int_222dc873
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Chekhov's Gun
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Chekhov's Gun: When the team goes to Gibbs' hometown and meets his dad, a rifle is rather prominently displayed behind the counter of his shop. He doesn't use it in the present, but he did fire it into the air in a Flashback to break up a fight between young Gibbs and two other boys. He also killed a robber with it, offscreen, before the Christmas Episode when he visits Gibbs. The rifle is later used in season 11 finale "Honor Thy Father" to knock the support on a truck to crush an assassin hired to kill Gibbs. One episode has McGee get a camera attachment for his phone and happily shows off its recording function. He's later asked by Ducky to secretly record the face of a suspect with it to test a theory about body language. The suspect smirks when asked a very critical question.
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NCIS / int_22cf536c
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May–December Romance
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May–December Romance: Gibbs regularly gets hit on by women at least twenty years his junior. Not often brought up, but the age difference between Tony and Ziva is roughly 14 years. Most of Ducky's love interests have been considerably younger than him too.
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NCIS / int_234fa9ba
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TheUnReveal
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What makes Ziva's interrogations work is almost never shown on-screen, but it tends to quickly reduce the perp to a crying wreck. In one fairly early episode with a female accessory who won't talk, Gibbs locks her in her office with Ziva. In the next scene, as they're interrogating her, Ziva just slowly, calmly walks around her; the woman is a weepy, trembling mess and flinches like she's been shocked when Ziva lightly touches her neck. In the one instance where we do see her at work (in "Hiatus," after Gibbs is caught in the bomb blast), Ziva harshly interrogates the Turkish ship captain... at gunpoint.
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NCIS / int_23a06c52
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Long-Runner Cast Turnover
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Long-Runner Cast Turnover: The only members of the cast from the opening credits of season one who are still in the cast after the end of season 15 are Gibbs and Ducky (McGee and Palmer were recurring guest stars in season 1 who didn't get Promoted to Opening Credits until later seasons). Over the course of those fourteen seasons, four people left, six people joined, and three others joined and then left. And that's not counting the turnover in recurring guest characters.
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NCIS / int_240fd641
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Dope Slap
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Also, Jimmy "Autopsy Gremlin" Palmer. When he helps Abby solve a problem, Gibbs gives Abby a peck on the cheek and Jimmy a Gibbs slap. He looks just as pleased at this as Abby.
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NCIS / int_243cbd0d
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Bolivian Army Cliffhanger
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Bolivian Army Cliffhanger: Season 5 ended with the entire cast getting reassigned. Less fatal than the other situation, but the same effect of being able to write any character they want out. Season 6 ended with Ziva captive in Somalia. On a list of places a Jewish woman would not want to be a prisoner, that's pretty high up there. Season 9 concludes with a real whopper. Harper Dearing's bomb goes off directly in front of NCIS headquarters while most of the main cast are still trying to flee from it. On a beach somewhere, Ducky gets a call about the explosion, and while he's giving instructions to whoever's on the other end, he suffers what appears to be a heart attack and collapses. Apart from Ducky's heart attack (which he recovers from), the only major cast member to be injured is McGee, who gets some glass stuck in him and also recovers. "Berlin" ends with Tony and Ziva in a car crash. While they survived, with Ziva sustaining minor injuries, the previews heavily implied her death. The fact that Coté de Pablo was in contract negotiations led to massive speculation that she had, in fact, been killed off. The final episode of Season 10 has Tony, Ziva, and McGee all resigning, and 4 months later, Gibbs is in the middle of an apparent failed undercover sting, training his sniper rifle on Fornell. We later find out that he was not aiming at Fornell, but at his protectee, who was involved with a terrorist organization that had made attempts on the lives of the team. Ziva, shaken up by the events, decides to remain in Israel for good. Season 12 ends with Tony, Gibbs and another, attached agent searching the streets of Iraq for boy recruited by a terrorist group. Gibbs finds the boy holding a gun. The boy then shoots Gibbs. More than once. Season 14 also ends with one, with Gibbs and McGee facing off with a Paraguayan militia group to allow Torres and a number of abducted children to escape in a helicopter. Season 15 ends with Vance captured and bound aboard a private jet flying across an ocean.
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NCIS / int_244e413
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Circling Vultures
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Circling Vultures: The series has used the spot-the-vultures technique of finding human remains.
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1.0
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NCIS / int_246989a4
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Fire-Forged Friends
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Fire-Forged Friends: Gibbs and McGee, as of their ordeal in Paraguay.
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1.0
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NCIS / int_2493b31d
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Captain Ersatz
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Captain Ersatz: In-universe. McGee works on the side as a book author, and he bases the characters in his books after the members of the team: LJ Tibbs-Gibbs, Lisa-Ziva, Tommy-Tony. He even has Lisa and Tommy as the Official Couple.
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NCIS / int_25b5600
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Mythology Gag
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Mythology Gag: In the Season 7 episode "Moonlighting", while Gibbs and Fornell are watching McGee questioning a witness inside the conference room via camera, Fornell is suprised that they have a security camera inside the conference room. He then asks nervously if they also have cameras inside the elevator now.
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NCIS / int_26ac510e
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Funny Background Event
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Funny Background Event: In "Life Before His Eyes", if you look at the foreground carefully, you can see Ari and Leon Vance are playing chess.
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NCIS / int_26eb6287
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Unto Us a Son and Daughter Are Born
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Unto Us a Son and Daughter Are Born: In "Ready or Not", McGee and Delilah's twins, Johnny and Morgan, are born.
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NCIS / int_27a047a6
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Promotion to Opening Titles
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Promotion to Opening Titles: After eight years with the show, Brian Dietzen was finally upgraded to a series regular for season ten.
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NCIS / int_2828fd9a
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Small Name, Big Ego
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Small Name, Big Ego: Tony.
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NCIS / int_28a5213a
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Disappeared Dad
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Disappeared Dad: Jackie Vance's. She was too nice a person to speak ill of him so her kids thought he was dead. Vance, who despised him for abandoning Jackie and her brother, changes his mind about letting his kids meet him after he overhears Abby saying that it's Christmas and "forgiveness and charity is infectious!" And on the deceased side, three seasons in a row have had the father of a main character dying: Ziva's in season ten, Gibbs' in season eleven, and McGee's in season twelve.
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NCIS / int_28cd01ca
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Bilingual Bonus
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Bilingual Bonus: A small one in "Once a Hero." Spanish-speaking viewers will know that the maid found a body on the bed before Gibbs figures out where it is.
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NCIS / int_294ed981
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Brains and Bondage
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Brains and Bondage: Abby.
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NCIS / int_29634187
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Halloween Episode
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Halloween Episode: "Witch Hunt", "Murder 2.0", and "Code of Conduct"
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NCIS / int_297170d3
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Easter Egg
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Easter Egg: In one episode, the team finds a voice synthesizer speaking individual words, including "...yankee, white...". "Yankee White" is the pilot episode.
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NCIS / int_29a39f6
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Facial Dialogue
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Facial Dialogue: Gibbs can hold entire conversations with squints, glares, smirks, and Gibbs slaps. Every episode has at least one such scene.
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NCIS / int_29ad1d69
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Lampshade Hanging
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This is so obvious that at first Ellie won't even use the desk, sitting either on the floor or perching on the partition behind it. She lampshades that Ziva is a Tough Act to Follow.
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NCIS / int_2a090d00
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Women Are Delicate
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Women Are Delicate: Hilarity Ensues when those not in the know assume this of Ziva.
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NCIS / int_2a0c7188
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Talking Down the Suicidal
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Talking Down the Suicidal: Season 14's "Keep Going" centers around Jimmy trying to keep the son of the victim of the week from jumping off a building while the rest of the team tracks down down the killer. At the end of the episode Gibbs catches the killer, explains to the son that the killer would have tracked down and killed his father no matter what the son had done, and the young man goes back inside, at which point Palmer gets a standing ovation from all the emergency workers who'd been watching him for the past several hours.
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NCIS / int_2a2d62a0
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Bury Your Gays
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Bury Your Gays: Ned Dorneget is killed in Season 12 in a Heroic Sacrifice, which is used to motivate the team into finding the season's antagonist.
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NCIS / int_2a8a7ea6
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Bring My Brown Pants
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Bring My Brown Pants: in S 12 Ep 5, "San Dominic", Team Gibbs is facing a ticking time bomb in the cargo bay of a ship. Gibbs has disarmed the detonator, but the timer is still allowed to count down. Tony comments that he didn't bring any clean shorts.
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NCIS / int_2b14367f
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Readings Are Off the Scale
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Readings Are Off the Scale: In "Viral", Tony has a bad run-in with some poison oak:
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NCIS / int_2b3bd260
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Bland-Name Product
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Bland-Name Product: The team's big monitors often tune in to the cable news network ZNN.
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NCIS / int_2b5ea43c
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Give Me a Sign
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Give Me a Sign: Ziva asks for one after the death of her father. Her sign arrives in the form of Tony, offering her support for whatever she needs.
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NCIS / int_2b9e3fb0
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Hollywood Hacking
 NCIS / int_2be271c7
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Hollywood Hacking: McGee and Abby.
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NCIS / int_2be271c7
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Omniscient Database
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Omniscient Database: Lampshaded in "False Witness" when there is a national database for the DNA of wild turkeys and both Abby and Gibbs find it weird. (Truth in Television; such a database really does exist.)
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NCIS / int_2bf84ccb
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He Who Fights Monsters
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He Who Fights Monsters: Eli David. He has crossed the Moral Event Horizon a number of times,and it is obvious that he does so because of his determination to protect his people against vicious enemies.
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NCIS / int_2c1f1138
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Frame-Up
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Frame-Up: The season 3 episode "Frame Up" where Tony was pointed out as the killer through the evidence collected, no matter what Abby did. She did clear Tony in the end, it turned out to be her lab partner Chip, who wanted revenge on Tony for costing him his job. In the season 9 premiere "Nature of the Beast," Tony ended up framed for killing a fellow NCIS agent, Cade, whom he was also intending to bring into custody for stealing equipment from the watchers. Cade also implies in what ultimately turned out to be his last moments that he was actually framed for stealing the microchips and selling them onto the black market. It was later revealed that a fake FBI agent as well as the Director of Special Operations, both of whom were in Watcher 8, were the ones who were actually doing this action.
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NCIS / int_2d363f63
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Tomboy and Girly Girl
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Tomboy and Girly Girl: Kate and Abby, and then Ziva and Abby.
 NCIS / int_2d364c81
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NCIS / int_2d364c81
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Unsettling Gender Reveal
 NCIS / int_2d409194
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Unsettling Gender Reveal: In one episode, Tony dates a woman who turns out to be a male seeking gender reassignment surgery. This is made all the more awkward by the fact the woman had killed a Marine and was intending to kill Tony before the night was over.
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NCIS / int_2d409194
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Eyes Never Lie
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Eyes Never Lie: Gibbs is pretty much an infallible human lie detector. If you lie while he's looking you in the eye, he'll know. Lampshaded back on JAG when he was investigating Harm.
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I Know You Know I Know
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I Know You Know I Know: Played with all over the map. Played with when Gibbs asks for Ziva's weapon. And her backup weapon (revolver in ankle holster). And her backup backup weapon (a knife). He then hands the knife back to her, and points out that he wanted her to know he knew. At the end of S 5 Ep 6 "Chimera", McGee summs up the situation involving a Navy research ship that isn't, pirates who are actually Russian sailors on a state-sponsored covert op and a Soviet nuclear warhead that the US thought that the Russians didn't know about but clearly did. And now we know that they knew.
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Perp Sweating
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Perp Sweating: Oh, can Gibbs make them sweat. One of the best examples involves taking the suspect down to Ducky's area to "prep" him. It involves Ducky and Gibbs telling the guy exactly how he's going to be dissected. This is after Gibbs kills the guy and makes it look like a suicide, which it is heavily implied that he wouldn't hesitate to do if the guy didn't cooperate. Sometimes, when Gibbs can't make them sweat, he gives Ziva a turn. Ziva's presence is also occasionally used by Gibbs as a threat: 'Cooperate with us or we'll extradite you to Israel'. This is used on those who would really, really rather not end up in the custody of the Mossad. What makes Ziva's interrogations work is almost never shown on-screen, but it tends to quickly reduce the perp to a crying wreck. In one fairly early episode with a female accessory who won't talk, Gibbs locks her in her office with Ziva. In the next scene, as they're interrogating her, Ziva just slowly, calmly walks around her; the woman is a weepy, trembling mess and flinches like she's been shocked when Ziva lightly touches her neck. In the one instance where we do see her at work (in "Hiatus," after Gibbs is caught in the bomb blast), Ziva harshly interrogates the Turkish ship captain... at gunpoint. Ducky has also broken several people just by explaining anatomy to them. (e.g. "This is how we cut your torso open", and "this is what happens to your skull when a bullet enters the back of your head.") Tony, meanwhile, prefers to annoy suspects into submission. He's very good at it; in the season six finale he manages to get the better of Ziva's father (Eli David, the director of Mossad) this way. Bonus points because Tony was the one being interrogated, and still managed to get Eli to spill more than he did. Even McGee gets in on this. In one episode, he informed a suspect that, as a known member of a gang suspected of terrorist ties, the Patriot Act says that he can be held at their discretion, and he doesn't have to be charged with anything, ever. Whether it's true or not doesn't matter, since the guy believed it. And Gibbs once used McGee as a blunt weapon for the same purpose; he had McGee come in and dryly rattle off a list of consequences, his banal, matter-of-fact delivery making them far scarier than any emotionally delivered threat. McGee also had the luck of interrogating a teenage bully...the same kind that picked on him in high school. McGee basically gets buddy buddy with him, discussing the fun of tormenting geeks, then goes scary real fast when he reveals he was the geek in high school, and now he has the gun, badge, and paperwork know-how to make the bully go away for a long time unless the kid tells him where he found the victim's phone, and he's going to enjoy it. We still don't know if he was serious. It's so prevalent that the team actually bets on what kind of interrogation strategy Gibbs will use next. They do the same thing when Tony is interrogating a suspect. Gibbs wins the bet. In one of the first Season 7 episodes, as they're breaking in a possible replacement for Ziva, Tony starts speaking in tandem with Gibbs while observing. Lampshaded in "Murder 2.0" when the suspect is literally sweating and complaining about how hot it is in the interview room while Gibbs is just talking to him, leading Tony to comment with pride on Gibbs' skills. Turns out the suspect had been poisoned, causing extremely elevated blood pressure and a shortly-ensuing heart attack. In at least one episode, Gibbs and Fornell double-team an interrogation.
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Embarrassing Hobby
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Embarrassing Hobby: In one episode, it's discovered that the Victim of the Week is a very prolific collector of vintage television lunchboxes. Though the victim is too... well... dead to be embarrassed by it at the time, he had been keeping his hobby secret from his neighbors and basically every member of the cast mocks him for it. Amusingly, due to the lack of any other leads at the time, they briefly investigate the possibility that he was murdered as a result of a lunchbox deal gone horribly wrong (he wasn't).
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Hidden Depths
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Tony, who Shepard puts in charge when Gibbs is seriously injured and doesn't appear to be coming back. Once he puts aside the smart-ass tendencies, he becomes quite the effective leader. This, of course, shows us some Hidden Depths, and leads to a great exchange when he starts channeling Gibbs during a team argument.
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False Flag Operation
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False Flag Operation: The whole point in the end of "Devil's Triangle".
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Omniglot
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Omniglot: Ziva speaks ten languages, including the language of love.
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Person as Verb
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Person as Verb: Tony, frequently. In her first outing with the team, Tony comments that Bishop "...pulled a Palmer..." referring to Palmer's Ram Job.
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Girlish Pigtails
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Girlish Pigtails: Abby, occasionally. Child genius Angela in S7 Ep 09, "Child's Play."
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The Bad Guy Wins
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The Bad Guy Wins: In the season 9 finale, Harper Dearing succeeded in using Director Vance's car as a car bomb at the NCIS parking lot, and caused some deaths besides that of Jonathan Cole, who was caught in the explosion trying to defuse the bomb. Subverted in the season 10 premiere, as it turns out that only Cole and a few others were killed by the bomb, and none of the main characters were killed. Also, Dearing faked his own death (the remains found in the car were his brothers) and Gibbs eventually tracks him down and kills him.
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That One Case
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That One Case: Ducky in Lt. Jane Doe.
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Wrongful Accusation Insurance
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Wrongful Accusation Insurance: In "Lost and Found", the team learns that a Cub Scout who was visiting NCIS on a field trip had been reported kidnapped by a non-custodial parent years before. Later investigation connects the father to a convenience store murder committed around the same time. While the team does eventually prove that he had been framed for the armed robbery and murder charges, the fact remains that he had kidnapped his infant son from his legal guardians (maternal grandparents). Even if said guardians were now deceased and he had done his best to be a good father to the boy over the years, it seems unlikely that the authorities would simply hand the boy over to the man and let him go home, especially without some form of hearing from child services.
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Distaff Counterpart
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CGIS Abigail Borin a Distaff Counterpart to Gibbs, unsurprisingly, has her own rules. Her rule number one is "Never make excuses."
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Dead Guy Junior
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Dead Guy Junior: Quite a few. Palmer names his daughter after his mentor's late mother (Victoria). Ziva names her daughter after her late sister (Tali). McGee has two - a son named after his late father (John) and a daughter named after a police officer who practically died in his arms earlier that day (Morgan).
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Scary Black Man
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Scary Black Man: Leon Vance can be absolutely terrifying when he wants to be, which is probably one of the reasons he gets to boss Gibbs around. Taken to severe extremes when he put a fire safety axe through a metal table in the interrogation room to intimidate a teenage suspect who was suspected of killing one of Vance's friends.
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Medication Tampering
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Medication Tampering: A victim-of-the-week runs afoul of this. His wife replaced his contact lens solution with a drug that reacted with his anti-depression meds, making him suicidal. But when that wasn't quite enough, she simply shot him.
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Elevator Failure
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From the same episode: when the headquarters building goes into bomb threat alert and begins evacuation procedures, Tony and Ziva help usher everyone out of the upper floors and then decide to take the elevator down together. It goes about as well as you'd expect. The two do lampshade the blatant breaking of protocol in doing such in the following episode, however.
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Ramming Always Works
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Ramming Always Works: After being targeted by an assasin, Palmer drives out to where the suspect is thought to be hiding. He sees the suspect preparing to drive away. Palmer takes this as his cue to attampt to stop said suspect. Although Palmer's car is totaled, the suspect is caught before he can get away.
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Hollywood Nerd
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Hollywood Nerd: McGee and Palmer. And now Bishop at times.
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It Will Never Catch On
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It Will Never Catch On: Joked about in S 7 Ep 11, "Ignition."
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Even Evil Has Standards
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Even Evil Has Standards: From Season 10 "Gone" Miranda Pennebaker, who knows Gibbs, has a reputation for buying and selling pretty much anything, save people. Human trafficking is the one area she didn't get into but because of her connections to that world, Gibbs goes to her to help save an abducted a teenage girl likely slated to be sold as a wife or sex slave. Similarly, Agah Bayar agrees to help the team pro-bono in "The Lost Boys" because he believes in "women and children first". From the same episode, one of a trio of radicalized Americans has no problem helping the team fight the splinter group recruiting Child Soldiers because they no longer have a religious purpose and just want to cause chaos.
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Shipper on Deck
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Shipper on Deck: In "Singled Out", the team was playing with software showing what children of two people would look like. McGee uses Ziva and Tony for the basis to show them a grumpy little devil of a kid, then the two simultaneously say "Do the Director and Gibbs" and Abby compliments the result saying that Gibbs and Director Shepard make nice "Gibblets". Lately it seems every woman Tony meets including his ex-fiancee who thinks he's perfect! ships Tony/Ziva or is at least aware there's someone he already really likes. McGee ships "Tommy" and "Lisa", two of his books' main characters, and Tony and Ziva's counterparts. Considering that he uses his in-universe real life experiences for the book, it is pretty much the same as shipping Tony and Ziva. In "Berlin", there is a flashback to a young Ziva dancing with Eli David who states "Someday, you will dance with a man who deserves your love." Present-day, Tony and Ziva are slow dancing in a nightclub. Writer on Board, anyone? After the death of her father, Ziva prays for a sign that she should not give up hope. Her prayers are answered not ten seconds later as Tony walks through the door, offering her support. Yes, apparently even God ships Tiva. Tony's father ships Tony and Ziva full stop. It's hilarious. From season 10's "You Better Watch Out", when he decides to crash at Tony's place for the holidays: invoked Tony ships Bibbs - Gibbs/Abigail Borin. Borin doesn't agree.
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Hooking the Keys
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Hooking the Keys: A variation shows up in "Missing". Tony DiNozzo ends up getting drugged, captured, and trapped in the same room by the same Serial Killer who kidnapped the missing marine NCIS is searching for. Tony uses a knife he had hidden in his belt and a piece of string to get the piece of wood locking both of them in so they can escape.
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Hollywood Healing
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Played annoyingly straight in Episode 200. See Hollywood Healing above.
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Out with a Bang
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One episode involved the murderer using the Marine sentry removal technique (described in The Five Fingers example above) to kill the victim...while she was having sex with him.
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Girl-on-Girl Is Hot
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In the same episode Tony his trying to get the two of them to make up. He says they should shake hands (which they do) and then says they should start deep tongue kissing. The two girls respond by both punching him at the same time.
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Vapor Wear
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Vapor Wear: Played with in a piece of UST-heavy dialogue between Ziva and Tony: Ziva wants to say that she has no cellphone reception but mangles her English, and says that she is braless rather than the intended "barless". Tony calmly responds, "Yes, I've noticed." Ziva is, in fact, rather obviously not wearing a bra under many of her outfits. In a couple of scenes where Abby is shown taking her T-shirt off, she is not wearing anything underneath. She does seem to be wearing a bra most of the time, though. Discussed — especially by Tony — when an incident from Kate's past is revealed: she won a Wet T-Shirt Contest in her youth.
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Critical Research Failure
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Also a case of Critical Research Failure. She neither pretended to be a doctor, nor charged for her services. As such she has as much of a right to assist as any other bystander.
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The Croc Is Ticking
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The Croc Is Ticking: Having been attacked by two previous lab aides, Abby once tried to convince a visiting intern to wear bells so she could tell whether he was sneaking up on her.
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Implausible Synchrony
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Implausible Synchrony: The Cyber Vid Character gives the time of his victims' deaths and then broadcasts the murder over the internet. One example especially strains plausibility. He lists the time of death as five minutes to midnight. Two clocks were shown when the victim died, and they both showed the precise time, despite the fact that the poison that killed him was administered hours ago. The in-episode explanation makes it sound plausible.
