Seven Cent Nickels

"The nickel today is not what it was fifteen years ago. Do you know what this country needs today?...A seven-cent nickel. Yessiree, we've been using the five-cent nickel in this country since 1492. Now that's pretty near a hundred years' daylight saving. Now, why not give the seven-cent nickel a chance? If that works out, next year we could have an eight-cent nickel. Think what that would mean. You could go to a newsstand, buy a three-cent newspaper and get the same nickel back again. One nickel carefully used would last a family a lifetime!" - Captain Jeffrey T. Spaulding as played by Groucho Marx in 1930's "Animal Crackers."


"Major Mass Spec is about to implode."

"What?! We gotta save him, Gibbs! Get the extinguisher! Get a lifejacket! We have to--, Gibbs…"

"Abs, you're tired. Go home. Get some sleep."

"That was not funny, Gibbs. Not funny at all. You know I can't live without Big Daddy! He's almost as important as Bert! Maybe more! You know, I've never been good at ranking things. The Major has, of course, technical use, but Bert…well, Bert is Bert. He's the--"

"Abby. Go home."

"I don't need any sleep. Let me chug a few ounces of Caf-Pow and I'll be fine. More than fine. The finest!"

"No more caffeine for you. As a forensic scientist, you should know what it does to you system."

"Coming from the man who'd conk without his morning shot of that really cruddy sludge you call coffee."

"Come on. I'll drive you home."

"I've got samples to run, prints to identify, videos to clarify, Bert to hug--"

"Bring Bert with you. The rest can wait."

"What's in it for me, Gibbs?"

"Besides the much needed rest? What do you want, Abs?"

"Tisk, tisk. You should never ask a girl that, unless you're sure you can provide. You should know, after three ex-wives."

"You're right. I withdraw--"

"No! Okay. I want a Jethro."

"Come again?"

"Sleep is for the weak, Gibbs! And if you're going to make me sleep, I'm going to need a tough pup to back me up. A girl's gotta look out for herself, well, in this case, through the aid of a dog, but you know, chivalry is hard to come by these days. You're not going to be around day in and day out--"

"I'll always be around, Abby. Wherever you are. All you need to do is call."