2017 Jan 3 NCIS Critique of “Willoughby”

Our last blog was long because we shared a Washington Post article about a real live NCIS case. We wanted our readers to get an idea of how much work goes into a real case. So we thought that tonight’s episode of “Willoughby” would be a simple one-hour episode of a simpler case. Wrong! Instead we saw a pretty good spy thriller, which will most likely continue for one or two or more episodes. That is just what we’ve complained about in the past.

Without giving away too much of the plot for those who have recorded the program to watch later, we found the thread about Ellie’s concern that British MI6 agent Clayton Reeves has no friends was a metaphor for Leroy Jethro Gibbs, who is also a loner. Interesting too, that Gibbs encourages Agent Reeves and even coaches him how to close his eyes and remember good thoughts when he becomes sad. Reeves then shares this pearl of wisdom with Ellie when she really needs it. Agent Reeves also confided in Gibbs why he signed up for such a dangerous case.

Other reasons this episode seemed realistic to us were the scenes with Agents Alex Quinn and Nick Torres. In the first amusing scene, they’re trying to maintain a surveillance location without becoming too obvious. Their solution, to watch from a scummy bathroom in a nearby bakery, brought back many memories and some smiles for David. He was once on surveillance in a residential neighborhood when an elderly lady reported them to the police as being very suspicious. Having heard the call go out on their police scanner, David and the agents moved. Upon returning to the neighborhood after police left, they were spotted by the lady again. The surveillance had to be terminated because she called the police three times, and resorted to driving her car around the area searching for the agents. Far too much coffee has been drunk and burgers, fries, and even sugar donuts, as in tonight’s show, have been consumed on surveillance.

Overall, we felt the story line was excellent. The writers revealed how difficult it is to maintain an operative undercover as well as the inherent risks of an agent assuming another identity to track down the guilty. The relationship between characters is improving, but we thought Abby’s repeated marching on bubble wrap was a bit much. We offer that criticism with some trepidation, as we know she has a huge and vocal fan club.

We’d love to hear your thoughts. Did you enjoy having the intrepid NCIS team back? The next episode airs on January 17th.

Blessings in the New Year, Diane and David Munson

By |2017-05-19T13:10:06+00:00January 3rd, 2017|NCIS|5 Comments


  1. Che January 4, 2017 at 1:01 pm - Reply

    I loved the show but I also hate when there is a continuation without first announcing to the fans that the episode does not have a conclusion.
    Abby on bubble wrap was a bit aggravating and trying to make the agent suspicious because he did not have friends was a bit ridiculous since no one on the show has strong ties to family. I love NCIS though!

    • Diane and David Munson January 4, 2017 at 1:17 pm - Reply

      Che. We agree. Thanks for your comment.

  2. Louis January 5, 2017 at 8:38 pm - Reply

    I will keep this to a minimum. I agree. the writers and program staff have really stepped it up a notch this 2017 year. I pray they continue with the content . this is why the earlier seasons gripped the audience so well. Looking forward to next Tuesday …Huuurahhhh…..

  3. Judith January 6, 2017 at 10:09 am - Reply

    This was definitely one of the better NCIS shows in quite awhile. I don’t necessarily mind when agent’s personal lives are addressed in an episode. But when it is a majority of the episode you can loose interest fast and wonder why you watched. Hopefully the writers keep this trend up. Just have to wait until January 17 to find out if this was a fluke or a real change in future episodes.

  4. Jerry Haig March 23, 2017 at 12:31 am - Reply

    I really dislike the show bringing in three new characters at once. None had the vetting of McGee or Ziva. The two guys look like idiots with their fingers in their mouth. The female has so much hair flying around. It is distracting. Also, what she says is not very bright. She appears to have a ‘know it all attitude’. My family’s love of NCIS going downhill. The writing is worse than bad.

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