2012 Aug 21, NCIS Critique of “The Missionary Position” first aired on 4/10/12

Whenever NCIS airs as a rerun, an episode which we’ve previously critiqued, we watch it to see if we were correct in our original analysis. Last night we watched “The Missionary Position” and we concluded that unlike wine, it did not improve with age. The following is what we reported after this episode first aired on April 10th of this year. You be the judge.
“Each week we prepare our critique for CBS’ weekly episode of NCIS examining the show through our filter of experience in federal law enforcement—David’s as a former Special Agent with NCIS and DEA and Diane’s as an attorney and former Federal Prosecutor. At times we are so impressed by the writers and producer that we write mostly praise. The most recent episode does not easily fit into that category. The very title, “The Missionary Position,” appears to be a twisted effort to sound risqué. The title, so loosely tied to actual facts of the episode, seems as tacky as Jimmy’s tuxedo. The horrendous blue and pink number foreshadows the creepy show to come. Diane imagines Alice dropping down a rabbit hole, but Cartagena is no Wonderland.

The writers reveal the CIA is using a missionary group as cover. Not really immunizing villagers near Cartagena, Colombia, the CIA is extracting blood to map the DNA of drug cartel members. Instead of offering a solid and believable plot, the writers interject a romantic role for Doc Ryan (Jamie Lee Curtis) that eats up precious screen time. Monique is the biggest part of the “shtick” element. The camera films her to heighten the goofiness. When Ziva, Tony, and the Navy chaplain share coffee with Monique, (former Interpol officer who is to Ziva “the big sister I never had”) at an outdoor café, her face appears huge as she warns, “We have company.” Oh really? By then we already see the cartel killer blasting his automatic weapon. Is Monique the Cheshire Cat with her phony grin? Then who is Alice? Ziva?

Tony is so right to criticize Monique to Gibbs. Thank you, Tony for giving us a shred of realism. The Navy chaplain inserting herself into the case to help find Commander Wade, the missing Navy chaplain, due to guilt over not taking the assignment herself is feeble. In the real NCIS, Gibbs would never allow her to accompany Tony and Ziva to Colombia. Also, he would nix the operation until he was more confident about Monique. Ziva vouches for her though, being blinded to her faults. Gibbs is irritated by Doc Ryan’s continual head games, but he plays along.

After flirting with failed leads and relationships in the episode, Tony and Ziva find Commander Wade. In an off-scene event, Tony and Ziva force the CIA officers to blow up the building that served as Wade’s prison. We surmise with Doc Ryan being added, the writers had no time to show the viewers what really happened.

The most realistic of the supporting characters is the DEA/FBI informant who acts as a mule for the cartel while informing to the federal agencies. Also, Commander Wade’s challenge coin is similar to one we just received at a book signing on Saturday from a Chaplain, asking us to pray for our troops. This is an interesting connection, and a powerful reminder. Our bottom line: Jimmy, find a new tux; Jethro, find a new girlfriend; and Tony, keep growing your character. You may fill Gibbs’ shoes yet.”
Be Blessed, Diane and David Munson

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