NCIS: “Swan Song”

 Grade: A

Airdate: 5/10/11

This episode of NCIS pretty much covered every aspect of a good NCIS episode. It starts with Gibbs (Mark Harmon) standing at a crime scene in the pouring rain. He is staring down at a body bag. The scene gives you an eerie feeling that someone important is dead. The episode did a very good group at creating this feeling. I started taking note of every character that I had seen alive. Mike Franks, played by Muse Watson, then steps into the frame and says, ‘I’m lost’. Gibbs simply agrees with him.

The ‘I’m lost’ feeling continues through a good part of the episode as it switches between the present and the day before. Gibbs keeps having conversations with Mike, but no one else seems to see him. The audience is kept half in the dark for the first 15-20 minutes until Gibbs tells us that it is Mike in the body bag.

Gibbs and the team find out more about the Port-to-Port killer in this episode with the help of E.J.’s (Sarah Jane Morris) team and Trent Kort, from the CIA. P-to-P is actually Lt. Jonas Cobb, an ex-CIA operative/assassin who worked within the Navy. He disappeared after his first assignment for the CIA and then started killing people. Both teams work on trying to caught Cobb in this episode.

About half way through the episode stays in the present and Gibb’s team finds out about Mike, who was killed by Cobb. After seeing Mike in autopsy Ziva (Cote de Pablo) starts crying in the elevator and is comforted by Tony (Michael Weatherly). The elevator then opens and we see McGee (Sean Murray) comforting the crying Abby (Pauley Perrette). I would be excited about the relationship stuff if it all wasn’t so sad.

We are left on a huge cliff-hanger as E.J. and her team are closing in on the Port-to-Port. He injures her two agents and goes for her. He wrestles her to the ground and points his gun at her neck as she struggles to point her’s at him. And…freeze frame. Excellent way to end the second last episode, NCIS. Hopefully, this season is cleared up with a less sad death like Cobb, not E.J.

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