“Angel of Death” first aired May 22, 2007.
The final episode of NCIS’s fourth season does not require lengthy discussion. What it did require was a two-part episode. The writers and staff of the procedural were overly ambitious in conceiving this season finale. Commercial teasers indicate that everyone has a secret and they will be revealed. Well, perhaps some of them. The episode is complicated by a subplot involving two junkies and their mule, body-packing what I presume to be heroin or perhaps cocaine, who arrived at the airport just after NCIS Director Jenny Shepard (Lauren Holly) returned from her European conference where she learned her father was still alive and had done business with Le Grenouille. No point in a blow by blow: here are the two subplots making up the episode.
Subplot 1: Three Junkies
Devon Watkins (Mike Erwin) is hit by a cab outside of the airport while texting an unidentified party that he has just cleared customs. His leg is badly broken and he is taken to the local hospital, just by chance employing Special Agent Tony DiNozzo's (Michael Weatherly) amore Dr. Jeanne Benoit (Scottie Thompson). Benoit is assigned the case, Tony happens to be at the hospital at the same time when Watkin’s sister, Bernadette (Shelly Cole) and a surly Irishman named Nick Kerry (Alan Smyth) request to see him. The pair are sweating like Shaquille O’Neill at the foul line and are as manic as Robin Williams on an eight ball of crystal. Benoit allows ten minutes and repairs to the cafeteria with DiNozzo.
Meanwhile, Devon begins to tank while talking to his sister and Kerry, fearing that he is “leaking.” This suspicion reveals that Devon was acting as a drug mule and that the vehicular accident caused one or more of the balloons containing the contraband to rupture, introducing a huge amount of drug into his gastrointestinal tract. He codes, bringing Benoit back to the room, where Devon expires. Kerry wants to know when the body can be released. Benoit demands an autopsy. The body goes to the morgue. What Devon was body-packing is unclear.