Thursday, May 6, 2010

NCIS Meets Laura in 7.21

Not Laura a person, but Laura the superb 1944 movie, which was about Laura Hunt, a murdered beauty who becomes an obsession for Det. Lt. Mark McPherson, who's looking into her death and hunting her killer.   Well before he finds the killer - in a brilliant twist that turns on the public's understanding of media at the time - McPherson has fallen in love with Laura, on the basis of her photographs and what he has found out about her life.

Most appropriate for NCIS, Tony is the detective, and the object of his obsession is ZNN (CNN) reporter Dana Hutton.   She's missing not murdered - her brother's murder is what draws NCIS to the case - but things get worse.   Palmer and Ducky discover that the brother was murdered by ricin, for which there is no antidote.   Tony leaves voice mail for Dana, whom no one can find, and she comes in from the cold.  She and Tony clearly have some chemistry, but another kind of chemistry will insure that this won't go very far:  she's been given the ricin, too.   And so Dana becomes Laura for Tony, after all.

Some very good other touches in this episode of NCIS.   Ziva is the one who talks about Laura the movie - to Tony, who wouldn't be likely to talk about the movie in this one case, because he's a part of it.   Margaret pays a  late-night visit to Gibbs - she says she's a close friend of Dana's - and asks why Gibbs always leave his door open.  "I wouldn't have a social life" if I didn't, Gibbs replies, in one of the best lines of the episode.   And there's something brewing with Abby.

Nothing like a media super-savvy episode of NCIS!

See also NCIS  ... NCIS 7.16: Gibbs' Mother-in-Law Dilemma ... NCIS 7.17: Ducky's Ties ... NCIS 7.18: Bogus Treasure and Real Locker



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