2016 Feb 23 NCIS Critique of “Loose Cannons”

He’s baaack!! Leroy Jethro Gibbs is back and in top-notch form. Tonight, we were treated to another great show. Scott Williams, the writer of this episode wrote a plot that in our view refers to the ATF undercover operation ‘Fast and Furious.’ In highlighting what happens when military weapons are stolen and disseminated to the hinterlands, the NCIS team interacts with two returning popular characters from earlier shows.

For starters, let’s talk about the case of the stolen M-16 rifles from a Marine Corp armory, which resulted in the death of one of the robbers and a female Navy Petty Officer. It’s tricky because both NCIS and ATF agents are conducting parallel investigations that they think are exclusive. Wrong. In the end, ATF informs the Tony, Tim, and Ellie, the NCIS case agents, that the guns have been smuggled out of the country on an aircraft bound for Ukraine. Gibbs sees right through this lie. He brings the ATF case agent in for a blistering interrogation and gets him to admit the guns have tracking devices and they’ve been scattered around the U.S. Sound familiar? You are right–much like ‘Fast and Furious.’ The NCIS agents, along with ATF’s help, capture the last remaining gun thief in a surprising move using a spike strip to flatten his tires. We love it when their techniques succeed and justice is done.

But, this is only half the story. The writer uses the script to bring back Dr. Cyrus Taft, the surgeon who previously removed the bullets to save Gibbs’ life and Jeanne Benoit (played by Scottie Thompson), the doctor with whom Tony had a previous romance. Gibbs’ only mistake was to let Tony go along on the interviews of Tony’s ex girlfriend. He made a clumsy and inappropriate attempt to fan the flame. Might this be the avenue down which Tony travels as he leaves the show? What do you think?

The beginning scene shows how Dr. Taft is trying to convince Gibbs to meet with Taft’s shrink. Of course, Gibbs is too slick to be manipulated by Taft. Wouldn’t you think? We are happy to say, the best scene is the last. Dr. Taft outmaneuvers Gibbs. Such a twist doesn’t happen often. We thoroughly enjoyed this episode and Mark Harmon’s return for real as Gibbs.

Be Blessed, Diane and David Munson

By |2017-05-19T13:10:07+00:00February 23rd, 2016|NCIS|6 Comments


  1. Jack February 24, 2016 at 6:03 am - Reply

    I agree it was a great show. So many story lines to follow. Bringing back Jeanne is upsetting DiNozzo completely. Is her parting good bye forever? Stay tuned. And Gibbs does get played by Taft (chess move Queen?), outmaneuvered to enter into therapy at the diner.. Gibbs rarely opens up to bare his soul. How do you really feel, Gibbs? Hard to imagine him answering that, but stay tuned.

    • Diane and David Munson February 24, 2016 at 7:33 am - Reply

      Jack… appreciate your comments.

  2. john February 24, 2016 at 8:39 am - Reply

    Looks to me like the writers are taking care of loose ends leading to Tony’s leaving and possibly more. It was a goodbye to Jeanne and Dr. Taft in one show. “Go take a trip, a long trip and then to walk away at the diner. The tech savvy McGee couldn’t get the picture of Jeanne’s father off the screen, laughable at best. Good action in places

  3. john February 26, 2016 at 9:07 pm - Reply

    I read tonight that Robert Wagner is returning for one more show with NCIS to be broadcast this season and assumed to be his last.

    • Judy February 27, 2016 at 7:56 am - Reply

      That’s really good news! I didn’t really think Tony, Jr would leave the show without at least one more appearance of Tony Sr!

  4. john February 29, 2016 at 6:25 pm - Reply

    NCIS renewed for two Years Yahoo entertainment is reporting. I guess that means that all the current cast with the exception of Tony has signed.

Leave A Comment