They tried, I'll give them that. They really tried to fake us out that Delilah would be facing health problems in NCIS Season 14 Episode 23. But I rather figured out their twist by about 9:01 p.m. last Tuesday.
Would it be realistic and/or believable for Delilah to have secondary issues stemming from the injuries that left her paralyzed? Sure. The timing, coming as it did in the penultimate episode, even lent a little weight.
But they still didn't pull one over on me this time.
Really, there were two sudden developments in the McGee/Delilah relationship. One, the moving-up of the wedding, was pretty much shouted from the rooftops by the very title of the episode.
Of course, "Something Blue" was also likely supposed to refer to the "Blue Burger" variety of MDMA (aka Ecstasy) that killed the unfortunate Petty Officer Jones.
But, honestly. Everyone knows this episode was all about McGee and Delilah.
Doubtless there are those of you out there who are upset with Abby for spilling the beans about the pregnancy. To be fair to her, she was confronted by Gibbs and Vance under direct questioning, and it was good news.
On the other hand, she did promise not to tell, didn't she? It wasn't her news to spill!
In any event, the whole thing did allow for a couple of absolutely delightful bonding scenes with Gibbs and McGee. I totally loved how Gibbs gifted McGee with that heirloom watch, freshly engraved.
"Breathe, Tim," indeed!
I can't help but feel somewhat cheated that we never got to see this sort of thing with Gibbs and DiNozzo due to the clandestine form the relationship between DiNozzo and Ziva took.
And then Ziva left, and then she was killed, and then DiNozzo left. It just felt a bit odd when Gibbs gave McGee that watch and said that there was no one else he'd give it to, or something along those lines.
Right from the start of the series, NCIS played up the similarities between Gibbs and DiNozzo many, many times, sometimes specifically contrasted with McGee.
Obviously, McGee has grown and developed a lot since his first appearance, and I definitely enjoyed Gibbs taking on the paternal role in his episode. I just wish... I'm not even sure.
The rushed wedding, while enjoyable, smacked of the series not wanting to actually bring in the cast required for the originally intended wedding. Understandable, sure, but still slightly irksome.
I definitely enjoyed the scene where McGee and Delilah were first delivered the good news that they were expecting. The blank expression on Delilah's face was hilarious.
Especially when combined with the awkward embarrassment suffered by the doctor when she realized that they didn't actually know about Delilah's "condition"!
Then there was this rather heart-wrenching sentiment, delivered by a man who'd definitely know:
Vance: As someone who was also married to a strong, intelligent woman, may I give you some advice, Agent McGee?
McGee: Don’t blow it?
Vance: No. Never take it for granted. Not for one second. And don’t blow it.
Yep, this team is definitely overdue for some happiness, so thanks for that. One can only hope that next week's season finale episode doesn't leave the whole team hanging in the balance or something equally horrible.
The Case of the Week was, by contrast to the personal drama of McGee and Delilah, pretty much forgettable. Though it did make for a few pretty funny moments. To wit:
Chief Choi: Jones’s body, it’s gone!
Jimmy Palmer: This’ll complicate the autopsy
Stoddard, the food services officer, definitely won an "idiot of the year" award. Sure, he didn't mean to kill poor Jones. But he did mean to drug his commanding officer with Ecstasy!
In what universe could that possibly be considered a good idea?
Don't get me wrong; I'm not saying that this was a problem with the episode. More like a comment about the state of humanity.
What I do question is how Stoddard managed to steal Jones's body and throw him overboard, apparently without being seen. It's not like he could just cart the corpse through those narrow corridors!
Overall, though, a pretty solid episode of NCIS, sprinkled with moments of pure heartwarming. (Stop by our NCIS quotes page for some of the good lines from this episode.)
So, what did you think of "Something Blue"? Were you surprised to learn that Delilah was pregnant? Did you enjoy the wedding? And what about the Case of the Week?
Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below!