2014 Nov 11 NCIS Critique of “The Searchers”

What did we hear tonight? In our years of watching NCIS, we never heard Gibbs admit to a mistake. But tonight he admitted that he has been too easy on Special Agent Eleanor Bishop. Were you as surprised as we were?

We’ve written three novels where we’ve taken a historical incident, then wrap a contemporary novel around it. Tonight the writers took the story of the murder of a Viet Nam veteran who was trying to write about his commander from Viet Nam and also to locate his body. Wrapped around this story was the NCIS writer’s effort to respond to the many complaints of those of us who’ve been turned off by the way they introduced Bishop as Ziva’s replacement. It was clever how they made Bishop uncomfortable with her performance evaluation score and her realization that Gibbs has been easier on her than her senior agent partners.

Again we had to watch Bishop sitting on the floor working on her laptop. From comments we’ve received on this blog, we are sure we’re not the only viewers who were turned off by such unorthodox work habits. Then, Bishop gets in Gibbs’ face and accuses him of treating her differently then most rookies. In response, Gibbs admits he eased off on Bishop because of the desk she occupies. He apparently blames himself for the two previous occupants of that desk (Kate and Ziva) leaving NCIS, inferring it was because he was too hard on them. After Bishop tells Gibbs that she doesn’t want to be pampered, but that she aspires to be like, Tony, Tim, and even Gibbs, he tells her to get up off the floor and sit at a desk. So, now we can expect Bishop to suddenly become more like Ziva or Kate. Sad though how Gibbs has to admit to being a poor manager and failing to properly train Bishop, to cover up the writer’s and producer’s decision to introduce Bishop, the antithesis of Ziva. Wrong!

Mark Harmon carried off the blame as strongly as he brought a sense of honor and pride to all veterans on Veterans Day. We liked how the team used the backdrop of the Vietnam War to restore those who fought in that war as heroes. Master Sergeant Hawkins and his buddy Sergeant Charles Kent showed grit and integrity in a difficult situation. Many of us know soldiers who have died or have been wounded fighting for the freedoms we enjoy in this great United States of America. Thank you NCIS for reminding us of the preciousness of this freedom.

Be Blessed, Diane and David Munson

By | 2017-05-19T13:10:10+00:00 November 12th, 2014|NCIS|7 Comments


  1. Jiesheng November 12, 2014 at 10:23 am - Reply

    Tony with a Cat?! This is not the Tony of many seasons ago.

  2. Jiesheng November 12, 2014 at 5:38 pm - Reply

    To be fair, the Veteran’s Day theme was pretty nice and (Spoiler) luckily Bishop didn’t go to Vietnam.

  3. Deborah Ragno November 12, 2014 at 10:09 pm - Reply

    I was a bit surprised at Gibbs being a bit vulnerable by admitting a fault, but I loved the smile we saw on his face in the very last scene as Bishop sits down at the desk and Gibbs is on the elevator. We thought it was a good Veterans’ Day show.

  4. Martha Rogers November 13, 2014 at 3:51 am - Reply

    I really enjoyed the show last night because of the bond between the two soldiers and how Kent watched out for the daughter of his friend and made sure she knew her granddaddy. Wonderful tribute to veterans. I loved the ending with both Bishop and Gibbs smiling the way they did.

  5. Diane Boder November 26, 2014 at 1:22 am - Reply

    Too little too late as far as Bishop is concerned. She was a mistake from the beginning and still is. I think they were going for an anti-Ziva type. Plus I think Bishop has one expression, which is a frown. Gibbs has never lowered his standards for anyone except poor bumbling inept Bishop. She is just not authentic or believable in the context of this tough experienced savvy squad of NCIS special agents. Ziva had Mossad creds. Bishop does not have any believable creds. They need a very strong female in that role.

    • Diane and David Munson November 27, 2014 at 12:29 am - Reply

      Thank you Diane. As you will see from today’s blog, we missed last night. We’re wondering about your reaction to Mr. Bishop’s appearance. Did he do anything to redeem his wife.

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