By Sandra Gonzalez
Updated October 29, 2013 at 12:00 PM EDT
Credit: Sonja Flemming/CBS

Someone was up to no good on tonight’s NCIS — and for once, it wasn’t Tony DiNozzo!

But we’ll get to that.

First: This week’s case involved an explosion on board an oil rig, which meant that NCIS had to partner with the Coast Guard Investigative Service (CGIS) and we got a visit from Agent Borin (Diane Neal) — AKA, Female Gibbs.

I’ve said this before about this season, but it’s worth repeating: NCIS has been on a a streak when it comes to bringing back old faces (see: Muse Watson, etc). Neal’s return was no exception. My favorite part of her return was when Borin and Gibbs shared a touching scene in which she talked about her own loss that still haunts her. (“I didn’t just lose three fellow marines in that blast, Gibbs, I lost my Marine.”) NCIS has used every return this season to shine a new light on some of the minor characters from its history, and I love that. Nothing is worse than a squandered guest star — except maybe the idea of Chinese food from a Mexican restaurant.

In the end, Borin helped the team solve the case, which they initially thought was the work of a computer-savvy activist. But it turns out it was the work of a down-on-his-luck lawyer who claimed he never meant to hurt anyone other than the rig with the explosion. Fail.

While the oil rig explosion case was the big case of the week, the team was also trying to unravel a decidedly less important (but highly entertaining) mystery of an in-office prankster, who plastic wrapped McGee’s desk, had the gall to move one of Abby’s table three inches (she noticed!), and planted a beeping (but non-explosive) device in Ducky’s lab. Of course, all blame landed first on DiNozzo. I mean, that would be anyone’s natural first choice. But this case, too, ended with a twist: It was GIBBS!

It was great to see Gibbs have a little fun, especially since other issues were afoot, namely the empty spot on NCIS. SecNav, who was hanging out at HQ a lot in this episode, assured Gibbs that there was no rush to fill the spot. (“As long as I keep seeing results, we won’t have an issue,” she said of the staffing shortage.) But Gibbs is certainly on the hunt. In fact, he sort of offered Borin the job! “It’s a tempting thought,” she answered, “…but I don’t think I’m ready to leave GCIS yet.” I wish she was! She was great. But alas, as we know, there are other plans in store.

That said, feel free to pop by for another visit soon, Borin.

Best quote: “I can’t wait to meet the peg-leg gentleman who woos you.” — DiNozzo to Borin


Tony: “I have an uneasy feeling”

McGee: “I told you not to order Chinese from a Mexican restaurant.”

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