NCIS Season 11 Review “Shooter” – By the Grace of God


In this episode of NCIS, called “Shooter,” the team begins an investigation into a missing witness and ends up discovering multiple worlds they never realized existed right outside their back door.

Another wonderful episode in what has turned out to be a truly fantastic season of NCIS. Eleven seasons in and this show still delivers consistently good storylines. This was one of those episodes where I thought it was going one way and then turned to go somewhere else, not just once but a couple times.

Right off the bat, I thought the team would find Roe and that the story would focus on the idea of a Marine photographer taking controversial pictures showing a side of war no one wants to see. But then it went from Roe’s story, to the story of homeless veterans living on the streets just steps away from the Navy Yard. Talk about something people don’t want to see.

From there, the story became about a homeless vet who died and had his organs stolen by a corrupt doctor looking to make a quick buck. Then we were introduced to Emma, through Abby of course, and learned that there still people out there needing help. NCIS is a show that’s always had a knack for entertaining while giving its viewers strong messages, but I don’t think a single episode has delivered so many in one shot.

They even managed to work in the comedy of McGee and his ever-growing beard. Personally, I thought it made him look very handsome, but I don’t know if I could handle him with a beard full-time. I guess I’m just not ready for that much change. But it was fun while it lasted and I appreciated the comic relief it provided in what was mostly a very sobering episode.

My favorite bits:

McGee’s scruffy face. It was cute. Though decidedly less so when I found out he grew it because he had a rash.

Tony’s little doodle of Bishop with a mustache.

Tony asking if McGee’s affliction was also the name of a Mary Poppins song.

Gibbs giving McGee’s scruffy face a double-take.

Kind of cracking up when Huggins said that Gibbs was being intimidating to Waters. He’s obviously never been in that room with Gibbs before.

“Roe shot a photograph. You shot a villager. Hopefully a jury will decide if it was justified.”

Tony telling Bishop going through a person’s stuff was his favorite part of the job.

Tony discovering Roe was a romantic guy, based on his pay-per-view choices.

“I want you to go into the bathroom. That’s where the darkest secrets lurk.”

McGee and Bishop walking through the homeless neighborhood. Talk about sobering.

Actually being upset when they found Roe’s body. I really thought they were going to find him. I didn’t think this story would have an unhappy ending for him.

OMG! It’s Chainsaw! First Dean Cameron was in Psych a few weeks back and now on NCIS, with his old Summer School cast mate, Mark Harmon. Too cool.

Vance also giving McGee’s scruffy face a double-take.

Not being at all surprised that Abby knew the homeless vet and his dog, and that she brought them dog food and clothes. Abby always finds a way to make me want to be a better person.

“He’s got to have a last name.”
“He’s a dog. Dogs don’t have last names.”

Abby warning Bishop to proceed with caution when visiting McGee.

That wig on McGee. Oh, my.

Finding out that McGee uses “WPF” for “when pigs fly” when he didn’t believe a witness. That was pretty brilliant.

Tony spraying McGee with that odor. I swear, from their reactions alone I was plugging my nose in sympathy.

Tony realizing that there was one person who could pull off an undercover assignment in the neighborhood. And with that, McGee’s beard finds a purpose.

Was it just me or did it seem a little heartless for Tony and McGee to be talking about starving and wanting to go home when they were among a bunch of homeless people?

Whoa. McGee’s beard.

Gibbs hugging Abby before he told her Blue was dead. Instant tears.

“Abby, you can’t solve everyone’s problems. Some people have demons they have to overcome.”

Abby asking about Dave. I was wondering about him myself.

Abby snagging the mirror the girl took so she could get prints. So smart.

Ducky’s stats on how many vets were living homeless. Wow.

Finding out that Emma called her parents. Yay!

“You’re better than that, Emma.”
“That’s what my mom said, too.”

Gibbs quietly flipping through Roe’s photos and asking how Blue ended up homeless.

Finding out that Blue would be buried next to Roe.

What did you think of this episode of NCIS? Got any favorite bits or least favorite bits of your own? Sound off in the comments below, I love hearing from you guys!

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