NCIS “Deja Vu” Review (Season 13, Episode 13)

NCIS Deja Vu

“Hindsight is 20/20.”

“If I knew then what I know now.”

Did you ever have that strange sense of déjà vu?

I am sure that is how Special Agent Ellie Bishop was feeling while working on the disturbing murder on last night’s NCIS, which brought to light a long-ago human trafficking case that was once again rearing its ugly head.

Many TV viewers are not fans of the voice over, and in some instances, it came take away from the episode; but I found the combination of Ellie’s voice over and writing that letter to the late former President Harry Truman to be quite a different way to tell the story.

Ellie writing that letter certainly helped to explain not only how she felt about the latest case for which the team was working but also helped to move the story along. What did you think about that type of story-telling, though?

Elsewhere, Washington, D.C. was under a massive arctic chill with most of the city succumbing to no heat and extremely frigid temperatures. One calamity after another seemed to follow McGee, too, as first the power went out in his apartment, sending his girlfriend Delilah to her parents; then there was a power failure at Tony’s apartment; then a downed tree took out Bishop’s place, leaving all of the agents ending up at Gibbs’ house in front of his roaring fireplace watching a classic movie. Befitting end to a hard-won case I would say.

Let’s take a look at what happened:

• A female member of the Navy was found dead inside a frozen trash truck;
• This led to the Metro Police Department, as the victim was a witness in a grand jury case against a gang member;
• This led to a missing university student, which led to – of all things – microchips manufactured to track missing pets;
• This led to the aforementioned human trafficking ring, which led to Bishop’s former compatriots on the case;
• This led to Gibbs and the team tracking down three of the current eight young women who went missing, followed by the needless death of Ellie’s former team member and the eventual arrest of Ellie’s other team member, who was recruited by the trafficking ring. Oh what money will do to some men’s souls, huh?

What are your thoughts on the episode? Did you enjoy seeing the team at Gibbs’ house dealing with the cold and watching an old movie that Tony couldn’t help but criticize? What were your thoughts on the case? Did you suspect Ellie’s old cohort Adam or were you surprised with that reveal? How great was it to see that Jimmy actually caught an inadvertent mistake by Ducky? Did you miss not seeing more of Abby in this episode since she had more to do in the last few episodes? Please share your thoughts on the episode in the comments section below.

The next new episode of the 13th season of ‘NCIS’ on CBS in two weeks on Tuesday, February 5 at 8/7c.

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:
Shi Ne Nielson as FBI Special Agent Daisy Milner
Mike Bradecich as Former NSA Analyst Adam Connors
Stephen Snedden as Jim Murphy
William Charlton as Metro Police Detective Jeff Katz
Jean Paul San Pedro as Dan Dacey
Shak Ghacha as Dominick Rubin
Christine Garver as Tiffany Leonne
Devin McGinn as Stewart Dorfman
Winston Story as Manny
Morgan Obenreder as Navy Seaman Mary Burk
Leonard Robinson as Metro Police Officer Jackson
Anna Claire Sneed as Jane Murphy
Jackie Johnson as ZNN Meteorologist Chelsea Mills