NCIS Season Finale Sneak Peeks: The Last Full Measure Of Devotionby Melissa J. L. Smith Sciuto / May 12, 2015
Heartbroken. Tear-stained. Jaws clenched. Breathless. Those were only a few of the overwhelming reactions to last week’s death of NCIS Special Agent Ned Dorneget (Matt Jones) during a bombing in Egypt.
As the cyber-guy rushed desperately to evacuate civilians about to be impaled by shrapnel from terrorist S-mines, he fearlessly faced danger to protect the innocent. When the self-described geek morphed from Clark Kent to Superman, the viewers confirmed what Ned may have doubted…that he had the heart of a hero.
Kudos to the incredible cast and crew for wringing every last emotion from the episode, especially the shot of NCIS’s dearly-departed characters who watched solemnly as the casket rolled off the plane.
In an impactful moment of poignancy, Gibbs (Mark Harmon) looked across the tarmac. There was a brief glimpse of Dorneget joining the spirits of NCIS Special Agents who gave their lives in service…Caitlin Todd (Sasha Alexander), Christopher Pacci (Tim Kelleher) and Paula Cassidy (Jessica Steen).
Arguably the most heartbreaking of them all, Gibbs’s late mentor, Special Agent Mike Franks (Muse Watson) stood with the deceased, as did the ghosts of NCIS Director Jenny Shepard (Lauren Holly) and Shannon Gibbs (Darby Stanchfield). In a scene that lasted only a few seconds, Harmon managed to convey the universal pain of the loss of a loved one.
As McGee (Sean Murray) deplaned to join his team, Ducky (David McCallum) recited FDR’s words in the special way that he has mastered, “We can not always build the future for our youth. We can build our youth for the future.”
Building youth for the future (and not in a good way) is a key goal for the terrorist group, “The Calling.”
Responsible for recruiting teens via the Internet, “The Calling” is linked to the explosion that killed Dorneget, as well as last week’s death of a high schooler. The terrorists exploit alienation, intimidation and teenage insecurity to convince youths to deploy an agenda of death and destruction.
That storyline continues into tonight’s season finale, “Neverland. ” As NCIS works feverishly to bring “The Calling,” to its knees, the team deals with the guilt, doubt and grief that comes with the unprevented death of a friend.
All signs indicate that the cast, Harmon, McCallum, Murray, Michael Weatherly, Pauley Perrette, Rocky Carroll, Brian Dietzen and Emily Wickersham will have an opportunity to shine with the powerful attention to detail supplied by writer/Executive Producer, Gary Glasberg, and director, Tony Wharmby.
Author’s note: Can someone please give these folks some Emmys?
Returning as CIA Officer Joanna Teague is Mimi Rogers. Other guest stars include Daniel Zolghadri, Babar Peerzada, Adetokumboh M’Cormack, Doug Simpson, Adam Tsekhman and Toni French.
NCIS, the most-watched television show on the planet, airs tonight at 8pm ET/PT on CBS.