Season 7 Episode 9

Child's Play

Aired Tuesday 8:00 PM Nov 24, 2009 on CBS
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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.

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  • Ziva kicks butt

    This may be reaching, but the end scene where Ziva has her gun trained on the baddie who's holding the kid hostage, and Gibbs asks, "Ziva?" "Got it." "Take it." It seemed very reminiscent of The Untouchables train station scene with Andy Garcia and Kevin Costner. No?
  • Child's Play

    You know what is great about House? The episode usually gets better after the opening scene where some person randomly passes out in a public venue. You know what is not so great about NCIS? Sometimes after the opening scene, where some person finds a dead body, things often go downhill from there. This was one of those times.

    THe episode was just stupid, for lack of a more appropriate or professional term. The idea of a little girl possibly trading secrets is so beneath this show. Even The X-Files never did an episode like that.

    A very generous 6 out of 10 here.moreless
  • 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.moreless

    A sentimental episode for Thanksgiving with the team all getting together despite their many agendas and plans.

    The focal point of this story is a twelve year old girl who must think at a genius level or on a different wave length than most people because of her capabilities. As they discussed in the show, children see the world in a special way that adults don't and sometimes from a spacial or cognitive way they just take in information and crunch it differently. For example her explanation of the deaths in combat and how they should have been avoided. She saw the scenario differently in sort of a spacial way versus a direct action.

    Gibbs and team discover that this girl seems to be at the center of whatever is going on and they must protect her from whomever is trying to get to her. Also she seems to have a secret she is afraid to reveal.

    Overall a well played script with everyone getting into the games. Ducky gets a little more involved then usually and it is a welcome site. Gotta love Abby though and her interesting insights. Breaking the code on the art was brilliant.

    An enjoyable episode that kept you thinking and even though it was not a surprising finish it was well worth watching to see how it ends. Thanks for reading...moreless
  • Ziva, get on DiNozzos shoulders.

    Well, the episode wasnt what i originally expected, its not one of the best but it was still good! The story line was a little dull, i guess they could've came up with a better hidden military secret that was hidden... But the thing that made this ep. interesting to me was all the little side stories such as Duckys Thanksgiving dinner. Poor Ducky... haha anyways, liked the cornfield scence. Probably the best one in the episode. Has anyone else noticed that Ziva is also good with kids? It seems like only Tony and McGee are the ones with kids. Which suprises me because Tony is always acting childish.moreless
  • Another one in a line of great episodes.

    I found this to be another extremely good episode. The start was very well done, in my opinion, with that scene with the scarecrow, and I highly enjoyed that scene.

    The episode was also out of the ordinary, and I enjoyed another great episode in which the team babysits a child.

    I thought that the episode had quite a few great scenes, such as when Ziva had to get on DiNozzo's shoulders, and I highly enjoyed that concept.

    I would highly recommend this episode because it was rather different to what we usually see, and I really enjoy variety within episodes.

    Great job by NCIS, and I hope there are more great episodes to come this season!moreless
Mark Harmon

Mark Harmon

Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs

Michael Weatherly

Michael Weatherly

Special Agent Tony DiNozzo

Pauley Perrette

Pauley Perrette

Forensics Specialist Abby Sciuto

David McCallum

David McCallum

Chief M.E. Ducky Mallard

Sean Murray (I)

Sean Murray (I)

Special Agent Tim McGee

Cote de Pablo

Cote de Pablo

Special Agent Ziva David

Gabriel Olds

Gabriel Olds

Gregg Norvell

Guest Star

Lisa Sheridan

Lisa Sheridan

Krista Dalton

Guest Star

Francis Capra

Francis Capra

Eddie Castillo

Guest Star

Featured Episode Clip

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • 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.

  • 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.


    • 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.