On NCIS this week, Tony and Gibbs revisited a cold case when the code name of their former op came up in connection with the murder of a Navy lieutenant and a prostitute.
Meanwhile, both McGee and Abby had their shorts all up in knots on NCIS Season 12 Episode 19.
Below, you can join TV Fanatic panelists David Taylor, Tanya Moat, Christine Orlando, Kathleen Wiedel and Douglas Wolfe as they weigh in on all of the above and plenty more.
Ready to jump into the fray? Let's do this!
How would you describe this week’s episode in a few words or a sentence?
David: Forty years of nothin'....and then it all comes back in one day.
Tanya: Clap, Clap, Clap. Boo.
Christine: So many egos.
Kathleen: It's not all about you... except when it is.
Doug: Immaturity 'r Us.
What’s your take on Tony and Bishop’s “couples’ intimacy class”?
David: Well, it certainly provided the episode's most humorous moments, and maybe they even learned a thing or two about themselves, but "the play" went nowhere.
Tanya: Like David mentioned, it was slightly humorous but also pointless. So it fit right in with an episode that felt a little bit all over the place. And I had a similar response to Gibbs' "I can't watch this." Me neither.
Christine: Yeah, I expected it to be funnier…or for Bishop to take off those glasses. The way it played out it kind of went nowhere.
Kathleen: A few laughs, but in the end it goes nowhere, does nothing. Sigh.
Doug: Looks like we're unanimous on this one. The premise had so much promise - but they didn't bother to follow through. I wanted to know exactly what went on in that couples' therapy room, and why Bishop felt a need to shower afterward.
What was your favorite scene or quote?
David: Ducky and Palmer trying to best each other was great. We don't usually see that kind of sniping from these two so I got a huge kick out of it.
Tanya: I honestly don't have one. At best, how serious Tony and Gibbs got when the name Lex Talionas popped up made me think we were in for an intense episode, which never came to fruition in my opinion.
Christine: I loved Ducky putting Palmer in his place and Tony adding commentary along the way. As someone who has had to sit through Frozen many times, Tony’s “Let it go, Elsa” to Palmer made me laugh.
Kathleen: Ducky and Palmer really are quite entertaining. Jimmy does manage to put his foot in his mouth, doesn't he?
Doug: I started to sit and up and really take notice when Gibbs brought Eddie "Collarbone" Rosario in for interrogation. We almost never see anyone stand up to Gibbs in that room the way he did. The man just chewed it all up and spat it out. I can tell you that in acting classes, this is the kind of scene you live for - a true confrontation that gets both guys' adrenaline pumping. What a treat to watch!
What, if anything, didn’t work for you?
David: Well, as I mentioned before, seeking out the family member (the facilitator of the intimacy class) yielded nothing except some laughs for us.
Then there's the DNA matching thing--the DNA on the bomb from 2 years ago matched the sample in the purse as Orlando so the 40- year-old bomb is also a match because the bombs were similar? Then Orlando provides his own DNA and now it's not a match? What'd I miss?
Then there's the ID of the real culprit (Luna), a complete unknown and a rather convenient, and rushed, resolution.
Tanya: Ditto to everything David said. It seemed a bit half-baked to me. Like they took a bunch of possible stories ideas and cobbled them together into one, even if it didn't really make sense. Why would a drug dealer bomb an airport? I love both McGee and Tony, but it also felt like we traveled back in time. Tony implies McGee isn't up to snuff; McGee pouts. It worked in season 3 but not so much in season 12.
Christine: The intimacy class really disappointed me. There was so much potential there but very little payoff.
Kathleen: McGee, McGee, McGee... The guy acted like a petulant middle-schooler. "Wah, Gibbs chose Tony to be on his team first!" Seriously?!
Doug: I'm with you guys on everything you said. This was a frustrating episode to watch. There was so much potential in everything, yet they only touched the surface on all of it.
And that hurt little baby nuance exhibited by both McGee and Abby! Man, I can't tell you how much that bugged me. Ugh. I hope they never go down that road again. It was disgusting.
Who was the MVP - and why?
David: I'm not sure anyone comes off looking particularly good, but if forced to pick someone, I'd say Gibbs for getting the ambassador to spill her guts. BTW, did anyone notice the look of paternal pride on Gibbs's face as he admired his team during the final fade-out? Say it with me now: "Awwwwwwwwwwww...…."
Tanya: I'll say "Awwww …" with you, David, and I agree there really wasn't an MVP this episode. Since NCIS is consistently good (and has a gazillion episodes under its belt), I'm sure this is an aberration and hopefully the few remaining episodes will be stellar.
Christine: Yeah, I really did love Gibbs as he looked on over his little family. It was very sweet but there really wasn’t one stand out character in this episode. That’s not necessarily a bad thing as everyone was able to have their little moments along the way.
Kathleen: Gibbs is awesome. If there were an award for Least Valuable Player for this episode, though, it would go to McGee and his insecurities.
Doug: I second that, Kathleen!
My vote for MVP would be Tony. First, because of his silent communication with Gibbs near the start, before they headed to MTAC. Second because of his refereeing of the Palmer-Ducky spat. Third because of the way he effectively handled McGee's petulant immaturity. And fourth because of his understated yet effective interrogation techniques opposite Tomas Orlando.
Douglas Wolfe was a staff writer for TV Fanatic. He retired in 2016. Follow him on Twitter.