“NCIS” Season 12 Episode 13 “We Build, We Fight” aired last Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2015, at 8 PM. In this episode, the NCIS team and Hollis Mann (Susanna Thompson) worked together to solve the murder of a Medal of Honor nominee, who would be the first homosexual in the history of the service to have received that kind of honor. Meanwhile, after Breena (Michelle Pierce) and Jimmy Palmer’s (Brian Dietzen) baby shower, Breena suddenly goes into labor. Read on to learn more about this episode.
The episode opened with a man, whose knuckles were bleeding, trying to pour himself a glass of water. However, as his hands were shaking, he got frustrated and threw the glass to the wall. He then called up a man named Vince, and left a message for him before the house lights went out. He then went out back in order to check the breaker panel; and while he was there, he was shot dead by an unknown gunman.
The next morning, at the NCIS headquarters, Breena (Michelle Pierce) and Jimmy Palmer (Brian Dietzen) attended their baby shower. Abby Sciuto (Pauley Perette) gave them a baby lab coat, while NCIS Special Agent Anthony “Tony” DiNozzo (Michael Weatherley) gave them a basket with earplugs, wine and $100 in cash. After Jimmy left to get Breena some water, she begged them to distract Jimmy with anything, like a case, so that she could just enjoy and eat a cheeseburger, as Jimmy had been monitoring and double-checking everything she ate or drank. Right on cue, NCIS Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs (Mark Harmon) came in with a case, as the body of a dead Navy Lieutenant had been found dead outside his house.
At the scene, Medical Examiner Dr. Donald “Duckie” Mallard (David McCallum) informed them that he had been shot three times with a silencer, at around midnight the night before hand, and had fought with someone, judging by the marks on his knuckles. Tony then found a boot print near the body, who was identified as Navy Lieutenant Eric James Kutzler, who was currently working for the State Department. Inside the house, NCIS Special Agent Eleanor “Ellie” Bishop (Emily Wickershan) found a broken drinking glass, and Tony found a door that had been punched, which left some traces of blood on it.
Outside, Gibbs talked to the first officer on the scene — Vince Armstrong (Alano Miller), Eric’s husband, who claimed that he didn’t get Eric’s voice message until the morning and had found the body when he had gotten home at 8 AM.
Back at NCIS, Gibbs was surprised to see that Hollis Mann (Susanna Thompson) was there. She then informed him that she was there because she had been vetting Eric for the Medal of Honor and that it was a big deal as he would have been the first openly homosexual service member to receive it.
Downstairs, they informed Gibbs that the reason why he had been in consideration for the Medal of Honor was because he had thrown himself on a live grenade when they were pinned down by insurgents in the Punjab province while they were building foundations for schools as he was part of the Navy Construction Battalion. After recovering from extensive injuries, he began to work for the State Department. Gibbs then learned, much to his annoyance that Hollis was going to help them investigate the murder.
Meanwhile, after Jimmy delivered a blood sample to Abby and NCIS Special Agent Timothy “Tim” McGee (Sean Murray) at the laboratory, he hurried out as Breena was going into labor at that moment. They then informed Gibbs that based on the neighbor’s surveillance footage, Vince had been lying to them about the exact time he had gone home and what he had done. According to the footage, Vince arrived at 8:26 AM, went back into the house and only called 911 twenty minutes after the fact. They then brought him in into interrogation, where they told him that they knew he had been in the Marine before, but had been discharged because he was openly gay. After talking to Gibbs, he then revealed that he had found a bag full of vials and syringes, which he knew wasn’t Eric’s because Eric did not do drugs. In order not to jeopardize his nomination for the medal, he had stashed it in the garage. It was then brought over to the laboratory, where Abby told them that the drugs inside were homemade. However, according to the toxicology report, Eric’s blood didn’t show any traces of drugs.
At the morgue, while they were waiting for Gibbs, Duckie revealed to Hollis that he knew the reason why Gibbs was keeping them all at a distance lately. However, they were interrupted by the arrival of Gibbs. Duckie then revealed to them that Eric’s heroic act had caused him to suffer severe injuries and he had been prescribed various medications in order to dull the pain. However, it turned out that he had not taken any of the medications at all and chose to live in constant pain. Because of this, Gibbs demanded that they take a look at everyone involved with the ambush.
Gibbs and Ellie then went over to see Rear Admiral Xavier Meade, who had given him a written reprimand for disorderly conduct then had retracted it. It turned that he had gotten into a little scuffle with Petty Officer Riley Davis who didn’t like the fact that he was open about his sexuality. Riley Davis had been discharged in 2012 and had been working in construction ever since.
Meanwhile, Riley Davis (Chris Coy) told them that he had become a changed man after he had realized that Eric was a hero, and had, together with Chief Lansing Donahue, submitted his name for the Medal of Honor in 2012. However, this was strange as there was no record of the first nomination.
Meanwhile, because somehow the press heard that Eric, a nominee for the Medal of Honor, had been found with narcotics in his house, they had written about it everywhere. With this, they were given 48 hours to clear his name, which angered Gibbs, who was now taking this case quite personally.
At the laboratory, Abby discovered, thanks to the logs on his car’s GPS, that Eric had gone to a community center before he had died. There, they discovered that he attended the weekly 9:30 PM Addictions Anonymous meetings and the guy at the front door, Mat Jebsen, had seen him arguing at the parking lot before he left for his house. After stalking out the place, they discovered that Riley Davis went to the meetings, and confronted him about it. However, when McGee and Tony confronted him about it, they found vials of the drug similar to what they had found in Eric’s house. They then brought Riley to the hospital after he became unconscious.
Hollis then went over to Gibbs’ house to tell him what had happened and told him not to be afraid to talk to her. She knew that he felt responsible for his ex-wife, Diane’s death, as he claimed that he had “put her in the crosshairs” and warned Hollis to stay away from him so that she wouldn’t become a target of Sergei Mishnev’s (Alex Veadov) hit list. However, she told him that she could handle herself.
At the hospital, Gibbs confronted Riley after he woke up to find himself handcuffed to the hospital bed. It turned out that Eric had discovered that Riley was using drugs in order to forget what they had gone through in Afghanistan, and Eric had introduced him to the program so that he could get clean. On the day that he had died, Eric had confronted Riley, as he had discovered that he had been using again. Riley then realized that he had probably confronted the man who gave him the drugs and that person had probably killed him. After discovering that Mat Jebsen was dealing them drugs, Tony and Ellie arrested him for Eric’s murder.
Afterwards, Gibbs met up with Vince who thanked him for his endorsement as the White House was going to announce that Eric was going to receive the Medal of Honor in a few days. In order to continue Eric’s legacy of never leaving a man behind, he introduced Vince to Riley, so that Vince could help Riley get over his addiction.
Meanwhile, the entire NCIS family welcomed into the fold the newest addition to their family — Victoria Elizabeth Palmer, who had been named after Duckie’s mother.
And that was all for the recap of “NCIS” Season 12 Episode 13 “We Build, We Fight.” For more news and updates, including spoilers and recaps, on “NCIS” and other television shows, keep on following Movie News Guide (MNG).
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