The case the Alden Parker team had to solve in last Monday’s episode “Love Lost” involves Secretary of the Navy Tara Flynn and her husband Felix Lassiter. He thinks she wants him killed. He would have survived several attacks, but only just. He was nearly hit by a car, his own car’s brakes failed and he crashed into a tree. And the carbon monoxide alarm in his apartment went off too. All nonsense, said his wife. She wanted to divorce him and not kill him.
As it soon turns out, she is telling the truth. However, when Felix collapses, foaming at the mouth, and is taken to the hospital, Parker’s team prick up their ears. How did the Russian nerve agent get into his blood? As his daughter confesses, her father has gambling debts. This leads McGee and Knight to Russian Olev Koslov, who runs an illegal casino. Koslov is not to blame in this case, but his colleague Zero knows more.
After a new series of twists, it finally turns out that Félix’s son-in-law is behind the attempted murders because Félix had taken out high life insurance, the sum of which would have been paid to his daughter in the event of his death. “NCIS” has rarely been more abstruse.
And where was the star “JAG” hidden? Olev Koslov was played by Patrick Labyorteaux. He appeared as Bud Roberts Jr. in the parent series 208 times. As such, he has already made three appearances in “NCIS”, the most recent in 2018. This time, however, he gave in to Russian criminals.