Child's Play is the ninth episode of the Season Seven of NCIS and the 147th episode of the entire NCIS series.
A Marine is found hanging from a series of sticks in a corn field, dead, his right hand having been cut off with the investigation ultimately leading the NCIS team to a military intelligence base that uses genius children to crack military codes. They also realize that one of the youngsters there is creating collages that contain military secrets in them and as such, she might be in danger from the killer.
Two youngsters are running through a huge cornfield, laughing, the two obviously enjoying themselves.
"You tired?", one boy calls.
"You can't catch me", another shouts.
As they continue running, the first kid yells that the other kid isn't getting away before stating, "Give up. I got you!".
"Do not", the Younger Boy calls back.
"You're done", the Older Boy shouts.
"Am not", the younger kid replies.
"Here I come", the older kid yells.
However, the younger kid later crashes into a pole that sends him to the ground.
This gives the older kid a chance and he slaps the younger kid, stating "Tag. You're it".
Still on the ground, the younger kid wonders what that is.
His friend states that it's a scarecrow and that they should come on because he's It.
"Wait", the younger kid states. "That".
It then cuts to show a dark red liquid dipping down.
As the younger kid gets to his feet, the older kid states, "Let's just get out of here".
However, the younger kid grabs a small branch and removes the scarecrow mask, revealing that there's an adult man hanging from the pole.
The two then flee in terror.
It then cuts back to the pole showing the man hanging from it, dead, blood on the lower side of his chin.
In the bullpen, McGee discuss Marine Corporal Travis Lozada and how he had a spotless service record with multiple tours before being awarded with a very desirable duty post guarding the Sattler Institute for Strategic Studies and Analysis.
- The team celebrate Thanksgiving.
- The clip Angela uses to identify flaws in the group of Marines who were ambushed by the Taliban is footage taken from Call of Duty, Modern Warfare 2.
|Leroy Jethro Gibbs||Mark Harmon||Special Agent in charge of the NCIS Major Case Response Team.|
|Anthony DiNozzo||Michael Weatherly||Senior Agent and second-in-command of the NCIS Major Case Response Team.|
|Ziva David||Cote de Pablo||NCIS Probationary Agent and also 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||Chief Forensic Specialist of the NCIS Major Case Response Team.|
|Leon Vance||Rocky Carroll||Director of NCIS.|
|Donald Mallard||David McCallum||Chief Medical Examiner of the NCIS Major Case Response Team.|
|D'Arcy McKinna||Carlease Burke||A social worker.|
|Gregg Norvell||Gabriel Olds||Head of the youth program at the think-thank group and also the one responsible for Lance Corporal Lazoda's murder.|
|Krista Dalton||Lisa Sheridan||Facilities Coordinator for the think tank.|
|Eddie Castillo||Francis Capra||Gang Member.|
|Angela Kelp||Madeline Carroll||Aged 12, potential victim.|
|Darlene Kelp||Emily Swallow||Angela Kelp's mother.|
|Brett Murphy||Spencer Daniels||Like Angela, a member of the think-tank group. Apparently lost his MP3 after wrapping some stuff around the ceiling. Is the oldest child of the group.|
|Younger Boy||Ty Panitz||Discovers the body of the victim.|
|Older Boy||Reese Hartwig||Discovers the body of the victim.|
|Ray (Child's Play)||Ray Mabus||NCIS Special Agent.|