2015 Mar 10 NCIS Critique of “Artful Dodger”

Mark Harmon and his associates have discovered a magic formula for creating popular episodes. The main ingredient is Robert Wagner. Wasn’t it fun watching Wagner acting again as Tony’s father? In the “Artful Dodger”, based on his vast experience, he tutors the squad of Special Agents about the underbelly of stolen and counterfeit art treasures. But it gets better when Robert Wagner goes undercover to meet with real art counterfeiters accompanied by Tim McGee, who is posing as Tony Dinozzo Jr. and a male model. What a hoot!

Pure slapstick comedy is on display when Tim strikes a powerful pose for the fake artist, and when Tony Jr. acts incredulous as his father leads the team from his position at the head of the conference table. Jimmy Palmer asks Ducky to play “GrandDucky” to his daughter, which provides some precious moments for a beloved character.

The squad is busy tracking down who killed a Navy Lieutenant when he interrupted a thief who stole a painting from an Admiral’s office. The Vice-Admiral blames herself as she asked the Lt. to find something in her office. In the end, Leroy Jethro Gibbs and the team discover the painting of “The Chesapeake”, a real Navy frigate launched in 1799, really contained a hidden recording device. It had previously been hanging in the Pentagon where national secrets were discussed.

The entire show is laced with references about how Tony Sr. (Wagner) has taught Junior the ways of life and hints to things he’s failed to teach him. Tony understands and loves his father no matter what. Gibbs plays a big role in reconciling father and son.

Tonight’s episode is a believable story of how terrorists used the device to learn about Defense operations. Our federal agents and soldiers must be extra vigilant during these perilous times.

Be Blessed, Diane and David Munson

By |2017-05-19T13:10:09+00:00March 11th, 2015|NCIS|7 Comments


  1. Jiesheng March 11, 2015 at 3:50 pm - Reply

    Dinozzo Senior did most of the work.

  2. Martha Rogers March 12, 2015 at 2:42 am - Reply

    I do miss Ziva, but Bishop is growing on me. Abbey is still my favorite though. I liked tonight’s show as well. Anytime Robert Wagner is on the show, it’s a good one. He is still a good-looking man and a good actor.

  3. Judy Via March 12, 2015 at 3:12 pm - Reply

    I definitely agree with Martha & Jiesheng concerning DiNozzo Sr. He has the BEST smile where you just have to smile back. DiNozzo Jr. has the same smile. Robert Wagner was on “TheTalk” last Tuesday saying DiNozzo Sr will be moving to Washington DC possibly. Could be an interesting move. Bishop is also growing on me, but I am still upset with Ziva for leaving the show.

  4. Deb Ragno March 15, 2015 at 4:49 pm - Reply

    Once again, I felt like I was watching an episode that was wrapping up loose ends. In this episode, we have the relationships of the Tonys coming full circle.

  5. john March 18, 2015 at 11:40 pm - Reply

    Bishop may be growing but I still hope they bring Ziva back. Cote said in a interview a couple weeks ago on the Dove set it was all up to CBS. Bring her back as director of Mosad and reopen that action connection. Action has been severely lacking in my opinion. NCIS has become the show my mother would like cute little pieces here and there.

    • Diane and David Munson March 19, 2015 at 1:12 am - Reply

      John. We like your idea of making Ziva the Director of Mossad. That would make for all sorts of skulduggery.

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