NCIS: Season 1, Episode 22

A Weak Link (18 May 2004)
"NCIS: Naval Criminal Investigative Service" A Weak Link (original title)

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A SEAL lieutenant falls to his death, due to a failed fitting in his gear, while rappelling during an exercise; Gibbs and company investigate; the CIA expresses intense interest. Abby and McGee provide answers, and the team solve the case.

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A SEAL lieutenant dies while he and his team rappel during an exercise to prepare for a classified operation; he falls to his death due to a failure of a fitting in his rappelling gear; Gibbs and company investigate; a special agent of the CIA expresses intense interest. The phony part is an inferior fitting, intended to fail, which someone substituted. A number of factors do not add up right. However, Ducky provides ice cream, and Kate does something she's never before done. Meanwhile Abby and McGee have some ups and downs, and they hack into a server and enter a secret e-mail account. Gibbs and the team eventually put the pieces together and reach a conclusion. Written by DocRushing

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When leaving the victim's house the second time, Gibbs puts away his notebook twice in succession. See more »

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Caitlin 'Kate' Todd: [DiNozzo suggests she rappelle to get a sense of what the victim did in his last few moments of life] No. No way!
Leroy Jethro Gibbs: [helping Kate in her gear] You'll do fine. Alright, push this down, and clamp it onto your harness, like that. There we go.
Caitlin 'Kate' Todd: Okay. Remind me, this is going to help us solve the case again because...
Anthony DiNozzo: It's fun.
Leroy Jethro Gibbs: You want to *understand* what happened. This is how we understand.
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Sasha is the weak link
11 August 2011 | by (New York, New York) – See all my reviews

They killed Kate (Sasha Alexander) off after two seasons of NCIS, and it is nice to see her back in the TV saddle as 1/2 of "Rizzoli & Isles" after five years of being away from acting as the wife of Sophia Loren's son Edoardo. But looking back at this recently aired early episode it is clear that like the title, she was the weakest link in the series.

Of course hindsight is 20/20 and her replacement Cote de Pablo is a dream -adding so much to the show. But THE WEAK LINK points up other fumbling around that occurred before Harmon & co. hit their Nielsen chart-topping stride.

The romantic banter and confusion between Pauley Perette and Sean Murray is clumsy in this segment, with latter not yet in command of his pivotal comic relief character. But it is the Michael Weatherly/Sasha relationship that stands out as faulty. As DiNozzo he razzes her in a way that is unappealing. My guess is that De Pablo's acting and her forceful physical appearance & personality can easily weather any taunting from Weatherly, while Sasha simply does not play off him well.

As a result, this episode seems remarkably thin, stuck with a rather perfunctory story of a secret mission led by always-reliable guest star Adam Baldwin in peril as the team investigates the death of one of his navy seals. I found the ending wholly unsatisfactory and the relentlessly inverted-red herring dangling into the plot of a priest (smarmily played by Doug Savant) quite annoying.

But Sasha as Kate just doesn't fit in. Her interactions with Harmon are almost ludicrously one-sided, as if the team's (and show's) boss can't stand her. I'm glad everybody lived happily ever after in her absence.


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