Although Ziva David is fluent in English (and many other languages), she has a hard time grasping and correctly using American idioms. We’ve pulled together Ziva’s best quotes from NCIS.
NCIS Season 5, Episode 1: “Bury Your Dead” McGee: Yes, I was here all night. Ziva: Fragging the computers? McGee: Defragging. You need to work on those reflections when you're asking a question.
NCIS Season 5, Episode 15: “In the Zone” McGee: Think she did it? She is the one that called us. Ziva: Well, it would not be the first time a murderer tried to throw us up that way. McGee: Off. Throw us off. Ziva: Exactly.
NCIS Season 4, Episode 06: “Witch Hunt” Gibbs: Marital problems? Ziva: Well, according to someone called Scuttle Butt, he caught his wife cheating on him. Gibbs: Scuttlebutt’s not a person, Ziva. Scuttlebutt is what Marines call gossip. Ziva: And then you wonder why I have a problem with your language.
NCIS Season 3, Episode 12: “Boxed In” Tony: I’m not getting any reception. How about you? Ziva: I’m braless. Tony: I noticed that earlier. But on your phone they’re "bars." Ziva: Don’t you have anything better to do than correct my English?
NCIS Season 3, Episode 20: “Untouchable” Ziva: This woman is a total turd! A geek, yes? Tony: The term is nerd. Ziva: Whatever.
NCIS Season 3, Episode 23: “Hiatus (Part 1)” Ziva: Ducky, drip it! Ducky: Do you mean: Drop it or Zip it? Ziva: Ah, American idioms drive me up the hall! Ducky: Well, actually... never mind.
NCIS Season 6, Episode 21: “Toxic” Ziva: His finger is in many eyes. Tony: Pies...
NCIS Season 7, Episode 18: “Jurisdiction” Tony: Davy Jones. Used to sing with The Monkees. Ziva: Real monkeys? Tony: I envy your brain sometimes.
NCIS Season 5, Episode 14: “Internal Affairs” Ziva: I would hate to be misunderstood. Fornell: Does that happen often? Ziva: Once in a blue lagoon. Fornell: I think I'll be able to translate.
NCIS Season 6, Episode 15: “Deliverance” Ziva: We canvassed the area. No one is talking. There is a smurf war... Tony: Turf war. Ziva: ...between two competing gangs.