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Caffeine Failure
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Caffeine Failure: The "Engaged Part 1" episode has the team having to work overtime on the Mystery of the Week, and Gibbs at one point walks in on Abby's lab to see a huge pile of empty Caf-POW! cups on her desk. She says she's written an algorithm to determine how long she can go on like that and that she's got about five minutes before she becomes "Zabby or zombie Abby".
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Never Heard That One Before
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Never Heard That One Before: In "Baltimore", McGee and Ziva are looking for Dao Huang, who turns out to be a Caucasian guy with a Russian accent. When McGee questions this, Dao rolls his eyes and explains that he was adopted by a Chinese couple who immigrated to Russia, indicating he gets a lot of questions about it. In Season 12's "Grounded" Elle's husband Jake notes, with some exhaustion, he has heard "Forget it Jake, it's Chinatown" "All my life, Mr. Mulwray". Invoked by Tony in the same episode when he talks with Air Marshal Mike Beers and asks, after a tense introduction, should they grab "some [beers]." The guy acts like it was the first time he heard it and raises Tony's concerns. Turns out he is an imposter who killed the real Mike Beers.
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Death Faked for You
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Death Faked for You: Variation in the Season 9 Finale: Gibbs and the NCIS team has Jonathan Cole brought into NCIS, while also faking his escape from prison as well, in order to recruit him to act as a double agent for them in tracking down Dearing, and in exchange, they might give him a lighter sentence.
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OnceAnEpisode
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Gibbs, bordering on Once an Episode in earlier seasons.
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GoodIsDumb
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Good Is Dumb: He trusts everyone... except both series' agents who are trying to protect him and uses every anti-tracking trick his sister taught him to evade detection. Granted he was initially afraid that he had accidentally killed the victims-of-the-week with food poisoning and later could not believe that an innocent domestic violence victim could be involved in mass murder.
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Embarrassing Old Photo
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Embarrassing Old Photo: One of the sub-plots of S2 Ep 19, "Conspiracy Theory". While vacationing in Panama, Tony discovers a photo of Kate winning a Wet T-Shirt Contest there years earlier. He wasn't going to mention it, but then she decided to share his college nickname with everyone. He torments her with it throughout the episode. She uses photoshop to create an "old photo" of him. And then, once they've had enough of holding it over each other, they both decided to delete it at the same time, but both secretly planned to send it to Gibbs instead. Cue hurried rushes from the elevator when they hear Gibbs' computer give the "new email" chime twice in succession, and an amused expression when Gibbs looks at the emails. In a season 10 episode, McGee finds a high school photo of Tony - with a truly horrific 80s hairstyle - and shows it to Ziva.
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Poorly Disguised Pilot
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Poorly Disguised Pilot: "Legend" is a pilot for NCIS: Los Angeles. NCIS itself was born from the JAG two-parter "Ice Queen/Meltdown". "Crescent City" is a pilot for NCIS: New Orleans
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The Münchausen
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The Münchausen: Ducky.
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Engineered Public Confession
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Engineered Public Confession: Several. The most memorable one involves a druggie kid and his equally messed up mother who confesses while the kid is wearing a Hidden Wire.
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Batman Gambit
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Batman Gambit: In the eighth season premiere, and in order to put a stop to the Reynosa Cartel, Gibbs and Vance trick a crooked Mexican government official into killing his own sister, who runs the cartel. They do this by "accidentally" leaking where Gibbs and his father are, and allowing the official to find out that she'd been "killed." The plan, however, required him to arrive while the sister was searching the safehouse, and to react to that news by shooting the shit out of said house indiscriminately.
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Pac-Man Fever
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Pac Man Fever: Played painfully straight in "The Immortals". For one thing, it seems to be confusing online Dungeons & Dragons games, with MMORPGs... and, most MMORPGs are pretty damn easy to trace... Subverted in "Bete Noir", when Gibbs asks if Kate and Tony checked the computer of the man whose house they were sent to search. Kate says he didn't even have a Game Boy. Tony points out a GameBoy is a handheld system, and she's thinking more of an Xbox or PlayStation 2. Also Subverted with Killscreen. The information given about killscreens is completely accurate, but killscreens are almost non-existent in modern games because of how they are designed and don't consist of a single screen as how killscreens are explained in the episode. As a rule, this is averted wherever there's a throwaway reference or gag, as these tend to be pretty accurate. If any aspect of gaming or IT is central to a plotline, however, expect excruciating levels of this trope. (It is suspected that the writers are trolling the audience when they do this, as some of the reviews of the above-mentioned "Killscreen" speculated.)
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Actor Allusion
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A combination of Actor Allusion and Shout-Out: Tony (Mike Weatherly)'s father is played by Robert Wagner. Weatherly met NCIS producer Donald Bellisario while Weatherly was filming The Mystery of Natalie Wood, in which he played Wood's husband...Robert Wagner.
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You Need to Get Laid
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You Need to Get Laid: Gibbs' team tries to find him the perfect woman in the ninth season episode "Safe Harbor" so he will stop making them work nights and weekends. Gibbs told Tony he'd made a mistake in blowing off his ex-fiancee for Christmas brunch in the ninth season episode "Newborn King." Tony and Ziva often push Tim McGee to ask out a girl and Tony once arranged a date for Tim. Dr. Samantha Ryan says this is the reason why Gibbs is so gruff in season 9's "The Tell."
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Hypothetical Fight Debate
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Hypothetical Fight Debate: There is a small running gag about the rest of the team talking about who would win in a fight-resident Memetic Badass Jethro Gibbs and such crazy proposals as The Terminator and Batman... and Memetic Badass that he is, the rest of the team puts the odds on Gibbs. It was eventually decided that the only contest was Gibbs vs. Gibbs, but they thought it would just end in a draw.
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Villainous Legacy
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Villainous Legacy: Ari Haswari. He's the one villain that never completely leaves the series. Even close to fifteen years after his death, villains connected to him come out of the woodwork to terrorize Gibbs and the team. On a more personal level, his death continues to haunt his sister and killer Ziva, who has never truly gotten over the guilt of the act, regardless of its necessity.
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Stock Episode Titles
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Stock Episode Titles: NCIS is rife with these, having used the majority of items on the list over its (at press time) 11 seasons.
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Properly Paranoid
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Properly Paranoid: McGee never tells anyone where he works. He'll give out cell numbers, pages, etc, but he never mentions NCIS. Which is how he knows, when his new girlfriend shows up to pick him up after work, that she's not who she says she is. Overlaps with I Never Said It Was Poison. Abby taught her brother Luca how to avoid detection from the government if he was in trouble. She would know—
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Character Development
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Character Development: Everyone gets some, but in particular: Tony starts out as The Big Guy in the first 2 seasons, then becomes The Lancer during season 3 and during season 4 he becomes co-hero with Gibbs. McGee, at first, was the Naïve Newcomer, then during season 2 he became The Smart Guy and around season 4 developed into The Lancer, and then The Leader as of season 14.
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Parental Betrayal
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Parental Betrayal: Eli David, hands down.
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"Join the Army," They Said: The Victim of the Week in one episode was an unscrupulous Marine recruiter who made promises that he knew would never be met, such as promising one recruit that he would be trained as a medic. As Gibbs points out, the Marine Corps doesn't have medics; they use Navy corpsmen.
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Noodle Incident
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Noodle Incident: The start of season four, when we were told that Tony had been regularly visiting Ziva's apartment, alone, at night, for no given reason. What were they doing? Many of Ducky's stories get cut off before we get sufficient detail, becoming these. For instance, there was a story about a bachelor party that Gibbs would really rather he not tell Palmer about. In "Hide and Seek", McGee accidentally runs over a custom golf club set that Ducky loaned him so he spends the whole episode trying to win a bid for a replacement set on eBay. When Ducky ends up finding out at the end of the episode, he sheepishly admits that the copy of the Crazy Rhythm Django Reinhardt album that McGee lent him met some unfortunate fate, so they can consider themselves even. In "Code of Conduct", Abby complained that costumes were no longer allowed in headquarters after "last year's Jonas Brothers Incident". All we learn is that it involved McGee in tight jeans, which Abby insists wasn't a good look on him. During a flashback in "Truth or Consequences", Tony recalls being in a funk without Ziva on the team and only hearing cliche conversation pieces from the other team members. One of those conversations was Gibbs telling the team to get ready for this bizarre incident that is not discussed in greater detail afterward: In "Ships in the Night" the whole team is shown working long hours. Cue Abby's lab where there are no less than eight empty CaffPows sitting on her workstation, and another one in her hand. When Ellie claims to have achieved what is apparently a very difficult sex position, the astonished Tony asks her if she's double-jointed. The guys are further amazed when she claims to have done so by accident. She starts to explain that she and her husband were on a camping trip, but gets cut off when Gibbs arrives. In "Being Bad", Palmer accidentally reveals to Ducky that he once spent a night in jail during high school, but he's too embarrased to reveal why he had to do so in the first place. Abby apparently has something called the "Two Month Rule", what it entails is never really explained, although the implication seems to be "if whoever she's dating doesn't do something within two months, they break up", in one episode where they first bring it up, she's almost reached the two month mark with the guy she's dating. At the end he brings her some black roses, she's pleased and he seems to have passed whatever the test was, although it's never explained if that was all that was required, or just one of the steps.
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Bulletproof Vest
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Bulletproof Vest: Used and subverted in the same episode. Former Presidential-detail Secret Service agent Kate jumps in front of a bullet for Gibbs... who was also wearing a vest at the time. Moments later when the team is joking about it, Ari snipes her in the head. The season eleven episode "Bulletproof" has the team investigating a number of defective vests that were worn by soldiers who died or were crippled in combat. The vests were from a batch that should have been destroyed, but were sold as surplus body armor on the grey market instead. When confronted by the NCIS agents, the person who sold the vests gets in a shoot out and finds their own vest, from the same batch, to be entirely useless.
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Only Bad Guys Call Their Lawyers
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Only Bad Guys Call Their Lawyers: In most of the interrogations of suspects, the issue of lawyers doesn't come up, but it does happen occasionally. This is a crime drama afterall. Oddly enough, despite what has been implied on a few episodes, military personnel actually have more protection from self-incrimination than civilians. Not only do the 5th and 6th Amendments apply equally to them, they are also covered by Section 31 of the UCMJ, which has almost identical language in it.
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The Pollyanna
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The Pollyanna: Luca, Abby's younger brother "the one [she] grew up with" not the long-lost biological one has ridiculously good faith in people. This has led him to be suckered into at least one Ponzi scheme and in the cross-over with NCISNOLA he is unshakably certain that Ava, a woman he's let into his home and has a crush on, is a good person despite everyone telling him she's isn't due to the fact that she is a Russian spy, hid listening devices, guns, and money in his apartment, drugged him and left him in a motel, and used him as bait for an assassin. Turns out he's actually right and she was doing everything to prevent the Russians from getting top secret technology. All-Loving Hero: He nearly sets an oyster bar on fire, among other roadblocks, just to help Ava. He points out that his habit of "helping strays" must be biological since his parents took in Abby, "sight unseen". Good Is Dumb: He trusts everyone... except both series' agents who are trying to protect him and uses every anti-tracking trick his sister taught him to evade detection. Granted he was initially afraid that he had accidentally killed the victims-of-the-week with food poisoning and later could not believe that an innocent domestic violence victim could be involved in mass murder.
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Absurdly Powerful Student Council
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Tony's high school basketball teammates were even worse because they were, basically, an Absurdly Powerful Student Council (complete with red arm bands of enforcement) who terrorize underclassmen with impunity. Tony thought they were disbanded after they were caught attacking him but he was simply left alone on orders of his beloved coach who allowed the abuse to continue into the present day because "it's school tradition".
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Staggered Zoom
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Staggered Zoom
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Cold Sniper
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Cold Sniper: What Gibbs is best known for. In the Season 7 opener, he takes out the terrorist holding Tony, McGee, and Ziva hostage from something like a mile away...and walks in the door about 15 seconds later. Averted, however, when he took revenge for his murdered wife and daughter. Hard to be emotionless after that. Ari is portrayed as one.
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A Riddle Wrapped in a Mystery Inside an Enigma
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A Riddle Wrapped in a Mystery Inside an Enigma: Tony refers to Abby in the season 8 episode "Two-Faced" as "A paradox wrapped in an oxymoron, smothered in contradictions in terms."
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Quote Mine
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Quote Mine: In season Three "Model Behavior" when supermodel Taylor Shane was found dead on a Marine base, the press were all over the entrance trying to get in or talk with someone. When Gibbs was going through, they were shoving themselves in the way and knocked his coffee out of his hands. Very angry but holding it in, he kept on the "No comment" line. When one complained about their story not having much if they don't get answers, Gibbs replied "I don't care." Later, the reporter took that line and added the question "Don't you care about the victim?" or something to that effect and added Gibbs' line to the shot of him walking away. Gibbs is able to convince the station to make a retraction and apology.
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Family Relationship Switcheroo
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Family Relationship Switcheroo: At the end of one Season 6 episode, a young Marine mentions that his mother took care of Gibbs when he was wounded on a mission in her country. Gibbs tells the Marine that his mother was already pregnant when they met. Seconds later, in Vance's office, Vance asks Gibbs if Gibbs told the young man that his mission had been to kill his father.
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GodModeSue
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Abby, who completely alone can process forensic evidence for the whole building or has a relationship with someone with the required speciality. However, several episodes have featured her showing stress or fatigue from the demands of her job, so this isn't completely a God-Mode Sue situation.
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First-Name Basis
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First-Name Basis: Gibbs's father, Jackson, is the only one who addresses him by his first name of Leroy.
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Woman Scorned
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Woman Scorned: A mild example. In early season 11, Ziva runs into Dr. Deena Bashan, a childhood friend and Ari's love. He was planning on proposing to her when he went rogue and Ziva killed him. She was less than pleased with learning Ziva was involved in Ari's death, and so she lied to Tony so Ziva's love couldn't find her.
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Bittersweet Ending
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Bittersweet Ending: The 2015 Christmas episode had Bishop breaking up with her husband and Ducky discovering his younger half-brother Nicholas is alive but with severe Alzheimer's disease (Ducky: I'll take it). Fortunately Nicholas does remember his big brother. The ending of "Skeletons": "Reasonable Doubt"'s B-plot involves a homeless woman who is obviously not well mistaking DiNozzo Sr. as her father. When he gets her checked out at a clinic, it becomes clear that she has dementia and needed professional help, but she leaves the clinic before Senior can get her to a hospital. When he and Tony track down her last known address, the super tells them that the homeless woman's father disowned her when she turned out to be gay and had died a few years back, and she never found out about his death which is why she believes Senior is her father. By the time the two of them finally find her and get her to a hospital, the doctors discover that she has an inoperable brain tumor and she only has a month at the most to live. DiNozzo Sr. decides to continue to play along with her delusion for the remaining time she has and apologizes on behalf of her birth father for rejecting her homosexuality, allowing her to die believing that she finally reconciled with him.
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Shut Up, Hannibal!
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Shut Up, Hannibal!: In "Enemies Foreign" the Palestinian terrorist tries to lecture Gibbs about his war. Gibbs' response is basically "Yeah, you're right. Where's the other terrorist?"
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Malaproper
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Malaproper: Ziva (the ESL variety) which is a Running Gag on the show; she speaks English perfectly, except for idioms, which she constantly gets wrong and is usually corrected by Tony. What's strange is that she actually has a remarkably good grasp of American pop culture. That and her level of English proficiency mean she shouldn't get nearly every single idiom she uses wrong. It's eventually revealed that Ziva was using a For Dummies book to memorize pop culture cliches from by rote, especially movie lines. And it's hinted in a later episode that she was, at times, playing dumb to get people off-guard (and yank Tony's chain). Possibly a Retcon, though. In "Shabbat Shalom", it's Ziva who corrects her father's malapropism.
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Spoiler Title
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Spoiler Title: "Trojan Horse"; "Aliyah", via Bilingual Bonus; "Shariff Returns."; "Kill Ari", the title of the two-part Season 3 opener.
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Cold-Blooded Torture
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Cold-Blooded Torture: In "Broken Bird", from an interrogator that Ducky had to work with during his RAF service in Afghanistan. Late in the episode, he reveals that his repeatedly torturing one particular person that Ducky kept patching up and that he knew had no information was actually Stuffed into the Fridge to torture Ducky, as a means of breaking his spirit. Ziva has been known to threaten use of this trope on multiple occasions quite convincingly (and hints to prior experience with it as a Mossad agent). In the sixth season finale, Ziva is taken captive by terrorists and tortured for several months before being rescued.
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Sound-Effect Bleep
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Sound-Effect Bleep: In the first episode with Ari, after he shoots Gerald in the shoulder, Kate clearly calls him a fucking bastard, only the first word is conveniently drowned out in a sudden cry of pain from Gerald. Kate also swears in the first episode. When she attacks Gibbs in the bathroom, she calls him an asshole through clenched teeth while sobbing.
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LongRunner
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Long Runner: NCIS has completed its fifteenth season, and during the thirteenth season, it cleared 300 episodes.
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Southies
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Southies: See trope entry.
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Tranquil Fury
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Tranquil Fury: Ricki's dad in the flashback scenes of "Hit and Run," especially when Abby returns the teddy bear she got from her grandpa (whom the dad doesn't like.) The grandpa is white, so it is implied that racial tension is involved. Abby did grow up in New Orleans, after all.
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Ask a Stupid Question...
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Ask a Stupid Question...: In "SWAK", Gibbs gives Jimmy this order:
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Becoming the Mask
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Becoming the Mask: Tony in season four.
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Love Confessor
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Love Confessor: Just before Tony's departure in Family First Abby tells him "I know how much Ziva really loved you. And I need to know that you know that too." He responds, "I do, I think." Abby then tells him, "Don't think. Know. I know. She told me." In Family First, Tony also confesses to McGee "I loved her, Tim."
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Shirtless Scene
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Shirtless Scene: McGee's gotten two or three, and DiNozzo's gotten several. Strangely, Gibbs is absent from this unless you count the very-soapy shower scene in "SWAK", which is one for the entire Kate-era team.
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Adult Fear
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In S4 E2, Fornell is at a party with his daughter when she is approached by a criminal Fornell put away. It's a very tense scene as they talk, enhanced by the fact that everybody in the room besides the two are oblivious. But the Adult Fear kicks in with the man's threat to keep Fornell from following him from the party. Sure, he turned out to be innocent, but that scene gives us a reason for doubt throughout the episode.
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Wet T-Shirt Contest
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Wet T-Shirt Contest: A drunken Tony discovers that straight-laced Kate has not only entered, but won, one in her youth. He never lets her live it down. When a photo of the occasion finally is produced, it turns out to be a Nipple and Dimed version: it shows her in a Sexy Soaked Shirt but is cropped just above her breasts.
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Screaming Birth
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Screaming Birth: In "We Build, We Fight," the birth of Jimmy and Breena's daughter happens off screen. Two of Jimmy's fingers are broken.
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Jerk with a Heart of Gold
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Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Tony, he skirts into Jerkass territory. Gibbs as well. While he's often quite rude to his allies he has a lot of Pet the Dog moments.
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Characterization Marches On
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Characterization Marches On: In the pilot episode, which takes place on Air Force One, Gibbs makes several references to the 1997 movie Air Force One. This contrasts with Tony later being the one who makes movie references. In the episode "Minimum Security," Tony claims ignorance of both Shane and The Maltese Falcon (as well as drawing a complete blank on Alan Ladd). Some movie buff.
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Intergenerational Friendship
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Intergenerational Friendship: The rest of the team with Ducky (in his 70s) and Gibbs (in his 50s). In early seasons Ducky and Abby even indulged in occasional intergenerational flirtation, while Gibbs and Abby still do.
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Butt-Monkey
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Butt-Monkey: It depends on the episode, but usually it's McGee for Tony, and Tony for multiple characters.
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CIA Evil, FBI Good
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CIA agent Trent Kort got his eye gouged out by the Port-to-Port Killer.
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Stock Footage
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Stock Footage: Largely averted. For a show involving the US Navy, its hardware doesn't really feature all that much, although earlier seasons had many an obvious stock clip of various ships and sometimes planes. But it is liberally used in the 200th episode to fill in for past NCIS characters who can't make it to filming. I'm looking at you, Kate and Jenny.
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Audit Threat
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Audit Threat: Both Tony and Gibbs occasionally make one.
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Funetik Aksent
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Abby, at times. "...and AH WIYLL CRUUUUCIFAH HIYM,", anyone?
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Peaceful in Death
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"Reasonable Doubt"'s B-plot involves a homeless woman who is obviously not well mistaking DiNozzo Sr. as her father. When he gets her checked out at a clinic, it becomes clear that she has dementia and needed professional help, but she leaves the clinic before Senior can get her to a hospital. When he and Tony track down her last known address, the super tells them that the homeless woman's father disowned her when she turned out to be gay and had died a few years back, and she never found out about his death which is why she believes Senior is her father. By the time the two of them finally find her and get her to a hospital, the doctors discover that she has an inoperable brain tumor and she only has a month at the most to live. DiNozzo Sr. decides to continue to play along with her delusion for the remaining time she has and apologizes on behalf of her birth father for rejecting her homosexuality, allowing her to die believing that she finally reconciled with him.
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Leaning on the Fourth Wall
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Leaning on the Fourth Wall: The episode "Jet Lag" ends with a Ziva looking at a picture Tony took, with her commenting, "I think it would look better in black and white." Cue the ending black and white shot of said picture.
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I Never Said It Was Poison
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I Never Said It Was Poison: Frequently. A few standout examples: The killer mentions the man who (supposedly) shot the lieutenant will get away. "How did you know she was shot?" S 7 Ep 07, "Endgame", has Amanda, McGee's love interest for that episode, coming to visit him at work. The next morning McGee reveals that he never told her where he works. It turns out she was hired to kill the North Korean assassin the team is trying to catch. When Gibbs tells a suspect that a victim was found dead, the man asks, "How was he murdered?", thus confirming Gibbs' suspicions, as he hadn't told the man that.
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Pretty Little Headshots
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Pretty Little Headshots: Several instances, most notably when Caitlin Todd is sniped by Ari, although a squib on the back of her head can be seen going off, and in "Kill Ari" it's stated that the back of her head was pretty much gone. Averted in "The Good Wives' Club" with the perp's suicide.
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Technology Marches On
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Technology Marches On: In "Blowback" (a fourth season episode) Abby expresses amazement at finding a 1 terabyte hard drive (which is quite large) in the suspects house. Nowadays hard drives up to 100TB are commercially available.
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Getting Crap Past the Radar
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Getting Crap Past the Radar: Tony and Ziva are investigating and decide to try the back door of a house. Ziva advises him to be prepared, he suggests shoving her through the cat-flap — crouching down by it at the exact moment a cat rushes out. Tony starts backwards and draws his firearm, cueing the line "Don't tell me you're afraid of a little pussy...cat, Tony!" Ziva also gave us this nice one: "Does a bear sit in the woods?" In "Flesh and Blood," Ziva is translating a conversation in Arabic. Sayif says something, and Ziva responds, "That is too disgusting to translate." The first episode of the 11th season is called "Whiskey Tango Foxtrot."
