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Kill Screen 

A Metro cop in Washington, DC, finds a set of severed fingertips which prove to be those of a Marine corporal; Gibbs and company investigate; McGee finds the corresponding body in the local... See full summary »


Tony Wharmby


Donald P. Bellisario (created by), Don McGill (created by) | 2 more credits »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Mark Harmon ... Leroy Jethro Gibbs
Michael Weatherly ... Anthony DiNozzo
Cote de Pablo ... Ziva David
Pauley Perrette ... Abby Sciuto
Sean Murray ... Timothy McGee
Rocky Carroll ... Leon Vance (credit only)
David McCallum ... Donald Mallard
Brian Dietzen ... Jimmy Palmer
Beth Riesgraf ... Maxine / Max Destructo
Jason Beghe ... Blake Martin
Tamer Hassan ... Agah Bayar
Ava Gaudet ... Lisa Bock
Michael Malota ... Billy Sullivan
Vincent M. Ward ... Cop (as Vincent Ward)
Steven Christopher Parker ... Passing Player


A Metro cop in Washington, DC, finds a set of severed fingertips which prove to be those of a Marine corporal; Gibbs and company investigate; McGee finds the corresponding body in the local morgue; Ducky concludes that the corporal was a victim of stretching to death on a rack. McGee and Ziva meet Max, who used a credit card of the dead Marine; excitement occurs while McGee interviews her; Tony and Ziva meet and interview another interesting chick; McGee pursues with Max. Gibbs asks whether the corporal died because Max, a former girlfriend, made a record score on a video game. Ziva gets a lead on a major game programmer, but he has disappeared; Gibbs meets an arms dealer. Tony and McGee find the body of the missing programmer, with mutilations identical to those on the Marine. Gibbs and McGee get a confession, then the gang search for a particular computer; McGee guides Gibbs, who finds it and announces "game over". Tony makes a date for McGoo. Written by DocRushing

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Release Date:

22 February 2011 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Clarita, California, USA

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


Ducky informs the team that the murder victim, Marine Cpl. Zack Armstrong, was killed by being stretched to death. The method of the victim's demise and his last name may be a dark-humored reference to once-popular toy called Stretch Armstrong, an action figure with stretchable arms and legs. See more »


As McGee is talking to Max Destructo just before the attack, he claims that she "holds the high score on virtually every massively multiplayer online role-playing game". Very rarely do MMORPGs have high scores, since they're based on pen-and-paper RPG games and don't track many quantifiable points of data (kills, money collected, etc.). See more »


Ziva David: [At a gaming center] Do you do this?
Special Agent Timothy McGee: No. No. It's too geeky even for me.
Passing Player: Hey McGeeminator! Heh! You ready for a rematch?
Special Agent Timothy McGee: Hey... uh, no. Actually, I'm - I'm here working so -sorry.
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References Lost in Space (1965) See more »


NCIS Theme
Performed by Numeriklab
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Sloppy writing. Totally ridiculous, so much computer nonsense.
8 September 2018 | by paikiaSee all my reviews

I really like NCIS, it's usually fun to watch, even with the occasional plot-holes and shallow science. This episode is the worst out of the first 8 seasons, in my opinion. You don't have to know much about computers to realize just how pathetic some of the stuff really is.

The description of the term "Kill Screen", for one, feels like a bad joke, even worse than having Abby and McGee both hack something using the same keyboard on one of the early episodes of the series. "A player getting such a high score, that the game can't handle it and crashes"? C'mon! That could've been an issue during the 1970's, and even then I doubt anyone would've taken it seriously.

Then, the funny idea that shooting a monitor should have any impact on the computer itself. Even my grandmother knows that the only thing the monitor does is display images and videos, while what actually does the "computing" is a totally different part of the computer.

Those issues, plus the entire array of stupid computer and gaming clichés all along the episode, show that none of the people involved in the writing process of the episode had a clue about computers. That's just bad, sloppy writing, and it's a shame, because this show has so much talent. How hard is it for a show of that magnitude to have someone who knows computers go over the script and suggest corrections?

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