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Season 9 Episode 2


Aired Tuesday 8:00 PM Sep 27, 2011 on CBS
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Episode Summary


The NCIS team investigates the death of a young Marine that came to his homecoming party with a stab wound.

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  • Mediocre. Object to Tony flip-flop.

    The few things I liked about the episode are:¶ the touching ending where the foster family embraces the girl, who expected to be vilified because she lied to everyone and stole her uncle's money, which led to the death of their foster son.¶ as in most of the NCIS episodes, the crime presented and the following of leads and unraveling of the case is entertaining even if the final result is disappointing and unbelievable.The bad:¶ what really ruined the episode for me was the embarrassing twist that made Tony look particularly foolish -- reinventing a painful childhood prank so that he actually believed he was the culprit, not the victim -- and mistakenly apologizing to his tormentor. It was painful for this viewer to watch, and I doubt that such a thing could happen in real life, not often anyway. ¶ the main criminal plot seemed far-fetched and loaded with coincidences to throw the viewers off: The whole thing of the girl running away upon graduating high school and actually believing that she was years younger so she could start high school again with another foster family! Having stolen so much money from her biological family and keeping the money hidden and intact all these years! Using her brother's laptop in the woods (where the money was buried) (so Abby could trace the location)! The coincidence of the relative's henchman running into her. Why would the henchman take and keep so many cell phone pictures of her! The coincidence of her brother being at the scene when the henchman is about to kidnap her! Mishap of dropping his cell phone (with her blood and pictures on/in it!) at the murder scene!¶ it would have been nice if they explained why the girl didn't report the attack/murder to the police and parents -- to explain what happened and to identify the murderer.¶ "Restless" seems like a meaningless episode title to me.moreless
  • 902

    The season premiere of NCIS was far from stellar, but its follow-up effort, "Restless" was really not much better. I have been using the word predictable in a lot of my reviews as of late, and well, it certainly has been a more fitting description than "featured a classic Law and Order twist" to describe their recent string of shows. It had some of the comedic elements you like, but unfortunately it featured a cliched plot and a less than climatic ending.moreless
  • Tony's grown up

    It seems finally Tony has matured. I liked the episode even better than the season opener, it's more investigative work and less the flashbacks to fill in the "what happened in the summer" thing.

    Also Ziva is sporting new hair-do's I especially liked her ponytail at the scene with McGee in the driveway with the football themed cart.

    As for McGee, he seems to withstand Tony's teasing and bullying much better.

    Seems they're all done some growing up.moreless
  • Very interesting

    Finally, an episode that brought back the old NCIS spark, with the added plus of a more mature Tony subplot.I loved this episode. Loved loved loved. For the first time in a long while, everything just felt *right*. The characters had that wonderful team dynamic going, and their teasing came across as playful rather than snarky like some of seasons 7 & 8 (probably because we had them acting "family"-like, for example Ziva and McGee trying to help cheer Tony up rather than make fun of his problems like they were doing a lot in recent seasons). I've *so* missed episodes like these! The case was great too, and remarkably unexpected. I did *not* see the whole 'Lindsay is not actually a foster child but a 20-something year old adult reliving her stolen youth' twist!

  • Great episode to follow the dark and chilling premiere.

    I don't know how else to put it, but it was good to have everything back. The awkwardness of Palmer when faced with Gibbs, the talk scene between Gibbs and 'Lindsey' showing how good and gentle Gibbs is with young people, typical of DiNozzo to bribe McGee into doing something he doesn't want to do. I smiled, and I laughed.

    I really liked the scene at end between DiNozzo and Gibbs. We all love the fun and humorous DiNozzo, but by the same token, it's really great to see the growth in his character. These changes in him are marked by his experiences, and it's simply not possible to be goofball DiNozzo all the time, because he's gone through a lot. Being the oldest senior agent among the three, he's gone through a lot of pain and torment at NCIS - from Kate's death to his secret assignment leading to heartbreak, Jenny's death, and his most recent assignment.

    I'm looking forward to this season; the premiere was good, but not the greatest, and this episode just put it back on track - of course, the premiere was not meant to be 'routine-like' to begin with. I've never lost faith in NCIS, and I'm sure nothing's going to change this season - if anything, this episode made sure of that.moreless
Mark Harmon

Mark Harmon

Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs

Michael Weatherly

Michael Weatherly

Special Agent Tony DiNozzo

Cote de Pablo

Cote de Pablo

Special 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

Bonnie Dennison

Bonnie Dennison


Guest Star

Eve Gordon

Eve Gordon

Amanda McCormick

Guest Star

Louis Herthum

Louis Herthum

Ernest McCormick

Guest Star

Brian Dietzen

Brian Dietzen

Asst. M.E. Jimmy Palmer

Recurring Role

Featured Episode Clip

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • GOOF: After PFC Hill falls down dead, when they show the shot of his face, his eyes are closed. When the team arrives at the crime scene after the opening credits, his eyes are open.

  • QUOTES (4)

    • Tony: I've not been moping. A little dejected. Apathetic, perhaps-
      McGee: That's actually the definition of the word moping.

    • Tony: Are we there yet?
      McGee: The more you ask, the longer it's gonna take.
      Tony: Oh, really, so there's some magical connection between my mouth and distance?
      McGee: No, but there is between your mouth and annoyance.

    • Tony: I remember my last homecoming. The parade, the game, stringing Stinky John up the flagpole by his underwear. Good times.
      McGee: Says the man too mature for female mud wrestling.

    • Tony: How old do you guys think I am?
      Ziva: Physically or mentally?

  • NOTES (2)

    • Rocky Carroll is credited but doesn't appear.

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Canada: September 26, 2011 on Global
      Australia: October 4, 2011 on Channel Ten
      Sweden: October 24, 2011 on TV3
      Finland: January 3, 2012 on Nelonen
      United Kingdom: January 20, 2012 on FX/FX HD
      Germany: January 29, 2012 on SAT 1
      Slovakia: August 10, 2012 on Markiza