‘NCIS’ Recap and Post-Mortem: ‘Blood Brothers’

By Kitin Miranda | 2 years ago
‘NCIS’ Recap and Post-Mortem: ‘Blood Brothers’
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“NCIS” Season 13 Episode 10 “Blood Brothers” aired last Tuesday, November 24, 2015, at 8:00 PM on CBS. In this episode, the NCIS team worked together with FBI Special Agent Tobias Fornell (Joe Spano) in order to find a missing man and to find a good bone marrow match for a dying sailor. Meanwhile, NCIS Special Agent Eleanor “Ellie” Bishop (Emily Wickersham) came to terms with her broken down marriage. Read on to learn more about this episode.

The episode began in a hospital, where Mrs. Paulette Quinn (Patricia Bethune) was nursing her son, Navy Lieutenant Alex Quinn (Jack Mikesell), who was battling leukemia. The night got even worse for her after discovering that her daughter, Marine Captain Rebecca Quinn had been killed while in action.

Meanwhile, NCIS Special Agent Eleanor “Ellie” Bishop (Emily Wickersham), who was at her parent’s house in Oklahoma, vented out her feelings by cutting a lot of firewood and by smashing her phone to pieces so that Jake Malloy (Jamie Bamber) would stop calling her.


Her mother, Barbara Bishop (Lindsay Wagner) and her brother, George (Ryan Doom), tried to help and be supportive of her, but it only led to her feeling like she couldn’t make a decision. She hadn’t really gotten an opportunity to process things yet.

Back in Washington DC, NCIS Director Leon Vance (Rocky Carroll) told NCIS Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs (Mark Harmon) that the Quinn case was now top priority and that they had to locate Sean Quinn (Eric Nelsen), the youngest Quinn sibling, as he might be a viable bone marrow match for his dying brother. However, he went missing six months ago.

NCIS Special Agents Timothy “Tim” McGee (Sean Murray) and Anthony “Tony” DiNozzo, Jr. (Michael Weatherly) then found some counterfeit dollar bills in a vent in Sean’s apartment, which alerted the Secret Service and FBI Special Agent Tobias Fornell (Joe Spano). It turned out that Sean was now working as an informant for a big money counterfeiting ring that was hitting east coast casinos.

Gibbs, Fornell and Dr. Donald “Ducky” Mallard (David McCallum) all went together to Sean’s FBI safe house. It was only to discover that Sean’s handler had been killed with a bullet which they believed came from Sean’s gun.

However, they later on discovered, thanks to Ducky and Forensic Specialist Abby Sciuito (Pauley Perrette) that Sean hadn’t killed his handler and that he had been injured by the same bullet that killed his handler.

Tony and McGee then found him injured on his boat, but found out that he wasn’t a viable match to his brother, leaving only an inmate at Leavenworth, Richard Doogan (Grantham Coleman), as the only person who could save Alex’s life. It meant that Ellie and Gibbs, who had suddenly shown up there, had to try again to convince Doogan, who was refusing to do so as he wasn’t getting the deal he wanted, being released from prison at that very moment.

While there, Gibbs told Ellie to stop running away from her problems and told her to talk to him in order to process things, as that was the only way she could heal. He then revealed that he had been talking to Dr. Cyril Taft (Jon Cryer), ever since the Sudan case.


The next morning, Ellie managed to convince Doogan to donate his bone marrow, after telling him that she knew that he had killed those detainees. It was the reason he was in prison, because they had made a bomb that had killed a friend of his, and told him not to let his one wrong decision influence the rest of his life.

Also, Tony and the team were able to discover that Sean’s building manager was the one who had killed Sean’s handler, and used him to get to the boss of the organization, Malcolm Turro (Stuart McLean), who got clocked by Tony right before he tried to shoot Fornell.

This caused Fornell to invite Tony, who had no Thanksgiving plans, over for dinner.

The marrow was donated, and Alex was able to see Sean, who was recuperating in the same hospital as his brother.

Meanwhile, right before Thanksgiving dinner, Ellie’s mother thanked Gibbs and the NCIS team for being there for Ellie, and Ellie decided to go back to DC with Gibbs.

As the past several episodes dealt heavily with Ellie, Entertainment Weekly managed to sit down with Emily Wickersham to ask her what will be happening next for Ellie.

According to her, it seems that Ellie has finally come to a decision as to what will be happening next with her and Jake, and this decision will definitely have an impact on Ellie and her work, especially as divorces do take a toll on a person.

Wickersham mentioned that Ellie’s and Jake’s marriage had been slowly going downhill, specifically after Ellie moved into NCIS, and commented that she felt that the marriage’s foundation “wasn’t strong enough to begin with.”

With regards to her character entering after Cote de Pablo’s Ziva left, Wickersham recognizes the fact that many are still sceptical about Ellie, but over the seasons, she has seen the support for her character grow more and more.

What is your take on Ellie’s marriage? How did you like this episode? Let us know what you think in the comments below!

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Kitin Miranda enjoys writing, learning new things, telling stories, and doing theater. When she is not busy with her many projects, she can be found reading a good book, writing poetry or fiction, updating her blog, discovering new food places around her neighborhood, or watching American or Asian TV shows.