‘Let’s say that your getting
here is a bonus.’
Wellingham and Peele are off to a conference. Gibbs uses the
opportunity to force Burnside to take some time off. This, just
as he’s quitting smoking.
Burnside is approached by a lovely lady. His instincts are that
this is a honey pot. He pretends to play along, claiming to be
a married man and public official, exactly the sort of person
who would be perfect for KGB blackmail. This would be a real prize
to bring home to Gibbs.
Willie is left to handle a request from Ross. An American officer
is trapped in the Southwest USSR. Against his better judgment,
Willie plans and mounts a rescue in his own style, one very different
Easily the lightest of the 20 episodes. No one dies and there’s
lots of comedy in the interplay among Peele, Wellingham and Burnside.
Burnside’s quitting smoking and attempted seduction are
major plot threads; the scene in which the Russians find Mike’s
dirty pictures is more goofy than tense; and even C’s meeting
with the DUS has a tint of irony.
With Burnside away, Willie is very credible as Acting D-Op's.
(Might he have taken the job permanently had there been a fourth
season?) It’s Jeff Ross, however, who acts most like Burnside,
as he deviously manipulates SIS into doing his dirty work.