Welcome to 2022, NCIS! You are doing wonderful, sweetie.
Nicely, type of. The episode that ushers within the new yr was maybe a bit too simple for astute viewers to crack — nevertheless it ends with an emotional wallop courtesy of our absent Agent Gibbs (Mark Harmon).
First, the case. As Kasie (Diona Reasonover) succinctly explains, it includes suspected traitor Rafi Nazar holing up within the Afghan Embassy within the coronary heart of D.C., the place nobody can contact him as he presumably makes an attempt to promote stolen Navy software program to an unstable overseas authorities.
There’s one catch although — the Afghan native’s lovely blond fiancée Kay is performed by Amanda Schull. Relying in your viewing tastes, you doubtless acknowledge her from 12 Monkeys, Fits, Pretty Little Liars, or, after all, Center Stage, together with scores of different guest-starring roles. What I am saying is, Schull’s approach too notable an actress to “simply” be the little girl within the unhealthy man’s life, so I had my eyes on her from the bounce.
Kay swears up and down that Nazar would by no means have stolen the extremely categorised key that controls all U.S. surveillance and assault drones, however data present it was undoubtedly him who accessed the code utilizing facial recognition.
As well as, his gun is lacking and his textual content messages level the staff towards a black hat hacker who’s been shot useless. On, and he is acquired an uncle who’s a Taliban sympathizer, and Kay remembers that he did go for a drive the evening earlier than.
The pilots on the chief warrant officer’s staff insist that he’d by no means betray the U.S., though a Navy contractor says it is clearly Nazar since he is a foreigner. Amusingly, nonetheless, Torres (Wilmer Valderrama) instantly speaks to him in Spanish, adopted by Knight (Katrina Law) talking in Mandarin.
The Secretary of the Navy — now performed by Denise Crosby who you may need seen in Star Trek: The Subsequent Technology, Pet Semetary, Ray Donovan, or Suits (once more), relying in your leisure tastes — warns that it will take 36 hours to vary the important thing, leaving the U.S. weak to assault from its personal drones till then. That is notably regarding when Kasie picks up on-line chatter that the important thing hasn’t been bought however has been given away, doubtless for an ideological trigger.
Throughout the peak of the manhunt, Nazar calls Kay from a burner cellphone and arranges a gathering. With Torres as unhealthy cop and Knight nearly as good cop, they get Kay to agree to guide Nazar to them, however she buckles on the final second and warns him away. He flees, and Parker’s prepared to look each fuel station, residence, warehouse, farmhouse, henhouse, outhouse, and doghouse within the space till they notice Nazar’s within the Afghan Embassy. The ambassador tries to guard Nazar, however NCIS secures his cooperation by telling him that Kay’s going through 27 years for aiding, abetting, and obstruction until he turns himself in.
On the sidewalk in entrance of the embassy, Nazar and Kay hug. Ummm, I’ve zero regulation enforcement coaching, however doing this on a public avenue appears UNWISE.
Stunning nobody, photographs ring out from a close-by automobile, hitting Nazar within the shoulder. As soon as Parker ascertains that he is not going to die, he orders the ambulance to move to NCIS, the place a nervous Palmer (Brian Dietzen) is standing by to deal with him. By now the staff’s discovered that Kay’s previous social media posts had been stuffed with requires holy wars in opposition to the enemies of Islam. As soon as she realizes they’re on to her, her entire face modifications, and she or he drops the involved fiancée act.
Yep, she orchestrated their entire whirlwind courtship due to Nazar’s nationality and top-secret clearance — and she or he used his sleeping face to entry the code. Knight has the pleasure of telling her that the Navy deactivated the important thing earlier than it might be used.
Poor Nazar’s had a heck of some days, and he stops by the orange room to thank the staff for working to clear his title. Torres sympathizes over how tough is it to be Different in America, and so they guarantee him that his staff of pilots remains to be his household.
BUT WAIT. Did you assume you had been getting out this week with out crying?
Each McGee (Sean Murray) and Palmer acquired thriller $10,000 deposits into their financial institution accounts, and Vance summons them to his workplace to welcome them to the Leroy Jethro Gibbs faculty scholarship fund.
You see, Gibbs by no means closed Kelly’s faculty account after her dying and in reality, stored including to it. He now contributes cash to brokers with kids, together with Vance’s when his had been the age of Tim and Jimmy’s youngsters.
You already know, I used to be nervous at first that McGee and Palmer had been being framed for one thing with these deposits, however what a beautiful decision this turned out to be. Gibbs could also be gone, however he hasn’t forgotten his folks.
Oooh, the swagger in Kasie’s “It is me” when Knight asks if she was in a position to hint Nazar’s texts! We love a lady who is aware of her talents.
Even when Kay hadn’t been a right away suspect based mostly on the actress taking part in her, the jewellery gross sales get together would’ve put me on alert. No person’s that perky promoting $300 rose gold necklaces over Zoom.
So what did you assume, mates? Was Kay the plain suspect in your eyes too?
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