The doctor is in. Is the NCIS team is out, of their minds? Turns out the team is way overdue for the psych evaluations. Being the best NCIS team in the world, our guys are always on the go, so Dr. Rachel Cranston (Wendy Makkena) tags along to investigate the shooting of a Naval Commander. Agent DiNozzo (Michael Weatherly) makes an excellent first impression on the Doc as she walks up during his Man o’ War (horse) impression. But, he nails Agent McGee well when Dr Cranston says most people talk about their sex lives. That rules McGee (Sean Murray) out…
The doctor takes no time at all breaking into Ziva’s [singlepic id=25382 w=320 h=240 float=left]head, bringing her back to every vulnerable place she’s been in over the last 5 and a half years. I do not like seeing Ziva (Cote de Pablo) worrisome, luckily, she was defiant even through the flashbacks. Back to confronting Tony about killing Michael Rivkin, to arguing with her father over where her loyalties lie, and to the death of Agent Caitlin Todd (Sasha Alexander).
Meanwhile, Tony and Gibbs (Mark Harmon) are interviewing reporters and servicemen on board the ship. Ziva identified the bullet that killed the Commander as one used by Russians and Koreans. There happens to be a Korean reporter on board. And he happens to be sending e-mails back to Korea. North Korea. But, it turns out he was sending timestamped emails at the time of the murder. So, spy that he might be, he’s not a murderer.
[singlepic id=25376 w=320 h=240 float=right]Everyone is on edge around the doctor, notably Tony and Abby (Pauley Perretty). Abby tries to deflect her by telling the doctor she doesn’t have enough hours in the day for that. Tony simply departs whenever the doc arrives. Ducky (David McCallum) attempts another method, by assuring her that he knows all the tricks. Yet still, he manages to spill his heart.
Back to Tony, the doctor sneaks up again, this time as he is attacking a snack machine. Turns out his flashbacks are to the time Director Sheppard offered him is own team, and he turned it down. Could you imagine if out team was split?? For us, that would have been terrible, but in reality, it was a huge career sacrifice for Tony. Nearly a decade as a Senior Agent, but what does he have to show for it all?
[singlepic id=25383 w=320 h=240 float=left]The dead Commander was very close friends with an Admiral and his family. Turns out the Admiral’s wife & the victim had been seeing each other though, for over 20 years. He was approaching mandatory retirement. I had a good idea about how he died from the start, but this episode was less about the victim and more about the Agents.
Excellent episode. WOW to the ending this week. I didn’t see it coming. The doctor has quite a surprise. A good surprise. I may have teared up a bit this week. If you didn’t watch tonight, you definitely need to press play on that DVR or head over to CBS.com!
Episode side notes:
- Why does no one understand “Wait out here” or “Say in the car”? The good doctor just followed McGee right into the house, potentially putting herself in danger and distracting McGee…
- I wish Jimmy Palmer (Brian Dietzen) had been in this episode. He’s had his own incidents over the years. Like, being used by Agent Lee (Liza Lapira) back in season six.