Season 3 Episode 14

Light Sleeper

Aired Tuesday 8:00 PM Jan 24, 2006 on CBS
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The NCIS team investigates the murder of two Marine wives, and must find the murderers before they attack their next target, another woman.

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  • The NCIS team investigates a murder of two Marine's wives, and must find the murderers before they attack their next target, a another woman.

    This was a good episode showing, again Gibbs as a family man. He had compassion but was still all powerful, to the point of being nice. The interrogation of the Marine whose Wife had died was done with skill, until Gibbs suddenly started for real. The bit in the middle with Abby imitating Gibbs, was a bit far fetched, but that can be ignored. The final ending was unexpected and did make you wonder if you had missed something, and was the suspect really a spy or not and if so for which side. All in all a good episode as usual, but the final words from Gibbs “ if either of you wing nuts refuse an order I will kill you myself” was just Gibbs classic quote.moreless
  • A lovely episode with a nice twist.

    This is a very interesting episode – what appears to be the brutal murders of two women turns out to be stopping a terrorist attack. The story about Yoon is a lovely one.

    There are often hints about Gibbs being a father and it was so sweet seeing him with the baby. Combined with his gift with children, he must have been a wonderful father. Gibbs' instincts about Yoon loving her daughter were obvious from the first – the way she recoiled with the baby from the sick woman, that's not the actions of someone who doesn't love her child.

    This is a really sweet episode – a spy who turns on her country for the love of her husband and child. Falling in love with her target then deciding to save lives.moreless
  • Unexpected turns

    That was great episode. It was cleverly plotted, it had unexpected turns and it had nice ending. We do not get those too often: I mean.. Gibbs were right and she was an agent but she helped to save the bomb, she did cared about her family and all she did was for them. That sounds like way too nice for NCIS standarts but.. I am glad to have episode like that around sometimes.

    I liked how Ziva thought she knew everything that woman will do but Gibbs was right: she did not thought her having the baby and what that made her do. And the whole Abby vs McGee was great.. plus Abby filling in sentences for Gibbs. So some fun too.moreless
  • An awesome episode!

    I really loved this episode of NCIS, because it was entertaining, funny and enjoyable. The storyline was extremely interesting and rather unpredictable, which I enjoyed quite a lot about this one.

    However, there are a couple of parts which are a little 'dragged on', but overall, the episode is a well constructed and well written one.

    I really enjoyed the ending to this one, and I thought superb writing had a lot to do with it, leading to a suspenseful climax!

    I also found some quite funny moments from the episode, which added to the excitement.

    I highly recommend this episode for all the reasons listed above. Such an awesome one, in my opinion!moreless
  • A terrorist cell is discovered

    This episode opens with a woman going to see her friends and taking them groceries. She enters the house with her baby and with a neighbour helping her to take in the groceries. As they enter they hear Korean music playing, they turn it down and discover all of her friends have been murdered. We see the team going to a sensitivity seminar. Just as they are about to enter, Gibbs stops them and tells them they have a case. The team go in search of Sun' (one of the victims) husband, as he had a history of abusing his wife. They learn he is at a bar but when they arrive he isn't there. Gibbs spots his car and the team find him inside passed out. They arrest him for the double murder. On Sun's body Ducky finds evidence that she was abused. The husband is questioned by Gibbs and we learn that it was not him who was the abuser, but his wife. He shows Gibbs his bruises when he doesn't believe him. Gibbs and the team go to see the woman who found the bodies, but when they go into the room, where she is suppose to be, she isn't there. The baby is in the room crying, and the window has be smashed and the room in a mess. The team discover that the window was broken from the outside. The team stake out payphone which the women were receiving phone calls from. As the latest call is made, they track the number back to the missing woman's cell phone. They see her walking towards the telephone and she pulls a gun. The team chase after her, and she vanishes. Until Ziva finds her hat and discovers that she climbed up the side of a building to escape. Gibbs informs the shop owner that Ming &Sun are dead. We learn that he answer the payphone and takes messages for people in the community. The team now believe that she is a spy. The team go to see the husband who doesn't believe them until they show him a photo of her attempting to kill the shop owner. The following day the shop owner is hosting an event, and the woman turns up there. She ties him up and asks him where something is. When he doesn't tell her, she shoots him in the knee. As NCIS enter and find them, we learn that there is a bomb in the building. We learn that Sun, Ming her and the shop owner are all part of a sleeper cell. Gibbs finds the bomb, with Ziva and the woman. Gibbs can't disarm it, nor can Ziva, so the woman offers to try and stop it from going off. She admits to killing Sun & Ming to stop them from completing their mission. Gibbs tells everyone to leave, but Tony & Ziva stay (even though he tells them that if they survive they will be fired). Luckily she manages to disable the bomb in time. At the end, husband and wife say goodbye (with their daughter who is sleeping in her father's arms), before she is taken away.moreless
Mark Harmon

