2016 Mar 22 NCIS Critique of “Reasonable Doubts”

Wow, three good episodes in a row! Who would’ve thought? Everyone’s worried that when Michael Weatherly leaves, the show will fall apart, but the writers and producers are putting out some really good shows. So perhaps the transition from Tony DiNozzo will better than some would expect.

Tonight’s episode includes the return of Robert Wagner, playing DiNozzo Sr. The previews showed the emergence of DiNozzo Sr’s daughter, so we expected to learn that Tony had a here-to-fore unknown sister. Where you all as surprised as we were? Again, the writer’s provided some tenderness, mixed with a good ‘who done it.’ The show could have been called ‘She Said – She Said” because the two main suspects in the shooting of the winner of a state lottery, were his wife and mistress, and both claimed the other party was the killer.

While Tony and Gibbs are encouraging DiNozzo Sr. to help the homeless girl, who thinks that he is her father, the group is trying to figure which of the two women actually killed the victim. The whole crew is invested in helping DiNozzo Sr, as it gives him a much-needed project. It gives the viewer a chance to see something good being done for a homeless lady in need.

When the polygraph examiner reported that both women were telling the truth when they denied killing the victim, David immediately named the true cause of death. It was obvious. It was also enlightening to watch the polygraph examiner asking questions that required a ‘yes’ or ‘no’ answer. Some TV shows get that part wrong. It’s obvious that the NCIS producers are still using a consultant, helping them to get things correct. It’s reminiscent of our first novel ‘Facing Justice’, where the suspect endures a long and arduous polygraph, which is crucial to solving the case. It’s a very useful tool, and interesting to watch when it’s done right.

Let us return to Michael Weatherly’s upcoming departure. He has been cast in an upcoming CBS pilot called “Bull”, which is inspired by Dr. Phil. As far as his leaving NCIS, executive producer Gary Glasberg told TVGuide.com that “People can absolutely plan on lots of surprises and lots of emotion, and lots of twists and turns, ultimately leading us toward Tony’s departure.” That’s a lot of “lots”, but we can expect more solid writing as we all say good-bye to Tony. The next episode, “Charade” airs on April 5, 2016.

Be Blessed, Diane and David Munson

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  1. Louis March 23, 2016 at 12:09 am - Reply

    This show had two edges for me. the first edge on the murder and the wife and female companion pleading guilty. I guess I had just been watching too many NCIS episodes. It took no time for me to figure it was a suicide and being less music this time once I heard 2 million dollars it only confirmed a cover up for a suicide so they could get the money. the toughest story for me tonight was DiNozzo’s father and his own story with the vagrant girl calling him dad and how the story evolved with him using her needs to fil a vacancy in his life and how his inner heart as a father new how to being so much light to her very short life…….and yes I did….for a while…..how could you not when you are a father yourself………This one got a 10 and 1/2

  2. Jim L. March 23, 2016 at 9:25 am - Reply

    A good episode. When both women accused the other I turned to my wife and also said “She said, She said”. Good side story about Tony’s father too.

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