Season 2 Episode 20

Red Cell

Aired Tuesday 8:00 PM Apr 26, 2005 on CBS
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Episode Summary

A marine is found murdered on the school campus, and the NCIS discovers a suspect immediately. However, they are back at zero point when they find the suspect murdered. Tim & Abby discover a trace in the e-mails, called "Red Cell," which leads them to believe that the marine must have been involved in a serious death game.moreless

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  • One of the more fun episodes.

    Tony and Kate are like children – they prowl the apartment and ransack is a good word. For all their teasing, obviously some girls like geeks. Kate calling Tony 'Dodo-head', that's mature.

    Gibbs demonstrating the killing technique on Tony was hilarious… and kinda scary. Very cool when Gibbs goes all marine on the killer, I don't remember him ever getting that physical before.

    "Do you think I keep him around for his personality?" This is one of the times that Tony actually shows why Gibbs hired him. Tony is always unorthodox but he is a good cop.

    I enjoy this episode, despite the somewhat overused theme of hazing, it's a fun episode.moreless
  • Fun but..

    This episode had quite some fun. I loved Kate and Tony intruding McGee's home and having a look of his "outer work" side.. all those things telling us more about his char.

    So.. that was great and the whole "I can do anything" to "I am not sure if I can do that" was also great on char level and I think that was probably the best part of this episode for me.

    I did not liked the case thought. There were great moments like when they were trying to catch the hacker and that run trough campus but.. The case felt little weird..moreless
  • A really interesting episode!

    This episode was another extremely interesting one, and it provided a rather unusual case. The storyline was interesting and rather unpredictable, which made it a very exciting episode, and that is one of the reasons why I enjoyed it.

    The episode did have some funny moments, which also added another great element to it, and this made the episode awesome.

    I really enjoyed the ending to the episode, and this one had one of the most exciting conclusions.

    I wouldn't call this episode one of the best, but it is still an extremely interesting one, in my opinion, and I recommend it very highly.

    Great job, NCIS!moreless
  • Another great episode

    This episode opens with a sorority prank. It is then that a body is found. The victim turns out to be a marine who has returned form Iraq to go to college. His name was Turner. When the team try to track down one of his friends (Blake), he has also been missing for a few days. So Tony & McGee search his room and find bloody towels hidden under the bed. The team learn that the missing marine and the victim were part of a paint ball team which played one on one. When McGee does some checking, he informs the team that he has found Blake through his hand held computer.

    When they follow his connect, hey discover the body of Blake, with his hand held computer. Ducky reveals that he died around the same time as the other officer, and that his neck was also snapped. The team discover that the person sending the emails and most likely the killer is a tech geek, whose room was next to Blake's. Were learn that the gunny was forcing a young woman on the campus to sleep with him and so the two now dead marines went to talk to him about it and he ended up killing them.moreless
  • Another fantastic episode.

    This episode just got it all. I like it, cause to me it was a bit unpredictable who exactly did it. I only had a someone in my like seconds before it got obvious who did it. Looking back at this episode, or watching this episode again it is more obvious. But to me it still isn't one of those episode where you just know who did it. So yeah you could defiantly say that this episode was cleverly plotted.

    The characters were all their fabulous self's again, which always creates into hilarious scenes, and great chemistry between the team members.moreless
Mark Harmon

Mark Harmon

Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs

Sasha Alexander

Sasha Alexander

Special Agent Kate Todd

Michael Weatherly

Michael Weatherly

Special Agent Tony DiNozzo

Pauley Perrette

Pauley Perrette

Forensics Specialist Abby Sciuto

Sean Murray (I)

Sean Murray (I)

Special Agent Tim McGee

David McCallum

David McCallum

Chief M.E. Ducky Mallard

Jesse Heiman

Jesse Heiman

Frederick Pippin

Guest Star

Kaj-Erik Eriksen

Kaj-Erik Eriksen

Frank Smith

Guest Star

Judd Trichter

Judd Trichter

Hunter Huxley

Guest Star

Brian Dietzen

Brian Dietzen

Asst. M.E. Jimmy Palmer

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (6)

    • GOOF: Another error made when McGee was first tracing the hacker, he said that it was being routed through a server in Buffalo. The box with the aforementioned fictional address says "Buffalo, NY" - yet the X on the map is right on top of New York City, the opposite end of the state.

