Season 6 Episode 11

Silent Night

Aired Tuesday 8:00 PM Dec 16, 2008 on CBS
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Episode Summary

During the week of Christmas, the NCIS team is working overtime searching for a prime suspect who was thought to have been dead for 17 years.

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  • Great christmas episode.

    This was an enjoyable episode with the NCIS team searching for a man who was supposedly dead and Abby trying to reunite him with his daughter This episode proves christmas means nothing to NCIS This was also a really funny episode like when McGee got stunned I knew that when the suspect was holding the stun gun up to everyone he would choose McGee.
  • Finally a Christmas episode!

    Well, after all of these years. We get to see a Christmas episode of NCIS. Like they did on Halloween, this is their first ever Christmas episode. Is not Vance, the new director supposed to be a Scrooge. Either that, or something is wrong with this picture. But nonetheless it all made, for Christmas fun. As the team work overtime as a man, who is discovered alive. After being thought of dead in 1991. But he reappears after his poor wife and daughter, with a baby of her own. Were left feeling guilty. Funny how Tim was tasered. And Tony and the gang were watching "It's A Wonderful Life!" While Gibbs had the man, go to his family and said Merry Christmas to his dad.moreless
  • Just like a christmas episode should be.

    Oh boy, I love this show. There was major expectation from the fans towards "Silent Night", the very first NCIS christmas episode. The Nielsen ratings and the fans say there was no reason for disappointment.

    The plot was a little emotional and light-hearted, as a christmas episode should be. A civilian couple is murdered on christmas eve, at home, and the main suspect turns out to be a a marine who's supposed to be dead for the past 17 years (Ned Quinn, played by great Peter Coyote). To solve the case, the team has to work alongside Tony's "frenemy", Detective Camp (whose wife Tony used to have an affair with a long time ago).

    We have interesting interaction between Ziva and Tony, in a conversation about his affair with Camp's wife, kids and marriage. Tony is bothered by Ziva's inquiry to the point he does not look her in the face; he almost cries and quickly exits the car with the excuse of catching a suspect. Proof that we don't really know a lot about Tony, and he has not always been the "Don Juan" we assumed. The episode conclusion (warning, spoilers!!): it turns out the bad guy is none other than the household's quirky Security Guard himself, who had the couple killed while robbing their safe (ring any "Home Alone" bells?). The estranged marine, who was until then a suspect, is set free and gets a second chance to redeem himself with his daughter and family. The priceless (and tearjerking) moment was Gibbs telling Quinn he'd give anything to be able to hold his daughter Kelly in Christmas. And calling his dad Jackson afterwards.

    We learn how Abby must be a very lonely person after all, as she comes back from the church(!!) right to the lab just in order "to be with my team". I missed Palmer though. The team watching "It's a Wonderful Life!!" togheter was a very good catch. To a team that is as a family itself, nothing better than watching an xmas movie with a wonderful family plot. Congratulations once more to Bellisario productions, and Happy Christmas to the whole NCIS crew!!moreless
  • A Xmas episode of NCIS

    In this episode of NCIS, the following happens. The prints of a dead Petty Officer are found at a crime scene. An eye witness gives a sketch artist the details and the sketch matches that of what the man would look like now. We also learn that Ducky was the one who signed the death certificate.

    The team go to see the Petty Officer's former wife and daughter and they claim that neither of them had any contact with him, since the divorce was finalised. They tack down the Petty Officer, and he is brought into NCIS. Soon the murder weapon is found and the prints on it match the Petty Officer. The team soon learn that it was the patrol guard for the alarm company ho murdered the couple and he also planted evidence. He gets arrested, but not before he tazzers McGee. At the end of the episode we learn that Gibbs's one wish for Christmas would be to hug his daughter. He then drops the Petty Officer off at his daughter's house. Gibbs then rings his father to wish him a merry Christmas.moreless
  • Quite a good episode, but not the best in my opnion. It was very funny, though!

    This was quite a good episode, in my opinion. It was great to have a Christmas episode, at long last, and hopefully it will be a regular thing, like the Halloween episodes.

    I thought the stroyline was intriguing. It didn't seem to be 100% original, for some reason, but I definitely thought it was wlel written. (Dad gone for 17 year was good!). I think that it was certainly a very funny aepisode, as well, and Abby's 'Christmas Caf-Pow!' was quite cool!

