2017 May 02 Critique of NCIS episode ‘Beast Master’

Do you like horses? If so, you will enjoy tonight’s episode of NCIS. The show had very little to do with the Department of Navy, but it was a great way to reach the increasing population who love animals. Given that much of what is posted on Face Book features animal antics and stories, the producers are no doubt trying to elevate their ratings by highlighting horses. While we thought Abbey was the only animal lover on NCIS, tonight’s episode reveals Leroy Jethro Gibbs is an animal whisperer of sorts. Thus the episode’s title of ‘Beast Master.’

Diane found this episode nostalgic for another reason. This was the story of a Marine Corps sergeant who stumbled onto some wild game, or ‘bush meat’ being smuggled into the U.S. from Liberia and stored at a cabin in Rock Creek National Park. During her years as a Federal Prosecutor in Washington, D.C., Diane worked with many officers of the U.S. Park Police as she prosecuted crimes that occurred in Rock Creek Park.

In tonight’s show, we meet Mounted Officer May Dawson, who works closely with Gibbs’ team investigating the Marine’s death and also the death of a mounted officer who was killed by the smugglers. The dead officer’s horse becomes depressed after the death of his partner and refused to eat. Officer May Dawson develops greater respect for Special Agent Gibbs when he is able to console the horse and the horse begins eating once again. Mark Harmon rides off in the final scene, as he is apparently an avid horse enthusiast.

History buffs will be interested to know that President George Washington started the U.S Park Police as the “Park Watchmen” back in 1791. Today’s mounted division serves in Washington D.C., San Francisco, and New York.

Two more shows remain for this season and we wonder if all the team members will finish out the season. What do y’all think?

Be Blessed, Diane and David Munson

By |2017-05-19T13:10:05+00:00May 2nd, 2017|NCIS|3 Comments


  1. Judy Via May 3, 2017 at 11:03 am - Reply

    My idea of an ending for this season is McGee and Delilah get married, hoping Delilah’s fall, scenes from next episode, doesn’t eliminate that possibility totally. Then Tony comes back for McGroom’s wedding. Ducky retires, leaving autopsy to Dr. Palmer, can’t figure out what’s going to happen to Gibbs and Abby. Maybe the show ends its run and McGee takes over Gibbs’ position?
    I liked this episode with getting to see Gibbs’ interest in horses, and his caring in the normal, quiet Gibbs way.
    There is another “48 Hours: NCIS” scheduled for Friday, May 12 at 10:00 pm ET.

    • Diane and David Munson May 3, 2017 at 11:27 am - Reply

      Judy should be a writer for the show. Good ideas for the season ending. Thanks too for the heads up on the 48 hour-NCIS show on 5/12.

  2. Louis May 3, 2017 at 3:53 pm - Reply

    Missed most of this episode as I was out to dinner with family. We did catch the last 10 minutes so we understand in part what you area saying about the episode. If history plays out then one of the team members will meet his or her demise…….Sad…….

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