A Petty Officer’s kidnapping and her husband’s death leads Gibbs’ team to a world of shell companies in “NCIS” Season 14, episode 6 “Shell Game.” CBS

CBS’ “NCIS” investigated a kidnapping and murder in Season 14, episode 6. Last week, TV’s most watched drama focused on Alex Quinn. However, this week the focus moved to the other new agent that joined Gibbs’ team – Nick Torres.

Forensic specialist Abby Sciuto (Pauley Perrette) knits Welcome to NCIS sweaters for Quinn (Jennifer Esposito) and Torres (Wilmer Valderrama). While Quinn embraces the warm welcome to the team by wearing it, agent Nick says cobalt blue isn’t his color. Not cool, Nick. Not cool.

A Kidnapping Gone Awry

Gibbs’ (Mark Harmon) team is quickly called to investigate the kidnapping of a Petty Officer named Kelly Ristow (Emily Alab) who was held in a dingy basement. She eventually beat her kidnapper to death and escaped. Her fingerprints are found in the basement along with a burner phone.

Quinn meets agent Tony Francis (Tony Gonzalez) on the crime scene and he tells her he understands that she doesn’t want to see him. It looks like something might happen between Quinn and the agent later.

Kelly is finally found at the airport and called in for questioning. The Navy Petty Officer claims that she was kidnapped from her home. Quinn and Bishop (Emily Wickersham) also find it suspicious that her husband Chris never reported her missing in these five days she was being held captive. Kelly claims that she called her husband as soon as she escaped and he told her to meet her at the airport.

The plot in “NCIS” Season 14, episode 6 takes an interesting turn when the deleted texts from the burner phone found at the crime scene reveal that the kidnapper took orders from someone while they were making a deal. The NCIS team also uncovers the fact that Chris was in debt and his wife was heavily insured. Did he kidnap her for money?

The team gets more suspicious of Chris’ true intentions when they learn that after Kelly called him he checked in on Kelly’s sister who was babysitting their dog, Frank.

Alex Quinn sportingly wears the sweater Abby knitted her. CBS

Chris Who Are You?

The NCIS team conducts further investigations and learn that Chris was the CEO of a company called QFire. It lists $3 million in assets but has no website, employees or products they sell. Bishop and Quinn quickly head to the bank where they find Chris’ body. So Chris is definitely not the kidnapper.

It’s A Shell Game

An accountant from the law firm that Chris worked at quickly explained to the NCIS team that he was used as a front for a shell company. You see, it’s a common practice for law firms to use their employees as fronts for shell companies so that they can protect their clients’ assets. Chris could never touch the $3 million that he owned. It was for a powerful and wealthy man named Leonard Weiss.

At first, Weiss emerges as the prime suspect of Chris’ murder and Kelly’s kidnapping in “NCIS” Season 14, episode 6 until the team realizes that the man has several millions of the dollars. It doesn’t make sense for him to kill someone for only $3 million when he owns billions. Even after Sullivan Brady, a lawyer at the firm, supplies a paper trail showing Chris accessing that $3 million and Weiss hiring people to abduct his wife, the team isn’t convinced. Something isn’t right.

Chris Was A Whistleblower

It all goes back to the law firm: Someone there took Chris’ money, killed him and hired someone to kidnap his wife. Then we learn in “NCIS” that Brady actually embezzled money from the firm. Chris was actually a whistleblower who was going to expose Weiss for cheating the government for millions of dollars.

Brady was the one who hired someone to kill Chris.

Kelly is proud of her now deceased husband for doing the right thing but wishes she could finish what he started. That’s when Gibbs notices that their dog’s collar has been changed. He examines it and finds a pen drive. It contains all the information to take Weiss and Brady down.

“NCIS” Season 14, episode 6 ended with Torres finally wearing Abby’s Welcome to NCIS sweater.

“NCIS” Season 14 airs Tuesdays at 8 p.m. EDT on CBS.