Review: 'NCIS' - 'Masquerade'
by Allison Waldman, posted Feb 3rd 2010 2:00AM
(S07E14) As the title suggests, what we witnessed going on for much of this episode was not reality, but a 'Masquerade.' If you pay attention to titles, you can have an edge figuring out what's what. Meanwhile, beyond the action, there was more character interaction as 'NCIS' continues to weave a few mystery threads, including M. Allison Hart's fascination with Mr. Gibbs.
That's right. She calls him Mr. Gibbs. Even after Jethro reminded her that he's a Special Agent, Hart continues to give him the dig by calling him mister. She also continues to challenge him, and with Rena Sofer in the role, the sparks are flying between her and Mark Harmon. However, Gibbs' history with women suggests that he's going to need to be wary with Hart. He's already on edge because she has seemingly put herself in his cross hairs. The question is why ... and can she be trusted?
Questions about Tony and Ziva and what really happened in Paris remain unanswered, which is terribly frustrating. However, Tony did broach the subject of Ziva's experience in Somalia when she was a prisoner. She didn't say much, but clearly she was traumatized by the event. She also put forth the theory that a group of terrorists may be a real threat or they might be defenders of their way of life.
That kind of political objectivity is unexpected in a drama series, but 'NCIS' seems to enjoy not fitting into any spot on the spectrum. The politics cropped up with the whole dirty bomb plot and the supposed terrorist group from Peru. Vance mentioned more than once that he was meeting with the Joint Chiefs and testifying before Congress about a defense appropriations bill, which was suspicious. All the leaked stories on the ZNN cable news channel was also a tip off that the fear of the bombs were more real than the actual devices. Or at least bombs that actually were properly formulated.
Colonel Bell seems to be the puppet master behind a lot of this business, don't you think? Private military ... defense contracts ... terror threats to keep people fearful. Now, if it turns out that Hart has been working with Bell to get to Gibbs, that will be a bad thing ... for M. Allison Hart. You don't do that to Jethro.
Other points of interest
-- Tap dancing? Therapy? What is going with with Tony? Is there a secret life we're not being shown?
-- Loved seeing Abby in the full-body, yellow slicker hazmat suit, especially when she revealed that she liked wearing it because it made cool noises. That's so Abby.
-- Ducky was none too thrilled with McGee's off-hand manner collecting body parts at the crime scene. Not like Timothy to be so crass ... but at least he acknowledged the fact that he hadn't meant to be disrespectful to Dr. Mallard.
-- Very McGeeky to attend a wedding in Spain via webcam.
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