2014 Oct 28 NCIS Critique of “Parental Guidance Suggested”

Knowing tonight’s show was airing during Halloween week, we expected something gory and it turned out better than we expected. Really, if the producers wanted something demonic and evil for Halloween, what better venue than New Orleans? Based on the “ghoulish” preview, we’re skipping that one. In this episode of NCIA, the banter about costumes and Abby’s moving hand were funny. A new ATF agent surfaces in a sting operation gone bad. NCIS and ATF both stung each other, something which David has encountered many times (even one is too many). It is dangerous when this happens, as evidenced by Tim’s bruised ribs. In David’s opinion, they were all lucky no one was shot.

The plot over the murder of a SEAL’s wife proved penetrating and compelling. Tonight, the writer, Jennifer Corbett, really kept us guessing until the last few minutes as to who shot Val Barnes, who was also a mother of Rachel a ten-year-old girl, and a therapist. The key question was if one of her prior clients shot the Commander’s wife at point blank range. Gibbs and Tony’s interview of the sociopath was realistic. He turned out to be one scary dude. David surmised early on the husband did the terrible deed (Diane didn’t), but when the husband confessed with ten minutes left to the show, we both figured David had it wrong.

We were so impressed with the writing and acting, as Gibbs protected and assured the child who’d lost her mother and was separated from her father. The drama was heavy as Gibbs remembered his mother’s death at his young age and the loss of his own daughter to an act of terror. His idea to build the child a fortress was so impressive. The drama couldn’t get much greater, but then to see the disappointment in his face and eyes. Enough said, without spoiling the show for those who might watch it later. Mark Harmon says it all with a look and a few words. It is no wonder NCIS is the most watched TV show in the world.

“I love Ziva, but she left us,” Abby tells Tony in her lab, with the doors sealed shut. She exhorts him to move forward from his past. “I miss my friend,” Tony said, with glittering eyes. Abby smiles and says, “Never forget we are your friends too.” Based on some other lines from Abby, Ziva most likely will not return, even in a cameo role. It was touching to watch Tony confronting his memories of Ziva, and meeting another beauty, now ATF Special Agent Zoe Keates, from his past. Do you think she will return and find a place in Tony’s heart? We love his funny-bone, and yet are ready for him to act more grown-up.

Great writing! Great acting! Great surprises!

Be Blessed, Diane and David Munson

By |2017-05-19T13:10:10+00:00October 29th, 2014|NCIS|9 Comments


  1. Joy Avery Melville October 29, 2014 at 2:34 am - Reply

    I’ve yet to see a show from this season and I’m so upset that I just can’t get that hour free anymore.
    I saw some very grown up things in Tony after he and his girlfriend broke up – way back when – kept thinking they’d get back together – maybe it was wishful thinking – would be nice to have ONE HAPPY COUPLE on the show. ‘:) Tony’s character has some amazing qualities – they need to tap into those with more strength or depth – one thing about Ziva – she managed to give just enough dig to his character at times that you could see the introspective he tries so hard to hide most of the time. LOVE your commentary!

  2. Lorna P. Baker October 29, 2014 at 10:38 am - Reply

    D&D, Thanks for your comments. I like being able to see it through the eyes of someone who knows. I thought it was the neighbor.

  3. Judy Via October 29, 2014 at 3:11 pm - Reply

    I also loved the episode — once I accepted the ending. Initially I thought maybe the dad until I saw him with his daughter.
    I thought it might be the neighbor, but I wasn’t really convinced. It took longer than I want to admit to accept the ending.
    The only thing was when they started running the credits I knew the show was over. Definitely a surprise ending! Loved it!

  4. Jiesheng October 29, 2014 at 3:37 pm - Reply

    Just watch it. Bishop’s inability to kick the door was not just hilarious but once again shows her as not a Federal Agent. Go back to training girl.

  5. Jiesheng October 29, 2014 at 10:07 pm - Reply

    Diane and David, the NOLA episode was much better.

    • Diane and David Munson October 29, 2014 at 11:50 pm - Reply

      I knew if we admitted that we didn’t watch NOLA, someone would bust our chops. Thanks for the report Jiesheng.

      • Jiesheng November 1, 2014 at 2:26 pm - Reply

        Well it certainly was more Halloween-themed and well researched than the main NCIS.

  6. Blythe Kearney October 31, 2014 at 4:29 pm - Reply

    Alfred Hitchcock ending. I truly liked it. Mystery, compassion, and finally dealing with Ziva. I loved Ziva, but she is not coming back, so get on with it. I also like NCISLA. Love Hetty. Shalom, Blythe

    • Jiesheng November 1, 2014 at 2:27 pm - Reply

      It’s hardly Alfred Hitchock ending. NCIS LA is not NCIS at all.

Leave A Comment