NCIS Review: Casserole Comfort

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While this somber episode didn't complete the Parsa story arc as I'd hoped, it did provide more insight into the family nature of the NCIS team, especially when one of their members is hurting.

Tony & Bishop

NCIS Season 11 Episode 13 carried on where the last previous installment left off: Delilah awakened after surgery to find McGee at her bedside.

Their conversation was short-lived, though, as she had to be sent back to surgery as a result of some internal bleeding. Shortly afterwards, McGee went back to work, despite not yet being cleared by the Navy psychiatrist.

Though he carried a heavy secret, McGee appeared fit and ready for duty. The only clue to his turmoil showed up in his body language: he carried his angst in his neck, which made him appear slumped over, most notably when he walked anywhere. 

Gibbs picked up on it right away and advised him to take it easy. At that point, I had no idea whether he was still in shock over Delilah being hurt in the blast or whether he blamed himself (which as it turns out he did).

We saw yet another side of Tony, who couldn't figure out just how he could help his friend and colleague, so he landed on making him a casserole. I thought that was perfect. He couldn't keep sitting around trying to figure out what to do for him; this was the best he could come up with. Something personal, appropriate, useful and above all, warm.

Yet, there was nothing that could get through to McGee: not Gibbs' constant reminders that he was more important than his job, not Abby's hug and not Tony's casserole. His secret wouldn't allow him comfort of any kind.

McGee wasn't looking for sympathy and in fact tried hard to show himself as being unaffected and ready for work - only because he didn't believe he deserved any kind of warmth or comfort from anyone. He thought it should have been him who was hurt in the blast. It should have been him who was paralyzed and not Delilah.

That's devastating stuff to consider. 

What would he do without Gibbs and his words of wisdom? Gibbs' advice to just talk to Delilah, and in effect just be there for her, was his salvation of sorts: confronting the reality of her horrific injury and holding her hand was far better than avoiding it.

McGee's heartfelt request to Gibbs at the end was tender and gripping.

Boss, would you mind sitting with me?


Final thoughts:

  • Parsa is still in the wind. Finding his driver and learning that Parsa was on a train bound for Miami, but that he was getting off it before the city, brought the NCIS a little closer to the terrorist, but not by much.
  • Abby's discovery that the two bolts that were found in the wreckage didn't match factory parts stretched my ability to suspend disbelief to the snapping point. 
  • Parsa's driver saw himself as somewhat of a moral person, and certainly not a terrorist. Really? I suppose some people have the ability to rationalize their behavior beyond belief too.
  • Tony's flirting with Martinez at the NSA seemed out of place. Granted, he didn't know at the time that Delilah was paralyzed, but still: everyone was concerned about McGee.
  • Did you catch the movie reference between Tony and Sofia, starring Robert Redford and Debra Winger? Tony referenced it out loud. It was the 1986 film "Legal Eagles."
  • Speaking of Tony and Martinez: they are both attracted to each other, yet are annoyed with each other too. What does that mean for the future?
  • Bishop is coming along nicely, learning more about her boss (mostly from Tony) and discovering more about the team as well. And Gibbs has no problem pulling her down from her lotus perch on the desk.


  • There is a new Gibbs rule!  I missed it the first time around.   It showed up when Abby met Gibbs when he was leaving the elevator.  Rule #62: Give people space when they get off of the elevator.
  • Check out our NCIS Round Table discussion for this episode.

What did you think? Were you shocked at the news about Delilah? Is Tony a stand-up guy for Tim or what? Is there anything else he could or should have done for his friend?

Tony has either met the one person with whom he should never have a relationship, or the one person in the world who understands him. What does the future hold for them?


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Bishop needs to go or her character changed. She is annoying. She talks too fast and is a 'know it all'. She seems to be the main star. Not fair to Gibbs, Tony or Tim. If this show continues the way it is, I'm done watching it.


The Tony and Martinez thing reminds of the Seinfeld episodes with Janene Garafalo (sp?). If you remember, Jerry gets engaged to her at the end of one season and then in the opening episode of the next season you hear him telling George that he called it off because the two of them were too much alike and he "could never marry myself". Anyway, good episode but I still think the Tony character has been poorly written for the past couple of years. The caserole thing was kind of funny but kind of inadequate considering how close he is to McGee. The old Tony would have done more than just cook something for him. I also liked the scene at the end between McGee and Gibbs, very touching and completely appropriate. I feel better about Bishop now that the writers are letting her blend in rather than feature her as they did for two or three episodes. She is still light years away from Ziva when it comes to her appeal but she is not as hopeless as I originally thought

@ Gregg+

Although the Tim and Gibbs scene at the end was nice, I too wish that Tony could be portrayed as more than a frustrated friend who can't quite figure out how to help In the old NCIS days, Tony got to occasionally come through as the friend who said or did just the right thing, but now whenever any team member has a crisis it's a Gibbs moment. I really wish that Tony's character could regain the importance and depth that it had in the early seasons, but I guess the priority now is to give us daddy Gibbs. As far as Ellie goes - I really want to like her and find the actress pretty and pleasant. I just don't need to see Gibbs relying on her overly miraculous solving skills every week, while Tony clicks the clicker and makes his mundane and tiny contribution to the case. We don't need another center stage mary sue.


Bishop needs to go or redo her character. She is annoying. Talks too fast, knows it all and she acts like she is the main star. Gibbs, Tony and Tim should be the ones in front. Miss Ziva. This continues, I am done with this show.


nice to see tim in the spotlight. liked how tony and gibbs pulled thru in this episode for him. I'm not feeling it with bishop. should've replaced ziva with diane neal the coastguard woman

@ barbara

No that's woman can't act


I like this NCIS its more about the team and less about mary sue


A very nice episode for McGee. But after last night's episode I am not watching anymore. It's not the same show and I despise the Bishop character.

@ Guest

I agree about Bishop, she just does not fit the team at all, I really miss Ziva every time I watch NCIS

@ Sally

I'm betting you'd probably kill a baby if it will bring cote DePablo back.

@ Dean

That was uncalled for.

@ Dean

There are a few of us who still miss Ziva, and voice that opinion in a respectful way.


last night was great. loved it when Gibbs sat with Tom.


Ok so the powers that be don't care whether or not we like Bishop. I for one think it is totally against gibbs' character to have someone step into his team without having the training. She cant even shoot a gun for heavens sake! Did you notice they did not take her into the field this time? I miss the whole team. Would like to see Jimmy and Vance with more of Ducky and Abbey.


This was one of the best shows so far, but a bit disjointed. I did really like that Gibbs sat with McGee. Why don't they ship Bishop to NCIS, NO, that would salvage this season for me, she just does not fit in with the team. It was great to see Kate's sister, she is such a great addition to the show, why can't you find more like her? She is such a normal person, unlike all those new women who have to overact and just ruin their characters.


Good episode yesterday! McGee was excellent in his feelings for Delilah. Gibbs always shows support when needed. Tony was concerned and understanding, although he did flirt with that woman.
My only problem with the series now is Bishop. She always is bouncing around, sitting in unusual places, talking so fast you can barely understand her and thinking she knows better than anyone else. I liked Kate and Ziva. They were talented actresses who portrayed dynamic characters. Hopefully they will exchange Bishop for a different agent who participates more with the team. Maybe Ziva will come back.

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NCIS Season 11 Episode 13 Quotes

McGee: I should have been here when you woke up.
Delilah: You're here now.

Boss, would you mind sitting with me?