2015 Dec 15 NCIS Critique of “Spinning Wheels”

Tonight’s show was not a typical investigation for the NCIS team. While the death of a hero marine is the basis for their search for killers, this is their Christmas show where they feature the hopes and dreams of various team members. In doing so, the show’s writers use a technique we actually employed in two of our thrillers showing how the past intersects with the present as well as the future. In “Stolen Legacy,” we weave in true events of WWII to solve a modern case involving Federal Agent Eva Montanna when her grandfather is threatened. And in our following novel, “Embers of Courage”, the courage of Federal Agent Montanna’s ancestors in generations past give her strength to save a fellow agent who is taken captive in Egypt.

In this episode, we learn more of what has motivated Dr. “Ducky” Mallard throughout his life. Without spoiling the episode for those of you who tape the show, we’ll note only that during the investigation Probationary Agent Ellie Bishop’s life once again comes into focus. Certain painful events of Ducky’s past are also visited. When we read the previews, we were suspicious this show would be dark, but we were pleasantly surprised with a warm story, a worthy complement to the Christmas season. Watch it and enjoy!

Be Blessed, Diane and David Munson

By |2015-12-15T22:07:01+00:00December 15th, 2015|NCIS|5 Comments


  1. Glenn Mordini December 17, 2015 at 4:07 pm - Reply

    In previous episodes Ducky lived with his mother and she passed away.
    In the Christmas episode I thought I understood that she passed away while he was young and in the British army.
    Hey what goes?

    • Diane and David Munson December 19, 2015 at 3:54 pm - Reply

      Glenn the super-sleuth. You may be onto something here. Our research revealed that his mother had gone to America and her character died in an episode in 2010. Does anybody have a definitive answer to this discrepancy? The Spinning Wheels episode may have a technical flaw.

  2. john December 17, 2015 at 7:33 pm - Reply

    Well what can one say. It was another feel good Christmas story, poor plot, no action. Jake is gone. No previews of the next new show .NCIS continues its slide.

  3. Jie Sheng December 18, 2015 at 5:35 am - Reply

    Terrible Christmas episode, almost as bad as Homesick.

  4. Judith Via December 20, 2015 at 10:37 am - Reply

    Wishing You a Very Merry and Holy Christmas! Hoping 2016 is a good year and NCIS doesn’t end in May?!?

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