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airdate: November 17, 2009
written by: Steven D. Binder, David J. North
directed by: Thomas J. Wright

The team literally finds themselves in the dark when the investigation into the death of a lieutenant is connected to a city-wide blackout.

  • Gibbs bringing old-fashioned supplies to help the team with the case
  • Abby's music player needing new batteries and dying on Abby
  • People walking down to autopsy to get their drinks, snacks and lunch that was stored in autopsy drawer #107.
  • Gibbs watching Tony, Ziva, and McGee insanely typing on their computers when the power comes on. Gibbs puts away his "supplies", shuts his screen off, and smiles.
  • McGee and the squirrel comment
  • Gibbs pulls a can of sardines out of his bag.
  • Lemon-power! Abby uses lemons as a battery for her boom box.
  • Gibbs saying "Book'em Dano-Zo!"(Dano is the name for one of the characters in an old television show, Hawaii Five-O)
  • Abby makes whiskey in her lab and drinks a shot in front of Gibbs. "I'm not an alcoholic but I needed that." Abby says to Gibbs.
  • Tony (to Palmer): “You don’t need a cell tower to play Bing Ball, which is about all I’m gonna get done today anyway. Who let you out of your cave?”
  • Tony (to McGee and Ziva about Gibbs): “Well you don’t need electricity to use hand tools or drink a bottle of bourbon.”
  • Ducky (to McGee and Tony): “I must apologize for my tardiness. Mr. Palmer has trouble navigating when the street lights aren't working.”
  • Abby: "What does Ducky have that I don't?"
    Gibbs: "Corpses." (Ducky got a generator, Abby didn't)
  • McGee (to Tony): "I don't do hard copies."
  • McGee: "How did people survive before search engines?"
    Tony: "How did people survive before email?"
    Abby: "How did people survive before there was pattern recognizing sparse representation algorithms?"
  • Tony (to Abby whose looking for batteries): "Sorry the entire city has been de-Duracelled."
  • Tony: "You never see this crap on Columbo." (Whining while manually going through files to find matching finger prints.)
  • Tony: "High tech case, low tech ass-kicking."
  • Ziva (to Dimitri - waving his high blood pressure medication): "You should really watch your blood pressure."
  • Ziva and Tim stuck together in the elevator.
  • Tony: " Ladies and Gentlemen what you are about to hear is true, only the names have been changed to protect the innocent."
  • McGee "rubbing it in" on Tony (who has to do menial work) and Gibbs being proud that McGee uses payback time.
  • All the "low tech/no power" versions of the usual gimmicks (lights out in opening credits, Polaroid-Phoof...)
More NCIS Quotes

  • Abby tries to make her own Caf-Pow but fails.

  • Palmer trying to joke around with Gibbs in autopsy but failing.

  • McGee continues to grow and stand up to Tony.


  • Rocky Carroll was credited but did not appear in this episode.
  • Nobody was called "Probie" in this episode.
  • In one of the autopsy scenes, the corpse is visibly breathing!(They even have actors/actresses to play dead!)


  • 7.09 Child's Play A dead Marine's day job at a government think tank leads Gibbs and the team into the life of a 12-year-old prodigy who may be the killer's next target.



  • Cara Buono (Navy Commander Sarah Resnik)
  • Corey Sorenson (Anthony Paxton)
  • Ryan Honey (Colin Stone)
  • Roderick L. McCarthy (Dane Frazier)
  • Frank Caeti (Gamer Nerd)
  • Roger Ranney (Elevator Repairman)


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  • Lord of War
  • Columbo
  • Hawaii Five-O
  • Rambo
  • Doctor Who
  • Dragnet
  • Baretta
  • Kojak

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CMHSE Some trivia 0 Sep 7 2010, 6:41 AM EDT by CMHSE
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The keyboard used in the beginning of the episode (by the geek playing computer games) is a Logitech G11.
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Calabashe Discuss 7.08 Power Down (page: 1 2 3 4 5 ... last page) 137 Feb 14 2010, 10:17 AM EST by ZivaKateAbby4Eva
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This is the episode in which Ziva and a male charater are supposed to get stuck in an elevator. Some have speculated the guy is Gibbs or Tony, maybe McGee or Ducky or perhaps Leon Vance.

Poor Jimmy Palmer - no votes for him yet.
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Tuvok101 Don't they have emergency generators, at NCIS headquarters ? (page: 1 2) 37 Dec 28 2009, 7:30 PM EST by Fuzzy_Peach
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anyone has an answer ?
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