NCIS Season 10 Review “Recovery” – Nightmares Lead to a Reunion

NCIS Season 10 Episode 2

In this episode of NCIS, called “Recovery,” Abby has a hard time moving on from the bombing, Ducky refuses to follow doctor’s orders and the team handles a case involving one of their own.

When I first heard that Abby was going to have nightmares in this episode, I was a tad disappointed that they were doing something we’ve already seen. I thought “this is old news, we’ve seen this before back in season 1.” But when I saw that they were actually using Abby’s previous experience with nightmares as a reference point for what is happening with her currently, I was very happy. I think it’s great when they mention things that go back to earlier seasons. I also really liked the way that Gibbs was there for Abby and that it was he who came up with the idea for her to go find her brother Kyle. Their reunion was extremely sweet and I hope this isn’t the last time we get to see him.

But it wasn’t just Abby having trouble after the bombing, Vance was snapping at everyone in sight and I was touched when I realized that he was blaming himself for everything that had happened. He does indeed have a huge weight to carry, but I hope that he takes Wolf’s words to heart and moves on now.

Also off his game was Tony, who remarked that he felt like he was still stuck in that elevator. Up until then, I was kind of buying his whole “we’re all fine” speech, but I guess I should’ve known better. How else do you explain the fact that he missed the killer being under their noses the whole time they were working on Midge’s case. Hopefully now that he’s snapped out of it, Tony will be able to move on as well.

Gibbs, McGee and Ziva so far are showing no signs of after-effects from the bombings but I wonder if maybe we’ll see something from them later. Also, it looks like Ducky is going to have something new to do in next week’s episode, which makes his remarks to Palmer not quite as scary. For a minute there I was worried that he was going to retire and leave the team, but now I think he just needs to see that he is still needed.

My favorite bits..

Tony calling McGee, “McDutch Boy.”

Wolf revealing McGee and Ziva’s tribal name. I have a feeling Tony’s is going to be a good one.

Tony, Ziva and McGee reassuring themselves that they were fine. Yeah, right. Not sure I believe that yet.

Gibbs insisting the Wolf see Abby first.

“Well you look wonderful.”
“Why should now be any different?”

The fact that Abby couldn’t say the word “bombing.”

“Old habits die hard.” “So do old doctors apparently.” – The best part of that was Palmer feeling the need to explain why he made that awful (and hilarious) joke. I swear, the worse he jokes are, the more I laugh at them.

“I don’t need you happy, I need you healthy.”

“Good news, I’m mentally stable.”
“Almost disturbingly so.”

Tony and Ziva playing rock-paper-scissors to see who would see Wolf next.

Gibbs offering to talk to Abby, as long as they kept it short and not too deep.

The reference to Tony switching holsters. Pretty awesome considering us fans have noticed that over the years, too. Personally I love it when he uses the shoulder holster.

Just admitting that she had just been “sport-flirting” with Tony.

Yep, Tony’s tribal name is indeed good but boy did Wolf pick the wrong moment to bring it up. Oops.

Gibbs calling Ziva, “Ziver.” I do believe that’s the first Ziver of this season, unless I missed one in the last episode.

Gibbs using his session with Wolf to talk about Abby. He’s so very clever.

“What if he doesn’t like me?”
“Right. Like that’s even possible.” – So sweet!

“It’s like half my brain is still stuck in that elevator.”

Gibbs’ little smile when Abby said she had a family matter to attend to.

The fact that Tony went to pick up Judy on his own. I like to think that Gibbs let him do it so that he would have a sense of closure.

What little respect I had left for Judy going away the moment she tried to flirt with Tony as a sad attempt to get out of being arrested. Pathetic.

Ducky figuring out that Palmer never needed his help at all. Oh boy.

Wolf reassuring Vance that everyone was safe now and that no one was blaming him.

Finding out that hugging runs in Abby’s blood. Too cute the way Kyle hugged Gibbs.

Abby falling asleep on the couch, safe and secure with her family around her.

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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  • Elnickoo7

    Who played Kyle?

    • Anonymous

      Kyle was played by Daniel Louis Rivas, who is actually an ex-boyfriend of Pauley Perrette’s. 

  • Scoop

    I actually thought episode two of this season was much better than the season opener.  The chemistry of this cast is absolutely perfect.  TV will have a hard time duplicating this ever again.

  • ptjackson

    Great episode, and yep, I was very worried about Ducky’s little hissy fit at the end. And, actually, poor Jimmy, who only meant well, and really, had been a very loyal friend to Ducky through the heart attack and aftermath. They all seemed cranky in this episode, understandably so.