NCIS: Season 6, Episode 9

Dagger (25 Nov. 2008)
"NCIS: Naval Criminal Investigative Service" Dagger (original title)

TV Episode  -   -  Action | Comedy | Crime
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NCIS has found the mole within their ranks, now they must work with the mole to find the one who has blackmailed their co-worker into treason.

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Gibbs mistrusts lawyer-agent Michelle Lee's claim that he's being blackmailed for her preteen daughter Amanda's life, but still sets up an exchange. Despite Lee's semi-sabotage to capture a masked intermediary, fancy forensics results in finding the Virginia cabin where a girl that age was kept, but only one kidnapper's body is there. McGee downloads the real Domino plans for another exchange. The master extortionist proves frightfully well-prepared. Written by KGF Vissers

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Tony quotes Cary Grant as saying "Judy, Judy, Judy" in North by Northwest. Grant not only does not say that in this film, he doesn't say it in any film. See more »

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NCIS Director Leon Vance: It's risky.
NCIS Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs: Oh you haven't hear the risky part yet, Leon. Going to need the real Domino.
NCIS Director Leon Vance: That's not gonna happen.
NCIS Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs: He finds out it's a fake, the girl dies.
[hands folder to Vance]
NCIS Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs: Paperwork authorizing the use of the real Domino. Needs your signature.
NCIS Director Leon Vance: [puts down paperwork] We're not risking our government's military playbook! You are authorized to use a decoy. That's it!... Good luck.
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The Hard Second Part
2 May 2010 | by (Finland) – See all my reviews

After a great Format Breaker like "Cloak", a 9/10 episode, can "Dagger" deliver? Too often in the case of two-parters, if the first part is great, the second is a big letdown (many two-parters of The X Files come to mind). The opening credits raise bad omens: there are two writers, neither of which wrote "Cloak", and the director has changed. If there's one rule that should always be followed when making a two-parter (or a double-length episode such as a season ender), it is to have *one* team execute it from script to screen.

Fortunately, the episode begins promisingly. Unlike in the previous one, which had a magnificently labyrinthine script, this one *has* no option but to be straightforward because of the way things were set up at the end of the first part. And when it comes to the characters, there is, for example, a wonderful scene between Lee and McGee. We see a new side to Abby, which deepens her character - but there is also a typically hilarious Abby scene, this time between her and Vance. Ziva is consistently portrayed as the team's Sherlock Holmes, as well as the pragmatic spy. It's nice to see some friction between Gibbs and Ducky.

The plot? There's some surprises which make you go, "Of course! Why was I surprised? I should have expected this!" Which is lot better than writers pulling some illogical twist that sure does pull the rug from under the viewer, but requires the Man Behind It All to be omniscient (see Saw), therefore falling completely flat. Not so here. Also, the Man Behind It All has logical and realistic motivation for his actions, which may not be at all what the viewer expects. There's also a wonderful trick twist, which also makes perfect sense. However, in the climax, the writers fall into the cliché pit where everything is tied up nicely a bit too neatly and the American flag is waved patriotically a bit too forcedly and predictably. Sadly, this robs the episode one star, making it "only" a 8/10.


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