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Silver War 

Ziva returns. A 140-year-old iron casket shows up at the Smithsonian Institution; it contains the body of a Marine staff sergeant on a UA, so Gibbs and company investigate. The team chase the clues, follow a map, and figure out the story.

Director:

Terrence O'Hara

Writers:

Donald P. Bellisario (created by), Don McGill (created by) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Episode cast overview:
Mark Harmon ... Leroy Jethro Gibbs
Michael Weatherly ... Anthony DiNozzo
Cote de Pablo ... Ziva David
Pauley Perrette ... Abby Sciuto
Sean Murray ... Timothy McGee
David McCallum ... Donald Mallard
Barbara Niven ... Dr. Elaine Burns
Brian Dietzen ... Jimmy Palmer
Robert Blanche ... Brett Willis
Larry Clarke ... Director (as Larry Clark)
Burnadean Jones Burnadean Jones ... Sally Smith
John Berg John Berg ... General Grant
Lauren Holly ... Jenny Shepard
Byrne Offutt ... Judd Kearns
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Storyline

Ziva, a Mossad agent, returns to the NCIS and to the Gibbs team as a liaison officer; after a rocky start Gibbs accepts her presence his own way. A 140-year-old iron casket shows up at a construction site near a Civil War battlefield in northern Virginia; it undergoes an inspection at the Smithsonian Institution, in Washington, DC, where a forensic anthropologist contacts the NCIS after she sees a cellphone inside the casket. The body is that of a staff sergeant in the Marine Corps, who served as an instructor at Quantico, reported on a UA about a year before. Ducky finds the horrible cause of death. Abby and McGee find a message, then he and Ziva find and lose a clue. The team figure it out and wrap it up, then Gibbs and Ziva make peace their own way, and she gets a different desk. Written by DocRushing

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TV-PG | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 October 2005 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Clarita, California, USA

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital (Dolby 5.1)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

16 : 9
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Trivia

Gibb's rule no. 18: It's better to seek forgiveness than ask permission. See more »

Goofs

Early in the dialogue McGee refers to the "Smithsonian Museum", which is correctly and properly known instead as the Smithsonian Institution, not "museum". See more »

Quotes

[opening the murder victim's safe deposit box, that was last visited by a man claiming to be his brother]
Officer Ziva David: Ooh... we need to talk to his brother.
Special Agent Timothy McGee: Definitely.
[a shot of the opened box reveals a severed, desiccated human hand clutching an old map]
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Variable Wasteland
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Written by Dominic Kelly
Performed by Dominic Kelly
Courtesy of Addax Music Company
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Ziva joins the team

Ziva joins the team as Kate's replacement, albeit as a Mossad liaison officer and not an NCIS agent. It is in this episode that we are treated with what will affectionately be referred to as 'Zivaisms', such as 'porkuswine' and 'porkupig', meaning porcupine. And 'donkey's butt' meaning 'horse's ass'.

All the titles of the episodes thus far (and in the future) will usually refer to content of the episode in some manner but I have to admit that I have no idea how the title 'Silver War' applies to this episode. Even so, this was an interesting episode with a good plot and a good introductory episode for Ziva.


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