NCIS Season 9 Finale “Till Death Do Us Part” Review – So Many Lives in Danger!

NCIS (CBS) Till Death Do Us Part

Tonight’s season finale of NCIS, called “Till Death Do Us Part,” starts out not too long after last week’s episode left off. The team is searching for Vance and while I expected that hunt to take nearly all, or maybe at least half, of the episode, it is actually handled pretty fast.

Turns out that once again, Dearing doesn’t really want what everyone thinks he does. First it looks like he’s after Vance, but then he lets Vance go almost as soon as he kidnaps him. Then it looked like maybe he was after Ryan but it turned out he just wanted her out of the way.

Again, Dearing is a master of the sleight-of-hand game. Keeping everyone running around looking for the wrong people and following up on the wrong leads. All so he can keep them occupied and make his actual plan work – which is planting a bomb in Vance’s car and setting it off when it’s parked nice and secure in front of the NCIS building.

What happens next was somewhat predictable and yet totally not. Once we heard about the bomb and Cole volunteered to diffuse it, I sort of figured we’d lose him. I also thought there’d be a good chance of a nice big explosion that would probably put a few team members in jeopardy. What I didn’t expect was that it would put ALL of them in danger. But that wasn’t even the kicker. No, the biggest shock came when Ducky got the phone call, standing in his suit and tie on the ocean, and then promptly collapsed in the sand of what I can only assume is a heart attack.

So at this point it looks like the only team member who (hopefully) is safe is Palmer. Everyone else is in mortal danger and that’s where we are left hanging, waiting out the long summer before season 10 premieres.

My favorite bits..

Well, that’s a sure sign this is a finale and that it’s going to be a serious episode – not starting the episode with banter in the squadroom.

I’m with Palmer. Anyone waking up in a casket is just plain creepy.

Oh wow! I wasn’t expecting Gibbs to meet Parker quite like that.

Haha! I think I like this kid. Something tells me he’s gonna give Gibbs a run for his money

Abby being disappointed that their family was going to miss out on some much-needed fun time.

Ah, I knew that was a horse jaw. It looked a little big for a donkey.

Not being at all surprised that Tony was looking for a hard copy of the “steamy” video. That’s our Tony.

“Ah yes, manure and a government pension. What more could a girl ask for?”

Gibbs noticing the horses spooking before anyone else on the team did. Thank goodness he did, too.

“You’re always an agent, DiNozzo.”

Gibbs’ little grin when Vance made the crack about him and ex-wives.

“Hey Leon, if it makes you feel any better, I wouldn’t take a bullet for you.” – LOL!

Aw, poor Jimmy. The way his voice broke when he said “I guess it wasn’t meant to be” just killed me.

“I want to sing ‘Wind Beneath My Wings’ to my bride. Sue me!”

Jimmy correcting Ducky to point out that protecting those who protect them was on BOTH their shoulders.

Awwww! A Jimmy and Ducky hug! Sooooo sweet.

“What if I was indisposed?”
“That would be even better.”
“Down boy.”

Ryan naming her computer “Lucy” after the Peanuts character. That’s pretty awesome.

Dearing calling Ryan.

Awww…everyone going in for a “group grope.” – LOL!

“What’s the catch?”
“You could get killed.”
“That’s not the catch, that’s the fun.”

Whoa. Dearing got Ryan’s ex-husband out of jail? This guy is diabolical.

Oh noes. Poor Gibbs. I guess I should have known that this thing with Ryan might not last.

That “phoof” of Ducky kind of making me nervous.

Tony and Ziva trying to convince each other why weddings were annoying, but coming up with reasons why they liked them instead.

Jimmy telling Breena that his family wasn’t with him and he wanted to get back home to help them. Aw.

McGee making me very nervous by sticking around to save everything on his computer.

Ziva grabbing Tony’s arm and refusing to go without him.

Oh boy. Something tells me we’re not going to see Cole after this.

OMG! OMG! OMG! OMG! They end it there?? Seriously???

What did you think of this episode of NCIS? Got any favorite bits or least favorite bits of your own? I’d love to hear from you!

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