The 25 most important episodes of NCIS


Twenty Years of Work 

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Now that NCIS is in its 20th season, fans who want to watch older episodes of CBS's long-running hit show may feel a little overwhelmed. But those same fans probably follow Gibbs' "Rules for Life," which means they know Rule No. 28: "Ask for help when you need it." 

So, EW is here with a list of the 25 most important episodes of NCIS. There are a lot of old favorites and new classics for you to listen to again. And if you think any of your favorites are missing from the list, you should know that this writer also follows Gibbs' rules, especially the one that says: Don't ever say, "I'm a Yankee White" (Season 1, episode 1) 

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Did Mark Harmon and his young co-stars know that their JAG spinoff would still be on the air 19 years later? In the pilot episode, hard-talking former Marine sniper Leroy Jethro Gibbs (Harmon) asks Secret Service agent Caitlin Todd (Sasha Alexander) to join his NCIS team. Anthony DiNozzo (Michael Weatherly), goth lab queen Abby Sciuto (Pauley Perrette), and dapper medical examiner Ducky Mallard are also on the team (David McCallum). So began a family of TV stars. 

"A Call for Silence" (Season 2, episode 7) 

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Many of NCIS's characters and storylines are deeply rooted in the military, and this standout episode from season two combines the routines of a TV procedural with the show's respect for the sacrifices made by the country's veterans. Real-life Purple Heart winner Charles Durning will make you cry as a WWII vet who turns himself in for a murder he did 60 years ago. 

'SWAK' (Season 2, episode 22) (Season 2, episode 22) 

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When DiNozzo gets the plague, Gibbs hits him on the back of the head and tells him not to die. Here is the start of a famous situation at work. 

'Twilight' (Season 2, episode 23) (Season 2, episode 23) 


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The end of season two, which is better known as "That Thing That Happens to Kate," was a surprise that hit you in the gut. The death of one of the original cast members has an effect on future seasons and shows that the characters you love on NCIS can and will die. 

Parts 1 and 2 of "Kill Ari" (Season 3, episodes 1 and 2) 


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This two-part episode introduces two important NCIS characters: Ziva David (Cote de Pablo), a Mossad officer who always says the wrong thing, and Jenny Shepard, the head of NCIS and a former lover of Gibbs (Lauren Holly). It also gets back at the terrorist who killed Kate by doing what the episode titles say and killing the man who shot her. Ari is also Ziva's half-brother, because the NCIS world is, as it turns out, a small one (Season 3, episode 21) 

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When Abby's near-death experience is linked to an ex-boyfriend who is a stalker, the team looks into her personal life, and she ends up spending the night with rookie Timothy McGee (Sean Murray) for safety. Even at this early point in its run, the show was good at showing how work and family affect each other at the most violent crime scenes. 

"Front Page" (Season 4, episode 20) 

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McGee has been keeping a big secret from everyone: he is a best-selling author, and the characters in his books are based on his larger-than-life coworkers. His pen name, Thom E. Gemcity, is an anagram of his own name, which is very McGeek. We wouldn't have expected anything less nerdy.


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