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Distressed Woodchopping
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Distressed Woodchopping: In "Day in Court", Ellie finds out that Jake has been cheating on her; the episode ends with her taking a leave of absence from NCIS and returning to her family farm in Oklahoma so she can sort out her emotions over the infidelity without being distracted by Jake or work. The first time we see Ellie during the next episode, she's chopping up several logs into wood chunks to fuel the house's furnace.
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Snipe Hunt
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Snipe Hunt: S 13 Ep 7 "16 Years" opens with two boys out on a nocturnal one of these, supervised by their fathers. Bonus points for all of them actually using the word "snipe".
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Not Quite Saved Enough
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Not Quite Saved Enough: Tony finally finds the beautiful but mysterious ZNN reporter who was uncovering info on her ex-KGB friend, but she's already been poisoned with ricin and dies not long after. Also, Caitlin Todd.
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A Friend in Need
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A Friend in Need: In Season 13 episode "Spinning Wheel" flashes back to the 1960s with Ducky and his lawyer friend Angus Clarke. After the events previously shown when Ducky tells Angus' fiance he loves her and the fight in which Ducky knocks two of Angus' teeth out but the woman still marries Angus, Ducky goes to Angus for help in securing custody of Ducky's half-brother from his biological mother. When the legal case is against them, Angus tells Ducky he will give Ducky the 10,000 pounds the mother is asking for in exchange to give up custody of her child. Ducky is shocked at this benevolence from the man, who will simply take Ducky floundering for the words to thank him as payment.
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Rip Van Tinkle
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Rip Van Tinkle: In "Boxed In", Tony and Ziva get locked in a dockyard shipping container for most of a day/24 hours. When they're set free, Ziva's first action is to head directly for the ladies' room, an intention she explains in tones that promise mayhem for anyone who gets in her way.
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Wham Line
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Wham Line: In season 11 "Better Angels" Jackson Gibbs revealed the man who saved him in World War 2 was German.
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Wham Shot
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Wham Shot: The end of "Daughters": Ziva's back!
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That's an Order!
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That's an Order!: Though it's easy to forget because of his behavior, Tony is the most senior agent on Gibbs' team. He jokingly orders McGee to do scut work all the time, but there have been several situations where he drops the Small Name, Big Ego act and firmly commands McGee, Kate or Ziva to do what he says. They're insightful enough to tell the difference and listen to him at those times.
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Sensitivity Training
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Sensitivity Training: Treated by the characters as a form of endurance trial (The very first episode in which this is mentioned has Gibbs and DiNozzo scouring the crime reports looking for something serious enough to justify them missing it). And Palmer takes things a little too literally when told he needs a person's permission to touch them and he works with corpses.
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Early Installment Weirdness
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Early Installment Weirdness: Compare NCIS agents in series proper to the agents who would show up in the parent show JAG. In the parent show, they were shown as arrogant investigators who would overlook evidence and miss connections that Harm, Mac, Bud, and others would need to find so justice would be done. It is shocking in some instances when this is compared to the general appearance of agents who look into various leads and don't discount the implausible. While Gibbs's astounding bad luck in the marriage department was well-known from the beginning of Season 1, it wasn't until the end of Season 3 that we learned about Shannon and Kelly and the immense trauma their deaths had on Gibbs. At the start of the series, Gibbs was a lot more talkative, smiled more often, and had just as many quips as the other characters. He only started settling into the "functional mute"' character towards the end of the first season and it took a while longer for it to properly take hold. Abby had a deeper, huskier voice in the beginning and was flirtatiousnote with some serious sexual overtones with nearly every male character she interacted with (including Gibbs!). It took a while before she became the manic and cheerfully playful character most people know her as. Early on, Tony had a more casual dress style and sloppier hair. He also wasn't as much of a movie nerd and wore glasses in his first appearances. Most shockingly, he fails to recognize The Maltese Falcon early in the first season. As late as "Call to Silence", about a third of the way through Season Two, he recommends that Kate go see Halloween: Resurrection (and he calls it "Halloween 8"). A film geek like Tony would never recommend that film (which was universally derided by critics and audiences, especially fans of the series), even as a joke. In his first appearance in the first episode, Special Agent Fornell shows no recognition of Gibbs and it's clear the two men are not friends. Their friendship and its backstory was only developed in the season two finale. The black-and-white shots that start and conclude each segment didn't begin until about 1/3rd of the way through the second season. For those who started watching the show later in its tenure, watching the first season episodes with regular fade/cut to black can be very strange. A great many of the recurring guest stars who show up at least once a season in the later years (as in, all of them other than Fornell) were introduced fairly late. Mike Franks? Season 4. DiNozzo Sr? Season 7. Diane Fornell? Season 8. Delilah? Mentioned Season 10 finale, first appeared on screen in season 11. When we first meet Gibbs' father, we see an old photo of him with a black man in front of the general store, who we're told is named Leroy Jethro, an old friend of Jackson's and the man Gibbs was named after. He's spoken of in past tense and with fondness. In a later season episode when Gibbs finds Leroy's old war medal at a pawn shop, we learn his full name is Leroy Jethro Moore, he's still very much living and Jackson has a long-running grudge against him that results in him even barely acknowledging the man exists. In season 1 and early season 2 it's implied McGee and Abby have some kind of relationship, but what exactly it entails is never explained and the whole thing seems to just be forgotten about by the end of season 2
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Disproportionate Retribution
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Disproportionate Retribution: In "Cadence", a member of a Military Academy Honor Corps (Basically a semi-official student group to haze undisciplined or underperforming cadets) put a girl through continual discipline details for any reason he could think of until she was Driven to Suicide... because she wouldn't date him.
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Unresolved Sexual Tension
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Unresolved Sexual Tension: Tony and Kate to some degree. Productions notes say that a relationship between the two characters was being developed, but Sasha Alexander asked to be released from her contract so they never went beyond belligerent flirting. Tony and Ziva, for eight whole seasons before having to be abruptly wrapped up. As one example for the former, they were required to go undercover as a couple of assassins. You read that right, couple. As in married couple. They engage in simulated sex for the benefit of a surveillance camera... and fool the guy who can tell if a person is faking an orgasm, who happens to enjoy note the "fake" porn manning the camera. The entire Season Four has Ziva showing some jealousy at Tony's conversations with Jeanne (even if she tries to hide it as something else). The tension is taken to the next level in Season Six, where Tony is obviously pining for Ziva and clearly jealous of her relationship with Michael. Of course, killing Michael doesn't help his chances, and probably kills any possibility of hooking up with Ziva in the near future. Then again in season 7 Tony basically puts his life on the line to rescue Ziva, and while they are both captives and he has been injected with Truth Serum he warns her not to ask questions she doesn't want answers to. Then again they're being rather cagey about who took the bed and who took the sofa while they were in Paris... In season 9, Tony calls Ziva to tell her that the Navy officer she is safeguarding is actually the man they suspect of having hired an assassin to kill the officer. When she hangs up, the officer asks her if it was her boyfriend and she just gives a little smile that may say much more than what it seems... The production team had to give Tony and Ziva some form of closure in the wake of Coté de Pablo's departure from the show and they did, with the barest of hints that there could be more in the future, in a moment Tiva fans spent the better part of a decade waiting for. Gibbs and Jenny (though theirs used to be resolved). McGee and Abby. When McGee has an onscreen girlfriend and before she turns out to be an assassin, Abby is noticeably torn between wanting him to be happy and just wanting him. Gibbs and Kate, arguably. Suggestive comments: in Sub Rosa, an emergency blow on a nuclear sub throws Kate into Gibbs' arms. His response to her "Wow?" "That's what they all tell me." Her response is to laugh, rather than react angrily. In My Other Left Foot, Gibbs also claimed to know that the tattoo on Kate's butt was not a rose. It's also Gibbs, not Tony, who suggests Kate try on the Puerto Rican two piece Tony gave her - a bikini bottom and a hat, a comment that would be unremarkable from Tony, but is not nearly so typical of Gibbs. In My Other Left Leg, Kate shows quite a bit of jealousy and curiosity when Gibbs flirts shamelessly with a possible suspect. The two of them are pretty uncomfortable reading the sexually explicit e-mails exchanged between a perpetrator and his would-be victim. In one of the first episodes Kate can be seen drawing a very flattering sketch of Gibbs, whereas the ones she draws of Abby and Tony are caricatures. A few episodes later, Tony is riffling through her pad and she seems downright panicky at the thought that he or Gibbs might see it. Gibbs' Berserk Button is triggered when Ari asks after Kate (quote: "Go near her and I don’t care what government agency is watching your back, I will kill you this time."), and to an extent when Tony teases Kate about the Wet T-Shirt Contest photograph. It's also Kate who appears dead in Gibbs' nightmare about Ari. It gets pushed even harder when she does die by Ari's hand. On the flip side, Kate's own button is pushed at the realization that Ari is planning to kill Gibbs.
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Donut Mess with a Cop
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Donut Mess with a Cop: In "Willoughby", the team ends up having a stakeout in the upper floor of a bakery, and the manager provides the agents with an unlimited supply of free donut holes.
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Dramatic Necklace Removal
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Dramatic Necklace Removal: Ziva gets one where a necklace her daughter made her wear gets ripped off her neck. When the jerk who took it has it wrapped around his fingers, she gets desperate when he is dead that she has to chop off the fingers.
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Not What It Looks Like
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Not What It Looks Like: Bishop thinks her husband might be cheating on her until she realizes that the woman she saw him with was from NSA's Internal Affairs department and thus concludes that he's in trouble at work. When she tries talking about him with it, he says that he's actually cheating on her with the woman from Internal Affairs.
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Book-Ends
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Bookends: Season 3 starts and finishes with the team mourning the death/injury of a member, struggling to keep their emotions in check while investigating among a Gray Rain of Depression.
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Affably Evil
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Affably Evil: The merchant of death, René Benoît. The Reynosas, a Mexican Brother–Sister Team that declared a feud on Gibbs. They are actually among the series' most sympathetic villains. Eli David, Ziva's father.
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Flashback
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When the team goes to Gibbs' hometown and meets his dad, a rifle is rather prominently displayed behind the counter of his shop. He doesn't use it in the present, but he did fire it into the air in a Flashback to break up a fight between young Gibbs and two other boys. He also killed a robber with it, offscreen, before the Christmas Episode when he visits Gibbs. The rifle is later used in season 11 finale "Honor Thy Father" to knock the support on a truck to crush an assassin hired to kill Gibbs.
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Rear Window Witness
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Rear Window Witness: "Witness".
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Always on Duty
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Always on Duty: Gibbs' team appears to be the only agents at NCIS headquarters who handle investigations, any others having been killed, transferred, or vanished into thin air over the years. Gibbs is also a workaholic so he comes in early and stays late and his Death Glare is more than enough to keep his team at their desks as well, to McGee and Ziva's displeasure. Tony might complain about being tired, but he actually puts in even longer hours than Gibbs, coming back to the office even after his boss has gone home.
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The Alleged Boss
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The Alleged Boss: Gibbs tends to run roughshod over NCIS directors. Type 3, and with Vance it seems to be diverging into Type 4.
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Always Gets His Man
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Always Gets His Man: Gibbs...because, well, he's Gibbs.
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I Work Alone
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I Work Alone: Abby, and with good reason. She tends to get neurotic when another person she doesn't approve of is helping her in the lab. She makes one intern wear bells so she knows where he is, though considering the last person who was assigned to her tried to kill her and frame Tony for murder it's not without justification.
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"Stuck at the Airport" Plot: In the season 12 episode "Grounded", Tony is at Dulles Int'l Airport waiting for his father's flight to arrive. Bishop and her husband (We finally get to see him!) are also there to catch a southbound flight. Three things manage to happen all at once: Gibbs calls Tony with news about some important intel regarding terrorist activity and airports in the Eastern US. Bishop sees somebody she thinks she recognizes, but can't remember where from. The airport admins decide that the snow is bad enough to begin closing the runways.
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TheUriahGambit
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The Uriah Gambit: Vance is revealed to have been originally recruited to NIS in 1991 almost specifically for his expendibility. Obviously, it didn't go as planned.
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NCIS / int_559db5c1
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type
Wire Dilemma
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comment
Wire Dilemma: In "Ready or Not", Reeves and Torres find a bomb, and it quickly becomes clear that neither has the slightest idea how to disarm one. With time clearly running out and the bomb squad not present, they ultimately just slice through some wires and run for it. Fortunately, it worked.
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NCIS / int_55f92df9
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Mistaken for Gay
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Mistaken for Gay: Both Tony and Gibbs and Tony and McGee on different occasions.
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NCIS / int_561dab6b
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10-Minute Retirement
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10-Minute Retirement: Gibbs in Season 4.
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NCIS / int_566f1565
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TroubledBackstoryFlashback
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comment
Troubled Backstory Flashback
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1.0
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NCIS / int_5670cddb
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Driving a Desk
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Driving a Desk: While this show is usually pretty good about avoiding this trope, In the Season 15 finale, Vance is driving a car that is clearly still in park.
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NCIS / int_56725578
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Driving Stick
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Driving Stick: Lampshaded by Ari, when Gerald attempts to use Ducky's car to make an escape.
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NCIS / int_5785db6e
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Imagined Innuendo
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Imagined Innuendo: A little one from "Jack Knife," in which a sleep-deprived McGee totally misinterprets Gibb's request regarding Tony and Ziva:
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NCIS / int_5849f073
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Arcade Sounds
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Arcade Sounds: Subverted in the episode "Honor Code". The sounds heard from the Nintendo DS are, in fact, the sounds of the user's info (date, time, etc.) being entered into a brand new Nintendo DS.
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NCIS / int_590760d9
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The Un-Reveal
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Director Shepard to La Grenouille.note And even this is up for debate as Jenny's father could have just killed himself over guilt about being corrupt Later she does kill him, but no one figures it out until she's already dead...or was it Trent, actually telling the truth?
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NCIS / int_5a3b8032
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Air-Vent Passageway
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Air-Vent Passageway: S13 Ep5 "Lockdown" sees Abby take a field trip to investigate the team's current case when there is an event at the pharmaceutical company she is visiting. She uses an air vent to move from the server room she is trapped in back to the lab / office she needs to get back to.
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NCIS / int_5b19cc1b
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Red Herring Mole
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Red Herring Mole: Brent Langer. The entire Season 8 finale/Season 9 opener dealt with this: DiNozzo was assigned to track down someone leaking NCIS secrets (involving Watcher microchips), and the target is seemingly Special Agent EJ Barret. It is later revealed to be Special Agent Simon Cade, but then not only did he reveal that he was actually framed, but the entire thing was actually staged as a trap to kill all of them, although only Cade actually bit the dust, as Barret, while wounded, went into hiding, and DiNozzo was hospitalized with amnesia that was presumably brought about from getting grazed in the head.
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NCIS / int_5b64e6d4
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Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?
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comment
Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: "Why does it always have to be boats, and rats?"
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NCIS / int_5beef860
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Suddenly SHOUTING!
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Suddenly SHOUTING!: In "Family First", after learning of Ziva's death, this is the line:
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NCIS / int_5ce2c9c6
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Renegade Splinter Faction
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comment
Renegade Splinter Faction: The episode "Dead Air" featured MAH (Military At Home), a group of isolationist Americans. A faction of MAH plot an attack to destroy some unmanned equipment, which our heroes need to stop. It turns out that the splinter group had another more extreme splinter group who are planning to attack a softball game that has the daughters of high-government officials playing.
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NCIS / int_5ecdd585
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My Secret Pregnancy
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My Secret Pregnancy: The Season 13 episode Family First reveals Ziva and Tony had a 'fond farewell', resulting in their daughter Tali. Tony doesn't find out until after Ziva dies in a mortar attack two years later.
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NCIS / int_5ee2f7cc
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Give Away the Bride
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Give Away the Bride: When Ziva is considering marrying Ray, everyone assumes Gibbs would walk her down the aisle. It does not happen, and never will. Marrying Ray, that is, not Gibbs walking her down the aisle. And with Ziva being murdered by Kort, the second won't happen either, sadly.
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Long List
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Long List: Ducky's list of interests when he joined Facebook.
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NCIS / int_5ff56a1f
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Spanner in the Works
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Spanner in the Works: The "Strangers on a Train"-Plot Murder in "Alibi" fell apart because a drunken Marine stole one of the conspirator's truck and accidentally killed somebody with it in a hit-and-run.
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NCIS / int_60194b82
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Chute Sabotage
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Chute Sabotage: In "Hung Out to Dry", a Marine dies during a training jump. The investigation reveals that his shroud lines had been coated with an acidic cleaning agent, causing the fibres to disintegrate.
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NCIS / int_607ee22
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Head-Tiltingly Kinky
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Head-Tiltingly Kinky: Page 57 from S3 Ep 04, "Silver War". Tony shows Ziva an FHM/Maxim-esque magazine called "GSM". There's a similar scene when Tony and Tim are scoffing at the sex tips listed in what is presumably the same magazine, only to have Ellie rather blithely admit that she's pulled off several of them, prompting Tony to ask, "Are you double-jointed?"
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NCIS / int_60a66fb1
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The Lab Rat
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The Lab Rat: Abby, sometimes McGee.
 NCIS / int_60ac6ae4
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NCIS / int_60ac6ae4
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Names to Run Away From Really Fast
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Names to Run Away from Really Fast: A suspected spy named Rudolph (which rhymes with Adolph) Stalin was looked at for planting a bug on the SECNAV, but it was really a military contractor who didn't like the fact that the SECNAV was a civilian (especially since he was also asked to be SECNAV and respectfully declined for the same reason).
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NCIS / int_60fa92ac
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BigDamnKiss
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Big Damn Kiss: Tony and Ziva, after 8 seasons of Will They or Won't They?, get theirs at the end of Ziva's farewell episode and it is glorious.
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NCIS / int_61375e57
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Bunny-Ears Lawyer
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Bunny Ears Lawyers: All of Team Gibbs! You have Abby the Perky Goth Misfit Lab Rat; Gibbs the regularly-does-stuff-that-would-get-a-real-agent-fired-if-not-arrested guy; Tony, the sexual harassment Karma Houdini; Ziva the weapons nut (including any motor vehicle), and Ducky, who uses any excuse to wax poetic about his past and tells amusing but irrelevant anecdotes to his corpses... as he's dissecting them. This even freaks Gibbs out. And, of course, "Elf Lord" McGee. At this point they're in flipping bunny suits. Which is why they often have to watch their mouths around each other. Justified in Ducky's case; talking to the corpses preserves their humanity and helps him keep sane.
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NCIS / int_61b8f9e2
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Death Glare
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Death Glare: Gibbs, bordering on Once an Episode in earlier seasons. Karen Bright from "Smoked", when she's exposed as the actual serial killer. She flashes Gibbs and Fornell a look that would vaporize lead.
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NCIS / int_627264e0
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Bottle Episode
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Bottle Episode: Quite a few—"Trojan Horse" takes place largely in NCIS HQ, aside from a few location shots of Paris and a hospice, "Detour" (and others) takes place in multiple locations, but over the course of only one day, as does "Witch Hunt", etc.
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NCIS / int_62907b90
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Prohibited Hero Saves the Day
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Prohibited Hero Saves the Day: At one point Jimmy Palmer is with the team as they pursue the criminal of the week. Gibbs orders Jimmy to stay in the car (obviously intending for Jimmy to not be The Load). When the criminal gets in his truck to make a getaway, Jimmy rams him with the car he was forbidden to leave. Jimmy points out the Exact Words to Gibbs afterwards.
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NCIS / int_634fba64
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Old Soldier
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Old Soldier: Jackson Gibbs served in World War II.
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NCIS / int_6366f900
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Drill Sergeant Nasty
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Drill Sergeant Nasty: Gibbs has shifted into this mode more than once to intimidate suspects, especially if they're Marines. S3 Ep 11, "Model Behavior" had an actual Marine drill instructor, though he wasn't training Marine recruits. He was part of a reality TV show.
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NCIS / int_6375f746
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Grievous Harm with a Body
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Grievous Harm with a Body: In episode "Singled Out" Ziva threatened a guy who grabbed her ass that she'll rip his arm off and beat him to death with it.
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NCIS / int_6377d6e6
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Did You Just Have Sex?
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Did You Just Have Sex?: S7 Ep 07, "Endgame", has Tony doing this when McGee walks into the office extremely happy. Tony refers to it as "Pulling a Heston" in a reference to Planet of the Apes (1968). Diana "suggests" this during an op with NCIS and the FBI. Fornell just angrily looks at McGee, the latter telling off Diana that her jokes need to stop.
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NCIS / int_639aa0cd
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Even Evil Has Loved Ones
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Even Evil Has Loved Ones: invoked deliberately by Ziva at one point: while they people she's killed were all murderers, terrorists, and the like, she acknowledges most of them probably did have innocent family members who mourned their loss, a fact she finds immensely sad considering one such person was her own brother Ari, who wasn't always so evil and who she still feels bad about.
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NCIS / int_63d861f8
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Bluff the Eavesdropper
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Bluff the Eavesdropper: While Undercover as Lovers, Tony and Ziva have (simulated) sex because they know the room is being filmed. In "Twilight", Tony listens in on what he thinks is a conversation between Kate and McGee about Kate's feelings for him, but Kate is fully aware that Tony is listening in and ends up dumping a water bottle on his head.
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NCIS / int_63f492d1
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Replacement Goldfish
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Replacement Goldfish: In the literal sense. Tony keeps actual goldfish as pets, one of which is named Kate after his partner of the same name who was killed early in the series. Later, when Ziva leaves the team to stay in Israel, he names the other after her.
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NCIS / int_643618e5
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Heroic Sacrifice
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Heroic Sacrifice: Agent Cassidy, who saves the team from a suicide bomber. Agent Lee when she decides that Redemption Equals Death. Subverted by Agent Todd. She takes a bullet to save Gibbs' life, but is saved by her Kevlar vest...and then gets head-sniped by Ari. Jonathan Cole ends up doing this to disarm the bomb in the Season 9 Finale. Unfortunately, he wasn't able to start disarming the bomb before Dearing activated it. Also qualifies as a Redemption Equals Death.
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NCIS / int_6439de78
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We Named the Monkey
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We Named the Monkey "Jack": S2 Ep 15, "Caught On Tape", has a Type 1. Kate names the dog of the killer, Tony, even though it's a girl. This leads to a humorous scene where Tony is listening in on Kate and Abby talking about whether Tony likes them, how cute Tony is, and how they could share Tony. Tony returns the favour some time later, although on a fictional dog. While undercover as an escaped convict with real fugitive (to follow him to his partner), Tony is unable to contact the team to let them know where he is. He manages to leave them a message via a random civilian by pretending to be looking for his dog, Kate, who is apparently shaggy and mangy. S5 Ep 13, "Dog Tags" has another Type 1. A military police German Shepard that Abby has to examine for evidence, who she names Jethro. Tony has a pet goldfish named Kate.
