In this week’s episode of ‘NCIS,’ Gibbs is approached by his barber who asks that Gibbs investigate whether or not his son could be a serial killer, known as the “Dead Rose Slasher,” tormenting the area. Gibbs agrees to look into the matter discreetly, but when he questions the lead detective on the case he accidentally arouses the man’s curiosity. After a fair bit of research, the team (minus Tony and Dorneget who are assigned to their own investigation in the Bahamas, briefly) finds the original Dead Rose Slasher died several years ago. The new killings are the work of a copycat. After sifting through evidence and leads, the crew arrests Bart Crowley, a reporter who has been working the case since it broke and began the killing spree again to revive his career.
Highlights of the episode
- The interaction between the NCIS team and Dorneget was very well done. Matt Jones has managed to make the most of his time on the screen.
- Tony says the “probie” treatment is even more fun when used against Dorneget than it was with McGee.
- Abby’s interactions with her former roommate as they worked on evidence together worked well. Could you imagine two people that are that energetic and excitable working together daily?
- Vance’s idea to pull a joke on Tony was a nice touch. Fans rarely get to see the Director let his hair down, so it was good to see that Vance has decided not to isolate himself but to try to reach out to others and get closer to his team.
- Gibbs plea to Cameron Dean not to cut off ties with his father. Gibbs knew his clumsiness on the case could jeopardize the relationship between his barber and his son and worked to repair it.
Low points of the episode
- Gibbs’ clumsy questioning of Detective Shard and the general clumsiness of the team in regards to investigation into Cameron Dean. Gibbs and the team aren't that clumsy so the audience automatically knew something was afoot.
- The reporter as the killer cliche is overdone. Usually 'NCIS' doesn't go for the easy ending.
- The scenes set in the Bahamas were actually shot in Oxnard, CA on one of the coldest days of the year. The crew had to bundle up between shots in thick jackets.*
- Director James Whitmore, Jr directed this episode. Before that, the last episode he directed was in Season Five.*
What did you guys think of the episode? Were you expecting a twist at the end? Do you like Dorneget? Would you like to see him as a recurring, if not regular, character? Comment below and let me know what you thought of the episode.
*Info taken from the CBS Insider's Blog.
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