This was an o.k. episode but for the first time in a long time I didn't come into work saying "wow, great episode." The whole idea that the Admiral's aide would commit murder seems trite since the guy is a Naval officer (honor, integrity, etc.) and as an aide would have been on the fast track to promotions and career advancement regardless of whether McGee's dad got a cabinet post anyway. The guy had to know that there were cameras recording all over the ship and things never go well when you get another party involved in your crime. Hate the week off but looking forward to Chasing Ghosts.
I liked Gibbs' line at the end: "He's not a dog; he's a Marine."
I watch bits and pieces now since each episode is not as good as the previous going all the way back to the outstanding pilot and 2nd episode. Sorry, but the writing makes the FBI look as inept as the people who work at the DMV. Case in point killing off Agent Reilly who was sent to protect someone who at the very least was a material witness who was a possible target and not providing him with any backup. Heck, they should have known from the prison videos that his killer had visited Joe Carrol in the joint. At this point you would think that the FBI's special agents and IT people would know most if not all of the followers based on such things as prison visits and tracking down who Carrol contacted when he was using the local law library computer to recruit followers.
Every episode has been weaker than the previous one. Still (somewhat) enjoyable. It's the technical weaknesses that are getting annoying. Since all of the followers so far have visited Joe in jail, why doesn't the FBI have photos plastered of them in the command center and why aren't they out finding everyone of them. Why wasn't the prison guard follower who ate his dressings under 24-hour watch. Personally, I'm finding the flashbacks to be getting a little annoying.
Pretty good but not a great episode. Enjoyable nonetheless. It did remind me of the original Peter Graves Mission Impossible. The part I didn't buy was Khan caving in when the Gitmo inmates are banging at the cell door and Tony & Ziva convince him that they will protect him if he gives up the IP address. A few seconds earlier Tiva were willing to give him up on the chance to save their own lives. I disagree with EB's comment that he can't believe that DepDir Craig is such a ditz. I know a lot of government managers and the vast majority are paper pushing bean counters whose primary motivation is not getting criticized down the road for making the wrong decision. I did like the military jet fly over at the end.
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