2013 Oct 08 NCIS Critique of “Under the Radar”

A refreshing and lighthearted show! What a relief to see a post-Ziva episode that’s well written and produced. While the team makes a few references to Ziva’s empty desk, and her missed dental appointment, Gibbs sets the tone for future episodes. He reminds the team Ziva “wanted to move on, so let’s move on.” For the team and us viewers, Ziva should now be history.

The title of tonight’s episode, “Under the Radar,” refers to planes flying so low they can’t be detected by radar. That’s what the twisted Lt. seeks to do after washing out from pilot training. He flies under the radar in a final act of revenge, but he isn’t the only one. McGee hopes to fly under the radar and find his missing credentials before anyone discovers they’re gone (every agent’s greatest fear). Vera, the soon-to-be retired agent (David hoped she was going to be Ziva’s replacement- Hahaha)  tries to stay under the radar and avoid getting involved in any case that might get her injured, killed, or even called back as a post-retirement court witness. Because of Tony, her worst fears are realized. However, due to medical leave, she gets to finish her career, “under the radar.”

It’s great to see Ducky, Jimmy, Abby, Tony, Tim, and ‘Leroy’ as Vera calls him, back in their jovial mood and working together as a strong team, determined to make a difference. On a final note, NCIS spun-off from JAG. The INSP Network is airing JAG shows on evenings at 9:00 p.m. We would love to see Harm make a guest appearance on NCIS. That may not happen, but next week, stay tuned for other old friends to surface in surprising ways. And, we are told Diane Neal will be returning this season. Did you enjoy tonight’s show as much as we did?

Be Blessed, Diane and David

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  1. Fred Scott, (Honorary W.O.L. Spy!) October 9, 2013 at 12:45 pm - Reply

    Yes we enjoyed the “Under the Radar’ episode and Jimmy’s conflicts during the autopsy were a touch of human dignity! We do like your commentaries as they seem to fill in what we don’t see on the show, keep them coming and see you at a book signing soon.

  2. Deb Ragno October 9, 2013 at 2:11 pm - Reply

    Yes, very much enjoyed last night’s episode. We started watching NCIS from the very first episode because of JAG and it would be nice to see Harm or the others occasionally show up in the script.

  3. Lorna October 10, 2013 at 2:13 am - Reply

    I loved Ziva, but if she is not going to be there, then it is time to move on. I was a great fan of JAG and would love to see Harm on NCIS.

    • danddmunson October 10, 2013 at 3:11 am - Reply

      We agree with Fred, Deb, and Lorna, about Ziva and NCIS. Things have got to be looking up.

  4. Buzz October 10, 2013 at 4:21 pm - Reply

    I liked the show, and liked Vera but hoped she was a temp for only an episode or two. It will be interesting to see who joins the team to replace Ziva.

  5. jcv October 11, 2013 at 2:43 pm - Reply

    I really liked Vera in the show! I thought her calling Gibbs either “Leroy” or “Probie” was great.
    She was a little outspoken, a little less self giving, but did the job! Probably not as a regular, but as an occasional
    guest on the show.

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