Wednesday, November 16, 2022

NCIS: Hawai'i - Vanishing Act

While searching for a boy's missing mother, NCIS discovers she's a fugitive being chased both by a bounty hunter and criminals tied to the crime she was charged with. "Vanishing Act" gives us an episode that highlights both Jesse (Noah Mills), who spends time with the son, and Lucy (Yasmine Al-Bustami), who both works the case and is involved in the B-story involving a possible promotion which would mean leaving Hawai'i. I'm always up for a Lucy-centric story, and the episode delivers (even with the promise of her upcoming abscence). I'd guess the short hiatus will either be ignored (i.e. the show jumps forward after a couple episodes in tune with the mid-season break) or NCIS: Hawai'i will take Lucy's absence to try and build-up other characters.

As for the case of the week, playing on Jesse's experience as a father fits naturally with him taking lead with the boy. That said, the truth that his mother wasn't responsible for the crime that was committed is all too easy to see coming, despite how long the idea takes to take root in our rather dim-witted cops this week. The episode ends with Lucy's choice to leave and a reunion between mother and son (while attempting to acknowledge, but then quickly side-step, the fact that she's likely still looking at jail time and another separation from her son).

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