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Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs
Special Agent Tony DiNozzo
Chief M.E. Ducky Mallard
Forensics Specialist Abby Sciuto
Special Agent Tim McGee
Mossad Agent Ziva David
Asst. M.E. Jimmy Palmer
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.
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!
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.
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
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.
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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