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'NCIS' - 'Jurisdiction' Recap

by Allison Waldman, posted Mar 17th 2010 12:40AM
At this point in 'NCIS,' every episode has a certain amount of fun in it just because we like the characters so much. It's the team interaction and the nuggets of character development that are generally more interesting than the mystery, although there was a clever, treasure subplot in this one. And there was someone new in the mix. For more on the anti-Gibbs -- or maybe she was more of the alter-Gibbs -- follow me after the jump.

Diane Neal, former ADA on 'Law and Order: SVU,' was an intriguing choice as Gibbs' opposite number in the Coast Guard. That's right, there's a CGIS, the Coast Guard Investigative Service. Vance referred to it as a sister organization, but Gibbs bristled at the idea of sharing a case. Fortunately, Neal's Abigail Borin, was no shrinking violet. She liked playing hardball, and maybe because she was sort of a redhead, Gibbs' was sort of interested in how she worked. Or maybe he was ticked that she got the drop on him and Tony at Jensen's house?

Ducky provided the major clue to the mystery of Lt. Michael Jensen. His body was a mess after the ocean spit it onto the shore and it took a while to discover that Jensen wasn't Jensen. The corpse had a liver ailment that was unique enough to not be the real Jensen's but someone else in his life, the rich heart surgeon financing the treasure hunt.

But this was no Lloyd Bridges' episode of 'Sea Hunt' -- there's a reference Tony missed! -- it was Tony's favorite theory, "The wife did it." So while for a while it seemed like 'Treasure of the Sierra Madre' without Bogey, it turned into 'Body Heat,' which was really sorta a remake of 'Double Indemnity.' Whatever the reference, the grieving widow was in cahoots with the Navy diver, both out to get the husband's millions.

As Gibbs and Borin were setting off sparks as collaborators, Abby was completely off her game because of a Cafe-Pow situation. While funny and a good excuse to rip New Coke, it might have been a nice change of pace for Abby to have a real issue. She's too often just comic relief and brilliant problem solver.

The last scene with Tony and Ziva was curious. Are we ever going to find out what really happened in Paris? I suspect they are just friends, too timid to commit to a possible romance. Office flirting may be as far as they go. At least Tony had the good taste to show her a superb swashbuckler. Douglas Fairbanks in 'The Black Pirate' may be a silent, but it's a classic. If you've never seen it, do yourself a favor and try to find it to rent.

Other points of interest

-- Duck was back to bowties. He'd broken up with Sophie. She put Mother's silver in the dishwasher. Bad form.

-- Was Mr. Palmer really not getting the zingers Tony was shooting his way, or is he too much in love with the embalmer to care?

-- Why did Gibbs plant red roses at the house? He has nothing going on inside the house, so why the curb appeal project? Maybe he's giving up woodworking?

Fun dialogue

Borin: "You can call me Abby."
Gibbs: "No, that's not going to happen."

Tony: "Davy Jones. Used to sing with The Monkees."
Ziva: "Real monkeys?"
Tony: "I envy your brain sometimes."

Tony: "This was no boating accident." Classic 'Jaws' reference.

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Who played the doctor's wife in jurisdiction? I can't remember where I've seen her and can't find any credits for her in this episode.

March 20 2010 at 5:29 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to keith's comment

Gabrielle Miller. She played Lacey, owner of the Ruby diner for six seasons on Corner Gas, a very funny Canadian sitcom about a gas station attendant in a small town on the prairies.
http://www.ctv.ca has some episodes available for viewing

March 27 2010 at 2:28 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Gordon Werner

I am curious as to what's up with Ziva and Tony ... the look she gave him in the end ...

March 17 2010 at 7:02 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Gibbs was pulling up bushes in a garden when he found his daughter's time capsule lunch box. Maybe that's where and why he planted roses.

March 17 2010 at 2:39 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

If there's one thing I enjoy about this series it's the strong female characters they put up against Gibbs, who seems to relish in having a woman able to stand toe-to-toe with him. A shame they can't get one to stick around. I would be nice to see a return of Susanna Thompson as Lt. Col. Hollis Mann.

March 17 2010 at 10:38 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Sometimes when people come from one series to guest star on another, the performance leaves a lot to be desired. Diane Neal on NCIS was anything but that. The same excellent bravado she displayed on Law & Order: SVU was present here. I hope she returns in the future. If this show ever gets around to giving Gibbs a permanent love interest, Abigail Borin would be an
excellent choice (as long as Diane Neal portrays her).

March 17 2010 at 9:54 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to deemoe's comment

I have agree to with you. When a big name guest star comes on, it usually takes away from the rest of the team. She fit in well.

Plus i really didn't expect the twist in the case. Good episode.

March 17 2010 at 10:14 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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