‘NCIS’: Is Ducky Gone for Good?

by | October 3, 2012 at 10:23 AM | Fall TV Preview 2012, NCIS, Recap

"NCIS": David McCallum (Photo: Cliff Lipson/CBS)

It is four months since the bomb exploded at NCIS headquarters, and all is not business as usual in Tuesday night’s episode of “NCIS.” Abby (Pauley Perrette) is having nightmares, Leon Vance (Rocky Carroll) is irritable and feels responsible for driving the bomb onto the Navy Yard, Tony (Michael Weatherly) is off his dating game, and Ducky (David McCallum) is feeling the aftereffects of his heart attack and threatening to quit!

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It doesn’t help when the body of missing NCIS facilities manager Midge Watkins (Andrea C. Robinson) is discovered four months after disappearing on the day of the bombing, and it turns out not to be accident that caused her car to wind up in a lake, but rather a bullet to her abdomen.

As the team tries to ferret out the case, it doesn’t help that Dr. Miles Wolf (Steve Valentine) tells them that he is going to be their counselor for mandatory psych evaluations. Gibbs (Mark Harmon), who has been getting middle-of-the-night calls from Abby keeping both of them from getting a good night’s sleep, tells Miles to start with her.

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But Abby refuses to cooperate, telling Miles that she “can’t go there,” so Gibbs takes it on himself to talk to her. She reveals that her nightmare of lying dead in autopsy makes her feel alone, as if she has no family. So, Gibbs strongly suggests that Abby try to connect with her biological brother Kyle (Daniel Louis Rivas) and reveal their relationship. Abby is not sure she is up for the rejection she would experience if Kyle refuses to acknowledge their relationship, but Gibbs urges her to try because he would like to get some sleep.

Tony gets shot down by Judy (Jessica Collins), a facilities manager, who is restoring order to the NCIS office, and returning everything to its original condition. Ziva (Cote de Pablo) wonders why they can’t change anything — maybe get a new color paint — but Leon is adamant that everything stay the same. It is as if he is trying to turn back the hands of time and pretend the bombing didn’t happen by restoring the office to its original appearance.

Ducky shows up when Midge’s body is found, but Gibbs sends him home, cautioning him to follow doctor’s orders. He says he doesn’t want to see him until he is cleared for duty — or unless Jimmy Palmer (Brian Dietzen) has trouble with the autopsy.

Jimmy thinks he is doing a good thing when he tells Gibbs he is stuck like “quicksand,” and Ducky is initially happy to come in and consult on the case. But then, he realizes that Jimmy didn’t really need him — they had had a similar case three years prior — and he walks out saying he doesn’t need charity — and he will have to think long and hard before he comes back again!

Of course, the case is solved — you will have to watch the video to find out whodunit — and then tune in next week to find out if Ducky returns.