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NCIS recap: A death hits the team hard, Sloane’s absence felt

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The NCIS cast as had a very emotional season on the show. Pic credit: CBS

NCIS aired Season 18, Episode 9 on Tuesday night and it was a very emotional one. This was the first episode since Jack Sloane left NCIS, and it was made very clear that the team wasn’t doing well with the absence.

After the hostage ordeal that took place in Season 17, Kasie had begun seeing Sloane on a regular basis. Vance discovered this when he found Kasie just sitting in Sloane’s old office, deep in thought. She then told him how Sloane had been helping her deal with it all.

Torres (the fish), Bishop (a massager), and McGee (an automatic stapler) had each received departing gifts from Sloane. They mentioned that it was only the trio that was addressed in an e-mail from Sloane, leaving them to wonder what Gibbs had received. He was asked later, but he never confirmed or denied getting anything from her.

This possible gift seems to be something that will serve as a callback in an episode down the road, possibly when Gibbs meets with a character from the past in Season 18, Episode 10.

As for the case that the NCIS team was working on this week, it involved finding a man in the back of a freezer truck. The investigation had the team looking into workers at different food trucks, but the killer ended up being a parking enforcement officer who had been taking advantage of his position.

If it seems like we just glossed over this plot from the episode, we did. It is because that won’t be what people remember from NCIS Season 10, Episode 9.

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