NCIS: Season 9, Episode 24

Till Death Do Us Part (15 May 2012)
"NCIS: Naval Criminal Investigative Service" Till Death Do Us Part (original title)

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Gibbs and the gang continue to investigate Dearing, the thermite explosions, and the disappearance of the director; Vance regains consciousness inside a sarcophagus inside a family mausoleum with a message and beside the decomposing body of a Navy lieutenant; he calls Gibbs, who meets him. Ducky finds an object message, which Dr. Ryan interprets for the group; Gibbs meets Parker; Gibbs asks Samantha for more information, so that he can return a favor. Gibbs, Tony, and Ziva visit the home of a retired NCIS agent in time to see fireworks; Dearing seeks to instruct Gibbs, and he messes with Ryan, who produces a name, Cole, who's both a federal prisoner and a member of the Phantom Eight; Gibbs and Ryan spring the con and try to turn him. Cole goes to see Dearing, but the latter turns the meet his way; Gibbs realizes what's about to happen; Cole helps, but disaster strikes. Ducky receives a phone call, hears bad news, and encounters trouble. [To be continued next season.] Written by DocRushing

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Interesting Cliffhangers
22 May 2012 | by (Valencia, Spain) – See all my reviews

I love NCIS. I think it is one of the best shows out there. When it is good, it is very, very, good. NCIS can be an outstanding mix of Sherlock Holmes, Rambo, John Wayne, and Jimmy Neutron (Boy/girl Genius) all rolled into one.

Unfortunately, over the past couple of years, it often seems like there is too much time spent on the rapport between Ziva and Dinozo. I like the characters, but there is so little of their actual personal lives developed, that there is not much for them to talk about. Beyond her life in Israel, and her father, what does anyone know about Ziva?

So it ends up being about whether or not Ziva likes Tony, and whether they might have a relationship. If I was listening to their idle discussions at my work, it would be somewhat boring to listen to all day. I hope the real NCIS is not talking about bridal showers when they are at the scene of a murder.

This show really needs some actual Navy sailors, police officers, or former NCIS to write some of the scripts. NCIS was a spin-off of the JAG series, and one of the great things about JAG was that most of the time the lead characters had to be on board the ships, subs, aircraft carriers, etc., so that they could do their job.

Not only did that keep it real, but it kept them talking about the military, the navy, marines, etc. The first seasons, the NCIS team was on ships, etc., a lot more often than they are now. The discussions tended to be more about the main topic of the show, and less about the relationships of the characters. Hopefully, the next season will feature less personal small-talk, and better stories that require the attention of all the characters.

In this season finale, the story of Mr. Deering's obsession with vengeance on the Navy is given some additional details. Apparently, Deering's son died as a result of a combination of negligence, and some malice. So Deering has been planning revenge for ten years. That does not seem very realistic. Considering all the poor soldiers, sailors, etc., that die as a result of friendly fire, accidents, mistakes, etc.; if everyone was going want revenge against the military, then we would have some major problems in defending the U.S.A.

As improbable as it may seem, Deering is sabotaging submarines and ships all over the world, thanks to various traitors that he has paid off. Into the mix is NCIS, which Deering also blames for having prosecuted his son for a minor incident. So where will Deering strike next? The show spends all its time dealing with Jimmy, the coroner's assistant, and his wedding. That is foreshadowing that Jimmy might be the sacrificial lamb, but is it? Personally, I was hoping Jimmy would get blown up, as he is easily the most irritating character in the cast. I can imagine him as an underwear model, or as a male stripper, but not as a coroner or medical doctor. Hopefully, whether as a result of death, or marriage, Jimmy will be somewhere else next season.

The end to the season finale turns out to be very surprising, because it seems that all the most popular characters are the ones that might die, and all the most likely targets (second stringers) are the ones who seem to be safe. I have to admit that I was shocked. I had scratched off Jimmy, early into this episode, and by the end it looks like Jimmy was the safest of them all.

I do not want to reveal the most disturbing part of the season finale. One of the most important characters seems to die, but not as a result of sabotage. That was another shocker. Without him, the show will never be the same.

Let's hope the next season brings back all our favorite characters, and that they can spend more time at military scenarios, solving mysteries, and helping to keep America safe from terrorism and anarchy.


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