Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Patents AND Diane Neal appear in NCIS "Jurisdiction" episode

M. Allison Hart may have competition as a love interest for Gibbs in NCIS.
Diane Neal (of "Law & Order SVU" fame) guest starred as CGIS Special Agent Abigail Borin in the "Jurisdiction" episode.

Patents come up in "Jurisdiction". One Dr. Mavrey has a bunch of them, and lives in a big house. Sadly, the patents concern stents, and Mavrey is a defendant in a bunch of law suits. [No, they are product liability suits, not patent infringement suits, as would likely be the case in the real world of stents.] No actor plays Mavrey, as his only appearance is as a decomposed corpse. The inventor-Doctor, desparate for cash to fund the lawsuits, is tricked into a treasure hunting scam and ends up dead. Who needs trolls?

Trade secrets also come up, sort of. Abby (Pauley Perrette) is out of sorts, and finally discovers that the makers of "Cat Pow" have changed the formula. She reverse engineers back to real "Cat Pow."

There are the usual references to movies, including Jaws and Treasure of the Sierra Madre, with Tony and Ziva appearing at the end of Jurisdiction watching "The Black Pirate."


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