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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LOVE NCIS...... I think Ziva's boyfriend is involved by being the murderer. Of course as Pauley says, it is someone we know....


anyone think that p2p killer is jeanne benoit? she is a doctor, who is killing marines, she might be blaming ncis or tony for her fathers death. and somebody sent that drink to tony, not to ziva whos been there longer than tony has. p2p killer definitely has something to do with tony.


Love NCIS ! I hope they are NOT planning on keeping EJ as a permanent agent on this show. She would not be good for ratings, and it's obvious she has no chemistry with the rest of the team. "IF IT ISN'T BROKE - DONT MESS WITH IT"

Josie leeds

I am getting more than a little weary of the writers block that seems to be going on. Is Vance part of the team or not? Crap or get off the pot. As for EJ--she's a twit, put in that position for a reason known only to the writers. She has no value within the framework other than to tweak Tony. Get over yourselves and get on with the story!

Heather moyer gendeloff

I don't like or trust EJ She didn't say shes working with the CIA. I think she and Vance are out to split up the team. Just like the comment she made basically out with the old way in with the new. But her way didn't work. Then there Ray he lied and is CIA.
I think in the end b/c of EJ Tony and Ziva will get burned. Plus she never told Tony she was working with the CIA. And Gibbs comment about her sleeping with Tony. And not to mess with HIS team. Was he looking out for Tony s best interest. Not wanting to see him get hurt again.


I have always loved the show and still do. I am not a E.J. fan, too suspicious, and I wouldn't put CI Ray past being the P2P killer himself. I enjoy the sexual tension between Ziva and Tony, so don't really care if they get together at the end of the season, but hope they do at the end of the series. Gibbs is top dog in my book from years ago (I won't say how many or what doctor he played) to the present and I have faith, he will prevail. As for Vance...never really trusted him to have the team in his best interests. I don't know what he's up to, but I trust him about as much as E.J. and wish his true colors, whatever they be, would come shining through soon. Thanks again for a wonderful Tuesday night, the show was over before I knew it and I can hardly wait to see what happens next.


As long as nothing changes with the team all's good. Liked the case but think there is more going on than we know yet with them bringing the chik in.


ive watched it 4 times so far and not got bored it had a bit of everything dont know why everybody hates ej she is leaving at the end of the season and i think ciray will leave because we all know ziva is made for tony they where both jealous of each other last night.


My hubby is away so we ahd to chat about this show via BBM. First off, my husband doesn't care for blondes, so EJ had a strike against her from the beginning. He says her mouth is too big too. But the point is, we don't like her in our household and the flirting with the suspect in interrogation took the cake. She can leave now ... if she's not the killer! And btw, why didn't Ziva take out after the mystery drink provider in the end? Mossad training should have kicked in and ... well I think she would have reacted differently if this were in the early Ziva years. Yes, T&Z's green eyed monsters were in full action tonight. Can't wait to see how the writers string out this arc. Bravo!! (And loved PaulyP tweeting throughout the show too!)


Are you sure your a fan Melissa Farrell? NO One want Tony and Ziva togther

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