Mark Harmon

Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs

Michael Weatherly

Michael Weatherly

Special Agent Tony DiNozzo

Cote de Pablo

Cote de Pablo

Mossad Agent Ziva David

Pauley Perrette

Pauley Perrette

Forensics Specialist Abby Sciuto

Sean Murray (I)

Sean Murray (I)

Special Agent Tim McGee

David McCallum

David McCallum

Chief M.E. Ducky Mallard

Esther K. Chae

Esther K. Chae

Yoon Dawson

Guest Star

Keone Young

Keone Young

Lee Sung

Guest Star

Karl Makinen

Karl Makinen

Marine Staff Sgt. James Dawson

Guest Star

Brian Dietzen

Brian Dietzen

Asst. M.E. Jimmy Palmer

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • GOOF: After Abby gives Gibbs a cup of coffee, he walks out of the lab, bumps into McGee and it spills on the floor. The cup that is spilt is smaller than the one Abby gave him and it does not have a logo on.

    • TRIVIA: Several times - not just in this episode - Gibbs tells McGee, "don't apologise; it's a sign of weakness". It's a direct quote and reference to John Ford's She Wore a Yellow Ribbon, in which John Wayne's character Nathan Brittles always tells this to his subalterns.

    • GOOF: In the scene where Gibbs is interrogating Sgt Porter, we see Tony and Ziva in the viewing room. In one scene, we see their backs where both of Tony's hands are behind his back, in the next scene where the two make a bet about whether Gibbs can get a confession out of Sgt Porter, Tony's left hand is in front of him.

  • QUOTES (16)

    • Palmer: I always say, you can pick your nose, but you can't pick your family.
      Ducky: Ah, there's a touch of the poet in you, Mr. Palmer.
      Tony: (wincing) I'd say just more 'touched'.

    • Abby: Either that's a coincidence or she really really wants to kill this guy.
      Abby and Tony (together, imitating Gibbs): I don't believe in coincidence.

    • Gibbs (when Abby talked too much): Don't say that I slapped McGee for no good reason!

    • Gibbs: McGee, you know, the FBI doesn't exist solely to piss me off... Sometimes, they can actually be useful.

    • McGee: Boss, did ya find her?
      Gibbs: Yes, McGee. She's hiding in my coffee cup.

    • Gibbs: Sign of an unhappy marriage.
      Ziva: Funny. I think it looks like a hole in the wall.

    • Tony: You know, this kinda reminds me of my cousin's house. Minus all the blood... unless you count that Thanksgiving back in '98.

    • (Tony and Ziva waiting for Gibbs to interrogate a suspect)
      Tony: This is gonna be good. Gibbs'll rip this guy apart.
      Ziva: I don't know if that's the right tactic in this case, Tony.
      Tony: What, are you an expert on suspect interviews now?
      Ziva: Interviews, no. Interrogation techniques, yes.
      Tony: Hm. Like hooking a car battery up to a guy's privates? I'm sure it's effective, but judges tend to frown on it.
      Ziva: I've learned from Gibbs that in certain cases you can attract far more bees with honey.
      Tony: Flies.
      Ziva: What do flies have to do with honey?
      Tony: Flies..don't like..uh..vinegar.
      Ziva: Vinegar?
      Tony: It's complicated.

