NCIS: Endgame Review

12 Nov

NCIS pumped out another great episode on Tuesday, where we got to see a little more of Director Vance, which I’ve got to admit, I’m loving!  When Vance first appeared on the show, he seemed a bit rough around the edges, and it seemed that he was intent on stripping power away from our beloved Gibbs.  As the plot has developed though, it seems that Vance is one of the most interesting and complex characters on the show, and much like Gibbs, he has a pretty heavy past.

This week, the murder of a doctor leads to Li Wan Kai, a North Korean operative that Vance has been tracking for nearly 20 years, after she killed his partner and nearly killed him.  In the first 30-40 minutes of the episode, we are led to believe that Kai is after Vance, which isn’t much of a stretch when she shows up in front of his home and startles his wife.

After a North Korean operative named Pak Su Ji is murdered, the team recognizes that it has to be the work of Kai.  As it turns out, Ji was one of the men responsible for turning a group of young girls, including Kai, into assassins.  A final showdown between Kai and Vance at his home reveals that Kai has been killing all of thoese who were involved with her training.  She annnounces that she wants Vance to finish what she started – meaning she needs him to kill her to end it.  It is Vance’s wife that pulls the trigger, and as Vance looks down upon the body of the woman he’s been chasing for years, multiple emotions are visible.  There’s a sense of vengeance, as the woman who killed his partner is finally dead, but also a feeling of empathy, as he realizes that this woman only wanted to end the twisted cycle of death that she was thrust into against her will.

As far as the other characters are concerned, Tony and Ziva had an interesting encounter in the bathroom where Tony visibly recoiled when Ziva told him to stop being such a “big brother.”  Given their interaction since season 3’s “Under Covers,” I don’t think that’s exactly the relationship he has in mind.  Despite this little line though, the tension between them was just as palpable as ever.  I can’t help but wonder if maybe this is the year that the writers might throw Tony and Ziva fans a bone. 

And McGee.  Poor McGee!  He meets a nice redhead that appears to be (maybe a little too) into him, and she turns out to be a South African operative searching for Kai.  At least McGee had the good sense to figure out that something was off despite his attraction to her.

On a lighter note, this review pointed out some of the great lines that were featured in the episode, and I couldn’t agree more.  Tony was particularly on.  Check out some of those great one-liners here.

Here’s my favorite exchange from the evening:

McGee: Li Wan Kai: North Korean assassin, one time fanatical nationalist, credited with 27 targeted hits in seven countries, dozens more by association —

Tony: She likes quiet walks on the beach, laughing with friends and playing Frisbee with her Cocker spaniel Ruphus.

Ziva: It does not say that.

Tony: Well it might as well. Look at those come hither eyes, those perfect kiss me now lips. No wonder Vance is obsessed. Kai’s killing me and I’m just looking at her. You and Kai are probably a lot more alike than you think.

Ziva: I do not follow.

Tony: Really? A couple of pretty ladies, both trained assassins.

Ziva: You annoy me sometimes.

Tony: Sometimes?

Ziva: Most of the time!
Tune in to CBS at 8 pm next week for the next episode of NCIS.  An attempted robbery leaves a Lieutenant dead and the entire city without power, and the team must use old-fashioned methods to solve the case.
Photo from next week’s episode, “Power Down”



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