NCIS: Season 7, Episode 22

Borderland (11 May 2010)
"NCIS: Naval Criminal Investigative Service" Borderland (original title)

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Loner Afghanistan vet Marine corporal Ray Collins's corpse is found dumped in a junkyard car, both feet amputated, first knocked out and branded in the face. He was court-martialed and ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Leon Vance (credit only)
Velvet Road
Frank Smith
Pamela Cook


Loner Afghanistan vet Marine corporal Ray Collins's corpse is found dumped in a junkyard car, both feet amputated, first knocked out and branded in the face. He was court-martialed and discharged for various crimes, affording a luxury motorcycles collection. He was apparently the latest victim of a serial killer of victims with motorcycle gang tattoos, collecting their salted feet. Abby is invited by Justice liaison Alejandro Rivera to address a Mexican forensic symposium in Benito Juarez, escorted by McGee. They meet the Reynosa cartel, trying to solve drug trader Pedro Hernandes's cold murder case. She's shocked to find a link to Gibbs's past. Tony vents dating website frustrations. The team works out that Collins probably murdered the others, plausibly explaining why he alone was alive when his feet were amputated, the others were Reynosa drug dealers, poisoned and the rest of their corpses acid-consumed. Written by KGF Vissers

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Justifiable Homicide
8 March 2011 | by (Finland) – See all my reviews

The seeds infrequently planted throughout the season finally sprout into a main plot, also marking the beginning of the longest continuous story so far: 4 episodes, the final one being spared for the following season. Structurally, that is pretty ambitious for a mostly-episodic series where there is no pre-planned Babylon 5 style Mytharc and in which character development takes over half a decade.

For the record, NCIS is usually great entertainment, but rarely merits more than 8/10.

The Burning Question of Tony and Ziva's stories of their night in Paris is neatly brought up again. It's also nice that we are shown how neither Tony nor Ziva do not mind the other being almost cheek to cheek with them when peering at a monitor screen over their shoulder. A nice nod to long-time fans is the mention a certain event in Abby and McGee's history. McGee's jealousy over Abby is also great. The fact that the actual case of the week is one of the most gruesome in NCIS history works great with the ominous atmosphere created by the arc plot. And then there is a nice surprise, after which comes the first episode-ending cliffhanger. A wrenching cliffhanger. Great start, 8/10.

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