'NCIS' Fan Columnist: Power Down Recap
'NCIS' Fan Columnist: Power Down Recap
Jacky Jackman, our BuddyTV NCIS Fan Columnist is sharing her thoughts on this week's episode. If you'd like to become a fan contributor, click here.

Last night on NCIS Tony comes into work and hears from M.E. Assistant Jimmy Palmer (Brian Dietzen) that Ziva and McGee have spent the night together. Zim? GeeZee? McDavid?

Fortunately we don't have to think up new shipper names. They were stuck in the elevator at NCIS headquarters due to a power outage effecting all of Washington DC. No power means no technology to help them solve the case. This should be fun.

Gibbs gets word of a dead female Navy lieutenant assigned to the Armed Forces Entertainment division. He rolls the team out. Tony believed nothing productive be done today. Oh, wrong again Tony.

A shootout at Swift Cast Internet Company has left one perpetrator dead and a security officer wounded. The company has very secure high tech equipment. McGee begins taking pictures with the digital camera until its rechargeable battery wears out.

Gibbs reaches into his bag and pulls out a camera, and a flash bar. Tony looks at the item in McGee's hands. What is it? Gibbs hands cameras to Tony and Ziva who were confused.  So was I. Do they even make Polaroid film for their instant cameras anymore?

With no access to phones, Internet and Abby's cool equipment it seems this time NCIS may not catch the bad guys. It's time for some old-fashioned police work.

A witness supplies the information to make a sketch of one of the shooters. Gibbs wants the likeness out to all law enforcement offices. It can't be faxed or scanned and emailed.

They could be hand distributed but the copy machine doesn't work.

McGee finds a mimeograph machine no one knows how to use. Up steps Gibbs and prints a picture of the suspect with a twist of his wrist. Gibbs is in his element. The 'kids' are just going to have to keep up with him.

Some things do proceed as usual. While talking to Ducky over the 'opened' body of Lt. Paxton he and Gibbs are interrupted more than once. Since the back-up generators at NCIS keep only parts of the building functioning, Dr. Mallard has allowed NCIS personnel to store their lunches in an empty autopsy freezer.

Abby goes through her own 'meltdown'. She is unable to get a caf-pow and has no back up generator wired into her lab. None of her equipment was shut down properly and she has to match tire tracks by hand. To ice her day her battery operated CD player dies on her. No tunes in Abby's Lab.

Lt. Paxton's car is found near a shipping container. When the team enters they find a set-up of a covert operative. It is McGee says, like the Tardis. This reference Tony doesn't get. McGee explains it is the contraption used by the time traveling Doctor Who.

"Who?" Tony asks. "Who watches that?" (I do Tony. Yes I'm a 'Whovian'.)

Gibbs interrogates Paxton's husband Anthony (Corey Sorenson). He tells Gibbs he suspected his wife of an affair and had her followed. He provides tapes showing her whereabouts. Gibbs and McGee see the same disguised man following her throughout. McGee gets fingerprints from a wall the man leaned against and brings them to Abby.

Abby has Tim, Tony and Ziva looking through finger print cards trying to match the prints McGee brought her. Early the next morning Abby find the correct print card complete with photo matching the sketch.

Gibbs and crew enter the suspect's home and find him and his accomplice dead on the floor. With everyone who broke into Swift Cast now dead the trail seems to have ended. Ah, but wait. The house holds another visitor, Commander Sarah Resnik (Cara Buono), Lt. Paxton's seemingly clueless commanding officer. Turns out she is with the National Security Agency and so was Lt. Paxton.

Since the NSA has nothing, Commander Resnik joins forces with Gibbs and company. She tells Gibbs she and Lt. Paxton have backdoor access via iris scanner to secured rooms all over the world. She is concerned Paxton may have betrayed her country.

Paxton had been kidnapped so she could be used to open the server room at Swift Cast. While kidnapped she took several pills for high blood pressure found in the medicine cabinet. The veins in her eyes swelled. Abby and I gave her high marks for her MacGyver-like efforts.

The trail leads back to the security guard who was shot during the break in. He engineered the power outage to switch out a server and sell its information to the highest bidder.

Power is restored and all but Gibbs go back to their computers joyfully. The non-tech zone is a nice place to visit but these young agents don't want to work there. 

-Jacky Jackman, BuddyTV Fan Columnist
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