“NCIS” Season 13 Episode 7 “16 Years” aired on Tuesday, Nov. 3, at 8:00 p.m. on NBC. In this episode, a murder investigation into the death of a retired lieutenant commander forced Dr. Donald “Ducky” Mallard (David McCallum) to reveal and interesting secret, which later on proved helpful to the case. Meanwhile, Forensic Specialist Abby Sciutto’s (Pauley Perrette) reputation got put on the line after the case also made her discover that there had been some flaws in her work in her earlier years with NCIS. Read on only to learn more about this episode.
The episode began with several boys on a camping trip discovering the body of Lieutenant Commander Ranyon Hayes, who had died several days ago in the woods.
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While surveying the crime scene, throughout the episode, NCIS Special Agent Anthony “Tony” DiNozzo, Jr. (Michael Weatherly) seemingly kept on getting splinters in his fingers. It was while trying to pry out the bullets that might have killed the commander from several Easter White Pines in the area.
Later, Tony and NCIS Special Agent Timothy “Tim” McGee (Sean Murray) blamed NCIS Special Agent Eleanor “Ellie” Bishop (Emily Wickersham) for the complicated case they had ended up with as she had jinxed their week by saying that she had hoped for an easy and quick case. However, after a while, she did everything she could to reverse the “curse.”
However, as soon as Dr. Donald “Ducky” Mallard (David McCallum) learned of the identity of their victim, he told NCIS Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs (Mark Harmon) that he had to recluse himself from the case.
It turned out that he was part of an amateur sleuth group called the Sherlock Consortium of Investigation, that had been approached by the commander three weeks ago. He had asked them to consult on the case of his son, Michael Hayes (Matthew John Armstrong), whom he claimed as wrongfully serving a life sentence as he had been accused of killing his division officer, Lieutenant Swannie.
The group consisted of former police detective Walt Osorio (Richard Riehle), mystery novelist Judith McKnight (Jessica Walters), who took every opportunity to flirt with Gibbs, and Lyle Waznicki (Todd Louiso).
During the course of the investigation, they ended up teaming up with the NCIS team, and sometimes became a cause of nuisance towards them, and especially to Gibbs.
First off, the team paid a visit to Todd Bennett, who had originally been accused of the murder. Tony and McGee ended up going back to the woods to try to figure out where exactly the bullet that had killed the commander had gone to.
However, they discovered that the bullet had already been dug out.
Later, they discovered that the case was closer to home than they thought. It turned out that Michael had been convicted due to a test that was now deemed flawed in nature, which had been conducted by Forensic Specialist Abby Sciuto (Pauley Perrette). She became devastated to learn that she might have accidentally caused innocent people to end up in jail.
Later, Abby discovered that Michael’s hair didn’t match the hair that had been originally been found on Swannie’s body, but Gibbs lit up. It was after Lyle mentioned that he had noticed that DiNozzo and McGee had dark stains on their shoes due to the tree sap around the crime scene.
This caused Gibbs to remember that Michael’s best friend and Michael’s daughter’s guardian, Jason Tupperman (Chris Gartin) also had similar stains on his shoes when he had talked to them after DiNozzo and McGee retrieved the commander’s wallet earlier, as he had given it to the commander’s granddaughter.
Abby then managed to compare the splinter in DiNozzo’s finger to the sawdust on Tupperman’s car keys. He had used the keys to dig out the bullet that he had used to kill the old man, as he had been getting too close to the truth.
It turned out that Tupperman had killed Swannie, as he was the sort of commanding officer who would break a person psychologically while being under his command. However, he hadn’t managed to gather the courage to confess to his crime.
Later, Ducky resigned from his group and brought in Jimmy Palmer (Brian Dietzen) into the fold to replace him.
Meanwhile, Abby, Gibbs and Michael’s daughter warmly received Michael, who had finally been released from prison.
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