2012 May 1 NCIS Critique of “Playing With Fire”

After airing reruns, NCIS finally presents viewers with exceptional drama. The well written and produced episode, “Playing with Fire,” has Mark Harmon in top form tracking terrorists. How fabulous to see NCIS Special Agents doing what they really do aboard Navy ships. Many of you may feel as David does. Too many good novels and NCIS shows depend upon prequels and sequels, which makes it hard when episodes do not run in order. A summary of past events preceded tonight’s episode: A vendor is furnishing the government with faulty and dangerous electrical wiring, creating explosions on Navy ships.
As usual these NCIS co-workers who’ve become family to each other, are sticking their noses into each other’s business. McGee’s seasickness on the USS Brewer makes us laugh, as does Tony’s constant poking into Ziva’s weekend plans. Ducky asserting Gibbs drinks “tea dust” is a hoot. Tony and Ziva’s trip to Italy raises the stakes as another Special Agent puts his life on the line. When an innocent lieutenant dies, that is no laughing matter. As we write this blog, our country’s finest soldiers are in harm’s way across the globe. Our prayers go out for them and their families.
Ducky is also concerned. The dead sailor’s children haunt him and he wants to create a fund for their college. His exact plans are left hazy. Perhaps the writers are saving a surprise. Suspense escalates in the final two scenes. It is eerie when Gibbs is cleaning his gun to Abby shuffling into the lab. His rushing out foreshadow his mission to exact justice. Then he hustles into the squad room where everyone is standing. Making Harper Dearing the most wanted, Gibbs won’t stop until he stops Dearing’s mad pursuit to kill.
The how and why may be revealed next week. Stay tuned.
Be Blessed,
Diane and David

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  1. Deb Ragno May 2, 2012 at 8:45 pm - Reply

    I had to wonder if David McCallum is leaving the show. It seems like they are opening the door for him to die. I hope not — he is one of the most interesting characters in the cast. (Besides he was Ilya Kuriakin, however you spell it, and Billy Budd that my pre-teen heart swooned for. LOL) The preview did hint that someone would die before the season ends. The show has been renewed for next year, right?

    • danddmunson May 3, 2012 at 3:39 am - Reply

      As we said in reply to Cheryl’s comment, we believe that Ducky will remain for the rest of the two years, to which he just committed. That may be why the writers left room for what Ducky might do with his money in future shows. Also, CBS has renewed NCIS’ contract for a tenth season.

  2. Cheryl May 3, 2012 at 1:06 am - Reply

    I liked your synopsis of last night’s (5/1/12) episode. However, I would respectfully disagree that Ducky’s plans as to what to do for the dead
    Llieutenant’s children was vague. He had been mulling over the idea of leaving the bulk of his estate to charity, specifically, the Marine Corps Scholarship Fund. Seeing the children in the picture cemented that commitment.

    • danddmunson May 3, 2012 at 3:35 am - Reply

      We agree with Cheryl that Ducky’s seeing the Lt.’s children’s photo cemented his decision to fund the scholarship. From a legal perspective, that won’t happen until Ducky dies. Hopefully that won’t be for the next two years, as he’s renewed his contract for the next two years. He has the option of donating some money now, instead of leaving it in his will. As his lawyer, I would advise him to do that instead, so he could experience the joy of seeing his money helping the kids.

  3. Pipers May 16, 2012 at 3:44 am - Reply

    If Ducky leaves he will surely be missed. However, perhaps he is ready to retire and sip tea and if so I hope he has relaxed days filled with as many pleasures that he has given–From The Man From Uncle. I just hope this will be the end for JLC as I find her character annoying. She and Gibbs look like twinkie’s and thinks she needs to stick with a lesser serious role like her activaaaaa ad

    • danddmunson May 16, 2012 at 2:47 pm - Reply

      Thanks for commenting. We like Ducky too and expect to see him back. The reason is in this week’s blog. Read it and enter our contest for one of our novels.

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