“NCIS” Season 12 Episode 6 “Parental Guidance Suggested” aired last Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014 at 8:00 PM on CBS. In this episode, a murder investigation revolving around a Navy Commander’s wife, who was a psychologist, led them to believe that a sociopath she was scared of killed her. The entire team worked hard to find out who that was, only to uncover a startling secret. Meanwhile, in the course of their investigation, Special Agent Anthony “Tony” DiNozzo ran into someone from his past. Read on to learn more about this episode.
The episode opened with a little girl named Rachel Barnes (Millie Bobby Brown), who was being walked home from an impromptu sleep over by her neighbor. Seconds later after her neighbor, Mr. Nathan Curtis, and his son dropped her off, she screamed. When Mr. Curtis came inside, he discovered that Rachel’s mother, Valerie Barnes, had been shot and was dead.
At the NCIS headquarters, Special Agent Anthony “Tony” DiNozzo (Michael Weatherly) had a verbal fight with Special Agent Timothy “Tim” McGee (Sean Murray) and Probationary Special Agent Eleanor “Ellie” Bishop (Emily Wickersham), as they were fighting over the fact that Ellie had to wear a costume to Forensic Specialist Abby Sciutto’s (Pauley Perrette) Halloween party. She then revealed that she did not want to wear a costume as she and her husband could not agree on one. Tony then harped on how Halloween used to be a “single guy’s event,” as both Ellie and McGee were bringing their significant others. They also found it strange that Tony had dated six women in the past month but did not remember any of them. However, their party talk was cut short, as Special Agent in Charge Leroy Jethro Gibbs (Mark Harmon) told them that they had a new case at Lake Ridge.
According to medical examiner Donald “Ducky” Mallard (David McCallum), the victim, Dr. Valerie Barnes, was shot in the back with a gun at close range from any time between 12 midnight to 2:00 a.m. According to Tony and McGee, there was no evidence of a murder weapon, and there was no forced entry. She had been married to Commander Ryan Barnes, who was currently on a mission, and left behind a 10-year-old daughter named Rachel, who was at the backyard, in her fort or “safe place.” She then told Gibbs that she wanted her father to come to her, and that if she left “they,” those who wanted to kill father will come after her.
They then discovered that Valerie was a therapist who worked at counseling center at Richmond. According to McGee, there was credible threat on the husband’s life, as he was part of the team that helped take down a terrorist named Benham Parsa. The problem was that the names of the SEALs who were part of the team had been leaked, and he had found Barnes’ name on a Jihad hit list on a terrorist website.
Gibbs then visited Rachel in the conference room. There, Rachel asked if her father was coming to her, and Gibbs promised that he was coming soon. She then told him that she was angry, especially at her mother, as her father had taught them what to do if bad people attacked them, and her mother did not do it. Before Gibbs left, he praised her for a job well done and helped her build a new “fort” in the conference room.
At the laboratory, they were able to trace the original coding to a terrorist in Maryland named Dorian Hobart. Ellie, McGee and Abby then set up a meeting with Hobart, as McGee would go undercover as an electronics expert who specialized in detonators named Tim Walsh.
At the medical examiner’s room, Ducky told Tony that Valerie had been shot in the back, and the bullet had fragmented. He also noticed that Valerie had a right cheekbone and eye socket injury that was around 10 years old but had not been in her medical files. However, their conversation was cut short, as Ellie collected Tony in order to go on their undercover mission at the park.
As soon as Hobart sat beside McGee, they immediately drew their guns on him. However, McGee was knocked to the floor by a woman. However, she stopped attacking McGee as soon as she heard Tony’s voice. He recognized her as soon as she called him by his old nickname — Spider.
It turned out that Special Agent Zoe Keates (Marisol Nichols) used to work for the Philadelphia Police Department, where she met Tony, and was now working with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. They then learned that Hobart had been arrested two months ago, and the one who posed as Hobart was also an ATF agent, as they had kept the website open so that they could capture other terrorists. After Gibbs told her about their case, both of them agreed that the murder wasn’t done by a terrorist, as the gunshot had been shot at close range and was “too quiet” for a terrorist attack.
