May 11, 2022

‘NCIS’ Hawai’i’ Episode 11 Review: A Game of Poker, Action, and Separation

Spoilers for ‘NCIS Hawai’i’ Episode 11 ‘The Game’

Writers tend to spend an awful lot of time focusing on titles, but that doesn’t seem to be the case when it comes to the latest episode of “NCIS Hawai’i.” There’s a game involved in this episode but one of the key characters also feels played at the end.

The team is tasked with investigating a cocaine operation which, in turn, lands them crossing paths with undercover agent Ray Carr. A surveillance mission with Carr (Oscar Bustamante) goes awry and he ends up being shot by an unknown assailant and how Officer in Charge Tennant and his team solve the murder form the rest of the series.


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Carr’s shady dealings come to light during the investigation, and all fingers point to drug kingpin Trey Santos. To gather more evidence that Santos (played by Nick Gracer) did the hit, Lucy goes undercover to clone his comms device. She also develops her poker skills on her first undercover mission, a high-stakes game filled with tense moments and a cringe-worthy dad joke.

The episode moves at a fast pace and after a few twists and action blocks, the real mastermind behind the blow is revealed and the person also meets their end quite quickly.

“The Game,” unfortunately, is a disappointment for “Kacy” stans, as Lucy drops by Kate and meets Cara, who introduces herself as “Whistler’s girlfriend from DC.” This sends Lucy storming off and any attempt by Kate to contact her is futile. The episode ends with Kate trying to make amends by justifying Cara’s appearance and not telling Lucy about Cara only to be turned down by Lucy.

‘NCIS: Hawai’i’ airs Mondays at 10 p.m. ET on CBS.

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