Caged is the twelfth episode of Season Six and also the 125th episode of the entire NCIS series.
While getting a signed confession from a possible suspect after the skeleton of a dead Navy Lieutenant is found in a forest, McGee's interview at the prison takes a turn for the worse when a guard stumbles in, dead, triggering a riot with the inmates responding by taking a few guards as well as McGee himself hostage. The inmates only have one demand: they only want the murderer, not all of them to be brought to justice. Gibbs, Tony, Ziva, Abby and Ducky must race against the clock as well as the prison warden's deadline to find out who's truly responsible and save McGee before it's too late.
Via a camera, a cheerleader is seen running frantically through a forest when someone emerges, holding an axe. The cheerleader screams.
Meanwhile, the director, Aaron yells "Cut!".
As Rhiannon gets up, she asks, "What?" while wondering what was wrong with that.
The director tells her that he's gonna need a real scream.
Rhiannon protests, stating that was a real scream.
The director states, "No. No" and that she should go for an uber-scream before telling Rhiannon to think of Halloween II on steroids.
Rhiannon simply shakes her head, frustrated.
The director wonders if she wants to take a break.
Rhiannon nods in agreement, stating "Yeah".
As Rhiannon leaves, Aaron tells his crew that he should have gone with the blonde.
Meanwhile, Rhiannon is walking away from the crew while talking to someone on her cell phone and stating that this is a favor and that he should be happy she's even here.
She remarks that she's screamed in three real movies.
She then states while turning around that if it's one thing she can do, it's...
Seconds later, Rhiannon falls into a hole, disappearing altogether.
Aaron turns back and remarks in a bored tone, "Lame".
When Rhiannon is heard screaming for real, Aaron turns around, proudly remarking that that was a real scream with the film crew agreeing.
However, Rhiannon is still screaming which has Aaron concerned.
They then approach the pit where Rhiannon is still screaming and telling the crew to get out of her.
It then cuts to show a real-life skeleton that Rhiannon is trying to get away from as she continues her frantic moving and screaming.
NCIS Forensic Scientist Abigail Sciuto arrives into the bullpen, heading straight for McGee's desk despite Ziva telling Abby that McGee is out.
Abby states that she knows and that McGee's still at the prison although the two of them were supposed to have lunch. She states that she's only returning his computer game.
Ziva then says that she does not understand the fascination with electronic games because they shorten attention spans, curbs productivity and kills brain cells.
At his desk, Tony states, "Enough with the long sentences. Who can follow all that?".
Ziva just glares at Tony.
Tony then points at the monitor, stating that the two women take a look at that.
It then shows a photo of McGee with Tony explaining that this is McGee before he breaks the hooker from Hell with the photo of McGee developing something of a very creepy smile.
Tony then states that this is McGee after she's gotten inside his head and suddenly, the photo of McGee begins developing a horrified version with the computerized version even screaming which has Abby laughing, obviously amused.
As this happens, Gibbs wanders in, stating, "How about a picture of you actually working, DiNozzo?".
|Leroy Jethro Gibbs||Mark Harmon||NCIS Special Agent in charge of the NCIS Major Case Response Team.|
|Anthony DiNozzo||Michael Weatherly||Senior Special Agent and second-in-command of the NCIS Major Case Response Team.|
|Ziva David||Cote de Pablo||Mossad/NCIS Liaison Officer and a member of the NCIS Major Case Response Team.|
|Timothy McGee||Sean Murray (actor)||Junior Special Agent of the NCIS Major Case Response team.|
|Abigail Sciuto||Pauley Perrette||Forensic Specialist associated with the NCIS Major Case Response Team.|
|Leon Vance||Rocky Carroll||Director of NCIS.|
|Donald Mallard||David McCallum||Chief Medical Examiner associated with the NCIS Major Case Response Team.|
|Jack Kale||Jon Huertas||Marine Sergeant who previously appeared in episode Nine Lives (episode). His appearance in this episode was an uncredited one.|
|Gene Halsey||Robert Wisdom||Prison Warden.|
|Celia Roberts||Martha Hackett||Inmate who took credit for the murder of Hayden Trimble to protect Sharon Bellows who had one year left on her sentence.|
|Sharon Bellows||Stephanie Niznik||Inmate who killed her boyfriend, and also the mother of Zoe Bellows. Killed Trimble to protect Zoe.|
|Angela Lopez||Janina Gavankar||Inmate who was convicted of armed robbery, kidnapping and murder. She is going through drug withdrawal and in anger, strikes McGee with pepper spray, causing him to snap and threaten to leave the prison unless they give him the name of their drug supplier which they eventually do.|
|Brenda Carter||Lisa Rieffel||Prison Guard, old school friend of McGee's.|
|Judy Williams||Michael Hyatt||Inmate who murdered an old lady to steal her medication.|
|Gordon Lambro||Channon Roe||Sergeant and Prison Guard who was also a drug dealer.|
|Aaron||Kyle Searles||Director of an amateur movie whose actress discovers the body of Neil Poletto, one of Celia Roberts's victims.|
|Zoe Bellows||Rebekah Brandes||Daughter of Sharon Bellows who was threatened by the victim.|
|Kayla Vicari||Tonya Cornelisse||Inmate who was convicted of manufacturing meth.|
|Oliver Newcomb||Isaiah Mustafa||A man who appears in the episode.|
|Rhiannon||Jamie Renée Smith||Amateur actress who discovers Lt. Neil Poletto's body.|
|Female Inmate (Caged)||Joy Christie Di Cresce||An inmate in the prison. Uncredited role.|
|Unnamed Guard 1||Elizabeth Reynolds||Prison Guard. Uncredited role.|