NCIS “Lockdown” Review (Season 13, Episode 5)

NCIS "Lockdown" Season 13 Episode 5 (2)

Finally an episode of NCIS that was good. And that is all thanks to the charm of the one and only Abby Sciuto!

Granted the show was, once again, investigating the murder of a member of the military, but that is what this show is all about. But it’s how the story plans out and the B-stories that are interlaced around it that make it a good or bad episode.

Thankfully, this was a good one.

We started out with Abby trying to butter up Gibbs in her bid to move her lab, switching places with the folks in Accounting. Sadly, the Human Resources department knocked that idea down, but Abby was hoping a few well-placed words by Gibbs would get the number crunchers to change their minds.

How cute was it that Abby made a sign, honoring “Bosses Day” to boot, and had cupcakes at the ready to grease the wheels with Gibbs. At first he shut her down too, but we all knew that wasn’t going to last for long. I don’t think anyone has ever really told Abby “No” or if they did it was for a very short amount of time before they relented.

In the end, though, after quite an ordeal in the outside world, Abby decided to stay put. I don’t think after 13 years (seasons) it would feel the same (or even feel right) to have Abby’s lab moved, right?

As for the murder mystery and the resulting calamity that transpired, a Navy Captain was found murdered in the trunk of a car that was hit by an errant texter-driver. Just an aside: Hasn’t everyone learned by now that it’s not good to be on your phone while you’re driving?!

The victim (Jerry Doblin) – who shared some uncanny similarities to Gibbs, by the way – seemed to have a lot of haters and it was up to the team to figure out “whodunit” – as they always do. During the investigation, Abby discovered a compound on the body that required her to go outside of the NCIS lab for answers. She ended up at a place called Celodyne.

NOTE: Did anyone else get a shiver, at first, thinking about Cyberdyne from the Terminator movies? Maybe that was just me…

Given the name of this episode –“Lockdown” – it stands to reason that Abby found herself in some serious jeopardy along with Celodyne’s own “Abby” – i.e., Dr. Janice Brown. Janice and Abby quickly discovered they had a lot of causes in common and even their affinity for playing loud music while they are working. That is where the similarities ended, though, as we learned at the end of the episode. Janice was actually working with the man (Travis Cook) who took over Celodyne and who was the culprit behind Captain Doblin’s death. Granted, Janice did not know that Cook had killed Doblin, but she guilty none the less. It seems she was a bit of a whistleblower, having a previous record that was somehow missed by her employers. How do you hide something like that or miss it in a background check?!

It was quite delightful – despite the dire circumstances – to watch Abby at work, trying to take down the bad guys while giving Gibbs and the team enough time to come to the rescue. But, for once I did not see the twist coming – I did not suspect Janice at all and was taken by surprise when it was revealed she was involved in the robbery at Celodyne. Did anyone else see that coming beforehand?

If you watched the episode last night, what did you think? Did you enjoy seeing Abby outside of her lab? Would you like to see that happen more often? Let’s hope that we get more episodes like this one to put some life back into this long-running series.

The next new episode of the 13th season of ‘NCIS’ will air on CBS on Monday, October 27 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:
Lucy Davis as Dr. Janice Brown
Robert Neary as Travis Cook
Seana Kofoed as CEO of Celodyne
David Tom as Cook’s Computer Guy
Marcus Henderson as Cook’s Other Guy
Priscilla Barnes as Russian Botox Customer
Ally Maki as Girl texting in her car
Nick Gomez as Nick Jones
Tony Gonzalez as Special Agent Tony Francis