'NCIS' - 'Guilty Pleasure' Recap
by Allison Waldman, posted Apr 7th 2010 1:54AM
(S07E19) Holly Snow, the madame we met in a previous episode, was back for this episode when the corpse turned out to be a Navy journalist investigating call girls. Or the guys who use them. So we found Holly where Gibbs had left her; doing community service as penance for her criminal activity. She was the perfect source of expertise for Gibbs. More on Holly, Gibbs and Tony's new undies after the jump.
It was telling that the moment Gibbs showed up at the seminar, Holly's cool crumbled and she wasn't so snowy. Just the sight of Jethro unnerved her. Interesting.
Tony found a kindred spirit in Phil McCadden, the local police detective who had a similar fanboy worship of classic movies. It was great to see how they finished each others' thoughts. If we didn't know how hetero Tony is, you might suspect a romance. By the way, Adam Kaufman played Phil; you might remember him from 'Without A Trace.'
Meanwhile, Tony and Tim were at each others' throats. Ziva recognized their mutual sniping as the 'seven year bitch.' She meant 'seven year itch,' but her malapropism was more accurate. Tony was ticked off about how Tim pulled the sprinkles off his doughnut, a sure sign that they've been hanging out together too much.
Abby saw that Tim was jealous. How hilarious! He really was green with envy that T-Cad were hitting it off – you like, Tony and McCadden, like Brangelina.
Holly was really good at her job. She pegged Tony as a novice when it came to paying for sex. Was it the smoking jacket out of a David Niven movie? No. It was more revealing than that. "You're wearing underwear right out of the package." She had to give Tony tips about how to act like a John.
The lady of the evening, Charlotte Cook, looked good for the murder of the Navy journalist, but she was too obvious. When another John turned up dead and she was in custody at the time, she was eliminated as a suspect, but not as a witness. Holly worked with Gibbs to get Charlotte to flip.
Holly looked like she might be more involved than just a facilitator, especially when she went off grid by disabling her ankle monitor. By this point, it seemed like the lawyer did it, and sure enough, it was Dwight. The slimey lawyer types are usually guilty of something; in this case, it was killing Johns. With not a second to spare, Jethro came through and used his sniper skills at close range to drill Dwight with bullets. Completely justified, too.
Dina Meyer is destined for her own show. She's got star power galore. And she's gorgeous. CBS will definitely find a spot for her in the near future – like a female Alex O'Loughlin or Skeet Ulrich.
Gibbs ended up taking Holly home for dinner, cooked her a steak. It looked like it might be more than friendship, but a call on Holly's cell for a late date squelched that. Gibbs is nobody's fool. Will he stay her friend? Yes, but don't expect any more than that.
Other points of interest
-- The team was fascinated with Holly. Abby shared shoe information with her, and looked at her with the eye of an anthropologist.
-- A new word for bro-mance was born. Ziva called Tony and Phil a "man-mance." Tony said it was just guys hanging out, and that's what guys do. He's right, of course, but it is bromantic.
-- Nice to see that once Phil dissed Tim, Tony's loyalty to McGee kicked in strongly. He may insult McGee, but nobody else has the right to do it to his friend. As a sign of friendship renewed, he proferred a gift to McGee – Nutter Butters.
-- Dialogue we like:
Gibbs to Holly: "I'm taking you home."
Holly: "You tucking me in?" (that was tucking, nothing more!)