NCIS

Season 6 Episode 6

Murder 2.0

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Aired Tuesday 8:00 PM Oct 28, 2008 on CBS
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The NCIS team investigates a crime during the Halloween season, where a psychotic murderer leaves clues of its next victim's identity on the net.

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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • Cyber Vid killer.

    9.5
    This was a very good episode involving a serial killer that leaves clues to his next victim when he has killed someone and he is nicknamed the cyber Vid killer The killer also shows an interest in Gibbs and drove him to lengths to catch him but Gibbs was smart enough at the end when he was able to see who the victim and who the killer was This was one of the best of the season with Heartland and shows it has been a good start to the season.moreless
  • It's Halloween And The Team Investigates When A Body Is Found In A Marine Base. Gibbs Realizes That The Killer Leaves Clues About The Next Victims On The Net.

    10
    "Murder 2.0" is a very entertaining episode. It is also one of the best episodes of the series. This episode does a very good job of keeping the viewer's interest throughout. It also has a sharply written script. There is not anything negative to say about this episode and Halloween themed episodes are always superb. I am a great fan of serial killer plots because they are always interesting and intense. If you combine a serial killer plot and Halloween, you will get a fantastic episode. Fortunately the case was not predictable and it took twists and turns that I did not see coming. I really loved the tense. The background music was excellent. Mark Harmon gave a powerful performance. Once again, the humor played a big part. I loved the opening scene! I laughed so hard! Also, when Abby glued the floor of her lab was really funny as McGee fell! This episode is which I recommend to everyone. You can't miss this.moreless
  • amazeing!!!perfect!!!!!immpossibley wonderful!!!

    10
    i loved this episode even if it was really creepy!!keep it comeing!!i,m i,m i,m i,m i,m i,m i,m i i i i i i i i i i i i i i i i i i i i i i i i i i i i i i i i i i i i i i i i i i i i i i i i i i i i i i i i i i i i i i i i i i i i i i i i i i i i i i i i loved it!!!!moreless
  • So i guess this was an attempt to do a Halloween, sort of, thematic episode.

    8.0
    I liked it, but it didn't fully meet my standards, and i guess was a little disappointed with this ep.

    I perfectly understand the serial killer thing and all the cliches were on purpose. I guess this was na attempt of doing an athypical, thematic episode, that eventually didn't work so well.

    Compared to all the previous 6th season episodes, this one was the weakest. The plot... it just didn't grow. I couldn't really buy the story that Team Gibbs was being lead on by some adultescent looking for his 15 mins of fame. I also find it hard to believe the kid would manage to know so much about Gibbs, and the fact that he pick on Gibbs Team so personally just for the fun. The murderer even lacked reasonable, proper connection to the marines at all (at least in order for his crimes to be assigned necessarily, exclusively, to NCIS). And the team's scare was way out of proportion and seemed fake at some point. The blond girl flirting Gibbs seemed out of place. Abby's reminiscing of her dreadliest moments was indeed fun, but not enough to save the day. There were practically no Tiva moments. The end was very catchy though. For a murderer looking for fame, people would never even learn his name. Oddly enough, my opinion is that all the horror/killer movie cliches should have been written in a much more exagerated manner. They could have pushed Tony's movies mania farther than simply listing movie titles this time. For instance (just an idea), it would make much more sense (and fun) if the killer picked on Tony, based on what he must know about horror movies. That way they could write Tony into dangerous-but-hilarious situations. But i'm just saying... I actually think it was a great idea to try to do a stylized, thematic episode, only it didn't work so well.moreless
  • Quite an Halloween episode there.

    9.5
    Shows really a great Halloween one is really great. And that the NCIS seems to not want to investigate this one. The serial killer was playing with the minds of the team. And that it was funny to see McGee aka Probie's computer screen. Up with Ziva in a bikini. Just made you want to laugh. As Ziva seemed to really want to kill him. Just thought that she would grab him by the collar and really let him have it. Usually I am not a fan of Halloween episodes. But this one really was great. And good to see they were in a way, getting into the Halloween spirit.moreless
Mark Harmon

Mark Harmon

Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs

Michael Weatherly

Michael Weatherly

Special Agent Tony DiNozzo

David McCallum

David McCallum

Chief M.E. Ducky Mallard

Pauley Perrette

Pauley Perrette

Forensics Specialist Abby Sciuto

Sean Murray (I)

