NCIS: “Enemy on the Hill”

 Grade: A+

Airdate: 10/11/11

This was by far the best episode of NCIS in a while, probably since Ziva was kidnapped at the end of season six. When NCIS does emotional stuff involving their female characters they always do it very well. Of course, that story was proceeded by a complex murder case.

The episode started with a GNN camera crew trying to interview people in a park. As the broadcaster tries to get a guy to do an interview he runs away and is hit by a van. The guy turns out to be “The Cooler”, a hit-man that is on the top of the FBI’s most wanted list. NCIS is involved because his next target was Naval Commander Geoffery Brett. Brett is reluctant to accept protective custody, but does mostly because Ziva (Cote de Pablo) is going to stay with him.

Also, early in the episode Abby (Pauley Perrette) tells everyone that she is a match for a kid at her church that needs a kidney transplant. She leaves to go meet with the donation coordinator. A little bit later an uncharacteristic sad Abby goes and talk to Ducky (David McCallum). She tells him that a guy is also a perfect match for the kidney, which means the guy is Abby’s brother. But, the information is confidential so the coordinator can’t tell Abby anything. Abby talked to her little brother, Luca, and he didn’t know anything about it. The rest of her family is dead so she has no way of finding out if her parents had another son that they gave up for adoption.

To compensate for Abby being sad most of the bit parts are pretty comedic, so the episode is pretty funny. Gibbs (Mark Harmon) and the team trace the money for the hit to a tax lawyer named Drew Turner and a stock broker named George Kaplan. Tony (Michael Weatherly) and McGee (Sean Murray) go to question Drew, who is a girl much to Tony’s amusement. She hardly gives any information about George.

The team runs into some evidence finding problems because Abby is too distracted thinking about her other brother. Gibbs and McGee take particular notice of this and Gibbs tells McGee to figure it out for her. A little bit later McGee and Tony go back to question Drew, but find her dead. She was strangled but someone made it look like a suicide. Abby comes through with evidence finding by figuring out that George Kaplan is Commander Brett. He and Drew had been laundering money, but she was losing some of it because of a gambling problem. She took out the hit on Brett so all the money would be hers, he found out and killed her.

McGee finds out the information on Abby’s brother, whose name is Kyle Davis, played by Daniel Louis Rivas. Gibbs goes down and gives it to Abby. Abby goes alone to meet him. The address McGee found for him is an animal rescue shelter that he operates. The two of them hit it off pretty quickly and Kyle says that Abby looks familiar. Kyle was cast very well because he looks a lot like Abby.

The scene then switches to Gibbs’ house that night. He answers his door and it is Abby. He asks her how it went with Kyle. She didn’t tell him who she was, but she found out something else. She has a piece of her mom’s hair in a locket. She did a DNA test on it and her hair. What she finds out is that Kyle was not given up for adoption, she was adopted. She tells Gibbs that she has to figure out who she is before she turns Kyle and Luca’s lives upside down. Gibbs ends the episode by telling Abby that she is still the same person and that the team is her family and they will help her get through it.

As I said earlier, NCIS is good with emotional stuff relating to the female character’s who usually don’t show sad emotion. The last scene is acted incredible well by Pauley Perrette and Mark Harmon. And everyone loves Abby. So good job NCIS, you get my first A+ of the fall season.

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