Itâ€™s Hammer time!!
Yes, it is, and what a show it was!Â Iâ€™ve seen a good deal of shenanigans, but this one cooked up to get a suspect to talk blows them all away.Â Iâ€™m still laughing, even hours after the episode aired.
In tonightâ€™s episode we are introduced to Ajay Khan (Vik Sahay), #2 on the Most Wanted List for cyber-terrorism.Â Khan is responsible for the death of Special Agent James Hunt after he hacked into the governmentâ€™s systems and caused Huntâ€™s cover to be exposed.Â It is also discovered that he is responsible for a security breach at the CDC, causing tainted Ebola vaccines to be labeled as flu vaccines and shipped to a warehouse in D.C.Â However, in the big picture, Khan is only a pawn.Â The person that NCIS really needs to apprehend is Khanâ€™s boss, #1 on the Most Wanted List, and only known by anyone as â€œM.C.â€.Â Khan is the closest thing to finding out who and where M.C. is, and so, the heat is on him.
This is where things get interesting, and everyone is in on the â€œgameâ€ to get Khan to talk. Â The first step is figuring out what is important to Khan, and in comes the first â€œplayerâ€, Dr. Mallard (David McCallum).Â We have always known Ducky as an amateur psychologist, and tonight, he actually gets to use that skill.Â He profiles Khan as a narcissistic loner, and so, the only way to get to Khan is make him truly believe his own life is in jeopardy.Â Khan may not be the sharpest tool in the shed, but it was going to take some work to make him believe he is actually going to die.Â Now, the fun begins.
The big step is making Khan believe he is being transferred to Guatanamo Bay, where coincidentally some of his pissed-off former employers are at.Â That doesnâ€™t work.Â So, the team takes what appears to be a long, bumpy airplane ride to Cuba, vomit bags and all.Â That doesnâ€™t work.Â Upon arrival, Khan is escorted to cell 117 where screams of tortured prisoners are heard in the background.Â But, that still doesnâ€™t work, although they are getting closer.Â It finally takes a staged security breach along with the sound of a mob trying to break down the door of Khanâ€™s cell that makes him sing like a canary.
This episode was truly hilarious, and everyone on the team had a hand in it.Â Ziva (Cote de Pablo) and Tony (Michael Weatherly) had the starring roles, especially with Tonyâ€™s memorable innuendos from music and movies.Â Fortunately, Khan isnâ€™t as versed with movies as he is with music, since he doesnâ€™t recognize the entire thing as one, big performance.Â But, if I had to pick a MVP of the episode, it would be Gibbs (Mark Harmon).Â He actually doesnâ€™t have a lot of lines in this episode, but his part was the most important and the most instrumental in making Khan fall for the plot.Â The whole substituting â€œUP Addressâ€ for â€œIP Addressâ€ and making Khan think Gibbs was dumb â€œold-schoolâ€ were the critical parts, and where Khan let his guard down.Â That part wasnâ€™t cooked up by Tony â€“ it was 100% Gibbs, and Mark Harmon does a fantastic job.
In my opinion, itâ€™s episodes like this that set NCIS aside from the rest of the crime dramas and why it pulls, on average, 20 million viewers every week.Â How many crime dramas do you know could pull off an episode like this, focusing solely on the characters and the humor?Â I canâ€™t think of too many that could.Â Most crime dramas on television today tend to revolve around murders and graphic violence, and they are counting on the shock value to attract viewers.Â NCIS has had its share of episodes like this, like â€œShabbat Shalomâ€ from just a few weeks ago, but it sets itself apart by being able to flip to the other side and do an episode that really doesnâ€™t even have a murder.Â It takes some very talented writers to do something like that and still have the viewers pouring in.
Most memorable quotesÂ
- Sounds like an Aerosmith album.Â Youâ€™re old-school, Gibbs â€“ Khan
- From the ashes, McAbby will rise â€“ Abby (Pauley Perrette)
- You on Twitter, Agent Gibbs? Because your natural language speech pattern is less than 140 characters â€“ Khan
- In boxing, whatâ€™s the most important part?Â The follow-through â€“ Gibbs
- What happens after they land?Â Gitmo isnâ€™t hotel you can just check into â€“ Director Craig (Greg Germann)
- Sleepy time, old–school — Tony
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