Review: NCIS - Endgame
by Allison Waldman, posted Nov 11th 2009 1:12AM
(S07E07) People who don't watch NCIS usually think the show is all about the military, all about forensics, all about criminal procedures, etc. Well, an episode like this is a perfect example of how character-driven the show actually is. Leon Vance has not been as interesting as the director of NCIS as Jenny Shepherd was, but the look into his back-story we saw with this episode may be a game changer. For one thing, he has some wife.
But as much as the Vance story and his weird connection to Kai drove the show, it may be the sad sack McGee subplot that resonates. Poor probie. Tough luck, McGeek ... or McDigit, as Tony dubbed him. The redhead was a looker. Tony and Ziva were impressed. Oh well ... more after the jump.
The director's history with Kai was quite a story. They never did explain how she survived the point blank shot to the heart. Leon made finding Kai and stopping her mission, revenge for Wilson's death, but when given the chance to pull the trigger again ... Why didn't Leon take the shot? Was it more dramatic to have Jackie, his wife, end Kai's life? Yes, it was.
But the point was clear that Kai didn't want to leave the Vance house alive. She felt she was already dead and had been since the North Koreans had robbed her of her childhood and turned her into an assassin. After killing the two men responsible for her conversion, as Ducky explained to Gibbs, Kai needed closure from Vance.
The red herring -- make that redhead -- was Amanda. I really wanted to believe that Tim had made a love connection. Abby was excited for him; wistful, but happy. Did you pick up her interest in Eric from NCIS: LA? There may be something happening between them in Abby's upcoming crossover.
Back to Tim, I'm glad they showed that as an agent, he was sharp enough to pick up the signs that Amanda was a little off. She was too good to be true and too willing. Tim's not a womanizer; he can't go all Heston, that's not his style. It's just a shame that McGee has to get used like that. Just once it would be nice to see Tim really get a girl. Of course, the NCIS hours are hell on a relationship. Nobody working there has a significant other... except Vance. Although whatever happened to Ducky and that female medical examiner?
Tony was in rare form with the one-liners, referencing James Cagney in White Heat, White Knights with Mikhail Baryshnikov, Charlton Heston in Planet of the Apes, calling the self-help voice "a poor man's Shatner."
But the best was Tony's encounter with Ziva in the bathroom – is that their new meeting place? He flinched when she suggested he should stop being such a "big brother." I don't think Tony wants to be Ziva's sibling, do you? But then, maybe she was messing with him. After all, she did look down when he asked about a "Texas longhorn" – was she checking out his package? I think so!
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