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Kill Screen is the sixteenth episode in NCIS Season 8 and the 178th episode of the entire NCIS series.


Extracted teeth and dismembered fingers belonging to a Marine are found at a crime scene and as the NCIS team investigative, they discover a connection to a hugely popular video game along with secret codes that could not only jeopardize national security but also be used to launch an attack on the Pentagon's computers...


The episode opens on a lone hat with a sign saying "This could be you someday".

It then pans up to reveal someone in a panther costume juggling stuff while on a one-wheel bike as numerous people look on, amused.

As this happens, Billy Sullivan bumps into a man with the two apologizing before going their separate ways.

Billy then examines the man's wallet and produces a few dollars from the wallet before throwing it into a bin.

As Billy looks on, he then hears a man calling about hot dogs.

One man states that he'll take two kraut dogs.

Billy approaches, stating that he needs a napkin.

He then grabs a napkin while stealing a wallet.

Once he's gotten what he wanted, Billy ditches the napkin and examines the wallet which turns out to be a purse.

A Cop then stops Sullivan, remarking that the purse isn't exactly Billy's style.

Billy lies, remarking that it's a gift for his mom.

The cop wonders if he can take a look inside.

"Yes", Billy says.

The cop then states that it wasn't a request.

Billy then hands over the purse while complaining that this is harassment and that it's his purse.

The cop looks inside, remarking "What the Hell?" before he produces his gun, aiming it at Billy and telling Billy, "Hands where I can see them".

"Whoa, whoa", Billy says, stunned.

It's shown that various finger digits and teeth are now on the ground, having been in the purse.

It then cuts to Billy who admits that's not his purse.

Act One

Act Two

In the bullpen, the team discuss Corporal Zach Armstrong with Tony stating that Armstrong was a decorated Marine. McGee then adds that Armstrong was about to be deployed to Afghanistan.

Act Three

Act Four

McGee after he and DiNozzo have found Reed Steiner's body.

Act Five

Major Events

  • It's revealed that Abby may know some Chinese.


  • The IMDB database gives the victim's name as "Zach Anderson" but it's actually Zach Armstrong.


Series Regulars

Name Portrayed by Role
Leroy Jethro Gibbs Mark Harmon Special Agent in charge of the NCIS Major Case Response Team.
Anthony DiNozzo Michael Weatherly Senior Agent and second-in-command of the NCIS Major Case Response Team.
Ziva David Cote de Pablo NCIS Probationary Agent and also a member of the NCIS Major Case Response Team.
Timothy McGee Sean Murray (actor) Junior Special Agent of the NCIS Major Case Response Team.
Abigail Sciuto Pauley Perrette Chief Forensic Specialist of the NCIS Major Case Response Team.
Leon Vance Rocky Carroll Director of NCIS.
Donald Mallard David McCallum Chief Medical Examiner of the NCIS Major Case Response Team.

Recurring Cast

Name Portrayed by Role
James Palmer Brian Dietzen Assistant Medical Examiner.
Agah Bayar Tamer Hassan An arms dealer.

Other Cast

Name Portrayed by Role
Maxine Edwards Beth Riesgraf Also called Max or Max Destructo, she was a former girlfriend of the victim.
Blake Martin Jason Beghe Being in charge with Pentagon's electronic security, he was assigned by the Department of Defense to investigate a series of hackings originating from NCIS but he is later revealed to be the one responsible for murdering Corporal Zack Armstrong and Reed Snyder.
Lisa Bock Ava Gaudet Former martial arts instructor with an anger problem and also a former girlfriend of the victim.
Cop (Kill Screen) Vincent M. Ward
Billy Sullivan Michael Malota The pickpocket who is found with the purse full of teeth and fingers.
Passing Player Steven Christopher Parker A laser tag player.