DIANNE BUT­LER OUT OF THE BOX

Herald Sun - Switched On - - Tuesday -

ICAN’T think of an­other show that peo­ple are as emo­tional about as NCIS. Man, some of you get worked up about it. You do know it’s not real, don’t you? Just check­ing.

Tonight’s episode starts with a dead body un­der a car. A cou­ple of kids find it — puts a real damp­ener on their night.

Turns out it’s an NCIS guy and, when they open up his boot, he’s got quite the load on board. And he wasn’t on his way to the lo­cal tip, ei­ther.

He’s the very ten­u­ous con­nec­tion to the main sto­ry­line, which is about a mas­sive fraud­ster named Leona Phelps.

The Bernie Madoff of the NCIS, is how she’s de­scribed by some­one here. Bernie Madoff. Well. That’s all that needs to be said about Leona Phelps. And, the sec­ond time I think it is that we see her, she’s wear­ing a mas­sive fur coat like it’s -4C out­side and she’s a disco queen from the 1970s. Ridicu­lous. But also hi­lar­i­ous.

And that’s NCIS all over. When I first heard the name Leona, I im­me­di­ately thought Leona — Queen of Mean Leona Helm­s­ley. Bil­lion­aire New York real es­tate wheeler/dealer/tax evader. Dead now, but an iconic fig­ure of the ’ 80s. So sad, all these crooks dy­ing.

She, or the Bernie Madoff of

Sizzling: Michael Weatherly

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