NCIS “Personal Day” Review (Season 13, Episode 2)

Personal Day

Where Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs on the long-running CBS series NCIS is concerned, all roads lead back to Shannon and Kelly, his wife and daughter who were killed by a Mexican drug dealer. It was that incident which was the driving force behind Gibbs working for the Naval Investigative Service, the precursor to the Naval Criminal Investigative Service.

The latest case for the team is an investigation brought to Gibbs by DEA Agent Luis “Mitch” Mitchell, who has been gunning for Benson Long – a seemingly untouchable drug kingpin – for two long years. Long recently recruited Marine Sgt. Cole Gleason to be one of his runners, but Mitch was able to turn Gleason, hoping to finally get evidence to bring Long down once and for all.

The mere fact that Gleason was a Marine – who had gone missing – was enough to bring Gibbs and the NCIS team into the investigation, but the truth of the matter went much, much deeper than that. As the episode rolled out, it became clear – thanks to the investigative prowess of one Anthony DiNozzo – that Mitch and Gibbs have a past connection, and that connection runs very deep.

Mitch’s dad was the NIS agent who volunteered to protect Shannon and Kelly when they were going to testify against Hernandez, that Mexican drug dealer, who committed a murder right in front of them. Sadly, Mitch’s father was fatally shot by Hernandez and the ensuing car accident that resulted from that shoot-out was what took the lives of both Shannon and Kelly. That accident is what put Gibbs on the path of Hernandez (who Gibbs eventually killed) and their deaths have been, of course (as said before), the driving force behind Gibbs for all these decades.

Hernandez was not acting on his own when he killed all three of them, he was acting on the orders of his boss: Benson Long. You saw that coming as last night’s episode played out, right? I didn’t, at least not until it was nearly revealed.

In the end, both Mitch and Gibbs got what they most wanted: Benson Long arrested and hopefully going to prison for the rest of his life – all thanks to a well-placed camera inside a revolving poker card caddy. Kind of a slick way to capture a criminal at his own game, wouldn’t you say?

It would seem that the lingering issue of closure for Gibbs (and for Mitch) has finally come to fruition. But has it? Will Gibbs finally be able to move on from the tragic loss of his first wife (and the love of his life) and his little girl? It certainly seems beyond time for him to finally let all of that go, but we all know Gibbs – about as well as anyone can, of course – and I have to wonder if he will ever be able to let it go.

And how about that “heart-to-heart talk” between Gibbs and Tony. Do you think Tony is really happy with his life as it is or for that matter his role within the NCIS team? As we all know, and as reiterated by Gibbs, Tony was offered his own team years ago and he turned it down. Do you think if that same offer was made to him now that he wouldn’t take it? Maybe it is time for Tony to have his own team? I mean the show has been on the air for 13 seasons, perhaps a little change at this point in time is needed. What do you think? Please share your thoughts on that and the episode in our comments section below.

The next new episode of the 13th season of ‘NCIS’ will air on CBS on Tuesday, October 6 at 8/7c.

Mark Harmon as Leroy Jethro Gibbs
Michael Weatherly as Tony DiNozzo
Pauley Perrette as Abby Sciuto
Sean Murray as Tim McGee
Emily Wickersham as Ellie Bishop
Brian Dietzen as Jimmy Palmer
Rocky Carroll as Leon Vance
David McCallum as Dr. Donald Mallard

Guest stars:
Robert Knepper as Benson Long
John Gabriel as Luis “Mitch” Mitchell
Billy Lush as Fisher Highland