2015 Nov 17 NCIS Critique of “Day In Court”

Once again, this episode went outside of NCIS jurisdiction, but we are getting used to that. The writers wrote a really good episode about Navy Petty Officer Kyle Friedgen who demands that NCIS investigate his alleged murder of his former girl friend, after his case was dismissed due on a technicality in a Baltimore court. This part of the show was well written. The evidence that is developed during the investigation is material and believable.

Abby plays a pivotal role as does Ducky in evaluating the coroner’s report. As the case develops, it is discovered that someone has actually substituted evidence from an earlier crime involving the same victim. That same thing happened in several cases with which we are familiar. This would have been an enjoyable show, except that in an effort to having a parallel plot, the writers create a plot where Ellie Bishop suspects her husband Jake is having an affair. What a bummer! Whereas many viewers have never liked Bishop, we were happy that she at least was one member of the team with a normal married relationship. Even Gibbs agrees, telling Bishop how ironic it is that she’s asking him for marital advice. In the end, she goes home to Oklahoma, leaving her husband a note not to contact her.

With Thanksgiving next week, this plot line is seriously messed up. On the heels of the letdown that another team member is joining the single or divorced ranks, we are given hope for the future when we see the preview for next week’s show. Will Gibbs become the show’s “Dear Abby” (the columnist, not the lab tech) and help Bishop through this difficult time? We won’t say more, for the sake of those who have taped this show and have yet to watch it. We are curious to know what others think about where the writers are headed.

Oh, and justice is done on the murder case. We would like to see more instances of justice being handed out on the world stage.

Be Blessed, Diane and David Munson

By |2015-11-17T21:45:28+00:00November 17th, 2015|NCIS|6 Comments


  1. Jie Sheng November 17, 2015 at 11:26 pm - Reply

    I’m not used to it. Why isn’t there a JAG officer involved in a Navy case? And as you said, this goes outside of NCIS jurisdiction. And the Bishop marriage breaking up–I don’t see how it is NCIS at all. It’s so bland and useless.

  2. john November 19, 2015 at 10:16 am - Reply

    Just another average show .Mostly computers no real action. I can’t decide if the Bishop break up is a distraction or may have benefit

  3. Judy November 20, 2015 at 4:58 pm - Reply

    I was really hoping at the end of the show that Ellie was leaving the show but the previews show otherwise. The shows are getting worse all the time. Too much personal stuff and time wasting and the real case is over quickly without much action. I love this show and don’t want it to end but it is if they don’t get better shows.

  4. Judy Via November 21, 2015 at 11:37 am - Reply

    I had the same thought about Ellie leaving the show as the “other” Judy did. Must be the name. This year’s shows just haven’t been up to long time viewers expectations. Now I mostly think of ways they can END the show after 13 seasons. Sad, but true.

  5. Cheryl Hasson November 21, 2015 at 9:16 pm - Reply

    As opposed to many opinions, I have actually liked Bishop – until this fiasco with Jake. Why did the writers feel this was necessary? Jake could have continued to be a good sounding board for Ellie and made periodic appearances to keep her grounded in what is really important in this life. Oh, well. I do agree that the write is way off from the first twelve years. Maybe it is time to end it.

  6. Mary Cotton December 16, 2015 at 7:29 pm - Reply

    Everything changes. You can bank on that. I like Bishop and I like touchy feely stuff too. And you know, Gibbs ain’t gettin’ any younger. Let him have whatever gives him piece of mind.

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