Season 6 Episode 14

Love & War

Aired Tuesday 8:00 PM Jan 27, 2009 on CBS
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Episode Summary

The NCIS team investigates a bizarre murder of a Navy Captain whose suspicious private life might be the reason why he got killed.

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  • funny and interesting

    i love how in this episode we see how bored DiNozzo can get. I love how he is McGee's lover and he is scared because if McGee finds out he is dead and if he doesn't McGee will Marry him! This Episode takes place with the murrder of a Navy Officer and the out come at the end of the episode was very very interesting, someone you would not think off killed him and now they see how far people will go just for love. This at the moment one of my personal favourites of this season and i can't wait for the next episode!moreless
  • this was a average good episode

    ok, so i thought this episode was good, not "OMG FANTASTIC!" but good. i love the whole thing going on between tony and McGee about the girlfriend bet. another disapointment about no action between tony and ziva, but i'll live, i love this show its amazing:) i thought it was scary at the end when the ex-fiance gave that girl that freakey stalker like look, i can't belive they didn't know it in the begining that it wasn't him! for me it was kind of obvious! i can't wait for the next episode again, it looks very good, esspecially when it talks about Gibb's past coming back to haunt him. can't wait!moreless
  • Pretty much a case centered episode. With some team interaction humor thrown in.

    This episode would defiantly not be one of my favorites but it wasn't horrible. Since we can't have the amazing/jaw dropping/character study/adventure/death/plot twists all the time. So just have to be, well normal. This was one of those 'normal' ones, and i'm fine with that. I did find the McGee's computer girlfriend story very funny. He being deep in love with the 'level 5 sorceress' 'computer programmer'.... And that it was Tony messing with him, was really funny. When Tony and Ziva were at the house and they we talking about it, i figured out about a moment before it was said and started cracking up. Poor McGee, no girl for him, but does have the advantage of knowing and Tony not knowing that he knows. Not a bad episode, for a normal one.moreless
  • why a fake ring?

    in this episode a naval officer is killed because of a ring. not even a real ring, a fake one that he swollowed when he was 5. the team goes from possible satanic ritual beliefs to espinoge. we suspect every one from the scientist to the daughter to the maid/ girl friend. during this episode there are some funny moments with the characters and even one sweet moment with Gibbs revilations. McGee gets a girl that turns out to be tony. he finds out and uses this info to torture him. abby doesent get any caf-pow during one visit, and gibbs admits that he stood in line for 6 hours on christmas eve to get kelly a present. all in all just a typical episode with no real meaningmoreless
  • Lots of twists....

    I really enjoyed this episode and probably that's because I like puzzle. This Love and War had lots of differing turns so it was great in that respect. When Jennings is killed you initally think that it's due to the occult because of the pentagram. But then you are lead to believe he was murdered for being suspect of spying but actually he was simply involved with the maid. But ultimately it's simply do to a rejected man wanting something he couldn't have, Jennings' daughter. The comic relief for this episode was Tony being pure evil and torturing Tim. I definitely think revenge is in order.moreless
Mark Harmon

Mark Harmon

Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs

Michael Weatherly

Michael Weatherly

Special Agent Tony DiNozzo

Pauley Perrette

Pauley Perrette

Forensics Specialist Abby Sciuto

David McCallum

David McCallum

Chief M.E. Ducky Mallard

Sean Murray (I)

Sean Murray (I)

Special Agent Tim McGee

Cote de Pablo

Cote de Pablo

Mossad Agent Ziva David

Chris Carmack

Chris Carmack

Kevin Nelson

Guest Star

Danneel Harris

Danneel Harris

Jessica Shore

Guest Star

Christine Woods

Christine Woods

Rebecca Jennings

Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

    • GOOF: The blow to the dead Captain's head is on the rear left quadrant of his skull, but in the teaser the Captain turned and faced his attacker before the blow was struck, so it's unlikely an attack would have landed on the back of his head.

    • TRIVIA: McGee says that he was 12 at Christmas in 1989, which would mean he was born in 1977 and at present is either 31 or 32 years old.

    • GOOF: McGee says he was able to use Jennings' emails to ID the NIC address on the recipient's computer. The generally accepted term is MAC address, not NIC address. It is not possible to determine the MAC address of a NIC on the recipient's computer from an email. Could McGee have been confused and meant IP address? This does not sound like an error he would make.

    • GOOF: At the start of the episode, Tony is struggling with a Fatal Exception 0E error, also known as a BSOD. The error flashes and makes noise, which is atypical of Fatal Exception errors. McGee is able to resolve the error by pressing the "F Mode" key, which is used for controlling the behaviour of function keys on Tony's Logitech Media Keyboard and would not have any effect on a Fatal Exception error. Furthermore, McGee is looking at the left screen when he presses the key when the error is showing on the right flat screen.

  • QUOTES (12)

    • McGee: We're trying to make a connection between Jennings and his killer. Ziva: Brandon Sykes, but we've hit a dead end. Tony: No pun intended. Ziva: Actually, it was. Tony: Oh. In that case, nicely done.

    • Kevin: (as he's being arrested) This is insane!
      Tony: Unbelievably insane. And you are a psychopath! You've just leapfrogged to the top of our 'Psychopath of the Year' list.