    • GOOF: McGee says his GPA was 3.9, saying he failed one thing - fencing. MIT uses a 5.0 scale.

    • GOOF: When McGee traces the person writing to Turner's IM, it returns a MAC address of 28773.29.128.21. A MAC address consists of a 12 character hexadecimal number, divided in groups of 2 by a "." Furthermore, the addresses of the servers the person is routing his connection through is also fictional, as IP addresses consists of 4 groups of numbers between 0 and 255, divided by a "."

    • TRIVIA: When Tony and Kate are looking for the hacker, in the Quad, they notice a suspicious guy on a laptop. As they approach him to see what he is doing, you can see he is on the "Scarlet Secret" website, from the episode 2x09 "Forced Entry."

    • TRIVIA: When McGee is tracking the device that the hacker is using, he said that it passed through the server of the "Baltimore City Public Library". The public library for the City of Baltimore is never called by that name. The official name is "The Enoch Pratt Free Library". Enoch Pratt was a very generous patron of the library. The library is also known simply as "The Pratt Library".

    • GOOF: When Abby is typing the first line of her last message to the hacker, all you see is "Hello, you twisted piece of s". Later, the line has changed to "Hello, you twisted piece of crap." Deliberate, but still a mistake.

  • QUOTES (39)

    • Gibbs: If anyone ever mentions a frat party, or spring break or college ever again, I'll fire you. Understand?
      Tony: Yes boss.
      Kate: Yes.

    • Gibbs: (referring to a locked computer file) Can you open it?
      Abby: They don't call me 'Five Fingered Sciuto' for nothing! Actually, nobody calls me that. My nickname is actually Vampersteen, but I never really liked the sound of it...

    • Tony: There's definitely something wrong with this guy.
      McGee: Why?
      Tony: Listens to folk music.

    • (When Tony and Kate first get into McGee's apartment)
      Tony: Told you he was a boxers guy.
      Kate: Yeah, McGee, I thought for sure you were a tighty whitey man.

    • Kate: (after saying she knew someone smarter then McGee) I was talking about Abby, do-do head.

    • Tony: Hi ladies! (pause) God, I miss college.

    • McGee: That wasn't nice.
      Tony: They don't pay us enough to be nice.

    • Tony: (about an activist ex-girlfriend) Wasn't bad until she stopped shaving her arm pits and...(Kate looks at him, appalled) She owns a car dealership now if you're looking for a good deal.

    • Tony: Turn that frown upside down, sweetie. We're going back to college.
      Kate: Tony, it's like you never left.

    • Abby: (after Gibbs already knows what she was going to tell him) Really, really hate when he does that.

    • McGee: You can barely turn on your computer, Tony.

    • Abby: You might be smart, but my geek carries a gun.

    • Suspect: Ow... You're hurting me.
      McGee: You hear something Tony?
      Tony: No.
      McGee: Me neither.

    • Gibbs: (Ducky was going to demonstrate breaking someone's neck on Palmer) I'll do it, Duck.
      Tony: This oughta be fun.
      Gibbs: On you.
      Tony: Is that really necessary?
      Gibbs: It'll be fun.

    • Tony: You hear that, Palmer?
      Palmer: He sounded pretty upset...
      Tony: No. He called me his Senior Field Agent. Finally.

    • Gibbs: Where have you been?
      Tony: Stopped for coffee. Got you your... welcome.

    • Ducky: You're blowing in my ear, Mr. Palmer.

    • (After McGee and Abby have a slight argument and have stuck their tongues out at each other)
      Gibbs: Oh, so glad to see you two don't need adult supervision.
      Abby: McGee's annoying me again.
      Gibbs: (as McGee tries to speak) Don't...

    • Tony: Sending Gibbs on a panty raid...
      Kate: He's going to kill you.

    • Gibbs: (after he and Tony burst in on a room full of girls) I'm going to kill McGee.
      Tony: We've got it covered Kate.

    • Gibbs: You tell Abby I want her.
      Abby: Oh, Gibbs, I never knew.

    • (looking over the shoulder of a student surfing a porn site)
      Tony: That's what I'm talking about!
      Kate: Don't you get enough of that at home?
      Tony: My internet connection is down.

    • Tony: (after seeing a guy in a ski mask run by) I'd say that's abnormal.

    • Tony: You should really meet our boss. He'd like you.
      Hunter Huxley: You should really meet my lawyers. They'd love you.

