Season 8 Episode 2

Worst Nightmare

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



  • Trivia

    • 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

    • 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

    • 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

  • Allusions

    • 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.