‘NCIS’ season 11, episode 4 review: Mike Franks and a blast from the past

More news -Did Mike Franks have a secret on “NCIS” prior to his death? It was a big one, and one that we found out about over the course of Tuesday night’s episode. We learned about quite the operation that he had running when it came to human smuggling. Franks’ intentions were seemingly pure, but that does not mean that he was within the letter of the law. This entire story was in some ways about whether or not one man can be a savior, and whether or not that is a good thing to be in the first place.

As Gibbs and McGee went to the Middle East in an effort to try and put together the pieces of Franks’ past, we saw Tony stay back in Washington in hopes of manning the ship on that end. We wish that following the exit of Cote de Pablo that the character had more to do. It’s almost a reminder that something is off without Michael Weatherly in the thick of things, and this is hardly an everyday occurrence to have McGee overseas with Gibbs in the first place. (It’s best to say not to get used to it, either.) Also … why not more Abby?

Tony did have the night’s sweetest moment still with an “everything’s going to be okay” and a hug, followed by him announcing that he was “friend of the ladies” on the phone. It’s not that much of a stretch that the mission ended up being a success; as a matter of fact, we’re sure that you would not have it any other way.

“Anonymous Was a Woman” was an episode strongly anchored by Muse Watson’s performance, which is probably all the more impressive when you consider that he was not even around in the world of the living, but why didn’t we see much of this before? There are times when “NCIS” and other shows tend to act retroactively in order to suit the needs of their story, and this was one of them. It’s probably the weakest episode of the season over all; still passable, but the show has done better and this is not the time for them to begin getting into a slump. Grade: C.

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