2016 Oct 18 NCIS Critique of “Philly”

When a U.S. Navy sailor is killed, Leroy Jethro Gibbs assigns Special Agents Eleanor Bishop and Alex Quinn to investigate. It is in the city of “Brotherly Love” that these two agents connect with MI6 agent Clayton Reeves who is played by British actor Duane Henry. He will be joining the show as a series regular. Here is a major issue we have with the way the plot unravels: Foreign agents are not supposed to just show up in this country and launch investigations without permission from the appropriate agency that may be involved. One thing the U.S. State Department never permits is for U.S. Special Agents to go into foreign countries to conduct investigations without first getting permission and assistance from the host country. It’s a major problem in this episode.

So was the whole case involving the death of Petty Officer Gary Falco in Philadelphia. It was simply a mechanism for bringing Agent Alex Quinn back to the scene of an earlier shooting incident that had caused her to retreat into the training division to hide from her fear of a recurrence. It wasn’t really a very good plot, but it did give us a chance to find out about Quinn’s troubled past. In our most recent suspense thriller, The Looming Storm we have an agent-involved shooting, which results in the agents and the agency questioning their actions. No federal agent ever wants to be involved in a shooting or witness one. And they go to great lengths and much training to avoid it. The anguish Agent Quinn experiences is realistic and well acted.

What did you think of McGee’s performance tonight? With Tony now gone, must Tim act much tougher so Agent Torres will know McGee is the office’s Alpha Special Agent? He was like a wild man tonight. We wonder if that’s the same reason Gibbs is keeping Torres from going to Philadelphia. One, to put him on the back burner, so to speak, and also so Torres realizes the two female agents can do anything Torres can do. We thought the tussle over McGee’s private printer was cute, especially when it was given as a surprise gift to Abby. He does lie to her and he needs to clean up his language in our view. We do not use four letter words in our writing for many reasons including the fact that it demonstrates a lack of vocabulary.

What do y’all think of the show?

Be Blessed, Diane and David Munson

By |2016-10-18T22:39:48+00:00October 18th, 2016|NCIS|3 Comments


  1. Cheryl Hasson October 18, 2016 at 10:43 pm - Reply

    I agree with your assessment. I do think McGee has an edge since Torres literally has to look up to McGee.

  2. Louis October 18, 2016 at 10:53 pm - Reply

    Actually, after all of these years I was so glad to see Tim grow a set ( so to speak) ( guy talk) , as for Torres and Quinn, I am not so sure. they are supposed to be seasoned agents not fresh out of training. when I was in the military much of what went on here would not have been tolerated. but hen again I am old. I told Karen a place for them was Keflavik . Maybe I am so tough. but you two made me that way, moving from being entertained to becoming overly analytical. Maybe I will pull bac…some day. I did, though really like the twists that ran through the story, the double agent Abby’s twists with Torres, Duckey having his thought extracted by Gibbs. Abby finding the no potty problem. I have to give this one an A despite flaws in government protocol. pretty much see those in every episode anyway to some extent. thank you both again. it is a real pleasure. Signing off.

  3. Lorna Baker October 20, 2016 at 11:56 pm - Reply

    Thanks D&D. I really appreciate your writing this blog.I did not think a British agent could just come in, pick up a case, and bypass the local agency. Thanks for setting that straight.
    I immediately suspected the “kidnapped” agent and thought Quinn had too, but realized that her attitude was related more to inner turmoil than to the agent’s behaviour.
    I think Gibbs is keeping Torres on a tight leash until he demonstrates more of a team mentality, and I definitely agree that his language needs to be cleaned up. They may gradually change that as his attitude changes.
    Go Abby! Not only did she notice the “no bathroom” and follow up on it, but she was also good with Torres, pointing out some flaws, but doing so in a loving way.

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