17.15 – “Lonely Hearts”
Written by Brendan Fehily
Directed by Tawnia McKiernan
Reviewed by KathM
I’d similar to to say upfront that any episode that includes the character of Navy Captain Phillip Brooks (ret.) I appear predisposed to dislike. I have no idea why. Perhaps it’s the sad-sack characterization or the actor who performs him, however once I see Phil onscreen I immediately really feel aggravated and anxious for the scene to be over. That being stated, this was a enjoyable episode with a number of the normal NCIS method, and since they used loads much less Phil than they may have, it was value watching. In addition they used him nicely, which I didn’t really feel like they’ve earlier than.
When almost skeletonized stays of Capt. Alan Wales is discovered within the woods shot within the coronary heart with a bow and arrow, our crew appears to be like to the final lady he dated for details about the final time she noticed him, and so on. Stacy Gordon is a JAG lawyer who, when visited by Gibbs and Bishop, is present in a compromising place with Phil Brooks, the person who considers himself Gibbs’s finest good friend. They each have hassle believing that Phil and Stacy are a pair, significantly when Stacy is so enticing and Phil is…Phil. She says she’s drawn to Phil’s “easy masculinity”, which I discover complicated, however to every their very own. The month they’ve been collectively has been fantastic, they inform Gibbs and Bishop. As for Capt. Wales, Stacy dated him for about six weeks after which he stopped answering her texts. A dead-end, then? Perhaps. However after they uncover the case of one other Navy man, Petty Officer Craig Olson, killed in the identical method, had additionally been relationship Stacy, a purple flag begins to fly. Olson’s demise was not investigated by NCIS, however by MPD detective Tom Logan. This piques my HinkyMeter, as a result of why would you retain a case when you possibly can simply hand it over to a different company?
Hijinks ensue. Everybody begins to suspect Stacy, even Phil, slightly. He tries to assist out within the investigation by carrying a wire, then is unable to recollect the code phrase he was supposed to make use of to get Gibbs to come back in. Apparent purple herrings are fastidiously positioned, similar to the truth that Stacy’s husband died in an “accident”, and that she wasn’t half dangerous with a bow and arrow.
The episode blended a pleasant NCIS story of comedy and drama with a stunning villain and Kasie cheerfully meandering across the morgue and her workplace with an enormous bow and arrow. She’s a superb shot, simply ask Torres.
Talking of, Nick returns to work sooner than he was suggested and refuses light-duty, as a substitute of leaping into the fray by operating after attainable criminals, leaping over tall fences and exhibiting Kasie how nicely he can shoot a bow and arrow regardless of how a lot energy you want. Surprisingly he listens to Ellie about being an fool who must take higher care of himself and really goes again to the workplace earlier than the large shoot-out on the finish. Seems to be like our little boy is rising up.
The shock villain is none apart from Detective Tom Logan, who seems to be a cousin of Stacy’s ex-husband and has been in love along with her for years. He killed each males and her ex (who she thought she killed herself as a result of he was abusive towards her), and can now kill Phil, Stacy and himself in a cabin within the woods. As a result of all of the crazies appear to have a cabin within the woods. When Phil sees Gibbs and a few of the brokers coming to rescue them when he’s looking the window he tries to stall Tom by attempting to interact him in a dialog concerning the tax implications of a murder-suicide. It was hysterical and almost redeemed him as a personality in my eyes. Ultimately, Phil and Stacy are rescued, Tom is collared, and all ends nicely. Stacy even decides to take Phil again after in depth groveling, which I can simply image.
And oh sure, it’s Valentine’s Day, so we pepper in just a few bits and items about that right here and there. Jimmy goes with the total “lodge suite with chocolate-dipped strawberries”, McGee forgot, and Sloane is getting chocolate and roses from a Secret Admirer who everybody (particularly Torres) thinks is Gibbs. Sloane dares not hope. When the crew will get prepared to go away the Bullpen firstly of the episode Gibbs remarks on the chocolate field she’s sharing round and Sloane provides him a bit. He not solely takes one however he kisses Sloane on the cheek as he does so. Little doubt her coronary heart goes pitter-pat. However hey, he’s not a chocolate and flowers man, is he? She thanks Gibbs for the flowers and sweet (don’t scare the bunny, Sloane. It might run away.) however he denies it. As a result of significantly, Gibbs? Ellie needs affirmation that they’re from Gibbs and Sloane is questioning, too. And hoping.
It seems that the items had been meant for somebody in HR who has a reputation that would presumably be confused with Sloane’s however not likely in any respect. It seems that HR lady acquired a field of sweet meant for Sloane, too, and he or she rapidly opens the cardboard to seek out that it’s not from Gibbs, however from Religion. Contemplating how a lot she needs a relationship along with her daughter I believe that’s a giant step for Religion, and I believe we might find yourself seeing her earlier than the top of the season.
Factors to ponder:
Do we predict it was actually Leon’s profile on Fleet Date? I’m not certain a person in his place would try this, and positively not in a showering swimsuit.
Did anybody else assume that it might need been Gibbs who despatched Sloane the goodies simply because it wasn’t a Gibbsy factor to do, and no person would suspect? Am I overthinking?
Gibbs threw that cellphone Phil gave him (full with a “Jethro” profile. The cellphone might choose up the replies he acquired, too, in contrast to his present one.) into the hearth (massively harmful, BTW). Nonetheless, the profile wasn’t deleted. Do you assume we would see any mentions of his Fleet Date profile from the random individual or two down the road?
Somethting that happy me : No singles whinging about being single on Valentine’s Day! Sloane is perhaps an exception due to Gibbs, however she would have been superb getting nothing in any respect, I believe.
How many individuals do you assume tried to purchase the area identify “Fleet Date” after Tuesday’s episode?
Is anybody else nonetheless attempting to determine the entire Gibbs’s Emotions for Sloane factor? I imply, he’d must be deaf to not hear what the crew murmurs about them, and he’s snug being bodily demonstrative along with her. Regardless, I discover it rather more attention-grabbing than a easy, “Does he likes me?”