Happy Thanksgiving, NCIS family! The giant turkey in the sky brought you a Bishop episode tonight!
First, can we all agree Bishop’s overprotective siblings are nightmares? They invade her apartment while she’s out, causing her to draw her gun when she hears a noise upon arriving home. But it’s just three dummies who decided to surprise her for Thanksgiving.
“For the record, I did send you a text,” one of them says.
Bishop’s confused. “You sent me three frownie-face emojis.”
“Yeah,” he replies, as if the meaning of said emojis should be obvious.
Then they realize she’s dressed up, wearing perfume, and arriving home after midnight…and suddenly, figuring out who she’s dating is job no. 1. What if he’s a serial killer or, worse, a vegan, which would tear their family apart? Bish assures them the guy was cleared via background check, leading them to guess he’s one of her coworkers.
Their interrogation ends — for now — when Bishop gets called to the scene of a crime. She and Torres carpool and emerge from the vehicle, bickering like an old married couple and leading Quinn to produce the first of many bemused looks tonight.
So, to the crime: Derrick Reza, a Navy chaplain, is found dead after his car careened off the road into a boulder. But the car went off the road after 11 p.m. and the time of death is 7 p.m. When Abby finds a brick that was used to hold down the gas pedal, all signs point to murder.
Reza was an imam and one of a handful of Muslim chaplains serving in the military, and although his family requested no autopsy, Ducky is able to determine the cause of death: a deep laceration on his head, incurred pre-car crash.
Reza’s last call was to Ronald Ayers, who runs a Zen meditation center, and he’s shocked when Torres and McGee tell him about Reza’s death. Reza had called Ayers to ask a favor and they planned to meet the following day.
Meanwhile, Bishop and Quinn meet with Gareth Bainbridge of the Armed Forces Interfaith Association, where Reza counseled members. Bainbridge said Reza spent time over the last few weeks with a Middle-Eastern woman.
Back at HQ, Bishop’s terrible brothers have gotten guest passes to the big orange room courtesy of Gibbs, and when they realize McGee is a male who works with their sister, they circle him like lions herding a weakened gazelle and barrage him with questions.
When McGee protests his innocence, the Bishop brothers corner Torres, who assures them their sister isn’t his type and offers up another suspect: Clayton Reeves. He’s a tall, British, international man of mystery with a “pretty-ass jawline.” Then Torres walks away, and the brothers agree he could’ve single-handedly taken all three of them down. Ha!
In Abby’s lab, she and McGee admit they’re dying to know who Bishop’s dating and why she hasn’t told them, particularly since it’s a coworker. (Apparently, the brothers Bishop made Pale Dale hyperventilate with their interrogations, and I am forever sad we didn’t get to see that. #BringBackPaleDale)
Anyway, Abby discovered Reza had encrypted, classified files on his laptop pertaining to Guantanamo Bay — and detainee Amir Hassan in particular. Since Amir was picked up by a US/UK task force, Reeves pops up to flirt so very obviously with Bishop that it’s clear they’re not actually dating.
Reeves posits Amir was connected to one of the suspected conspirators in the 7/7 attacks in London. Since Bishop speaks Pashto, she’s tasked with reviewing the transcripts of Amir’s Gitmo interrogations, and she requests a translator’s help going through the hours of tapes.
The translator turns out to be Qasim Naasir, whom we last saw in season 12’s “Lost in Translation” as the brother of terrorist Rasheed Naasir. And if you noticed the way he and Bishop sprang apart when Gibbs entered the room to bring them dinner, then congratulations! You just passed Chemistry 101 and will receive your prize at the end of the episode.
While the translation is underway, Torres does something dastardly: He corrals the band of Bishops onto the elevator and shoves Reeves in with them. Hahaha forever! The brothers ascertain Reeves and Bishop traveled to Scotland together, although Reeves insists they booked separate hotel rooms. Seriously, Bishop would be horrified if she knew all this was happening.
NEXT: The secret boyfriend is unmasked