Season 4 Episode 6

Witch Hunt

Aired Tuesday 8:00 PM Oct 31, 2006 on CBS
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Episode Summary

It's Halloween and the NCIS team is busy investigating a ransom case. A Marine's daughter has been kidnapped after the kidnapper attacked a Marine in his home. The investigation leads them to a fact that the couple has been separated. They decide to focus on the wife's ex-boyfriend, after learning that the woman is the one who destroyed their marriage. Meanwhile, McGee and Tony are stunned by Abby's Halloween costume.moreless

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  • The NCIS Team Investigates The Death Of A Marine Who Was Killed In His Home. The Path Of The Investigation Leads To A Missing Girl.

    After watching this episode, I think that it is safe to say that NCIS started on the right note. Everything worked in this episode. A well written script, top-notch suspense, intense acting and an enjoyable conclusion which the viewer doesn't see coming. The plot was interesting, especially the beginning caught my attention. What made this episode work, is the fact that it was Halloween. It was nice to see Abby's costume and the scene where the team stormed the party was very well done. Also the arrest scene in the end was really cool. A really great episode.moreless
  • There were more twists and turns to this story than 20 feet of small intestine.

    This was a great episode! From the disappearance of the shell casings (a robot vacuum cleaner) to Sara's mother kicking the snot out of the woman who helped kidnap her daughter I was kept on the edge of my seat. I loved, LOVED, the double Gibbs head slap on Tim and Tony when they were mesmerized by Abby's costume (kudos to the costume department by the way). I also loved Ducky chasing down the "ninjas" that egged the crime scene van, "It's not as if they were real ninjas". This episode of NCIS is a classic example of what continues to compel me to watch on a daily basis. The writing, acting, character development and interaction are among the best, and for my money are the best, in television today. This program will live forever in my DVD collection.moreless
  • This episode was brilliant!Its exactly why I watch it. The interplay between all the character,s interspersed with the halloween theme was great.How about Abby's costume?Wasn't it great!.

    Its exactly why I watch this show.The interplay between all the characters interspersed with the Halloween theme was great.Abby's costume was great,and Tony, Probie,and even Gibbs was mesmerized by it.Speaking about the costumes I was very amused when Tony and Zeva find Probie's costume and try on various parts When suddenly Gibbs walks in.The looks on their faces were priceless.I was pleased to see more depth To the role of mr. Palmer as Ducky's assistent.He is not just the comic foil portrayed in episodes past,and I was suprised to see that it was Ducky collaring the Halloween hooligans who egged the ncis van.All in all a very entertaining episodemoreless
  • Excellent episode but the fact the team didn't check out the family members was so sloppy it ruined the end for me quite a bit.

    Ziva looks absolutely adorable with the elf ears! Gibbs walking in with Ziva wearing the hat, Tony wearing the gloves and shoving them behind his back and of the three, McGee looks normal. I love it when Gibbs calls McGee 'Elf Lord' which he does often.

    It's obvious from the beginning that something's wrong – the wife doesn't know what the husband's costume is. The kidnapper doesn't mention no police etc which is odd in itself given the man shot was military which means NCIS.

    Very sloppy not to check on the wife's 'sister' – the first suspects in a kidnapping are family members and nobody checked on the family themselves, even such a simple thing as a sister. Her daughter's been kidnapped and she doesn't mention that there's a paternity issue. Liked Laurie going psycho at the end, Gibbs hid behind the pillar and let her get some really nice hits in before he grabbed her.

    It's not often Tony talks about his privileged upbringing and since it's to McGee, I think it means he trusts him. Loved Gibbs, Tony and McGee bursting in on the party and the guests mistake them for a party stunt.

    Great Cleopatra outfit! Abby looks great as Marilyn and as a blonde, but I think Pauley is naturally a blonde. Great zombie! I love zombies, especially zombies who play charades.moreless
  • This episode was stunning, in so many ways!

    I really loved the fact that this episode was extremely original and unprecedented. It was great to take a deeper look into Halloween, and Abby's Halloween costume was sensational!

    The plot to the episode was extravagent, and it was extremely original, from the very first scene!

    The episode was also quite funny, especially Ducky's quote, "Oh please, they're not even real ninjas!" when he caught the children who egged their van.

