2013 Oct 22 NCIS Critique of “Once a Crook”

We have learned from many of you that some people don’t watch NCIS on Tuesday nights. They first record the show and then watch it when time permits, without commercials.  Therefore, we are always conscious to not spoil your experience by saying too much about what happened.

One thing we noticed about tonight’s episode, Once a Crook, is that Tony took center stage and Gibbs stayed more in the background. Even though we didn’t see much of Gibbs, he stayed relevant to the story line. Tony finds himself working on a shooting case that involves Anton, a man who was Tony’s informant when Tony was a Baltimore cop, fifteen years earlier. It was fun to see him working as a cop through flashbacks. We have a glimpse of Tony’s dedication and similarities to Gibbs. Must be why Gibbs likes Tony.

Based on my (David) experience, informants are absolutely necessary to solve crimes; however, they also (almost without exception) can’t be trusted. In this episode, you see Tony questioning his ability to judge an informant. If you watch carefully, you see him blaming himself for Ziva’s departure, even though he doesn’t mention her. In the end, has Tony misjudged Anton? I enjoyed this episode, because many of us ‘legacy agents’ reminiscence about previous cases and wild informants. I once worked an informant who withdrew from his criminal associations and went on to become a sworn law enforcement officer. That one makes up for all those we gave a break to, who returned to a life of crime.

For diehard of NCIS, we found out that the actors filmed this show in 100 degree heat in Los Angeles. The team is pretty cool under these hot conditions. We expect some interesting characters to be coming our way. So, see you next week, or whenever you watch the next episode.

Be Blessed, Diane and David

By | 2013-10-23T01:56:20+00:00 October 23rd, 2013|NCIS|7 Comments


  1. Deb Ragno October 23, 2013 at 2:12 am - Reply

    Hmm, so none of the Baltimore scenes were filmed in Baltimore?

    I’m not so sure you should worry about spoilers — people don’t have to read their email until after they have watched.

    • danddmunson October 24, 2013 at 2:33 am - Reply

      See, you shouldn’t have read this critique. Now you will think every thing is filmed in LA.

  2. Buzz October 23, 2013 at 3:24 am - Reply

    I liked the show tonight. And I liked Delilah. I thought she was Kate in a flashback for a moment when she first appeared. I wonder if she is going to be joining the team. They may pick the replacement by the amount of fan mail they receive.

    • danddmunson October 24, 2013 at 2:36 am - Reply

      We liked her too and hope to see more of Delilah.

  3. Anne October 23, 2013 at 11:20 am - Reply

    I’m glad that you made the comments about informants. I enjoy your critiques most when they include that sort of “insider” information that two ex-feds might provide. That’s what distinguishes you from all the other reviews. Thanks!


    • Judy October 24, 2013 at 12:45 pm - Reply

      I definitely agree with Anne. I anticipate getting online and reading your reviews almost as much as watching the new episodes. Thank you for your feedback and for your service.

      • danddmunson October 30, 2013 at 1:42 am - Reply

        Aw thanks. We’ll try hot to disappoint.

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