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Shell Game 

When a petty officer escapes from her kidnapper, the team finds a connection to her missing husband.


Thomas J. Wright (as Tom Wright)


Donald P. Bellisario (created by), Don McGill (created by) | 1 more credit »

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Mark Harmon ... Leroy Jethro Gibbs
Pauley Perrette ... Abby Sciuto
Sean Murray ... Timothy McGee
Wilmer Valderrama ... Nick Torres
Jennifer Esposito ... Alex Quinn
Brian Dietzen ... Jimmy Palmer (credit only)
Emily Wickersham ... Ellie Bishop
Duane Henry ... Clayton Reeves (credit only)
Rocky Carroll ... Leon Vance
David McCallum ... Donald Mallard
Emily Alabi ... Petty Officer Kelly Ristow
Paul Schackman ... Sullivan Brady
Richard Fancy ... Leonard Weiss
Tony Gonzalez ... Special Agent Tony Francis
Eric Petersen ... 'Pale' Dale Matteson


Gibbs gets a call about a Petty Officer who's been missing. It seems like her fingerprints were found at the scene of a murder. They deduce the victim abducted her and she fought back killing him and then ran away. They find her at the airport. She says her husband told her to meet her there because they were in danger but he didn't show up. They wonder why was she abducted and did her husband have anything to do with it. So they try to find him. They go to where he works and learn that they were at the brink of divorcing a few years ago when she had an affair. So they wonder did her husband decide to get back at her or did her lover. They later find evidence that the husband was the CEO of a company that had 3 million dollars so they wonder what was he doing with all that money. Written by

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25 October 2016 (USA) See more »

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Why this show works so well
26 October 2016 | by lor_See all my reviews

"Shell Game" is a prime example of why a long-running series like "NCIS" continues to rule the roost and retain its fan base: skillful writing, engaging cast of regulars and an honestly old-fashioned approach.

The iconic & trendy hits like "Homeland" and "Breaking Bad" come and go, with cable TV's ability to avoid censorship (a loophole in the broadcast code) and stress sensationalism giving it a head start compared to network series. But that old saw about the Silent Majority holds true for Mark Harmon, Pauley Perette & Co., as the warhorse lives on to entertain mightily another day.

This tricky story kept me guessing right to the end, with clever red herrings, solid jeopardy for the young femme guest star, strong yet tasteful violence in the opening escape from her kidnapper, and deft integration of a modicum of character development for the newbies on the team. No pretentious breakthroughs in television history, just meat and potatoes action and drama.

I have been a fan since the beginning, and "JAG" before that. I grew up watching TV series in the '50s and '60s and remember well the delights of thinking-man's shows like "The Defenders", "East Side West Side", "Route 66" and hundreds more. The hip shows back then were "Burke's Law" with its constellation of big-name guest stars, and "Man from UNCLE" and "Wild Wild West". British imports like "The Avengers" and "Secret Agent"/"The Prisoner" were the cream of the crop. And none of these received the unfortunately overrated status of so many recent cable hits like "The Sopranos".

So for detractors who find "NCIS" square and generationally challenged, get a grip. When the dust settles on TV history, I predict the mainstream quality shows will emerge with staying power, while the shooting stars will feel as alien and empty to future generations as the hyped Tarantino feature films of the past two decades most certainly will when compared to Hollywood's far more sincere Golden Age classics.

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