Recap/Review of NCIS – “Restless” – 9/27/11

My name is Tara, and if I could watch TV for a living, I would. I’m 32-years-old, and some of my first and fondest memories involve a TV. My all-time favorite show is The Golden Girls. I still watch it daily.

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I’m going to review a few shows for TV Is My Pacifier from now on, starting with this week’s NCIS, so read on!

When a successful drama like NCIS has an episode titled “Restless,” it builds up an anticipation that it’s going to be anything but restful. Unfortunately, this episode just didn’t strike me as exciting. I kept looking at the clock to see when it would be over. This is, of course, just my opinion, and I hope this episode entertained many people.

Jump with me to read more.

The story started with a surprise homecoming party for Private First Class Thomas Hill, who stumbles into his party having been recently stabbed. He collapses on the floor and promply dies. We don’t learn much about this guy, except he was adopted by a military family. It’s clear that this episode is not about him or his death. When Gibbs turns a sympathetic ear to Lindsey, Tommy’s 17-year-old adopted sister, we know right away that it’s going to be about her.

Well, if you know NCIS and know Gibbs’ daughter issues, then you know it’s going to be about the girl.

Throughout the course of the 40 something minutes, we endure housing market undertones and child abuse. After the suicide of roundabout suspect, Curtis Beane, the NCIS teams puts together the pieces and determines that Lindsey is not really Lindsey, but Roxanne—no, wait, she’s Daisy. And she’s not 17, but 27-years-old and has deep mental issues stemming from years of child abuse by an uncle who raised her after her parents died. Ducky diagnosed her with “addiction to childhood or adolescence.” Before she is taken to a committment evaluation by Gibbs, Lindsey makes ammends with her adopted parents, who show her their support.

One of the deeper themes of this episode, for me, is seeing the Gibbs who still misses the daughter he never got to see grow up. It’s clear Gibbs feels sorry for Lindsey and her story. The team tracks down her uncle, who abused her. In pure Gibbs fashion, he garners a confession without accusing the guy. Just another Leroy Jethro Gibbs lesson for his team.

Speaking of the team, there wasn’t much to propel or enhance the relationships on this episode. Ziva, McGee, and DiNozzo had to don jumpsuits and search a truckload of road trash looking for a cell phone that was evidence. Ziva and Tim both gave Tony tickets to women’s mud wrestling to cheer him up. But we did get to see another part of DiNozzo’s prankster backstory. He, with McGee’s help, tracks down an old school chum, “Stinky” John Smith, with the intention of apologizing for stringing John and his tighty whities up the school flag pole. But as revealed to Gibbs in one of their father-son moments, it was actually Tony who was strung up the flag pole by John. And in the course of the years, Tony inadvertently changed the story “to make things easier.” just as Lindsey had done for years. But to further enhance the fact that Tony and Tim are truly best friends, DiNozzo tells Gibbs that he must tell McGee the real story.

Best line: “What’s with the eyes?” from Lindsey’s father to Gibbs. All NCIS fans are well aware of the “Gibbs look.”

Second best line: “Jimmy’s Rule #1: pipettes can never be too clean,” from Palmer to Gibbs.

Check out next week’s NCIS, Tuesday on CBS at 8/7c.

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