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NCIS: A New Rivalry Emerges — Or Is It a Bromance?

Plus: This case of the week hits close to home

Liz Raftery

Who's the new top dog at NCIS?

Gibbs (Mark Harmon) is still in charge, of course, but in Tuesday's episode, we see a little alpha-male rivalry start to emerge between Torres (Wilmer Valderrrama) and Clayton Reeves (Duane Henry), who gets an official welcome as the international member of NCIS.

(Side note: For viewers who were confused by the overt introduction of Reeves, who we also saw in the Thanksgiving episode a couple of weeks ago, it's likely due to the fact that these episodes of NCIS aired out of order. My guess is that this week's episode was supposed to air before Thanksgiving, but was pushed back when the World Series prompted NCIS to skip a week. Anyway, if nothing else, Torres setting Reeves up as a target for Bishop's brothers in the previous episode makes more sense now, given their competitive dynamic that we see emerge this week.)

NCIS Mega Buzz: What's the shared connection between Torres and Quinn?

The two agents go head-to-head throughout the episode, ribbing each other over their wardrobes, bench weightlifting capabilities, and mutual good looks. And finally, they agree that they're going to have to physically fight at some point in order to decide once and for all who's the better man.

Meanwhile, the case of the week hits a little too close to home for anyone following American politics this year. Jenna Flemming, a popular and ambitious congresswoman (guest star Mary Stuart Masterson), becomes the target of death threats, and the investigation leads Bishop (Emily Wickersham) and Quinn (Jennifer Esposito) to a handful of internet trolls who spread misinformation on social media and belong to an online forum that calls for the death of female politicians. Art imitates life!

But the case gets a happy ending in more ways than one: Director Vance (Rocky Carroll) ends up asking Flemming out on a date at the end of the episode. Will we be seeing more of her?

Who gets your vote: Torres or Reeves?

Duane Henry, Wilmer Valderrama, NCIS
Michael Yarish, CBS

NCIS airs Tuesdays at 8/7c on CBS.

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