    I also really enjoyed seeing various Halloween costumes, and it gave a deep insight into the American holiday, which I found to be interesting.

    The ending was also great, and the storyline mostly superb! A great episode of NCIS, which I highly recommend!moreless
Mark Harmon

Mark Harmon

Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs

Michael Weatherly

Michael Weatherly

Special Agent Tony DiNozzo

Cote de Pablo

Cote de Pablo

Mossad Agent Ziva David

Pauley Perrette

Pauley Perrette

Forensics Specialist Abby Sciuto

Sean Murray (I)

Sean Murray (I)

Special Agent Tim McGee

Lauren Holly

Lauren Holly

Director Jenny Shepard

Cheryl White

Cheryl White

Rebecca Biddle

Guest Star

Mary Matilyn Mouser

Mary Matilyn Mouser

Kelly Gibbs

Guest Star

Kali Majors

Kali Majors

Sarah Niles

Guest Star

Brian Dietzen

Brian Dietzen

Asst. M.E. Jimmy Palmer

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (8)

    • GOOF: When Gibbs asks Laurie how old Robert Miller is, she states that he is 28, but when McGee does a database search for him, he puts 25-30 into the search parameters, and unsurprisingly, gets 378 hits. Given that she was very specific, and did not hesitate in any way that would indicate she was unsure of the answer, McGee could have easily cut the possible subjects down drastically had he reduced the numbers even to 27-29.

    • GOOF: When McGee is processing the crime scene, he approaches the shell casings at the #3 marker. When the camera angle changes, the casings are in a different position.

    • TRIVIA: Abby refers to Gibbs as "Mr. President" Mark Harmon actually played the President of the United States in the movie Chasing Liberty.

    • GOOF: McGee says the hits on the BOLO came from use of E-ZPass, but I-66 is not a toll road.

    • TRIVIA: When McGee opens the website for 3 Star Car Rentals, the car on the header of the page is an Australian built 2003 model Holden Commodore SS, which was never brought out in the USA.

    • TRIVIA: (About the Marilyn costume)
      Pauley: I forgot about the bright-red lipstick, tried to flip the skirt up on my own and it stuck to my lips... thankfully we had two dresses!

    • TRIVIA: Pauley Perrette is usually only in makeup for 45 minutes during the shooting, but for her Marilyn makeup, it took almost twice as long!

    • TRIVIA: Abby is dressed up like Marilyn Monroe from her movie Seven Year Itch.

  • QUOTES (39)

    • Ducky: Ah, there you are. Is [Abby] here yet?
      Jimmy: Oh, she's here. And she is in costume.
      Tony: Oh, yeah? What's it like?
      Jimmy: Trust me, you wouldn't want me to ruin the surprise.

    • Ziva: I screwed up, Ducky. I knew the staff sergeant's wife was hiding something, that she wasn't telling us the whole truth. And you know what? I allowed myself to feel sorry for her. Ugh! Do you know what that makes me?
      Ducky: Human.
      Ziva: A chimp!
      Jimmy: I think she means "chump", Doctor.

    • Tony: Last time I did Halloween I was an astronaut. The neighborhood I grew up in, well it wasn't really a neighborhood; there were these estates with mansions smack dab in the middle of them. And really long driveways. Made Halloween very tricky. It's a lot of walking. God my feet were tired that night. Dogs were barking.
      McGee: Yeah, I gotta imagine it really sucks growing up rich like that.
      Tony: My costume was fantastic though. Wicked awesome. I was a spaceman. No ventilation though. I was sweating like Roger Federer after a five-set tie breaker. And stinky. Stinky like cheese. But man what a haul. I made off with more candy than I could carry.
      McGee: God, I imagine this story's coming to an end soon.
      Tony: But when I got home, old man made me throw it all away. Even the apples.
      McGee: He was concerned about your teeth.
      Tony: Oh... no. I made my astronaut suit out of one of this $3000 designer ski suits.
      McGee: Ouch.
      Tony: I don't think I sat down again 'til Christmas.

    • Gibbs: Spent 40 minutes with him.
      McGee: Well, all you'd do was stare at him.
      Gibbs: You ever try reading a Klingon's face, McGee? It ain't exactly easy.

    • McGee: Abby is right, I am three cans short of a six pack.
      Tony: She was talking about your abs, McFlabby.

