“NCIS” Season 12 Episode 19 “Patience” aired last Tuesday, Mar. 31, 2015, at 8:00 p.m. on CBS. In this episode, the entire NCIS team raced against time together with the Navy SEALS in order to catch a bomber who eluded capture forty years ago. He was the subject of a classified operation that NCIS Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs (Mark Harmon) and NCIS Special Agent Anthony “Tony” DiNozzo (Michael Weatherly) had been part of for two years. Read on to learn more about this episode.
The episode began with the shooting of a woman, a prostitute. She asked the guy whose car she had gotten into if she was truly safe with him.
The next morning, Agent Timothy “Tim” McGee (Sean Murray) was surprised to see that NCIS Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs (Mark Harmon) had called in NCIS Special Agent Anthony “Tony” DiNozzo (Michael Weatherly) even if he was supposed to be on vacation.
The girl who died was a Columbian woman named Lolita Cortes (Stephanie Fantauzzi). According to her coworkers, she recently had a falling out with her pimp. The dead male beside her was Petty Officer Daniel Harvey. but NCIS Probationary Special Agent Eleanor “Ellie” Bishop (Emily Wickersham) discovered that she couldn’t find any record of him in the database. After McGee informed them that the car he used had been requested by a particular operation, Tony, Gibbs and NCIS Director Leon Vance (Rocky Carroll) immediately entered MTAC and locked McGee and Ellie out.
Afterwards, they informed McGee and Ellie that Tony and Gibbs had been working on the unsolved case of a bombing at an airport that happened forty years ago, and that they had started working on it two years ago. It was after a bomb in Columbia was discovered with the same make as the bomb used forty years ago. However, McGee became sore that he hadn’t been brought in on it, and that Ziva David (Cote de Pablo) had known about it. They then told them that they were looking for a credible link to tie drug kingpin Tomas Orlando (A. Martinez) to the bombing.
Later, they were informed by Vice Admiral Dawn Tyson (Kathe Mazur) and Ambassador to Columbia Olivia Edmunds (Lisa Banes) that Daniel Harvey was really Intelligence Officer Louis Freston (Andrew Bongiorno). Lolita, who had been his asset, was supposed to give Orlando’s DNA sample, hair that was sewn into the lining of her purse, so that they could match Orlando’s DNA to the DNA of the bomb forty years ago. However, the purse was missing as it had been stolen by her pimp.
Tony and McGee then picked the pimp, Edward “Collarbone” Rosario (Arturo del Puerto), a tattoo artist during the day, thanks to Forensic Specialist Abby Sciuto (Pauley Perette), who had placed him inside the car at the time of the murder. However, after interrogating him, they realized that he had no connection to the case.
Back at MTAC, they were informed that a team of Navy SEALS, led by Commander Joe Hankos (Dan Thiel). He had lost his father in the bombing, was in position to raid the compound where Orlando was going to have a meeting with his top lieutenants, and was just waiting for the DNA match to confirm that Orlando was really their target.
After Abby confirmed it, the SEAL team went in, only to discover that the building was empty except for a laptop and an encrypted hard drive. McGee then volunteered that he and Abby go over to their team via chopper to help them decrypt him. Before Abby left, she informed them that she had found another familial match for Orlando, a niece who was raised by her mother’s side, named Dr. Susanna Soto (Roxana Oniga). Because of this, Tony and Ellie posed as a married couple in order to gain access to her computer files, only to discover that she was a “cyber hoarder.”
Meanwhile, before McGee and Abby took a look at the laptop and hard drive, McGee learned thanks to Petty Officer Goode, that Abby had cheated on him with a barista when they were together eleven years ago.
Gibbs and the others then got a surprise after Orlando turned himself in seeking asylum in the United States. He then told them that he had been set up, and gave them a sample of his hair. Dr. Donald “Duckie” Mallard (David McCallum) confirmed it didn’t match the DNA of the bomber. However, because of this, they reasoned that whoever had swapped the DNA was still alive.
Abby and McGee then informed Gibbs and the others that they had discovered a bug planted in Orlando’s computer, which traced back to Ambassador Edmund’s IP address. After they brought her in, Gibbs discovered that she had unwillingly helped the real bomber, Armand Luna. He had threatened to kill her family thirty-five years ago. It was after she took a bribe for which she pushed for a particular drug policy in Columbia.
Afterwards, a drone strike was ordered, and Luna was finally killed. Hankos then thanked Vance and Gibbs, and the rest of the team celebrated their victory.
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