What an exciting opening scene with FBI agent Tobias Fornell being targeted and almost killed. His bullet proof vest saved him because he was “too tired to take it off”. Why was he targeted? We’ll get to that in a moment. First, because David is often asked if the NCIS show is anything like the real NCIS., he points out that in five years as an NIS agent (before the name was changed) he investigated two homicides. The show portrays a murder case almost every week. His other criticism of the show is that on the TV version of NCIS, Gibbs and crew are always interloping into other agency’s jurisdiction. In real law enforcement that’s a huge No-No. After leaving NIS to join DEA, David was involved in a shootout resulting in a dead gang member. An FBI informant claimed to have evidence about the case, so the FBI began questioning DEA agents, even though DEA’s internal affairs did the same. When the smoke from the inner agency brawl cleared, the FBI withdrew. Two FBI agents were demoted and transferred by FBI management, while DEA agents were all cleared of wrongdoing by DEA internal affairs and the prosecutor.
So David’s reaction to tonight’s episode began with the same response: “Here we go again. NCIS is sticking its nose in the FBI’s jurisdiction.” Yet what began as a hokey script and ended with a not so believable smuggling of cell phones and bath soaps to China and North Korea in frozen fish, turned out to be a very clever story about Jethro’s and Tobias’ ex-wife Diane.
She shows up on the scene with her usual quips about Jethro the “woodchuck” and using “Tobias Cheap” as her computer password. To Gibbs’ and Fornell’s surprise, she is their equal in that she is now a badge carrying IRS agent and demonstrates that she can even carry off an undercover role, posing as a CPA to a tax cheat. Fornell had a funny line when he said, “She’s never sick. Even germs don’t like her.” If you missed tonight’s show, there were numerous gag lines like that. Even finding her and McGee asleep on his sofa gave us a hearty laugh.
In the end, Gibbs saves Diane from the armed check cashing merchant. She returns to Gibbs’ basement to talk over his renewed proposal of marriage. Of course, this gesture saves her life and they relive their past. Gibbs is touching and concerned when he cautions her to “give Victor a break”. Diane is perplexed and asks why. Gibbs tells her, “Because he isn’t someone else”. Gibbs shut everyone out after Shannon died and he doesn’t want to see Diane travel the same lonely road. Diane realizes that she didn’t fail Jethro; she just couldn’t replace Shannon. The show was named appropriately… Trifecta, Win – Place – or Show
Place: Diane Sterling, aka Diane Gibbs, aka Diane Fornell
Show: Tobias Fornell
Diane and David Munson