NCIS Sneak Peek: 2 Out Of 3 Ain’t Bad

by Melissa J. L. Smith Sciuto / May 5, 2015

NCIS airs Part 2 of its 3-episode season-ending arc tonight. Those dreaded words “To Be Continued” were at the end of last week’s episode, “Troll,” leaving viewers anxious for more. Tonight, they will be getting more…a LOT more…and that is saying something.

Last week, Gibbs (Mark Harmon) and the team investigated the death of an Ensign from the Office of Naval Intelligence. The Ensign’s involvement in highly classified materials suggested that her murder might have been the work of a cyber-criminal.

Special Agent Ned Dorneget (recurring guest star, Matt Jones) returned from NCIS Cyber Operations to lend his expertise in tracking possible connections between Ensign Wilt, a Cyber Warfare Engineer, and her murderer.

When the evidence pointed toward a high school basketball player, the motive became less clear until NCIS found out that Wilt coached a high school team in addition to performing her cyber-duties for the Navy.

As the investigation continued, the basketball player, Layna Korkmaz (Jessica Garza), explained that she had been lured to an Internet chat room linked to “The Calling,” an international terrorist group that recruits children through the Internet. Layna refused to become involved with the terrorists and left the chatroom.

Another teen, Bradley Simek, was not so lucky. A schoolmate of Layna’s, Brad lost his father three years ago, leaving the youth lost and lonely.  Brad’s dad, a Navy man, collected Vietnam era weapons and one of his bayonets was used to murder Ensign Wilt.

Ducky (David McCallum) and Palmer (Brian Dietzen) profile Brad’s computer content and alert Gibbs that the troubled teen was the person who tried to recruit Layna.  Someone from The Calling might have thought that Ensign Wilt could identify the group’s members.

When DiNozzo (Michael Weatherly) and McGee (Sean Murray) went to the Simek house to question Brad, the teen escaped. Abby Sciuto (Pauley Perrette) discovered that Brad had a bomb, and the team tracked him to a bus.

Even though he had not killed Ensign Wilt, the young man’s emotions were at full throttle. Gibbs evacuated the bus and almost had Brad convinced to hand over the bomb. Approaching police cars startled the teen, however, and he detonated the bomb, sending Gibbs reeling and ending the episode with a blast.

Tonight’s episode, “The Lost Boys,” picks up the story with NCIS digging deeper into The Calling, finding more teens being recruited via the Internet.  The tension builds as the team investigates The Calling’s link to black market S-mines, another explosion and what is being billed as the loss of someone close to the team.  The storyline continues into next week’s season finale.

NCIS also stars Rocky Carroll and Emily Wickersham. Guest stars include Anil Kumar, Boualem Hassaine, Adetokumboh M’Cormack, Babar Peerzada, Jennifer Taylor, Adam Tsekhman and Daniel Zolghadri.  “The Lost Boys” was written by Gina Lucita Monreal and directed by James Whitmore, Jr.

Personal note to the show: A retired military man told me that he bet $10K on a horse named “Agent DiNozzo” that came in Friday at 25-1 odds because NCIS is a sure thing…like tonight’s episode.

NCIS airs tonight at 8pm ET/PT 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.