NCIS Season 19 Episode 12 Recap “Fight or Flight”

Don’t miss Celebrity Myxer’s recap of NCIS Season 19 Episode 12 “Fight or Flight.” When the body of a Navy lieutenant is discovered missing an eye, the NCIS investigation leads to the world of cage fighting. Here’s what you missed!

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Previously on NCIS Season 19 Episode 11, the team was sent via helicopter to a research vessel in the middle of the ocean because a group of Navy Seals was stranded from a mission. They found out the hard way it was an ambush for the militants to steal their chopper and sell it on the black market.

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Parker foiled their plan when he hid in the confiscated copter, got his location to the real Navy Seals, who came in to arrest the bandits. That’s when Parker finally accepted the NCIS team as his own… willing to die for them. It’s official, Gibbs won’t be coming back to NCIS.

Warning… Spoilers below!

On NCIS Season 19 Episode 12, Torres got to the office late, he had an eventful night. Torres felt threatened when Agent Dale Sawyer put in some extra time with Parker.


The NCIS team was called to a landfill to investigate a case of a dead Navy lieutenant, Kane Lantz, who was missing his eyeball. Suddenly, Agent Collins from the Defense Intelligence Agency came and took over the crime scene and wouldn’t offer insight as to why… claiming it’s classified.

Parker on NCIS Season 19 Episode 12

Parker on NCIS Season 19 Episode 12

Director Vance and Parker video conferenced DIA director Maurine Lieutenant General Joseph Clark for intel. He informed them that Agent Lantz took a military laptop home that had highly classified intel. It was missing and they suspected someone cut out his eye to gain access.

The investigation led them to Lantz’s brother Alex Russo. He used Lantz like an ATM and learned his brother was dead. He admitted he got money from a loan shark if he would steal his brother’s laptop. Lantz tried to retrieve it and ended up dead!

The team pondered why Torres had been so distant lately. Ever since Gibbs left. However, they also learned Lantz was tortured to death.

The investigation led the team to an abandoned warehouse. It wasn’t a torture chamber… it was an octagon for underground cage fighting.

Someone’s Watching

Lantz’s injuries seemed like they came from cage fighting and the team pondered how was he associated. More investigation led them to a man named Maxim Dovhal.

The discussion of Torres’s behavior came up again so the team tasked Knight with getting him to open up but he wouldn’t. They spotted Dovhal and tried to arrest him but he fled then attacked the agents. Oddly, he told them to hit him because someone was watching. Knight tased him and they apprehended the man.

While being interrogated, Dovhal confessed that some people threatened to kill his wife if he didn’t spar in the fight club. He and his wife immigrated to the States. They were separated for months and they wanted them to find his wife, Elena. The NCIS team was now fighting a human trafficking extortion ring.

The Octagon

Torres goes undercover as a cage fighter on NCIS Season 19 Episode 12 Recap

Torres goes undercover as a cage fighter on NCIS Season 19 Episode 12 Recap

The team brainstormed a plan to go undercover as a cage fighter. They wanted to send two agents to fight each other. Regardless, their winner would speak with the outfit’s boss. The two agents were Torres and Sawyer. They taunted each other about the qualms had and fought fiercely. They had to be broken up.

McGee posed as the money man and escort the undercover to the cage. They met with Sammy and he called an audible, switching up who they fought. Torres had to spar a giant of a fighter!

When they got in the ring, Torres pounced on the giant until he got his turn. Meanwhile, Sawyer snooped in the backroom and found a locked frig. When he broke in, he found the eyeball being preserved. In the ring, Torres was being beaten to a pulp.

Torres seemed to give up on life and re-entered the ring for more punishment. Torres found his second wind and conquered the giant!

Afterward, they sought to meet the boss, Sammy and his mean got suspicious. The goons were just about to pull their guns until agents swarmed the place. Turns out, Sammy was the boss!

The trafficking ring was busted up and Dovhal was able to reunite with his wife.

Torres was getting stitched up by Palmer and he too asked why he was so angry lately. He related to Torres and knew he was reeling from his father figure leaving his life. He consoled his colleague to help him heal…

What did you think of NCIS Season 19 Episode 12? Let’s talk about NCIS in the comments below!

Air Date: January 24, 2022

When Is The NCIS Crossover Event?

Your favorite special agents are joining forces, and it’s going to be an episode for the books. Don’t miss the NCIS and NCIS: Hawai’i crossover event Monday, March 28, 2022.


  • Gary Cole as NCIS Special Agent Alden Parker
  • Sean Murray as NCIS Special Agent Timothy McGee
  • Wilmer Valderrama as NCIS Special Agent Nicholas “Nick” Torres
  • Brian Dietzen as Medical Examiner Jimmy Palmer
  • Diona Reasonover as Forensic Scientist Kasie Hines
  • Katrina Law as NCIS Special Agent Jessica Knight
  • Rocky Carroll as NCIS Director Leon Vance
  • David McCallum as Dr. Donald “Ducky” Mallard
  • Mark Harmon as NCIS Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs

Guest Starring

  • Zane Holtz as NCIS Special Agent Dale Sawyer
  • Matt Angel as Sammy a.k.a. Peter Samkharadze
  • Daeg Faerch as Alex Russo
  • Alex Sparrow as Maxim Dovhal
  • Sarah Chaney as DIA Agent Collins
  • Montae Russell as Maurine Lieutenant General Joseph Clark
  • Natasha Blasick as Elena Dovhal
  • Marcus Ray as Bouncer

Catch a new episode each week on CBS, check out listings dates below. Stay right here, stay mixed in because NCIS Season 19 Episode 13, stay tuned! Drop your email to get insights into your inbox…

NCIS Season 19 Episode Guide

Season Episode Title Air Date
19 21 “Birds of a Feather” NCIS Season 19 Season Finale May 23, 2022
19 20 All or Nothing May 16, 2022
19 19 The Brat Pack May 2, 2022
19 18 Last Dance April 18, 2022
19 17 Starting Over” NCIS/NCIS Hawai'i Crossover Episode March 28, 2022
19 16 The Wake March 21, 2022
19 15 Thick As Thieves March 14, 2022
19 14 First Steps March 7, 2022
19 13 The Helpers February 28, 2022
19 12 Fight or Flight January 24, 2022
19 11 All Hands January 17, 2022
19 10 Pledge of Allegiance January 3, 2022
19 9 Collective Memory December 6, 2021
19 8 Peacekeeper November 29, 2021
19 7 “Docked” November 8, 2021
19 6 False Start November 1, 2021
19 5 Face the Strange October 18, 2021
19 4 Great Wide Open October 11, 2021
19 3 Road to Nowhere October 4, 2021
19 2 Nearly Departed September 27, 2021
19 1 “Blood in the Water” NCIS Season 19 Premiere September 20, 2021

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