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NCIS Review: The Eyeball, Rule #12 and the Rhinoceros in the Room

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The NCIS team found themselves on the outside looking in at their own offices, while wrestling with a new case and the ongoing P2P saga in "Dead Reflection."

The continuation of the port-to-port case was handled interestingly, with Gibbs ceding control to E.J., at least for this week, and going on almost in the background.

While Barrett's team, two members of which we met (one of whom made McGee very jealous), worked that case, Gibbs & Co. were dealt one straight out of MI-3.

Or was it MI-2 ...

At Odds With the New Team

What looked like an open-and-shut case turned out to be anything but, and I immediately thought of the Mission: Impossible masks as soon as the catch was revealed.

The fact that this was referenced, with Gayne getting the upper hand over Tony in movie trivia of all things, was an appropriate, funny touch. The mask did its job, too.

The perpetrator might have sneaked past Tony were it not for his cologne. He recognized it was the suspect in the nick of time, leading to the disguised killer's arrest.

As is frequently the case on NCIS, the ways in which the killer's plot (and the show's) were woven together were surprisingly complex for just an hour-long show.

Under investigation for killing a tribal leader in Afghanistan, Tunney wanted a confidential file at the Pentagon swapped with one he falsified to give himself an alibi.

Then his former colleague, who had access to pull this off and would have done him the favor, dies. With no time to spare, he assumes his identity, but gets made.

The girl was collateral damage, not unlike the tribal leader. As for how the killer got that mask, this was explained in a great scene with Tony, McGee and Caf-Pow.

Crafting perfect replicas of faces in one of the most top secret locations of one of the most top secret agencies requires someone quite Abby-like, don't you think?

Speaking of Abby, she took quite a liking to Simon Cade, a behemoth of a man with an I.Q. of 160 and a photographic memory. He also seems really nice, naturally.

It's hard to say what made McGee more jealous, that Abby was smitten with Simon, or being out-geeked by a guy who looks like an NFL player (Matthew Willig in fact was).

Call it an awkward, thoroughly entertaining hybrid of the two. Abbs' smile when she realized it was so precious, and this made for one of the best "McAbby" moments.

E.J. and Her Team

Cade is, in fact, right up Abby's alley. While enormous, he's not handsome (at least not in the Mark Harmon or Michael Weatherly sense), but his brains and warmth won her over.

It will be interesting to see this relationship progresses and how McGee responds. Will he make a move? There's no NCIS policy against dating co-workers, but there is Rule #12.

Gibbs evoked this entry in his rule book in what I thought was the best scene of the night, in the basement with DiNozzo. It was then that Tony brought up his and E.J.'s affair.

Tony doesn't want to break up with E.J., but Gibbs flat out told him it's a bad move. But while he told E.J. to back off last week, he let Tony come to him, a great sign of respect.

How far that respect carries beyond this remains to be seen, but Gibbs' "I depend on you" line was not one DiNozzo will take lightly, given the esteem in which he holds his boss.

He sensed something was off in their relationship, and while he stood up for himself and his right to date E.J., not a single thing Gibbs says will fall upon deaf ears with Tony.

If nothing else, I think there was a mutual respect in this exchange, which was preceded by a nice moment on the stakeout between Tony and Ziva, friends caring for each other.

Finally, the episode ended with an awesome cliffhanger of sorts. E.J. may not be winning over the NCIS faithful, but her instincts in the port-to-port case were spot on here.

With an assist to Palmer (great episode for him), Barrett wondered if the eyeball sent to DiNozzo last week was connected with the department somehow, and boy, was it ever.

Just before the final phoof of the night, the spherical organ passes a retinal scan security system at NCIS. As Pauley Perrette teased on Twitter, it belongs to someone we know.

The question is who. You all had some interesting guesses when we turned this over to you last week. Now we do so again. Who from NCIS' past or present, is missing an eye?!

Discuss this and all other aspects of last night's NCIS below!

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Remember ya'll its not just the NCIS DC crew, you also have the NCIS Los Angeles Crew....... could be someone from that side of the country. They did loose that one agent.... or yes it could be Dunham, but they have crossed both serious before.....

