Season 8 Episode 2

Worst Nightmare

Aired Tuesday 8:00 PM Sep 28, 2010 on CBS
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Episode Summary

The NCIS team has to find a young girl that was kidnapped, but their investigation turns into something else when her grandfather gets way too involved.

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  • Ceylon/Sri Lanka

    I love everything and everyone on NCIS. In this episode Tony says "He died in Ceylon in Ceylon was changed to Sri Lanka in 1972. So he couldn't have died there 15 years after the name change. BTW they couldn't have gotten anyone better to play Gibbs father than Ralph Waite. He is perfect.
  • A Young Girl's Suspicious Kidnapping Reveals A Complicated Plot Of Revenge Leading To Her Grandfather's Past Involvement With A Special Field Ops Team.

    "Worst Nightmare" is a very good episode. There is a lot going on in this particular episode, but it worked very well, was entertaining and was well written and acted. Twists and turns which are very plausible add to the enjoyment of this episode. The side story about the students was interesting and something "NCIS" hasn't done before. The final arrest scene was well executed. William Devane gives a fantastic performance as a grandpa who may have something to do with the kidnapped teenager. Does anybody remember him from "24" as James Heller? Watch this episode if you want a great hour of entertainment. Another excellent episode!moreless
  • Decent premise, weak subplot.

    Interns. Sigh.

    I understand that after seven or eight years some storylines won't be as captivating or enthralling as ones past. But interns? I expected better.

    The grandfather being a retired Spook was interesting and exciting. But I wished they had kept the focus on the kidnapping, rather than change tact halfway through the episode. It's almost a NCIS staple to throw in a misdirect, but this one was unnecessary. I have rather the team focus on trying to catch Gramps and have Gibbs a little conflicted rather than where they took it. That doesn't seem terribly new, but everything just felt a little unfocused.

    Now that I think about it, this would've been the perfect time to have a McGee, Ziva, or even Tony story with where they left Gibbs last week as his father's helping rebuild the Store.moreless
  • At least pretend you have a sex life...

    The abduction of a young girl brings team gibbs to deal with a not so normal grandfather, who soon turns out to be more than a regular guy. Former secret operatives and junior internships are thrown in the middle and Gibbs and the team has to deal with them on many occasions; but in the end, they manage to bring in another happy ending.

    Good episode, could have used some more action and interaction between the team, too many scenes were focused on the college guys and not on the main characters. I think that part could have been done better. it still managed to give us a different point of view on our favourite agents.moreless
  • 802

    A slow-moving episode of NCIS that seemed like it would be good in premise, but really did not deliver. Honestly, read the summary for this episode, the girl being kidnapped, the grandfather being too involved, and you would be hooked, but unfortunately that was just hype and the actual content failed to deliver. Not enough Ziva and DiNozzo, not enough swift banter, but more importantly not enough drama. The ending was predictable, in fact, even for a newer NCIS fan like I am, it was a predictable middle part of the plot as well. Mediocre episode of NCIS at best tonight.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

Cote de Pablo

Cote de Pablo

Special Agent Ziva David

David McCallum

David McCallum

Chief M.E. Ducky Mallard

Sean Murray (I)

Sean Murray (I)

Special Agent Tim McGee

William Devane

William Devane

Nicolas Mason

Guest Star

Sam Anderson

Sam Anderson

Walter Carmichael

Guest Star

Zack Lively

Zack Lively

Conrad Zuse

Guest Star

Brian Dietzen

Brian Dietzen

Asst. M.E. Jimmy Palmer

Recurring Role

Featured Episode Clip

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • GOOF: When Gibbs and Tony are standing outside MTAC talking to Palmer, Tony is wearing a black suit. In the next scene in MTAC Tony is wearing a gray suit, but the two scenes are supposed to be in the same day minutes apart.

    • GOOF: When Gibbs is in the evidence locker 'borrowing' the money for the ransom, the box he puts back on the shelf is not the same box he took down in the previous shot. When he takes it down, it has a big red "Approved for Destruction" label on the front. When he puts it back, neither end of the box has this label on it.

  • QUOTES (2)

    • Abby: Also, you are not to touch my computer, my lab equipment, my MP3 player, my CafPow, my desk or Bert my farting hippo, without my express written consent.
      Intern: Well, how am I gonna' do anything?
      Abby: And there's no cameras or flash photography.
      Intern: Well, I don't have a camera.
      Abby: And if I accidentally turn my back to you, you are to immediately move back into my eyeline.
      Intern: Why don't I just wear bells?
      Abby: That's a really good idea. I mean I'm sorry about this.. I mean Darren worked out but, I just had problems with people that have been assigned to my lab. (Abby pulls out a collar with bells) It'll just be better this way.
      Intern: I uh, I'm not putting those on.
      Abby: Oh no, actually you are.
      Intern: No I'm not.
      Abby: Except for the fact that you are.

    • Tony: What's goin' on here? We being replaced by younger models?
      Ziva: I am a younger model.
      Tony: If that was intended to hurt me you've succeeded.
      Ziva: And we are not being replaced. They are from Waverly University.
      Tony: Oh yeah. That's right. Director Vance's internship program. It's not a good idea. Feeds McGee's need to have groupies.

  • NOTES (2)

    • Rocky Carroll is credited but doesn't appear.

    • Original International Airdates:
      Canada: September 29, 2010 on Global
      Australia: October 26, 2010 on Channel Ten
      United Kingdom: October 29, 2010 on FX/FX HD
      Sweden: November 23, 2010 on TV3
      Norway: December 14, 2010 on TV3
      Spain: January 21, 2011 on LaSexta
      Germany: February 20, 2011 on SAT 1
      Finland: March 15, 2011 on Nelonen
      Slovakia: August 3, 2011 on Markiza
      Czech Republic: January 9, 2012 on TV Nova


    • The plot of a retired military specialist coming out of retirement when his daughter has been kidnapped comes from Commando. John Matrix (played by Arnold Schwarzenegger) is a former special forces operative that comes out of retirement when his daughter has been kidnapped.

    • Abby: ...I just had problems with people that have been assigned to my lab.

      Abby is referring to Charles "Chip" Sterling, first introduced in the season three episode, "The Voyeurs Web", and DIA Agent Fred Rinnet who appeared in the season five episode, "The Ex-File". Chip tried to frame Tony for a crime he didn't commit and assaulted Abby in her lab, and Rinnet destroyed evidence and accused Abby of being negligent.

    • Mason says he answers to the President, "the one who's buried in Simi Valley, out in California." This is Ronald Reagan, the nation's 40th President from 1981-1989.

    • McGee: It's like kidnapping Jason Bourne's granddaughter!

      Allusion to the main character in the Bourne Identity series of books by Robert Ludlum and three movies. Jason Bourne, the protaganist, is a "super spy", a highly trained assassin and covert operations operative.

    • Mason: It was like The Amateur Hour out there today.

      A reference to a popular radio show of the 30s and 40s, and TV show that ran off and on from the 1950's to 1970. An early precursor to American Idol, the show featured vaudevillian-style acts of singing, dancing and other talent acts, and winners were chosen by viewers calling in or sending their vote in by postcard. Winners went on to championships, where the grand prize was $2,000.