Meanwhile, back at the NCIS headquarters, Commander Ryan Barnes arrived and viewed the body of his deceased wife before collecting his daughter.
At Abby’s laboratory, Ellie, Abby and McGee discussed on how there seemed to be a “spark” and a “history” between Tony and Keates. In fact, McGee had not seen Tony act like that in front a girl since Special Agent Ziva David (Cote de Pablo) had been around. They then decided to help Tony by giving him.
After doing some more digging, Tony found out that the facial fracture Ducky had mentioned was due to an injury that Valerie had gotten during her stint as a Forensic Psychologist at Maryland, where she was attacked by Geroge Burton, a serial killer and a cannibal, who was currently serving out a life sentence at a psychiatric hospital. They then discovered that she had paid him a visit two weeks prior as she was asking for help and insight with a patient who was also a sociopath like him. He then told them that she had seemed more scared of the new patient compared to him and would not say the name of the patient. He also mentioned that most sociopaths like him usually lied and manipulated people to get what they wanted and would never hesitate to kill if someone got into their way.
The next morning, Keates showed up at the office with a muffin for McGee and coffee for all of them. She then confirmed that there had been “no chatter” regarding their victim. She was then informed that they were looking at records of Valerie’s past patients.
Downstairs, Tony hurried into Abby’s laboratory, as she had told him to come quickly to the laboratory. There, Abby hugged him, and was able to get him to talk about Ziva, as they knew that he had been dating randomly as he was lonely because Ziva was no longer there. He then told her that he’s faced the reality, but Abby knew that he was having a hard time moving on from her. She then reminded him that he couldn’t put “his life on hold” waiting for her, which he knew. However, he told her that it was hard to do and that he did miss her as a friend, even if his other teammates were his friends as well.
However, their conversation was cut short as Abby was able to match the bullet to Mr. Nathan Curtis’ gun, which was in the system due to an accidental firearm discharge report. At interrogation, he revealed that Valerie had kept his gun locked up in her husband’s safe as he had attempted suicide a year ago. He then told them that the reason why he had been seen fighting with Valerie at school a month ago was because he had confronted her after seeing bruise marks on Rachel’s arm. She insisted that Ryan would have never harm Rachel, but he was put under suspicion when Gibbs and the team learned that Ryan’s training mission had been near Lake Ridge and that he had not been seen until 3:00 a.m. the day of the murder.
They then found him with Rachel at a rest house, seated in front of a gun. He then confessed to killing his wife and was led away.
However, back at the medical examiner’s room, Ducky and Gibbs had a feeling that something was a little bit off. Ducky then handed Rachel’s medical records, which showed that she had bruises and lacerations, like one would see in the case of child abuse. However, Gibbs noticed that the dates on her file matched the dates when her father had been deployed. Gibbs then realized that the sociopath Valerie had been afraid of, and not Ryan, killed Valerie, and that as Valerie had not called the police about it, she had been protecting someone “close to home.”
He then called Rachel into the interrogation room and showed her the gun he had found under her fort. It turned out that she was the sociopath and hurt herself constantly so that her father would come home. She had hated her mother, as she had recognized the symptoms and wanted to send her to a hospital for treatment.
Afterwards, McGee complained that was the only one who was going to wear spandex at the party as Tony had decided to go for a Bruce Wayne in a tuxedo instead of Batman, as McGee was going as Robin. However, Ellie showed up in spandex as well, as she and her husband were going as Rizzo and Danny from "Grease."
As he got his watch from his desk, he lingered for a moment on Ziva’s necklace, which he had kept. However, he was interrupted by Keates, who paid him a visit. The two then left together so that they could catch up, as it had been a very long time since they had last met.
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