Critique of NCIS episode Psych Out, first run on 2-21-12

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Here’s our take on Psych Out:

This show is a real “head gamer!” While Diane is busy scrawling pages of notes as in her courtroom days, David is evaluating all the suspects. About halfway through the show, he figures it out, the old fashioned way. Watching Dr. Rachel Cranston interact with Dr. Samantha Ryan is reminiscent of a tennis match at Wimbledon. Who killed Dr. Banks? It is the Iranians, as retribution for our trying to take out their nuclear scientists? Or is it someone closer to home? Baxter was pushed out by Banks due to instability, but he is not the killer. Baxter is a confidential informant working with DEA for the past year. David enjoyed this little twist as he was a Special Agent with DEA, after they recruited him away from NCIS.

This episode cranked out more twists than a giant ride at Cedar Point. Samantha Ryan really gets into Gibbs’ head, telling him how he makes her feel safe. We want to scream out, “Watch it Leroy, she’s coming after your mind. Learn how to fix your own pancakes.” And if you watched the subsequent shows this past season, you know what is coming with Ryan and it ain’t pretty. After all his years of working the streets and back alleys, Leroy Jethro Gibbs should know better. Finally, Tony is shocked to find out his game to bust McGee for earning more money busts him. He owes $2,000 in back FICA taxes. Ouch.

A final Spoiler Alert: We have it on good authority that Season 10 is bringing back more brain games. Will Dr. Ryan be back? We think not. It is possible that Kate’s sister, Dr. Cranston, will return in the mix. She seems to love the team as much as Kate did and can’t get enough of this fabulous NCIS team. Can you? Also, we’d love to know how many of you watch NCIS LA.

Stay tuned and be Blessed,
Diane and David

By | 2017-05-19T13:10:26+00:00 August 15th, 2012|NCIS|8 Comments


  1. Teresa Hanger August 15, 2012 at 3:11 am - Reply

    I haven’t “gotten into” NCIS LA like I did the original, though, being short, I enjoy Linda Hunt’s Hetty.

    • danddmunson August 16, 2012 at 12:51 am - Reply

      Teresa: Many of the people we talk to also like Linda Hunt’s character. We are glad you watch the east coast NCIS and that you visit our blog. Blessings

  2. MaryAnn Frerichs August 15, 2012 at 4:13 am - Reply

    We watch both NCIS and NCIS:LA in our house. We haven’t watched a lot this summer, but looking forward to the new season. Actually most of our summer watching is on USA, so it is “older” episodes.

    • danddmunson August 16, 2012 at 12:48 am - Reply

      Maryann: Isn’t it fun to see the episodes repeatedly? You see so many things the second and third time around, that you missed when it first aired.

  3. Deb -- Pennsylvania August 15, 2012 at 12:16 pm - Reply

    I hope we don’t see any more of Dr. Ryan. I did not like her character nor did I like Gibbs with her. We do not watch NCIS LA.

    • danddmunson August 16, 2012 at 12:46 am - Reply

      Deb: It must be the producer is listening to fans, because word has it that she won’t be back.

  4. Cheryl August 15, 2012 at 2:30 pm - Reply

    I am really hoping Dr. Ryan is not back. I just can’t see Gibbs with her. Maybe it’s because I don’t like “head games”.

    Yes, I do watch NCIS LA. It took a while to get into it, but I really enjoy it now.

    • danddmunson August 16, 2012 at 12:42 am - Reply

      Cheryl: We are like you. We watch LA occasionally. It’s good, but with our limited TV time, we stick with NCIS.

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