    • Abby: Tony, there is nothing scary about a zombie dragging its butt around!
      Tony: Well, a zombie isn't a zombie unless it's dragging its butt around.
      McGee: You liked 28 Days Later. Those zombies were really quick.
      Tony: (angry) Okay, enough with the zombies already!

    • Abby: What's wrong McGee? You look three cans short of a six pack.

    • Ziva: Aw, my poor little McGee! There'll be other elf queens online.
      Tony: She's right. Of course they won't be Redskins cheerleaders and they'll probably weigh a few thousand pounds.
      Ziva: Not to mention there's a good chance some of them are probably men.

    • Tony: ...Your description of car is... car.

    • Gibbs: (to kidnapped girl's mother) Alright look.. I've been married four times... I've made every mistake in the book.

    • Ziva: Well, according to someone called, ah, Scuttle Butt, he caught his wife cheating on him.
      Gibbs: Scuttlebutt's not a person, Ziva, scuttlebutt is what Marines call gossip.
      Ziva: And then you wonder why I have a problem with your language!

    • Ziva: I'm just not very good with all the crying and the women and the--
      Gibbs: That makes two of us!

    • Gibbs: (gesturing to crime scene) What do you make of this McGee?
      McGee: Well, obvious signs of a struggle, one dead assailant... not sure how his head got that way though...
      Gibbs: You're not?! Come on... let me show you. Get on the floor.

    • (wearing a part of McGee's costume)
      Ziva: (to Tony and McGee) I instantly felt all the respect leave my body as soon as I put this on!

    • (defending his costume)
      McGee: It's a snow elf... and I'm going to a costume party okay?
      Tony: It's far from okay Probie... in fact, I'd say that this is taking geek one step beyond.

    • Tony: I knew you played a fairy on that online game... but dressing up as one?!

    • McGee: (to Tony) I think you mean Abby and I did it again. (Abby whacks McGee.) Ow! What was that for?
      Abby: Those days ended the moment you started sexing up the cheerleader.

    • McGee: Look, I know what I saw. Someone policed the brass and tried to wipe up the blood.
      Tony: Who, Probie-- the crime scene fairies? There's no one here!

    • Ducky: Release the captives Mr. Palmer!
      (Palmer releases the delinquent youths)
      Tony: Nice work, Palmer!
      Palmer: It wasn't me, Tony. Dr. Mallard chased them for three blocks.
      Ducky: Oh please! It's not that impressive. It's not as if they were real ninjas.

    • Tony: (to McGee) You got a time of death on the great pumpkin here, Charlie Brown?

    • Abby: (to Gibbs) There's more, if you're interested... Mr. President.

    • Ducky: You know what they say about a mother bear and her cubs?
      Ziva: They eat them when the food runs out.

    • McGee: Palmer!
      Palmer: Is something wrong?
      McGee: Are you trying to get shot?!?
      Palmer: Um, no.

    • Abby: I couldn't hear my cellphone at the party. I mean, you'd think a cemetery would be a little quieter.

    • Abby: (watches Gibbs leave) Is there something I should know?
      Ziva: I think he's planning on devouring me.
      Abby: And they say blondes have all the fun.

    • Tony: McGeek with the save!

    • Tony: Something just touched my foot. Something's under the couch!
      McGee: Maybe it's the, uh, crime scene fairy, Tony.
      Tony: I hate Halloween.

    • Ziva: What's under your shirt?
      McGee: My T-shirt.

    • Tony: It's Halloween, Ziva. It's an American holiday...
      Ziva: I know, the wearing of silly costumes and begging for treats. I imagine it's a DiNozzo National Holiday.

    • Tony: The only thing I hate worse than Halloween are Klingons!
      Klingon: Look, ask 'em, okay? Ask the guy in the cheesehead hat, ask, uh, the vampire, David Lee Roth, Carrot-man, ask him!
      Carrot-Man: This has gone far enough. I happen to be a lawyer.
      Tony: Good! The only thing I hate worse than Klingons are lawyers!

    • Tony: (to McGee) Every day is Halloween to Abby.

    • McGee: Boss, he just said your mother has a smooth forehead. It's a Klingon insult.

    • Carrot-man: Great group costume, guys, but you spelled CSI wrong on your hats!

