We Review the Latest Episode of NCIS SN14 EP23 – “Something Blue”
After a few mediocre episodes, at least in my opinion, tonight’s episode and next week’s season finale look like they may redeem the season. This review does contain spoilers, so you should watch the episode before reading this. Now, where’d I leave those tissues?
The show starts with a long shot of the USS McGuire. The food service crew is making breakfast. The officer, Ensign Stoddard, played by Tom Williamson, is looking for Petty Officer Gregory Jones, who hasn’t turned up for duty in order to take the CO his breakfast. He goes to his berth to see what’s going on, only to find him dead in his bunk.
We cut to our crew at a tux shop, shopping for outfits for McGee‘s (Sean Murray) and Delilah‘s (Margo Harshman) wedding. McGee is trying to get Delilah’s opinion by Facetiming her, but she’s non-committal, telling him he has to make up his mind about something since the wedding was so close.
Meanwhile, Gibbs (Mark Harmon) and Palmer (Brian Dietzen) travel to the McGuire to pick up the body. They are met by CO Bitterman (Mailon J. Rivera) and Chief Choi (Christina Ferraro). Choi takes Palmer to the cold storage unit where they’ve stored the body, only to find the padlock cut and the body missing. So now the whole crew has to come out to investigate. They aren’t finding much, so Gibbs sends McGee and Torres (Wilmer Valderrama) back to D.C. to interview Jones’s sister Regina (Madeline Bertani). As they come in, Delilah greets them. She is trying to get McGee to pull his weight in the wedding planning, and he promises to pick up the pace.
Torres interviews Regina, who thinks she’s there to identify the body. He tells her that they did need her for that, but that the body was missing (because being in his bunk, wearing his clothes, and being recognized by several crew mates apparently isn’t enough to identify a body). She tells him that she received an email a few days before saying his supervisor Reed Haring (Nick Clifford) had been singling him out and picking on him. Haring tells Gibbs and Bishop (Emily Wickersham) that they were only picking on him because he was transferring out. But he looks to be a bit of a hothead. While there, McGee calls Gibbs to let him know that the Coast Guard found Jones’s body. He had been wrapped in industrial garbage bags and tied to something that was meant to weigh him down, but the knot had slipped. Once they get the body to autopsy, they find out he had died from a combination of his prescribed low blood pressure meds and a form of MDMA called Blue Burgers that are twice as strong as usual. The sweet potatoes he had eaten had been laced with the molly, but the sweet potatoes were meant for the CO, not Jones. Torres and Quinn (Jennifer Esposito) search the bunks, only to find a crap ton of molly in Haring’s bunk. When they bring him in for questioning, though, he proves pretty proficient at tying knots, so it couldn’t have been him, or the weight wouldn’t have slipped off the body.
McGee returns home to find Delilah taking a nap. He wakes her and goes to get her wheelchair when suddenly she passes out and falls off the bed. He rushes her to the hospital and calls Gibbs, who comes to comfort him. Sean Murray gives absolutely the best performance I’ve ever seen him give on the series. I warned you that you’d need tissues.
Bishop finds out that there’s a dealer in Norfolk named Vernon Palumbo (Alex Blue Davis) who sells Blue Burgers, so she and Reeves (Duane Henry) drive out to have a little talk with him, but he immediately pegs them for cops. They convince him that it’s in his best interest to help them out. He fingers not Haring, but Stoddard. Stoddard says he just wanted to prank the CO. Like I said, that was going to be a humongous prank with as much molly as he had. It’s a pretty lame excuse and not really good enough for an otherwise pretty good episode.
Back at the hospital, Delilah is done with the tests and they are waiting for the results. The doc comes in and tells them that she’s just a little anemic, which is understandable considering her condition. Say what? Oh yeah, folks, Delilah is preggers! Abby (Pauley Perrette) finds out, and they swear her to secrecy. What are the odds that will happen?
McGee and Delilah invite everyone over to their house to share the big news that Abby’s already spilled. But in addition, they decide they are going to get married right there. Gibbs meets McGee as he’s getting dressed and hands him his watch. He tells him his mother gave that watch to his father before he shipped out, and his father gave it to him when he got married. He passes it down to McGee as a father to a son, which if you’ve watched this show from the beginning, is one of the most touching moments in the series. And something is in my eye again…
- Excellent performance by Sean Murray
- Much better storyline
- Touching moments
- Still some plot holes
- One of the lamest excuses for committing a crime, like, ever