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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Till plot holes do us apart

Throughout the ninth season of the series, the stories became weaker and weaker. It seems as if this show is nearing the end of its life. While the attempt of hiring new, freelance writers did pay off, at some point, it is easy to notice for an NCIS veteran that things aren't quite all the same.

The show did lost some of its "exotic" feelings. Mike Franks, the awesome old prank is now gone. No more plots with him around. Although he didn't get much screen time, at least he was a familiar yet refreshing face in his episodes.

All the attention seems to have shifted towards Tony, Gibbs and to some extend, Ziva. McGee and Abby have become more of side characters than anything else. We also get some Vance episodes from time to time, only when the writers seem unable to find anything more about Tony and Gibbs to tell us.

And then there is this Jamie Lee Curtis's character, Samantha Ryan. She was probably inserted in the plot line just to refresh things, since all the side characters are now dead. Although she was nice in the first 2-3 episodes, by the end of the season, she is getting annoying, and pretty much worthless. If she cares so much about Gibbs, why is she always in the way of the investigation? She also seems to be a weak link in the entire game. I am pretty convinced the writers do have a plan for this character, but so far, she turned out to be nothing more than an annoyance.

Now, with all this set in motion, we get 3 episodes to set up this finale. So what do we face this time?

OK, well, there is this fanatic piece of work, patriotic guy, who seems determined to blow up his own army. OK...that's...disturbing to say the least. Apparently, this guy lost his son, who enrolled in the navy, to some accident. NCIS apparently also refused to perform any investigation in his case, therefore the mad daddy goes on and blows ships and other stuff, because apparently he is doing "us all a good".

Don't get me wrong, I kinda like this guy, even though he is getting a bit ridiculous. He always seems one step ahead of NCIS, sometimes even two, he also posses the ability to travel distances very, very fast. On top of that, he somehow manages to figure out what exactly NCIS will do next, while still being completely untraceable. Despite these ridiculous features he was given by the writer, which almost makes him seem as if taken from a cartoon, he is, actually, a threat to the team. We haven't seen a real threat for like...what, two years now?

And as much of a threat he is, he becomes an even bigger one due to plot wholes. Why on earth would Vance leave without his escort, knowing there is a terrorist likely to target him? Why no one search his car after he was found? How did the "bomb" know when someone opened the bag?

Leave all this aside, here comes the biggest plot whole of em all: THE BOMB. Assuming, of course, that explosives could have gotten inside the base undetected, which i honestly doubt they would, there wasn't nearly enough explosive in there to cause THAT level of devastation. Unless we talk about some REALLY nasty explosives here, there is no way on earth that the blast wave would pose such a threat to the 4th floor, were all the main cast were located at that time.

On top of that, the windows on the 4th floor shattered as if the explosion occurred right outside the window, at the same level.

Why did Tony and Ziva get the elevator during an evacuation? Did they miss their respective elementary school? in the 1st grade you're told never to use elevators during an evacuation. Why McGee decided it is a good idea to backup his computer at this exact moment?

But the real cliffhanger is what happens to Ducky...

So, an above average episode, but not nearly as good as other finales. Let's hope season 10 brings in some more focus on the TEAM and not on GTZ. And let's hope they pay more attention to obvious details. (gibbs-tony-ziva)


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