    • McGee: Well, I'm going to a costume party later tonight.
      Gibbs: Not anymore, Elf-lord. General Custer has been shot, and he's got a dead skeleton in his living room.

    • Gibbs: Not bad for a blonde.
      Abby: You know, there's no statistical evidence that say blondes have lower IQ's than any other hair color.
      Gibbs: I'll take your word for it, Abbs.

    • Tony: You speak Klingon?
      McGee: Not fluently, but yes.

    • Tony: It's not easy being a root vegetable, is it?

    • Abby: McGee, can you invert the image... as soon as you're done undressing me with your eyes?

    • Abby: Why are you looking at me like that? Do I have food in my teeth or something?
      Tony: I'll just stick with "or something."

  • NOTES (4)

  • ALLUSIONS (11)

    • Tony: General Kang crying or is that just sweat?

      General Kang is a Klingon character who appeared in three Star Trek series: Star Trek (the original series), Star Trek: Deep Space 9 and Star Trek: Voyager.

    • Tony: She was talking about your abs "McFlabby".

      When Tony calls McGee McFlabby, he's referring to the Grey's Anatomy characters who made up the names, McDreamy, McSteamy, McVet etc.

    • Abby: (refers to Gibbs as) ... Mr. President."

      It is widely held that Marilyn Monroe and President John Kennedy had an affair during his tenure in the White House. During a birthday party for JFK held at Madison Square Garden on May 19, 1962, Marilyn performed a very sultry "Happy Birthday to You" serenade during which she sang the line, "Happy Birthday, Mr. President" to Kennedy and his guests. When he took the stage, Kennedy responded by saying, "I can now retire from politics after having had Happy Birthday sung to me in such a sweet, wholesome way." When Abby used this reference, she was flirting with Gibbs, which she often does.

    • Abby: Smashing Pumpkins! It's the left hand side of a Virginia license plate!

      The Smashing Pumpkins were a popular alternative rock band that formed in 1988. They were one of the most successful bands during the 1990's, but eventually broke up in 2000. Their sound contained elements of gothic rock, heavy metal, and dream pop, just to name a few.

    • Tony: ...Sweatin' like Roger Federer after a five set tie-breaker.

      Roger Federer is a Swiss professional tennis player. He is the only player to have won both the U.S. Open and Wimbledon titles in three consecutive years. His accomplishments have caused many to say he has the potential to become the greatest player of all time.

    • Abby: Dawn of the Dead was awesome!

      Dawn of the Dead was originally filmed in 1978 and was about a group of people trying to hide from zombies that had risen from the dead. A re-make was released in 2004 and was directed by Zack Snyder. The original was directed by George Romero.

    • The Klingon tells the NCIS team to ask the guy dressed as David Lee Roth about his alibi. David Lee Roth, also known as Diamond Dave, is an American rock vocalist, songwriter, actor, author, and former radio personality. He is best known as the former lead singer of the rock group Van Halen and for his flamboyant antics both onstage and off.

    • McGee makes a reference to a movie in which Sean Connery plays an Irish person. Darby O'Gill and the Little People is a 1959 Disney movie in which Darby O'Gill tells tall tales of leprechauns. Then he actually captures the leprechaun king and discovers the hidden gold, but no one believes him. Sean Connery does not play the title character.

    • Tony: Well, according to six people Worf here was at the party when the little girl was kidnapped.
      Worf is the name of the Klingon security chief of the starship Enterprise on Star Trek: The Next Generation. He also became a core cast member on Star Trek: Deep Space 9 playing the same role.

    • McGee: You haven't met my ice queen yet.

      "Ice Queen" was the name of one of the JAG episodes that introduced the NCIS team. The episode aired as the first part of the pilot that aired as a part of JAG. And later, the episode (along with "Meltdown") was turned into a NCIS special episode "Navy NCIS: The Beginning."

    • Episode Title: "Witch Hunt"
      In addition to the traditional usage already mentioned, a more modern day use of the term witch hunt is any reference to the pursuit of a perceived enemy, especially when that pursuit is carried on using extreme measures and with little consideration of the individual's actual guilt. One of the most well-known "witch hunts" in America occurred during the McCarthy Era of 1950-54 when many Americans were accused of being Communists.

      The title could also be a reference to a 1967 mini-series, and 1995, 1994, 1999 and 2004 TV movies, all with the same title.