Sean Murray (I)

Special Agent Tim McGee

Cote de Pablo

Cote de Pablo

Mossad Agent Ziva David

Naama Kates

Naama Kates

Rose Woodhouse

Guest Star

Patrick J. Adams

Patrick J. Adams

Tommy Doyle

Guest Star

Max Gail

Max Gail

Sam Loomis

Guest Star

Brian Dietzen

Brian Dietzen

Asst. M.E. Jimmy Palmer

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (10)

    • GOOF: When we see the closeup of the number "2" on the MTAC screen, there's no doomsday clock inside the the "Hook" of the two. However, in later scenes we see the doomsday clock inside the "hook."

    • TRIVIA: Abby mentions three other times when she was as scared as when her lab was being secretly filmed. They were when her ex boyfriend was stalking her in "Bloodbath," when her insane assistant, Chip, held her at knife point in "Frame Up," and when McGee's crazy fan put a gun to her head in "Cover Story."

    • TRIVIA: The picture of the clock shown in the first video is taken out of very famous painting by artist Salvador Dali called The Persistence of Memory.

    • GOOF: When Abby checks Gibbs cell phone for a bomb, she opens the phone and it falls into parts in her hands. No cell phone can be disassembled in seconds.

    • GOOF: When McGee runs into Abby's lab to check on her and fall on the floor, we see his shoes glued on the ground. As he was running, his shoes shouldn't be aligned, they were glued as if he was standing still, not running.

    • GOOF: When McGee finds the camera on the cart, he holds his iPhone where the video is shown. On the iPhone (thanks to HD) we can see the IP address of the website, which reads 192.168.1.1 (a non-routable local only IP address). Furthermore when he passes his hand in front of the camera, the video immediately shows it, this is really unlikely because the video has to go all the way through the internet and back to the cell so there should be at least some delay.

    • GOOF: When McGee traces the VoIP phone call, we see a world map with ip addresses but those are not valid because they contain numbers higher than 255. (Ipv4 addresses consists of 4 numbers between 0 and 255 separated by full stops)

    • GOOF: "Primitus victor" doesn't mean "first victim", it means "first victor", or "winner".

    • TRIVIA: Tony goes up to collect Gibbs' Meritorious Service Award. In the season three episode, "Model Behavior", it is revealed that Gibbs never attends awards ceremonies, but Tony collects on his behalf and stores the medals in his desk drawer.

    • GOOF: McGee says, "Abby, this isn't a Flash codec...it's H.264!" Actually, Flash Player does support H.264 and has been able to for about a year. Additionally, H.264 is not a codec that is specific to streaming and McGee would not have been able to determine that the video was live using this information.

  • QUOTES (15)

    • Tony: (when everyone's stumped except McGee) Well, it is the CyberVid Killer. If McGee wasn't meant to do the heavy lifting, who was?

    • Tony: My mother isn't quite herself today. (Ziva stares at him) Psycho.
      Ziva: You certainly have your moments.

    • McGee: Where is that?
      Tony: Sears Tower, Chicago.
      Gibbs: (for next picture) Moscow.
      Ziva: (for next picture) Rio.
      Tony: Death by jet lag?

    • Jimmy: (Gleefully, to Gibbs.) His brain is missing!
      Ducky: There's no need to get so excited, Mr. Palmer.

    • Ziva: (to McGee) Today is not your lucky day!
      Tony: It is Halloween later this week.
      McGee: And I did see a black cat this morning! Well, it was dark brown.

    • (McGee runs into Abby's lab)
      McGee: Abby! It's ok you're...
      (McGee falls hard onto the floor next to Abby, he notices his shoes glued to the lab's floor)
      McGee: Again with the crazy glue!
      Abby: Consider yourself lucky, it was either that or hydrochloric acid! Did you catch him?
      McGee: Oh well we caught somebody.

    • (Watching a music video)
      Ziva: Well, you have a very interesting way of holding the microphone.

    • Tony: Really wish you'd have stayed in the car, Boss.
      Gibbs: DiNozzo, will you shut up or I'm gonna shoot you.

    • McGee: My CPU is too small.
      Tony: I'm going to let that one slide.