    Overall, defenitely an episode that I would love to see again. It was interesting, funny and touching. It was missing that special moment that would make me give it a 'ten', but otherwise, a fantastic episode! All-round, purely amazing! Keep it up!moreless
Mark Harmon

Mark Harmon

Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs

Michael Weatherly

Michael Weatherly

Special Agent Tony DiNozzo

David McCallum

David McCallum

Chief M.E. Ducky Mallard

Pauley Perrette

Pauley Perrette

Forensics Specialist Abby Sciuto

Sean Murray (I)

Sean Murray (I)

Special Agent Tim McGee

Cote de Pablo

Cote de Pablo

Mossad Agent Ziva David

Peter Coyote

Peter Coyote

Ned Quinn

Guest Star

Kay Lenz

Kay Lenz

Connie Quinn Wheeler

Guest Star

Ryan Bittle

Ryan Bittle

Metro Detective Justin Kemp

Guest Star

Ralph Waite

Ralph Waite

Jackson Gibbs

Recurring Role

Featured Episode Clip

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • GOOF: We see McGee get shot with the taser gun and land on the hood of the car. In the next shot when Gibbs runs after the guard, in the background McGee is no longer there on the car. In the next shot after Gibbs catches the guard it shows McGee on the hood of the car once more falling to the ground.

    • TRIVIA: At the end of the program we have Gibbs calling his father to wish him Merry Christmas. We hear the voice of Ralph Waite (not credited) responding to his son's call. Gibbs also had his number as the third number on his phone's speed dial, suggesting that he and his father communicate more frequently than they used to do so.

  • QUOTES (11)

    • Ziva: You ever, ahm, regret not having a wife and kids, especially during this time of year? Hanukah is all about family, is it not the same with Christmas?
      Tony: (dodging the question) I'm gonna go check out the guy in the blue hoody.
      Ziva: It is a woman!

    • Gibbs: (when Quinn argues his daughter is better off not seeing him) If I had one wish for Christmas, it would be to hug my daughter. That can never be. You have that chance.

    • Gibbs: Go home. It's late, get some sleep.
      Abby: Oh, I haven't slept on Christmas Eve since I was, like, four, since I started camping out by the fireplace trying to catch Santa. (struck with a new idea) I should have pulled a fingerprint off his milk glass...!

    • Tony (when McGee gets hit by a taser): Just breathe through it.

    • Gibbs: (as he and Quinn look at the Vietnam Memorial Wall) No matter how many times I come here, it still gets to me. You look at a name, and you have to look at a reflection of yourself. You are among the fallen.
      Quinn: Yeah. Difference is, you can leave. The names don't.

    • Ducky: Something wrong, Jethro?
      Gibbs: Fingerprints found at a double homicide yesterday belong to a Petty Officer who's supposed to have been dead seventeen years. (hands Ducky a file) His death certificate.
      Ducky: Oh dear. (chuckles) Someone's in trouble. (looks at the certificate) I signed it?!

    • Gibbs: Abs, it's Christmas Eve. Go home.
      Abby: I can't. I have to go shopping.
      Gibbs: Then do it.
      Abby: I don't know what to get anybody. What do you think Tony needs?
      Gibbs: An attitude adjustment.
      Abby: Gibbs, you're not helping.

    • (Abby is talking to Ducky about what she should buy people for Christmas)
      Abby: I never know what to get anyone, especially Gibbs! What do you get for the guy that has nothing and wants nothing?
      Ducky: Some squeaky shoes.

    • Abby: (Abby hugs McGee) Merry Christmas tiny Tim!

    • Abby: Hey Gibbs! I brought you and McGee some eggnog! (Gibbs looks at the eggnog) Right! Two for McGee!

    • Gibbs (waiting for phone to be picked up): Merry Christmas dad.
      Jackson: Merry Christmas son.

  • NOTES (4)

    • Original International Airdates:
      Denmark: January 25, 2009 on TV3
      Norway: June 23, 2009 on TV3
      Slovakia: February 4, 2010 on Markiza
      Finland: March 30, 2010 on Nelonen
      Czech Republic: August 2, 2010 on TV Nova

    • Featured Music:
      "Jingle Bells", by Peter Oprisko (in the teaser, as the deliveryman gets out of his car)

    • Ned Quinn isn't the first character of a Donald Bellisario show to always spend Christmas Eve at the Vietnam Memorial Wall. Cmdr Harmon Rabb, Jr, on NCIS' sister show JAG, always went to the Wall on Christmas Eve and looked at the name of his father, who was shot down and presumed dead on Christmas Eve.

    • Mark Harmon and guest star Kay Lenz starred together on Reasonable Doubts, though they do not appear together in the same scene in this episode.


    • When McGee states that the suspect was in the 1st Battalion 9th Marines, Gibbs interrupts with "The Walking Dead". This is a reference to the actual 1st Battalion 9th Marines that had the highest casualty rate in the Vietnam War hence being nicknamed "The Walking Dead."

    • The title is a reference to the Christmas Carol Silent Night song "Christmas Day." The episode also takes place on Christmas Day.