Child's Play

Season 7, Ep 9, Aired 11/24/09
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  • Episode Description
  • When a death of a Marine leads the NCIS team to a government think-tank filled with child prodigies, the team has to protect a 12-year-old child who may be the next target of the killer.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Mark Harmon

    Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs

  • Michael Weatherly

    Special Agent Tony DiNozzo

  • Pauley Perrette

    Forensics Specialist Abby Sciuto

  • David McCallum

    Chief M.E. Ducky Mallard

  • Sean Murray (I)

    Special Agent Tim McGee

  • Photos (5)
  • Fan Reviews (6)
  • Ziva kicks butt

    By vancsynpro2012, Jan 15, 2012

  • Child's Play

    By thefanof, Apr 19, 2010

  • With Thanksgiving approaching Ducky is giving out invites when everyone is disrupted by a new case. A Marine Lance Corporal found in a corn field dead. This leads to an institute that studies young peoples minds for different ways of thinking.

    By jyarter, Nov 25, 2009

  • Ziva, get on DiNozzos shoulders.

    By lamersammy, Nov 30, 2009

  • Another one in a line of great episodes.

    By amazing_race, Feb 17, 2010

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (4)

    • Tony: No, this bird's flying solo to a poker tournament at the Big Bend Indian Casino. They've got an all-you-can-eat crab buffet. McGee: Pilgrims and Indians gambling together. That warms the heart.

    • Gibbs: Ziva, get on DiNozzo's shoulders. Tony: Boss? Ziva: I would rather not. (Gibbs gives them the look) Ziva: Bend over Tony. McGee: Come on Tony use those quads!

    • Tony: Maize... it's the Indian word for corn. Ziva: The Indian word for corn is makki. Tony: Not Indians from India. Indians from, you know, here. Ziva: Well, if they were Indians from here, they would be called American Indians, you dork. Tony: No, they'd be called Native Americans, miss citizenship test.

    • Tony: It's dolphins. In moonlight! Thank you boss! Gibbs: Anytime DiNozzo.

    Notes (4)

    • Rocky Carroll is credited but doesn't appear.

    • Original International Airdates: Norway: January 12, 2010 on TV3 Sweden: February 9, 2010 on TV3 Australia: February 16, 2010 on Channel 10 Germany: April 25, 2010 on SAT 1 Spain: May 7, 2010 on LaSexta Slovakia: July 22, 2010 on Markiza Finland: November 9, 2010 on Nelonen Czech Republic: January 17, 2011 on TV Nova

    • Featured Music:
      "That Time of Year" by Sick Puppies (when Gibbs questions Angela in her room)
      "Spring" from The Four Seasons by Vivaldi (Thanksgiving at Ducky's house)
      "H is Orange" by Try So Hard (When Gibbs and Abby are watching video in her lab)

    • Ray Mabus, the 75th United States Secretary of the Navy, appears in a cameo appearance as an NCIS Agent.

    Trivia (3)

    • GOOF: Ziva does not know the term "Native American," but refers to the characters in Dances With Wolves as Native Americans in episode "Hiatus (2)."

    • GOOF: Angela must have gotten the jamming frequency that she put in her artwork from the institute since it was a specific project of the military's. So they didn't need to get the information from stealing it from Angela.

    • The video game footage of an ambush that Angela Kelp was viewing appears to be a scene from the recently released Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2.

    Allusions (3)

    • A couple of video game allusions in this episode. When Gibbs and DiNozzo check out the institute, the young man with the headphones and mic on is playing Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare - the AC-130 gunship mission where the player provides air cover for a ground team of British SAS. When Gibbs and DiNozzo first meet the little girl, Angela, she is analyzing the second mission of Modern Warfare 2, which takes place in an Afghani town where the player is a HUMMVEE gunner and infantryman.

    • Tony: You've clearly never seen The Bad Seed. The Bad Seed is a 1956 film about an eight year old sociopath, who kills to get what she wants.

    • The title "Child's Play" is an allusion to the 1988 horror film of the same name.

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