‘NCIS’ Recap: ‘Saviors’

By Kitin Miranda | 12 months ago
‘NCIS’ Recap: ‘Saviors’

“NCIS” Season 13 Episode 8 “Saviors” aired last Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2015, at 8:00 p.m. on CBS. In this episode, the team helped rescue several doctors who had gone missing in South Sudan and ended up teaming up with NCIS Special Agent Anthony “Tony” DiNozzo’s (Michael Weatherly) former flame, Jeanne Benoit (Scottie Thompson). Meanwhile, NCIS Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs (Mark Harmon) medical issues from the fallout of being shot several times earlier in the year, took a toll on him, both psychologically and physically. Read on to learn more about this episode.

The episode began at a volunteer clinic in Togu, South Sudan. They were suddenly shot at by locals. The patients and doctors all got to the floor, and one of them called NCIS Special Stan Burley (Joel Gretsch) for help.


At the squad room, NCIS Special Agent Anthony “Tony” DiNozzo, Jr. (Michael Weatherly) tried to convince NCIS Special Agent Timothy “Tim” McGee (Sean Murray) and NCIS Special Agent Eleanor “Ellie” Bishop (Emily Wickersham) that NCIS Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs (Mark Harmon) was being  quieter as of late.

However, they were interrupted by the man himself, who brought them up to MTAC. They discovered the situation in South Sudan from NCIS Special Agent Stan Burley (Joel Gretsch), who assigned near that area. He had gotten a distress call from a friend of his, Navy Doctor Liz Cortley (Annie Tedesco), the night beforehand.

He then directed Ellie and Tony to the group that sent the doctors, the International Doctors Group, which, much to Tony’s surprise, was being headed by Jeanne Benoit (Scottie Thompson. She is an ex-girlfriend of his whom he had dated on Director Jenny Shepard’s orders in order to get information on her now late father, who had been a notorious arms dealer.

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It turned out that she was now and doctor, and was extremely worried about the situation, as her husband, Dr. David Woods (David Chisum), had been the team leader.

However, at the morgue, which she insisted on entering, she discovered that her husband was one of the two doctors who had been taken.

Upstairs, they were surprised to see Dr. Cyril Taft (Jon Cryer), who mentioned that Gibbs kept on missing his follow-up appointments. He was there as Navy Surgical Technician Ensign Joni Ryan(Katie Roberts) , a colleague of his, and a technician who had  assisted in Gibbs’ surgery, was part of the five doctor team to South Sudan.

McGee then managed to get them tickets, and after much debate, Gibbs allowed Jeanne to go with them.

However, he got cut short as he suddenly collapsed at his desk, prompting Tony and McGee to make the call to go to South Sudan themselves and prompting Director Leon Vance (Rocky Carroll) to order Gibbs to work from home, which Gibbs did not like at all.


On the way to South Sudan, McGee forced Tony to talk to Jeanne. It was in order for them to get closure for what had happened between them before.

The next day, Taft told Gibbs that he needed to at least to talk to someone, as his collapsewas more psychological than physical. It prompted him to go right back to work, where he discovered thanks to the information gathered by his team on the ground. The team back in DC, that David and Joni were most probably still alive, as they had been taken by a particular ethnic group faction. They needed a doctor to help save the life of  a wounded tribal general.


Gibbs then went over to Taft’s office, as he decided that Taft was the only one he could and would talk to.It was after zoning out while Jimmy Palmer (Brian Dietzen) and Forensic Specialist Abby Sciuto (Pauley Perrette) were presenting their findings to him.

Meanwhile, in Sudan, Tony and the team found a burned down village, where they discovered a bloody surgical glove, which, for them, was a sign that Joni and David were still alive.

Gibbs then directed them towards another small town near them. They confirmed their suspicions about David and Joni being forced to help save the general’s life.

Burley then provided a good distraction by shooting the gas cans on their truck, which gave Tony and McGee enough time to rescue the pair.

Just as they were out gunned, a Navy helicopter flew by, and provided the much-needed firepower they needed in order to escape.

On the plane, back to DC, Jeanne thanked them and told Tony that she owed him. However, Tony simply told her that she didn’t owe him anything.

Back in DC, Taft went down to Gibbs’ basement as he worked on a boat, and began to ask him what he was afraid of, in order to get Gibbs to start talking to him.

How did you like Tony’s reunion with Jeanne Benoit? Would you like to see more of her in the future? What do you think will happen next now that Gibbs is finally acknowledging that him getting shot at has definitely left a mark on him? Let us know what you think in the comments below!

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