‘NCIS’ Season 17, Episode 5: The Team Faces an Unusual Situation, Gibbs Makes a New Friend

NCIS season 17, episode five, titled “Wide Awake,” is full of twists and turns. In the latest episode, the agents face a very unusual situation. They’re called on to investigate a marine corporal who may have murdered her neighbor during her treatment for insomnia.

The ‘NCIS’ team investigates

Emily Wickersham and Mark Harmon |  Michael Yarish/CBS via Getty Images
Emily Wickersham and Mark Harmon | Michael Yarish/CBS via Getty Images

The episode, titled “Wide Awake,” is perfect for this story line. Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs finds himself in the middle of a very strange situation when Marine Corporal Laney Alimonte (Camryn Grimes) becomes the subject of their latest investigation.

How does Alimonte become the subject of an investigation? Well, evidence is found that possibly points to her being the one who murdered her neighbor while she’s in treatment for insomnia with a hypnotherapist.

Gibbs makes a new friend

Jack Fisher as Phineas NCIS |Sonja Flemming/CBS via Getty Images
Jack Fisher as Phineas NCIS |Sonja Flemming/CBS via Getty Images

Although Gibbs is mostly a loner, we see him make a friend in this episode. He takes the time to get to know his new neighbors after a child’s baseball crashes right through his window. We don’t know if we would be feeling all that friendly after a baseball crashes through the window, but we’ll see how it all goes down this Tuesday.  

Dr. Grace Confalone makes an appearance

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Mark Harmon and Laura San Giacomo | Sonja Flemming/CBS via Getty Images

Gibbs’ therapist, Dr. Grace Confalone, makes an appearance in this episode. We don’t know for sure what Gibbs and Confalone will discuss, but we’re sure it’s going to be something juicy. During season 16, episode 22, Gibbs sought the help of Confalone after revealing his big secret to the team. Gibbs told them he killed Pedro Hernandez, the man who killed his family.

Gibbs says he “killed him in cold blood.” His shocking confession causes tension between him and the team, since they don’t know how to respond to this unexpected news. McGee wonders what they should do with this information, while Torres suggests they move on and act as if Gibbs’ confession never happened.

Gibbs and Dr. Confalone’s relationship

Gibbs turns to Dr. Confalone when he needs to sort things out. He rarely shares his personal feelings with others, so she’s one of the few people who knows him best. She provided a shoulder to lean on when Gibbs was dealing with the fallout of killing Pedro Hernandez. One of the consequences of his actions was that he had to deal with a judge who was trying to have him killed for taking Hernandez’s life.

As you would expect, trying to handle a situation like this was quite distracting for Gibbs. He went missing from the NCIS office on a few occasions. Instead of focusing on work, he was taking care of personal business. In season 16, episode 22, he left the office so he could speak with the judge who was trying to put a hit on him. Then in season 16, episode 23, Gibbs leaves his team behind at a crime scene so he can have an impromptu session with Dr. Confalone. We’ll just have to wait and see what Gibbs and Dr. Confalone will discuss in season 17, episode five.

The next episode of “NCIS” airs Tuesday, Oct. 22, at 8:00 p.m. Eastern on CBS. 

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