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NCIS / int_646407bd
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Manly Tears
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Manly Tears: Tony after Agent Cassidy's death. Eventually, after Ziva's too. S13 Ep 11, "Spinning Wheel:" Ducky sheds some as well when he reunites with his younger brother Nicholas.
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NCIS / int_64e975cf
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Author Appeal
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Author Appeal: Ever since Shane jumped on as producer, there's been a lot more Abby fanservice and a lot less Abby/McGee.
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NCIS / int_6627695f
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Dying Moment of Awesome
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Dying Moment of Awesome: Jenny Shephard takes down five hitmen aiming to ambush her. Mike Franks goes down fighting Jason Cobbs in a knife fight and does some damage along the way.
 NCIS / int_6682d6e4
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NCIS / int_6682d6e4
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Too Kinky to Torture
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Too Kinky to Torture: Implied with Abby in "Bloodbath": Also, Jimmy "Autopsy Gremlin" Palmer. When he helps Abby solve a problem, Gibbs gives Abby a peck on the cheek and Jimmy a Gibbs slap. He looks just as pleased at this as Abby. Much earlier in "Grace Period" Ducky mentioned that he had tried giving Jimmy a Gibbs slap, but Jimmy "appeared to enjoy it."
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NCIS / int_671a3e1
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Locking MacGyver in the Store Cupboard
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comment
Locking MacGyver in the Store Cupboard: In one episode, a panicking suspect tries to run, leaving behind his high-powered hunting rifle, right next to Gibbs, the Marine Corps sniper. Not that that would have been bright to do that under any circumstances, but still. It should be noted that it was very highly insinuated that Gibbs let the suspect go so that he would have an excuse to shoot him in the ass. Cue Tony and McGee wondering, "You don't think he did that on purpose...?" "No...no, of course not," and Gibbs just doing a badass walk with a huge smile on his face.
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NCIS / int_673999b1
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Evil Laugh
 NCIS / int_68068108
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Evil Laugh: Tony lets out an epic one when he discovers a picture of the prudish Kate taking part in a Wet T-Shirt Contest. The episode ends with his mad cackling as the camera fades to black.
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NCIS / int_68068108
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Double Tap
 NCIS / int_68186dcd
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Double Tap: The show has almost without exception averted this; both here and in real life, Federal agents never fire only once or twice. They will keep shooting you until either you fall down or they run out of bullets, whichever comes first.
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NCIS / int_68186dcd
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Room Full of Crazy
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Room Full of Crazy: In "Cracked".
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NCIS / int_6941e30b
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No Sense of Direction
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No Sense of Direction: Ducky. He blames his assistants but he's always the one giving directions.
 NCIS / int_69987960
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 NCIS / int_69987960
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NCIS / int_69987960
 NCIS / int_6a2ae11f
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Improbable Weapon User
 NCIS / int_6a2ae11f
comment
Improbable Weapon User: In "Jetlag": Possibly a a shout out to Trevanian's "Naked/Kill" techniques where an Israeli operative uses a credit card on a plane to kill someone. Everything matched perfectly. Later in that episode aboard the plane, the air marshall is found dead in the lavatory, stabbed in the neck with a knitting needle taken from one of the sleeping passengers. And then the assassin (who is actually the stewardess) tries to kill her target by giving her a pillow covered with peanut dust, trying to trigger fatal anaphylaxis from her peanut allergy. Ziva has also threatened that she can kill Tony eighteen different ways with a paper clip. Safety recommends that she be believed - after all, the bullpen's probably got plenty of paper clips lying around.
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NCIS / int_6a2ae11f
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Don't Call Me
 NCIS / int_6a6e2a10
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Don't Call Me "Sir": Gibbs, right down to the "I work for a living" crack. It makes sense; he was a gunnery sergeant, which is a non-commissioned rank. Abby uses this for a bit of fun with Gibbs: If you call Ziva "Ma'am"...
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Help Mistaken for Attack: Minor recurring character Nikki Jardine had this as part of her Backstory. When her brother, Eric, was in Iraq he was injured in an IED attack and when a friendly Iraqi man tried to save Eric's life, the man was shot by US Forces who mistook him for a terrorist. Nikki has tried to help the Iraqi's widow and children ever since in gratitude for his sacrifice.
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Birth/Death Juxtaposition
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Birth/Death Juxtaposition: In "Newborn King." The poor woman gives birth in the backseat of a broken down car, parked in a gas station garage, in a blizzard, on Christmas, during a shootout with Russian mercenaries who want to kill her and kidnap her child, with Gibbs as the midwife. This is interspersed with a desperately outnumbered and outgunned Ziva singlehandedly defending them against an onslaught of Russian mercenaries. A variation occurs in "Shabbat Shalom". The team are going through old things they used on undercover ops and find a picture from an unseen mission when Ziva masqueraded as a pregnant woman. She keeps the photo and even shows it to her father when he shows up. At the episode, both her father Eli and Jackie Vance were dead. "We Build, We Fight" ends with a murdered homosexual Seabee's husband consoling his partner's ex-squadmate who blamed himself for the killing the ex-mate was addicted to drugs, the Seabee found out and was killed by the dealer when he was going to the police to report him while Palmer's wife gives birth to a girl in the same hospital.
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Meaningful Echo
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In "Keep Going" Ducky drops the title offhandedly as part of a saying; Jimmy later gives a Meaningful Echo of it in one of his best moments ever.
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Meaningful Name
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On a related note, Anthony means "worthy of praise."
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FanService
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Fanservice: Abby, mostly. At times, Director Shepard, especially after wardrobe started putting her in tight skirts and sweaters. There's also the pic of Kate in the Wet T-Shirt Contest (though it is Nipple and Dimed), plus numerous butt shots from Tony's POV. One of the most blatant instances of potential fanservice (Ziva in a fairly skimpy bikini) actually ended up being a half-subversion, as she's lying on her side reading a book and the audience never gets a good look...unless you count the screensaver McGee made from Tony's pictures of her. Then there's the cocktail dress Ziva wore while undercover as a lounge singer. The back is scooped down so low you can see Coté de Pablo's tanline. Kate as an adult version of a 'Catholic Schoolgirl' and as a Dominatrix. This was the lighter side of a very serious episode.
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Talking Through Technique
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Beware the Silly Ones
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Beware the Silly Ones: Tim and Tony may seem a bit off-beat but they are skilled interrogators. They once used Christmas cookies to catch a guy lying.
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Everybody Is Single
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Everybody Is Single: Though Gibbs has been married four times (Once widowed, thrice divorced), and McGee and Abby used to date. Tony frequently has one night/weekend/week stands, but was with René Benoît's daughter for most of that season. Most of the characters have brief flings, sometimes running multiple episodes (usually with characters that may or may not be seen on-screen), presumably brief due to the stress of their jobs. Averted by of all people, Leon Vance, who has a wife (until her death) and two kids. In season 7, Palmer actually has a (offscreen) girlfriend that everybody knows about. Not to mention the onscreen fling between Palmer and Lee In the season 9 opening episode, it is pointed out that Palmer is getting married the following spring and is mentioned in the following episodes. Though the wedding is not shown, his bachelor party occurs in the penultimate episode of the season - as part of a stakeout. Ziva dates a man named Ray for a few episodes. They go skiing together. In a later season he proposes to her and she responds by decking him and arresting him for murder. Initially averted with Ellie Bishop, who is also married. We see her husband Jake for the first time in "Grounded", but she eventually breaks up with him after discovering that he's been unfaithful. McGee ends up in a relationship with a DoD analyst named Delilah at the end of season eleven. At the end of season 13 they've moved in together and they marry at the end of season 14.
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Driven to Suicide
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Driven to Suicide: A flashback in "Hiatus" shows Gibbs seriously considering putting a gun in his mouth after the deaths of his wife and daughter.
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Punny Name
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Punny Name: Donald Mallard - a mallard is a duck...in other words, Donald Duck. Lampshaded time and again in the series as the explanation for his nickname, Ducky. The first NCIS Director in the series, from the JAG pilot to the start of season 3, was named Thomas Morrow. Or rather, "Tom Morrow"... tomorrow.
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Dress Code
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Dress Code: Forcing Abby to follow one makes her so uncomfortable that it actually hurts her analytical skills.
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Artistic License – Military
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Artistic License – Military: NCIS is—for a dramatic television series—fairly accurate in terms of military protocol and procedures. However, as one may reasonably expect, Rule of Cool and Rule of Drama always take precedence above accuracy whenever it benefits the story. Case in point: The episode where an undercover FBI agent fails to outrun a 500 pound air-dropped bomb on a range more fit for hand grenades. Hollis Mann, a Lieutenant Colonel, is seen actively investigating and supervising Army CID investigations. In reality, commissioned officers merely command CID units while enlisted personnel do field work under the supervision of warrant officers. She's also seen investigating in uniform when Army CID personnel operate in civilian clothing. Aside from protocol issues, many ships that appear in the series have names that don't fit with US Navy naming conventions and hull numbers that belong to another ship, though this might be a form of Bland-Name Product, so as to avoid directly associating active-duty ships with fictitious events. NCIS apparently employs only one medical examiner with one assistant, and only one forensics lab tech with no assistants. While it's suggested there are substitutes for when they are not at work, they are still called in on emergency cases in their off hours, and more often than not are seen working on only one case at a time- usually for Gibbs- even though they are apparently handling the workload for NCIS as a whole. In reality, both departments would have a large amount of staff just to handle all the work. Compare this to a show such as Series/[[Quincy]] which tends to show numerous medical examiners and lab technicians doing the same work.
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Christmas Episode
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The Christmas Episode "Newborn King" had the team defending a very pregnant Marine from mercenaries trying to get the baby, due to it being, if male, the only surviving heir to an Afghan tribe. (She'd fallen in love with the previous heir, who was later killed by the Taliban.) A Maternity Crisis ensues and Gibbs ends up delivering the baby in a gas station while Ziva fights off the mercs in the next room.
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Shot in the Ass
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Shot in the Ass: Gibbs inflicts this on a Serial Killer. It's strongly implied it's on purpose. He does the same to Tobias Fornell in the second episode of season 11. Fortunately, it was actually aimed PAST him: the real target was a cell phone, set to trigger a bomb. Fornell was just a little too close to the path of the bullet. He complains loudly about it afterward as they carry him away on a gurney.
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Stealth Hi/Bye
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Stealth Hi/Bye: Gibbs loves to sneak up on people. Especially Tony.
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Luke, You Are My Father
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Luke, You Are My Father: Tony is told that there was one survivor pulled from the rubble. An agent is told to bring in Tali. Tony asks "wasn't that Ziva's sister?" to which Orli responds, "her namesake, yes." Confused, Tony asks whose namesake and is told that Tali is he and Ziva's daughter, a result of their 'fond farewell' in Israel three years prior. Orli also tells him that Ziva had wanted to tell Tony as Tali grew, but assumed that he would not be happy with the news.
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One Dialogue, Two Conversations
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One Dialogue, Two Conversations: Happens in S3 E17. Abby is dwelling on the fact that Gibbs apparently forgot her birthday, while McGee is telling her they've just uncovered a Serial Killer. Hilarity Ensues.
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The Grim Reaper
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The Grim Reaper: In the fourth season finale "Angel of Death", Dr. Jeanne Benoît encounters a little girl outside the hospital who may or may not be the Angel of Death. An odd example from a show usually so completely grounded in reality, especially since it's heavily implied to the viewer that she really is the Angel of Death.
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Internal Affairs
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Internal Affairs: Perspective Flipped, as NCIS often takes the role of internal affairs towards the suspects-of-the-week. They are fully aware of how this makes them look to those being investigated.
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Zettai Ryouiki
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Zettai Ryouiki: This is one of the staples of Abby's wardrobe.
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Trauma Conga Line
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Trauma Conga Line: Ziva
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Death in the Clouds
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Death in the Clouds: The pilot episode, "Yankee White", and "Jet Lag".
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Idiot Ball
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Idiot Ball: They retrieve Director Vance's car when it was handled by a terrorist and since they found no prints, they don't strip it down for explosives or other traps. From the same episode: when the headquarters building goes into bomb threat alert and begins evacuation procedures, Tony and Ziva help usher everyone out of the upper floors and then decide to take the elevator down together. It goes about as well as you'd expect. The two do lampshade the blatant breaking of protocol in doing such in the following episode, however. In a later episode, when Vance is searching for a nanny to help the family, one of the women he interviews is a young 20-something woman who cannot get off Twitter and Facebook during her interview with him. Vance barely holds in his contempt at this lack of respect and proper interview ethics. Gibbs is at least aware he's holding the ball when a hallucination of Mike Franks and Dornaget's (not hallucinatory) CIA officer mother both tell him that they're being played by one of The Calling's child soldiers, who they realize has seen inside a government security building, met with important agents, and later KO's his social worker agent and shoots Gibbs in the leg and torso. Bishop is normally a competent and intelligent agent, but in "Incognito" at the end of the episode she is told that they have all the evidence necessary to arrest the suspects and that Tony and Gibbs are on the way to the suspects' house that Bishop is currently watching to arrest one of them. Bishop however decides for literally no reason whatsoever to break into the house to look for more evidence, WITHOUT her phone or any other way of contacting her and without her gun. This leads to her being snuck up on and nearly being murdered by the aforementioned suspect returning to the house and only surviving due to a conveniently placed pair of scissors.
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Serial Killer
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Gibbs inflicts this on a Serial Killer. It's strongly implied it's on purpose.
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Similar Squad
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Similar Squad: In "Doppleganger", a Metro PD team gets involved in the case, whose members are ridiculously similar to the NCIS team, right down to the Gibbs Slap. The team has also run into "child versions" of DiNozzo and Gibbs, respectively. In "Jurisdiction", one of the CGIS investigators is a red-haired female version of Gibbs. Tony is the first to notice and the others are all rather amused. Gibbs is apparently the only member of the team that is not aware of this.
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Awesomeness by Analysis
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Awesomeness by Analysis: Inverted by Gibbs in 7x09, "Child's Play", when he asks the savant girl the episode has revolved around to calculate the odds that Ziva will miss a shot at the bad guy...who's holding a gun to the girl's head. She calmly works it out at 97.6%. Gibbs gives the bad guy one more chance to surrender. He doesn't. BIG mistake. Though really, the bad guy was just taking the genius kid at her word. According to her, there was less than 1 chance in 40 that Ziva could hit him. Except Ziva lied to the girl that she hasn't shot anyone ever. 97.6% is the difference between a Naïve Newcomer and a cold-hearted professional assassin. In 7x22, "Borderland," Abby's presenting at a law enforcement symposium in Mexico. One woman insults her fashion sense by asking her who told her that the Day of the Dead was in May. Abby retaliates by providing very detailed facts about the woman based solely on observing her, leaving said woman speechless.
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Cell Phones Are Useless
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Cell Phones Are Useless: One early Running Gag involved Gibbs being unable to quite figure out mobile phones. This resulted in Tony (being taught about them by McGee) offering to teach Gibbs, who angrily exclaimed "It's all backwards!" It still comes up from time to time. A later episode shows that each time Gibbs physically breaks his phone in frustration, he gives it to Tony or Kate to "reboot". They do this by replacing the old phone with a new one from the large supply of extras Kate keeps in one of her desk drawers. Averted when Tony and Ziva are trapped in a shipping container in "Boxed In"; they need to MacGyver a way to communicate.
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Is This Thing Still On?
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In the Season 9 episode "Newborn King", Jimmy Palmer, when explaining that his future father-in-law, Ed Slater, is visiting the NCIS building, he mentions that the first time he learned that Palmer was marrying his daughter, "[Ed Slater] laughed, and then he cried from laughing too hard". Ed Slater is played by Larry Miller, who himself used the phrase "I laughed, I cried" during his first Is This Thing Still On? moment as Principal Jindrake in the movie Max Keeble's Big Move.
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Put on a Bus
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Put on a Bus: Thematically inverted for Ziva, who stays in Israel while Tony gets on a plane back to the US.
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To Absent Friends
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To Absent Friends: In the season 2 episode "Call of Silence" there is a touching moment at the end when Corporal Ernest Yost and Lieutenant Hitoshi Yoshida of the Japanese Empire, both of whom served in World War II, share a drink of sake together in memory of their friends who were no longer with them.
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Jenny's Number
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Jenny's Number: In "Judgement Day", Gibbs is given an FBI file with the number 8675309.
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You Have to Believe Me!
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You Have to Believe Me!: The show loves subverting this one. See trope page for examples.
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Impaled Palm
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Impaled Palm: Ducky suffers this when he's attacked with a knife at a crime scene.
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X Days Since
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X Days Since: Used a few times.
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Out-of-Character Alert
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Out-of-Character Alert: A distraught schoolboy holds his classmates hostage so someone - it happens to be our team - will find his ostensibly dead mother. Gibbs lets himself be taken, and Tony later tells the boy that Special Agent Caitlin Todd is looking for his mother. Out of earshot, when asked how he's going to tell Gibbs the kid's mother is dead, Tony replies that he already has: Special Agent Todd *is* dead.
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Passing the Torch
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Passing the Torch: In "Bears and Cubs", Ducky decides it's time for him to retire. While the next episode, "Silent Service", has Ducky stay at NCIS as the part-time Historian, Palmer still takes over as the Chief Medical Examiner.
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She Is Not My Girlfriend
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She Is Not My Girlfriend: Somewhat of a Running Gag regarding Tony and Ziva in later seasons.
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Real Life Writes the Plot
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Real Life Writes the Plot: Kate's death was either because Sasha Alexander wanted to have a child, which wouldn't have worked into the episodes very well or because she was exhausted by her role. Pauley Perrette's nightmarish divorce from ex-husband Coyote Shivers may or may not have been the basis for the plot for "Bloodbath," where the team has to deal with Abby's stalker ex-boyfriend, but the parallels are impossible to deny. "Honor Thy Father", which centers around Gibbs coming to terms with the death of his father, was written because the actor who played Jackson Gibbs had died a few months previously.
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Amusing Injuries
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Amusing Injuries: All the Dope Slaps in "Hiatus" When Ziva and Abby are both upset about what happened to Gibbs, Ziva makes an insensitive comment and Abby slaps her. The two get into a full on slap fight. In the same episode Tony his trying to get the two of them to make up. He says they should shake hands (which they do) and then says they should start deep tongue kissing. The two girls respond by both punching him at the same time.
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Fatal Attractor
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Fatal Attractor: The entire cast. With relatively few exceptions, every date any of the characters go on will be with someone evil.
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Can't Tie His Tie
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Can't Tie His Tie: In "Institutionalized", Gibbs walks into the lab to discover Kasie attempting to tie a necktie. When Gibbs asks her what she is doing, she explains that an old friend had has a job interview and doesn't know how to tie a tie. She promised him she would tie it for him, only to discover she doesn't know how to tie one either. Gibbs takes the tie from her, ties it round his own neck, and hands it to her. Kasie's friend later turns to be the main suspect in the Mystery of the Week.
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For Want of a Nail
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For Want of a Nail: In the episode Better Angels, Jackson Gibbs takes Gibbs to see Walter Beck, the German pilot who saved him during WWII. Jackson, knowing Walter felt bad about the deaths they caused during the war, told Walter about his son's work in NCIS, making it clear that Walter indirectly helped a lot of people by keeping Jackson alive so Gibbs could be born.
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They Call Me Mister Tibbs
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They Call Me Mister Tibbs: Tony, being The Movie Buff that he is, references the Trope Namer when interviewing a suspect in "Faith".
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NCIS / int_7a08e8d1
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New Media Are Evil
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New Media Are Evil: Played straight in earlier seasons, but mostly subverted later. McGee's status as a die-hard gamer has proved useful more than once.
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NCIS / int_7a12aabf
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New Old Flame
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New Old Flame: Tony's ex-fiancee Wendy shows up mid-season 9. Whether she'll be the Romantic False Lead, or the actual Love Interest, remains to be seen.
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NCIS / int_7a21fc07
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Mock Millionaire
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Mock Millionaire: Anthony DiNozzo Sr. is a formerly wealthy businessman, who is trying to keep up the appearance that he is still wealthy.
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NCIS / int_7a54c458
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Creepy Stalker Van
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comment
Creepy Stalker Van: In the second season premiere, Team Gibbs must rescue a blind child. When they find her, she remarks that she was in a vehicle with no windows, since she couldn't feel the sun on her face. After looking at security tapes, DiNozzo says they found a white van with no windows and that the plates came back as stolen.
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NCIS / int_7aba6494
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Canine Companion
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Canine Companion: In "Seek" the team briefly gets one in Dex, a bomb-sniffing dog whose handler's death they are investigating. At the end of the episode Dex catches a bullet (saving Gibbs' life in the process) while taking down his handler's killer, gets a medal and an honorable discharge, and is taken in by his handler's widow.
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NCIS / int_7b7f1657
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Celebrity Paradox
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Celebrity Paradox: In The Meat Puzzle, Kate asks Gibbs what Ducky (played by David McCallum) looked like when he was younger. His answer? In "Missing", a bomb defusal instructor references MacGyver. This was six years before Hawaii Five-0 premiered, and eight before NCIS:LA had a crossover in the "Pa Make Loa/Touch of Death" two-parter. And eleven years before H50 itself would crossover with the MacGyver (2016). Incidentally, both versions of the character are former EOD techs. If the original MacGyver had existed in the NCIS universe, it's quite possible his legendary skills would've been passed down in Army myth. note The reboot Mac would've been too young to join in the first place, much less become legendary.
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NCIS / int_7b8b3def
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Hearing Voices
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Hearing Voices: Subverted in one episode. A woman was diagnosed with schizophrenia after she said was hearing voices. The reveal? She was being assaulted via a remote audio transmitter so that she would be declared insane and sent back into the asylum.
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NCIS / int_7bc90010
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"What Do They Fear?" Episode
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"What Do They Fear?" Episode: "Bête Noire" points out a few of the main characters' (plus Ari who first appears in this episode but becomes a recurring character) fears. Tony fears vampires. Abby fears going to Autopsy (but gets over it soon after). Gibbs fears having to be taught about technology. Ari fears butterflies.
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NCIS / int_7c18042f
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Hot Librarian
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Director Shepard whenever she wore glasses, skirting into Hot Librarian territory.
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NCIS / int_7c4ae6b0
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Atonement Detective
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Atonement Detective: Gibbs.
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NCIS / int_7c4bafc9
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Trojan Horse
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Trojan Horse: "Trojan Horse."
