NCIS “Loose Cannons” Review (Season 13, Episode 16)

Tony and Jeanne

The definition of a loose cannon is “an unpredictable or uncontrolled person who is likely to cause unintentional damage.”

That statement perfectly fits the circumstances of last night’s episode of NCIS, which found Tony DiNozzo and Jeanne Benoit back in other’s lives – albeit shortly.

For those who need a slight history lesson, Tony was on an undercover mission sanctioned by then NCIS Director Jenny Shepard back in the day that involved Dr. Jeanne Benoit because Jenny wanted to bring down her arms dealer father.

Once the truth was revealed to Jeanne, their relationship – of course – was ruined and Jeanne has never truly forgiven Tony.

They were inadvertently reunited not that long ago when Jeanne’s husband, Dr. David Woods, was in deep trouble in South Sudan; and, once again, Tony and Jeanne encountered each other because of the latest case that the team was investigating.

Talk about a convoluted case: Three men are attempting to steal weapons from the Navy. They are caught by two petty officers – one who they kill and the other who they put into critical condition. One of the three men, however, is badly wounded – ending up on the operating table of Dr. Cyril Taft (the doctor who saved Gibbs life not that long ago). That guy doesn’t make it, but two interesting clues are discovered when Ducky performs his autopsy: a metal plate in his arm that was tracked to its former “owner” – a presumed dead priest in the Sudan – and a bullet that was lodged in his back, delivered by the driver of Jeanne’s late daddy.

Did your head spin reading that let alone watching the episode? I know mine kind of did.

Tony and Dr. Taft (who decided rather on a lark that he wanted to join in on the investigation – which has a bad outcome – but more on that shortly) go to see David and Jeanne because of their connections to doctors in the Sudan, hoping to find the doctor who inserted the “stolen” plate into the dead weapons thief. When Jeanne learned that weapons were missing, though, she – of course – freaked out, thinking that Tony was only there because of her father’s past.

Dun, dun, dun….

At first that wasn’t the case (that Tony was there to see Jeanne because of her father’s involvement in arms dealing), but once that bullet was found, well, that changed everything.

Oh, and how about that bad outcome for Taft and his wife: the main culprit in the trio of “bandits” set a car bomb in their vehicle and they nearly lost their lives. Yikes!! Because of that nearly disastrous incident, Taft definitely had a lot to think about – i.e., retiring and spending more time with his wife. I’d say that might be a very good idea.

In the end (as par for the course), the team was able to track down the main culprit (thanks to tracking devices put on the stolen weapons by the ATF) and it would seem that Tony finally found some closure where Jeanne was concerned. Let’s hope that is the case, as it’s time for Tony to move on.

What did you think of the episode? Do you think that Gibbs will continue to see Dr. Grace, the therapist who Dr. Taft wanted him to see? How great was their first encounter at the diner? Do you think that this will be the last we see of Jeanne? Please share your thoughts on the episode below.

The next new episode of the 13th season of ‘NCIS’ will air on CBS Tuesday, March 1 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:
Jon Cryer as Dr. Cyril Taft
Scottie Thompson as Jeanne Benoit Woods
Laura San Giacomo as Dr. Grace Confalone
David Chisum as Dr. David Woods
Michael Cram as ATF Special Agent Earl Kitt
Jodi Harris as Catherine Taft
Alice Hunter as Navy Petty Officer Janet Shor
Walter Fauntleroy as Navy Petty Officer Lamar Finn
Max E. Williams as Louis