NCIS “Sister City, Part 1” Review (Season 13, Episode 11)

Sister City

Last night’s episode of NCIS – which was back on CBS after a three-week holiday break – was actually a crossover episode with its spin-off series ‘NCIS: New Orleans’. The two episodes started out focusing on a downed civilian airplane that took the lives of its pilot, co-pilot, two civilians and a Navy commander. Sadly, one of those civilians was listed as Luca Sciuto – the little brother of the one and only Abby. As luck (or not) would have it, though, Luca wasn’t on the plane.

Despite a rather dense plotline, it all boiled down to the two teams in Washington D.C. and New Orleans figuring out that the Russians stole next generation technology from a billionaire tech genius named Jenner Blye.

Luca worked for Blye as his personal chef, and it was revealed that Russian Counselor Pavlenko – who has “run-ins” with Gibbs before – assigned a beautiful assassin named Eva to romance Luca in order to find out about the stolen tech.

That assignment went south – badly – because of the aforementioned deaths on that downed airplane, the Russian Counselor himself and the attempted murder of Blye himself (more on that shortly).

It was quite fun seeing the two teams work together with crossover appearances in both shows especially getting to see Jimmy and Ducky in the beginning scene of ‘NCIS: New Orleans’ playing out a well-planned rouse by Gibbs. Although I saw the rouse coming before it all played out, I have to wonder if other viewers caught on. I, however, wasn’t expecting Bishop to be the bearer of the Russian Counselor’s body to New Orleans. Good on the writers for doing something a little unexpected.

Although by having Bishop in New Orleans it gave her a chance to deal (in a way) with her divorce from Jake – a circumstance that I was really hoping wouldn’t play out in the show, as it would have been nice for at least one relationship among all the players in the D.C. team to endure (granted we’ve still got Jimmy and Breena, thankfully, but we don’t get to see them all that much). It also doesn’t help that in the beginning of the episode we learned that Tony and Zoe broke up – that was a bummer. I was hoping they would last. How about you fans? Did you want to see Tony finally find the right girl?

PS: If you don’t know yet, it was officially announced today that Michael Weatherly will be leaving the long-running show at the end of this season so it will prove interesting how his character is written off the show. Any ideas on what might happen?

Back to the crossover episodes…

We learned that much like his sister Abby, Luca sees the best in people even when no one else (and I really mean NO one else) can see any good in them. Eva may have been an assassin, but I think in her own way she was at least what Luca believed her to be – albeit ONLY slightly. She did, after all, use him to flush out the real culprits: Blye, the tech genius and his head of security Huxley.

It took quite a bit to work out all the details in this crazy case – between hypoxia that wasn’t hypoxia but rather a neurotoxin from a frog; Russian spies who were so much more than they seemed and a naïve brother who was caught up in stolen tech that could very well have caused a war between the United States and Russia.

What did you think of ‘NCIS’ last night and its crossover episode with ‘NCIS: New Orleans’? Please share your thoughts below.

And be on the look-out for the next new episode of the 13th season of ‘NCIS’ on CBS in two weeks on Tuesday, January 19 at 8/7c. The President will be making his State of the Union address next week, therefore, nearly all normal programming will be interrupted next week.

Cast:
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:
Scott Bakula as Dwayne Pride
Lucas Black as Christopher LaSalle
Zoe McLellan as Meredith Brody
Shalita Grant as Sonja Percy
Tyler Ritter as Luca Sciuto
Cassidy Freeman as Eva Azarova
Wendy Davis as Navy Captain Kensington Bloom
Lev Gorn as Russian Counselor Anton Pavlenko
Bryan Batt as Dalton Greenbrick
Alex Quijano as Blake Huxley
Jamie Gray Hyder as Navy Petty Officer First Class Heidi Orr