While most shows have a dedicated fan base, “fans of NCIS” are in their own category. Recently, fans of the long-running crime drama noticed a colossal blunder from an important scene from an episode 15 years ago.
The CBS drama first debuted in 2003 and has since been a hit, evident in its longevity. With nearly 20 years on air, it’s no wonder its loyal fans are quick to see its errors. The episode in question was from 2006 in a season four episode that followed Ziva Davis and her car crash. NCIS fans first met Ziva as the Israeli Mossad officer in season three.
During the episode, she was sent to the Naval Criminal Investigative Service after the death of special agent Caitlin Todd (Sasha Alexander) at the hand of Ari Haswari (Rudolf Martin). Haswari turned out to be a rogue Mossad officer turned terrorist.
Despite defending her colleague to Special Agent in Charge Leroy Jethro Gibbs (Mark Harmon), she was secretly in contact with the terrorist and promised to find him a way to flee the country.
Ziva went so far as to employ a courier to help move Ari out of the United States. However, what she didn’t know was that Tony caught wind of her plan and told Gibbs.
Later in the episode, Ziva drives her mini cooper as she’s on her way to the NCIS offices. After witnessing a motorbike cause a crash, she bypassed the interrogation. This resulted in a high-speed chase with the motorbike.
Eagle-Eyed ‘NCIS’ Fans Spot Major Gaffe
During the chase, she zips by a cafe monitored by two FBI agents. She later learns one of them is Syrian Colonel. Then, in a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it moment, Ziva suddenly stops after a blast goes off in the cafe.
Afterward, Ziva had to go into hiding after viewers learned that the FBI wanted her in connection with the blast. As a result, NCIS had to show their loyalty and investigate the crime to prove her innocence and question her alliance with the Israeli terrorism groups.
After the episode aired, fans were quick to call out the error. Taking to moviemistakes.com, one viewer wrote: “At the start when the two cars crash and Ziva’s Mini goes out round the crash, color-coded markers (red for the Mini, Blue for the crashed car) are visible on the road. “
These markers the user bring up were used as an outline for the vehicles’ placement. They also weren’t supposed to be seen by viewers. However, that didn’t keep eagle-eyed NCIS fans from noticing the mistake.
It’s clear that the bright-colored markers were solely for the show’s production, seeing as they would never be used in real life. However, we feel all was forgiven, considering how good the show has been and continues to be.