2015 Apr 28 Critique of NCIS Episode “Troll”

We hate it when they do this, again. Another TBC… To Be Continued. It was an exciting ending, where we wondered if Gibbs would make it until next week. Now that we have your attention, we will tell you that the previews for next week shows him alive and well. Whew! We’ll tell you below why we really wondered about the results of the bus exploding.

This episode started out with the murder of Navy Ensign Jeanine Wilt, a computer specialist who had cracked into the computer of a Turkish importer who lived in nearby Fairfax, VA. It’s been our theory in the past that when the writers create a script that takes more than the allotted one hour (including commercials), the writers sometimes they turn it into a two hour show, by adding a lot of fluff. The fluff added to “Troll” was an awkward friendship between Bishop’s husband Jake and Gibbs. The dialogue suggests these two “friends” talk each day on the phone and even play racquetball together. Those who watch the show and know Gibbs know he doesn’t accept friends quickly or easily.

So why was this fluffy friendship even necessary? That becomes apparent when it’s discovered the Navy Ensign had hacked into the company computer of the Turkish importer. When McGee and Bishop can’t convince the importer to consent to a search of his computer, the agents are forced to get a search warrant from a judge. But, as it turns out the NSA objects to the search warrant, as the NSA is monitoring all the importers computer activity. Bishop and her husband Jake have what is meant to be a touching conversation where she confides that she had killed her first person while in Afghanistan. At the same time, he admits he is the impediment to NCIS getting the warrant for the importer’s computer. Between that and Jake’s fast friendship with Gibbs, Jake provides a copy of the content of the importers computer, from the NSA office. So there is no reason for the importer to know that the NSA had any interest in him.

We say this because of what Gibbs does next, which is the dumbest thing we’ve ever seen him do. With the importer in their interrogation room and he’s claiming innocence, Gibbs tells him the NSA has been monitoring his computer. Why would an ace like Gibbs, compromise the NSA after Jake had just helped him? It was inexplicable.

Just when we think the show will conclude with a teenage geek being the killer of the ensign, the team discovers there’s a different suspect and the show ends, only to be continued next week. This past week, we read an article that suggested the final two shows of this season will bring trouble and anguish. The team will deal with a tragedy. According to one report, Emily Wickersham who plays Ellie Bishop told TVGuide.com, “It was a shock to me, and I think it will be a shock to the fans.” Who knows what the writers have in mind.

We do know “The Lost Boys” airs May 5th, and “Neverland” on May 12th. Gary Glasberg, the show’s producer, is the writer for the final show.

Be Blessed, Diane and David Munson

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  1. Jiesheng April 29, 2015 at 12:23 pm - Reply

    It is no longer the NCIS that DPB created out of JAG.

  2. Jiesheng May 1, 2015 at 11:24 am - Reply

    Since when is releasing classified information to another agency not cleared to know about the information called betraying an agency? Can anyone clarify?

    • Diane and David Munson May 2, 2015 at 12:01 am - Reply

      We assume that Jie Sheng’s question is based on our comment about the episode “Troll”, in which we expressed surprise that Gibbs admitted to the Turkish importer during an interrogation, that the NSA had been monitoring the importer. First, let’s remember that this show is fiction. Whether or not the information Gibbs got from Ellie Bishop’s husband Jake, was classified, he should not have told the importer that NSA was even involved. Gibbs and Leon Vance had exerted much pressure on Jake, and he finally consented and provided the importer’s files which came from NSA’s files and from their hard work. Obviously NSA was still going to continue working on the importer. We expressed shock, that Gibbs would mention the NSA’s involvement. That constituted a betrayal of the cooperative spirit by which Gibbs got the info. We are not claiming that we detected a prosecutable violation of the Secrecy Act, but it might have been such in a real life situation.

      • Jiesheng May 2, 2015 at 1:50 am - Reply

        I mean how can it be “betraying your agency?” You aren’t exactly swearing loyalty if you work for NSA or NCIS or what ever Federal Agent. You are swore to keep secrets and help defend the US right?

        I know it’s fiction but no way a simple NSA attorney has even access to the full details of an operation. In JAG episode “Need to know” the legal counsel for the CIA then didnt even know what she was protecting.

  3. john May 3, 2015 at 2:41 am - Reply

    Ned Dornagan will be the agent to die. Any takers? They cant get rid and any more main Characters. Abby and McGee have easily done the computer thing Ned did in past shows so why bring him back. He is expendable. Yeah the slip by Gibbs was out of style unless the turk is a major player in the ring one of the links tying the next shows together.

    • Jiesheng May 5, 2015 at 7:05 am - Reply

      It could be others like Emily, Fornell…

      I don’t feel for Dorneget and how is he that close to the MCRT?

      • Diane and David Munson May 5, 2015 at 4:33 pm - Reply

        Many have opinions about who might be killed on tonight’s show. It is supposed to be someone who is liked by the viewers. Nobody has suggested Ducky, but we think it could be him. David McCallum is getting older and he may want to retire. Besides Ducky has an assistant (Jimmy) who can replace him on the show.

        • Jiesheng May 6, 2015 at 1:12 am - Reply

          Ducky is great and if he goes, half of NCIS is gone.

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