Tuesday night’s “NCIS” episode was effective for a number of different reasons. Not only did it feature a great appearance from Jeri Ryan as Gibbs’ second ex-wife Rebecca, but there was also a very interesting reintroduction of sorts to Sergei, and the story that was first introduced at the start of this season.
Should we have been surprised that this particular plot was reintroduced? Probably not, mostly given the fact that the first episode of the new year last season also reintroduced its long-running story after many episodes off. This is part of the “NCIS” pattern. Still, the way we got there was at least interesting, at least for the time when it started to feel like Rebecca really was a killer of some sort.
Just as if the twists and turns of the first half of the episode were not enough, watching Sergei kill Diane was gut-wrenching. The final 15-minutes were completely all-systems-go, and it reminded us of the “NCIS” that we actually first enjoyed in the first couple of seasons. While it is always terrible to lose a character like Diane, at the same time, this was exactly the episode we’ve been asking for: One that really meant something, and set up a story that is not tied up in a neat little bow. Gibbs is motivated more than ever, and we’re going to need some time to recover from this one.
These sort of episodes make us wish sometimes that this show got to do a serialized arc of episodes more often. That is where the writers really start to show what they’re capable of. The only weakness tonight? Mostly that save for Gibbs, many of the other characters did not get enough awesome stuff to do. Grade: A-.
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