NCIS Episodes

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NCIS Season 8 episodes

Pyramid Season 8, Episode 24

In the eighth-season finale, the team members are in grave danger when they finally confront the Port-to-Port killer. read more

Swan Song Season 8, Episode 23

The search for the Port-to-Port killer heats up because his latest victim has ties with NCIS. read more

Baltimore Season 8, Episode 22

Tony's former partner is murdered by the Port-to-Port Killer, prompting Tony to recall his early days in Baltimore and the first time he met Gibbs. read more

Dead Reflection Season 8, Episode 21

A navy officer is murdered and the team searches for the killer, a petty officer caught in the crime on a Pentagon security camera. read more

Two-Faced Season 8, Episode 20

A seaman's murder leads to a serial killer operating in international ports, and Gibbs reluctantly must allow agent E.J. Barrett lead the investigation; and the team finally meets Ziva's boyfriend. read more

Tell-All Season 8, Episode 19

A navy commander's murder leads the team to a mysterious manuscript and a possible threat to classified military secrets. read more

Out of the Frying Pan... Season 8, Episode 18

A teenage boy is accused of murdering his father, a retired marine, and Gibbs questions Vance's decision that Gibbs should cross-examine the young man. read more

One Last Score Season 8, Episode 17

A former NCIS investigative assistant is found stabbed to death, and her murder is linked to a plot to rob a warehouse full of valuable possessions; and a new agent (Sarah Jane Morris) joins the team. read more

Kill Screen Season 8, Episode 16

A marine is murdered and his teeth and fingertips are removed. read more

Defiance Season 8, Episode 15

Following the attempted assassination of the Belgravian defense minister, the team is assigned to protect his daughter, who is studying in the U.S.; and Gibbs investigates the death of the marine who sacrificed his life to protect the defense minister. read more

Man Walks Into a Bar... Season 8, Episode 14

A naval commander's death is investigated while the agents also undergo psychological evaluations. read more

Freedom Season 8, Episode 13

A marine is beaten to death in his backyard, and the team tries to find the man's family and the murder weapon to solve the crime. read more

NCIS Episode Recap: "Recruited" Season 8, Episode 12

NCIS has never been an "issue of the week" show, but when it rains issues on this show, it pours. Or at least it did in "Recruited," which made up for the lightness of the previous episode by taking on two hot topics: "Don't ask, don't tell" and Alzheimer's disease. There was something arbitrary about tackling both these subjects at once when the storylines never intersected in any real way and either would have been the worthy focus of an hour. But both were handled so nicely in executive producer Gary Glasberg's deftly balanced script that complaining about the conjoined focus feels like looking a gift horse in the mouth. 

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NCIS Episode Recap: "Ships in the Night" Season 8, Episode 11

Absence really does make the heart grow fonder. NCIS got its biggest overall viewership ever with "Ships in the Night," pulling in 22 million viewers with the first new episode in a month and only the second since Thanksgiving. It reached this record high with the kind of average episode that typically shows up as grist for the mid-season. What would they have done last night if they'd had a truly pivotal plot or major guest star?

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NCIS Episode Recap: "False Witness" Season 8, Episode 10

NCIS had its It's a Wonderful Life episode — or the closest it'll ever get — with the Christmas-themed "False Witness." And Abby was right. What's not to celebrate about living in the days of forensic miracle and wonder, as Paul Simon might put it, when a near-exact match can be made on a turkey corpse, and all of YouTube can be scanned not just for cute cat videos but tell-tale pixel problems that lead to a near-exact match on a critical camcorder?

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NCIS Episode Recap: "Enemies Domestic" Season 8, Episode 9

If they gave separate Nielsen ratings just for hardcore fans rewatching a show in the days after an initial airing, "Enemies Domestic" would probably be the top-rated NCIS episode of the season. This is why DVRs were invented, even for homebodies.

