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NCIS star Sean Murray Weighs in on McGee’s Surprising Past in ’90s Flashback Episode

NCIS star Sean Murray Weighs in on McGee's Surprising Past in '90s Flashback Episode

Do you know that NCIS’s Tim McGee (Sean Murray) liked to faucet dance as a teen?

Tuesday’s pleasant episode exposed a new aspect of the computer wizard while serving up a fun-filled hour of homicide, thriller and earnest ’90s nostalgia. It all went down when the squad encountered a recent corpse with a password to considered one of McGee’s previous accounts. The baffling case pressured McGee to visit his former high school to determine why someone desperately needed entry to his previous pc.

It turns out that in his youth, an angst-filled McGee wrote a posh code that targeted the Department of Protection and sent spare change to a secret account. Unbeknownst to him, the hack he by no means meant to release truly worked, and the account had amassed tens of millions of dollars over the course of several many years. Discovery of that unclaimed money led to a string of lifeless our bodies, kicking off an exciting pursuit of the reality.

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By way of flashbacks, the episode additionally delved into McGee’s background, revealing a shocking love of tap dance and uncovering extra layers in his difficult relationship together with his father. It is a pleasant episode with loads of coronary heart, and in line with Sean Murray, it allowed McGee to faucet into his extra fun aspect. We hit up the NCIS star to dish on the McGee-centric episode in addition to whether or not Murray can be down for a Hocus Pocus reboot.

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What was your preliminary reaction once you learn the script and realized you would be digging into McGee’s previous this manner?
Sean Murray: I was really excited about it. I like each time we dive deep into any of our characters’ past or study more about them. Understanding that we have been going to see a young McGee in high school, that was actually fascinating to me.

What was probably the most shocking factor you discovered about McGee in this episode?
Murray: It was fascinating to see his first semi-girlfriend. That, to me, was one thing that was plenty of fun to play with. And regardless that he continues to say that is not his girlfriend, that in all probability was his first girlfriend.

“One Upon a Tim” delves extra into McGee’s difficult relationship together with his father. What did it imply so that you can discover that on a deeper degree?
Murray: We’ve flirted with, in episodes of the past, McGee’s relationship together with his father, and now his father has passed. But attending to see more of that strained relationship, it is something that I feel is a large part of McGee and the best way he’s. It’s humorous enough, I’ve a father who was a captain in the Navy who retired after 30 years perhaps 10 years ago. But I had the non-strained relationship with him. We now have an awesome relationship. I actually like that as robust as McGee’s father was on him, he had these moments of understanding McGee. And I feel a part of why McGee’s father was robust on him is because he sees elements of himself in McGee that he might not essentially like or need to steer his life in the best way of.

How totally different do you assume McGee’s life can be if he chose to hitch the Navy the best way that his father initially insisted?
Murray: Oh, I do not know if he would have made it in the Navy. Within the episode, there’s a moment where he is questioning what he does a bit of bit, however he comes to the belief that he’s in the proper place doing the correct thing. And he’s snug the place he’s at.

Still, there’s clearly this big love of dancing. Since he was allowed to comply with his own path in the top, why didn’t he pursue dancing?
Murray: (Laughing) Perhaps he wasn’t that good at it. Perhaps it was a pipe dream. Who knows? On the end of the episode, we get to see McGee tap dance by means of post-mortem a bit of bit.

That was fun.
Murray: Thank god you didn’t see my ft, although, because that was a multitude. They brought in knowledgeable to attempt to do a thing. I feel I just stood in front of the window because I’ve two left ft. The faucet dancing was fun to do as a result of I knew it as gonna make for a very good second at the end of the episode. That pleased me quite a bit, truly, and was certainly one of my favorite elements of the episode.

Revisiting his previous and taking a look at his previous pc programming, what do you assume McGee discovered about himself in this episode, if something?
Murray: In a previous episode, somewhat just lately, we had talked about McGee being headhunted for an additional job, and that was type of left open. No one knew what was going on with that. So for McGee to return to that realization of, “I am where I’m supposed to be,” I feel that was type of a reaffirmation for him. And he went back and had fun and embraced his younger aspect when he obtained to tap.

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Are we going to see extra of that fun aspect of McGee this season?
Murray: I hope so. You never know what’s gonna occur. I’ve pitched that McGee, like on the weekends, does spoken word. Perhaps that’s one in every of his aspect gigs, too. He definitely has that esoteric aspect. I do not know if they will run that one, however in my mind, that’s what he does, is a bit spoken word every couple weekends.

Tim and Delilah have such an exquisite, useful relationship. Will that marital bliss proceed this season, or will we see some bumps alongside the best way?
Murray: Delilah has stuck with McGee by means of lifeless our bodies through the years, as she finally learns about in this episode. One of the things I like lots is that they have such a healthy relationship. The other characters really do not have great relationships. Gibbs has three ex-wives, and he is sort of a loner. Bishop received divorced last yr. And so, to me, it’s very nice to see [McGee and Delilah together]. And I actually like to see the home stuff with them. That’s some of my favourite stuff to do.

It’s so widespread to painting these unhealthy relationships on TV. You not often get to see something like what McGee and Delilah have. Is that one thing you pushed for, or it did it occur naturally?
Murray: I used to be an enormous supporter of the connection between McGee and Delilah and was pushing for that. And I feel it just naturally worked out that approach. Their first date was like six years ago, so the progression of their relationship has just been really nice. It is good to not have a couple preventing and in turmoil.

This episode had loads of nods to the ’90s. What do you miss most about that decade?
Murray:I miss the music. I used to be like, “Can we get some Air Supply in this episode?” That’s what I miss most concerning the ’90s. I am an enormous music nerd.

It did have great music like the Cranberries.
Murray:I am a hip-hop and digital music head. There was so much great things occurring in the electronic music in the ’90s, especially early on, that simply brings me proper again.

Who’s your favourite artist from the ’90s?
Murray: You had Nas come out with Illmatic in ’94, together with Notorious B.I.G. — his first album. JAY-Z, in ’96, came out together with his first album, Affordable Doubt. There was additionally a wave of this new sort of electronic music coming from England, guys like Aphex Twin, and I was closely into that stuff. Unfortunately, no one round me was listening to digital music, so that was type of a solo thing, but everyone was into the hip-hop. And I simply keep in mind you had your Nirvana, your Soundgarden and everybody else. Boy, these have been good occasions for music. And for me, only for dwelling.

The reveal in a current episode that Ziva continues to be alive was fairly mind-blowing. How excited have been you to study that she’s still alive?
Murray: Very a lot so. I feel everyone seems to be. I really like that. That was such an ideal episode. We’ll see what happens.

For years, there have been rumors of a Hocus Pocus reboot. If one truly comes along, would you ever need to do it?
Murray: I do not know. It is an fascinating thought if they might have any type of spot for me or Thackery Binx, so I don’t know. We might see. All of it relies upon on what it might be. It has been an enormous rumor for a very long time, and who is aware of if that’ll happen or if they’ve something for me to do in it. Nevertheless it’s a cult movie that I received to be an enormous a part of. I do know the character’s not in it that long as a human, Thackery Binx, but I feel it’s a pivotal a part of the movie. Because it exists in the film itself, I am really proud of it, and I might be pleased if that’s all there ever was.

NCIS continues Thursdays at 8/7c on CBS.

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