NCIS: Naval Criminal Investigative Service

Yankee White - S1-E1

Factual error: Air Force One landed in Wichita, Kansas. The local coroner claimed Jurisdiction for Wichita County. The city of Wichita, Kansas is in Sedgwick County, in southern Kansas. Wichita County, Kansas is in western Kansas, about 250 miles from the city of Wichita. (00:05:40)

The Immortals - S1-E4

Factual error: The episode takes place on the Destroyer DD 964 U.S.S. Paul F. Foster, but every time the ship is shown sailing past the camera you see the number 51 on the side. This is the number of the U.S.S. Arleigh Burke, a DDG not even the same class of ship. (00:11:15)

Jet Lag - S7-E13

Factual error: The commercial 747 landing in Washington from France is the president's plane Air Force One, not a regular passenger jet. It's actually reused footage from the film Air Force One.

Semper Fortis - S12-E8

Factual error: The entire episode is contrived, as the Navy corpsman who is in legal trouble for rendering aid in an accident would not be in trouble due to the "good Samaritan law" in force in Virginia at the time.

Judgment Day: Part 1 - S5-E18

Factual error: There is a big deal made about Gibbs giving Shepard one of his magazines in the study with La Granoille. It is implied that that magazine was used in the gun to kill La Granoille on his yacht. The magazine he gave her was for his department issued Sig Sauer P228, however, he was killed with a Glock 19. The magazines are not compatible.

Road Kill - S6-E10

Factual error: When looking at the phone records, there are 2 calls that go to Burke, Virginia. However the 2 calls have different area codes (203 and 303). The area code is also actually 703. (00:34:15)

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Angel of Death - S4-E24

Factual error: When McGee is tracing the who sent the request for the polygraphs, the map bounces around the world. When he says Kurdistan, the map shows Armenia, and when it hits the Dominican Republic, McGee says Puerto Rico. (00:26:50)

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Royals & Loyals - S8-E4

Factual error: When Tim is tracing the British agent's mobile phone it shows that the number traced is a British land line number (01632) not a mobile number (starting 07...). The number is also seven digits long, not six as is the format in the UK.


High Seas - S1-E6

Factual error: In the yacht rescue scene the "American" crewed helicopter is actually an Australian crew. The rank on his shoulder shows an Australian Lieutenant Commander. (00:34:30)


Left for Dead - S1-E10

Factual error: While the NCIS crew are working a crime scene, Ducky starts yet another parable about his past experiences, referring to the dating of an Indian skeleton by the caliber of the bullet, "a 40-75". He states that since he knew the year that the US Army used that caliber, he could accurately date the remains. Unfortunately for Ducky, the US Army never used a 40-75. It did, however authorize a contract for a 45-70 cartridge in 1873. (00:09:20)

Reveille - S1-E23

Factual error: Special Agent Gibbs asks McGee how long Medical School takes in the UK, to which he answers 4 years. This is incorrect, because almost all aspiring doctors in the UK go through the Undergraduate Medicine route (MBBCh) which takes 5 years. When McGee performs a search on the computer, he enters "Medical Post Graduate" in the search criteria, which would be unlikely in real life. (00:24:27)


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Broken Arrow - S8-E7

Factual error: Ziva shows McGee her passport including her passport photo. In the photo she is smiling broadly. Regulations state that a passport photo must be a neutral facial expression. This photo would have been rejected. (00:01:50)

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Dead Man Walking - S4-E16

Factual error: The inspector is suffering from thallium poisoning. However, everyone is using various radiation detection methods to detect the thallium. Natural thallium is not radioactive. Of the artificial thallium, the only with a half-life long enough to last long enough to pose a problem is too weakly radioactive to be a significant hazard.

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Worst Nightmare - S8-E2

Factual error: When McGee tracks Mason's first phonecall, he says the line has been forwarded to a skype number. When he does the IP address shows up on the screen as An IP never goes over 255. (00:11:40)

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The Arizona - S17-E20

Factual error: The X-ray of Joe's arm is of someone much younger, with open epiphyseal growth plates, not something seen in adults.

Ignition - S7-E11

Factual error: Abby's Mas-Spec determines that Kerosene is present with the molecular formula C25H52. That's the formula for Pentacosane. Kerosene doesn't have a specific formula. (00:09:07)

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No Vacancy - S17-E7

Factual error: While investigating a Marine's murder, the team uncovers a labyrinth of live-streaming spy cameras hidden in the rooms of a Virginia motel. They show an attic in a motel room with cameras in multiple vents, the problem is that there are no air duct tubes which those cameras should have been mounted in. With no duct work you have no heat or no A/C, all you get is dust.

Playing with Fire - S9-E22

Factual error: The ferry carrying Ziva and Tony to the aircraft carrier should have the Italian merchant flag, but it has the national one (this flag hasn't got the shield drawn in the middle).

Family - S5-E2

Factual error: The airbag deploys after several seconds. Airbags go off instantaneously to protect people. Not wait 4 or 5 seconds then go off. (00:03:40)

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Shalom - S4-E1

Visible crew/equipment: When Gibbs and Ziva are in the "safehouse" Ziva set up for Ari, a crew member and his boom microphone are seen on the left of the screen, right before Gibbs climbs the ladder to remove the hidden camera spying on them. (00:30:10)


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See No Evil - S2-E1

[Gibbs is drinking a cup of coffee.]
Kate Todd: Gibbs, it's like one hundred degrees in here. How can you drink that stuff?
Leroy Gibbs: It keeps me cool.

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Agent Afloat - S6-E2

Trivia: 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.

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Chosen answer: "Policing your brass", means to pick up your expended shell casings, after firing your rifle, or pistol.


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