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NCIS / int_7d1ee5b2
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Reckless Gun Usage
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Reckless Gun Usage: S10 Ep 16 "Detour" has Palmer (no actual firearms training) with a handgun, which he rather casually waves around. Fortunately, Ducky (military training from many decades past) carefully redirects it away from his face.
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NCIS / int_7d34f23a
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...Or So I Heard
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...Or So I Heard: The team find the website for a speed-dating event the victim went to. McGee explains the event...rather eloquently. Upon noticing the odd looks, he says this trope verbatim.
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NCIS / int_7d68f571
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Her Code Name Was
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Her Code Name Was "Mary Sue": Averted in-universe. McGee doesn't make himself the big hero of his books...he does that for his Gibbs Captain Ersatz.
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NCIS / int_7e38c1a7
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Slashed Throat
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Slashed Throat: One episode involved the murderer using the Marine sentry removal technique (described in The Five Fingers example above) to kill the victim...while she was having sex with him. In an episode revolving around a revenge plot against Ducky, when the team rescued Ducky, one of the perps slashed his own throat with a scalpel rather than go back to jail.
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NCIS / int_7e577db
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Badass Mustache
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Badass Mustache: Gibbs sported one for a few episodes in early season four. It freaked out Tony and McGee. After Gibbs shaves it off, Fornell later inquires about it's whereabouts:
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Bullying a Dragon
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Bullying a Dragon: This seems to happen a lot with Ziva, probably due to her small size. Often times a suspect will lay a hand on her, with predictable results
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NCIS / int_7eb73553
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Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds
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Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: A guy exploits vulnerabilities in the entire Navy fleet to avenge his son, who died when a terrorist exploited a flaw in his battleship.
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NCIS / int_7ec94d53
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Expository Hairstyle Change
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Expository Hairstyle Change: Gibbs keeps his hair fairly short, but in the second part of "Hiatus", while suffering from amnesia, he cuts his hair back to the much shorter crewcut variant he wore when he was a probie. Gibbs having a longer-than-Marine-regs haircut gets made fun of in "My Other Left Foot" by a gunnery sergeant Gibbs met years before as an MP. "Baltimore" reveals that, at the time that Tony joined NCIS, Gibbs' haircut was similar to his look from the first couple of seasons, if not as long.
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NCIS / int_7efd2e30
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murder.com
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murder.com: "Murder 2.0".
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Reverse Mole
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Reverse Mole
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NCIS / int_7f6f3d98
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Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking
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In "Newborn King." The poor woman gives birth in the backseat of a broken down car, parked in a gas station garage, in a blizzard, on Christmas, during a shootout with Russian mercenaries who want to kill her and kidnap her child, with Gibbs as the midwife. This is interspersed with a desperately outnumbered and outgunned Ziva singlehandedly defending them against an onslaught of Russian mercenaries.
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NCIS / int_808cbaeb
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Convicted by Public Opinion
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Convicted by Public Opinion: "Day In Court" features a Petty Officer who faces this after a murder charge laid against him falls apart when he gets Off on a Technicality and requests that he be formally charged and tried so that he can be formally cleared.
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NCIS / int_80a7d3e2
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Murder by Remote Control Vehicle
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Murder by Remote Control Vehicle: One episode has someone sabotaging an experimental self-driving car so anybody who gets in it and triggers a certain type of actions related to maintenance will be trapped and suffocated with the car's redirected fumes. This is what happens to the Victim of the Week and almost happens to Abby.
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NCIS / int_80c1d538
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Emergency Impersonation
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Emergency Impersonation: Ducky impersonates the deceased English arms dealer to try to capture La Grenouille. (Ducky is the only 60-year-old Englishman they know.)
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NCIS / int_81706730
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Large Ham
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Large Ham: Tony. Abby, at times. "...and AH WIYLL CRUUUUCIFAH HIYM,", anyone?
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NCIS / int_823c6e3e
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Motor Mouth
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Motor Mouth: Abby, especially when she's really stressed.
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NCIS / int_82518cf7
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Defecting for Love
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Defecting for Love: In S3 Ep14 "Light Sleeper" a North Korean spy who married a US Marine as part of her cell's infiltration of the US comes to love her husband and the daughter they had. She turns on her teammates and hunts them down so they cannot pull off the attack that is likely to come.
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NCIS / int_82d1d1af
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BFG
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BFG: Ex-Watcher operator Casey Stratton uses a Desert Eagle chambered in .50 Action Express against the NCIS team in "Housekeeping". Lampshaded by McGee: "What's he got, a cannon?"
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1.0
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NCIS / int_8344209e
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UST
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Tony and Ziva, accentuating their UST.
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NCIS / int_83446991
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Boyfriend Bluff
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Boyfriend Bluff: Hilariously subverted in "Designated Target." Ziva asks Tony how to tell someone you no longer wish to see them (while talking on the phone), and Tony tries to help...only to find out the conversation is not what he thought it was.
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NCIS / int_835d1b46
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Contamination Situation
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Contamination Situation: The penultimate episode of season two, "SWAK", centered around Tony and Kate's exposure to the pneumonic plague, which was sent to the team in an envelope.
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NCIS / int_8390cdf1
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I Know Mortal Kombat
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I Know Mortal Kombat Justified in S 7 Ep 09, "Child's Play", which focuses on child prodigies using video games, one of which is Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, in which they compare the situations in the game to real life military situations and analyze them. In S 10 Ep 16, "Detour," Jimmy claims that while he has no experience with a real gun, he nevertheless Prestiged in Call of Duty: Black Ops six times. And he shoots an assassin with a full clip not long afterwards.
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 NCIS / int_850258ca
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NCIS / int_850258ca
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Fatal Family Photo
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Fatal Family Photo: The ending of the episode "Rekindled" features a Marine out at sea on an amphibious carrier accidentially dropping his cell phone through the grates, reassembling it to see his family photo, only to find flickering lights underneath the door to the electric room (strongly implied to be the arson electrical bomb trap from earlier) before he is knocked back in an explosion.
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NCIS / int_8560c16f
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Jerk Jock
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Jerk Jock: Though not in high school, Tony, especially in early McGee episodes. Incidentally, his major was Phys. Ed. Tony's high school basketball teammates were even worse because they were, basically, an Absurdly Powerful Student Council (complete with red arm bands of enforcement) who terrorize underclassmen with impunity. Tony thought they were disbanded after they were caught attacking him but he was simply left alone on orders of his beloved coach who allowed the abuse to continue into the present day because "it's school tradition".
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NCIS / int_863fac26
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Broken Pedestal
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Broken Pedestal: Tony, to the basketball coach at his final boarding school who straightened him out as a teen (and is implied to have started his love of movies after explaining what "leave the guns, take the cannoli" means) because the coach failed to disband the abusive morality patrol even after he was made provost because "it was tradition", "[he] didn't get to be in charge by affecting change", and because the school had done a great deal of good in spite/because of the group's harsh discipline (said "discipline" involved harassing a female cadet until she killed herself). At least he wasn't the killer of the week and after he apologized to Tony he said he would resign.
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NCIS / int_868409c
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Action Insurance Gag
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Action Insurance Gag: Played for Drama in one episode when Tony gets a car totaled by the Arc Villain. The next episode he's on the phone with his insurance agent, who informs him that, since this is the third car it's happened to, the company is considering dropping him as a client.
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NCIS / int_86cffd8e
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Truth in Television
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Terrifying Truth in Television. Pacemakers actually can be hacked... and manipulated.
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NCIS / int_875615dd
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Why Couldn't You Save Them?
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Why Couldn't You Save Them?: A major plot point of season 9's "Rekindled" when Tony works with arson specialist Jason, whom he saved from a housefire when Jason was 9. Unfortunately, the fire was too out of control by the time Tony arrived to save Jason's younger sister without killing all three of them. He made a choice, one that Jason resents him for. He gives Tony the cold shoulder until the end of the episode, when the two finally has it out. Tony tells him the incident was the reason he became a cop (it's also the reason Jason became an arson specialist), and that the number one thing he learned that night was you can't save them all.
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NCIS / int_87671ed4
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Badass Crew
 NCIS / int_8879db82
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Badass Crew: Team Gibbs. Full stop. Even off-duty.
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Initialism Title
 NCIS / int_8898ce54
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Initialism Title
 NCIS / int_8898ce54
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NCIS / int_8898ce54
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"Strangers on a Train"-Plot Murder: Two episodes do this. "Inside Man" gives us insider trading as the crime dujour. At least at first. "Alibi" plays this out much, much straighter. It falls apart when a drunken Marine kills an innocent Marine in a hit and run while driving a car belonging to the other killer.
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NCIS / int_8950ea66
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Cool Car
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Cool Car: Most of the cast members are seen driving a cool car of one kind or another at some point. Ducky's Vintage Morgan. Complete with right hand drive. He restored it from termite-ridden near-rubbish to pristine condition. Gibbs' 1971 Dodge Challenger muscle car his father had been hanging onto after restoring it for him. Abby's 1930's Ford hot rod. Tony's 1960's Mustang. Ziva's Mini.
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NCIS / int_8a295a46
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The Government
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The Government: Interagency cooperation (and competition) comes up a lot. And Benoît? He was working with, or for, the CIA.
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NCIS / int_8ad2077d
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Cerebus Retcon
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Cerebus Retcon: In what may be record time, this show pulled it off in a 50 minute span. In one episode, Abby uses her refund check to buy everyone else iPods. Gibbs is less than enthused, because he only listens to five songs. This is treated as a joke until the end of the episode, where it's revealed that the five songs he listens to are recordings of his deceased daughter learning how to play the piano. Damn.
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NCIS / int_8b67aba7
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South Asian Terrorists
 NCIS / int_8b748519
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South Asian Terrorists: Gibbs and the others deal with a Pakistani terrorist named Al Zalim in one of their cases.
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 NCIS / int_8b748519
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NCIS / int_8b748519
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Golf Clubbing
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Golf Clubbing: In S11 Ep 19, "Crescent City" McGee collects the wrong end of this from a perpetrator's father.
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NCIS / int_8bf802dd
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The Movie Buff
 NCIS / int_8c5f5c97
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The Movie Buff: Tony
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Nasal Trauma
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Nasal Trauma: In "Corporal Punishment", Team Gibbs is trying to find a PTSD-afflicted Marine who broke out of a psych ward. When they find him, the Marine attacks them as he believes they're the same enemies who captured and tortured him in Iraq; over the course of subduing him, Tony ends up getting his nose broken.
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Derailing Love Interests
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Derailing Love Interests: Comes up a few times for Tony and Ziva, notably with Jeanne (Tony) and Ray (Ziva). Ray gets as far as proposing before his fatal flaw is discovered and he is ushered off the show. Jake goes from a loving, adoring husband to Ellie who becomes even more enamored of her after seeing her in action in "Grounded" to an adulterous one. The 180 is so abrupt and inexplicable that the show seems to lampshade it when Ellie tells McGee and DiNozzo about his affair and they ask "Are you sure?", as if they're as bewildered as the viewer.
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Reference Overdosed
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Reference Overdosed: Justified in that many of the characters are pop culture savvy, from Tony being a movie buff, to McGee being a gamer and internet surfer.
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Wham Episode
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Wham Episode: "Twilight" has Kate being murdered in the last seconds. "Angel of Death" ends with Jeanne introducing Tony to her father, La Grenouille. "Shabbat Shalom" has Eli David and Jackie Vance being murdered. "Berlin" ends with Tony and Ziva getting into a car accident. "Check" ends not only with Gibbs' ex-wife/Fornell's current wife Diane getting killed by Sergei Mishnev but Gibbs actually finds Mishnev and is about to choke him to death when someone (with the same long red hair as Gibbs' other ex-wife (the 2nd one)) KO's him and allows Mishnev to escape. "Family First". Ziva is murdered, it is revealed that she and Tony had a brief fling before they parted ways in Israel two years previously, resulting in a child, and Tony resigns to focus on raising his daughter. "Two Steps Back" sees the death of Clayton Reeves in an attempt to kill Abby, and the resulting incident leads Abby to leave NCIS to honor Reeves and his work with orphaned children. "She" ends with the reveal that Ziva is alive and in hiding.
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Once Killed a Man with a Noodle Implement
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Once Killed a Man with a Noodle Implement: Ziva David boasted that she can kill a man eighteen different ways with a paperclip. And from the episode "Jet Lag":
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Undercover as Lovers
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Undercover as Lovers: Tony and Ziva in the infamous "Under Covers" episode, where they go undercover as insatiable newlywed assassins. And they're apparently very convincing. Bishop and McGee go undercover as husband and wife, but it doesn't result in or heighten already present sexual tension between them. Rather, she ends up confiding in him about her faltering marriage.
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Asshole Victim
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Asshole Victim: A frequently visited theme with this series. Just go here and scroll down to the NCIS entry for a fairly comprehensive list.
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Meaningful Funeral
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Meaningful Funeral: New Orleans style.
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Cargo Ship
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Cargo Ship: Invoked; Abby loves "Major Mass-Spec":
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Justified Trope
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Ziva tries to make this a Justified Trope by saying her driving style is good for avoiding ambushes and IEDs. It's pointed out to her that neither scenario is likely to be encountered in the US.
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Karmic Death
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The season eleven episode "Bulletproof" has the team investigating a number of defective vests that were worn by soldiers who died or were crippled in combat. The vests were from a batch that should have been destroyed, but were sold as surplus body armor on the grey market instead. When confronted by the NCIS agents, the person who sold the vests gets in a shoot out and finds their own vest, from the same batch, to be entirely useless.
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Laser-Guided Karma
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Laser-Guided Karma: The CyberVid killer in "Murder 2.0" is a narcissist who committed and filmed the crimes in a bid for everlasting fame; when Gibbs arrests him, he cackles that even if he goes down for multiple homicides, his name will live on alongside those of Charles Manson and other notorious serial killers, whereas Gibbs will be as forgotten as the men who arrested the serial killers. Cut to a newsreader announcing that, because of suspected terrorist connections, the CyberVid killer's identity is being withheld from the public and will likely never be known.
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Nothing Personal
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Nothing Personal: Ex-CIA agent Kort says this to DiNozzo and claims Ziva's death was unintentional because he didn't know she was living on her father's farmhouse when he hired a hitman to bomb it. It kind of falls flat as he only targeted the place because Ziva's name came up in the investigation (Kort thought her father might have hidden info on his (Kort's) cover-up there).
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The Bus Came Back
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The Bus Came Back: Jeanne Benoit makes a reappearance in the Season 13 episode "Saviors". Patrick Labyorteux reprised the role of Bud Roberts 11 years since last playing him on JAG. Since that series ended, Bud has continued his career in the Navy and is now a full Captain (O-6). Ziva Whether or not she was dead remained subject for debate for years until she reappeared in season 16.
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Crusading Widower
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Crusading Widower: Gibbs.
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Vomit Indiscretion Shot
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Vomit Indiscretion Shot: During the episode "Yankee White," Kate is unknowingly (at first) suffering from the flu. Gibbs makes her vomit into an clear evidence bag since the case they are investigating involves poisoning. Combined with a Vomit Discretion Shot in the episode "Chimera." The first person to end up dead vomits all over another crewmate as he is dying. The initial projectile is shown in all its glory, but he then vomits on the floor — concealed by the character bending over out of frame.
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Redundant Rescue
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Redundant Rescue: Frequently.
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Villainous Breakdown
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Villainous Breakdown: Kyle Boone, Serial Killer, in the episode 'Mind Games'. He has two actually. He has the first, a minor one, when Gibbs "shoots" him with an unloaded gun instead of actually killing him in cold blood. The second is his real breakdown. It happens when he uses one last psychological attack to rattle Gibbs and put a stay of his execution. It has to do with an agent working under Gibbs (Cassidy) who Boone has his lawyer/protege abduct, torture, and kill. The breakdown at the end of the exchange:
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Layman's Terms
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Layman's Terms: Gibbs does this at least Once an Episode.
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Wild Card
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Wild Card: Tony describes himself as one when captured by Saleem.
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Standard Cop Backstory
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Standard Cop Backstory: Most of Team Gibbs fits the bill, though it's averted (refreshingly) by a few characters who had completely normal childhoods, like Abby and Palmer.
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Faux Affably Evil
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Faux Affably Evil: Ari Haswari, Mossad double agent extraordinaire. He's always calm and polite, even when pointing a gun; he's charming and persuasive enough to convince several groups of his loyalty, which is truly only to his own agenda.
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Not Me This Time
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Not Me This Time: In season 11's Halloween Episode "Oil and Water" someone is pranking the team, such as wrapping McGee's desk up, putting a beeping device in Ducky's lab, and moving Abby's desk a few inches off its normal place. All suspect Tony as he is Tony and he hadn't been pranked. He claims it wasn't him and in the end, is pranked by having weights put into his pack and he tried picking it up unknowingly. In the end the prankster is Gibbs, who was beneath suspicion by the team.
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There Are No Therapists
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There Are No Therapists: There is a staff psychoanalyst, and the team is long overdue for a checkup. However, she's got an ulterior motive. She's Kate's older sister who hadn't gotten closure since her sister's death and wanted to talk to the people who knew her best. Tony guesses who she is, and Gibbs takes her to the spot where her sister's killer died.
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Big Bad
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Season 12's "Check", where the Big Bad taunted Gibbs by replicating the murders of Jenny Shepherd (occurred in Season 5), Mike Franks (occurred in Season 8), and capped it off by luring Gibbs and ex-wife Diane to a rooftop. Cue Gibbs' and the audience's dawning horror as he looked at the surroundings and realized Diane was about to be sniped down just like Caitlin Todd a decade earlier (Season 2). For added benefit, the killer was the half-brother of Ari, a terrorist who. . . terrorized the team as early as Season 1.
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Arrested for Heroism
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Arrested for Heroism: In "Semper Fortis" a retired Navy Corpsman renders aid to three people who were in a car accident and finds herself arrested for practicing medicine without a license (Due to a peculiarity of the law - at least in the show's universe - Army and Air Force medics are considered licensed EMTs but Navy Corpsmen are not). In the end Gibbs, with the help of the families of the people involved in the accident, get her sentence reduced to community service. Also a case of Critical Research Failure. She neither pretended to be a doctor, nor charged for her services. As such she has as much of a right to assist as any other bystander.
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Tragic Keepsake
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Tragic Keepsake: Ziva's orange cap; it's a reminder of the victim from "Dead Man Walking". Kate's desk, for about three episodes. When Ziva moves on, it returns to tragic keepsake status. Rachel Cranston even discusses this with Bishop. This is so obvious that at first Ellie won't even use the desk, sitting either on the floor or perching on the partition behind it. She lampshades that Ziva is a Tough Act to Follow.
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Urban Legend Love Life
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Urban Legend Love Life: Tony, starting in season five. He acknowledges in Season Six that he's going through a dry spell since falling in love while undercover. He just doesn't want anyone to know. Tony and Tim are reading a men's magazine, scoffing at the sexual techniques listed, when Bishop claims to have pulled off several of them, one of which prompts Tony to ask if she's double jointed and for her to claim that she and her then-husband actually did it "by accident".
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All-Loving Hero
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All-Loving Hero: He nearly sets an oyster bar on fire, among other roadblocks, just to help Ava.
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Rapid-Fire Typing
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Rapid-Fire Typing: Anything can be done by quickly typing on the keyboard - which, strangely, always generates the same sound effects. In one episode, the computers in Abby's lab are attacked by a hacker. The best way to respond? Both Abby and McGee rapidly hit keys on the same keyboard to literally type fast enough to fight the hack. It's still ineffective, until Gibbs comes up with a simpler solution; unplug the computer.
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Film at 11
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Film at 11: In one episode, Gibbs doesn't show up and the rest of the team suspects something happened to him (he lives alone and no one would know, after all). Tony, in his usual style, parodies the concept, complete with desk lamp shade and a coincidental ZNN news report in the background.
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Took a Level in Badass
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Took a Level in Badass: Tony, who Shepard puts in charge when Gibbs is seriously injured and doesn't appear to be coming back. Once he puts aside the smart-ass tendencies, he becomes quite the effective leader. This, of course, shows us some Hidden Depths, and leads to a great exchange when he starts channeling Gibbs during a team argument. McGee at the beginning of "Dog Tags" and at the end of "Caged".
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Blunt Metaphors Trauma
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Blunt Metaphors Trauma: Ziva, very frequently. A Running Gag.
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Hand Cannon
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In S11, Ep 19: Crescent City Pt 2, Agent Pride calls his Hand Cannon "Charmaine".
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Taking the Bullet
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Taking the Bullet: In one season one episode Tony dramatically leaps in front of a wave to keep it from contaminating the crime scene further up the beach. Gibbs later tells Kate to go easy on him that day because he took a wave for the team. Dex the bomb-sniffing dog does this for Gibbs at the end of "Seek", simultaneously avenging his handler who was killed in the opening sequence.
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Toplessness from the Back
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Another episode has Abby changing clothes in her office and showing a pretty, bra-strap-less, tattooed back to McGee (and the audience).
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Foreshadowing
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Foreshadowing: This is actually a standard feature of the show. The two-second black & white sequence at the beginning of each segment is the last image you will see before the next commercial break. So if you see a dead body, or Abby looking frightened, or a car crashing, then you know that you will see events leading up to that situation. Some specific instances: The fourth season's slow leadup to the finale/premiere. Also, as early as season one, Gibbs had a vision of Kate being shot by Ari. Cue the season two finale... The season two finale is crammed full of these. These moments are even lampshaded on the cast commentary. As of "Family First," episodes like "Under Covers", "Engage Part 2," and "Shabbat Shalom" are this for Tony and Ziva's daughter Tali.
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Barbie Doll Anatomy
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Barbie Doll Anatomy: Up 'til the sixth season, characters on the autopsy table had their genitals blanked out by a bright "light", unless they were so mangled that it wasn't necessary. From the sixth season on, they simply had a towel covering themnote The change came about because the production team likes to use real people (who enthusiastically volunteer to appear on TV's number one show) to play cadavers whenever possible but the bright lights used to blank out the groins would start to burn those lying on the examination table. Female cadavers are usually shown with their chest cavity already opened so that they do not have to cover their breasts too. That's right: open chest cavities are apparently less offensive than bare boobs.
