NCIS “After Hours” Review (Season 13, Episode 17)

NCIS  After Hours

For the team members of NCIS, I’m sure every case they investigate has a way of taking over their lives; but last night’s episode really seemed to be a perfect example of taking your work home with you.

That is except for Ellie Bishop, who didn’t even leave the office – she stayed behind when everyone else was sent home. But I digress…

The case this time around involved a young woman, a petty officer and a man (the victim) who supposed sideswiped the young woman and then tried to assault her.

Obviously that was not really what happened; but the young woman – Amy Harrison – and the petty officer – James Muldoon – certainly did all they could to make it appear that way. But not quite enough when every single member of Gibbs’ team were working after hours on a case that should have been cut and dry.

Each team member had their own way of returning to the scene of the crime too. McGee, after he and girlfriend Delilah each had their set “download dinner” time (the short amount of time they have agreed to take about their work day at home over dinner), just couldn’t quite let the case go. In fact, he make a 3D diagram of the roadside “accident” with the dinner that Delilah spent 2 hours preparing. Not good, McGee, not good at all! And really Delilah, you spent two hours preparing broccoli, corn on the cob, mashed potatoes, carrots and mystery meat? Really?

Tony, on the other hand, was out on a date with a new woman, who he referred to as a ‘triple T’ – tall, tasty and trust-funded. But even a beautiful woman couldn’t take his mind off their troubling case. How far the mighty have fallen, huh? Tony actually ruined his date and any chances he had with Leah because of one small case that just kept nagging at every member of the team. Sigh!

Then there was Bishop, who struck around at the office, and learned from Ducky and Jimmy that the victim had been moved (his injuries didn’t fit the explanation given by James and Amy) and had been dead for an hour before the 911 call was made by the petty officer. What happened during that missing hour?

This, of course, led Bishop straight to Gibbs, who had already figured out the body had been moved – without any intel from Ducky (he has been doing this job for a REALLY long time, as you know?!). This, in turn, led the two of them back to the crime scene where they discovered not only McGee and Delilah but Abby and Tony all there. Funny how they all ended up working after hours on this case. Ironic that’s the name of the episode – nope!

As it turns out, Amy had been a “resident” of a detention center back when she was a teen. Not surprisingly she was repeatedly assaulted by the man she claimed attempted to assault her on the side of the road. She and Muldoon had met working as volunteers at a teen outreach program, and she called him for help when she inadvertently ran into her rapist at a local gas station and ended up shooting him during the roadside altercation. Muldoon, being in love with Amy (without her knowing – convenient right?!), was going to take the fall to keep her safe as she didn’t think anyone would believe her about what the “victim” did to her all those years ago and how she finally exacted revenge (not premediated) on him. If she’d just come clean, things would have so gone differently for Gibbs and the team, don’t you think?

What are your thoughts on last night’s episode? Please share them below.

The next new episode of the 13th season of ‘NCIS’ is expected to air on CBS Tuesday, March 15 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:
Margo Harshman as Delilah Fielding
Lachlan Buchanan as Petty Officer James Muldoon
Shannon Lucio as Amy Harrison
Virginia Williams as Leah Ramsey
Saidah Arrika Ekulona as 911 Dispatch Officer
Connie Jackson as Elaine (Waitress at Diner)