“NCIS” Season 12 Episode 21 “Lost in Translation” aired last Tuesday, Apr. 14, 2015, at 8:00 p.m. on CBS. In this episode, , NCIS Agent Eleanor “Ellie” Bishop (Emily Wickersham) and NCIS Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs (Mark Harmon) travelled to Afghanistan. It was after a murder investigation led to the discovery of an Afghan hiding from his brother. He was connected to the Taliban, who then took a marine hostage in exchange for him. Meanwhile, NCIS Special Agent Anthony “Tony” DiNozzo, Jr. (Michael Weatherly) became jealous after learning that NCIS Special Agent Timothy “Tim” McGee (Sean Murray) had been chosen to be “the new face of NCIS”. Read on to learn more about this episode.
The episode began with Gunnery Sergeant Joseph Wilkes (Dale Pavinski) discovering that his running buddy and friend, Marine Captain David Landis, had been murdered in his own home. After entering his house, he was attacked and stabbed by his friend’s killer.
At the office, NCIS Special Agent Anthony “Tony” DiNozzo, Jr. (Michael Weatherly) became disturbed after discovering that NCIS Special Agent Timothy “Tim” McGee (Sean Murray) had been chosen to be “the new face of NCIS” instead of him. They then went to Lake Ridge, to where Landis had been killed.
According to Dr. Donald “Duckie” Mallard (David McCallum), the captain had died that morning and based on the way he was tied up, it was obvious that he had been tortured.
Outside, Tony and NCIS Agent Eleanor “Ellie” Bishop (Emily Wickersham) interviewed their only witness, Kent Ashmore. He told them that a Middle Eastern kid holding a knit cap or mask had run out of the house and into him.
At the laboratory, Forensic Specialist Abby Sciuto (Pauley Perrette) informed NCIS Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs (Mark Harmon) that the other prints she had lifted off the chair that Landis had been tied to belonged to twenty-one-year-old Qasim Naasir (Rafi Silver). He was on the terror watch list along with his older brother, Rasheed Naasir (Gabeen Khan).
Afterwards, Duckie told Gibbs that the murderer had killed Landis as he had panicked when Wilkes had arrived. He told him that whoever tortured Landis had been professional.
Meanwhile, at Wilkes’ house, Tony and McGee chased after Qasim Naasir, whom they brought in to interrogation. Afterwards, Ellie informed Gibbs that she believed that Qasim wasn’t really a terrorist as his real name was Qasim Matar. His parents were killed by the Taliban when he was young and was now probably in hiding.
Abby then informed them that the prints on the knife that they had found matched Wilkes’ prints. He admitted that he and Landis had smuggled in Qasim into America, as he had become a translator for them after he rescued them when Wilkes and Landis had hit an IED in Kabul. Wilkes then gave him Landis’ dog tags.
Afterwards, they learned that Rasheed, who had killed their parents, had put out a hit on Qasim and had taken a marine hostage in exchange for Qasim.
Ellie and Gibbs then went to Afghanistan, where the commanding officer there told them that they weren’t going to hand Qasim over, as he was family. Along the way, Qasim realized that Ellie had been stationed in the war zones before, and guessed that she had lost a good friend. However, a little bit later on, they discovered that Qasim had left in order to turn himself in to save the marine’s life.
Back at home, after Tony decimated McGee’s standee, they realized that their killer was Kent Ashmore. He had been emailing Rasheed and had gotten a payment of $50,000 as he had informed Rasheed of Qasim’s whereabouts.
In coordination with Tony, Director Leon Vance (Rocky Carroll) and McGee, they managed to locate the village that Rasheed was in. Gibbs then instructed a terrified Ellie, to go into the village to a doctor, and reassured her that he had her back. At first, she didn’t want to, but after Gibbs pushed her to stop hiding in her comfort zone so that she could get some closure for a friend of hers, a local translator, that had been killed there, she decided to do it.
After she entered, Rasheed informed his man to take care of her, and told Qasim that he was weak. They were then interrupted by Rasheed’s man, who brought Ellie in. While Rasheed was confused, Ellie and the man, who was Gibbs in disguise, brought out their guns as the marines stormed in. They were able to rescue Qasim and the marine, but, unfortunately, Rasheed had been shot.
Back at home, Tony discovered that McGee being the new face of NCIS was an April Fool’s prank.
Meanwhile, Qasim thanked Ellie for everything. He got surprised after discovering that the Secretary of the Navy had endorsed his visa to live in the United States. He was told that he was going to work as a translator for NCIS while his papers were being processed.
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