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So how did Gibbs get the boat out of his basement on NCIS?

- Season 7, Episode 6 - "Outlaws and In-Laws"


A full episode’s worth of an investigation, and still no solution as to how Gibbs managed to get his boat, The Kelly, out of his basement and down to Mexico. But how funny was it that Abby continued to gather clues about that, as everyone else on the team investigated the double homicide that brought Gibbs’ boat back to the US?

For one reason or another, I’ve never quite enjoyed any story that involves Mike Franks (Muse Watson). I’m sure at first that was because he was introduced during Gibb’s retirement, then later because of his association with Jenny’s death. Either way, I’ve never really been able to get on board with his plots. I mean, I enjoy seeing Gibbs as a Probie once again, but that could be successfully achieved with a better senior agent to Gibbs.

It was funny seeing Robert Patrick playing the head of a defense contractor. I know he’s played many things, including something regular on The Unit, but my memories of the actor stem back to The Sopranos, when he had an arc as Tony’s old friend Davie, the degenerate gambler with the sporting-goods store. I liked him better then.

I would imagine it might happen more often, but in the NCIS world  it’s an unusual thing to have an old character come back the way Damon (Paul Telfer) did last night. He’s from the 2007 episode “Corporal Punishment,” the story of a marine escaped from a Naval hospital, who’s later discovered to be part of a plot to create “super soldiers.” I don’t remember if Damon was the main character, but Tony’s not recognizing him would suggest otherwise. Either way, clearly he was left with a good feel for our team. Lucky them.

With the settling of the team’s structure at this point in the season, McGee is now back to his traditional pairing with Abby, as opposed to being out in the field with Tony. It’s too bad that that’s now the case … McGee’s more fun in the field than at the office, he and Tony are a stronger duo, and with McGee in Abby’s lab, giving him more screen time means giving her more as well. Abby’s okay, but for me she’s better served in small helpings only.

Anyway, rounding out the specifics of last night, Leyla (Tehmina Sunny) is actually an interesting character, who likely has a very interesting back-story with a lot more things that could leap out at her from her past than we could ever imagine. But she’s so far removed from the core of the show, that I wonder why she was introduced in the first place. Did the writers feel so strongly about Franks that they wanted to craft original stories for him, too?

Like I said above, I like his relationship to Gibbs, and things like his being able to shoot through gunshot wounds to destroy evidence are cool, but are things so dull at the Navy Yard that there’s the need to stir things up south of the border and from fifteen years ago?

There’s a lot going on right now back in DC. Where’s Gibbs on investigating Vance? McGee on another book? Tony on some interesting drama? Gibbs on a new boat? Lots to do people — there’s little time for strolling down memory lane.

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12 Responses to “So how did Gibbs get the boat out of his basement on NCIS?”

November 4, 2009 at 9:41 AM

Great ep–however I do disagree in that any story with Mike Franks in it is considered must see NCIS. And the back spin with Damon was great to see as well.
Great review–thanks for your efforts!

November 4, 2009 at 11:19 AM

Gotta disagree on Mike Franks. His episodes are usually really good.

November 4, 2009 at 11:27 AM

I love the episodes with Mike Franks. I’m also an Abby fan, she fascinates me.

November 4, 2009 at 11:37 AM

I hate the episodes with Franks. He’s an annoying character.

I love Abby, though.

November 4, 2009 at 7:48 PM

Yup, I agree with the majority here. Most Franks episodes are pretty great.

November 5, 2009 at 10:46 AM

Most of the guest roles I’ve seen Robert Patrick play in movies and television have been soldiers. He was The Unit‘s CO.

Maybe Franks is being given more depth and family so he can take over the NCIS:LA office, where a hardass is desperately needed. I’ve continued to watch, and they’ve tried to add more bantering among the ensemble in the morning briefing, but it remains solidly a Callen/Sam show. In last night’s episode, Callen is brazenly propositioned by a Treasury agent with whom they’re working. Hetty advises him to take her to dinner, then take Sam to dinner the next night so he doesn’t get jealous.

Since it’s on the same night, let me mention that I’m still greatly enjoying The Forgotten. The banter in that group is much stronger and more natural, and the characters actually interest me. The praise I’ve given the show in the past still holds true: in this episode Detective Russell gently reminds Alex (Slater) that his group assists the police, not the other way around. Alex and the others still struggle for information and respect while most of them hold down day jobs. The show gets the little details right, and the victims’ stories still move me to tears. I’m not suggesting you abandon The Good Wife, which is the superior show for the time slot, but The Forgotten is a very good comfort-food procedural.

November 6, 2009 at 2:48 AM

Franks on NCIS: LA? Are things that bad out west? Sounds like it. Why are you still watching?

We actually watch The Forgotten as well. I’m not so into the cases, but I am enjoying the characters, and their development. I wish we’d get more, but I’m liking them fine the way things are unfolding.

November 7, 2009 at 10:54 AM

Like SGU, goodwill banked from years of a franchise (all the way back to JAG), and hope that the writers can turn it around in season 2. In the meantime, I grit my teeth and suffer through the banality.

I’m glad you haven’t deleted The Forgotten, since you had so many good shows piled up on the DVR a few weeks ago. Mostly, it surprises me how much hate it gets on the internet when it’s such an inoffensive show, and there are so many truly terrible ones to despise.

I think I like Mike Franks best when he talks about the old days, when apparently NCIS agents didn’t bother with trivial things like civil liberties, due process, rules of evidence and proper procedure. It always sounds ridiculously Wild West for a Federal agency, and I like the contrast to Gibbs’s reign.

November 9, 2009 at 12:07 PM

Well, better you than me. ;)

I actually assumed The Forgotten was, well, one of the forgotten. I haven’t read anything negative, or positive, on it, but I also haven’t been looking.

We’re working our way through, save for Grey’s Anatomy – I think we have like 8 hours of that backed up now. Very foreboding.

That could be something interesting to see – using Franks to teach us about the original days of NCIS.

November 5, 2009 at 1:16 PM

I liked the chance meeting of Werth and Ziva! I think they’ve got a little ‘spark’ between them. I can’t help but recall the scene between them in the hospital when Werth managed to focus on Zeva long enough to pull out of his ‘roid-induced rampage to realize what he was doing…and her compassionate expression as she cradled his head against her bosom when he collapsed. Fabulous.

As for why Tony might not have recognized him…he IS much smaller and less agressive now that he’s not pumped.

November 6, 2009 at 2:54 AM

Fair point re Tony. Plus, he’s not one for remembering guys, right?

November 6, 2009 at 2:33 AM

To stuman714 in Indy, Jack Cross, Ladytex, and Robert – I think my problem stems more from Franks himself, and his odd role on the show. The episodes have been mostly enjoyable, but I’ve yet to be quite sure what he adds to them. Like I said, I like how Gibbs is his Probie, but the general tone of their relationship skews to Gibbs on top most of the time, which you’d imagine it shouldn’t. I just think someone else may have done a better job of it.

And to Tanya – yeah! :)