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NCIS Review: The Eyeball, Rule #12 and the Rhinoceros in the Room

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The NCIS team found themselves on the outside looking in at their own offices, while wrestling with a new case and the ongoing P2P saga in "Dead Reflection."

The continuation of the port-to-port case was handled interestingly, with Gibbs ceding control to E.J., at least for this week, and going on almost in the background.

While Barrett's team, two members of which we met (one of whom made McGee very jealous), worked that case, Gibbs & Co. were dealt one straight out of MI-3.

Or was it MI-2 ...

At Odds With the New Team

What looked like an open-and-shut case turned out to be anything but, and I immediately thought of the Mission: Impossible masks as soon as the catch was revealed.

The fact that this was referenced, with Gayne getting the upper hand over Tony in movie trivia of all things, was an appropriate, funny touch. The mask did its job, too.

The perpetrator might have sneaked past Tony were it not for his cologne. He recognized it was the suspect in the nick of time, leading to the disguised killer's arrest.

As is frequently the case on NCIS, the ways in which the killer's plot (and the show's) were woven together were surprisingly complex for just an hour-long show.

Under investigation for killing a tribal leader in Afghanistan, Tunney wanted a confidential file at the Pentagon swapped with one he falsified to give himself an alibi.

Then his former colleague, who had access to pull this off and would have done him the favor, dies. With no time to spare, he assumes his identity, but gets made.

The girl was collateral damage, not unlike the tribal leader. As for how the killer got that mask, this was explained in a great scene with Tony, McGee and Caf-Pow.

Crafting perfect replicas of faces in one of the most top secret locations of one of the most top secret agencies requires someone quite Abby-like, don't you think?

Speaking of Abby, she took quite a liking to Simon Cade, a behemoth of a man with an I.Q. of 160 and a photographic memory. He also seems really nice, naturally.

It's hard to say what made McGee more jealous, that Abby was smitten with Simon, or being out-geeked by a guy who looks like an NFL player (Matthew Willig in fact was).

Call it an awkward, thoroughly entertaining hybrid of the two. Abbs' smile when she realized it was so precious, and this made for one of the best "McAbby" moments.

E.J. and Her Team

Cade is, in fact, right up Abby's alley. While enormous, he's not handsome (at least not in the Mark Harmon or Michael Weatherly sense), but his brains and warmth won her over.

It will be interesting to see this relationship progresses and how McGee responds. Will he make a move? There's no NCIS policy against dating co-workers, but there is Rule #12.

Gibbs evoked this entry in his rule book in what I thought was the best scene of the night, in the basement with DiNozzo. It was then that Tony brought up his and E.J.'s affair.

Tony doesn't want to break up with E.J., but Gibbs flat out told him it's a bad move. But while he told E.J. to back off last week, he let Tony come to him, a great sign of respect.

How far that respect carries beyond this remains to be seen, but Gibbs' "I depend on you" line was not one DiNozzo will take lightly, given the esteem in which he holds his boss.

He sensed something was off in their relationship, and while he stood up for himself and his right to date E.J., not a single thing Gibbs says will fall upon deaf ears with Tony.

If nothing else, I think there was a mutual respect in this exchange, which was preceded by a nice moment on the stakeout between Tony and Ziva, friends caring for each other.

Finally, the episode ended with an awesome cliffhanger of sorts. E.J. may not be winning over the NCIS faithful, but her instincts in the port-to-port case were spot on here.

With an assist to Palmer (great episode for him), Barrett wondered if the eyeball sent to DiNozzo last week was connected with the department somehow, and boy, was it ever.

Just before the final phoof of the night, the spherical organ passes a retinal scan security system at NCIS. As Pauley Perrette teased on Twitter, it belongs to someone we know.

The question is who. You all had some interesting guesses when we turned this over to you last week. Now we do so again. Who from NCIS' past or present, is missing an eye?!

Discuss this and all other aspects of last night's NCIS below!

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Um pretty curious about vance,CIRay and EJs new team…

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I did see the promo for "Swan Song" and noticed that Trent Kort was wearing an eye patch. I can't decide if that was a clue or a distration from the real person the eye came from.

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Hi all....ohhh I'm sure I don't know who the eyeball belongs to but I am thinking maybe Chris Pacci ?? But I think someone is really right, not everyone gets access to MTAC without someone high up to let them in...is Vance involved somehow, I don't know!
I did see in one of the websites that CI Ray is only in the second to last episode called "Swan Song" soooo maybe he is somehow involved...but not too much longer to wait now...next Tuesday new show and the good news is - No trampy new Agent or her Team in it at all. A great reason to tune in eh ?
I'm just thrilled that it won't be Ziva that gets killed. Horray for that. Lets all shoot ej !

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Ducky has been wrong once... I really think it may belong to the first director..Field agents have never gotten into MTAC without Gibbs or sone sinority being around..

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HONESTLY PPL... I think it has ALOT to do with the very FIRST director... He has blue eyes... Also... On another website... They had a great point... jenny's body was never really shown... Who's to say that she was really killed?? OR SOMEONE HELPED TO MAKE IT LIKE SHE'S REALLY DEAD??? Also, remember that OLD GUY FROM HER FATHER'S PAST;that said her dad was still alive??? Is he?? It's a senior agent??? Those are the only ones... Mike Frank???

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I'm hoping they don't keep the other team as permanent fixtures on the show.
don't like the EJ character at all, she's unbelievable as an agent.

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Cote de Pablo sign a two year deal. Ziva is staying

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I think it's the eye of Agent Burley (Joel Gretsch from Episode 6 in season 1. He is around the right age, has blue eyes, is a NCIS agent, and is someone that you have to be a real fan of the show to remember.

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According to Michael Ausiello, "just because this person's eye is missing doesn't mean he/she is dead." Though he put "he/she," Ducky did say in the last new episode, "Dead Reflection," that the eye belongs to a male in his 30s. Now, if you continue on the notion that Ducky is not wrong (and he so very rarely is), this news can't help but make you wonder about the returning Trent Kort (David Dayan Fisher). He does have blue eyes, he's about that age, and if the person isn't necessarily dead, he'd definitely make sense. He has quite a history with the team. Now this doesn't mean that the person isn't dead, but it does raise the possibility. What does this mean for your list of whose eye that could be on NCIS?

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hi Janet yeah Vance or EJ would work for me as well