NCIS season 19 episode 8 focused heavily on the issues of owning weapons and also dealing with your past trauma. In light of the events of the case they are investigating, we get to see more of different characters’ backgrounds and how they have moved forward afterwards. Let’s take a look at what we learned about Nick, Jessica, and Kasie in this episode.
This episode saw the team investigate the shooting death of former Lieutenant Victor Bateson. After his body is found in a car located at a shooting range, it’s up to the team to figure out if he was killed by target practice fire or if he was killed previously. The lack of blood tells Jmmie it was the latter, so he works hard to determine which of the almost 200 bullets found in his body killed him.
During the course of the episode we also saw something going on with Kasie. She has been secretive about her activities, until Jessica and Parker find her at the victim’s ex-wife for a small gun show party in her home. Of course, Kasie didn’t know the connection otherwise she wouldn’t have been there. But she had her reasons for going.
Ever since the shooting at the diner and then being held hostage by LeMere, Kasie has been feeling unsafe. She is contemplating buying a gun for protection, but the thought scares her. It’s not scary firing weapons for ballistics, but it is when it’s in her home. The team gives her advice, from Parker telling her how he feels about the best kind of gun owners are to Jessica offering to help her find a weapon of choice.
NCIS season 19 episode 8 showed a character facing a big decision
NCIS season 19 episode 8 showed a different look into how someone may feel about potentionally owning a gun. It is a lot of responsibility and we even see through the case how a weapon in someone’s hands who may not be ready for a gun can lead to devastating consequences.
In the end, Kasie knows what the right decision is for herself. It feels good to be able to use a gun safely, but she is fine not owning one. It’s the right choice for her.
The episode also gave us a deeper look into how Jessica is doing. As a reminder, we met her after she lost her entire team during a case. Seeing the emotions the case has been bringing is tough for her, but she is someone who wants to remain strong. We’ve really enjoyed getting to know her character and how she is healing after such a traumatic event.
As for Torres? Well, he had the lighter aspect of the case, in which he was mostly concerned with taking care of the bullet-ridden car. It is a reminder of his first car and honestly, if anyone can bring Stella to life, then it is definitely Nick.
One thing that NCIS Season 19, Episode 8 did really well was showing how these characters are moving forward in response to past traumas, whether big or small. We’ve gotten to know them over the years, or year in Jessica’s case, and we’ve grown to care about them.
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