Here is a fun NCIS fact: Rocky Carroll, who plays Director Vance, has signed on for two more years. So watch for continuing fireworks between Leroy Jethro Gibbs and Vance in next season’s shows. Abbey, Tony, and Tim have yet to sign contracts. How many of you are going through NCIS withdrawal? How many of you have bought the DVDs to watch past shows over the summer? Our original critique of tonight’s rerun,”The Tell” is published in full below.
In tonight’s episode, Dr. Samantha Ryan (Jamie Lee Curtis) convinced Vance and Gibbs to join her PsyOps (Psychological Operations) group in analyzing a military contractor’s reaction to an assassination attempt on SecNav. Her theory was that as a Psychologist she could “tell” from Mr. Wicke’s physical response to developing revelations of evidence, if he was involved in the blackmail attempt. Ryan insisted she could “tell” from the look in Wicke’s eyes and his body language if he was involved.
In fact, we could “tell” from the very beginning as Gibbs and DiNozzo clumsily followed the Secretary around “acting” as though they were his protection detail, that it was all fake. Instead of walking in front of the Secretary, much of the time they were behind him. Then when an assassin shot the Secretary, Gibbs and DiNozzo busied themselves with making him comfortable, rather than subduing the shooter.
We liked the conflict between Gibbs’ traditional methods of investigating and Ryan’s methods in psychoanalyzing her suspects. Thankfully, in the end, Leroy Jethro Gibbs won out. His instincts reigned supreme, which threw Ryan for a loop. Her image of herself as invincible came crashing down. Even her son Parker knew his mom needed rescuing, as he had drawn a picture of the two of them in a boat sailing away. Gibbs, played brilliantly by Mark Harmon, understood her angst and offered a helping hand.
The most dangerous part of the show was the flirtation between the good doctor and Gibbs, which didn’t go unnoticed by Ziva. She was uncomfortable with the possible changes, even asking Tony if he “believed”. She wasn’t asking about faith exactly, simply referring to belief in things unseen. Hmmm.
Dave thinks Gibbs should stick to redheads, even though he’s had back luck with them. Dave is convinced the good doctor should concentrate on figuring out her life before setting her sights on Gibbs. He was glad Ryan didn’t take Gibbs’ hand and left. She was a fun diversion, but Diane says, “Don’t look for Ryan to return anytime soon.” What do you think?
Next week should be exciting as it features more of Vance and his family. When Gibbs and Vance tangle, fireworks are sure to follow.
Stay tuned to the show and our blog!
Be Blessed,
Diane and David