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Gibbs' Worst Moment In NCIS Season 2

"NCIS," the successful spinoff of NBC/CBS's "JAG," is just a few episodes shy of finishing its 19th season on the air. It featured the likes of Pauley Perrette, Rocky Carroll, Emily Wickersham, and Wilmer Valderrama, among others. This network crime drama about the Naval Criminal Investigative Service has an average 7.7/10 approval rating from viewers on IMDb, and fans are eagerly awaiting official confirmation on a possible Season 20.

On the show, Mark Harmon plays Leroy Jethro Gibbs, a former marine and the man in charge of the NCIS Major Case Response Team until he resigned from the position in Season 19, Episode 4, "Great Wide Open." Fans will remember him for a great many things out of the 426 episodes he has starred in — but for better or worse, he will be particularly remembered for an event that fans say was his worst moment in all of Season 2.

His final words to Agent Todd made the Season 2 finale all that much more heartbreaking

In Season 2, Episode 23, "Twilight," the NCIS team takes down a terrorist cell led by Gibbs' archnemesis Ari Haswari (Rudolf Martin). While they do succeed in eliminating the cell, it ends with the tragic death of Junior Agent Caitlin "Kate" Todd. Making matters worse is the fact that Gibbs was finally giving her praise for a job well done (after she and her protective vest literally took a bullet for him), to which she replies "I thought I'd die before I ever heard a compliment" a split second before Ari shoots her in the head, killing her instantly.

This wasn't just the worst moment for Gibbs in Season 2. Fans took it particularly hard as well. In this Reddit thread about surprise endings on "NCIS," the most upvoted comments were those relating to this tragic scene at the end of "Twilight." Ohlordwhyisthishere wrote, "I'm gonna have to say Twilight (02x23). When I tell you I had to put down my phone and go take a walk, I'm serious." That comment alone earned 34 points from other Redditors. Sparkplug_23 agreed, writing, "Same. This is the only correct answer." ACCER1 captured the visceral shock that moment created for Gibbs and viewers alike, stating that "There is no question that it was Twilight...that shook us to the core and told us that none of them were really safe and could be taken from us at any time."