The 10 Worst ‘NCIS’ Episodes

NCIS fans love the show but there are some episodes they really hate. Here are the 10 worst NCIS episodes according to fans on IMDb.

NCIS cast |Frazer Harrison/Getty Images
NCIS cast |Frazer Harrison/Getty Images

10. Caught on Tape (Season 2, Episode 15)

  • Rating: 7.7 out of 10

A Marine sergeant dies while hiking with his wife and his best friend, another sergeant; the gang investigate. Ducky finds a wood-fiber fragment, and Abby reconstructs video footage. Gibbs questions and the team put it all together.

9. Black Water (Season 2, Episode 11)

  • Rating: 7.7 out of 10

IMDb synopsis: A two-year-old cold case involving a missing naval officer heats up when a reward-seeking private investigator finds the body. NCIS is on the case, while Kate gets particularly close to the suspect.

8. Bikini Wax (Season 2, Episode 18)

  • Rating: 7.6 out of 10

IMDb Synopsis:A petty officer enters a bikini contest but fails to appear on stage when introduced. Later someone finds her body face-down in a toilet bowl in a women’s restroom. The gang pursue the leads and find the killer.

Wilmer Valderrama, Sean Murray, Emily Wickersham, and Mark Harmon | Sonja Flemming/CBS via Getty Images
Wilmer Valderrama, Sean Murray, Emily Wickersham, and Mark Harmon | Sonja Flemming/CBS via Getty Images

7. An Eye for an Eye (Season 2, Episode 17)

  • Rating: 7.7 out of 10

IMDb Synopsis:A neighbor of a petty officer opens a package from Paraguay containing two human eyeballs mistakenly delivered to the mailbox of the neighbor. Gibbs and company investigate. Kate and Tony make discoveries in Paraguay, then they return.

6. A Weak Link (Season 1, Episode 22)

  • Rating: 7.5 out of 10

IMDb synopsis: A SEAL lieutenant falls to his death due to a failed fitting in his gear while rappelling during an exercise. Gibbs and company investigate; the CIA expresses intense interest. Abby and McGee provide answers and the team solves the case.

5. Thirst (Season 9, Episode 6)

  • Rating: 7.4 out of 10

IMDb synopsis: An 18-wheel truck accidentally and fatally hits a Naval Reserve lieutenant who had swerved and woven on a freeway; Gibbs and company investigate. Ducky sees telling evidence at the site, finds an explanation in his workshop, and offers a theory. While hiking through a state park, the team find a dead SUV and a dead body under circumstances similar to those of the other victim; this vic is a civilian, but his estranged wife is a Marine on active duty in Afghanistan.

Sean Murray and Pauley Perrette | Cliff Lipson/CBS via Getty Images
Sean Murray and Pauley Perrette | Cliff Lipson/CBS via Getty Images

4. Road Kill (Season 6, Episode 10)

  • Rating: 7.4 out of 10

IMDb synopsis: A boatswain’s mate dies after a single-car crash; Gibbs and company find evidence of gunfire plus beatings of the victim, who was a member of a fight club and, they learn, the operator of an illicit business. The gang figure out all of it.

3. Tribes (Season 5, Episode 11)

  • Rating: 7.3 out of 10

IMDb synopsis:  A Marine lance corporal, of Arabic lineage and the Islamic faith, dies two blocks from a mosque in Washington, DC; Gibbs and company investigate. Ducky uses an alternate method; Abby finds a deadly neurotoxin. A tip helps; justice prevails.

2. Rock and a Hard Place (Season 11, Episode 17)

  • Rating: 7.3 out of 10

IMDb synopsis:  Backstage before a charity-benefit concert in Washington, DC, an explosion kills a Navy petty officer first-class; Gibbs and company investigate. Abby fingers the bad guy, McGee finds out about him, and Gibbs and Ellie catch him at work.

1. Philly (Season 14, Episode 5)

  • Rating: 7.3 out of 10

IMDb synopsis: Gibbs sends Bishop and Quinn to Philadelphia to work with MI-6 Officer Clayton Reeves on the murder case of a British operative. Meanwhile, Quinn deals with the NCIS case that caused her to leave the field.

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