NCIS “Scope” Review (Season 13, Episode 18) [300th Episode]

NCIS Scope

Not every show makes it to 100 episodes. Even fewer make it to 200 episodes. But when you think about a series making it to 300 episodes, well, that is quite a feat!

That being said, last night’s episode of the long-running (and seemingly unstoppable) NCIS aired its 300th episode, which primarily focused on a stolen sniper rifle with plenty of enhancements, but also gave us some insight into the home life of Gibbs (other than all the projects he has done in his basement or all the steaks he has made over his fireplace or all those endless nights of sleeping on his battered old couch). It also shined a spotlight on Musicorps, a “conservatory-level music rehabilitation program that helps wounded warriors play music and recover their lives.”

The 300th episode was made all the better because of the guest stars – okay, let’s be fair – the main guest star: Taye Diggs. He played wounded Marine sniper Aaron Davis, whose weapon – that previously mentioned amplified sniper rifle – believed to be destroyed in an IAD attack, which took the lives of all the men on his team except for him – was being hunted by Gibbs and his team just as ferociously as any murder suspect.

And for good reason! That sniper rifle was used to kill a Navy officer and her book-writing husband while they were spending “personal time” in Iraq and Turkey while he was doing research. And even worse than that, the culprit assumed the dead husband’s identity (being killed for your passport is a horrible way to go, don’t you agree?) and was presumably planning his next hit. And it was up to Gibbs and the team to figure out who was next before it was too late.

I have to give it to the writers of this episode kudos because I didn’t see the “three days later” approach to tracking down the thief/killer, who turned out to be Matthew Cross, a one-time sniper (can you really ever not be a sniper?) and son of missionaries who had a vendetta. As it turned out, he was intent on taking down an oil big wig; but Gibbs had other plans. Kudos to Gibbs for (still) having what it takes to get his man, taking that sniper down in one fell swoop; and for helping Davis move on.

That juxtaposition scene of Gibbs at home, Davis singing with the other members of Musicorps at the rehabilitation facility and Tony along with Ducky, Jimmy and Vance doing their best (or worst, depending on your take of that scene) impression of “Wild Hogs” was – at least to me – a fitting ending to the show’s 300th episode.

What were your thoughts on this monumental episode of ‘NCIS’? Did you enjoy the banter between Dr. Grace and Gibbs? Were you thrilled to see McGee shopping (albeit online) for a wedding ring for Delilah? And how about Davis’s daughter Riley? I think we just might have a new NCIS probie in the works there. What say you? Please share your thoughts on this episode in our comments section below.

The next new episode of the 13th season of ‘NCIS’ is expected to air on CBS Tuesday, March 22 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:
Taye Diggs as Aaron Davis
Laura San Giacomo as Dr. Grace Confalone
Samantha Logan as Riley Davis
Christopher Goodman as NCIS Special Agent Michael West
Maureen Sebastian as Elaine Dodd
Paul Bartholomew as Spencer Dodd