“NCIS” Season 13 Episode 4 “Double Trouble” aired last Tuesday, October 13, 2015 at 8:00 PM on CBS. In this episode, after a former disgraced NCIS Special Agent who had framed NCIS Director Leon Vance (Rocky Carroll) before he became director, came out of the woodwork in connection to a case that they were working on, Vance put his career out on the line, and insisted on doing field work in order to see this case through. In the end, he re-discovered why he had left the field in the first place. Read on to learn more about the episode.
The episode opened with a young man with a NASA hat holding up the back of a lingerie store, which was really an illegal sports book place owned by a man named Kobe “Beef” Carver (Greogory Scott Cummins).
After robbing them, he threw a grenade, which turned out to be a practice grenade, on the floor, and fled.
However, he, Navy Seaman Brian Dokes was discovered dead the next morning, with a crashed car and eyes gouged out, which made Dr. Donald “Ducky” Mallard (David McCallum) believe that Dokes was murdered. They also learned that his father was a drug addict whose payment was up for his stay at a very pricey rehabilitation clinic.
They were all then surprised after discovering that a former disgraced NCIS Special Agent, Kip Klugman (Eric Matheny) was at their doorstep, claiming that he had a source that told him that Carver had killed Dokes. However, NCIS Director Leon Vance (Rocky Carroll), who had been framed by him before as Klugman, who had stolen evidence before from them and had been caught by Vance, refused to believe him.
Meanwhile, both Ducky and Forensic Specialist Abby Sciuto (Pauley Perrette) found trace amounts of LSD in Dokes’ system, which had been administered to him while the drug was laced with another chemical that allowed the drug to absorb into the other person’s skin fast, which is what caused Dokes to go into shock, leading to the car crash.
Later that night, Klugman showed up at Vance’s doorstep and all beaten up. He later claimed that Vance had beaten him up. However, he suddenly stopped talking and told the Secretary of the Navy Sarah Porter (Leslie Hope) that he would drop the charges if Vance retired.
This pushed Vance to try to clear his name, which led him going out on the field again with his new boss, NCIS Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs (Mark Harmon).
They discovered that Klugman had the same attorney as Carver, Laura De Palma-Strike (Heather Mazur), who, while talking with Porter, accidentally left the room available for Gibbs and Vance to search.
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They were then able to get security footage of the illegal back room, and were given three hours to wrap the case before it got transferred to the Alexandria Police Department.
That, and the fact that Abby had tracked a tracking device planted inside the bag with the money back to the lingerie shop, gave them enough to search Carver’s place. There, they discovered that Carver had a stash of narcotics and Dokes’ father’s had been a drug dealer, and the one who killed Dokes. However, he and the others realized a little bit later that Lump (Edward “Grapevine” Fordham Jr.), one of his employees, had been the one who planted the tracker.
Gibbs then tried to set up Klugman hoping that they would be able to catch him if he robbed them while the evidence was en route to the Alexandria Police Department.
However, Lump intercepted them and managed to get away with it, as Vance had been too focused on Klugman. Thankfully, Gibbs had anticipated it and had asked NCIS Probationary Agent Eleanor “Ellie” Bishop (Emily Wickersham) to place his phone in one of the evidence boxes, which they traced to De Palma-Strike’s office, as she had made the arrangements for their escape.
Upon confronting them, Lump shot Vance on the chest, but they managed to arrest Klugman and De Palma-Strike. This made Vance remember that he had quit being a field agent to lead and protect NCIS.
The next day, Bishop informed the rest of the team that the money that was recovered had been donated to the drug rehabilitation program at Walter Reed Hospital, and Vance informed them that he was still their director, as there had been a chance that the higher ups were going to force him to retire.
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