NCIS/NCIS: Los Angeles -- "Ignition" & "Breach"

Chris O'Donnell

Ah, the magic of flight. Both NCISes take to the skies this week (sorta), with jet packs, cars and even squirrels. What's not to love?

Squee! (Highlights)

  • It seems like the writers have decided to turn McGee into The McMan this season. Not only is he looking super-GQ, but he's expanding on the confidence in his non-geek abilities he tapped into during the riot at the women's prison. And Gibbs is finally kicking our little bird out of the nest, giving him the lead on the case of the week. Awww.
  • We mentioned jet packs, right? McGee's sheer glee at unleashing his font of jet pack knowledge may have been groan-worthy for the team, but for us it was adorable. There was a narrated PowerPoint!
  • In a nice parallel, Jimmy took on his first solo autopsy...on a squirrel, also found at the scene. His tangentially-related anecdote was a sweet nod to mentor Ducky and despite some initial stage fright, he was able to deduce some answers which helped unravel the mystery.
  • In what could be a continuing storyline, not only the audience, but the team, finds out Sam rescued one of the Lost Boys of Sudan and brought him to the U.S.
  • It's a small thing (no pun intended), but the juxtaposition of the petite Hetty stomping past the willowy Kensi, Nate (and even G. to some extent) in a huff, was just funny.

Um...alrighty then... (Lowlights)

  • We're fans of Rena Sofer, but her turn as aggressive yet flirty attorney M. Allison Hart struck us as a little odd. Sure, her character's supposed to throw the team -- particularly Gibbs -- for a loop, but her outmaneuvering at every turn made it too blaringly obvious there was more going on than typical legal machinations. Way to put Team Gibbs on high alert. Maybe that was the plan all along but, if so, it's awfully simplistic. Upside: maybe this means Robert Patrick will make another appearance as corrupt Colonel Merton Bell.
  • The balance between overt detective work and undercover assignments for Team Callen is still out of whack. While G. did spend a few hours posing as a married man ready to stray with the first hot stripper that offered her extra services, it fell apart pretty quickly when the mark figured out the ruse.
  • Callen's starting to get this "I've been everywhere, done everything and speak every language thing going", just like Ziva. It's a little more realistic because Chris O'Donnell is a decade older than Cote de Pablo, but not much.

Best news we've heard all year: we get to meet Tony DiNozzo, Sr... and it's Robert Wagner! Until next time, NCIS fans!

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