5 out of 9 people found the following review useful:
ttapola from Finland
23 April 2011
Another quality episode, but not without its problems. While the series
rarely delivers a Format Breaker, the show-runners really know how to
keep the series alive by concentrating on differing plots. NCIS has the
luxury of not being limited to investigating only deaths, like some
other successful Crime Procedural shows and this time the writers take
advantage of that.
There are no Special Guest Stars to steal the viewers' attention - the
plot is the star here, with a genuinely surprising amount of twists,
and a *really* funny subplot that I would be foolish to spoil. In the
end, this is not a radical, special episode enough to warrant more than
8/10, but this early in the season the series does not need them. It's
during the Sweeps and the Season Finale that the show-runners are under
pressure to deliver something *major*.
The problem with this episode is the very same that plagues the whole
series. There is one scene that once *again* hints at the undisclosed
events in Paris on 26 January 2010 (Season 7, Episode 13). The scene
seems rather telling, but since the show has been teasing the viewers
with the Paris mystery for almost a year now, it comes off only as
really frustrating for long-time viewers. But this is a minor complaint
in an otherwise *great* episode.
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