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'NCIS' Season 8, Episode 11 Recap

by Allison Waldman, posted Jan 12th 2011 12:15AM
NCIS_CBS_Diane_Neal_Mark_Harmon_sean_murray['NCIS' - 'Ships in the Night']

It's a shame that too many people write off a show like 'NCIS' as just another crime procedural. It's much better than that and for a show in the midst of its eighth season; 'NCIS' is delivering a top-notch collection of episodes.

Tonight's show was a real whodunit, almost like an old detective movie, although with all the bells and whistles of modern forensics thrown in.

The episode was also noteworthy for the return of CGIS Special Agent Abigail Borin, wonderfully played by Diane Neal ('Law and Order: SVU'). For more on the mystery, Borin and Ziva's mastery of a bat nap, read on.

There was a nice tone set from the get-go in the episode, with Borin stuck on a dinner boat with a blind date.

Imagine, if you will, being stuck on a dinner cruise with 'Seinfeld's' George Costanza. That's the kind of schlubby loser Borin was saddled with, which is how she wound up at the bar with Marine Lt. Jeremy Nolan, a guy almost too good to be true. Apparently that was a good enough motive for him to be killed.

Gibbs' team was forced to go into overdrive to solve the crime. All those long hours took their toll, but like the doctors on 'ER' or any other medical drama, sleeping is not an option when you're working a case. That point was driven home by Gibbs more than once.

Tony thought he caught Ziva in a catnap, and tried to test her Ninja talents. Leave it to Ziva to best DiNozzo, and misidentify her brief shuteye as a bat nap.

Contrasting the nappers were the caffeine fiends. Abby was pushing her record for CafePows, while the affinity between Gibbs and Borin was exemplified by their drive and determination, as well as enjoying crappy, black coffee.

There's no romance between Borin and Gibbs, but great camaraderie. They're both sleuths that simply won't give up the case until it's solved.

There were some good shots taken at celebrities and paparazzi, thanks to Ducky's droll observation about our Snooki-obsessed media. Rich playboy Devon Lodge was a likely suspect in Jeremy's killing, but he was just too obvious. So was the family lawyer, who was slimy and underhanded, but he turned out to be just a piece of the puzzle.

In a scene that recalled old Charlie Chan movies, Gibbs broke rule No. 1 -- on his list as opposed to Borin's -- and let the suspects be gathered in a room at the same time. Gibbs and Borin needed a confession and 'The Closer' wasn't available.

So Borin and Gibbs brought Nolan's sister and the family business associates together and played a little two on three interrogation.

The chemistry between Mark Harmon and Diane Neal really made this scene work. It's too bad they don't have more opportunities for them to work together. Hopefully, the powers that be will find a way to bring Borin back, much like they do Fornell and Mike Franks.

One last word: The previews for next week reveal that Bob Newhart will be a special guest star. I can't wait!

'NCIS' airs Tuesdays at 8PM ET on CBS.

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What ever they do in this show, don't let Ziva leave. She makes the show interesting with her supposed mixing up
sayings of slang.. I love her. And Tony and Ziva keep me guessing as to whether or not they'll become sweethearts.
Lookin forward to them getting together and getting married being a duo team of solving crimes on the show. All of the players are great, they make a wonderful group of co-workers.. Kudo's for all of them, this is one of my favorites.

January 19 2011 at 12:38 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

LOVE this show and have missed it over the holidays. (But was watching reruns, as well as on USA which are always great too!) Can't wait for Bob Newhart. I agree, think him and Ducky will be great together, with a little Abby thrown in of course! This is one show I never tire of. Excellent!

January 13 2011 at 11:41 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

It was like an old fashioned whodunnit and the chemistry was great, because if you love this show part of that love is the "wink, wink - nudge-nudge" when Gibbs is on a roll with someone life himself and all the coffee. The Lt and the Marine lawyer who already had altered the will were the only good guys, save the team, everyone else was scum. I was very touched at the end of the episode, Gibbs' "We got them," was just wonderful because you really could feel Gibbs' satisfaction. Poor Tony and his fear that a long break would mean someone replacing him, LOL!

And I am very excited about Bob Newhart and Ducky being the center of attention next ep.

January 12 2011 at 7:27 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I was glad the Marine had the last laugh. He had already changed his will. They went through all that trouble and they didn't win. The sister at the end said "Well I am the only person named in his will". She thought she would still get the money. Ha Ha honey, you don't get a dime.

January 12 2011 at 1:06 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

why no Jimmy tonight (Duckt was obviosyly working alone and in a confined space. Didn't even show them bringing the body in . . . no director, either, which usually happens with a guest star.

Beyond that, great writing and delivery as usual. Loved the swerve at the end with the Matine chaplain; surprised regulars did not recognize the pictures on Gibbs' board.

I have heard Bob Newhart is a three-installment arc.

January 12 2011 at 2:21 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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