NCIS

Season 8 Episode 6

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Aired Tuesday 8:00 PM Oct 26, 2010 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Abby becomes too fixated to solving the murder of a Naval Scientist, while the rest of the team worries about her. Meanwhile, Tony's newest fling brings trouble.

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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • A good, yet amost creepy episode.

    9.5
    I thought this episode was very interesting. I thought Abby was great. I never would have thought she would ever get mad at Gibbs. That sort of surprised me. She was really obsessed with the case. Well, not even the case, but Clea's mind(which I have to admit was pretty insane). I thought Gibbs was going to cry when Clea's mother asked him if it ever got better after losing a child. That was really sad. And then he seemed to be very worried at the prospect of possible losing Abby (mentally). I thought that the last scene with the two of them was very touching. She really is like a daughter to him.



    On another note, I thought that Tony dressing up like John Travolta was pretty hilarious, lol. A nice comedic add to an otherwise serious episode.moreless
  • A pretty awesome and underrated episode! Quite intriguing, and Abby-centred!

    9.5
    This was a brilliant episode of NCIS, and qutie an underrated one, in my opinion. I thought the plot was not immaculate, but it was very good.. I thoroughl y enjoyed that.



    I also enjoyed Abby's large role in this episode. Her character was developed quite nicely in this one and I think that was a very niec thing to see.



    It was obviously the worst of the Halloween episodes that NCIS has produced, but having said that, I did enjoye it. The scenes withthe millions of different things and equations hanging were quite interesting, and also, I did not guess the killer!



    Keep it up, NCIS, and I hope for more great and enteretaining episodes!moreless
  • Abby becomes fixated on solving the death of a fellow scientist and Tony's latest fling leads to an interesting role play costume.

    8.0
    Pros: Pauley Perrette shined as Abby this episode, and she portrayed the progression in Abby's character fabulously. I also loved the Gibbs/Abby, Ducky/Abby, and McGee/Abby interactions. The story was interesting too.



    Cons: Ziva's shirts were butt ugly, Tony seemed OOC, and... Travolta. Need I say more. It was hilarious, yes, but in an awkward kind of way. Plus as a Tiva fan I was not too keen on the Ethyl fling and am a little miffed Tony didn't end it when he said he was going to. He clearly did NOT want to role play and went along with it in the end... why? Plus there was no action and the plot dragged at times. Not one of NCIS' best. VERY excited for November Sweeps though!moreless
  • Abby gets caught up with a kindred spirit.

    8.5
    It was great to see Abby involved on a deeper level. The scene with Gibbs and the dead woman's mother was also powerful as they dealt with the loss of a child. When she asked, "Does it ever get better?" you could feel the pain in both of them. I also enjoyed watching Gibbs being worried about losing Abby, his "other daughter" in that he thought she might be losing it emotionally. Having the dead girl's mother intercede was a really nice circle in terms of both Gibbs and the mother helping Abby get her "Mojo" back. There was a lot of good humor in the episode also and Mr. Palmer was given some responsibility from Gibbs which was a new step. The ending was sort of quick which is always a problem with self contained procedurals and by now you can sort of pick up the bad "guy" early because it's the character who has some involvement but seems to be peripheral to the case. That was the case in this episode, but it still was very good. Mark Harmon can do a lot with his face. He is very good.moreless
  • Sorry Abbs.

    6.0
    I didn't get it. Was this supposed to be all Hallowe'en-y wrapped up in a serious case? If so, well, I didn't get it.



    And too bad. And I'm sorry I feel this way and for this review but Pauley Perette is waaaaaayy to good for this offering. It started out interesting, even freaky, which can be good. But then it just seemed that somewhere in the midst of commercial break "Abby" got this fixation whose cause that we weren't entirely made privy to. And in a similar fashion, they guys were all standing in the bullpen around the computers screens as usual and then, bam, out of nowhere they got all concerned about Abby's fixation that seemed to come out of no where.



    Gibb's enlisting the vic's mother to help set Abby straight was a ploy, well, right out of no where and I even pegged the culprit right off the bat.



    I was hoping for a real highlighting vehicle for Abby. The focus on the team's individual players comes along so infrequently that you really hope for one over the Green Monster when they do come.



    This one was a walk, at best.



    Sorry Abbs.moreless
Michael Weatherly

Michael Weatherly

Special Agent Tony DiNozzo

Cote de Pablo

Cote de Pablo

Special Agent Ziva David

Sean Murray (I)

Sean Murray (I)

Special Agent Tim McGee

David McCallum

David McCallum

Chief M.E. Ducky Mallard

Pauley Perrette

Pauley Perrette

Forensics Specialist Abby Sciuto

Mark Harmon

Mark Harmon

Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs

Meredith Monroe

Meredith Monroe

April Ferris

Guest Star

Brennan Elliott

Brennan Elliott

Martin Stillwell

Guest Star

Robin Pearson Rose

Robin Pearson Rose

Lorrain Thorson

Guest Star

Brian Dietzen

Brian Dietzen

Asst. M.E. Jimmy Palmer

Recurring Role

Featured Episode Clip

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (6)

    • Ziva: What's wrong? Are you having second thoughts about the role you're going to play?
      Tony: She wants me to dress up like... No, I can't. It's sacrilege. I'm gonna have to end it.
      Ziva: Oh, come on, Tony, it's only been two days. It's too short - even for you.
      Tony: Trust me, Ziva, there's some things a man should never do.
      Ziva: We're not talking about a man here, we're talking about you.

    • (Abby is in the morgue, talking to Lieutenant Thorson's corpse)
      Abby: So... I just-I want you to know that... whatever it is... that you're trying to tell me, I promise you, I promise I'll understand.
      Ducky: Careful, sometimes they talk back.

    • Tony: Maybe Alice took a few too many pills in Wonderland. (shakes several prescription pill containers)
      Abby: Hey, bite your tongue. Respect, please.
      Tony: Sorry, Abbs, I just think we need to consider the possibility that Lieutenant Thorson's paranoia was... "imagined."
      Abby: Her hard drive's been erased.
      Tony: Is that a euphemism?
      Abby: They used a remote device to erase the hard drive. I don't think that is imagined.

    • Stillwell: (on a video email message) You ungrateful bitch. You're not goin' anywhere. And if you do leave me, I will make your life hell!
      Tony: Wow! Mel Gibson much?

    • McGee: I've already counted three security cameras inside. Should be able to get whoever was in here on playback.
      Tony: If somebody was in here.
      McGee: I sense skepticism, Tony.
      Tony: Well, you sensed right, Dr. Phil.

    • McGee: Who's the lucky little vixen, Tony?
      Tony: Adult relationship stuff, McTween. You wouldn't understand.
      Ziva: (sarcastically) Adult relationship? You?

  • NOTES (2)

    • Rocky Carroll is credited but doesn't appear.

    • Original International Airdates:
      Canada: October 27, 2010 on Global
      Australia: November 23, 2010 on Channel Ten
      United Kingdom
      : November 26, 2010 on FX/FX HD
      Sweden: December 21, 2010 on TV3
      Norway: January 11, 2011 on TV3
      Spain: February 18, 2011 on LaSexta
      Germany: March 20, 2011 on SAT 1
      Finland: April 19, 2011 on Nelonen
      Slovakia: September 1, 2011 on Markiza
      Czech Republic: February 6, 2012 on TV Nova

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • Tony: Maybe Alice took a few too many pills in Wonderland?

      Tony is referring to the Lewis Carroll novel (and subsequent movies) called Alice's Aventures in Wonderland.

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