NCIS “Saviors” Review (Season 13, Episode 8)


A lot can be said about doctors who are brave enough to get involved with an organization like Doctors Without Borders. In last night’s episode of NCIS, the team’s latest case is the death of three doctors from the IDG, the International Doctors Group. During the investigation it was not only revealed that two of the IDG volunteers were taken by a local tribe but also that one of the leading doctors behind the home base office of the IDG is none other than Jeanne Benoit.

For those who may have forgotten (or are unaware), Jeanne Benoit was part of a major storyline from the fifth season of the show where Tony was deep undercover, pretending to be a college professor involved with Jeanne in order to get close to her arms dealer dad. Eventually his ruse was revealed in full to Jeanne, breaking her heart in the process and making Tony regret all that he had to do.

This episode found the two former lovers somewhat reluctantly working together to track down her missing husband and one of the other IDG volunteers, who were being forced to treat a severely wounded South Sudanese General.

It was certainly interesting to see the reactions of all of the team members – especially Tony -upon learning about Jeanne after all this time not to mention watching McGee attempt to explain the whole situation to a clueless Bishop.

Getting to see Stan Burley back in action was quite fun too except for the fact that he, Tony, McGee and Jeanne were all in a bit of jeopardy tracking down that tribe and the missing doctors. Thankfully, Gibbs was able to call in the cavalry with Navy Seals finding them at the clinic that was the site of the original incident; but sadly they were being called out of the area and couldn’t stay with the team. Leave it to Gibbs, though, to save the day twice by pulling strings to get a helo called down on the team’s location, saving them just in the nick of time.

Oh, and how about Gibbs collapsing in the office right in front of nearly the entire team as well as a visiting Dr. Taft – the man who performed Gibbs’ life-saving surgery. How typical of Gibbs, though, to still be stubborn about following doctor’s orders. I have to admit that I was surprised that he got a clean bill of health (for the most part), returning to work perhaps a bit too prematurely. His collapse wasn’t entirely in his head – as perceived by Dr. Taft – but due to scar tissue from his gunshot wound. That will heal according to the good doctor, but I have to wonder if his stress-induced symptoms won’t play out more in future episodes.

What did you think of the episode? Do you think that Tony finally got closure with Jeanne? Do you think that Gibbs will continue to have health problems? And what is really going on with Bishop and her husband? Please share your thoughts in our comments section below.

The next new episode of the 13th season of ‘NCIS’ will air on CBS on Monday, November 17 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:
Scottie Thompson as Jeanne Benoit-Woods
Jon Cryer as Dr. Cyril Taft
David Chisum as Dr. David Woods
Annie Tedesco as Navy Dr. Elizabeth Courtland
Joel Gretsch as Special Agent Stan Burley
Gabriel Hogan as Commander Pete Grady
Katie Roberts as Surgical Tech Ensign Joni Ryan
Omono Okojie as Bahar Tambai