NCIS “Incognito” Review (Season 13, Episode 3)


Last night’s episode of NCIS featured trouble in paradise for two couples, a murderous couple and a fake couple.

If you didn’t watch the episode, can you guess which was which? Well, it’s ‘NCIS’ so it’s not that much of a stretch to do the math, but let’s review what happened.

The episode opened with Bishop dressed as a Marine, arriving to a suburban home, being greeted by McGee, who calls her “sweetheart” and kisses her as they go inside. It is quickly revealed that they are undercover, staking out the next door neighbors who are suspected murderers.

Dun, dun, dun…

But let’s go back one week – is anyone else a bit tired of flashbacks within episodes? I mean I get it, flashbacks are a standard plot devise that reveals the story over time; but it’s just gotten a bit old.

Rather than beat around the bush – the trouble couples are Tony and his girlfriend Zoe and, oddly enough, Bishop and her husband Jake. Since we haven’t seen much of Zoe lately, it’s not really that surprising that Tony and Zoe have hit a rough patch. It happens to every couple. But the fact that things just aren’t the same between Jake and Ellie is a little harder to come to terms with.

In the beginning, when Ellie was first introduced to the show, her marriage seemed to be on strong ground, but over time – and the fact that they both have to keep secrets from each other (perhaps Jake more so than Ellie) – it was only a matter of time, right? But it’s still a little heart-breaking.

I guess like the title of this episode many of the characters are incognito: Gibbs has changed his appearance after his near death experience, McGee and Bishop going undercover, Ellie keeping quiet, until she couldn’t anymore, about her relationship issues, and most of all, the suspect – one Lauren Hudson – isn’t who she claims to be.

Talk about being under an assumed name, the suspect literally took over the life of another woman – who was murdered by her husband – all in the name of greed. And because of that a Marine was killed because he was on a mission of his own.

And don’t even get me started on Ellie finding the dead body of the real Lauren Hudson in a box inside the house that they had under surveillance. That was so disturbing on so many levels!

The only comical storyline in this rather lackluster episode was Tony searching into his ancestry, learning that he is 89% European and is related to the 17th Earl of Trent named Archibald Drummond. Drummond is well known within Tony’s British family: he was a scoundrel, con man and thief (a little bit like Tony’s dad, huh?!) and supposedly some historians think he could have been Jack the Ripper. Okay that last part isn’t funny, but the similarities between Tony Sr. and Drummond was.

What did you think of the episode? Did you enjoy seeing McGee and Ellie undercover as a married couple? Did you see the plot twist coming with the Hudson couple? Did you get a good chuckle out of Tony’s ancestry search? Please share your comments on last night’s episode in our comments section below.

The next new episode of the 13th season of ‘NCIS’ will air on CBS on Monday, October 13 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:
Bart Johnson as Dean Hudson
Stephanie Koenig as Lauren Hudson (aka Rita Applegate)
George Wyner as the Hudson family attorney
Elyse Mirto as Col. Stefanie Collier
Jason E. Kelley as Master Sgt. Ramsey Dillon