NCIS Review: Don't Mess With the Great White!

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Compelling as the hunt for the P2P Killer was, myriad tensions between agents and agencies defined last night's NCIS, leaving our beloved department in a state of turmoil.

E.J. Ray. Vance. So many characters bent on tearing apart the team, or at least not letting it function as it should. The episode title, "Two-Faced," was certainly apropos.

This palpable tension and deception, combined with a Dexter-esque serial killer plot, made for a strong, but unusual episode. No killer apprehended; plenty of carnage.

Gibbs and E.J.

Viewers probably felt like Abby, needing a hug from Gibbs after watching E.J. do her thing. Her arrival was more mysterious than negative, but she's clearly made enemies now.

In her first appearance, I actually thought E.J. was cool, or at least had the potential to be. She was eccentric, attractive, and willing to stand up to Gibbs, showing gumption.

Last night, however? This wasn't just a butting of heads. This was an attempt to undermine him however possible, be it lying through omission of blatantly stepping on toes.

As DiNozzo said, you do NOT mess with the Great White.

While E.J. definitely has some claim to the Port-to-Port Killer case, the manner in which she's trying to assert control over it - with Vance's help no less - rubs me the wrong way.

You can't help but wonder if there's more to this soap opera than we even know at this point. Is Vance trying to double down on his bid to catch a killer, or something more?

Of course, Gibbs needs a rival besides the killers NCIS hunts down. It wouldn't be gripping TV otherwise. You have to assume he'll prevail, even against multiple obstacles.

It was great watching him lay the smack down - refusing to leave his desk, telling her to back off Tony, whispering at her in the interrogation room, and trusting Ziva's intel.

But Vance outranks Gibbs, E.J. tells Tony. Ha. Directors come and go, but there is only one Leroy Jethro Gibbs. He may lose a round or two, but this fight is just beginning.

More fireworks between the two are inevitable, and as turned off as I was by her theatrics and the soapy feel of last night's episode at times, I'm excited for the next act.

Sarah Jane Morris' meddling almost overshadowed another high-profile guest star last night. Enrique Murciano made his debut as Ray, Ziva's boyfriend of several months.

Ray on NCIS

CI-Ray plays things a little closer to the vest than E.J. Yes, he basically lied by omission and didn't tell Ziva he's the CIA liaison on the P2P case. But isn't that what CIA agents do?

Ziva’s reaction was awfully severe, even after he provided her with the game-changing tip. His feelings for her seem genuine too. Is it really "over" like Ziva told Tony? Doubtful.

There's too much left to explore with this smooth operator for Ray to simply be out of the picture. His much-hyped arrival was worth it if only to watch Tony awkwardly squirm.

It's interesting that with Ray and E.J. present, Ziva and Tony both interacted with their love interests simultaneously, yet ended up a bar by themselves at the end of the night.

Again, I felt their back-and-forth jealousy bordered on a little too much melodrama at times, but only briefly. Michael Weatherly is comedic gold and can salvage most anything.

Speaking of the scene at the bar, how freaky was that eyeball?

A little campy for NCIS, you could say, but a fun way to leave this story arc hanging. It was clear from the opening moments that this would not be your standard murder case.

A sociopathic killer who leaves no trace and who taunts the investigators with obscure clues? Who lures victims with creepy dolls and is seemingly a step ahead at all times?

As a Dexter fan, I couldn't help but draw obvious parallels. Not what I expected at all going into this episode, but I'm intrigued to see where the hunt for the P2PK goes next.

What did you think of last night's NCIS? Discuss!


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I really liked this episode although, like the reviewer, I dislike the trip NCIS is taking into soapland more and more these days. I hated all the Ej/Tony, Ziva/Ray, tedious Tiva stuff they shoved into the episode, but I loved seeing Gibbs take down EJ and most of all I loved the case. It's about time the team had an interesting case that wasn't personal. Or at least I HOPE it's not personal. I'm so bored of everything being personal to them. I wish they'd concentrate more on what seems to be an exciting case (I'm a Dexter fan too) and less on the soapland antics of who is sleeping with whom. I simply don't care. I don't want Tony and Ziva together - Tiva bores me senseless when it isn't irritating the hell out of me - and I couldn't care less about Ziva and CIRay or what Tony gets up to with EJ. I am sure our loyal Tony will choose GIBBS over EJ any day. I liked EJ in her first episode but she did everything wrong here. I'm glad Gibbs delivered the appropriate slapdowns. She deserved it. It's a shame this show consistently gives us such badly written female characters but we're used to it now.


It's pretty obvious the writers are stealing the entire "ice-truck killer" plot from Dexter. Spoiler, it's Ray, just look at his douchey hair, who slicks their hair like that? Serial Killers, that's who! I get kind of the writers on NCIS beating around the bush for so long. Remember when Tony went to Africa to save Ziva? They failed pretty hard to let that story line dry out.


Get rid of that EJ broad. Does nothing for the series. I'd hate to stop watching this show because of this broad. I agree with Catherine "if it isn't broke - don't mess with it".

Sue ann

Actually, according to a Tweet by Pauley Perrette, the doll's voice was recorded by David McCallum.


I think the eyeball belongs to the the victim in the beginning of the episode, his were blue too and they made a point of talking and showing them. I doubt Ray is the killer, that's to easy, but I do believe EJ is going to be killed off. They love Tiva more than the fans- more money. So I seriously doubt EJ/Ray being here for very long. The dolls voice was deff Tonys and with his origins episode coming up soon I guess the killer has something to do with him.


EJ is annoying but I really don't see her as murderess. Ray gave some information to Ziva when he pulled the same stunt as Tony romance wise. Whether or not Tony and Ray really did love their partners has nothing to do with the reason they hooked up with the two women. Anyway, the end of the program never said if it's continued so I don't know if we'll know who really is the killer of the officer next week. I hope it IS continued next week tho.
Oh and one more thing. The way Vance has been acting, one would think that Gibbs is unknowingly stopping Vance's murder. I say that because Vance "doesn't care how they do it, just do it". The game's a foot, lol. The Great White is really appropriate. I love that title for Gibbs.


I just really really don't like ej... She should get shot or something or be the killer :) I actually liked ray or sorry CI.Ray and they were a cute couple although does anyone else think his haircut was just a little bit gooby?? Anywho love Ncis and this was actually like the most amazing episode of the season yet!!! Hope there's more :) and I hope atleast something happens between Tony and ziva sooooon!!!


I'm starting to think the p2p has something to do with Tony too. I mean that would make sence since episde 22 Baltimore is his origin episode.
Dang it I'd love if Jeanne came back :D
But as much as I would love her to be the killer, I really can't see someone like her become a killer.


I wonder if EJ and C.I.Ray are working together. Gibbs wants to protect DiNozzo from that annoying EJ I don't like her don't trust her. I wonder if C.I.Ray is good or bad I don't know yet. Abby said it best don't mess with our team there family. with the Eyes I woner who it is it could Jeanne? Lt. Mann or Trent Kort ? I wonder who. I do want Tony with Ziva but not just yet.


I look forward every week to NCIS. Here lately it has been interesting to see where the writers will go. As for this last episode, I think Ziva's Boy Ray is tied to the cases other than a CIA agent. He can travel, He can access email accounts,He may have surgical history. But what is throwing me are the little clues, eyes in ice cubes, flowers, navel history..My guess is still of Ray, Ziva was on the phone to him thinking he was out of town, and then HE shows up at her office? too quaint. He and E.J. are working together somehow. Can't wait for next week to get here to see how it for Vance I love him, secretive, and powerful...All the Crew on NCIS gets Kudos from me

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