NCIS Review: Post-Mortem

by Melissa J. L. Smith Sciuto / January 7, 2015

Tonight’s episode of NCIS was as heartbreaking as it was jaw-dropping. SPOILER ALERT: If you have not seen the episode, “Click,” stop reading now, or you will miss the full impact of this astounding episode.

I generally write sneak peeks. I read a short press release and watch a couple of short clips and try to explain to the reader what might be good about tonight’s episode. But there was nothing in the clips or release for tonight’s episode that prepared me for the powerful story that was about to come my way.

In what promised to be a witty situation (which it was) with Gibbs (Mark Harmon) sandwiched between ex-wives (Melinda McGraw and Jeri Ryan), the laughter turned to tears as I journeyed back to the demise of some of my favorite characters.

In a truly evil turn, assassin Sergei Mishnev ripped my heart out again as I had to relive replications of the deaths of Mike Franks, Jenny Shepard and Caitlin Todd.

Guest star, Alex Veadov, used his few minutes of camera time to deliver venom and malevolence to the point where my skin was crawling. If Gibbs had shot Sergei (which part of me wishes he had), then Veadov would not be around for another NCIS episode. That would have been a shame as Sergei definitely is a guy that I love to hate.

I also had to endure the passing of one of my new favorites, ex-wife Diane Gibbs Fornell Sterling (McGraw). McGraw wormed her way into my heart despite the character she portrayed. C’mon. She hurt Gibbs and Fornell, and I love those guys. Be that as it may, Diane grew on me due to McGraw’s clever portrayal, and the idea that she died like Caitlin was a hard one to stomach.

I was hoping so much that Gibbs had figured the situation out in advance…that Ducky (David McCallum) would open the body bag and Diane would sit up and laugh. But that did not happen.

Brian Dietzen (as Jimmy Palmer) had a nice turn on the emotional rollercoaster that we were riding together. He did not want to autopsy another friend, and I did not want to see another favorite leave the canvas. I admit it. I cried, as he stood there, devastated.

NCIS gives us characters that become special, even in a limited amount of time, because of the excellent writing, acting, directing, production, post, attention to detail, et al. Tonight’s episode was jaw-dropping, stomach-turning, bone-aching, skin-crawling and heartbreaking. And that is enough body parts to fill Dr. Mallard’s autopsy table.

NCIS airs on Tuesday nights at 8pm on CBS.




Melissa J. L. Smith Sciuto Melissa J. L. Smith Sciuto is a 25-year veteran of Hollywood studios and production companies, including The Walt Disney Company, Universal Studios, Warner Bros., Sony Pictures Studios, NBC and Lorimar-Telepictures. She has had the privilege to work with many of actors, directors, producers and shows featured on ScreenFad.