2015 Oct 27 NCIS Critique of “Viral”

In tonight’s show, the NCIS team races to uncover whether the killing of a petty officer is traceable to the “Tri-State Serial Killer”, or if a copycat is on the loose. Margo Harshman returns as Agent Timothy McGee’s girlfriend, Delilah Fielding. Rocky Carroll, who plays Director Vance, gets another chance to direct an episode. How do you think he did weaving in the multiple plots?

This episode has a little of everything that we viewers like to watch. A “whodunit” is combined with timely victimization of women in the military. Plus a second plot examines what Special Agent Eleanor Bishop is made of. As the drama unfolds within the NCIS family, Ellie must face the terrible likelihood that her husband Jake was injured or worse in a terrorist attack in Dubai. As the team works to find out if Petty Officer Adam Meyer was killed by a woman who he admitted to victimizing or by someone else, we are entertained by Tony’s affliction with a bad case of poison oak. His line, “My skin feels like 10,000 suns” is astute and memorable. Ellie and Tim are smart enough to avoid the vicious rash.

As is typical with NCIS writing, we are sent down various rabbit trails, suggesting that first a female victim killed Meyer, then veering to his supervisor from the ship is the killer. In the end we discover the real killer is set up by a technique David used to use. Is the ship’s commanding officer willing to help the real killer avoid justice? The ending to this plot is superb in many ways. How many of you thought the ship’s Captain was really sympathetic to the killer? Then we discover he’s working in cahoots with Gibbs and Company.

The final scene with Mark Harmon as Leroy Jethro Gibbs and Ellie says it all. He rocks as a team leader, and as a father to the entire team. We need more like him. Let us know what you enjoyed about tonight’s show!

If you have a comment, make it quickly, as we will be going dark for about a week, and won’t be able to respond. That means we’ll not be critiquing next weeks’ episode.

Be Blessed, Diane and David Munson

By |2015-10-28T01:43:59+00:00October 28th, 2015|NCIS|3 Comments


  1. Judy October 28, 2015 at 2:04 am - Reply

    This was better than last week but I disagree with you on Bishop. She just doesn’t work. I don’t think she is a good actress and she certainly does not fit the role. I hope the shows keep getting better or they will lose their following.

  2. Jie Sheng October 28, 2015 at 4:17 am - Reply

    It was an everyday NCIS episode.

    Bishop does nothing.

    Q to D&D again: 1) Is it true that high level analysts in any Federal government are protected and would never be allowed to switch to the role of a Federal Agent?

    2) Do intelligence agents “save hundreds of lives” ?

    3) Are intelligence agents “protected” by security personnel?

    I ask these cause some bright spark named LucyAppa says so about Bishop.

    • Diane and David Munson October 28, 2015 at 8:56 am - Reply

      Jie Sheng asks a question that many others might have asked. Many wonder about the difference between analysts and agents. Agents are authorized to carry weapons and make arrests. In that regard their jobs are more dangerous. We are not aware of any circumstances where an analyst would not be permitted to change job descriptions. It’s very possible that their work has been responsible for saving lives, due to information that they have developed. Some analysts actually are paid more than agents, because some of them have advanced degrees and talents. Those analysts and agents living and working in foreign posts, sometimes have enhanced security, but that is not usually the case when working in the U.S..

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