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Continuity Nod
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Continuity Nod: The show is quite good about referencing things that seem like one-time gags in later episodes, making the series Better on DVD. 'The Meat Puzzle' gets cameos in several episodes before getting its own explanation/resolution. "Cloak" referenced "Bete Noire", "Trojan Horse", and "Stakeout" A particularly meaningful one occurs when Ziva returns to the office having quit the team and then gotten kidnapped for several months. She's seen reading the same men's magazine that she and Tony joked about when she was first assigned to the team. When Abby produces her ID in "Hiatus", she explains that she was wearing the more standard outfit in the photo (in contrast to the goth gear she was in) because she was heading to court. It's the same court outfit from "Bloodbath", two episodes previous. Abby's court outfit itself is a continuity nod as the original JAG episode featured a Navy lawyer telling her that in court she should wear a pastel colored suit, glasses and her hair down so it hides her tattoo. Ziva has repeatedly worn the orange hat of the late Lt. Roy from the episode "Dead Man Walking". In a season 3 episode, she is also seen examining Kate's hat, wondering about the bullet hole in it; the hat received said bullet hole back in season 1. "Enemies Domestic" is jam-packed with these. Two words: Anatoly Zukov. The flashbacks in the Season Eight episode "Baltimore" include an appearance from NCIS agent Chris Pacci, whose death was the focus of "Dead Man Talking," a Season ONE episode. In the same episode, Tony has a line that refers to the season 2 episode "SWAK": "I'd rather get the plague than be a navy cop". Guess what happens in that episode, when he's a navy cop. In the first episode of season 5, the remains believed to be Tony were proved not to be because of the Y-Pestis he caught in Season 2 SWAK. Throughout Season One, after Ari infiltrates NCIS, Gibbs is seen running a facial recognition search on him to find his identity. It is implied that he runs this search several times, despite each time coming up negative. Early episodes included crossover characters from JAG, including Bud Roberts and three appearances by Lt. Cmdr. Faith Coleman, who only appeared once on JAG and who made such an impression in NCIS that it gave the impression she might have been in line to become a regular, but this didn't happen. Bud Roberts returns in the Season 14 premiere, eleven years after his last appearance, now having reached the rank of Captain. Tony has a habit of getting framed for murder. Other characters tend to react with variations of "Again?" He's not above joking about it himself: The high likelihood of Abby's assistant turning out to be the culprit has been pointed out: The PC's, the gang from S6Ep16 show up again in Season 7, episode 9. A quick one in the S11 premier. Abby is thinking out loud that they should have done more to prevent the events from the S10 finale, like a hunger strike. Palmer says he couldn't do that because he gets lightheaded without a 4 o'clock snack, a nod to the character's diabetes. Season 12's "Check", where the Big Bad taunted Gibbs by replicating the murders of Jenny Shepherd (occurred in Season 5), Mike Franks (occurred in Season 8), and capped it off by luring Gibbs and ex-wife Diane to a rooftop. Cue Gibbs' and the audience's dawning horror as he looked at the surroundings and realized Diane was about to be sniped down just like Caitlin Todd a decade earlier (Season 2). For added benefit, the killer was the half-brother of Ari, a terrorist who. . . terrorized the team as early as Season 1. Very early in the show's run it's explained that Tony snagged a nice apartment for cheap because it was the site of a triple homicide. This is the basis for the plot of a Season 14 episode when the apartment's new occupant, McGee, is nearly killed by two intruders seeking loot left behind the original murderer (they were all involved in a smuggling operation). As Tony packs up to leave at the end of Season 13, one of the items in his box is a photo of him and Kate, murdered at the end of Season 2. Earlier in the episode, having learned of Ziva's death, Gibbs gazes at the memorial wall, which indeed features the name of every agent who has died during the show's tenure. At the end of the Season 12 episode "The Lost Boys", after escorting Dorneget's body home, Gibbs hallucinates him standing along with Mike (killed at the end of Season 8), Jenny (killed at the end of Season 5), Paula Cassidy (killed halfway through Season 4), Kate (killed at the end of Season 2), and Chris Pacci (killed halfway through Season 1). Abby's final episode features several flashbacks to key moments of hers, plus the reappearance of several criminals she specifically helped put away (oddly, there is no mention of her stalker ex from Season 3, nor Chip, her assistant who tried to frame Tony for murder). Speaking of Tony, since his departure, he's mentioned often enough that he may as well be The Ghost rather than truly gone.
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Punctuated! For! Emphasis!
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Punctuated! For! Emphasis!: "I am one of the few people, in the world, who can kill you and leave no...forensic...evidence."
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Ignorance Is Bliss
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Ignorance Is Bliss: In "Toxic", Abby builds one half of a biological weapon without knowing what it is.
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Sarcasm Mode
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Some scenes in Season 4 with Ziva show her a little too interested in who Tony speaks with when using his second mobile phone. Sure you are only worried because he is your partner...
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AndZoidberg
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And Zoidberg: When the team is broken after Jenny's death at the end of Season 5, McGee is sent to the Code Decryption Unit in the basement. Gibbs goes to visit McGee, who tells Gibbs he misses working with him and Ziva. When Gibbs mentions Tony, McGee replies "Yeah, him too."
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Secret Keeper
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Secret Keeper: Played for laughs in season 2 "Caught on Tape" when Tim reveals his extreme reaction to poison ivy, including having unknowingly spread it to his groin, Ducky assures him he will keep this between them. Then Jimmy walks in, sees the undressed Tim and walks back out. Ducky isn't quite sure Jimmy will keep this secret.
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Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas
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Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: Ari is implied to have cared for his late mother and believed his father is responsible for her death. He used that as his Freudian Excuse for joining Hamas, as his father was a Mossad director.
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The Consigliere
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The Consigliere: It's revealed in one episode that whenever Tony is left in charge of a case, he secretly has meetings with Palmer to help point him in the right direction whenever Tony feels that he's lost on what to do next. On a similar, if lighter note, after discovering that he has a daughter, it's Palmer we see baby-proofing Tony's apartment and helping him out—and inadvertently getting him to debate resigning when he asks Tony if he intends to keep working.
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It's Personal
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It's Personal: Even if a case doesn't involve anyone the main cast knows personally, Gibbs takes his ties to the military very seriously. His hunting down the man who murdered his family goes without saying. Amusingly, Gibbs' Rule Number 10 is: Never get personally involved in a case. He admits he has trouble with that one. Jenny Shepard's possibly unwarranted hunt for René Benoît is this, since she believes Benoît killed her father. "Check": Gibbs was already gunning for Sergei Mishnev personally after he escaped in Russia when Sergei hacked Gibbs' record and recreated the murders of Jenny Shepard (plus the four guys who killed/were killed by her) and Mike Franks using innocent people and then sniped Diane in front of Gibbs, which now makes this personal for Fornell too. Ducky is certain that Sergei's hatred is fueled by something beyond Gibbs' attempts to kill him; it's later revealed Sergei is Ari's half-brother. Gibbs helps out a DEA agent capture a very elusive drug dealer who gave the order that killed Gibbs' family and their guard, the agent's father. The agent doesn't know what Gibbs did to the assassin but Gibbs does tell the agent that killing the drug dealer won't help his feelings; fortunately Tony (who figured out the truth after learning the agent's full name and was understandably alarmed) was able to sneak a recording device into the drug dealer's house and got a confession without anyone getting killed.
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Mean Boss
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Mean Boss: Gibbs leans toward this when he's really angry or upset, as his already-considerable impatience skyrockets, his tolerance for the team's personality quirks goes right out the window, and he gets a lot snippier and Drill Sergeant Nasty-ish. In "SWAK", he even got mad at Abby... count how many times that's happened over the course of the series. He explodes at DiNozzo in the episode where Ari briefly kidnapped Kate, at a point when the team's having no luck identifying Ari and doesn't know what's happened to Kate.
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Left the Background Music On: In "Power Down," a scene in Abby's lab starts out with her music, but ends with the music slowing to a stop as the CD player runs out of battery.
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Techno Babble
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Technobabble: Let's just say that if you know anything about computers, you'll want to turn your brain off whenever Abby or McGee is talking.
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SexySchoolwoman
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Sexy Schoolwoman: Referenced in "Forced Entry". Kate comments that she spent twelve years in Catholic School; Tony asks if she still has the pleated skirt. In that same episode, Abby's outfit certainly seems schoolgirl-inspired. Tony's "hallucination" in Kill Ari, Part 2.
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Eye Scream
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Eye Scream: Several. In one episode, the victim's eye was missing. He pulled out his own eye and ate it! One episode was kicked off by someone being sent a pair of human eyes. In "Forced Entry" the guy who put together the fake online chats was found with his throat slashed and his eyes gouged out. CIA agent Trent Kort got his eye gouged out by the Port-to-Port Killer. In "Engaged, Part II" a thirteen year-old girl is blinded after terrorists throw hot grease into her face.
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My Death Is Just the Beginning
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My Death Is Just the Beginning: One episode featured a paranoid submariner who killed himself by suffocation when he realized NCIS was closing in. They stow his body in the freezer...then they realize he has a cold-activated nerve-gas bomb in him. Solution to the problem? FIRE HIS CORPSE OUT A TORPEDO TUBE. And all topped off with this:
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Confusing Multiple Negatives: This exchange also falls under I Know You Know I Know:
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Action Mom: Dornaget's mother is a CIA officer. We get a hint of how action-y when she finds one of the people responsible for her son's death.
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It's Not You, It's My Enemies
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It's Not You, It's My Enemies: One of the main reasons why Amanda Kendall, the titular character in the episode "The Admiral's Daughter", does not want to reveal what's under her party girl persona...She's an undercover CIA agent who uses her party girl persona as cover. Not even her father the Admiral knows this; he would likely have been in danger if he or anyone else did.
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Mood Whiplash
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Mood Whiplash: Sometimes. A particularly prominent example is in the tenth season premiere, when Ziva and Tony are trapped in an elevator following the bombing of NCIS. They (of course) bicker, then chuckle with the thought that at least they aren't trapped with a few other colleagues who sweat a lot or undress Ziva with their eyes. Then a thought occurs to Ziva and she asks "Hey, what if those men are dead?"
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Parental Neglect
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Parental Neglect: Tony's father. Tony has a strained relationship with his father owing to this neglect; one glaring story involves a young Tony being left at a hotel in Maui for days. His father finally remembered he'd left Tony there when he received the room service bill. On top of that, Tony was shipped off to various boarding schools shortly after the death of his mother, while Dinozzo Sr. remarried several times. Ducky's father worked a lot but his stepmother takes the cake: she ditches her son and stepson on Christmas Eve (her son's cool with it "I thought she'd never leave"); it's later revealed she was getting surprise divorce papers and leaving the country with her son purely to spite the Mallard men.
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Enfant Terrible
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Enfant Terrible: Rachel Barnes, pretty much all of The Calling's child soldiers including one who gets the drop on Gibbs, long after he realizes he been played.
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Wacky Parent, Serious Child
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Wacky Parent, Serious Child: Tony and his father, oddly, since Tony is usually portrayed as being the wacky teammate. His father has an even more carefree and laissez faire attitude, which Tony finds irritating and embarrassing. He becomes very serious and hard-faced when his father is around, much to the confusion of his teammates, who find Dinnozo, Sr. to be very charming. Tony's irritation probably isn't helped by the fact that his father takes every opportunity to hit on Ziva while in town.
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Due to the Dead
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Due to the Dead: Jackson Gibbs received a burial with full honors.
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Amicable Exes: Gibbs and Wife #2 Diane, and Fornell with Diane. They can get along civilly and work together, if things get a bit stressed at times when baggage comes up.
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Rule of Three: McGee warns Bishop to be careful when he realizes she's in a thicket of poison oak; he mentions two previous encounters with poison oak and how Tony teased him during his recovery This time Tony gets hit with poison oak .
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Karma Houdini
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Karma Houdini: Ari for a while. Subverted at the (apparent) end of the Benoît arc, when Gibbs, Tony and Ziva are on his boat, and figure he must've disappeared. Then the camera pans out over the water to reveal Benoît's corpse in the water with a hole in his head. End credits. Tony would've been fired for sexual harassment of Kate before the end of the first season in a normal workplace. The show eventually hangs a lampshade on this when the team goes to a sensitivity training seminar, where Tony doesn't pay attention. To fix this, Ziva licks him.
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Captivity Harmonica
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Captivity Harmonica: Tony is framed for murdering a woman and is held by the FBI because all signs seem to be pointing to him. McGee strolls past the jail cell playing a harmonica, then gives it to him as a "present". Tony later gives it to Agent Fornell (who was in charge of the case at FBI) when he leaves jail. Fornell instantly plays the harmonica to complete Tony's tune.
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Multi-Take Cut: Used extensively in the early seasons in pretty much every establishing shot, with a few seconds clearly passing between each cut. Presumably done to give a sense of hurry. They eventually became less elaborate and camera movements were minimized to save on time during production.
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Only Known by Their Nickname
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Only Known by Their Nickname: "Ducky", whose real name is Donald Mallard. About the only person who calls him "Dr. Mallard" are his assistants, while his mother is the only person to consistently call him "Donald".
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Imperial Stormtrooper Marksmanship Academy
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Imperial Stormtrooper Marksmanship Academy: Justified in "Yankee White", since the guy in question is trying to fire an MP5 submachine gun on full auto one-handed while raising it from his side. He misses Gibbs by a foot and change.
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Obfuscating Stupidity
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Obfuscating Stupidity: Gibbs is no stranger to playing stupid, especially when dealing with smug characters who believe in their superior intelligence or power. Such as in season 10's "Canary" he purposefully messes up computer terms to make the guy think they are stupider than they are and trick him into their trap all the easier. Tony, especially in later seasons. Even early on, it's implied that he's not as stupid as he acts. When undercover in "Chained," he is able to recall that people didn't live in Iraq 100,000 years ago, something he probably wouldn't have said in his "regular" persona. He also was able to come off as completely competent, fooling the guy he was cuffed to.
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And I Must Scream
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And I Must Scream: In "Hiatus" Gibbs is put in a coma by a head injury and effectively trapped in a never-ending nightmare about the death of his first wife and daughter (presumably the worst moments of his life) Surprisingly, he doesn't seem any worse for wear once he recovers.
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Meganekko
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Meganekko: Director Shepard whenever she wore glasses, skirting into Hot Librarian territory. The episode "Singled Out" featured a geeky-looking Navy lieutenant as the victim who fit this trope, and in the same episode, Ziva falls into the trope when she goes undercover as a geeky girl resembling the Navy lieutenant. Abby, in the few times when she wears glasses. Male example; Jimmy Palmer. Agent Lee definitely thought so. Another male example in Jake (Bishop's now ex-husband).
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Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass
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Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Tony gives this impression, especially in the early seasons, but he's not at all incompetent...if he were, Gibbs would've never recruited him. Palmer has a moment of this in the episode where he nearly gets shot. Towards the end, the guy who fired at him nearly gets away from the team. Palmer nixes these plans by smashing his car into the bastard's truck while screaming like a maniac. Abby goes into this sometimes. One episode had her being kidnapped by a hired gun. Gibbs and Tony track her down and hear muffled screaming from the van she is in. They approach and find that Abby is repeatedly attacking him with her taser. "Frame-Up" (3.09) had lab assistant Chip attacking her with a knife while she was unarmed. By the time the others rush down to her lab, they find that she has hogtied Chip with duct tape all by herself.
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Working with the Ex
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Working with the Ex: Seasons three through five had Director Jenny Shepard and Special Agent Gibbs, who had formerly been lovers. At least thrice has wife number 2 Diane, the one who wed both Gibbs and Fornell, has worked with both ex's. Tony ends up working with his ex-fiance Wendy in season 9, and spends most of the episode trying to prevent her and Ziva from being alone together. He's not afraid that they'll hate each other...he's afraid of what Wendy might tell Ziva about him. He is unsuccessful, but is pleasantly surprised that Wendy had nothing but good things to say.
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TykeBomb
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Tyke Bomb: A plot point of S7 Ep 07, "Endgame", involving a North Korean assassin who was raised, along with other young girls, for the purpose of being so.
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Characters Dropping Like Flies
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Characters Dropping Like Flies: Case of the week aside, the "dear departed" include NCIS agents in the opening credits (Field Special Agent Kate Todd, Director Jenny Shepard, Ziva David), their close relatives (Mossad Director Eli David, father of Ziva David; Jackie Vance, wife of Director Leon Vance); (Jackson Gibbs, father of Gibbs), other good guys (Mike Franks, Secnav Clayton Jarvis, Gayne Levin, Simon Cade, Chris Pacci, Paula Cassidy), and of course, bad guys (Ari Haswari, Rene Benoit, Merton Bell). And that's not counting the multitude of others in the NCIS universe, including the spinoff series, who have "jumped ship."
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Never Give the Captain a Straight Answer
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Never Give the Captain a Straight Answer: Much to Gibbs' annoyance, Abby loves to beat around the bush before giving her discovery. She claims it's because she's alone in the lab all day and if she didn't give a full explanation, Gibbs wouldn't appreciate the trouble she went through. Ducky also has a habit of digressing into random reminiscences, though Gibbs is more prone to cutting off his babbling than Abby's. McGee is also frequently guilty. Hilariously lampshaded somewhat in one episode: In "Baltimore", Gibbs actually throws away one of McGee's reports because of the technical jargon he used.
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Soundtrack Dissonance
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Soundtrack Dissonance: In "Newborn King", the soundtrack of choice is "Silent Night" during a scene which is anything but silent: Gibbs is helping a marine give birth, while Ziva is having a shootout with some bad guys in the next room.
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Held Gaze
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Between the long looks, blatant concern for each other, that time they held hands, and that forehead kiss, not to mention the way he borrows her glasses and she constantly sits on the edge of his (and only his) desk, the teasing for Gibbs and Jack Sloane is growing increasingly blatant. She is the only person he's ever voluntarily told about Shannon and Kelly, after all...
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Good Cannot Comprehend Evil
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Good Cannot Comprehend Evil: Abby is a wonderfully chipper woman but she does seem at times to not understand how terrible some human beings can be and stunned at a truly grisly murder case. Her brother, Luca, is actually worse as Abby notes he assumes anyone he tries to help is a wonderful person who deserves it. This attitude has caused him to unknowingly invest in Ponzi schemes and help a woman fleeing her ex who turns out to be a Russian spy wanted for murder. Despite hearing the truth, Luca still insists on helping her and is stunned the woman turns out to be so dangerous.
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Myth Arc
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Myth Arc: All main characters (except McGee for some reason) have had important involvement in one. However, the dual episode "Enemies Foreign / Enemies Domestic" brought this to a level bordering on Continuity Lock-Out: To wit, the earliest referenced event in the series is (former) NCIS Director Morrow's retirement, linked to Vance's promotion; the earliest chronologically referenced event in the series continuity is probably Vance's recruitment, which is essentially linked to Eli David's rise into the top seat of Mossad. The cherry on top is definitively the link the entire affair has with the Season 5 finale and Gibbs's mission in Paris... also opening to question the relation between these episodes and Decker's "insurance policy" that Mike Franks took away (with the explicitly stated declaration that it was for Vance to read "in my will").
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Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!
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Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!/Villain Ball: In the episode "Bloodbath" the money launderer would have gotten away with his scheme had he just let his lawyer do her work. Instead, he used his ill-gotten funds to pay for a man to stalk and then kill Abby, as she was the key witness his lawyer needed to discredit. The judge dismissed the money laundering case as he didn't think Abby's method, which hadn't been peer-approved, was a valid means to obtain forensic evidence, but because his hitman wasn't paid to keep his mouth shut, the launderer gets arrested for hiring the hitman.
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Know Your Vines
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Know Your Vines: While investigating a murder in a national park McGee has to search a patch of poison ivy for a murder weapon. Tony recognises what the plant is, but when Tim says he can handle things, Tony doesn't correct him.
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Oh, Crap!
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Oh, Crap!: McGee telling Fornell that he "didn't" do anything to his ex-wife Diana. In "Hiatus: Part 2", Ziva is conducting an interrogation with a witness whom she has intense hatred for. She sets her gun on the table. Alarmed, McGee asks Tony, who is in charge at the moment:
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Trademark Favorite Food
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Trademark Favorite Food: Gibbs' not-Starbucks and Abby's Caf-POW! Occasionally subverted, as Gibbs can be seen drinking coffee from Panera Bread early on. The not-Starbucks, however, is far more prominent. Toyed with in one episode in which Gibbs (with his coffee in-hand) becomes engrossed watching Abby and McGee (both drinking Caf-POW!) showing him evidence on the computers in Abby's lab, Gibbs sets down his coffee, drinks are shuffled around the desk, and he gets handed McGee's Caf-POW!. He takes a big, hearty drink (with the straw) while distracted; his eyes go wide, he rips off the lid, spits it back into the cup, hands it back to a thoroughly devastated McGee, takes his coffee, and walks off. In the Season 7 premiere a terrorist is tracked down to Somalia because he imported Caf-POW!.
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The Missus and the Ex
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The Missus and the Ex: Played With. When Tony's ex-fiance comes to the team for a story, Tony tries his hardest to keep Wendy and Ziva from being alone. He isn't worried about them fighting but the possible personal information Wendy has on him. Gibbs was once confronted by Hollis Mann (his then-paramour), his third ex-wife, and Jenny Shepard (his former lover and current boss). Gibbs can only stand in silence while the women take pot shots at him as Tony and Ziva look on. In a gender-flipped example, Diane (Gibbs and Fornell's shared ex) had to deal with two of her husbands (while in the midst of divorcing her third) and her most recent boyfriend. All four happened to be working on the same case and she'd recently rekindled her romance with Fornell. Emily (Diane and Fornell's daughter) was not pleased to find out that her parents were getting back together.
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For the Evulz
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For the Evulz: When Gibbs asks Ari why he murdered Kate Ari just says "to cause you pain."
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Pillow Pistol
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Pillow Pistol: Tony teases Kate for sleeping with a gun under her pillow, though Gibbs is impressed. Ziva has also been shown to sleep with one hand on a gun hidden beneath her pillow.
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Catchphrase
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Catch Phrase: A few. Gibbs: "Grab your gear", almost always followed by "We've got a dead [sailor/Marine] in [location]", "Ya think?", "What's the point, McGee?", "Yeah, Gibbs."note his default phone answer, and "That's a good question, [Character]. Why don't you find me an answer?" "Is that a fact, [Character]?" Tony, McGee: "On it, boss." Abby: "I hate it when he/she/they does/do that." Gibbs' "Never apologize; it's a sign of weakness" is used by multiple characters over the course of the series.
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Ms. Fanservice
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Ms. Fanservice: Abby and Ziva tend to rotate between this role. In one episode, Abby is dressed up in a vaguely Catholic schoolgirl-esque outfit, but can't figure out why everyone keeps staring at her. During a Halloween episode, she dresses as Marilyn Monroe...complete with poses. That time, she knows exactly what she's doing to McGee. Another episode has Abby changing clothes in her office and showing a pretty, bra-strap-less, tattooed back to McGee (and the audience). Subverted in another episode when we get to see what she sleeps in; the camera does the usual panning establishing shots, then pans over to Abby...and we see she's wearing a full-length Victorian-style nightgown, complete with cap. And since it's Abby, she looks adorable. In the stalker boyfriend episode when Abby was staying with McGee, she was wearing a man's shirt and panties.
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Freaky Fashion, Mild Mind
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Freaky Fashion, Mild Mind: Abby.
