For those wanting a proper Wilmer Valderrama spotlight on NCIS, season 16 episode 18 seems to be it. There was a little bit of this with the recent mentoring subplot, but for “Mona Lisa” (airing on April 2), it seems as though it will be a more dramatic showcase.
How so? Let’s kick things off by discussing the NCIS season episode 18 synopsis below:
“Mona Lisa” – Torres relies on his team’s investigative skills after he wakes up on a dilapidated fishing boat, covered in blood and unable to remember the last 12 hours, on NCIS Tuesday, April 2 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.
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Typically, when you wake up with no memory of what happened to you and covered in blood, there’s going to be a fear that you secretly developed an alter ego that you have no control over … and that this alter ego is Dexter Morgan. We don’t think that’s happening with Torres, but we obviously have questions that someone may have either drugged him or is trying to frame him for a crime. We get why someone would target him. Nick’s a guy who has gone through a lot in the field, and probably has some vendettas as a result of that. He’s also got a penchant for going rogue in various cases and doing whatever he can in order to get the job done.
Here’s how someone could frame a narrative: Nick collided with someone from his past, wanted to settle a score, and things got out of hand. He’s either being set up or he’s an innocent bystander, but more than likely, he’s the former. The latter just doesn’t seem like enough meat for this metaphorical bone.
Aside from the story, is it too much to ask for some really painful, powerful Valderrama scenes? With the right story, we’ve seen already that he can do some incredible stuff. That’s the appeal of him on NCIS in the first place — he’s someone who first built his reputation on his back of That 70’s Show and other comedy work, but over time, we’ve seen him evolve and showcase other dimensions. We’ve seen him be an action hero on this show, just as there have also been some softer, more-vulnerable moments. This could be the story where we really break some of the walls down.
Here is another fascinating question to ponder: How will Bishop react to Nick’s situation? We know that there’s a will-they-or-won’t-they component to this story, and sometimes, seeing one of the characters in danger is the sort of thing that ignites a spark. They care about each other for sure, but we haven’t made it to that point yet where there’s been a proper chance to see the two confess to anything. (Of course, a certain one of Gibbs’ rules is probably getting in the way — but it’s one we personally want to see Gibbs himself break with Sloane.)
What do you want to see when it comes to NCIS season 16 episode 18? Be sure to sound off now in the comments. (Photo: CBS.)