Season 4 Episode 6

Witch Hunt

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



  • Trivia

    • 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

    • 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

    • Lauren Holly (NCIS Director Jenny Shepard) does not appear in this episode, even though she is credited in the opening credits.

    • Mark Harmon and guest star Scott Michael Campbell previously worked together on the episode "Big Hand for the Little Lady" of Chicago Hope.

    • Original International Airdates:
      Denmark: November 21, 2006 on TV3
      Sweden: January 21, 2007 on TV3
      Australia: February 27, 2007 on TEN
      Belgium: April 1, 2007 on VT4
      Germany: April 8, 2007 on SAT 1
      The Netherlands: April 11, 2007 on Veronica
      United Kingdom: May 15, 2007 on FX UK
      Spain: June 28, 2007 on La Sexta
      Italy: September 12, 2007 on RAI 2
      Finland: November 11, 2008 on Nelonen
      Slovakia: June 2, 2009 on Markiza
      Czech Republic: August 11, 2009 on TV Nova

    • Featured Music:
      "Dead Man's Party" by Oingo Boingo
      "Sweet Child o' Mine" by Guns N' Roses

  • Allusions

    • 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.