“Trojan Horse” first aired May 8, 2007.
What a trainwreck of an episode! But that is not a bad thing for the tangle of the story is intriguing and that is what all drama writers hope for: a plot complex, misshapen, dirty…kind of like real life. “Trojan Horse” is the penultimate episode to the 2006-2007 season and it is going to be interesting to see how the writers resolve this cacophonous dissonance into a final brilliant chordal consonance (be that one that will certainly a cliffhanger).
“Trojan Horse” is two episodes in one. NCIS Director Jenny Shepard (Lauren Holly) is in Paris, attending a security conference and leaves Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs (Mark Harmon) in charge, much to the chagrin of Shepard’s Girl-Friday, NCIS Tech Cynthia Sumner (Stephanie Mello), with whom he spars with, more often than not coming up short. Gibbs’ and Sumner’s two-minute exchange along with his telephone conversation with Shepard are two of the high comedic points of the season. Meanwhile, a dead Yemeni National shows up in a cab at NCIS creating quite a stir at the gate, awakening Gibbs from the bureaucratic slumber as acting director, launching him into action, causing NCIS Medical Examiner Dr. Donald "Ducky" Mallard (David McCallum) to win the office pool on how long it would take Gibbs to return to field work (four days). Special Agent Tony DiNozzo (Michael Weatherly) turns out to be the loser.
First story line: the dead Yemeni National, Hamal Fahan, is a cover to smuggle one Mario Vincetti (Gary Morgan) into the NCIS lab where he could make a pistol exchange in the evidence locker related to a case Forensics Specialist Abby Sciuto (Pauley Perrette) had been working on. This thread seems almost incidental as the plot element is just floating unattached to anything in the episode. The cab arrives with the dead man and the cab driver, Joey Kelly (Michael Patrick) is detained for extended questioning. Meanwhile, Vincetti, hiding beneath a false front bench seat in the cab (how did Abby miss that?) peals away the Velcro cover, subsequently breaking into the elaborately secured evidence storage in Abby’s garage lab (hence, the title “Trojan Horse”). Kelly continues to be questioned and occasionally receives phone calls on his cell (would his cell not been immediately removed from him?). Pretending that these calls are from his wife (some are), the last one is from Vincetti, telling him he is finished with the evidence switch.