NCIS “Blood Brothers” Review (Season 13, Episode 10)

NCIS Blood Brothers

Can you imagine what it must be like for a mother to lose two of her four grown children – both who were Marines – only to have one of her other grown children on death’s door due to his battle with Leukemia and then to learn that another grown child has been shot and is missing?

That was the overwhelming storyline for Paulette Quinn, the mother of the aforementioned four grown children, in Tuesday night’s episode of NCIS.

As it turned out, Sean Quinn – the youngest of the four – unlike his siblings and parents – was turned down by the military because of a heart murmur. This led Sean to alcohol and then he fell in with the wrong crowd. Well, maybe wrong crowd is an understatement, as it was revealed that he was part of a counterfeit ring that was being investigated by none other than FBI Agent Fornell.

The team – well mainly McGee and Tony (because Ellie and Gibbs were in Oklahoma: more on that shortly) – worked with Fornell to track down Sean, who was – as the story played out – shot by his landlord Brinkman (who was also part of the counterfeit ring). This, in turn, brought them to Malcolm Turro, the ring leader, who was wanted for at least 15 murders.

It was pretty slick – to say the least – to watch the team take down Turro; but what was even more impressive was the way Ellie not only dealt with her reason for going home (that would be her cheating husband Jake) but also dealing with the bone marrow donor – a convicted murderer serving time at Levenworth. While it was a little too predictable that she would convince him to give his bone marrow to help save the dying Quinn brother, it was touching none the less.

Elsewhere, Ellie is clearly hiding out at her family’s house in Oklahoma because of Jake [can anyone really blame her?], but thankfully by the end of the episode, she was prepared to return to DC with Gibbs riding shotgun, as he flew – on a one-way ticket, I might add – to wait her out, staying there for as long as it took for her to want to come back.

My one beef with the episode was the silly storyline with Jimmy and the turducken. I mean I get it that every episode has to have a C-story that is supposed to provide levity to the overall theme, but this was just, well, silly and a little unnecessary.

What did you think about the episode? Were you moved by the storyline involving the Quinn family? Were you pleased with the outcome of Ellie getting the prisoner to agree to be a bone marrow donor? What do you think is going to happen when Ellie returns to DC where her and Jake’s relationship is concerned? Please share your thoughts about last night’s episode in our comments section below.

The next new episode of the 13th season of ‘NCIS’ is expected to air on CBS on Monday, December 15 at 8/7c (but check your local listings for confirmation).

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:
Lindsay Wagner as Barbara Bishop
Ryan Doom as George Bishop
Patricia Bethune as Paulette Quinn
Harry Van Gorkum as Alton Brinkman
Grantham Coleman as Richard Doogan
Jack Mikesell as Navy Lt. Alex Quinn
Eric Nelsen as Sean Quinn
Stuart McLean as Malcolm Turro
Joe Spano as Senior FBI Agent T.C. Fornell