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Catholic School Girls Rule
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In one episode, Abby is dressed up in a vaguely Catholic schoolgirl-esque outfit, but can't figure out why everyone keeps staring at her.
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Abusive Parents
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Abusive Parents: Eli David is basically an Affably Evil sociopath.
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Tap on the Head
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Tap on the Head: Subverted.
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Loophole Abuse
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Loophole Abuse: In "SWAK", Gibbs and McGee are confined to Autopsy until it can be confirmed they weren't infected by the powder even though they don't have to stay in a hospital's Isolation Ward like DiNozzo and Kate had to so they don't infect anybody else. Unfortunately, there's a time limit to the case and they can't work on it if they stay in Autopsy. So they put on Haz-Mat suits so they can work on the case without potentially infecting anybody else until their blood samples are confirmed clean. In "Alibi", a Marine is killed in a hit and run, and the vehicle owner is the main suspect. When he asks for a lawyer, he reveals to her that he was in a different town committing an unrelated murder at the time of the accident, and the attorney is unable to inform Gibbs of this because of client-attorney confidentiality. As a result, she uses a payphone across the street from the second crime scene to call Gibbs and tells him that she was able to confirm the alibi. She used the payphone because she knew that it would show up as an unknown number on Gibbs' caller ID, which would prompt him to have the call traced and have the surrounding area investigated by his team, leading them to the second crime scene.
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Retcon
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Retcon: Very likely at least one element of the Ari plotline. The friendship between Gibbs and FBI agent Fornell - in "Yankee White", the first episode, Fornell doesn't appear to know Gibbs at all, but in subsequent Fornell appearances they're implied to be longtime acquaintances if not perhaps not-quite-friends. There's also Fornell's dickish behavior in the same episode, while Gibbs is fairly affable, which has flip-flopped as the show's gone on. Fornell was married to one of Gibb's ex-wives, and even had a child with her. Gibbs states in that episode that he warned Fornell about what kind of woman she was, as Fornell and Gibbs' ex-wife were also exes.
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Bottomless Magazines
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Bottomless Magazines: Averted, as the show generally keeps a tight count on the number of rounds any individual team member fires. Whenever they're shown firing all their rounds, they're also usually shown reloading with a spare magazine (like McGee does when pinned down behind the car in season 2's "Twilight").
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Military School
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Military School: In S12, Ep 14 "Cadence" we learn that DiNozzo attended one his senior year. We get to visit it because the Victim of the Week was also an alumnus.
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Your Days Are Numbered
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Your Days Are Numbered: Lt. Roy Sanders in "Dead Man Walking."
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Squick
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In one episode, the victim's eye was missing. He pulled out his own eye and ate it!
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The Lad-ette
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The Lad-ette: Ziva fits this when not in combat.
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Too Dumb to Live
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Ziva counts as well. Yes, she's little and cute but she is also a Mossad trained secret agent. In a few episodes some suspects underestimate her due to her small size and try to lay a hand on her, with predictable results
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My Beloved Smother
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My Beloved Smother: Ducky's mom, although she's suffering from Alzheimer's and can't really help herself. Alex's mom is revealed to be one in S14 E20
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Noodle Implements
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Noodle Implements: In season 9, Abby (as Palmer's Best Woman), is planning his bachelor party. She refuses to tell him anything about it and nobody else is giving anything away, either. We only get hints of the things that are required to pull it off, including 50 gallons of body wash and the autopsy saw (with the 20 foot cord; 15 is not long enough). Tony and McGee tell Palmer to make sure he's up on his hepatitis vaccination and bring a good pair of knee-pads and a helmet. When she approaches him to take him to the party, she is in a ringmaster uniform, top hat, and carrying a cattle prod.
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The Don
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The Don: René Benoît.
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Trauma-Induced Amnesia
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Trauma-Induced Amnesia: Gibbs after getting blown up in the season 3 finale, and DiNozzo in the season 9 premiere after getting shot. They both get better.
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Cycle of Revenge
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Cycle of Revenge: Reynosas vs Gibbs. It ends when Gibbs tricks one Reynosa sibling into killing the other.
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Hypocritical Humor
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Hypocritical Humor: On one occasion Gibbs sees fit to remind McGee that hacking is illegal. A great case is Ducky checking over the body of a murdered teacher, saying he thought about going into teaching once but "I could never stand giving lectures." He completely fails to notice the looks of the team who put up with his constant stories on bizarre trivia.
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Did the Earth Move for You, Too?
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Did the Earth Move for You, Too?: Parodied in the season 10 premiere, when Tony and Ziva are trapped in an elevator. After trying to escape (with Ziva using Tony as a human stepladder to reach the ceiling hatch), the elevator is jarred and knocks them both down. Then:
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Blood Knight
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Blood Knight: Ziva is viewed as this by the rest of the team, though this is more of an Informed Attribute , as for the most part she isn't any more bloodthirsty than the rest of the team.
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Sparse List of Rules
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Sparse List of Rules: Gibbs' Rules, a list of rules he has come up with (and occasionally adds to) for how to run a successful investigation. This fansite catalogs the whole list so far. Rule #1? "Never screw over your partner."
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Grade-School C.E.O.
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Grade-School C.E.O.: A bit character from one early episode runs a nightclub while still in high school.
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Convenient Slow Dance
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Convenient Slow Dance: Tony and Ziva get one in season 10's "Berlin."
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Throwing the Fight
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Throwing the Fight: Ziva in the season 4 episode "Shalom" against an Iranian Agent so she would confess who she was, thinking she was going to kill Ziva right after said confession. Ziva laughs, thanks her and promptly knocks her out. Turns out she had a voice recorder and had taped the whole thing.
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What If?
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What If?/For Want of a Nail: The 200th episode Life Before His Eyes takes place in a comatose dream where Gibbs reunites with some of the people in his life who had passed on (Franks, his mother, and Shannon and Kelly), where they show what would happen if things turned out differently in his life: if Caitlin never died by Ari's hand, she and Tony would've married, Ziva would've never joined NCIS and would instead be arrested for terrorism. If Gibbs never exacted his revenge against Hernandez for the death of his wife and child, he would've left NCIS and become a reclusive drunk. Finally, if Shannon and Kelly had survived, Gibbs would've stayed in the Marines and eventually die in combat.
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Cool Boat
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Cool Boat: Gibbs always seems to be working on one in his basement; it's implied to be therapeutic for him. When he gets the finished boat out of the basement, no one knows how he does it. Knocking down one of the walls is mentioned a few times, but it's never confirmed.
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Danger Takes a Backseat
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Danger Takes A Back Seat: In "Crescent City" (the Back Door Pilot for NCIS: New Orleans), FBI Agent Doyle is killed by a murderer hiding in the back seat of the car.
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Mirror Match
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It was eventually decided that the only contest was Gibbs vs. Gibbs, but they thought it would just end in a draw.
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Clear My Name
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Clear My Name: Practically contractually obligated for every member of the team, complete with Lampshade Hanging from Tony:
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Berserk Button
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Gibbs' Berserk Button is triggered when Ari asks after Kate (quote: "Go near her and I don’t care what government agency is watching your back, I will kill you this time."), and to an extent when Tony teases Kate about the Wet T-Shirt Contest photograph. It's also Kate who appears dead in Gibbs' nightmare about Ari. It gets pushed even harder when she does die by Ari's hand.
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Beam Me Up, Scotty!
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Beam Me Up, Scotty!: Two rather unusual In-universe examples: In "The Tell", Palmer asks an Samantha Ryan if she's seen The Graduate. She replies with "Do you want me to seduce you?" which isn't even close to right (it's "You're trying to seduce me Ms.Robinson, aren't you?") Oddly, he replies "is that a quote or a question", implying he doesn't know the line either. In "The Good Son", there's an even more bizarre bit where Tony says "I think it was Mae West who said "if you've seen one sailor's anchor you've seen them all." Not only did she never say this, what quote he's trying to refer to (if any) is unclear, as searcing for that sentence only turns up results about this episode.
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Plucky Comic Relief: Tony in the first few seasons. This gets lampshaded early on, with the trope even mentioned by name (that one about McGee though).
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Improbable Aiming Skills
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Improbable Aiming Skills: While all the agents on the show have been shown to be excellent marksmen, Gibbs and Tony show almost a supernatural ability to hit whatever they're aiming at. Gibbs is a trained sniper and has been shown making accurate shots over long distances. Impressive once you remember that his eyesight was damaged when he was injured in Desert Storm and should be wearing corrective lenses but rarely ever does. Tony once took down two armed men while shooting single handed and running at full tilt. He also took out the tires of a pickup truck that was speeding away immediately after having tackled his partner out of danger. Note that not one of his shots missed in either of these incidents.
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Mouthy Kid
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Mouthy Kid: A few, as either victims, witnesses, or suspects, but probably none funnier than Nick—the young son of McGee's landlord who steals his identity in season 8's "Freedom" and spends over $10,000 on ridiculous things. He tells McGee that he did it because McGee's life is too predictable, and he's "too young to act so old." He even manages to make a pass at Ziva as Tony leads him out of the office.
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PreciousPuppies
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Precious Puppies: Dogs have featured in a few episodes, but Mortimer, the rescue-dog-in-training Golden Lab puppy takes the cake. He even cheers Ducky up after his mother dies.
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Minor Crime Reveals Major Plot
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Minor Crime Reveals Major Plot: “Kill Screen” starts out with a pickpocket lifting a purse from a customer at a hotdog stand. A few seconds later, he’s intercepted by a police officer who witnessed the act. The officer confiscates the bag and discovers the fingertips and teeth of a corporal inside, getting the NCIS team called into the scene. Over the course of the episode the case spirals from a pickpocket accidentally stealing the I.D. evidence of a gruesome murder to a game developer’s plot to wipe out every military computer on the Pentagon’s grid using his new video game and a computer mainframe to generate enough power to break through the firewalls.
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Did They or Didn't They?: Teased for Tony and Ziva on occassion. Once in "Undercovers" in which they pretend to have sex while undercover as married assassins. It gets a Call-Back in season 8, when it comes up in conversation with Tony and McGee and Tony skirts around the question of whether it was all for show or not. And season 7's "Jetlag" in which both Tony and Ziva lie about who took the couch and who took the bed. In “Family First,” it’s revealed through the appearance of Tali, Tony and Ziva’s daughter that they did.
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Perky Goth
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Perky Goth: Abby, and her actress, Pauly Perette, in Real Life.
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Must Have Caffeine
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Must Have Caffeine: Gibbs needs coffee to get through the day to the point where McGee has an Oh, Crap! moment when he accidentally knocks over and spills Gibbs coffee. Abby prefers the Big Gulp-esque drink, Caf-POW. Also, the terrorist who captures Ziva at the end of Season 6. His addiction to Caf-POW! is so great he has it imported, which winds up being how the team finds him.
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Tony, meanwhile, prefers to annoy suspects into submission. He's very good at it; in the season six finale he manages to get the better of Ziva's father (Eli David, the director of Mossad) this way. Bonus points because Tony was the one being interrogated, and still managed to get Eli to spill more than he did.
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Contract on the Hitman
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Contract on the Hitman: Tony and Ziva pretend to be a pair of married assassins in the beginning of the episode in order to find out who their target was. When its revealed that the couple was in fact the target, Hilarity Ensues.
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Mission Control
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Mission Control: Whomever issues orders from MTAC while the other agents are out in the field. Usually either Gibbs or the Director.
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Happily Married
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Happily Married: McGee and Delilah, as of Season 14 Vance. Gibbs' first marriage was, from all evidence, happy...not so much since then. Bishop's was this, initially, but became less so after she joined NCIS, finally being capped off with the revelation that her husband is having an affair.
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Break Them by Talking
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Break Them by Talking: A typical stratagem for Gibbs and his people to receive either confessions or withheld evidence from reluctant persons.
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Cool and Unusual Punishment
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Cool and Unusual Punishment: McGee tends to get these from Gibbs for major screw-ups. In the episode with Abby's stalker ex, Gibbs took McGee's chair away from him and made him earn it back. In another episode, Gibbs banned McGee from leaving the elevator. Abby knows about the chair thing, and approves. In a later episode when someone who's pissed her off is in Gibbs's custody, she is incensed that "He gets a chair?!?"
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Kicking Ass in All Her Finery
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Kicking Ass in All Her Finery: In S8 E7 ("Broken Arrow") Ziva David speedily defeats an attacker while wearing a full length gown, one which demonstrates that She's Got Legs.
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Imperiled in Pregnancy
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Imperiled in Pregnancy: The Christmas Episode "Newborn King" had the team defending a very pregnant Marine from mercenaries trying to get the baby, due to it being, if male, the only surviving heir to an Afghan tribe. (She'd fallen in love with the previous heir, who was later killed by the Taliban.) A Maternity Crisis ensues and Gibbs ends up delivering the baby in a gas station while Ziva fights off the mercs in the next room. The Thanksgiving episode "Ready or Not" had an indirect one: a hostage situation in the hospital where Delilah is giving birth. However, since the hostage situation was in a totally different part of the building than the maternity ward, Delilah was not in direct danger (though her husband was).
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Unwanted Rescue
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Unwanted Rescue: Ziva tells Tony he should not have come to rescue her in Somalia.
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Double Standard: Abuse, Female on Male
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Double Standard: Abuse, Female on Male: Subverted in S3 Ep 14, "Light Sleeper". The initial suspect in the murder of a Korean-born woman is her Marine husband. Their neighbor claimed she frequently heard them screaming at each other, leading her to believe that husband was abusive. However, the husband reveals to Gibbs in interrogation that she was the abusive one and proves it by lifting up his shirt to reveal a large burn mark where she hit him with an iron. The team actually takes him seriously and release him shortly after the reveal.
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Stuffed into the Fridge
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Stuffed into the Fridge: Invoked by Ari, who kills Kate and deliberately goes after Shepard and Abby just because it would cause Gibbs more pain. The show has a bad record of killing female main/recurring characters and current male characters' love interests. To date, Kate, Paula Cassidy, Jenny, Michelle Lee, Jackie Vance, and Lara Macy, although Kate's actress, as well as Jenny's, wanted to leave the show of their own accord.
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Big Blackout
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Big Blackout: "Power Down." Oh, the fun the writers must have had poking fun at the usual NCIS bells and whistles.
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Jurisdiction Friction
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Jurisdiction Friction/Right Hand vs. Left Hand: The team frequently run into jurisdiction issues with the FBI and other government organizations.
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New Powers as the Plot Demands
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New Powers as the Plot Demands: Abby, who completely alone can process forensic evidence for the whole building or has a relationship with someone with the required speciality. However, several episodes have featured her showing stress or fatigue from the demands of her job, so this isn't completely a God-Mode Sue situation. To a lesser extent Ducky, who is now The Medic, performs autopsies, and generates psychological profiles when not working undercover. Though, to be fair, he is shown in several consecutive episodes studying for his psychology exams with Palmer. Ziva calls in a lot of favors. Then again, given her past, it's not that much of a stretch. To the point where it seems if you exist in the NCIS universe, chances are good that Ziva has saved your life at least once.
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Double Agent
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Double Agent: Agent Lee. A conversation between Gibbs and Vance implies that Ziva was this as well, something that was treated as pretty much a given by everyone in her first season. NCIS attempts to have Jonathan Cole act as this to them regarding Harper Dearing in the Season 9 Finale, which Cole agrees to in exchange for a lighter sentence when he gets back to prison. Unfortunately, Dearing was smart enough to realize what the NCIS was planning to do, so he instead has a waitress deliver the cellphone to Cole for him and then communicate with him via phone and relay a message to Gibbs.
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True Companions
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True Companions: With Gibbs in the "Team Dad" role. Do not hurt a member of Team Gibbs. They will hunt you down. And they will end you. You can actually regard them as an actual family. Gibbs as the father, DiNozzo and McGee as the jock-and-nerd quarrelling brothers who seek Dad's approval, Ziva as the tomboy daughter that likes to play with her brothers, Abby as the young Daddy's Girl, Ducky as the odd uncle who loves to tell stories and Palmer as the weird cousin who is sometimes pushed aside. In the season eleven episode "Bulletproof", Ducky actually refers to the team as a family. A running theme in Season 14 is Gibbs trying to make the new team members (Torres, Quinn, and Reeves) understand that the team is a family and that they're part of that family now. When Jacqueline "Jack" Sloane, a forensic psychologist, joins the team in season 15, she slips easily into the Team Mom role, serving as something of a maternal figure for the younger agents — and on multiple occasions teaming up with Gibbs to parent them.
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Irony
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Irony / Dramatic Irony: Jackson Gibbs refused to let his son fire his rifle. He notes the irony in his son becoming a sniper. Both Mrs. Vance and (the first) Mrs. Gibbs were preparing for life after their husbands' deaths but didn't plan on their own. Jake narrowly escaping a hotel bombing in Dubai made Ellie decide she wanted to salvage their faltering marriage—and made him embark on an affair. Conversely, her discovering the affair made him realize that he wanted to save their marriage, while she realized that it was over.
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Informed Attribute
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Several instances, most notably when Caitlin Todd is sniped by Ari, although a squib on the back of her head can be seen going off, and in "Kill Ari" it's stated that the back of her head was pretty much gone.
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Sports Hero Backstory
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Sports Hero Backstory: DiNozzo was a college basketball player who made it to the Final Four before he decided to become a police officer.
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There Is Only One Bed
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There Is Only One Bed: Invoked in season 7's "Jetlag." While escorting a witness back to the US from Paris, they're forced to share a single hotel room. Ziva tells the witness she took the couch, while Tony tells McGee he did.
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Simple, yet Opulent
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Simple, yet Opulent: In S8 E7 ("Broken Arrow") Ziva David speedily defeats an attacker while wearing a full length gown whose skit is slit for ease of movement.
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Needle in a Stack of Needles
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Needle in a Stack of Needles: Ziva describes the task of finding a stolen defense system in a room full of computers as "looking for a needle in a needlestack". It was on what looked like an obsolete laptop with a suspiciously fast boot-up time; the guts were state-of-the-art.
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Couch Gag
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Couch Gag: In the Season 12 opening credits. As the title flashes on the screen (with the exception of the lower right, which always shows Gibbs with a model Craftsman boat), the various panels show clips from the episode that is being broadcast.
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Unorthodox Holstering
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Unorthodox Holstering: Largely averted, as the team members almost always wear their sidearms on their "strong side" hipnote  (specifically, outside-the-waistband paddle holsters, oriented to "FBI forward cant", although Tony started out with a shoulder holster and temporarily switched back to a 'Jackass'-style shoulder holster rig in Season 8) though several times they have experienced difficulties when changing where or how they carry. A mini-dress wearing undercover Agent Lee once complained that she could "barely walk straight" because of the location of her gunnote  (Get your mind out of the gutter), and while dating Jeanne, Tony once almost blew his cover when trying to control a potentially violent situation by reaching for his gun...which he had forgotten he wasn't wearing. Although we only see Tony carry his weapon on his hip or in a shoulder holster, Ziva and McGee once mentioned that Tony annoys the NCIS armorers by regularly visiting them to try out different types of holsters and carry methods.
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Offscreen Moment of Awesome
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Offscreen Moment of Awesome: In "Mind Games", Paula Cassidy is caught by one of the episode villains, who binds her hands behind her back. The scene cuts away as he menaces her with a knife. At the end of the episode we learn that she killed him in the ensuing fight.
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Professional Killer
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Professional Killer: Ziva's father trained her to be a Mossad operative starting as a child; by the time she reaches NCIS, she is an efficient assassin. Gibbs used to be a sniper and uses it to his advantage on at least one occasion during the series.
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I Am Spartacus
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I Am Spartacus: In S 10 Ep 11, a reporter, whose story might have falsely implicated some sailors in a crime, is found dead which results in them being called in. They all confess to killing the reporter. Tony later lampshades the four sailors.
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We Want Our Jerk Back
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We Want Our Jerk Back: When Tony abruptly goes into "serious mode" Ziva and McGee first thinks he's joking, then trying to make them look bad in front of an assistant DA and later believes he is going crazy. It turns out he was feeling guilty for not noticing a woman he had a one-night-stand with who thought they were soulmates was actually seriously depressed and was trying to make up for it by not making fun of everyone. He got better after Ziva gives him a pep-talk. In "Kill Ari," Gibbs briefly starts acting nice, even offering to buy Tony and McGee coffee. Abby doesn't notice a difference, but Tony is horrified and spends a portion of the episode trying to annoy Gibbs into his usual personality. Bishop snaps at Gibbs after realizing he's been going easy on her ever since she joined the team. After he explains that he's trying something new, since he keeps losing the agent that sits at her desk, she demands the same treatment that Tony and McGee get. Gibbs complies—and immediately tells her to sit at her desk and not on the floor where she'd pretty much been sitting any time she was researching in prior episodes.
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Fan Disservice
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Fan Disservice: Used to excellent effect in "Kill Ari", contrasting the Kate-visions of McGee, Tony, and Abby (!) with Ducky and Gibbs' decidedly more morbid versions.
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Offscreen Teleportation
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Offscreen Teleportation: In the season 7 opener, Gibbs manages to snipe two baddies from what looks like a mile or more away. By the time McGee, Tony, and Ziva have managed to get out of their bonds, he manages to make it all the way to the building they were in, through combat right outside the building, and beating any of the SEALs who were in position around the building to finding and saving his team, in just enough time to save them, again, and have a Holy Backlight moment. That's not a complaint.
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Awkward Father-Son Bonding Activity
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Awkward Father-Son Bonding Activity: S10 Ep 11 starts out with a man and his teen son fishing in the cold. The cold boredom generates an awkward discussion. Son catches an ear and both kinda freak.
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Shout-Out
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Shout-Out: So, so many that we had to give them their own page.
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Portmanteau Couple Name
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invoked Tony ships Bibbs - Gibbs/Abigail Borin. Borin doesn't agree.
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Freudian Excuse
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Freudian Excuse: Gibbs, Tony, McGee, and Ziva all have astounding Daddy Issues that can be seen as the cause of all their idiosyncrasies. Gibbs and Tony are able to reconcile with their fathers after years-long estrangements, but other agents haven't been as fortunate. McGee's father was a career naval officer and a strict disciplinarian leading to the two not speaking for years, only hearing about the other through news delivered by McGee's grandmother. They started speaking again when a case NCIS was investigating brought McGee's father, now an admiral, under scrutiny, but the relationship remained strained and never had the chance to fully heal before the admiral passed away due to cancer in Season 12. McGee is able to find closure, however, through a letter he writes, explaining his issues and feelings, and places in his father's coffin. Ziva eventually had to retreat into seclusion because all (or most of) the trauma she went through from her father's machinations became too much to bear. It isn't until Season 11(!), with the introduction of Ellie Bishop, that an agent of the Major Case Response Team comes from a happy family and is Happily Married. The marriage falls apart in season 13. Sharif. His family was killed by a bomb in a tragic accident, which made him become a terrorist.