    • Tony: (as Gibbs interrogates Capt. Jennings' maid) It's like I said, it's always the maid.
      Ziva: No, you have always said it's the janitor, or the butler, or anyone assigned to work in Abby's lab. But you have never once said, 'maid'!
      Tony: Anyone ever tell you your memory can be a real buzz kill?

    • Tony: (to Jessica, Dr Daniels' assistant) So, what's a nice girl like you doing at a top secret, government counter-espionage gadget lab like this?
      Jessica: Bet that sounded better in your head.
      Tony: No, not really.

    • Ducky: Reminiscence of a rather dark period in English history. Did you know that the preferred method of punishment for treason was to be hanged, drawn and quartered? They would hang victims by the neck and they were taken from the scaffold before they could have the freedom of death and disemboweled. Just like this chap. Except unlike him they would hack them into four quarters and drag them through the streets, their heads stuck on pikestaffs.
      Ziva: Nice story, Ducky.
      Ducky: Well, I did say it was dark. And thankfully ancient history.
      Gibbs: Not so ancient, Duck.

    • McGee: So much for my date tonight.
      Tony: Whoa, whoa... (grabs McGee's arm) What are you doing? So you're giving the psycho another chance?
      McGee: Well I was, I guess now I gotta cancel.
      Tony: What is that silliness? (McGee looks to where Tony is gripping his arm. Tony removes it) Sorry. Ziva and I will cover the interviews for you.
      McGee: That is awfully un-Tony of you, Tony.
      Tony: I'm just doing you a solid, Probie because you having a date is about as rare as me not having one.

    • Abby (after Gibbs reveals that her Caf-Pow! is in the fridge): I don't know how you did that and I don't care!

    • Ziva: You have to tell him [McGee] the truth.
      Tony: Not until I'm absolutely sure lying won't work.

    • Ziva: He really likes her, Tony. You have to tell him.
      Tony (laughs): I know. But it's actually kind of flattering... in a creepy way.
      Ziva (angry): What did you think would happen?
      Tony: I don't know... the flaw in the plan was the plan but I got another plan to end it.
      Ziva: Which is?
      Tony: You ever see Fatal Attraction?

    • Ziva: It is nice when a couple has so much in common. Like McGee and his new sorceress friend.
      Tony (huilty): Oh yeah... I was going to talk to you about that. (laughs) It's kinda funny, actually. Ah, let's see... How do I put this delicately? Umm. She... She's not real.
      Ziva: You did not.
      Tony: I did. I was bored. It was late. I'd just watched Weird Science. Next thing I knew I was building a fake online profile and IM-ing with McGee.

    • Tony: Carla.
      McGee: Claire.
      Tony: Whatever, enjoy it while it lasts; women are trouble. Haven't you learned anything from me?
      McGee: Yeah, not to go on undercover dates with a doctor whose father is the world's biggest arms dealer.
      Tony (offended): That's low, Probie.
      McGee (unfazed): Oh, and not to loan your friends money- you still owe me 40 bucks.
      Tony (worked-up): Don't change the subject... What are you talking about?

    • Gibbs: Who found the body?
      Local LEO: A couple of kids in one of our warming huts, or as they like to call them--
      Tony: Love shacks.
      Local LEO: Yeah, how'd you know?
      Tony: Lucky guess.
      Local LEO (sarcastically): Mmmh Mmmmh.

  • NOTES (4)

    • In addition to his regular role, Michael Weatherly also voiced Beary Smiles.

    • Original International Airdates:
      Denmark: February 15, 2009 on TV3
      Australia: March 10, 2009 on Channel 10
      Sweden: May 19, 2009 on TV3
      Germany: May 31, 2009 on SAT 1
      Norway: July 14, 2009 on TV3
      The Netherlands: September 8, 2009 on SBS6
      Slovakia: February 25, 2010 on Markiza
      Finland: April 20, 2010 on Nelonen
      Czech Republic: August 23, 2010 on TV Nova

    • Featured Music:
      "Bye Bye Love" by The Everly Brothers plays in the teaser as the Captain is driving.
      "Peppermint and Glue" by Sharon Little is playing inside the bar.

    • Rocky Carroll is credited but doesn't appear.


    • Tony: (Talking about McGee's new girlfriend whom he has never met in real life) You don't know who these people are. It could be a 45 year-old overweight man in Minnesota.

      This could be a reference to episode 2x09 "Forced Entry", in which Tony starts dating a person he thinks is a girl with the screen name "Hotjugs24". At the end of the episode, McGee traces the screen name and finds it belongs to a person that fits very nicely with the description Tony gave him in this episode.

    • Tony: Hackers? Very young Angelina Jolie. I liked.
      Tony is referring to the movie Hackers from 1995, with Jonny Lee Miller and only 20-year-old Angelina Jolie. In this movie a group of young Hackers unite to fight against an evil computer genius while being chased by the FBI.

    • Tony: Ever see Fatal attraction?

      Fatal Attraction is a 1989 psychological thriller starring Michael Douglas, Glenn Close and Anne Archer. It is a story of a successful lawyer whose weekend of passion results in his lover stalking him and his family.

    • The "Beary Smiles" talking bear shown in this episode bears striking similarity in both appearance and function to real life 1985 hit childrens toy, Teddy Ruxpin.