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Entrevista a Ziva y su "posible" renovación para la 9ª temporada.
(Si así fuera, que espero ansiosamente, Ziva no muere en este final de 8ª)
Has estado en este programa durante mucho tiempo ahora. ¿Tiene previsto quedarse durante el tiempo que el show no? Vamos a ver. "Se puede decir, yo quiero estar aquí para siempre, pero la verdad es que sólo se puede disfrutar cada día como viene y esperamos sacar el máximo partido de ella. A partir de ahora, estoy en mi sexto año y ha sido un viaje increíble. Vamos a ver si tengo la suerte de volver el año que viene. Me encantaría."

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just read the eye belongs to tonys old baltimore partner.

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I thought this episode was absolutely great. My favorite part is how Ziva dislikes EJ, Tim is jeolous of the new big guy, and Tony lost the movie trivia (out of all things) to the new agent. It seems every member of Gibbs Team is jeolous or competing with EJ's team and it's very entertaining. As far as the eyeball, I am with Jeff. The name Chad Dunham also came to mind. He is male, thirty something, and we have not seen him in a while. I believe, he's somekind of special forces so he probably has access to MTAC. As far a director Vance, everyone always says he is sneaky and has a hidden agenda. Perhaps, he has but there has always been a reason for his actions. Like when he split up Gibbs's team, the reason was for Gibbs to catch the traitor in NCIS. The reason to have Ziva's father travel to D.C. was to catch the former NCIS agent who wanted him dead. Now there is a reason for him bringing EJ's team to Washington. I think he knows something is not right and is using Gibb's somehow to bring that to light. He's not so bad, let's not forget that he could have turned Gibb's in for killing Pedro Hernandez, but instead he hide the file.
Whatever it is it's definately going to be interesting to see how the season end's.

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I have been thinking who the eye could belong to and the only man I can think of who would have blue eyes and in the age range is Agent Trent Cort. He does travel around the world and was in MTAC before.

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editor you took the words out of my mouth.

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big goof !

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Oh come on I much rather Tony be with EJ then with the person who help kill kate

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I bet the eyeball is Chris Pacci! Plus we get to see him in the Baltimore episode. He was an Agent just outside of the elevator and over the 'hedge' that often said good morning to Tony and in one episode before he was killed asked Gibbs advise on a cold case.
I think I am right - but I don't have a clue why it started in Spain or why why why we need an extra circus Team to help out our guys!!

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Hi Radafa. I so agree with you. The B Team (if they are EVEN that)makes me very uncomfortable too - annoyed even that they swept in and took over! I am a Tony\Ziva fan for sure, so I'll mention the fact that Ziva told Tony he had choices to make. But she wasn't talking about herself. She was, I think, talking about upholding Gibbs rule # 12 - which by the way Tony has said to her out loud on many many occasions. Like in Jet Lag - every other word from Tony was "Rule # 12" So, WE GET IT. TPTB's agenda is that Tony and Ziva can't date. No- they'd rather see him hook up with Agent Arrogant that we have seen for 3 episodes, yes? Ah, but how much do you think it urks me to see him say 10 words to this - well - what can we call her ? - certainly not a competent Team Leader - lets call her sleazy - and move in for sex with her. A heck of a lot!! I don't like the storyline because even though I know ej is not here for long - once she leaves Tony will still be at his desk and in my eyes Tony now looks like a cheap stalker and an Agent who should have known better. That the whole Navy Yard knows about them as he told McGee so smugly, he wears like his badge. Yuck! I'm not so sure that Tony is even good enough for Ziva now - she doesn't want to be his second choice (that word again !). I'm not so sure the writers can fix this mess and win me over to Tony one more time !! YIKES - I sure hope so. But now every time he even smiles at a woman - I'll think he is looking for sex. I'm as forgiving as Ziva is I'm afraid !! Tony may have lost all his appeal for me I'm sorry to say. Jesse Stern - what did you do to your friend ????????