    • Tony: Nice girl. She wasn't my type.
      Ziva: Really? She was breathing.
      Tony: Yes, but I have standards, Ziva. Otherwise, I'd be dating you!

    • Gibbs: Tell me you have something more than agitated nuns.

    • McGee: He donated his sperm.
      Tony: Ah, the things people do for money.
      Ziva: You donated your sperm!
      Tony: Yes, but not for money. Just to enrich the world.

    • Palmer: A missing brain and so close to Halloween...it kind of makes you want to...(notices looks from Gibbs and Ducky)...go clean some pipettes.

    • Tony: Mother, blood, blood!
      Ziva: Psycho.
      Gibbs: He has his moments.

    • Ziva: (referring to McGee's possession of her photos) What do you think he's doing with them?
      Tony: I would rather shave my eyeballs than contemplate that.

  • NOTES (2)

    • Music Featured In This Episode:
      "Love Serenade" by Barry White (during the teaser)
      "Dragostea Din Tei" by O-Zone (in the internet video played in Abby's lab)

    • Original International Airdates:
      Australia: November 4, 2008 on Ten
      Denmark: November 18, 2008 on TV3
      Sweden: March 24, 2009 on TV3
      Germany: April 5, 2009 on SAT 1
      Norway: May 19, 2009 on TV3
      Spain: June 30, 2009 on La Sexta
      Slovakia: December 17, 2009 on Markiza
      Finland: February 16, 2010 on Nelonen
      Czech Republic: June 21, 2010 on TV Nova

  • ALLUSIONS (9)

    • Early in the episode Tony references the movie Scream which is a horror film directed by Wes Craven released in 1996. The character Sam Loomis from this episode is perhaps an allusion to Billy Loomis who was one of two main serial killers in the movie.

    • Tony: Wes Craven he's not. Nightmare on Elm Street, Scream... Swamp Thing.

      Wes Craven is a famous horror film Director/Writer, and the three movies Tony mentions are just a selection of Wes Craven's portfolio.

    • LonelyGirl15
      Evolution of Dance
      Numa Numa Guy

      All three of these are famous cyber-vids seen all over the internet. They actually showed a brief clip of the last one.

    • "Murder 2.0": this number is a reference to computer programs. When a version is first released it's version is 1.0, and with updates the number changes to indicate the new "version" of the program.

    • Harry Cooper, the janitor in this episode, is named for a character from 1968's Night of the Living Dead. Bob Simms, the man tied to the bear statue and beaten in this episode, is named for the character in the original 1978 Halloween. Bob Simms is the boyfriend who gets stabbed to a door by Michael Myers. Alice Hardy, the surprised wife at the beginning of the episode, is named for a camp counselor in the 1980 movie Friday the 13th. Also, the old lady questioned at the Sunshine Retirement Home, Sally Hardesty, is named after the final girl in the 1974 movie The Texas Chainsaw Massacre.

    • Rose Woodhouse is a reference to the lead character Rosemary Woodhouse in the 1968 horror/thriller Rosemary's Baby, with the title character played by Mia Farrow. Oddly enough Rosemary's Baby had a small part played by Sharon Tate who was killed by followers of Charles Manson in the Tate-LaBianca murders. Tony makes a reference to Manson when he ponders how much money Manson would have made had he copyrighted the name Helter Skelter.

    • The doctor played by Donald Pleasance is named Sam Loomis, which is the same name as the video creator that Tony and Ziva interrogate. He, in turn, ends up being the third victim.

    • The Tommy Doyle character is another reference to 1978's Halloween and several of the sequels: 1981's Halloween II, 1995's Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers, and the 2007 Rob Zombie Remake of the first Halloween. Tommy Doyle was the little boy Laurie Strode was babysitting when Myers attacks.

    • Numerous allusions to Psycho, Norman Bates, Janet Leigh etc. are all referring to the Alfred Hitchcock's acclaimed 1960 horror thriller starring Anthony Perkins as Norman Bates and Janet Leigh as Marion Crane. The shower scene for the film took around a week to film with 70-80 camera set-ups. It has acquired cult status for Horror Movie lovers. Another name, Sam Loomis, was also a character in the 1978 film Halloween, as well as the five sequels.

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