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Retirony
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Retirony: Played with in "Pyramid". When EJ is escorting Cobb, the P2P Killer, she runs into Palmer and they briefly talk about how he is getting ready to marry. When Cobb manages to escape two seconds later, guess who gets taken hostage? Vera Strickland from "Under The Radar" is fully aware of this trope. When Gibbs tells her to help Tony out on a case, she loudly protests, using Tony's tendency to attract injury and that she is weeks away from retirement as reasons why she'd rather stay in the office. Vera ends up being nearly run over and needing crutches soon afterwards. At least HR expedited her retirement paperwork due to her injury.
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Iron Lady
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Iron Lady: Several women during the course of the series. Director Shepherd. Gibbs' ex- and Fornell's soon-to-be re-wife used this in the fake recording that lured Gibbs to the roof.
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Nerds Speak Klingon
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Nerds Speak Klingon: The Halloween Episode "Witch Hunt" provides the page quote. McGee is portrayed as a Hollywood Nerd and he translates when a guy wearing a costume for Halloween will only speak Klingon. Gibbs just gets annoyed and shoves the guy against the wall.
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Child Soldiers
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From the same episode, one of a trio of radicalized Americans has no problem helping the team fight the splinter group recruiting Child Soldiers because they no longer have a religious purpose and just want to cause chaos.
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Jedi Mind Trick
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Jedi Mind Trick: These pop up now and then. With Tony being a pop culture fan and somewhat Genre Savvy, he can be a big source. When Team Gibbs is questioning a random hotel desk clerk, said clerk claims the person they are looking for pulled one of these on him. Including dropping the trope name. In S 12, Ep 8, Gibbs is talking to a "suspect" who didn't do anything wrong. Tony comes in, ready to take their detainee back to Fairfax but Gibbs says no. So Tony makes a Shout-Out.
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Wake Up Fighting
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Wake Up Fighting: Tony, Ziva, and Gibbs all do this when woken up unexpectedly.
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Rule #1
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Rule #1: Gibbs's various rules, cited by the characters throughout the show. He originally had 50 of them, although he later adds a 51st. Later revealed in flashback to have been inspired by his first wife, on the day they met. The Season 7 finale has him adding "Rule Fifty-One". Ziva has requested that Gibbs write them down; only for Tony to rebut this by pointing out that while most are for day-to-day use. The ones in the forties are reserved for emergencies. There are actually two Rule Number 1s, and two Rule Number 3s. Word of God is this was intentional. While Gibbs has his own rules, his mentor Mike Franks told him he only needs three golden rules. The other Rule Number 2 has yet to be revealed, and the writers are letting the viewers determine which are Gibbs' rules, and which are Franks'. CGIS Abigail Borin a Distaff Counterpart to Gibbs, unsurprisingly, has her own rules. Her rule number one is "Never make excuses."
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Maybe Magic, Maybe Mundane
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Maybe Magic, Maybe Mundane: Speculated on by Abby in regards to Gibbs, who has the seemingly-supernatural ability to appear out of thin air and walk into a room just as an important development is discovered. Abby's even gone as far as to sweep her labs for bugs under the suspicion that Gibbs monitors her progress remotely. Tony demonstrates the same ability whenever he's in charge of the team. Given a very mundane explanation in a Season 13 episode, when McGee and DiNozzo are standing in a corner, discussing Bishop's marriage, assuming she can't hear them because they're too far away, only for her to reveal that she can, because their voices are reverberating off of the skylight.
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Word of God
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Tony/Ziva and McGee/Abby are two shipping groups the writers especially love to mess with. However, McGee/Abby was canon before their breakup and might come back per Word of God. Tony/Ziva has yet to go beyond Ship Tease. (Granted, the sheer mass of Ship Tease there is so large, it's verging on upstaging the Great Attractor.)
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Dude, Not Funny!
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Dude, Not Funny!: Palmer often gets called out when making jokes around the autopsy table, usually because they're not very funny or because the timing is terrible.
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Abandoned War Child
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Abandoned War Child: Played with in the Christmas Episode "Newborn King": the soldier is the single mother, a Marine who was impregnated by an Afghan tribal prince she fell in love with on deployment, who was later killed by the Taliban. This makes her child potentially the heir to the tribe, which sends mercenaries to kidnap her.
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Roaring Rampage of Revenge
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Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Gibbs takes off on one of these when Ari kills Kate. He also went on one when his first wife and daughter were murdered. Tony gets one of his own in season 7 when Ziva goes missing. Technically the whole team could count, but especially Tony. After learning of her (misreported) death, Tony has a Heroic BSoD. When he comes out of it, he becomes relentless in his hunt for the person responsible. While being held by Saleem and asked why he came, Tony specifically pinpoints revenge as his motivation for being there. An ex-MI6 agent is after the team (not "our" team though of course they're involved now) who killed his wife — or at least that's what he told his fellow prison escapee — and he started in a big way kidnapping current Director Vance to get info and killing former director Tom Morrow, number one on the list of people involved in the wife's death. However he never personally killed anyone — the prison guard had an allergic reaction and her boyfriend, the other escapee, killed two people on a grief-fueled drug binge. As for the other murders it was actually recurring character CIA agent Kort covering up his framing of the MI6 agent and his wife.
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You, Get Me Coffee
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You, Get Me Coffee: Regularly. Played with in the "Doppelgänger" episode when the McGee analogue fetches coffee for Gibbs and his counterpart. This is also played with when one of the team members (usually McGee) drinks or spills Gibbs' coffee, leaving them stammering, sputtering, and scrambling to get him a fresh cup. This panic exists, but with the exception of Tony. Upon accidentally getting each other's coffees, he and Gibbs take a sip, pull disgusted faces, and calmly swap and keep drinking, all without saying a word or looking at one another. Director Shepard also had immunity, Gibbs GAVE her his coffee at least twice, and one time she actually stole his cup and drank from it. Considering their history, it's not surprising...
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Magnetic Hero
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Magnetic Hero: Gibbs. But "he only uses his powers for good."
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Eureka Moment
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Eureka Moment: Tony frequently has moments where he realizes he missed some obvious clue and solves the case.
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Glove Snap
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Glove Snap: Tony does this comically quite often.
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That Came Out Wrong
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That Came Out Wrong: Fornell on why he doesn't actually go out with the women he meets on dating apps a year after his wife was murdered:
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Everybody Lives
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Everybody Lives: "See No Evil" from season two, and "Bait" from season three.
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Slap-Slap-Kiss
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Slap-Slap-Kiss: McGee and Abby in the first season.
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Improbable Age
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Improbable Age: Ziva David is less Improbable Age and more Impossible Age. She joins the show in her early twenties, supposedly after she's graduated high school, served her two years in the IDF, attended college, applied for Mossad, become immediately tapped for inclusion into an elite and highly competitive special operations unit with a training period of several years, and still have enough time to become "an experienced agent" with multiple missions under her belt. And this is at an age the youngest CIA intelligence officers would be beginning training. (It's worth pointing out, however, that she is the daughter of the Director of Mossad, and it is heavily implied that she was all but raised from the cradle to be a Mossad operative.) Abby, meanwhile, was stated as being in her late twenties during season 7. And it's also been heavily implied she has a PhD in chemistry.
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Hoist by His Own Petard
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Hoist by His Own Petard: One season eleven episode centered around tracking down the source of defective suits of body armor being sent to soldiers at the front. When confronted, the person responsible dons body armor and opens fire on NCIS. Bishop is shot, but survives without serious injury because she's wearing a vest. The perp is also shot in the vest, but because she was wearing one of the defective vests - which were worse than useless - she dies.
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What the Hell, Hero?
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What the Hell, Hero?: Gibbs has been on the receiving end twice from: Abby, regarding his murder of Pedro Hernandez, not confessing for 20 years and not stopping the evidence incriminating him from being buried, twice. Tony, for not being as vigilant in the manhunt for Trent Kort after he's revealed to have killed Ziva.
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You Are Not Alone
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You Are Not Alone: After the death of her father, Tony tells her this (in Hebrew, no less) as she leaves for Israel to attend the funeral.
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Locked in a Freezer
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Locked in a Freezer: The shipping crate variation for Tony and Ziva in "Boxed In", to capitalize on the UST.
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Feuding Families
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Feuding Families: Season 2 featured a rural area with a Hatfields-McCoys situation. The Reynosas vs Gibbs and his father and teammates.
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Confess in Confidence
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In "Alibi", a Marine is killed in a hit and run, and the vehicle owner is the main suspect. When he asks for a lawyer, he reveals to her that he was in a different town committing an unrelated murder at the time of the accident, and the attorney is unable to inform Gibbs of this because of client-attorney confidentiality. As a result, she uses a payphone across the street from the second crime scene to call Gibbs and tells him that she was able to confirm the alibi. She used the payphone because she knew that it would show up as an unknown number on Gibbs' caller ID, which would prompt him to have the call traced and have the surrounding area investigated by his team, leading them to the second crime scene.
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The Chessmaster
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The Chessmaster: René Benoît. The leader of The Calling, an ex-DJ from London with bleach-blond hair, believes he's this, what with him and his tween recruits hacking and spying into government business (mainly their own parents'), planting bombs in heavily guarded resorts, almost killing Gibbs, killing an imprisoned member before he could make a deal, and hacking into a North Korean sub to start World War III to prove their worth as terrorists. Tony shoots him in the knee and the chest like Gibbs was, but fatally.
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Dress Hits Floor
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Dress Hits Floor: Ziva in "Under Covers."
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CapsLock
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Caps Lock: While helping Gibbs' father search for a retired pilot who saved his life, Abby is analysing a letter from the pilot, which happens to be written in all capital letters, which naturally causes confusion since capital letters are used to refer to places and locations. The closest thing to a location the letter talks about is that he's heading "up to the blue sky", which doesn't help much considering his former occupation. Eventually, Abby discovers that "the blue sky" is the name of a retirement home that's north of his house.
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Spin-Off
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Spin-Off: Of JAG, with two spinoffs of its own (NCIS: Los Angeles, NCIS: New Orleans).
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Intimate Healing
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Intimate Healing: Played with. Abby is very fond of hugs. Also, in the first "Hiatus" episode, after Abby blows up at Ziva and each slaps the other a coupla times, Tony disciplines them in the office area:
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Sixth Ranger
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Sixth Ranger: Kate is an example of this from the first episode, since the team was established in JAG. Later, McGee, and then once again with Ziva following Kate's death.
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Action Girl
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Action Girl: First Kate, a former Secret Service agent in the presidential protection detail, then Ziva, whose background with the Mossad was as a spy and an assassin rather than as an investigator.
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Whodunnit to Me?
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Whodunnit to Me?: "Dead Man Walking". A lieutenant is poisoned via radiation and asks NCIS to solve who did it to him before he starts getting really sick. He survives to the end of the episode, but dies offscreen a few shows later.
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Aloof Dark-Haired Girl
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Aloof Dark-Haired Girl: Ziva is a tall, beautiful woman who is a definite Ice Queen to her teammates. She mellowed out considerably to the rest of the team by season 7, however.
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Red Herring
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Red Herring: In "Obssession", the viewers are led to believe that the culprits are PMC goons, when in fact it's an ex-KGB operative that's responsible. Similarly, the opening of "The Engagement Part 2" had DiNozzo arriving at the church with the chaplain and her father asking what the result of the mission to rescue Flores is, and the scene then cutting to the interior of a Marine transport plane with Gibbs and the others inside looking at a marine burial coffin, leading the viewers to believe that they failed their mission and Flores was killed. However, the episode later reveals that they actually succeeded in their mission, and the marine burial coffin actually belonged to her commanding officer, who was killed in action by a gunshot to the neck.
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Everyone Can See It
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Everyone Can See It: It becomes a Running Gag after awhile to have someone outside the team (or working with the team) comment on just how close Tony and Ziva are to each other.
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Contrived Coincidence: In Season 10's "You Better Watch Out" two robbers decided to hit a place without much security in the Washington DC area on May 2, 2011. This is the night the Navy SEALs took out Osama bin Ladin. As a result, Homeland would have increased satellite surveillance on the capital in case of retaliation. As a result, the robbers were caught on that tape. In season 13 where Ducky finally finds his long-lost half brother, the criminals abduct a totally different Nicholas Mallard... who also happened to be British, the right age, AND living in the same city as Ducky's brother.
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Ship Tease
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Ship Tease: Tony/Ziva and McGee/Abby are two shipping groups the writers especially love to mess with. However, McGee/Abby was canon before their breakup and might come back per Word of God. Tony/Ziva has yet to go beyond Ship Tease. (Granted, the sheer mass of Ship Tease there is so large, it's verging on upstaging the Great Attractor.) This one's even messed with in-universe. Tony and Ziva are together in McGee's metafiction. See Write Who You Know below. Even in-universe alternate-universe timelines! Between the long looks, blatant concern for each other, that time they held hands, and that forehead kiss, not to mention the way he borrows her glasses and she constantly sits on the edge of his (and only his) desk, the teasing for Gibbs and Jack Sloane is growing increasingly blatant. She is the only person he's ever voluntarily told about Shannon and Kelly, after all...
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Pregnant Badass
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Pregnant Badass: The female assassin Ziva impersonates in "Undercovers" is discovered to have been pregnant before being fatally wounded in a car accident. Hilarity Ensues when Ziva decides to share this bit of information with Tony (impersonating the female assassin's also-dead husband), who is in the middle of hitting on another woman. The look on Tony's face when Ziva ends her phone call and tells him "I'm pregnant, Tony" in a complete deadpan voice is just priceless. Presumably Ziva was one as well when carrying Tali, her daughter that resulted from a fond farewell Tony.
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Chekhov's Gunman
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"Enemies Domestic" is jam-packed with these. Two words: Anatoly Zukov.
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Cat Fight: S4 Ep 4, "Dead and Unburied," had a Marine victim who was revealed to have had two fiances. When they find out about each other, they're not too thrilled and attack each other. While Gibbs and Ziva rush over to break it up, Tony yells "Chick fight", and McGee proceeds to film it. Ziva and Abby get into one in the first "Hiatus" episode; see Intimate Healing below for the resolution.
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Unfortunate Names
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Unfortunate Names: "La Grenouille" translates to "The Frog", a very old nickname for people from France. It's noteworthy that La Grenouille's real name is René. In Latin America, Kermit the Frog is named La Rana René (or René, the Frog). It's absolutely no surprise that someone with a name like Donald Mallard should have picked up the nickname "Ducky".
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Cat Scare
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Tony and Ziva are investigating and decide to try the back door of a house. Ziva advises him to be prepared, he suggests shoving her through the cat-flap — crouching down by it at the exact moment a cat rushes out. Tony starts backwards and draws his firearm, cueing the line "Don't tell me you're afraid of a little pussy...cat, Tony!"
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Caught on Tape
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Caught on Tape: The premise of the episode "Dead Reflection".
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She's Got Legs
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She's Got Legs: In S8 E7 ("Broken Arrow") Ziva David speedily defeats an attacker while wearing a full length gown whose skit is slit for ease of movement.
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Uncomfortable Elevator Moment
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Uncomfortable Elevator Moment: Gibbs uses the elevator (emergency stopped, of course) as his own private conference room, so this results in many of these. In one episode, Gibbs essentially put McGee in "time out" by forbidding him from leaving the elevator as a punishment for a major screw-up. In the "Abby's ex is stalking her" episode, Abby eventually hides in the elevator because she read some statistic that elevators are about the least likely place to die in the United States. Subverted when she realizes that the average person spends just a minute a day in an elevator, and if she moves into one, her chances increase thousandfold. In Season 7, a massive power outage causes McGee and Ziva to be stuck in the elevator together all night.
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Not Proven
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Not Proven: In one case, the perp is a gang leader, and the team know he killed a sailor and the previous leader, but can't prove it. So they showed the other gang members their evidence, mentioned that they would never get a conviction, and the leader shows up the next morning dead in a dumpster.
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Insurance Fraud
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Insurance Fraud: In the episode "Reasonable Doubt", the team is faced with a dead officer, with his wife and mistress accusing each other of the murder. They can't arrest either of them, because the physical evidence is so ambiguous that no matter which one they charge, any decent lawyer could establish reasonable doubt that it might have been the other one. It turned out to not be a murder at all, and the two women faked the crime scene because the man's life insurance wouldn't pay out on a suicide.
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Ma'am Shock
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Beat the crap out of Ziva, she's okay with it. Shoot at her... fine. But don't, don't call her "Ma'am", and never ever hurt Tony... She also doesn't enjoy being groped, as displayed in "Singled Out"
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Write Who You Know
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Write Who You Know: In-Universe McGee's based a series of thriller novels he's written on his coworkers and miscellaneous civilians. He is a best-selling author, under the Pen Name of "Thom E. Gemcity". Despite his picture being on the back cover, he's almost never recognized. This causes problems when a Loony Fan starts killing people based on actions taken by their fictional selves in McGee's next book (the killer had been reading McGee's typewriter ribbons to get a sneak peek). In that episode, McGee finally admits that he bases the characters in his books off the NCIS team (after the content of his latest book had been revealed, he'd made it a point to deny the similarities). This gets lampshaded and exploited in the episode "Friends and Lovers", when the team has to investigate a high-class nightclub. Rather than make up a celebrity to get into the place, they simply send in McGee using his "Gemcity" identity, complete with a trio of female admirers (Ziva, Abby, and Michelle Lee). The bouncer was a fan of his works.
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Male Gaze
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Male Gaze: From Tony's point of view, natch.
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Alone with the Psycho
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Alone with the Psycho: Usually resulting in a Redundant Rescue. Sometimes, it's been subverted, as the obvious person in danger isn't actually. In one case, an undercover Ziva killed the guy before help arrived and moped for the rest of the episode. Also, this seems to happen to Abby about once a season.
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Name McAdjective
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Name McAdjective: Tony's many nicknames for McGee, which he picks according to the circumstances. Examples include "McGoogle", "McBackstabber" and "McRomeo". This once confused McGee when Tony compared the condition of a body to the (discontinued) McDLT sandwhich. McGee thought it was another nickname that he didn't get. Someone on YouTube has put together a 14 minute video of McGee's McNames.
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Sergeant Rock
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Sergeant Rock: The team runs into a few over the course of the series.
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No Antagonist
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No Antagonist: In "Homesick", kids of military families and the elderly owner of a laundromat become sick with a mysterious illness. While the team initially thinks this might be a terrorist attack against the families, it turns out that all the kids who got sick had attended Christmas parties where the guy dressed up as Santa was unknowingly carrying a virus he got from his last tour in the Congo. The reason why the laundromat guy (who is the only one who died) got sick was because he had dry-cleaned the suit for the party.
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Mama Bear
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Mama Bear: S4 Ep 06, "Witch Hunt", a Halloween episode. A mother lays the smackdown on a kidnapper after learning that her daughter is safe. Ducky even lampshades the trope. S7 E6. "Outlaws and In-laws" had Mike Franks' daughter-in-law shooting down a pair of mercenaries trying to kidnap her daughter. Franks even names the trope directly. In season 6's "Cloak" and "Dagger," this is Agent Michelle Lee's motive for becoming The Mole: to protect her little sister Amanda, whom she has raised as her own since their parents' deaths. The moment she finds out Amanda is safe, Lee lets Gibbs SHOOT her to take the bad guy down! In Season 11's "Bulletproof": during the investigation into the faulty bulletproof vests that was sold as surplus on the gray market, a whole group of mothers show up at the Navy Yard demanding answers, since they sent their Marine sons and daughters extra body armor and they're worried that their children are in danger because of the vests.
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Office Romance
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Office Romance: Played with several times, though none last very long. Abby and McGee date early in the series, Tony has a fling with another team leader in season 8, Abby goes on a date with a member from another team, etc. It's explicitly stated in season 8's "Dead Reflection" that there is no rule that prevents NCIS agents from dating each other; they can even be married. However, it is against Gibbs' rules; his personal rule Number 12 is "never date a co-worker" and he frowns upon it in his team.
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Hannibal Lecture
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Hannibal Lecture: Jerry, a witness in a murder investigation, points out several characters' psychological problems (Abby doesn't admit she likes Tim because she's Married to the Job and doesn't want to risk him being The One and missing out; Gibbs shows that he misses his late wife by keeping his house better than a single man who's never home or locks his door should; Ziva most definitely has feelings for Tony), however it appears he's just really good at reading people and really bad at reading the atmosphere. He later atones by helping Tony rig a surprise Christmas confetti bombardment.
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Dead Person Conversation
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Dead Person Conversation: Monkey-wrenched every which way in "Kill Ari". We see it again after (and even some before) Mike Franks gets killed. Mike Franks returns to talk some sense into Gibbs while they deal with The Calling and the death of Agent Dornaget. After Gibbs is shot and on the operating table Mike chides him for being so trusting of the kid who later tried to kill him (the boy actually felt horrible about it and was relived to learn Gibbs had survived) and Kelly, Gibbs' daughter, also shows up to remind him he still has work to do.
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Subtext
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Subtext: Beginning with the season five finale, Tony and Ziva's conversations are becoming increasingly subtext-heavy.
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Assassin Outclassin'
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Assassin Outclassin': In the season 11 premiere, the team learns that Ziva (Currently at a family estate in Israel) is in danger of assassination. A rescue team rushes there to rescue her only to find that it's too late - Ziva already killed all the assassins, and has moved to some other location.
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Morality Pet
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Morality Pet: Abby. She serves as a much-needed outlet for Gibbs' paternal instincts, which arguably keeps him from becoming utterly cold and ruthless.
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Call-Forward
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Call-Forward: The episode "Baltimore" has flashbacks to how Gibbs and DiNozzo met each other. There are quite a few call forwards to episodes and show tropes.
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Empathic Environment
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Empathic Environment: After Ari kills Kate, it is constantly raining as the team grieves for her and Gibbs blames himself. After Ari is himself killed and Gibbs comes to terms with it, it becomes sunny again. This is actually a favorite trick of the director. In "Swan Song," a major Tonight, Someone Dies episode, the characters repeatedly comment on how it is they think it's going to rain.
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Wedding Deadline
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Wedding Deadline: A mild example. The team rescue a Marine who was abducted shortly before his wedding for totally unrelated reasons. After closing the case he contacts his fiancee and they have to rush to the nearest courthouse to get married before it closes for the weekend. Thankfully, McGee cheats - he called ahead with an explanation to ensure that a justice of the peace would stay a little late to marry the couple if they didn't make it on time.
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Calling the Old Man Out
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McGee; the episode in which his father first appeared had Gibbs and the others react strongly in the negative to the fact that Admiral McGee didn't actually seem to know who Tim was. Gibbs went so far as to make a contemptuous speech about how all the man was was an empty suit that wore medals and made demeaning comments about his estranged son.
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