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NCIS: Naval Criminal Investigative Service

Dead Man Talking - S1-E19

While talking with Amanda Reed, Tony calls himself "Stringfellow", and later tells McGee that he got the name from the TV series Airwolf, which was also created by Donald Bellisario.

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SWAK - S2-E22

Donald Bellisario makes a cameo as a visitor passing by Gibbs at Bethesda hospital at the end of the episode.

Since the two-part episode "Legend" is also technically part of NCIS: Los Angeles canon, it makes Gibbs, Tony, Abby, and Ducky the only characters who have appeared on the two NCIS shows and its parent series JAG. Abby is the only one who also appears in a stand-alone NCIS: LA episode.

Twilight - S2-E23

When Abby tells Kate about the dream she had about Tony, Kate placates her by saying it was just a bête noire. "Bête Noire" was the first episode in which Ari appeared.

The Immortals - S1-E4

Sean Murray's brother Chad plays the murdered Navy officer in this episode. Sean made his first appearance as McGee three episodes later in "Sub Rosa."

Agent Afloat - S6-E2

Season 6, "Agent Afloat": Maybe real aircraft carriers posing as fictional ones shouldn't let viewers see their registration numbers. When this episode aired, producers heard from several "carrier purists" complaining that CVN74 is the U.S.S. John C. Stennis, not the (non-existent) Seahawk.

Blowback - S4-E14

In the beginning when Gibbs and Tony are talking about a crossword puzzle, Gibbs asks Tony for a TV drama 8 letters, Tony answers with "St Elsewhere". Gibbs is played by Mark Harmon who was Dr. Robert 'Bobby' Caldwell for 4 seasons of St. Elsewhere.

Damned If You Do - S10-E24

This is the first time John M. Jackson has played AJ Chegwidden since he left JAG at the end of its ninth season.

There is an episode where someone is killing people in the same ways McGee describes in his yet unpublished next book. Over the course of the investigation, they question McGee's book publisher. Along the wall of her office, there are pictures of all the authors that the company publishes. Show creator Donald Bellisario is pictured as one of those authors.

Michael Weatherly is the only cast member Donald Bellisario allows to ad-lib lines.

Yankee White - S1-E1

When Commander Trapp and Major Kerry collapse, the foam coming out of their mouths is dissolving Alka-Seltzer antacids.

Season 8 generally

The titles of the season 8 episodes "Enemies Foreign" and "Enemies Domestic" are references to the Presidential oath and the oath taken by members of the military to defend the Constitution.

Baltimore - S8-E22

A flashback shows Chris Pacci joking to Gibbs about an ulcer and that his gut will be the death of him. In the episode "Dead Man Talking" in season 1, Pacci was murdered and found disemboweled.

The show originally premiered as "Navy: NCIS", and ran with that title for the first season. Beginning with season 2, the title was shortened to just "NCIS", after the producers convinced CBS (the network had insisted on the longer title) that "Navy: NCIS" was redundant, since the "N" in "NCIS" stands for "Naval".

Yankee White - S1-E1

During the flight on Air Force One, Gibbs mentions the Harrison Ford movie of the same name, and alludes to a double agent inside the Secret Service. The character he's referring to, played by Xander Berkeley, is also named Gibbs.

Bulletproof - S11-E15

When Tony and Delilah are listing disabled film characters, Delilah mentions Logan Cale, which is the character Michael Weatherley played on Dark Angel.

Season 7 generally

Sans his basement, this was the first season to feature the interior of Gibbs' house.

Dagger - S6-E9

The manner in which Agent Lee is killed was how Jenny was originally scripted to die at the end of season 5.

Lt. Jane Doe - S2-E4

This was the first episode to feature the black and white freeze frame at the beginning of each act.

Heartland - S6-E4

In the flashbacks of Gibbs' adolescence, Gibbs is played by Mark Harmon's son Sean.

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