2013 Nov 19 NCIS Critique of “Gut Check”

We are very interested in hearing your reaction to tonight’s episode of NCIS. Long time fans will recognize that both Kate (Secret Service) and Ziva (Mossad) had worked with Gibbs and his team before Gibbs recruited (or stole) them away from their agencies. As we watched tonight, we kept wondering how NSA analyst Ellie Bishop would fit in as the new female star on the team. Well, the scene at the end, where Gibbs finds Bishop’s former NCIS application, provides the answer.

David chuckled over this episode. Want to know why? Because he was a college student working for the FBI in Chicago, and his job as an investigative assistant caused him to meet weekly with the Naval Investigative Service (before the name change). One day during his weekly meeting of exchanging investigative leads, the boss of the team recruited him to join what is now NCIS. When David protested that he was still working toward his degree, the boss just shrugged and said, “That’s why they have night classes. You can start with us in two weeks.” Same agency, different boss. Some things never change.

Yet some differences between then and now are stark. David always wore a suit and tie (even as an investigative assistant). Ellie Bishop (played by Emily Wickersham) trotted around with jeans that had holes in the knees. She ate Cocoa Puffs on the job. While the plot line for a show introducing analyst Bishop was clever, the presentation was herky-jerky. Last week we applauded the good investigative work. Tonight, the case was solved by McGee, Abby and Ellie all using gadgets, abstract hypothesis, and analytical logic (which wasn’t always logical).

As the lawyer in the family, Diane is certain Ellie Bishop’s pretending to be a lawyer, even though she didn’t say she was a lawyer, could bring trouble if Rudolph Stalin is ever brought to trial. But he’ll never see the inside of a courtroom after her stunt, sanctioned by Gibbs. And Rudolph’s admissions did lead to the shooter of “Flynn.” In the final analysis, Gibbs saved the show by being Gibbs, using his “gut” and a great technique at the end, by bugging the bugger. What do y’all think of Emily/Ellie becoming part of the team? We think she has a long way to go to be a competent NCIS agent. She’ll be in “probie” status for eons. Even McGee, with all of his techno skills, had better instincts in the beginning. Just sayin’….

Be Blessed, Diane and David Munson

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  1. Kassy Paris November 20, 2013 at 3:30 am - Reply

    I liked Ellie. The actress portraying her brings a lightness to the team that’s been missing since the exit of Ziva. In a way, I see both Kate and Ziva in Ellie’s character. Maybe the lightness is because she’s a blonde. I don’t know if that was a deliberate move or just happenstance, but I think it works well.

  2. Fred Scott, (Honorary W.O.L. Spy!) November 20, 2013 at 3:22 pm - Reply

    We too thought Ellie was a bit hoeky, however being raised with four brothers did seem to give her a heads up on the stupid “bad guy’ and she did handle it well. Besides Tony needs a new girl in his life and she could once again be more than even he can handle. Gibbs will undoubtably break her of some of her abstract behavior patterns since he is Mr NONONSENCE personafied! Great critque this week for a couple of retirees!!!! How’s your Scrabble game coming?

  3. JOYCE FROST November 20, 2013 at 4:07 pm - Reply

    Since Ziva left the series, things have been dull, but still good – wouldn’t miss a show for anything/anybody! But last night, even with some technical booboos, it was spicy and back to a show with action and a new start………..technical things can be ironed out, but the air of interest is back and I, for one, am waiting for the next chapter. This is the ONLY show that I even bother with – have watched it for years and it only gets better………Love to read Diane and David’s comments, especially with their ‘inside information’……

  4. Teresa Hanger November 20, 2013 at 5:37 pm - Reply

    Yes, She is rough around the edges. She has a different mind set. I think it could be interesting to watch how they have Gibbs work with her. Luck won’t be enough.

  5. Cheryl November 22, 2013 at 4:52 pm - Reply

    I, too, like Ellie. Yes, she did make a few “probie” mistakes, but who doesn’t? Gibbs will need to rein her in, on occasion, but I thought the interaction between & the rest of the team was great. Hopefully, the producers will get her to dress more professionally right away. Even Gibbs, who normally does not wear a tie, looks professional with the sport coat over his shirt. Maybe Tony will finally grow up when he sees how foolish it looks when someone acts unprofessional. We’ll see.

    • danddmunson November 24, 2013 at 1:01 am - Reply

      Deb and Cheryl express the feelings of most others who’ve responded. Won’t it be an interesting season? We’ll all watch the development of Ellie.

  6. Deb Ragno November 23, 2013 at 3:13 pm - Reply

    I’ll give her a chance, but I think she is a character that has to grow on you.

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