Writer Jesse Stern packed about three hours of plotting into 44 minutes. And while you might have found yourself wishing that this second half of a two-parter had been allowed to play out as at least a two-parter itself, you also had to marvel — and maybe even laugh — at just how many tasks were being accomplished in how short a time. In some ways, the real enemy was neither foreign nor domestic, but the clock itself. How could they wrap up last week's mystery plotline, wrap up Vance threads dating back three seasons, wrap up Ziva's relationship with her father from a season and a half ago, introduce the novelty of an "origins" episode, AND still give every series regular at least one satisfying chuckle? read more

NCIS Episode Recap: "Enemies Foreign" Season 8, Episode 8

"I don't think a round of applause would be out of order," DiNozzo told a conference of former agency directors toward the end of "Enemies Foreign," the latest — and, for this season, so far, greatest — episode of NCIS. Michael O'Neill and the others assembled big-wigs refrained from cheering, but we can. As the first of a two-parter, it's hard to say exactly how satisfactorily the whole scenario will play out in the end. But this setup was NCIS firing on all contradictory cylinders at once: simultaneously comedic and suspenseful, serious and self-mocking, plot-driven and character-centric, tight and loose.

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Broken Arrow Season 8, Episode 7

Tony's father (Robert Wagner) returns at the request of Gibbs, who surprises the team when he enlists his help on a sensitive case. read more

NCIS Episode Recap: "Cracked" Season 8, Episode 6

An Abby-centric NCIS episode can never be anything other than a good thing, so it was nice seeing Pauley Perrette get to pull out that black parasol — last seen protecting her from the Mexican sun — and do a little obsessive field work in "Cracked." The object of her fascination was a dead Navy lieutenant turned biotech engineer who left behind mountains and mountains of mysterious formulas, along with a history of mental illness. "How's that for dedication?" Abby asked, upon finding that the dead woman had ambidextrously tattooed both her arms with reams of scientific mumbo-jumbo. "I'm officially a fan."

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NCIS Episode Recap: "Dead Air" Season 8, Episode 5

To loosely paraphrase that old Limp Bizkit song: "I watched it for the squeaky." Squeaky Tony DiNozzo, that is, who turned out to be allergic to the suburbs in NCIS' "Dead Air" episode. Some fans worry that the character has gotten too silly, and these folks may have been mortified, not mollified, that DiNozzo spent much of the hour speaking in a scratchy-helium voice. Not everyone probably cottoned to the idea of hearing Tony, interrogating a terrorism suspect, half-shout "You want to spend the rest of your life in prison? Fine by me!" in a Mickey-Mouse-meets-Rod-Stewart voice. So you'll have to forgive those of us who couldn't stifle a laugh. There's always been a truism about how rare it is to find a beautiful woman who can pull off comedy, and this is a good moment to point out how equally unusual it is to find a beautiful man who'll go as wonderfully far out on the limb of ridiculousness as Michael Weatherly will.

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NCIS Episode Recap: "Royals and Loyals" Season 8, Episode 4

"We done with our tea and crumpets?" asked Gibbs (Mark Harmon), interrupting a cozy moment between his team and a British ally-or-adversary in "Royals and Loyals." This particular NCIS episode wasn't done at all, of course, exploiting every stereotype of Anglo-American differences. The false suspect of the week, Royal Marine Major Peter Molloy (Daniel Gillies), insulted our tea ("tastes like paper"), our beer ("horse excrement"), and our Gibbs (by comparing him to... read more

NCIS Episode Recap: "Short Fuse" Season 8, Episode 3

The "Short Fuse" episode of NCIS presents a terrible quandary for series historians. For whoever is counting the all-time number of head slaps that Mark Harmon gives Michael Weatherly — and we know you're out there — does Gibbs slapping DiNozzo's cardboard standup count, or not? Debate.

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NCIS Episode Recap: "Worst Nightmare" Season 8, Episode 2

If ever you needed proof of just how different NCIS and its spinoff NCIS: Los Angeles are, consider "Worst Nightmare," this week's episode of the mothership show. On NCIS: L.A., the team operates under top secrecy at all times, to the point of even the headquarters building being disguised; the agents pretty much go undercover just to go to the bathroom. Meanwhile, the latest hour of NCIS centered around the not-so-secret presence of... interns.

Interns? Yep, NCIS had an infestation of 'em, and rather than break out a can of Raid, Gibbs (Mark Harmon) was intentionally encouraging the influx of college students, showing off his softer — softie? — side.... read more

Spider and the Fly Season 8, Episode 1

In the eighth-season opener, the Reynosa cartel tries to hurt Gibbs by going after those he loves, and Gibbs must take extreme steps to protect them from harm. read more

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Premiered: September 23, 2003, on CBS
Rating: TV-14
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Premise: A successful "JAG" spin-off about criminal cases involving Navy and Marine personnel, handled by the Naval Criminal Investigative Service. For the second season, the series title was shortened from "Navy NCIS" to "NCIS."

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