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Dead Air 

A shooter kills three people, including a Navy commander, on live talk radio; Gibbs and company investigate; they believe that the host was the main target. The gang pursue clues to a bomb at a baseball diamond, where they nab the bad guy.

Director:

Terrence O'Hara

Writers:

Donald P. Bellisario (created by), Don McGill (created by) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

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
George Newbern ... Arthur Haskell
Michael Monks ... Matt Lane
Jackson Hurst ... Zach Nelson
Madisen Beaty ... Kristin Haskell
Robyn Cohen ... Annie Nelson
Eli Goodman ... Radio Host Adam Gator
Cokey Falkow ... Deeter Johanson
Sarah Manninen ... Hannah Gator
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Storyline

Radio listeners report gunshots during a live talk show; the Virginia State Police responds and finds three bodies, including that of the guest speaker, who was a Navy commander; Gibbs and company investigate; they believe that the host was the primary target; Tony finds a tape with a reference about the motive of the shooter. The widow of the host provides a carton of clues, which enable the gang to meet a mailman and a bunch of sociable suburbanites in a gated community. Ziva poses as a potential seller, and money starts moving, then a neighbor sustains an injury. The neighbor's daughter lends a hand, then the father does, then the gang collar the bad guy, find the bomb, and prevent casualties; Ziva winds up on top of Tony, who says that he had missed the old Ziva. Finally, Gibbs and Ziva play catch under the lights. Written by DocRushing

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Certificate:

TV-14 | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 October 2010 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Clarita, California, USA

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Goofs

When talking about the letter addressed to the station's PO Box, McGee says the letter had no postage and Ziva concludes it could only have been delivered by someone within the postal service. Since there was not postage, it would be impossible to determine the delivery method. Anyone could have placed the envelope on the subject's windshield or slid it under a door. The inference, however, is that it was retrieved from the P.O. box. That would mean that the person who placed it there had to either be a postal employee or someone who could enter the sorting room where access to the P.O. boxes is. See more »

Quotes

Special Agent Anthony DiNozzo: Matt L. You always deliver mail with no postage? You do have access to P.O. boxes, don't you?
Matt Lane: Your point?
Special Agent Anthony DiNozzo: Well... we pretty much get what you mean by "die", but what I'm curious about is the join.
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Connections

References American Beauty (1999) See more »

Soundtracks

NCIS Theme
Performed by Numeriklab
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The Architects
23 April 2011 | by ttapolaSee all my reviews

Another quality episode, but not without its problems. While the series rarely delivers a Format Breaker, the show-runners really know how to keep the series alive by concentrating on differing plots. NCIS has the luxury of not being limited to investigating only deaths, like some other successful Crime Procedural shows and this time the writers take advantage of that.

There are no Special Guest Stars to steal the viewers' attention - the plot is the star here, with a genuinely surprising amount of twists, and a *really* funny subplot that I would be foolish to spoil. In the end, this is not a radical, special episode enough to warrant more than 8/10, but this early in the season the series does not need them. It's during the Sweeps and the Season Finale that the show-runners are under pressure to deliver something *major*.

The problem with this episode is the very same that plagues the whole series. There is one scene that once *again* hints at the undisclosed events in Paris on 26 January 2010 (Season 7, Episode 13). The scene seems rather telling, but since the show has been teasing the viewers with the Paris mystery for almost a year now, it comes off only as really frustrating for long-time viewers. But this is a minor complaint in an otherwise *great* episode.


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