NCIS season 20 episode 14 recap: Why did the case upset Parker?

“Old Wounds” – Parker grapples with his emotions when a conman from his past turns up as a prime suspect in the murder of a navy officer transporting millions of dollars’ worth of opioids, on the CBS Original series NCIS, Monday, Feb. 13 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network and available to stream live and on demand on Paramount+*. Series star Brian Dietzen co-wrote the episode. Pictured: Sean Murray as Special Agent Timothy McGee and Gary Cole as FBI Special Agent Alden Parker. Photo: CBS ©2023 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Highest quality screengrab available.
“Old Wounds” – Parker grapples with his emotions when a conman from his past turns up as a prime suspect in the murder of a navy officer transporting millions of dollars’ worth of opioids, on the CBS Original series NCIS, Monday, Feb. 13 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network and available to stream live and on demand on Paramount+*. Series star Brian Dietzen co-wrote the episode. Pictured: Sean Murray as Special Agent Timothy McGee and Gary Cole as FBI Special Agent Alden Parker. Photo: CBS ©2023 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Highest quality screengrab available. /
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NCIS season 20, episode 14, “Old Wounds,” found Parker dealing with the events of a previous case that he’s still wrangling with. Years before as an FBI agent, a conman from a case he was working on changed his life and now this person is back during the course of an NCIS investigation. Parker is no angel in this episode, but by the end you come to understand what he’s dealing with.

In the episode, a man is killed while transporting $3 million worth of black market opioids. When the team discover a few pills in the back of the vehicle he’s in, Parker recognizes them as belonging to a man he put away years ago.

The case affects him deeply as it involves his former FBI partner, Jeremy Brighton. In fact, he continuously loses his cool on the others, despite Vance trying to get him to calm down.

Brighton is in a wheelchair after being shot during that case. When Parker and McGee pay the former conman, Clayton Wills, a visit, he claims to be a changed man. He now runs a tech company and thinks the drugs may be the work of a man named Theo Benes.

Parker is affected by a case on NCIS season 20 episode 14, “Old Wounds”

Benes may be trying to stake his claim in opioids, but he wasn’t involved in the killings. But he recently lost two employees who may be working with Wills. When evidence comes in showing Wills was not doing well financially, it causes the team to suspect he is involved somehow.

Parker, who had been benched after losing his cool with Wills, wants to stop him once and for all. Wills reminds him of not just the case, but also of the fact that during the ensuing shootout, Parker accidentally shot his partner.

Even though Brighton worked hard to forgive Parker, the same couldn’t be said for the man himself. He never got over what happened and he still blames himself. Even after they finally have the evidence to put Wills away, Parker is still not happy.

Brighton finally gets Parker to read a note he had given him years before. In it, he talked about how it took a long time to forgive him and he wants Parker to move forward just like he has.

“Old Wounds” was an interesting look into Parker and who he is as a person. While it was irritating to see how he was reacting to his teammates, he did his best to make amends at the end. Even if we still expect him to grovel, just for fun, of course.

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