    • (to dorm occupant)
      Tony: What's your name, little girl?
      Dorm Occupant: Simon Frankel.
      Tony: Okay, listen Urkel, we're here on official business. So, why don't you go back to your dorm room and play dungeon master and let professionals do their work, okay?
      Dorm Occupant: I'm just trying to help.
      Tony: You wanna be a big help?
      Dorm Occupant: Yeah, definitely.
      Tony: 'Kay, put your hands in the air, nothing to be worried about! Spread yours legs, okay, stick out your tongue. (he complies) You're the gargoyle that guards this door! (Tony slams the door in his face)

    • Suspect: What do they call it? The box? Coffin? Sweat shop?
      Tony: No... we just call it interrogation.

    • Ducky: Any idea why the young man is half-naked?
      Gibbs: It must be a college thing.

    • (while Kate and Tony are in McGee's apartment)
      Tony: Kind of like watching National Geographic (with an accent). Watch as the McGee moves slowly from the watering hole, trailed by hyenas.
      Kate: This place needs a lot of help McGee.
      Tony: At least you're not building a boat in your basement.

    • (when Kate and Tony crash into McGee's apartment)
      Kate: Aww look... He eats dinosaur cereal...

    • Kate: Say goodbye.
      Tony: To what?
      Kate: Your glory years. They've passed you by. Time to hang up your beer bong.
      Tony: Ouch, Kate. Ouch.

    • Gunny: Sometimes I feel like a kindergarten teacher.
      Gibbs: Oh yeah. I'm familiar with the sentiment.

    • Abby: Somebody's in a really bad mood.
      Gibbs: Spending the night in a room full of crying women does that to me.

    • Tony: Poor Probie.
      Kate: You think he needs a group hug?!
      Tony: Awww...

    • McGee: What kind of interrogation is this?
      Gibbs: The DiNozzo method. Not pretty, but effective.

    • Tony: You missed your calling boss. Shoulda been a chiropractor.

    • Tony: Even George Clooney couldn't get laid in here.

    • Kate: I hate to say it but that was good idea, Tony.
      Gibbs: (coming in) What was Kate?
      Kate: Tony figured out a way to find the hacker.
      Gibbs: Of course. It's his job. ... You think I keep him around for his personality?

    • Tony: Sounds like 'Hell Week'.
      Gibbs: 'Hell Week'?
      Tony: Yeah, fraternal right of passage. Worst week of my life, followed by the best four years.
      Gibbs: Yeah? You were running around in your skivvies, Dinozzo?
      Tony: Technically...but back then they made us wear them on our heads. I think it was sort of a character building thing.
      Kate: Certainly explains a lot.

    • Ducky: It reminds me of a English Earl, who was abducted and asphyxiated. Every bone in his body was broken.
      Palmer: What happened to him?
      Ducky: Well, it was on a moonlit night...
      (Gibbs interrupts for a few minutes)
      Palmer: So that's what happened to the English Earl?
      Ducky: What English Earl?

  • NOTES (3)

    • Troian Avery Bellisario, Donald P. Bellisario's daughter, appears in this episode. After Donald, Troian is the second Bellisario to appear on the show. Donald's step-son Sean Murray is also a regular on the show.

    • Original International Airdates:
      Croatia: January 12, 2006 on NOVA TV
      Finland: September 1, 2007 on Nelonen
      France: December 02, 2005 on M6
      Germany: February 02, 2006 on SAT.1
      Sweden: July 23, 2005 on TV3
      Denmark: April 26, 2005 on TV3

    • This episode is also known under the title The A Club.


    • Tony refers to Simon (the geeky dorm occupant) several times as Urkel. Urkel was the name of a nerdy character from the show Family Matters.

    • The music that is playing when Abby plays with the paintball gun is the theme to the TV show Peter Gunn, which was used in the feature film The Blues Brothers.

    • Tony: The first rule of Fight Club is that you never talk about Fight Club!

      Fight Club, from 1999, is a film about an office worker and a soap salesman who start up an underground fighting club, designed to vent male aggression. It starred Edward Norton and Brad Pitt, and was directed by David Fincher.

    • Episode title: "Red Cell"
      Red Cell is a book by former Navy SEAL Richard Marcinko, as well as nonfiction video documentary. Marcinko's Red Cell was an elite Navy SEAL team who was to test the security measures of the nation's military and security divisions.