NCIS “Reasonable Doubts” Review (Season 13, Episode 19)

NCIS Reasonable Doubts

It was a case of “she said/she said” in last night’s new episode of NCIS as the team investigated the death of a journalist whose wife and mistress both blamed the other for his death.

At first the team was divided as to which of the women was the culprit. Tony believed it was the mistress (who was a disgraced lawyer) while Bishop was pretty sure it was the wife (an out of working nurse); however McGee was stuck somewhere in the middle. But as usual Gibbs just wanted to solve the case.

Even after having both women take polygraph tests, the result was still the same. No one on the team could tell for sure who was to blame. Really? The case wasn’t that hard to figure out once they learned that the victim hit it big some months earlier by winning the lottery in addition to the reveals that he had to cut both women off from their spending sprees. The wife became an online shopping addict while the former lawyer was getting every kind of body enhancement that she could.

Isn’t it easy to figure out? No! Yes! Somewhere in between? Welcome to the world of Gibbs and his team.

Truth be told I wasn’t quite sure until they corralled both women, getting them to confess that the victim committed suicide, blaming both of them for his decision to take his life. Their reason for covering up his suicide? There was a suicide clause in his insurance policy and they would lose out on sharing $2 million if his suicide was confirmed. Oh what a women (or women) will do for money (at least in this case).

Elsewhere, Tony Sr. and Tony Jr. have been having lunch on Tuesdays for quite some time it would seem; and this time around they had an unusual encounter with a very confused homeless woman who thought Tony Sr. was her father.

That, obviously, wasn’t the case – Tony Jr. is still an only child – but given that Senior has been looking for a project to while away all his free time now that he is retired – he latches on to this poor homeless woman (thanks to a nudge from Gibbs), who turned out to be an Army Corporal.

As Tony Sr. and Tony Jr. both get involved in the past of the homeless woman, Susan Lowe, they learn that her mother died when she was young and she left home at a young age. Her father was not accepting of her being gay and they were estranged for decades. After she lost the job she got after leaving the service, she disappeared from her nice city digs (i.e., her really nice apartment), she seemingly disappeared.

In addition to the dementia she clearly displayed to both Senior and Junior, she had some serious health issues – namely an inoperable brain tumor – that will take her life in about a months’ time. It was a very touching ending watching Senior pretend to be Susan’s apologetic father while Tony looked on.

What did you think of last night’s episode? Did you suspect that both women were working together to get the insurance money? Were you moved by Senior’s empathy toward Susan? Please share your thoughts in our comments section below.

The next new episode of the 13th season of ‘NCIS’ is expected to air on CBS Tuesday, April 5 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:
Robert Wagner as Tony DiNozzo, Sr.
Melora Walters as Susan Lowe
Alicia Lagano as Joann Allman
Jama Willamson as Angelina Jennings
Andy Hoff as Jennings’ Co-Worker
Vincent Duvall as Officer Holt
Matt Orduna as Shelter Manager
Matt Champagne as Doctor at Hospital
Frank Crim as Resident Manager
Jeff Boehm as Polygraph Tester