NCIS “Viral” Review (Season 13, Episode 6)

NCIS "Viral" Season 13 Episode 6 (1)

When a Navy Petty Officer is shot in a park (right next to a young kid’s Halloween-themed party no less), the NCIS team is called in to investigate. From the outset the team believed that the Tri-State Sniper, a serial killer plastered all over the papers, was at fault.

As it turned out, the victim – Adam Meyers – was involved in a sex crime that took place several years earlier aboard the USS Camden while it was out to sea. He supposedly took nude pictures of two female officers and leaked them online.

But as the investigation moved forward, the team figured out that not only was Meyers not “techie” enough to have used the equipment that took the pictures but also he simply wasn’t that type of person to have taken the pictures in the first place.

Enter Peter Woodruff, the former USS Camden “career counselor” (whatever that position is actually supposed to be), who had been passed over several times in his bid to become an officer. He was resentful toward the two women on the USS Camden, who were captured in the pictures. Woodruff was actually the one who took the pictures as a way to get revenge. He clearly didn’t like women advancing in the military before him. Meyers took the blame, however, in order to get much-needed cash to save his sister Farrah when she was arrested for possession.

Meyers was killed because he planned on coming clean after the suicide of one of the two female officers. Of course, Woodruff couldn’t let that happen so he played copycat to the Tri-State Sniper, killing Meyers to keep him quiet.

Nothing quite like a psychopathic misogynist, huh?

I do have to say it was pretty slick to see Captain Ebbakey trick Woodruff into a confession and making sure that he gets the punishment that he so richly deserved.

Elsewhere in the episode, Tony fell victim to a case of poison oak. As viewers will recall (and as was stated within this episode) McGee was on the receiving end of poison oak on two previous occasions and was smart enough to avoid it. He also saved Bishop from the same fate. It was quite comical to see Tony suffer and McGee have the chance to rib Tony over it.

Also, Ellie learned that a bombing took place at a hotel where her husband Jake was supposed to be staying for a “top secret” NSA meeting. Eventually, it was revealed that he was not a victim of the bombing (thank goodness); in fact, he missed the bombing by 7 minutes. It’s apparent that Ellie and Jake still care very much for each other, but there are still problems that will have to be addressed in the very near future.

In other relationship news, Delilah and McGee are moving in with each other and both of them are feeling the pangs of having to merge their belongings. But after what nearly happened to Jake, that clearly made them want to work at their coupledom. And, how interesting it is that they have created a binary code-based language. Do you think that will hit the net soon and actually become a thing?

Lastly, will we see more of the Cyber Dream Time (namely Delilah, Abby and Ellie)? I can’t imagine that having Abby dressed as “Rosie the Riveter”, making rings for each of them would be included in the episode without a plan to have this team crop again in the future.

What did you think of last night’s episode? Please share your thoughts below. Oh, and let’s give kudos to cast member Rocky Carroll who directed last night’s episode; the second episode of the long-running series that he has directed.

The next new episode of the 13th season of ‘NCIS’ will air on CBS on Monday, November 3 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:
Kelli Williams as Maureen Cabot
Gregory Harrison as Captain Roland Ebbakey
Margo Harshman as Delilah Fielding
Brad Benedict as Lt. Nick Rossmore
Kelly Frye as Lt. Kara Gifford
Ryan Kennedy as Peter Woodruff
Andrew Hawkes as Detective Campbell
Alisha Boe as Farrah Meyers