    • Tony: It's like my father used to tell me: "be careful who you marry Anthony. You never know if they're gonna turn out to be a maniac serial killer."
      McGee: Your father actually said that to you?
      Tony: No but I'm pretty sure he thought it.
      Ziva: He probably knew your taste in women.

    • (In Abby's Lab)
      Gibbs: What about gun shot residue, Abbs?
      Abby: The shooter kit came back negative on Porter's skin, shirt and pants.
      Gibbs: He could have worn gloves.
      Abby: Or he could have changed his clothes, I'm way ahead of you, Gibbs. That's why I am doing a full analysis of all of Porter's wardrobe. (Imitating Gibbs with a gruff voice) How long Abby? It's gonna take sometime and since this stuff doesn't smell very good, I don't think that laundry was a big priority... (Imitating Gibbs) Abbs! Umm… two hours, whenever I know something, you'll know something. (Imitating Gibbs) You got one. Anything else? Yes, as a matter of fact. This is for you. (Hands Gibbs a cup of coffee)
      Gibbs: Why?
      Abby: For getting me out of sensitivity training. We were just about to do trust falls and some of those guys in administration have wandering hands. (Imitating Gibbs) Just give me their names and I'll break them for you! I know, Gibbs and that is why I love you. (Gibbs smiles and kisses Abby on the cheek as he leaves)

    • Ziva: This isn't another one of your stupid action movies Tony!
      Tony: No it isn't. If it was, you be dressed differently.
      Ziva: And you would be far better looking.
      (McGee laughs)
      Tony: (to McGee) You would be dead before the opening credits!
      McGee: Did it ever occur to you that I might be the plucky comic relief?
      (Gibbs enters)
      Gibbs: Did you find Yoon Dawson yet, Plucky?

    • Gibbs: A good investigator doesn't sit back and wait. You run down every angle, every lead. Assume everything you've been told is a lie until it checks out.
      McGee: Got it.
      Gibbs: There's only one time I want you to stop McGee.
      McGee: When you tell me.
      Gibbs: When you're satisfied. When YOU'RE satisfied.
      McGee: (Nodding) Okay.
      (Runs off)
      Gibbs: Hey!
      McGee: Yeah?
      Gibbs: Get me another coffee!

    • Tony: Damn. I can't believe this! (reading a magazine)
      Ziva: I don't like standing here either, Tony.
      Tony: No, Nick and Jessica broke up! I'm always the last to know.

    • Gibbs: There's one big difference between the two of you Ziva. (pause) You don't have a baby girl.
      Ziva: Most likely part of her cover, or an occupational accident.

    • Gibbs: DiNozzo, shut up!
      Tony: Shutting up, Boss!

    • Gibbs: Tony, Ziva about what happened back at the bomb ...
      Tony: You don't have to say it, Boss. We know how you feel.
      Ziva: Gibbs, we're a team. That's what we do.
      Gibbs: I was going to say if either of you wing nuts ever disobey a direct order like that again, I'll kill you myself.
      Tony: That's our boss!

  • NOTES (2)

    • Original International Airdates:
      Denmark: February 14, 2006 on TV3
      Australia: June 21, 2006 on Channel 10
      Sweden: July 9, 2006 on TV3
      Germany: October 1, 2006 on SAT 1
      France: November 10, 2006 on M6
      Italy: December 3, 2006 on RAI 2
      Croatia: December 21, 2006 on NOVA TV
      Finland: December 29, 2007 on Nelonen
      Slovakia: May 11, 2009 on Markiza

    • Lauren Holly is credited but doesn't appear.


    • Tony: You'd be dead by the opening credits.
      McGee: Did you ever stop to think that maybe I am the plucky comic relief?

      This is a reference to Galaxy Quest, which Michael Weatherly says they enjoy in the commentary for episode "Frame-Up."

    • Episode Title: Light Sleeper
      This is a reference to Paul Schrader's 1992 film starring Willem Dafoe, Susan Sarandon, David Clennon and Dana Delany.