2016 Jan 05 NCIS Critique of “Sister City”

We’ve written in the past how we don’t enjoy NCIS episodes that are so long they have to be continued on another night. The writers accommodated us last night as the main NCIS show continued over into NCIS New Orleans, where events are completely resolved. These were two complicated episodes for two consecutive hours, but it’s clever how the writers merged both the Washington, D.C. squad and the New Orleans NCIS office. We like writing about espionage in our thrillers, and it takes us about three hundred twenty pages to write a complex espionage novel. In Part 1 of Sister City, we find Abbey’s adopted brother Luca deep into a complex Russian spy plot involving the theft of U.S. Naval secrets. His statement, “Let your faith be bigger than your fear,” runs through the plot. Part 2 resolves who is behind the theft, where the NCIS agents use sophisticated technology to track down Russian agents. We won’t elaborate on the show’s twists and turns as viewers have to see the shows to believe them. Yikes!


The one thing we did learn is that “Very Special Agent” Tony DiNozzo has broken up with his girlfriend Zoe, the ATF agent. Okay, that fits into the news that we read in several articles, including Hollywood Reporter, just prior to NCIS being aired.


Drum roll … Michael Weatherly is leaving NCIS at the end of Season 13! Will he be the last of the original cast to leave? Will the “Legacy Show” somehow merge with NCIS New Orleans? Recent comments from CBS officials make it sound as if the show will continue on past Michael’s leaving. Tony has always been a great character, but it seems like the writers have struggled to find a place for him this season. They are not using one of the best actors on the show to his full potential, choosing instead to highlight Ellie Bishop. So we guess we shouldn’t be at all surprised Michael is looking to develop other projects. We would like to see him take a supervisory role for NCIS in Spain or in one of the other foreign offices so he could reappear next year, at least once! We read one online article suggesting Cote de Pablo will appear on an episode to send Tony off. Will she, do you think?


Speaking of novels, David McCallum who plays Ducky so ably, is on a new adventure. He penned a crime novel entitled “Once A Crooked Man”, which releases January 7th. We wish him well as an author and we wish you Happy New Year!


Be Blessed, Dia and David Munson

By |2017-05-19T13:10:08+00:00January 6th, 2016|NCIS|7 Comments


  1. Joy Avery Melville January 6, 2016 at 1:38 pm - Reply

    Just found out last night that Weahterley is leaving NCIS – I’ve been so disappointed since Bishop came on the show – and – they’ve not given DiNozzo the same UMPH he’s had in the past. Hate to see another integral character disappear from NCIS.

    Thanks for the great critique of the show.

  2. Judy January 6, 2016 at 4:01 pm - Reply

    Never cared for Ellie Bishop character
    so low key no spark!

  3. John January 6, 2016 at 6:15 pm - Reply

    I suspect that we are witnessing the end of NCIS. Ducky is 80 something and I thought he would be the next to leave. I suspect Michael leaving will be the kiss of death especially if they replace him with a Bishop type. Gibbs has aged 10 years this season alone and lost a lot of weight to be honest he looks bad. There is a rumor that Jeannie is making another visit to NCIS this season. Is it to spirit Tony away? Will Cote return to spirit him away Israel happily ever after ? Will there be a big farewell show with all the living making an appearance?

    On another note the ratings sites keep listing NCIS LA in the doubtful to be renewed column. However now that Monday night football will soon be finished their ratings may improve enough to save them. Another indication that the powers are moving to closure is they are going to disclose the answers to Calins past that the been using as a story line from the beginning.
    The Sister City last night was full of plenty of turns and twist and involved all the main characters a better than average show.

  4. Jie Sheng January 6, 2016 at 11:00 pm - Reply

    Bishop was, since her beginning, useless in the episode. They failed to send McGee down to New Orelans. Pah!

  5. john January 12, 2016 at 9:09 pm - Reply

    A CBS executive in a press conference said today there were no plans zero to bring Cote back for any part of Michaels exit.

    • Diane and David Munson January 12, 2016 at 9:20 pm - Reply

      Thanks to John and others who have shared their opinions.

  6. Deb R. January 14, 2016 at 9:02 am - Reply

    This episode might have been the best we’ll see this season. I thought for sure Gibbs would be leaving and Tony would step up to fill his shoes, something that could realistically happen. But sadly, Tony is leaving and there is no one left to fill Gibbs shoes when he leaves (which has been hinted at more than once). Tony has been dumbed down for the last few seasons and I can’t blame him for saying he’s done with this.

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