NCIS recently aired its 450th episode titled "Unusual Suspects," which is just like any other episode in terms of plot and structure. The episode revolves around a standalone case involving the murder of a rideshare driver and offers some insight into one of the agent's personal life.
The investigation leads the team to a retirement home, which one of the agents, Parker, believed was rundown when he considered it for his father. The victim, despite appearing nice, had some questionable activities. It is revealed that he met an 85-year-old woman through an app that connects elderly individuals with younger people. The purpose of the app is to provide companionship. Additionally, the victim had won a significant amount of money playing an online game and generously donated it to the retirement home for upgrades.
However, the victim's actions raised suspicions for the elderly woman he befriended, leading her to believe he was catching on to her art scheme. As a result, she arranged for his murder. With the app now under investigation, the residents at the retirement home lose their company and assistance. In a heartwarming ending, three agents from the NCIS team visit the residents to play cards with them, offering some comfort and companionship.
In the B-plot of the episode, the team discovers flowers covering Parker's desk and assumes it is for his birthday. Although it turns out to be a false assumption, the gesture prompts them to search for gifts at their desks. The birthday celebration may have been weak, but it highlights the camaraderie among the team members.
Parker's personal life unfolds as his father, Roman, gets kicked out of his retirement home. Parker reluctantly takes him in until he can find another place. Despite initial annoyance, Parker becomes worried when he receives a distressing text from his father. However, it turns out to be a false alarm, and the episode highlights their unique father-son relationship.
Throughout the investigation, Parker's description of Sunshine Pines, the retirement home, differs greatly from what is portrayed. Eventually, Roman goes undercover, leading him to consider moving in immediately. This prompts Parker to reflect on his own living situation and reluctantly admits to enjoying his time with his father. By the end of the episode, Parker shows Roman his new room at Sunshine Pines, and the two share a heartwarming moment, realizing their bond.
Overall, the 450th episode of NCIS delivers a typical standalone case with some personal insight into one of the agents' lives. It showcases themes of companionship, family, and the unique dynamics within the team.